Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 20, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category U.S. Currency) for Friday, September 20, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 10):

In 1929 Alexander Hamilton became the new face of the $10 bill, replacing this foe of his legacy, who got moved to another denomination

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Heather Sullivan, an attorney from Peekskill, New York
Heather Sullivan on Jeopardy!
John Lance, a ghostwriter from Tustin, California
John Lance on Jeopardy!
Jason Zuffranieri, a math teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico (15-day total: $418,343)
Jason Zuffranieri on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Andrew Jackson?

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With the Series of 1928, first released to the public in July 1929, many changes were made to US currency in order to standardize it (which was helpful against counterfeiters of the time). Alexander Hamilton was on the $10 bill (where he still is today), replacing Andrew Jackson, who is on the $20. Interestingly, Jackson was on the $5 bill between 1869 and 1923 before moving to the $10.

Jackson was scheduled to be removed from the $20 in favour of Harriet Tubman in 2020, but according to an announcement Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made in May, the replacement “can’t be rolled out until 2028” and that the problems are of a “technical” nature. I get the sense that the May announcement would have inspired one of the writers to write this Final Jeopardy. Certainly wouldn’t surprise me!

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Scores going into Final:
Jason $18,805
Heather $9,200
John $6,000

Tonight’s results:
John $6,000 – $401 = $5,599 (Who is Jefferson?)
Heather $9,200 – $2,850 = $6,350 (Who is Thomas Jefferson?)
Jason $18,805 – $52 = $18,753 (16-day total: $437,096) (Who is Jefferson?)

Jason Zuffraneiri, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 20, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jason $8,400
Heather $3,600
John $3,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) TRIAL OF THE CENTURY $600 (11th pick)
Jason 3000 +3000 (Heather 3600 John 1800)
2) THE BOOK NOOK $2000 (3rd pick)
Jason 10400 -4000 (Heather 4800 John 3200)
3) STATE OF CHIEFS $1200 (23rd pick)
Jason 18000 +5 (Heather 8400 John 4800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 62

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $400

Game Stats:
Jason $21,600 Coryat, 26 correct, 3 incorrect, 42.86% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Heather $9,200 Coryat, 11 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.64% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
John $6,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,800
Lach Trash: $9,400 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,400

Jason Zuffranieri, stats to date:
462 correct, 38 incorrect
25/28 on rebound attempts (on 57 rebound opportunities)
48.39% in first on buzzer (421/870)
28/35 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $82,505)
9/16 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,263

Jason Zuffranieri, to win:
17 games: 84.242%
18: 70.968%
19: 59.785%
20: 50.364%
21: 42.428%
Avg. streak: 21.346 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Kudos to Jason for making it through back-to-back five game taping days.
  • At $437,096, Jason is now third in terms of regular play winnings on Jeopardy!, and has passed Dan Pawson and Alex Jacob to sit 13th if tournament winnings are included. Buzzy Cohen sits 12th at $439,603.
  • Jason has taken sole position of 7th place all-time in terms of number of correct responses on the show. Matt Jackson sits 6th at 514.

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14 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 20, 2019"

  1. Yes, congrats to Jason for surviving another five day taping!

    Well, another triple whiff in FJ! And again, in the same week, the rare instance of all three picking the same wrong answer. Nice for Jason a runaway by the third DD and he could wager just $5.

    • He certainly didn’t have a runaway lock during the third DD. Just one more response from Heather while they were cleaning up the $400 clues at the end of the round would remove the runaway. Not that it would have mattered since she missed FJ.

  2. TGIF for Jason’s sake! Hope he can use the weekend to sleep well and come back Monday, refreshed and raring to go!
    Congrats, Jason!

    • Marty Cunningham | September 20, 2019 at 4:46 pm |

      Since this is the end of the second week, it would have been the end of taping for Wednesday of the first week of taping (probably late July or early August), so Jason would have had the weekend, probably to return home to Albuquerque, and then fly back to LA on Sunday or Monday for the next round of taping starting on Tuesday. Given when they started taping Season 36 towards the end of July, I am curious how long Jason could stay on without there starting to be an overlap with his teaching schedule resuming probably in August (and assuming he would continue teaching.) Another two weeks of taping, another 20 shows? it’s possible.

      • I always assumed he took a leave of absence from his teaching for as long as he appears on J. Seems like an awful lot on his plate if he taught at the same time. Besides, this is pretty good publicity for his school.

      • This week taped on Tuesday July 23. Last week was July 22.

        Congrats to JZ for keeping this incredible run going! I hope you got some well needed rest for the next games!

  3. We end this week with another triple stumper.

  4. Having slogged my way through most of ‘Hamilton’, I don’t remember any mention of Jackson, though the replacement on the bills I’d believe. If you know the history of U.S. Currency you might have gotten it correct but Jefferson by far was the big currency foe of Hamilton.

    • The word “legacy” in the clue implies a later figure, not a contemporary of Hamilton. President Jackson led oppostion to the Bank of the United States, which had been a Hamilton creation, and which was discontinued during Jackson’s term in office. It doesn’t surprise me as a triple stumper, but it wouldn’t have surprised me if one or all had gotten it either. I think the Jackson connection would be generally known to anyone interested in the Jacksonian Era of politics, though not likely to be known otherwise.

    • Elizabeth Harris | September 23, 2019 at 12:08 am |

      Jefferson was an economic foe of Hamilton,but not necessarily a currency foe. This question was pretty interesting because Hamilton used to be on the $2 bill which started to be printed in the Civil War era and Jefferson later replaced Hamilton on that bill. So a quick misread of the question could have also led to Jefferson as an answer. But one of them should have gotten it correct as any history teacher, high school or college, emphasizes the Bank War under Jackson and Jefferson was far too easy an answer for FJ.

  5. I’m surprised no one got it right today. Personally, I thought the “foe of his legacy” part was a huge giveaway that it was Jackson due to his opinions on banks and all.

  6. freddie leonard | September 20, 2019 at 8:29 pm |

    We have Jeopardy James. Now we have Jeopardy Jason.

  7. Enos Williams | September 20, 2019 at 11:41 pm |

    I fell into the same trap as all three contestants and thus ends my streak of getting all the FJs correct this season.

  8. Dakota Erdmann | September 21, 2019 at 4:08 am |

    You said Jason now sits 6th all time in terms of correct answers on the show at 463 but you also said Matt Jackson sits at 6th place at 514. I am just wondering if one of those was a typo. Thank you.

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