Today’s Final Jeopardy – August 15, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Cold War) for Thursday, August 15, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 174, encore presentation):

The Cold War became entrenched in the mid-1950s after the formation of these 2 rival military alliances

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Conor Quinn, a high school world history teacher from Albany, New York
Conor Quinn on Jeopardy!
Melissa Okey, an elementary school resource teacher from Panorama City, California
Melissa Okey on Jeopardy!
Sara DelVillano, a middle school instrumental music teacher from Lanham, Maryland
Sara DelVillano on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What are NATO and the Warsaw Pact?

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NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) was founded as an alliance of Western countries in 1949, and the Soviets (along with several Eastern Bloc states) formed the Warsaw Pact in May 1955. While it was formally known as the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance, it got the name Warsaw Pact due to being signed in Warsaw, Poland. Czechoslovakia was fearful that West Germany was re-arming and wished a security pact with East Germany and Poland, and the admission of West Germany into NATO spurred the Eastern bloc into action. NATO still exists (in fact, incorporating many former Warsaw Pact members), while the Warsaw Pact collapsed around the same time as the fall of the Soviet Union.

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Scores going into Final:
Sara $9,600
Conor $9,600
Melissa $5,400

Tonight’s results:
Melissa $5,400 – $4,600 = $800 (What are NATO & USSR?)
Conor $9,600 + $8,000 = $17,600 (Semi-Finalist)
Sara $9,600 – $1,201 = $8,399 (What are the US + USSR?)

Conor Quinn, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 15, 2019 game.)

Wild card standings:
Monday: Joe Rengstorf, $20,401 ($16,000, $9,800)
Tuesday: Trevor Crowell, $15,500 ($15,600, $7,000)
Wednesday: Francois Barcomb, $20,600 ($20,600, $7,400)
Thursday: Conor Quinn, $17,600 ($9,600, $3,600)
1) Julia Rosinski Bailey, $15,200 ($10,200, $1,400), 100% to advance
2) Matthew Bunch, $9,600 ($12,400, $6,400), 100% to advance

3) Sara DelVillano, $8,399 ($9,600, $3,400), 77.468% to advance
4) Alexandra Bicks, $5,199 ($7,400, $3,400), 12.225% to advance
5) Mariah Minges Klusman, $4,795 ($2,400, $2,400)
6) Tara Baxter, $2,000 ($1,000, $3,000)
7) Vicki Leibeck-Owsley, $1,000 ($4,800, $3,200)
8) Melissa Okey, $800 ($5,400, $3,000)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Conor $3,600
Sara $3,400
Melissa $3,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) STATE CAPITAL NICKNAMES $1000 (30th pick)
Sara 5400 -2000 (Conor 3600 Melissa 3000)
2) COUNTRIES’ MUSIC $1600 (10th pick)
Sara 7000 -3000 (Conor 6800 Melissa 200)
3) TAURUS TYPES $2000 (30th pick)
Sara 11600 -2000 (Conor 9600 Melissa 5400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game:-97

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

Game Stats:
Conor $9,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Sara $16,600 Coryat, 20 correct, 5 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Melissa $5,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 5 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $31,600
Lach Trash: $9,000 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,400

Conor Quinn, stats to date:
17 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,600

Sara DelVillano, stats to date:
20 correct, 6 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
0/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$7,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,600

Melissa Okey, stats to date:
14 correct, 6 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,400

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Conor 27.78% (15/54), Sara 37.04% (20/54), Melissa 35.19% (19/54).
  • Friendly reminder that game material and contestants for each game are selected randomly and independently of each other. It was a fortunate coincidence for Conor that a World History teacher got a Final Jeopardy about the Cold War. And, if last year’s tournament was any reminder, contestants are never guaranteed to get a clue correct in a subject that they may teach.

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1 Comment on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – August 15, 2019"

  1. Am sure there would have been a Woodstock category this week if Jeopardy! were not in re-runs.


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