Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 23, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Musical Theatre Inspirations) for Monday, September 23, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 11):

The title of this musical that opened on Broadway in 1964 was inspired by a Marc Chagall painting

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Trey Caliva, a Director of Technology from Wolfforth, Texas
Trey Caliva on Jeopardy!
Jacky McGoldrick, a university administrator from Maynard, Massachusetts
Jacky McGoldrick on Jeopardy!
Jason Zuffranieri, a math teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico (16-day total: $437,096)
Jason Zuffranieri on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Fiddler on the Roof?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The title of the famous musical Fiddler on the Roof was inspired by the 1912 Marc Chagall painting The Fiddler. The musical itself was the first Broadway musical to have a run of 3,000 performances and won 9 Tony Awards (including Best Musical). The musical itself was based on Sholem Aleichem’s Tevye and his Daughters.

Here at The Jeopardy! Fan, I’d like to thank my friend who suggested I take in the Marc Chagall exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario back in 2011. It’s been particularly helpful for getting various Jeopardy! clues over the years!

Marc Chagall's "The Fiddler", as used in Final Jeopardy on September 23, 2019.


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

Scores going into Final:
Jason $31,200
Jacky $5,600
Trey $200


Tonight’s results:
Trey $200 – $125 = $75 (What is A Red Raider?)
Jacky $5,600 – $4,600 = $1,000 (What is Phantom of the Opera?)
Jason $31,200 + $3,800 = $35,000 (17-day total: $472,096)


Jason Zuffranieri, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 23, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jason $11,400
Jacky $1,200
Trey -$600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
) CLOCKS $1000 (18th pick)
Jason 5800 +2800 (Jacky 200 Trey -1000)
2) GEOGRAPHIC TRIOS $1600 (5th pick)
Jason 15400 +5000 (Jacky 1200 Trey -600)
3) BOATS & SHIPS $800 (8th pick)
Trey 1000 -2000 (Jason 20400 Jacky 1200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -19


Unplayed clues:
J! round: THEIR NAME IS LEGION $200; COUP COUP $200; CLOCKS $200
DJ! Round: FRUITFUL BOOK TITLES $400; GEOGRAPHIC TRIOS $400; CELEBRITY FAMILY TREE $400; GOD SAVE THE “U” “K” $400
Total $ Left On Board: $2,200
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 37 (3.36 per episode average)


Game Stats:
Jason $26,000 Coryat, 30 correct, 2 incorrect, 52.00% in first on buzzer, 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Jacky $5,600 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 16.00% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Trey $2,200 Coryat, 6 correct, 6 incorrect, 18.00% in first on buzzer, 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $33,800
Lach Trash: $11,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,200


Jason Zuffranieri, stats to date:
493 correct, 40 incorrect
29/32 on rebound attempts (on 61 rebound opportunities)
48.59% in first on buzzer (447/920)
30/37 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $90,305)
10/17 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,365


Jason Zuffranieri, to win:
18 games: 85.167%
19: 72.534%
20: 61.775%
21: 52.611%
22: 44.807%
Avg. streak: 22.742 games.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Jason now moves to #11 on the all-time Jeopardy! winnings list (including tournaments). Austin Rogers sits 10th at $486,000.
  • Jason remains #7 all-time in terms of number of correct responses given; he’s 21 behind Matt Jackson at #6.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 23, 2019"

  1. While it’s definitely Jason’s time, a side note:
    had James not lost in game 33 and continued to win, my calculation would have had him at 73 wins, one away from Ken’s 74 and two from setting the record for consecutive wins, while approaching $6 million.

    But will Jason move to third by winning out this week? We shall see. In my wildest dreams I don’t see him challenging Ken’s 74 game record, but if he passes Dave Madden (19)and Julia Collins (20) then passing James’s 32 is not out of the question.

  2. All of these multi-game winners are so impressive, and it’s even more impressive when you think about how difficult it is to get on J in the first place, and how intelligent all the contestants are. Right now, Ken and James are in a different sphere in terms of games won, but James’s 17 wins is incredible, especially when you think of it in terms of him besting 34 other contestants.

    • I meant Jason’s 17 wins, of course

      • He doesn’t miss many, of course, but he definitely misses more than JH–some are rather glaring, like the Sergeant Pepper’s songs, “Guernica,” the yacht “America” (less glaring I guess but no problem for JH) yesterday; nothing stood out tonight but last week I remember a clue he whiffed that called for you to identify the country where a region called “Tripolitania” was located–I ONLY know the name of ONE city in “LIBYA,” and it’s Tripoli…One other reason why all these stood out was that Yours Truly knew got them all right(!)

        • Richard:

          It would help your argument if you remembered things properly.

          Jason got that Tripolitania clue correct. And America was not Jason, but one of his opponents.

          As it has these mistakes, you’re being glaringly unfair to Jason here.

  3. Jason has certainly reached the rarified air – hopefully tomorrow,he hits half a mil.
    Go Jason!!!

  4. Maybe the website it incorrect, but on the official Jeopardy website, Austin Rogers won only $461,000 including tournament money which would mean that Jason would be in 10th, but like I said they could be incorrect.

  5. Ok thanks for replying!

  6. Pizza Face Fred | September 23, 2019 at 11:04 pm |

    Zuffranieri is really starting to Holzhauer these Finals!

    • A real “axman” so to speak!

      • or taglialegna , if you want to stay in ”
        Italian”…..strong, either way you cut/splice/split it……

        • So his name IS italian–(that is the obvious assumption I guess, but I was yelling a little at Alex that he didn’t nail that down when he was asking about his name–I thought there was an outside chance it might be Iranian or something Middle Eastern…

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