Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 9, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Ancient Times) for Tuesday, July 9, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 217):

In 1955 King Paul of Greece unveiled a statue of this hero near the cliffs where he died in the 5th century B.C.

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Kevin Paquette, a math teacher from Charlottesville, Virginia
Kevin Paquette on Jeopardy!
Hannah Safford, an engineering Ph.D student from Davis, California
Hannah Safford on Jeopardy!
Ryan Bilger, a student from Macungie, Pennsylvania (3-day total: $96,650)
Ryan Bilger on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Leonidas?


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Leonidas I, King of Sparta, is well-known today for leading an alliance of Greek city-states against the Persians in a last stand at the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae; Xerxes I of Persia had amassed a massive army and wished to conquer all of Greece. During the opening of the battle, the vastly outnumbered Greeks managed to block the Persians until a local resident (Ephialtes) betrayed the Greeks by pointing out an alternate route around to the Persians. The Greeks were then outflanked; Leonidas covered the retreat of many of the Greek forces in a last stand. Leonidas and the entirety of the remaining Greeks were killed.

In 1955, a bronze statue called the Leonidas Monument, by Vassos Falireas, was erected at Thermopylae.


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

Scores going into Final:
Ryan $17,600
Kevin $12,400
Hannah $8,800


Tonight’s results:
Hannah $8,800 – $0 = $8,800 (Who is Agamemnon?)
Kevin $12,400 – $5,201 = $7,199 (Who was Achilles?)
Ryan $17,600 – $7,201 = $10,399 (4-day total: $107,049) (Who is Achilles?)


Ryan Bilger, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 9, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Kevin $7,600
Ryan $1,000
Hannah -$400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) A LABYRINTHINE CATEGORY $1000 (30th pick)
Kevin 6600 +1000 (Ryan 1000 Hannah -400)
2) PLASMA $1600 (24th pick)
Hannah 10400 -2000 (Kevin 14400 Ryan 6200)
3) PICTURE IN PICTURE $1200 (27th pick, $5,600 left on board)
Ryan 7000 +7000 (Kevin 14400 Hannah 8800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 96


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


Game Stats:
Ryan $11,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 5 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts
Hannah $10,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 5 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Kevin $12,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $35,000
Lach Trash: $10,000 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,000


Ryan Bilger, stats to date:
94 correct, 8 incorrect
2/4 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
39.19% in first on buzzer (87/222)
7/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $35,800)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,150


Ryan Bilger, to win:
5 games: 83.725%
6: 70.099%
7: 58.690%
8: 49.139%
9: 41.141%
Avg. streak: 9.144 games.
Methodology: https://thejeopardyfan.com/2019/04/jeopardy-predictions-updated-methods.html


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An average of 2.1648 5+-time champions (standard deviation 0.9988).
An average of 3.3379 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.2193).

An early cutoff took place 0.110% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Ryan Bilger qualified 99.684% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 88.236% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 59.845% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 20.043% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 0.008% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Kevin would have been in a much stronger position in Final Jeopardy! had he not been incorrect on the final clue of Double Jeopardy.
  • Hannah’s chances of winning would have been significantly higher had she wagered exactly $1,600 in Final Jeopardy.

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 9, 2019"

  1. Seems we will have the first triple whiff this week in FJ. I’d be surprised if even one gets this. If they would have put “Thermopylae” or the famous “Stranger, passing by, go to Sparta and tell them that here we lie, obedient to their laws” in one of many translations then maybe….

  2. Well, here we go again. Congrats to Ryan for win # 4. He will win # 5 tomorrow. Remember what I said on Friday about Ryan’s post, Andy?

    • Almost anybody who had been RIGHT would have won (except Hannah who did not bet “conservative”). A bad wager and being wrong proved fatal for her. How could she have won with a zero bet????Even if she had been right Ryan would have finished ahead of her. Since we HAD the TS the leader (Ryan) won , he and Kevin covering each other. Looks nobody really paid much attention in (Greek) history class…..

  3. Congrats to Ryan and his 99.684% chance of making the TOC based on his highest 4 game score! But would love to see a fifth and more!

