Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 8, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category North American Cities) for Monday, July 8, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 216):

In 2017 this city celebrated its 375th birthday & the 50th anniv. of an event that made it an international tourist destination

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Sarah Hoban, a freelance writer & editor from Barrington, Illinois
Sarah Hoban on Jeopardy!
Holly Ahronheim, a stay-at-home mom from Royal Palm Beach, Florida
Holly Ahronheim on Jeopardy!
Ryan Bilger, a student from Macungie, Pennsylvania (2-day total: $63,849)
Ryan Bilger on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Montréal?

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On May 17, 1642, a group led by Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve founded a mission settlement known as Ville-Marie on an island in the St. Lawrence River. That settlement eventually became known as Montréal. Due to river rapids in the area, portages were required in order to travel, making the settlement important for the 17th-century fur trade. The city’s growth was spurred on by the Lachine Canal’s completion in the 19th century, which allowed for those rapids to be bypassed.

The city played host to a World’s Fair in 1967, which turned it into a major international city; the success of that Expo led to the city being awarded Canada’s first Major League Baseball team, the Expos (now the Washington Nationals), as well as the 1976 Summer Olympics.

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Scores going into Final:
Ryan $25,200
Sarah $16,400
Holly $7,200

Tonight’s results:
Holly $7,200 – $7,200 = $0 (What is Woodstock?)
Sarah $16,400 + $16,000 = $32,400
Ryan $25,200 + $7,601 = $32,801 (3-day total: $96,650)

Ryan Bilger, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 8, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ryan $9,200
Holly $4,800
Sarah $4,800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) VISIT A NATIONAL PARK $800 (28th pick)
Ryan 4600 +4600 (Holly 4800 Sarah 4800)
2) FICTIONAL LANGUAGES $1600 (10th pick)
Ryan 10800 +6000 (Holly 5600 Sarah 5200)
3) MAMMALS $1600 (24th pick)
Sarah 7200 +7200 (Ryan 25200 Holly 6800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 256

Unplayed clues:
Total $ Left On Board: $4,000

Game Stats:
Ryan $17,000 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 39.22% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Sarah $10,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 0 incorrect, 17.65% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Holly $7,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 4 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $35,000
Lach Trash: $10,000 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,000

Ryan Bilger, stats to date:
78 correct, 2 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
41.82% in first on buzzer (69/165)
6/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $28,800)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,600

Ryan Bilger, to win:
4 games: 88.842%
5: 78.930%
6: 70.123%
7: 62.299%
8: 55.348%
Avg. streak: 10.962 games.


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 54 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 2.0521 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.0184).
An average of 3.2574 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.2339).

An early cutoff took place 0.086% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Ryan Bilger qualified 87.640% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 89.664% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 63.133% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 23.479% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 1.590% of the time.

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8 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 8, 2019"

  1. I hadn’t met my husband yet in 1967 but he still talks about going to the World’s Fair there with his parents.

  2. This one is probably not going to be too hard, but the wording seems a little ambiguous, maybe intentionally. You can read “…an event that made it an international tourist destination” to mean it was a big tourist destination during the event; or it could mean an event of such significance that it continues to make the city an international tourist destination to this day. To be more direct, the clue could have said “…an event that at the time made it…”

    • I thought the “summer of love”… off about 130 years with the city’s (San Fran.) founding though. 🙂

  3. I considered Montreal just because the title “North American” seemed to point away from the US and the 1642 date seemed to point to a Quebecois settlement, but I couldn’t think of any 1967 events in Montreal, so went with Woodstock, even though I thought it was later than 1967.

  4. The give away for me was knowing the baseball team was named for the exposition a couple years early – thus, the Montreal Expos…still, what seems to be an odd name.

    • Right, I remember at the time it was called “Expo 67”, probably to distinguish it from the “New York World’s Fair” just a couple of years earlier. I still have an Archie comic book where the gang goes to Expo 67!

  5. Congrats to Ryan for win #3!!!

    At least 2 more wins for him to go, I am sure of it!
    Want to take the 1 penny wager I mentioned Friday?

  6. It’s amazing how the stars align sometimes. Late in the Jeopardy round when Sarah chose the $1,000 clue instead of the $800 one in “National Parks” she lost control of the board and the chance at the DD. It would have been a much different game if Sarah had doubled her score at that point. Instead, Ryan was able to double his score, and he never looked back after that.

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