Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 25, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Natural Geographic Features) for Wednesday, September 25, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 13):

Timely for 2018, in 1866 Mark Twain wrote of this landmark’s “sputtering jets of fire” & “heat from Pele’s furnaces”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Gairen Wallace, a technology consultant from Goffstown, New Hampshire
Gairen Wallace on Jeopardy!
Ted Berg, a sportswriter from New York, New York
Ted Berg on Jeopardy!
Jason Zuffranieri, a math teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico (18-day total: $502,096)
Jason Zuffranieri on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Kīlauea?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Kīlauea is the most active of five volcanoes that make up Hawaiʻi (the big island) and has been traditionally been considered the sacred home of the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele.

Twain wrote about the volcano in 1866 for the Sacramento Daily Union; Twain found viewing the volcano (now in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park) to be much better at night than during the day.

In May 2018, an eruption began in Kīlauea’s East rift zone; 13.7 square miles had been covered by lava flows and 700 houses were destroyed.


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

Scores going into Final:
Jason $30,400
Ted $13,200
Gairen $11,800


Tonight’s results:
Gairen $11,800 – $11,799 = $1 (What is Old Faithful?)
Ted $13,200 – $10,401 = $2,799 (What is Mt. Vesuvius?)
Jason $30,400 – $0 = $30,400 (19-day total: $532,496) (What is Old Faithful?)


Jason Zuffranieri, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 25, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ted $8,000
Jason $7,800
Gairen $3,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) “MAN” UP $400 (25th pick)
Ted 4800 +3000 (Jason 7600 Gairen 3400)
2) BOOKS ABOUT CHINA $2000 (11th pick)
Jason 12200 +5000 (Gairen 11000 Ted 10000)
3) NON-GENEVA CONVENTIONS $1600 (18th pick)
Jason 19200 +4000 (Ted 11600 Gairen 11000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 124


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 37 (2.85 per episode average)


Game Stats:
Jason $25,000 Coryat, 26 correct, 0 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Ted $10,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 0 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Gairen $11,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $47,400
Lach Trash: $5,600 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $1,000


Jason Zuffranieri, stats to date:
551 correct, 42 incorrect
33/36 on rebound attempts (on 68 rebound opportunities)
47.97% in first on buzzer (496/1034)
34/42 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $101,305)
11/19 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,589


Jason Zuffranieri, to win:
20 games: 86.300%
21: 74.477%
22: 64.273%
23: 55.468%
24: 47.869%
Avg. streak: 25.299 games.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Jason ties David Madden for the 4th-longest winning streak of all time on Jeopardy.
  • At $532,496, he moves to $22,704 behind Roger Craig for 7th on the all-time winnings list. Note that the Jeopardy! web site, for some reason, has failed to note the prize money for Team Austin, Team Buzzy, and Team Julia from the All-Star Games.
  • Jason passes David Madden for 5th all-time in terms of number of correct responses given on the show. Julia Collins sits 4th at 584.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 25, 2019"

  1. Brian O'Leary | September 25, 2019 at 11:27 am |

    Andy. They never include consolation prizes in contestants winnings. In tournaments, only the 3 finalists “win” money. Everyone else receives consolation prizes.

    • Brian:

      If that was the case, the website would show David Madden at $763,733, not $773,733, as he only made the semifinals in the 2006 Tournament of Champions and by your statement, the $10,000 he won in that tournament would be “consolation” money.

      Thus, my original point stands and the website is incorrect.

  2. I wonder if they had accepted “Mauna Loa”, since Kilauea is part of Mauna Loa?
    Kilauea is one of the many – and as Andy said – the most active vent/crater of Mauna Loa.

    • Another little morsel: Kilauea is “erupting” or “overflowing” since 1984, sometimes just a little but there have been several severe eruptions since 1984. Starting that year Kilauea has been active EACH DAY and there were several occasions when houses were destroyed over the past decades. Plus, the Big Island has grown considerably since 1984. The sign “Southernmost point of the U.S.A.” is now a few miles inland, acres and acres of new land has been created by the lava flow, often with a stronger overflow reaching the coast and then going into the ocean.

  3. Another little morsel: Kilauea is “erupting” or “overflowing” since 1984, sometimes just a little but there have been several severe eruptions since 1984. Starting that year Kilauea has been active EACH DAY and there were several occasions when houses were destroyed over the past decades. Plus, the Big Island has grown considerably since 1984. The sign “Southernmost point of the U.S.A.” is now a few miles inland, acres and acres of new land has been created by the lava flow, often with a stronger overflow reaching the coast and then going into the ocean.

  4. Rough ending with a triple stumper.

    • I guess that the year and Mark Twain kind of ruled out a location so far away from the nearest mainland. Traveling such long distances in those days may not be the first thing that comes to mind. After all, you had 2 “Old Faithful”s and a volcano on the Italian mainland, not Mount Etna on an island, Sicily in this case. Hawaii was then I guess somehow regarded of being in the middle of nowhere….?

  5. Maurine Gutowski | September 25, 2019 at 8:34 pm |

    I visited the Big Island with my parents in the mid 60’s when I was teaching at the University of Hawaii on Oahu, famous for its old volcano, Diamond Head. At that time the hardened lava flow looked like brown lumpy earth sloping down to the sea. Mauna Kea is the tallest of all Hawaii’s mountains and can even have snow at the top. I wonder if the islands will disappear with rising seas or the faster warming in polar regions now will have the opposite effect on currently tropical belts.

    • Mauna Kea actually DOES have snow on top, about 6 months per year. And Hawaii has 10 of the 12 climate zones (which range from arctic to tropic). Subtropic and subarctic are the 2 extreme zones in Hawaii, only the 2 extreme climates (arctic and tropical) are missing. SE of the Big Island an other island is already forming, with lava breaking through the ocean floor. Somewhen in the next 500 to 1000 years there will be a new island breaking the ocean surface.

  6. Pizza Face Fred | September 25, 2019 at 11:56 pm |

    I would like to have seen how the contestants spelled “Kilauea.”

  7. Maurine Gutowski | September 26, 2019 at 3:42 am |

    They didn’t, because none of them apparently knew the Pele goddess clue.

    • Pizza Face Fred | September 26, 2019 at 7:03 pm |

      I’m sure they got the Pele reference–especially Jason–but it’s pretty hard to think of a volcano as a “landmark,” for me and millions of others, I’m guessing. If nothing else, a poor choice of words…

  8. Every time Jeopardy is not shown in Chicago because of a Special Report or a Cubs game I am so glad to have this site to see the results. Thank you, Andy.

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