Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 24, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American Colleges & Universities) for Tuesday, September 24, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 12):

The 1862 Morrill Act gave states federal acreage to sell for school funds, leading to the creation of 69 of these

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Ian Torres, a video game developer from Redwood City, California
Ian Torres on Jeopardy!
Karen Bland, an online English teacher from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Karen Bland on Jeopardy!
Jason Zuffranieri, a math teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico (17-day total: $472,096)
Jason Zuffranieri on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What are land-grant universities?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The US federal government, with the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890, sought to fund educational institutions that focused on teaching agriculture, science, military science, and engineering, in contrast to many of the existing liberal arts colleges of the era. Following a precedent set at the state level (especially in Michigan and Pennsylvania with Michigan State and Penn State University), federally controlled land was granted to these institutions (hence the name land-grant).

Kansas State University was the first land-grant institution created as a result of the Morrill Act. Others include The Ohio State University, Clemson University, Cornell University, and the University of Arkansas.


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

Scores going into Final:
Jason $27,600
Ian $12,200
Karen $2,200


Tonight’s results:
Karen $2,200 + $200 = $2,400
Ian $12,200 – $1,337 = $10,863 (What are agric charter universities?)
Jason $27,600 + $2,400 = $30,000 (18-day total: $502,096)


Jason Zuffranieri, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 24, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jason $12,200
Ian $2,200
Karen $1,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) READ ANY BESTSELLERS LATELY? $800 (15th pick)
Jason 6000 +3000 (Ian 1200 Karen 600)
2) THAT’S OLD NEWS $2000 (3rd pick)
Jason 15000 -4000 (Ian 2200 Karen 1800)
3) WORD ORIGINS $1600 (7th pick)
Jason 14600 +3000 (Ian 2200 Karen -200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 44


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 37 (3.08 per episode average)


Game Stats:
Jason $28,000 Coryat, 31 correct, 1 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Ian $12,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Karen $2,200 Coryat, 9 correct, 3 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,400
Lach Trash: $3,000 (on 2 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,600


Jason Zuffranieri, stats to date:
525 correct, 41 incorrect
31/34 on rebound attempts (on 66 rebound opportunities)
48.52% in first on buzzer (474/977)
32/40 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $92,305)
11/18 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,567


Jason Zuffranieri, to win:
19 games: 85.599%
20: 73.272%
21: 62.721%
22: 53.688%
23: 45.957%
Avg. streak: 23.944 games.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Jason becomes the 8th person in Jeopardy! history to win $500,000 or more on Jeopardy! (including tournaments.)
  • Much of the earlist airing on WAKA was pre-empted. Full statistics will be posted by 7:15 PM Eastern.
  • Jason passes Matt Jackson (514) for #6 all-time in terms of number of correct responses. David Madden sits 5th at 542.

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 24, 2019"

  1. And another runaway……

    • Marty Cunningham | September 24, 2019 at 2:04 pm |

      Runaway, yes, but it feels like the other 2 players still at least have a shot, sometimes even right up to final. To me, it always seemed like James just bore down, and tried to build as big a lead as possible, and it seemed like he only let up slightly when he had an insurmountable lead and then eased off, giving the other players a question or two to answer before he came back in. Jason plays more like the rest of us, sometimes shocked when he does know the answer, never makes extremely huge bets (I even loved when he bet $ 5 the other night on a Daily Double because he did not feel comfortable with the category). Slowly and steadily, he is building up the winnings and the records, but you almost kinda feel like he will also be happy to get back to teaching, too. He can definitely control what he wants to do from here on out, and I, for one, am happy to watch him keep winning. Good player and seems to be very nice and helpful with new contestants, helping them feel at ease on the set; that, sometimes is a true mark of the really great players.

      • Jason has the buzzer skills and knowledge. Where he differs from James is that he is a lot more conservative in his betting. He seems to want to hedge his bets and ensure he builds a nice nest egg for his upcoming marriage and new house, rather than just going for broke like James. Can’t blame him for that, at all, especially when that strategy has so far netted him over $500K.

  2. Maurine Gutowski | September 24, 2019 at 4:11 pm |

    He doesn’t get any of his winnings until he loses!

    • And don’t forget the taxman….the higher the winnings, the higher the tax bracket. Just imo I find it unfair to have to pay taxes here: what did the government do to earn the right to get a (huge) cut . What’s the government’s accomplishment? They didn’t answer a single question (or asked a single right question, to be technically correct). The only question will be:”how much did you win?” and then the command: “fork over XX %”! Thank you, Woodrow Wilson!

      • Actually, game show winnings started as non-taxable, and they still aren’t in Canada. But then a bunch of people rigged them in the 50s, and Uncle Sam went “yeah, we’re taxing y’all now.”

    • Marty Cunningham | September 25, 2019 at 2:50 pm |

      The conditions state payment within 12 weeks of the air date, but presumably the last air date.
      And California takes their cut right off the top, and then you have to work out your own state and federal taxes from there.
      My games were taped in November, but did not air until the following February, so I actually gained another year for payment of taxes on earnings. James’ whole amount from his initial run would be taxable for this year. The contestants in the tournament will have to watch for when they get their checks, between reporting for 2019 or 2020. If Jason plays long enough, he could potentially get his check in early 2020, which would also give him another year for tax planning (and he is going to need it!)

  3. Enos Williams | September 24, 2019 at 11:59 pm |

    Thanks for including Texas A&M in your list there.

  4. It was kind of fun when Alex referred back to last season with “Jeopardy James”, but mentioned that now we have “Jeopardy Jason”! I recall someone posted that observation here first, about a week ago!

    As far as other “Jeopardy J” top achievers, we first had “Jeopardy Jennings” and “Jeopardy Julia”!

  5. Juliette Robertson | September 27, 2019 at 2:46 pm |

    I’m just wondering how I can view a missed Jeopardy program on-line – Sept.24/19

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