Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 18, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The 1940s) for Wednesday, September 18, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 8):

This nickname for a history-changing weapon of 1945 came from a character in “The Maltese Falcon”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Jon Chang, a tutor from Brooklyn, New York
Jon Chang on Jeopardy!
Barbara Walton, a retired air traffic controller from Rockledge, Florida
Barbara Walton on Jeopardy!
Jason Zuffranieri, a math teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico (13-day total: $361,943)
Jason Zuffranieri on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is “Fat Man”?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

In Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon”, “Fat Man” refers to Kasper Gutman; Sam Spade and many other characters use the nickname to refer to Gutman.

In the famous 1941 film noir version starring Humphrey Bogart, Gutman was played by Sydney Greenstreet.

At the end of World War II, “Fat Man” became the name of the nuclear bomb detonated over Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945, the second of two nuclear bombs detonated by 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 $33,800
Barbara $8,600
Jon $7,800


Tonight’s results:
Jon $7,800 – $7,800 = $0 (What is Little Boy?)
Barbara $8,600 + $6,999 = $15,599
Jason $33,800 + $3,800 = $37,600 (14-day total: $399,543)


Jason Zuffranieri, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 18, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jon $5,000
Jason $3,200
Barbara $2,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) SCIENCE $1000 (8th pick)
Jason 800 -1000 (Jon 2200 Barbara 1000)
2) CLASSIC METAL BANDS $1200 (6th pick)
Jason 7600 +7600 (Jon 6600 Barbara 4200)
3) CAREER HIGHLIGHTS $2000 (15th pick)
Jason 23200 +3000 (Jon 6600 Barbara 3800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 13


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0


Game Stats:
Jason $27,400 Coryat, 30 correct, 3 incorrect, 50.88% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Barbara $8,600 Coryat, 13 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Jon $7,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,800
Lach Trash: $4,400 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800


Jason Zuffranieri, stats to date:
413 correct, 33 incorrect
22/24 on rebound attempts (on 50 rebound opportunities)
49.28% in first on buzzer (376/763)
26/32 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $83,500)
8/14 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,986


Jason Zuffranieri, to win:
15 games: 87.121%
16: 75.901%
17: 66.125%
18: 57.609%
19: 50.190%
Avg. streak: 20.765 games.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Jason has now pulled to within $11,457 of Austin Rogers’ regular-season total, and within $30,857 of David Madden’s regular-season total.
  • Jason has also passed Arthur Chu for 16th on the all-time winnings list. Colby Burnett is 15th at $408,333.
  • Jason has also passed Arthur Chu for 10th in terms of number of correct responses given on the show. Austin Rogers sits 9th at 424.
  • One of Barbara’s audience guests posted on Twitter last week that while she was introduced as a retired air traffic controller, she has apparently moonlit in the gaming industry, and also invented a table game that went to market. Thus, seeing a category called DESCRIBING THE CASINO GAME would have been right up her alley. Game material and contestants are selected randomly and independently of each other; sometimes, coincidences take place and this one was a happy one for Barbara. Of course, with Jason still going 3/5 in the category, the signalling device is still the most important part!j
  • It’s too bad that Jon kept going to the top row of the board; that’s not going to beat a player who’s Daily Double hunting (and, of course, Jason showed it today in the CLASSIC METAL BANDS category.)

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10 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 18, 2019"

  1. Way to go Jason! – but I have to wonder if he might be feeling a bit of game fatigue? How many games do they tape each day?
    He could have bet SO much more on FJ with no worries. Even $457 more would have gotten him to the $400K level and maybe provide a confidence boost for future games.
    I’M ROOTING FOR YOU, JASON!

    • Howard: Five games are taped each day; this was Jason’s 8th in the span of about 26-27 hours.

      Also, do remember that in the case of runaway Final Jeopardy clues, you are essentially betting actual cash; thus, I don’t think it’s appropriate to criticize a contestant’s wagering propensity in such situations. (Provided, of course, they’re not risking the runaway.)

      • Andy: I voice my concerns from a point of ignorance, hoping (and grateful) for enlightenment. I meant no criticism or malice of any kind. Thank you for the explanation- I do appreciate it!

    • As far as I know, 5 games are taped per day. So if you are in game 1 and win at least the first 4, you will have to tape 5 games that day.

    • Marty Cunningham | September 18, 2019 at 1:48 pm | Reply

      Five games (one week) are taped each day, starting about 11 a.m. (allowing for the contestants to go over paperwork, get makeup, and play some test games on the actual set, then the audience is usually admitted around 10:30). Games are taped real-time, so they do three in the ‘morning’ session (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday airings), breaking for lunch around 12:30 or 1, then resume taping taping around 2 and usually done by 3:30 or so. Only the current champ and the players who have not been on screen yet are invited to lunch at the studio commissary. The studio is also cleared and a new audience is admitted for the afternoon shows (Thursday and Friday airings). A returning champ, like Jason, has about 10 minutes between games, to change, use the facilities, grab a drink or snack and touch up makeup, before returning for the next game (Alex is doing the same thing at the other end of the studio). So, staying on for even three games can be taxing, more mentally and emotionally, than necessarily physically, so I do have special admiration for the champions who win more than 5 or 6 games because they have had to go through at least one full day of taping to get to that many wins. Jason just seems very relaxed about the whole deal, very low-key compared to some other bigger winners, and a bit of humility always seems to show through, like he is amazed to still be there. Definitely one of the front runners to root for in the next Tournament, in one or 2 years.

      • Marty! Thank You, Man, for this detailed and fascinating account of what goes on behind the scenes that we, the TV audience, know nothing about. I now have even greater respect for the long running champions!

      • thats great to know ! i didnt even realize that

  2. Anyone else notice that Barbara bet $1 less than twice Jon’s total. Why in the world???

    • Math errors happen on stage; this was one of them. Please be kinder; “Why in the world???” is not as kind as it could be towards a simple math error on stage.

      • I get nervous adding things on my tax return…I can only imagine what it’d be like with hot lights bearing down on me and a bunch of strangers watching me!

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