Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 19, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Toys & Games) for Thursday, September 19, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 9):

Invented in 1974 as a model to teach 3-D problems, it became one of the bestselling toys of all time

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Adam Clark, a police officer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Adam Clark on Jeopardy!
Nilla Sivakumar, a college student from Dublin, California
Nilla Sivakumar on Jeopardy!
Jason Zuffranieri, a math teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico (14-day total: $399,543)
Jason Zuffranieri on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is a Rubik’s Cube?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

While the Rubik’s Cube didn’t become popular until the early 1980s, Ernő Rubik invented his eponymous Cube in 1974 while he was working at the Department of Interior Design at the Academy of Applied Arts and Crafts in Budapest. Rubik was also attempting to solve a problem of moving the parts of the cube independently (without the entire cube falling apart; he didn’t realize his invention doubled as a puzzle until he scrambled it one day and attempted to unscramble it.

While I personally here at The Jeopardy! Fan have never really gotten into the Rubik’s Cube craze, there was a resurgence in the 21st century of the toy after the original fad of the early 1980s subsided.

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

Scores going into Final:
Jason $16,800
Adam $6,667
Nilla $3,400

Tonight’s results:
Nilla $3,400 – $3,270 = $130 (What is Play-doh???)
Adam $6,667 – $134 = $6,533 (What is Lego?)
Jason $16,800 + $2,000 = $18,800 (15-day total: $418,343)

Jason Zuffranieri, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 19, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jason $8,400
Adam $5,000
Nilla -$200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) FERDINAND $400 (21st pick)
Nilla 200 -1000 (Jason 7200 Adam 5000)
2) ONE-WORD BOOK TITLES $1600 (8th pick)
Adam 9000 -4133 (Jason 10800 Nilla 3000)
3) WE INTERRUPT THIS PROCESS $1600 (16th pick)
Adam 8867 -5000 (Jason 13200 Nilla 3000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -202

Unplayed clues:
Total $ Left On Board: $2,800
Number of unplayed clues thus far in Season 36: 29 (3.22 per game average)

Game Stats:
Jason $16,800 Coryat, 22 correct, 1 incorrect, 41.18% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Adam $15,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 29.41% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Nilla $4,400 Coryat, 9 correct, 5 incorrect, 23.53% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,000
Lach Trash: $7,000 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,200

Jason Zuffranieri, stats to date:
436 correct, 34 incorrect
24/26 on rebound attempts (on 54 rebound opportunities)
48.77% in first on buzzer (397/814)
26/32 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $83,500)
9/15 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,440

Jason Zuffranieri, to win:
16 games: 85.359%
17: 72.862%
18: 62.194%
19: 53.089%
20: 45.316%
Avg. streak: 20.830 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • This was the first game since June 12 that the players went 0-for-3 on Daily Doubles.
  • At $418,343, Jason moves to #5 in the regular-play winnings list (passing Austin Rogers and Matt Jackson; #4 is Jula Collins at $428,100) and #14 on the winnings list including tournaments. (#13 is Alex Jacob at $424,802)
  • At 436, Jason is now tied for 7th with Roger Craig on the list of most correct responses given on the show.
  • Jason was only in first on the buzzer 6 times during Double Jeopardy; I really get the sense that he’s tiring.

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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 19, 2019"

  1. Yesterday ABC News in Chicago showed an interview with James Holtzhauer at the taping of the TOC about Alex needing chemotherapy again. He said it was like getting sucker-punched.

  2. Marty Cunningham | September 19, 2019 at 12:43 pm |

    I missed last Thursday’s show and may miss tonight’s as well because here in Denver the local Fox affiliate carries Jeopardy! and Wheel from 6 to 7 each night, but they have shown baseball the last two weeks. Tonight’s airing is supposed to be delayed until 8, but last week all I got on my recording was 30 minutes of baseball, even at the delayed time. What is the best way to catch up on a first-run show that I may miss? Those of us in Denver may encounter this more as Fox begins post-season MLB coverage in October, clear up through the World Series (but this should be done in time to record all of the next TOC starting November 4!)


  3. Jason did not get a single DD today and bingo- all 3 wrong…..

    Jason kind of sneaked up somehow (maybe it just seems so because of the summer break) and all of a sudden..WOW!! Congratulations again to yet another win and runaway!!

  4. Though technically a runaway by Jason, if Adam had gotten his two DDs right he would have been in the lead by about $8k going into FJ. However, since Adam missed in FJ and Jason got it right it’s virtually certain Jason would have won regardless.

  5. Anybody else think “Etch-A-Sketch?” C’mon, don’t be embarrassed…1974 did seem too early for me for the RC and it didn’t exactly pop up in my mind when I was trying to think of “toys” from that era…

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