Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 11, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Children’s Books) for Wednesday, September 11, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 3):

The original title of this 1900 classic included a gem; another working title mentioned a Plains state

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Frank Augello, a biomedical engineer from Cedar Knolls, New Jersey
Frank Augello on Jeopardy!
Carolyn Oliver, a poet writer from Worcester, Massachusetts
Carolyn Oliver on Jeopardy!
Jason Zuffranieri, a math teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico (8-day total: $192,100)
Jason Zuffranieri on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz? (Alternate title: The Wizard of Oz)


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

L. Frank Baum wanted his classic 1900 children’s novel, The Wizard of Oz, to be titled The Emerald City. However, according to the Afterword of a 2009 reprint by Collector’s Library, the Hill Company, the original publisher of the book, was superstitious against titles including the name of precious metals; they refused to publish the book until the name was changed. Eventually the book became known as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; many reprints now omit the word Wonderful from the title, to the point that even the Encyclopedia Britannica article specifically gives it as an alternate title.


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

Scores going into Final:
Jason $35,000
Carolyn $4,600
Frank $2,400


Tonight’s results:
Frank $2,400 + $2,395 = $4,795 (What is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?)
Carolyn $4,600 – $201 = $4,399 (What is Peter Pan? (Hi Horatio!))
Jason $35,000 + $6,143 = $41,143 (9-day total: $233,243) (What is The Wizard of Oz?)


Jason Zuffranieri, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 11, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jason $16,800
Frank $1,600
Carolyn -$1,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) NUMERIC LIT $600 (10th pick)
Jason 5400 +5400 (Carolyn 0 Frank -200)
2) CLASSICAL DANCE $1600 (14th pick)
Jason 26000 -3000 (Frank 2400 Carolyn 1000)
3) THAT PLACE USED TO BE CALLED… $1200 (20th pick)
Jason 27000 +6000 (Carolyn 2600 Frank 2400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 111


Unplayed clues:
J! round: A PRINCE OF A GUY $200; HOBBIES & PASTIMES $200
DJ! Round: IT’S ROCKET SCIENCE $400; HOTELS $400 & $800
Total $ Left On Board: $2,000


Game Stats:
Jason $28,400 Coryat, 35 correct, 3 incorrect, 61.54% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Frank $2,400 Coryat, 6 correct, 1 incorrect, 11.54% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Carolyn $4,600 Coryat, 6 correct, 2 incorrect, 15.38% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,400
Lach Trash: $10,600 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,000


Jason Zuffranieri, stats to date:
251 correct, 23 incorrect
12/14 on rebound attempts (on 30 rebound opportunities)
47.34% in first on buzzer (231/488)
15/19 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $34,500)
5/9 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $23,333

Jason Zuffranieri, to win:
10 games: 82.606%
11: 68.238%
12: 56.369%
13: 46.564%
14: 38.465%
Avg. streak: 13.749 games.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • As best as I can tell, the contestant whose geocaching interview was used in the HOBBIES & PASTIMES $1000 clue was Sunny Stalter, who appeared on the show in October 2011.
  • Knowing that The Price Is Right has made a bit of a tradition of Drew Carey asking if the contestants want to give a shoutout to anyone, I wonder how/if a Mike Richards-produced show might deal with the problem of shoutouts that Jeopardy! currently has.

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 11, 2019"

  1. Frank and Carolyn are both delightful people. Frank was so fast during the warmups that I really thought he had the chops to take Jason down. It just goes to show how fast and smart Jason is!

    • Marty Cunningham | September 11, 2019 at 2:13 pm | Reply

      Sean,
      Did you stay for today’s show, and then leave during the lunch break, or did you stay for the afternoon session, too, through the Friday show? If you have already played, I don’t recall that they will let you eat lunch at the studio, just the current champ and the four who have not yet played.
      My wife had to go across the street to the gas station while I got lunch at the commissary because my first show was the Thursday episode for that week. On my return for the next week, I was done after the Tuesday show, but we stayed for the Wednesday episode, then went and got our own lunch.

      Jason just seems very quiet and very mellow, maybe even a bit shy. He hasn’t applied too much of James’ technique, yet. He does start at the bottom, but is still fairly conservative on Daily Doubles. He has been averaging about 24k a game, which is near the upper end of the average winning range.

      This looks like a great group of contestants to start the new season. Thanks for sharing from your experience.

      • Yes, I tell anyone who wants to go on Jeopardy that they should make sure they are nice! Everyone in the green room go along and I think it really helped ease the tension.

        I left after this episode, but I did run into one of the contestants I knew from the DC audition later in the hotel and talked to them about their game. I was so wiped after my game, a mix of nerves, caffeine, no sleep, and jet lag! 🙂

        • go along = got along (not sure how to edit my post)

        • Marty Cunningham | September 12, 2019 at 2:11 pm | Reply

          Sean,
          Believe me, I understand the nerves and the excitement. On my last game, I remember blowing a couple Daily Doubles that I found, and then, the next thing I remembered was Alex saying, “It’s time for Final Jeopardy!” and I thought, “It is?” That’s when I had a feeling I was done. I knew the Final but so did Frank, in the middle podium, and he had a slight lead, plus I could hear him still writing the answer as I wrote mine, so I figured it had to be the same one, because it was long (“The Beverly Hillbillies”). If I had won that game, I would have faced Rob Worman in the next game, who is coming back for the tourney, so he is one of the ones that I am rooting for in the tournament (and that is probably, actually, “in the can” by now, but the rest of us just have to wait until November). I am also rooting for Kyle Jones, who is from Aurora, another Denver suburb, and his mother-in-law was actually the last care-giver my dad had before she moved out of state, but she and I had kept in touch during my time on the show and then later when Kyle taped his shows last summer. You will probably root for Jason when he comes back in a couple years for the next tourney.

    • Thanks, Sean! You’re delightful yourself!! I got a couple of my powerhouse categories during the warmups, but that wasn’t exactly the case during my actual episode! Jason really is incredible with some of the correct responses he seems to pull out of nowhere! It was great to meet all the other contestants too! Overall, I had the time of me life and feel so blessed to have had this experience!!

  2. The FJ clue said an alternate title had a reference to a “plains state” (Kansas presumably ). Do we know the title?

  3. Congrats to Jason for making the J! Hall of Fame Regular Season top 10. His $233,243 bumps Roger Craig out of the 10th spot, positioning him one win from displacing Tom Nissley ($235,405) for the 9th spot and also make the very exclusive “Ultra Champs” fraternity of 10 wins that only 8 have made so far!

  4. 3 games in the new season and already 13 unplayed clues…….

    Aside from congratulations:
    NEVER FORGET 9/11…

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