Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 10, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 1960s TV History) for Tuesday, September 10, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 2):

The 1967 finale of “The Fugitive” drew in 78 million viewers, surpassing the 73 million who tuned into this show Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Valerie Nolan, an office manager from Tonawanda, New York
Valerie Nolan on Jeopardy!
Sean Melody, a chief technologist from Raleigh, North Carolina
Sean Melody on Jeopardy!
Jason Zuffranieri, a math teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico (7-day total: $166,500)
Jason Zuffranieri on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is The Ed Sullivan Show?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

February 9, 1964 was the first television American appearance of The Beatles, taking place on the Ed Sullivan Show. The Fab Four’s performance changed attitudes towards popular music in the United States and it led to Beatlemania crossing over from the United Kingdom to the United States.


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

Scores going into Final:
Jason $25,300
Valerie $12,200
Sean $6,600


Tonight’s results:
Sean $6,600 – $6,600 = $0 (What is I Love Lucy)
Valerie $12,200 + $12,000 = $24,200
Jason $25,300 + $300 = $25,600 (8-day total: $192,100)


Jason Zuffranieri, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 10, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jason $9,000
Valerie $5,800
Sean $1,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) 36 TIMES THE FUN $1000 (3rd pick)
Jason 1800 +1000 (Sean 0 Valerie 0)
2) THE 20th CENTURY $1600 (4th pick)
Jason 12600 +5000 (Valerie 5800 Sean 1400)
3) PIG ENGLISH $2000 (12th pick)
Jason 20800 +2500 (Valerie 9000 Sean 3400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 107


Unplayed clues:
J! round: I GRANT YOU 5 FISHES $200; NAME-CALLING IN POLITICS $200
DJ! Round: RAINFORESTS $400 & $800; PSYCHOLOGY $400 & $800
Total $ Left On Board: $2,800


Game Stats:
Jason $21,400 Coryat, 27 correct, 1 incorrect, 45.10% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Valerie $12,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 25.49% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Sean $6,600 Coryat, 9 correct, 3 incorrect, 23.53% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,200
Lach Trash: $5,400 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,600


Jason Zuffranieri, stats to date:
215 correct, 20 incorrect
9/11 on rebound attempts (on 27 rebound opportunities)
45.64% in first on buzzer (199/436)
13/16 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $26,100)
4/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $22,700

Jason Zuffranieri, to win:
9 games: 80.216%
10: 64.347%
11: 51.617%
12: 41.405%
13: 33.214%
75: 0.000%
Avg. streak: 12.055 games.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I wish players would keep the game moving; it’s disappointing to have six unplayed clues like that; especially in a game so close to not being a runaway. That said, Valerie had the most deliberate gameplay of the three contestants.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 10, 2019"

  1. I remember watching that Beatles performance. I was a junior in high school.

    • I too remember it well, but I was in the 3rd grade. Didn’t really like them before, but after that performance I was hooked!

      Great to have Jeopardy back and Alex is looking good!

  2. This was an easy one for anyone over a certain age. Yesterday’s final answer was too obscure. I doubt even James Holzhauer would have gotten that one.

  3. Jason is really, really fast and a heck of a nice guy. There was a lot of camaraderie in the green room and he told me about his Geeks who Drink trivia team that won the national competition a few years ago. That was a little intimidating as I play that trivia and am lucky to get half the music round questions right! When I came up for my game, he asked me if I had gotten the triple stumper Final from Monday and I told him yes, as I’m a Bible guy. So that gave me confidence that I might be able to take him down. Then he put his amazing buzzer skills and wide range of knowledge to work and it was another runaway. Valerie was also quick on the buzzer. It’s true what they say – most of the time all three of us knew the response. It really does come down to buzzer skill!

    Alex told us after that he had the writers add the word “Sunday” to the clue. Jason said he wouldn’t have gotten it without it. I laughed once I realized the answer. I’ll admit that I’m not a fan of that band so I had listened to a bunch of their music and read their Wikipedia page but it just didn’t come to me under the lights with the music playing.

    Everyone that I interacted with at Jeopardy! was amazing. I’m pretty sure if you are not a kind person, they won’t call you to the show. All of the contestants were polite and fun to interact with. Alex is of course, amazing. He had a twinkle in his eye after he interviewed me about my Name that Song victory.

    Overall, it was a great experience. It’s so encouraging to be surrounded by smart contestants and people that are passionate about trivia and learning. I am bummed about Victor yesterday. After he told me he works for the Jaguars, I told him to take good care of Nick Foles for all of us Eagles fans. Victor! You let me down!! 🙂

    Thanks to the community of folks at jboard.tv, TheJeopardyFan, and reddit.com/r/jeopardy ! My one takeaway from this experience is that there is all this beauty around us for us to learn about. Find an opera and listen to it! Go to an art museum! Read a classic! Learn something new and enjoy the process!

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    • Marty Cunningham | September 10, 2019 at 2:24 pm | Reply

      Thanks for sharing, Sean. Yes, everyone who works on the show is great. That may be why so many have worked for the show for so long; they are really a team, even down to the guy who brings the water bottles by during the breaks, and the technician who hooks up the microphones, and, especially the makeup lady (she earned her pay when I was on, keeping the glare on my forehead down during each break)! And, of course, Maggie, who does such a great job of prepping you in the green room. Still great memories! The only drawback is that it all seems to go by way too fast! But, you are right, always keep learning from wherever you find yourself.

      • You’re right Marty, everything goes so fast. Especially that response about bowling that I answered way too quickly. 🙂 You just want to savor it but it seems like it’s over before you know it. Maggie has a well deserved reputation as a legend. Great personality and so much fun!

    • Christopher Denault | September 10, 2019 at 3:48 pm | Reply

      You’re ABSOLUTELY right in that the entire J! crew’s as good as it gets. Top notch people all around.

      And you’re also on the button about the buzzer timing – I had a heckuva hard time trying to nail that down in my game and only buzzed in first eight times outta the 30+ that I knew.

      Welcome to the BEST alumni group in the world… you’re gonna find that meeting other J! alums from here on out’s only going to make your entire experience that much sweeter. Whether it’s a one-and-done like we are or TOC winners, it’s an amazing group of people to be a part of.

  4. So glad to see Jason back, as the “real” J! returns! Hopefully he will stay around tomorrow and go over the $200K hurdle.
    Sean, your insider input was fascinating! Thank You!

    • I’m definitely rooting for Jason, not only because he’s a great guy but also it’s a lot easier to tell your grandkids you lost to a super champion.

  5. Maurine Gutowski | September 10, 2019 at 2:04 pm | Reply

    I got it right away. Ì was in NYC working on a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language when I watched the Beatles debut on the Ed Sullivan show. (Side note: A major destination for jobs was Kabul, Afghanistan, to bring a new way of life to the people there. Ironic what is going on now, so many years later. I chose to go to teach at the University of Hawaii.)

  6. I know it’s picking nits, but it drives me crazy when the “clue” grammar contains errors. Tonight it is in the FJ clue: “…surpassing the 73 million who tuned in to this show…” It is “in to” and not “into.”

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