  4. SO-O-O glad Ryan made it over $100K!
    I wish him well in TOC!
    (Think positive!)

    • Wish all TOC contestants well! But everyone knows who the elephant in the room will be. If James is on his game, hard for him to lose, but regardless it should be a very competitive, much anticipated tournament !

  5. Charles Provost | July 9, 2019 at 1:43 pm | Reply

    Congrats to Ryan and his all but lock of TOC appearance. Seems like Hannah had a great DJ round though going from -400 to the 10,400 she had (without the help of a DD) before she got her DD question wrong. She must of lost mental steam after, only gaining 400 post that incorrect response.

  6. I guess no one saw the movie “300.” Everyone missing this FJ is surprising, said the person who saw that movie multiple times.

  7. I feel that Ryan got lucky because in my opinion Kevin bet wrong on FJ. Ryan’s bet was predictable so Kevin could not win unless Ryan got it wrong (as he did). If Kevin had bet minimally or $0, then he would have won as long as Ryan was wrong, regardless of whether he himself was correct in FJ….a standard betting scenario.

    • I completely disagree with your assessment of the situation. Imagine a Final Jeopardy that only Ryan misses and Kevin doesn’t bet what he did, and one where Hannah bet everything. Kevin gets overtaken from behind. Are you suggesting that is a better outcome here? Because I disagree with that.

      • More a question of the “pot odds”. The risk of being passed by Hannah represents the difference between $2,000 (2nd place) vs $1,000 (3rd place) (a possible $1,000 loss). The opportunity to pass Ryan represents a potential gain of $10,400 ($12,400 – $2,000) plus whatever could be won on subsequent shows

    • Christopher Denault | July 9, 2019 at 3:07 pm | Reply

      I agree with Andy here… Kevin’s got to bet to assure himself of staying ahead of Hannah should he answer correctly. If you’ve got the ability to at least stay ahead of one player with a correct FJ response, you have to go that route here.

      • Based on the pre-FJ scores, Kevin was in a scenario known as “Stratton’s Dilemma.” http://www.j-archive.com/help.php#strattonsdilemma
        He had a choice between (i) betting no more than $2,000, which would have given him the win on the triple stumper that actually occurred (but, as pointed out above, at the risk of losing if he and Hannah both got FJ correct and Ryan did not), or (ii) wagering as he did to at least cover Hannah’s doubled score – which would have given Kevin the win if he and Hannah both responded correctly to FJ and Ryan missed, while risking a loss in the event of a TS. Obviously, no one knew that the clue would turn out to be a TS – but the point is that for Kevin, betting small would have been reasonable and defensible. In Stratton’s Dilemma, each choice carries risks and neither is objectively correct or incorrect.

  8. Christopher Denault | July 9, 2019 at 3:12 pm | Reply

    It wasn’t mentioned during the game or on this site, but Kevin’s wife, Ruth Payne, appeared on J! as a contestant back in June of 2018. Her game turned out exactly as her husband’s did – in second place heading to FJ, all three players missing FJ, and the player in first having enough at the end to stay in front.

  9. Another triple stumper in Final Jeopardy today.

  10. @Andy
    In your stats, do you consider a missed DD as a TS? After all, nobody gives a right response, though 2 players do not get a chance to reply.

  11. It’s great to see a contestant like Ryan do well — well-rounded, no egotism and so young! He looks about the same age range as the college tournament players (like Alan Lin before him). A worthy competitor for the Tournament of Champions!

    BTW, Andy, a tip of the hat to you for your continued stewardship of this page. Keeping your cool isn’t easy, I would image, especially with the summer temperatures in place. Your even temperament is much appreciated, at times even amazing, given some of the page’s more strident opinions.

  12. I believe it was Hannah that didn’t begin one of her answer to one of the questions with “What is” or “Who is”. I replayed it numerous times and she definitely gave the answer directly. She was given credit for the response and I was fully expecting Alex to come back later with a correction. Was this a flub by the judges? I’ve seen contestants buzz in with the correct answer but not given credit when they leave the prefix off. Thoughts?

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