Today’s Final Jeopardy – August 28, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category U.S. History) for Wednesday, August 28, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 120, encore presentation):

In 1901 this activist was jailed for inspiring the assassination of William McKinley, but the charge was later dropped

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Team Brad, consisting of consisting of Brad Rutter (C), Larissa Kelly (L), and David Madden (R) (Yesterday’s total: $49,800)
Team Brad in the 2019 Jeopardy! All-Star Games
Team Colby, consisting of Colby Burnett (C), Pam Mueller (L), and Alan Lin (R) (Yesterday’s total: $0)
Team Colby in the 2019 Jeopardy! All-Star Games
Team Buzzy, consisting of Buzzy Cohen (C), Alex Jacob (L), and Jennifer Giles (R) (Yesterday’s total: $26,200)
Team Buzzy in the 2019 Jeopardy! All-Star Games

Today’s score gets added to yesterday’s to come up with the final score. Because scores can be doubled in Final Jeopardy, Team Brad’s effective lead over Team Buzzy is $11,800; their effective lead over Team Colby is $24,900. Team Colby also needs $13,100 before Final Jeopardy! to have a chance at second place. The winner goes straight to the final, the top 3 non-winning scores play in a “wild card” match for the third spot in the final.

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Correct response: Who is Emma Goldman?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Emma Goldman fled her native Russia in 1885 for the United States, she turned to anarchism after feeling that many Chicago anarchists had been the victims of a miscarriage of justice after the 1886 Haymarket Square riots in that city.

Anarchist Leon Czolgosz, who assassinated William McKinley in 1901, claimed to be acting under the influence of Emma Goldman when he killed the President, even though the two had only met briefly.

Goldman became demonized in the press as a violent anarchist, as evidenced by one Chicago Tribune article of 1901.

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Scores going into Final:
Team Buzzy (Jennifer J!, Alex DJ!) $16,800
Team Colby (Alan J!, Pam DJ!) $11,000
Team Brad (David J!, Brad DJ!) $4,200

Tonight’s results:
Team Brad (Larissa) $4,200 + $4,200 = $8,400 + $49,800 = $58,200 (Finalist)
Team Colby (Colby) $11,000 + $10,800 = $21,800 + $0 = $21,800
Team Buzzy (Buzzy) $16,800 – $16,800 = $0 + $26,200 = $26,200 (Who is Anthony)

Today's Jeopardy! results (for the February 22, 2019 game.)

Fantasy point accumulation (Unofficial):
Larissa Kelly 24
Alex Jacob 24
David Madden 18
Brad Rutter 17
Colby Burnett 16
Alan Lin 12
Buzzy Cohen 10
Jennifer Giles 8
Pam Mueller 7

(As per the Official Rules of the contest: A correct response in Single or Double Jeopardy is worth 1 entry into the Lindblad sweepstakes. A correct response in Final Jeopardy is worth 10 entries into the Lindblad sweepstakes.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Team Colby (Alan) $5,000
Team Buzzy (Jennifer) $4,000
Team Brad (David) $3,800

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) STATE FACTS $800 (3rd pick)
Jennifer 1400 +1400 (Alan 0 David 0)
2) THE ARCTIC $1600 (7th pick)
Alex 8000 -100 (Pam 6200 Brad 5400)
3) PHYSIOLOGY $1200 (12th pick)
Alex 10300 +100 (Pam 6200 Brad 5400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 100

Game Stats:
Alan $5,000 Coryat, 8 correct, 0 incorrect, 27.59% in first on buzzer
Jennifer $3,400 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 27.59% in first on buzzer
David $3,800 Coryat, 8 correct, 2 incorrect, 34.48% in first on buzzer

Alex $14,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 50.00% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Pam $6,000 Coryat, 7 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.43% in first on buzzer, 2/3 on rebound attempts
Brad $400 Coryat, 4 correct, 3 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $32,600
Lach Trash: $9,400 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,000

Brad Rutter, stats to date:
667 correct, 76 incorrect
37/40 on rebound attempts
42.87% in first on buzzer (634/1479)
39/45 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $55,100)
15/25 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,237
(These statistics do not include Watson)

Larissa Kelly, stats to date:
307 correct, 25 incorrect
15/17 on rebound attempts
39.75% in first on buzzer (283/712)
15/19 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $40,400)
11/13 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,538

David Madden, stats to date:
531 correct, 53 incorrect
33/39 on rebound attempts
37.57% in first on buzzer (476/1267)
44/46 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $76,805)
16/23 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,348

Buzzy Cohen, stats to date:
289 correct, 49 incorrect
15/17 on rebound attempts
35.03% in first on buzzer (282/805)
17/23 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $45,400)
8/15 in Final Jeopardy!
Average Coryat: $14,000

Alex Jacob, stats to date:
311 correct, 36 incorrect
14/16 on rebound attempts
44.84% in first on buzzer (300/669)
15/20 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $76,100)
2/11 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,138

Jennifer Giles, stats to date:
104 correct, 17 incorrect
3/5 on rebound attempts
33.44% in first on buzzer (105/314)
3/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,400)
3/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,867

Colby Burnett, stats to date:
227 correct, 23 incorrect
15/15 on rebound attempts
32.00% in first on buzzer (208/650)
9/15 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,200)
7/12 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,233

Alan Lin, stats to date:
237 correct, 25 incorrect
10/10 on rebound attempts
33.63% in first on buzzer (226/672)
10/15 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,805)
7/11 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,954

Pam Mueller, stats to date:
263 correct, 38 incorrect
14/20 on rebound attempts
30.67% in first on buzzer (253/825)
10/13 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $22,000)
6/15 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,600

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I like to say that Brad Rutter will give you one opportunity a tournament to beat him. I get the sense that this episode was that opportunity.
  • That being said: after that performance by Alex, where do you place him on the list of top Jeopardy! players ever? If you consider the two rounds Alex and Brad played against each other, your score is Alex 19400 Colby-Pam 9200 Brad 8800. The Coryat score was $20,600 for Alex to $6,000 for Brad.
  • I think that Jennifer surprised a lot of people tonight, staying even with Alan and David.
  • It’s hard to argue against Alex’s Daily Double strategy. It effectively locked Team Colby into third place, and it allowed Buzzy to have a shot at Team Brad in Final. The only way that Alex would have bet big would have been if he felt that he had a freeroll at the lead, and at that point he definitely did not.
  • I was a little bit annoyed that Alex Trebek didn’t prompt Alex Jacob for an answer on the Daily Double that Alex Jacob timed out on. Alex Trebek usually does this.
  • Will $21,800 be enough for Team Colby to advance? Only time will tell.
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Alan 30.77% (8/26), Jennifer 30.77% (8/26), David 38.46% (10/26), Alex 51.85% (14/27), Pam 22.22% (6/27), Brad 25.93% (7/27).

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