Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 16, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category European Authors) for Monday, September 16, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 6):

When he didn’t win the inaugural 1901 Nobel Prize, 42 of his peers apologized to him, calling him “the most revered patriarch of today’s literature”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Rodrigo Morante-Tirado, a financial analyst from Ottawa, Ontario
Rodrigo Morante-Tirado on Jeopardy!
Laura Majors, a retired marketing director from Denver, Colorado
Laura Majors on Jeopardy!
Jason Zuffranieri, a math teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico (11-day total: $332,243)
Jason Zuffranieri on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Leo Tolstoy?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The early Nobel Prize committees, dare I say here at The Jeopardy! Fan, used a different interpretation of Alfred Nobel’s will than today’s committee. Namely, the “ideal direction” clause from Nobel’s will was interpreted as “a lofty and sound idealism”. What this meant was that authors who would have been considered shoo-ins for the prize today (i.e. Leo Tolstoy, Henrik Ibsen, Émile Zola and Mark Twain) never received one. Moreover, Tolstoy wasn’t even nominated for the 1901 prize (which went to French poet Sully Prudhomme), which prompted 42 authors, including August Strindberg, to send a proclamation to Tolstoy.

You can find the full text of the proclamation at the Nobel Prize website.


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

Scores going into Final:
Jason $34,400
Laura $8,800
Rodrigo $200


Tonight’s results:
Rodrigo $200 – $199 = $1 (Who is Camus?)
Laura $8,800 + $8,000 = $16,800
Jason $34,400 – $10,000 = $24,400 (12-day total: $356,643) (Who is Goethe?)


Jason Zuffranieri, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 16, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jason $10,000
Laura $4,000
Rodrigo -$1,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) ART & ARTISTS $800 (6th pick)
Jason 2600 +2600 (Laura 0 Rodrigo -600)
2) WHICH PRESIDENT? $1600 (8th pick)
Jason 14400 +7000 (Laura 6400 Rodrigo -3000)
3) THIS CATEGORY HAS PLATEAUED $1600 (13th pick)
Jason 22200 +3000 (Laura 7600 Rodrigo -600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 162


Unplayed clues:
J! round: ACRONYMNS & ABBREVS. $200; POPULAR INVENTION $200; 200 YEARS OF WALT WHITMAN $200
DJ! Round: DJ! Round: THIS CATEGORY HAS PLATEAUED $400; HERE COMES THE JUDGE WORD $400
Total $ Left On Board: $1,400


Game Stats:
Jason $25,800 Coryat, 27 correct, 1 incorrect, 40.38% in first on buzzer, 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
Laura $8,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 38.46% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Rodrigo $200 Coryat, 4 correct, 5 incorrect, 15.38% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,800
Lach Trash: $8,200 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,600


Jason Zuffranieri, stats to date:
353 correct, 28 incorrect
21/23 on rebound attempts (on 47 rebound opportunities)
48.62% in first on buzzer (318/654)
23/28 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $72,900)
7/12 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,950

Jason Zuffranieri, to win:
13 games: 86.354%
14: 74.570%
15: 64.394%
16: 55.607%
17: 48.018%
Avg. streak: 18.328 games.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • It didn’t seem as though Jason was quite as dominant on the buzzer during this match as he was last week. It would have been his second straight day of taping; it’s quite possible that he’s starting to fatigue. With last season’s taping schedule, it’d be the first time he’d have to show up to the studio on back-to-back days.
  • There are many cases in games such as this one where the show’s editors will clip contestant’s phrasing, as there’s no other way to fit the played number of clues into time. Rest assured that every response in this game was phrased properly; comments suggesting otherwise will be considered out-of-order and deleted.
  • On Reddit, Rodrigo reported that the plug for Batman Day was filmed afterwards; of course, this is ideal as it means those plugs don’t interrupt the flow of the game.
  • Thank you to Mark Barrett for providing me with a full chart of this game.

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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 16, 2019"

  1. The fatigue was setting in here for sure; the previous taping day was wild and my studio guests (mother, fiancee, uncle, and some friends) went to watch the July 22nd game that evening at a nearby sportsbar. April and I went and bought a few more shirts and ties (such as the ones worn on the 9/16 game) and I did no studying/practice that night. I had hoped the exhaustion would just lead to fabulous sleep and I’d wake up refreshed, but I was up at 5am anyhow.

    It didn’t help matters that Laura and Rodrigo were also fine players, of course. But lots of fine players were around for last week’s games too. Work on your buzzer timing, friends; those hundredths of a second can make all the difference. Come to think of it, maybe work on your sleep hygiene too.

    Thanks again for the great website work here, Andy.

    • Jason,
      I’ve enjoyed watching you since your first appearance. Your depth and breadth of knowledge are truly impressive.
      I wish you all continued good luck.

      • Thank you for the kind words, Steven.

        While being champion is certain to end, the great memories and connections I’ve made and remade during this time will indeed stay with me forever. Cheers!

  2. The website has it right but clue on TV refered to the “Noble” prize. It’s a good thing the game was a runaway.

    • It was a strange goof as the initial reveal of the clue had “Nobel” while the secondary showing of the clue for the music had the “Noble” error.

      • And the version of the clue in the fourth-row, fourth-column box on the game board – the only visual representation of the clue actually seen by the players – spells “Nobel” correctly.

  3. Help! Is there any way I can learn a question I was unable to hear on tonight’s show? The answer was a grouping of several large numbers. The question was the name of a person. Jason gave the name, and I didn’t hear it!

  4. the category was ‘european authors’. tolstoy was russian, so when did russia get to be part of europe? what am I missing here…

  5. I’m confused. Tolstoy was born and died in Russia to my knowledge. The category was European Authors. Is Russia considered part of Europe?

    • Tula, the area of Russia where Tolstoy was from, is certainly west of the Urals…

      • …and therefore European. Russia is considered a transcontinental country, i.e. part of it is in Europe, the larger part is in Asia. Turkey is another example, though only a tiny part is west of the Bosporus and such “European”. Nevertheless Turkey is also “transcontinental”.

    • Surely you’re more comfortable with Russia (and by extension, Tolstoy) being “European” than “Asian?” (Nothing against Asia, of course–just talking from a geographical perspective)

  6. I know Goethe was considered by some as “ahead of his time,” but….

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