Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 5, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 16th Century Names) for Friday, July 5, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 215):

Hoping to stop Dominican friar Johannes Tetzel from preaching for indulgences, in 1517 he wrote a series of debate topics

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Jim Royal, a writer from St. Louis, Missouri
Jim Royal on Jeopardy!
Sally Leedham, a legal assistant from Bradford, Ontario, Canada
Sally Leedham on Jeopardy!
Ryan Bilger, a student from Macungie, Pennsylvania (1-day total: $34,650)
Ryan Bilger on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Martin Luther?


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In time of Martin Luther, the church sold “indulgences”, essentially certificates believed to reduce the spiritual punishment for sins. Luther believed this was very wrong, both because he felt it absolved Christians from true repentance for their sins and sorrows, and because it prevented many from donating to the poor (as people were purchasing indulgences instead). In response, Luther created the Ninety-five Theses challenging the system of indulgences; by 1521, Luther had been excommunicated by the Catholic church.


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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!

Scores going into Final:
Ryan $27,000
Sally $12,400
Jim $1,200


Tonight’s results:
Jim $1,200 + $0 = $1,200
Sally $12,400 + $9,000 = $21,400
Ryan $27,000 + $2,199 = $29,199 (2-day total: $63,849)


Ryan Bilger, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 5, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ryan $10,000
Sally $6,000
Jim $2,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) LITERARY MINNESOTA $400 (1st pick)
Ryan 0 +1000 (Sally 0 Jim 0)
2) A STEEL DAY $1200 (6th pick)
Ryan 13200 +5000 (Sally 8000 Jim 4600)
3) FEMALE SINGERS MONONYMOUS $1200 (21st pick)
Jim 11400 -11400 (Ryan 26200 Sally 11200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 38


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0


Game Stats:
Ryan $22,600 Coryat, 31 correct, 0 incorrect, 49.12% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Sally $12,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 0 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer
Jim $12,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $47,600
Lach Trash: $2,000 (on 1 Triple Stumper)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,400


Ryan Bilger, stats to date:
56 correct, 0 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
42.98% in first on buzzer (49/114)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $18,200)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $23,900


Ryan Bilger, to win:
3 games: 89.287%
4: 79.722%
5: 71.181%
6: 63.555%
7: 56.747%
Avg. streak: 10.334 games.
Methodology: https://thejeopardyfan.com/2019/04/jeopardy-predictions-updated-methods.html


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With a projected 55 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 1.9736 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.0281).
An average of 3.156 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.2577).

An early cutoff took place 0.074% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Ryan Bilger qualified 79.605% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 91.174% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 67.006% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 27.834% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 3.453% of the time.


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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 5, 2019"

  1. Maurine Gutowski | July 5, 2019 at 9:16 am | Reply

    Another ridiculously easy FJ question! “Indulgences” and date make it a no-brainer.

    • Honestly I saw Johannes Tetzel and immediately knew what was up, remembered the name from AP Euro and playing quiz bowl. Was done writing before Alex had finished reading the clue!

      • So Ryan B, are you the contestant or do you just happen to have the same first name and last initial? Just curious…

      • From the way your comment is written it looks you won at least 5 games and made the ToC list….!

        • I don’t read that at all.

          • Care for a friendly wager, say… a penny, that Ryan will win at least 5 games? The – let’s call it “confidence” in that post hints at a winning streak imo. Had Ryan lost game #3 he would not have phrased his post that way. So…are we on for a Lincoln?
            Enjoy your weekend!

      • Good work today, Ryan, loved when I saw you’d been to mostly Civil War battlefields for the National Parks. I live close to Gettysburg and am pretty obsessed these days!

    • I thought the Liberia question a couple of weeks ago was pretty easy…it’s only so if you know it.

  2. Easy FJ, but Ryan not missing any answers in his first two wins has to be rare, if not a first.

  3. Congratulations to Ryan! Strange week: 2 TS, 2 back to back clean sweeps and 1 FJ with 1 correct. Too easy or too tough.
    Have a nice weekend everybody!

  4. I figured FJ was a trick question and that Luther was the decoy. Are his Theses “debate topics”? I tried to come up with one of the mediators on either side, like Albrecht or Frederick III, perhaps someone presiding at the Diet of Worms, but the names all escaped me.

  5. FINALLY football (called “soccer” only in the U.S.) came up in the categories. Just the most participated (played) and watched sport in the world!!
    American football is a complete misnomer. You only touch the ball (which is not even round) only with your foot at
    1. kickoff,2. punting, 3. PAT and 4. onside kick and the way you try to score is either either running or passing the ball. In real football the ball can only be touched by hand on 2 occasions: 1. by the goalkeeper in his own penalty area and 2. at a throw-in after the ball went out of bounds.
    There are quite often clues about baseball, basketball, even hockey and the world’s most popular sport is neglected…

    • Brian O'Leary | July 7, 2019 at 4:11 pm | Reply

      Sean L. You are wrong about the usage of the term “soccer”. First of all it is not an American term. It is ENGLISH “er” slang, in which a syllable from the proper name is used, the last letter is doubled and the suffix “er” is added. The formal name of the game is “Association Football”. So take “SOC” from “Association”, double the “C” and ad “ER” to get “SOCCER”. This is very common slang used by schoolboys in England. Another example is “RUGGER” for “Rugby Union Football”

      Secondly, the term “Soccer” is used in MANY countries where the term “Football” is used for a different form of football. E.g. South Africa, Australia and Canada (to name 3 of many). The main stadium complex used in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa was “Soccer City” in Soweto. (This was its original name before the Banks started paying for naming rights). The Australian National Team is officially called the “Socceroos”

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