Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 2, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century History) for Monday, September 2, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 123, encore presentation):

Interpreting for Vaclav Havel, future ambassador Rita Klimova gave us this phrase for a smooth change of government

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Team Ken, consisting of Ken Jennings (C), Matt Jackson (L), and Monica Thieu (R) (Yesterday’s total: $40,003)
Team Ken at the 2019 Jeopardy! All Star Games
Team Austin, consisting of Austin Rogers (C), Roger Craig (L), and Leonard Cooper (R) (Yesterday’s total: $8,000)
Team Austin in the 2019 Jeopardy! All-Star Games
Team Julia, consisting of Julia Collins (C), Ben Ingram (L), and Seth Wilson (R) (Yesterday’s total: $0)
Team Julia at the 2019 Jeopardy! All Star Games

Today’s final score will be added to Friday’s final score to determine this match’s winner, who will go straight to the final on September 5 & 6. Three wild cards will play in a wild card match on September 3 & 4.

Wondering why James Holzhauer isn’t taking part? This tournament originally aired in February, prior to James even being known by everyone, and is re-airing over the next two weeks. James returns in November.

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Correct response: What is the Velvet Revolution?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The Velvet Revolution was the term used to describe the nonviolent transition of power in what was then Czechoslovakia in 1989 from the Communist Party to a democratic system of government. Alexander Dubček was elected Speaker of the federal Parliament and Václav Havel was elcted President in late 1989. Rita Klímová, who at the time was the English translator of the dissident group, eventually became Ambassador to the United States.

In Slovakia, the term “Gentle Revolution” is preferred.


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

Scores going into Final:
Team Ken (Monica J!, Ken DJ!) $30,200
Team Austin (Leonard J!, Austin DJ!) $13,600
Team Julia (Seth J!, Julia DJ!) $7,800


Tonight’s results:
Team Julia (Ben) $7,800 + $7,800 = $15,600 + $0 = $15,600
Team Austin (Roger) $13,600 – $0 = $13,600 + $8,000 = $21,600 (What or who is ALEX TREBEK RSTLNE XBKA)
Team Ken (Matt) $30,200 + $538 = $30,738 + $40,003 = $70,741 (What is velvet revolution divorce)

(Roger’s response needs to be seen to be appreciated. Here it is.)

Roger Craig's Final Jeopardy! response on September 2, 2019.


Today's Jeopardy! results (for the September 2, 2019 game.)


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Wild Card teams:
Team Buzzy $26,200
Team Colby $21,800
Team Austin $21,600



Fantasy point accumulation (Unofficial):
Ken Jennings 31
Matt Jackson 24
Larissa Kelly 24
Alex Jacob 24
Ben Ingram 21
Monica Thieu 19
David Madden 18
Leonard Cooper 17
Brad Rutter 17
Colby Burnett 16
Austin Rogers 14
Seth Wilson 13
Alan Lin 12
Buzzy Cohen 10
Jennifer Giles 8
Roger Craig 8
Pam Mueller 7
Julia Collins 2

(As per the Official Rules of the contest: A correct response in Single or Double Jeopardy is worth 1 entry into the Lindblad sweepstakes. A correct response in Final Jeopardy is worth 10 entries into the Lindblad sweepstakes.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Team Julia (Seth) $5,400
Team Austin (Leonard) $4,800
Team Ken (Monica) $2,800


Break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) RECENT BOOKS $800 (4th pick)
Leonard 1200 +1000 (Seth 1000 Monica 0)
2) ART & ARTISTS $1600 (15th pick)
Ken 16400 +3600 (Austin 7200 Julia 7000)
3) INTERNATIONAL DISPUTES $800 (16th pick)
Ken 20000 +5000 (Austin 7200 Julia 7000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 130


Game Stats:
Seth $5,400 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 31.03% in first on buzzer
Leonard $4,600 Coryat, 7 correct, 0 incorrect, 20.69% in first on buzzer
Monica 2,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 37.93% in first on buzzer

Ken $21,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 0 incorrect, 57.14% in first on buzzer
Austin $8,800 Coryat, 8 correct, 0 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer
Julia $2,400 Coryat, 2 correct, 0 incorrect, 7.14% in first on buzzer

Combined Coryat Score: $45,600
Lach Trash: $6,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $1,600


Ken Jennings, stats to date:
2910 correct, 293 incorrect
106/132 on rebound attempts
59.24% in first on buzzer (2815/4752)
143/173 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $454,399)
54/83 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,628
(These statistics do not include Watson)


Matt Jackson, stats to date:
503 correct, 28 incorrect
20/22 on rebound attempts
43.94% in first on buzzer (453/1031)
34/37 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $143,995)
10/19 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $23,221


Monica Thieu, stats to date:
89 correct, 20 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts
30.89% in first on buzzer (97/314)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $200)
6/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,667


Austin Rogers, stats to date:
415 correct, 56 incorrect
29/30 on rebound attempts
38.95% in first on buzzer (393/1009)
24/31 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $105,700)
14/17 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,842


Roger Craig, stats to date:
418 correct, 75 incorrect
18/21 on rebound attempts
46.83% in first on buzzer (428/914)
25/28 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $117,000)
8/16 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,098


Leonard Cooper, stats to date:
88 correct, 14 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
37.30% in first on buzzer (94/252)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $19,000)
3/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,800


Julia Collins, stats to date:
584 correct, 62 incorrect
40/45 on rebound attempts
37.60% in first on buzzer (535/1423)
29/40 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $47,400)
14/26 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,516


Ben Ingram, stats to date:
296 correct, 22 incorrect
24/24 on rebound attempts
34.13% in first on buzzer (256/750)
18/24 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $29,300)
13/14 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,557


Seth Wilson, stats to date:
346 correct, 38 incorrect
18/20 on rebound attempts
39.30% in first on buzzer (327/832)
15/23 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $13,800)
9/14 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,000

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Well, we’re going to get Ken vs. Brad in the final. Now it’s just a matter of whether Austin, Buzzy, or Colby will join them.
  • Team Julia earns $50,000 (split amongst the three players) for their sixth place finish.
  • Team Austin was very happy not to finish sixth. As one of the people that he called out back in September after the draft, I’m happy for them.
  • Ken’s combined stats over the two rounds he played: $28,400 Coryat, 31 correct, 2 incorrect, 50.88% in first on buzzer. Moreover, holding someone who won 20 games to 2 responses in a Double Jeopardy! round is no mean feat.
  • Props to Team Julia for finishing out the best they could.

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