Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 17, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category National Anthems) for Tuesday, September 17, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 7):

With lyrics by Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier, it debuted on June 24, 1880, at a celebration of St. Jean Baptiste Day

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Colin Kennedy, a museum educator from Washington, D.C.
Colin Kennedy on Jeopardy!
Helen Lyons, a classical radio host & opera singer from Ferrisburgh, Vermont
Helen Lyons on Jeopardy!
Jason Zuffranieri, a math teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico (12-day total: $356,643)
Jason Zuffranieri on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is “O Canada”?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Oh, cool! A clue about the history of The Jeopardy! Fan‘s national anthem, “O Canada”! Its music was composed by Calixa Lavallée to Adolphe-Basile Routhier’s French-language poem.

Today, the French lyrics are unchanged from Routhier’s version; the English version, originally written by R. Stanley Weir in 1908, has been changed a few times over the years, with the most recent change coming in 2018.

Interestingly, “O Canada” didn’t officially become Canada’s national anthem until 1980. Prior to that, “God Save the King”/”God Save The Queen” was used in many contexts and is still Canada’s royal anthem.

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Scores going into Final:
Jason $23,000
Colin $20,300
Helen $5,400

Tonight’s results:
Helen $5,400 – $5,400 = $0 (What is the Marseillaise?)
Colin $20,300 – $20,199 = $101 (What is La Marseillaise?)
Jason $23,000 – $17,700 = $5,300 (13-day total: $361,943) (What is La Marseillaise?)

Jason Zuffranieri, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 13, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jason $11,800
Helen $3,400
Colin $2,600


Opening break taken after: clues

Daily Double locations:
1) HALLEY’S COMET IN HISTORY $1000 (4th pick)
Jason 400 +1000 (Helen 1000 Colin 1000)
2) FROM C TO D $2000 (5th pick)
Colin 4200 +2500 (Jason 15000 Helen 5400)
3) NEVER TO RETURN $1200 (11th pick)
Colin 11500 +6000 (Jason 17000 Helen 5400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 215

Unplayed clues:
Total $ Left On Board: $1,800

Game Stats:
Jason $23,000 Coryat, 29 correct, 1 incorrect, 55.77% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Colin $15,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Helen $5,400 Coryat, 9 correct, 1 incorrect, 17.31% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,400
Lach Trash: $3,600 (on 2 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,200

Jason Zuffranieri, stats to date:
382 correct, 30 incorrect
21/23 on rebound attempts (on 48 rebound opportunities)
49.15% in first on buzzer (347/706)
24/29 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $73,900)
7/13 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,800

Jason Zuffranieri, to win:
14 games: 86.010%
15: 73.977%
16: 63.628%
17: 54.727%
18: 47.070%
75: 0.009%
Avg. streak: 19.148 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I do provide Betting Strategy 101 here on the site for those who wish to avail themselves of it. Because Helen’s score was exactly twice the difference between Jason and Colin, Helen should have bet $0 in Final Jeopardy. Colin should have limited his bet to no more than $9,499 (as that keeps Helen locked out).
  • That being said, Jeopardy! would be a much more boring game if everybody bet using an identical strategy.
  • This was the first game of Jason’s that wasn’t a runaway game since his 5th win (a game which also saw both trailing contestants overwager in Final Jeopardy, leading to a small win for Jason on a Triple Stumper Final Jeopardy)

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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 17, 2019"

  1. A triple stumper FJ! Is common, but I don’t remember seeing all 3 essentially pick the same wrong answer, must be pretty rare!

  2. Wow! Just wow! This is why I love this game!

  3. In my opinion – the clues for the last two day’s finals were very misleading – I am not surprised they all missed todays

    • I don’t think today’s was misleading, just a bit challenging. Marseillaise would almost be too easy, and there were hints in the clue that it was Canadian. The “Sir” in the composer’s name hints at a British connection and St. Jean Baptiste Day is a popular Quebec holiday.

    • Also, Leona:

      In competitive trivia circles, the term “misleading” is generally reserved for a question/clue that is somehow incorrect (which, when it comes to Jeopardy!, is a very serious charge).

      There was nothing “misleading” about the clue; the facts pointed to one specific response.

  4. Surprised at Jason’s bet for FJ as well since Helen could have won if she had bet $0. I wonder if he miscalculated since his bet left him with $100 less than Helen’s score after DJ. Regardless, as Mr. Chang states above, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen all 3 contestants with the same wrong answer (and it was my guess as well). Great question and game!

    • Wipster:

      In the pre-tiebreaker era, I’d agree with you. But nowadays, avoiding a tiebreaker is a very viable strategy and I don’t fault Jason for it one bit.

  5. The year should have made the Marseillaise a no-no. Just about 85 years off
    That Canada is very much French speaking – especially in the east- eluded all players. Lucky 13 for Jason, but then he was in the lead (agin, though no runaway today). Congrats despite a triple bummer!😉

  6. A tough final jeopardy category resulted a triple stumper.

  7. Colin had such a great DJ round. I quibble with the daily double wagers but they were early in the round. Have no idea what he was doing with the FJ bet.

  8. Johanne Curodeau | September 17, 2019 at 8:11 pm |

    As Canadians, we were very disappointed that no one got the right response. Of course, as Canadians, we ought to know the answer…. Still…

    • Looks the players had blinkers on. Hear a French name in the clue and think “France”… There are other countries that speak French, never mind the Marseillaises is 85 years older!Could have been Belgian’s “La Brabanconne”….would have been only 50 years off…
      Usually when it’s TOO obvious, it is! The M. was already in use under Napoleon and before (French/Austrian war).

  9. In retrospect, “La Marseillaise” is really really too on-the-nose for a FJ!. Then again, “Name the city where Goliath was from” was basically last Monday’s FJ!, so it wouldn’t be ridiculous for a bunch of French-sounding facts to lead directly to the French anthem.

    Having said that, the guy’s title was “Sir”, which is the big clue. Francophone + Sir -> Quebec, “O Canada”. I spent like 10 seconds wondering why they’d ask for the Haitian anthem (the name of which I still don’t know) before panicking into something that felt — and indeed was — a lot older. Didn’t process “Sir” until well after we were off the stage. The Jean-Baptiste stuff also helps but basically wasn’t needed.

    The wagers by Colin and Helen do not seem optimal. He needs to take it a lot easier, she needs to sit tight — at least that how I would’ve played it in their shoes. Me, I just need to take a step back and ponder the whole clue. But under no circumstances would I find a tie for first despite a correct answer to be the goal, which meant I’d be wagering enough to drop behind her on the (seemingly inevitable these days) wrong response on FJ.

    I guess it made for interesting television at least! 🙂

    • On some of my own reflection, I would say that there are probably four, maybe five current anthem titles that Jeopardy! players might be expected to know the actual name of: “The Star-Spangled Banner”, “God Save The Queen”, “O Canada”, “La Marseillaise”, and maybe “Advance Australia Fair”.

  10. I knew that 1880 was much too recent for France(The M), just made a guess about French speaking, and got O Canada.

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