Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 26, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Landmarks) for Thursday, September 26, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 14):

“The Eighth Wonder”, by composer Alan John & librettist Dennis Watkins, is about this building that opened in 1973

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Gabe Brison-Trezise, a researcher from Washington, D.C.
Gabe Brison-Trezise on Jeopardy!
Christine Ryan, an associate producer from Washington, D.C.
Christine Ryan on Jeopardy!
Jason Zuffranieri, a math teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico (19-day total: $532,496)
Jason Zuffranieri on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the Sydney Opera House?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

“The Eighth Wonder” is a 1995 opera about the building of the famous Sydney Opera House. Jørn Utzon won the architectural design contest in 1957 and it took nearly 16 years for it to be built. Many of the potential structural issues with the original design were solved by Utzon on the fly as the project entered the 1960s; however, a change in provincial New South Wales government, and subsequent issues over fees and Utzon’s involvement, led to Utzon’s resignation from the project in 1966. Utzon never returned to Australia.

The opera itself debuted at the Sydney Opera House.


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

Scores going into Final:
Jason $21,000
Gabe $11,200
Christine $9,000


Tonight’s results:
Christine $9,000 – $8,900 = $100 (What is the Sears Tower)
Gabe $11,200 + $11,200 = $22,400 (1-day total: $22,400)
Jason $21,000 – $1,500 = $19,500 (What is the Prado?)


Gabe Brison-Trezise, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 26, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jason $8,600
Gabe $5,200
Christine $3,800


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Opening break taken after: clues


Daily Double locations:
1) STATE OF THE STATE FOREST $800 (9th pick)
Gabe 1600 +1600 (Jason 4200 Christine 1000)
2) ANIMAL ANATOMY $1200 (9th pick)
Christine 5800 -2000 (Jason 13000 Gabe 6400)
3) FINNISH LINES $1600 (14th pick)
Gabe 5200 +4000 (Jason 13000 Christine 4200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 142


Unplayed clues:
J! round: FINISH LINES $200
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $200
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 38 (2.71 per episode average)


Game Stats:
Gabe $8,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Jason $21,000 Coryat, 25 correct, 0 incorrect, 39.29% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Christine $11,000 Coryat, 16 corect, 4 incorrect, 30.36% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,000
Lach Trash: $3,600 (on 2 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,200


Jason Zuffranieri, final stats:
576 correct, 43 incorrect
36/39 on rebound attempts (on 74 rebound opportunities)
47.52% in first on buzzer (518/1090)
34/42 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $101,305)
11/20 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,410


Gabe Brison-Trezise, stats to date:
16 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
28.57% in first on buzzer (16/56)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,600)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,000

Gabe Brison-Trezise, to win:
2 games: 36.835%
3: 13.568%
4: 4.998%
5: 1.841%
6: 0.678%
Avg. streak: 1.583 games.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • While today’s show was pre-empted on WAKA Montgomery, KLTV Tyler, WBBJ Jackson, and WTOK Meridian, it did air on KTRK Houston at 11:30 AM CT.
  • The show’s contestant co-ordinators have a maxim: “Champions lose on Thursday”, and that held true today. It’s because it’s the first game back after lunch, and there’s a chance for the champion to lose their mojo over the lunch break. With the buzzer stats being only 22-17-16, it seemed as though Jason didn’t have the same mojo that he went into lunch with.
  • While Alex said that Jason will be returning for a Tournament of Champions, note that he did not specify which one. Remember that Jeopardy! finalized its field for the 28th Tournament of Champions (to be aired in November) on July 10; Jason is currently qualified for the 29th Tournament of Champions (scheduling as yet unknown).
  • When Jason does compete in his Tournament of Champions, he will be 8 correct responses behind Julia Collins for 4th all-time.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 26, 2019"

  1. Sears Tower also opened in 1973 which is a good red herring.

  2. There goes Jason!

  3. Wow! Thanks for following through Andy, you rock!

  4. I’m sad to see Jason fall short of 20 wins, but it is nice to see new champions again! I’m also surprised I got this Final correct right away.

  5. Maurine Gutowski | September 26, 2019 at 2:12 pm | Reply

    Andy, typo Gave for Gabe in Jeopardy round.

  6. Marty Cunningham | September 26, 2019 at 3:46 pm | Reply

    Some truth to the “Champions lose on Thursday” maxim, although I won my first game on a Thursday. At lunch, we kept encouraging the current champ (who had just won his first on Wednesday) to order something with turkey in it, hoping the tryptophan would kick in and make him sleepy. He did finish third on the first game after lunch, even though he was the only one of us who had the correct answer in Final, but I had a big enough lead that he could not catch up. Ironically, my last game was on a Tuesday, but you still kind of have a feeling when you have just not been on top of things for a given game. Still, happy for Jason, he had a great streak, especially topping half a million. Be interesting to see what effect his and James’ play will have on future contestants for the rest of this season.

  7. After checking out property values in Albuquerque, even after taxes, Jason will be able to pay cash for a very comfortable home for himself and his wife to be.
    Happy Life, Jason!
    Congratulations Gabe – and good luck!

  8. That was close going down to the end of Double; I very much thought Jason was going to be able to eke out a lock despite not finding a Daily Double.

    Weekday of regular-play loss for all players with five of more wins, sky’s-the-limit era (Season 20-present):

    Monday: 18
    Tuesday: 13
    Wednesday: 22
    Thursday: 22
    Friday: 22

    (These totals include both of Bob Mesko’s and Ryan Fenster’s losses.)

    And FYI: Australia has states, not provinces.

  9. While not Jason’s best performance, not bad comparatively speaking to the final regular games of his fellow Ultra Champions (10+ wins). His final Coryat of 21.0k was bettered only by Ken’s 22.4 and James’s 23.4. While Seth Wilson had a respectable 19.2, the other five Ultra’s scored in a low 7.4 to 14.0 range.

    But Gabe’s Coryat of 8k today showed that made DDs and a made FJ can sometimes make a huge difference.

    Wishing Jason well in his upcoming marriage and in a future TOC!

  10. Should Gabe go on a win streak, even becoming an Ultra Champ it might be unexpected by it wouldn’t be unprecedented. Thanks to Andy’s stats we know 20 game winner Julia Collins’s first win was also a Coryat of $8,000.

  11. Jason was an outstanding champion. Even on his day of defeat, he came close to having a runaway even without having the good fortune of selecting any of the DDs. FJ (where he was 11/20 overall) turned out to be his undoing.

  12. After the quotation of the contestant coordinators’ maxim was picked up by the New York Post, I decided to test it since it was possible to do so, vice simply accepting it uncritically. I’ve already given the numbers for 5+ game champions in the “sky’s the limit” era in an earlier comment, but thanks to J! Archive’s “succession of champions” tool, I expanded it to all champions in the same time frame (September 8, 2003 to September 27, 2019). I nearly posted the numbers on Saturday night, but fortunately I didn’t, because the compilation was at that time fatally flawed for multiple reasons. (It didn’t properly consider pre-2014 ties, for one thing.) But I’ve got that worked out now, so here are, by weekday of airing, the losses of regular-play champions since the start of Season 20:

    Monday: 315 (20.2%)
    Tuesday: 293 (18.8%)
    Wednesday: 311 (19.9%)
    Thursday: 323 (20.7%)
    Friday: 317 (20.3%)

    While Thursday is the day on which champions lose most often, the margin appears to me to be insignificant.

    I thus respectfully submit that the contestant coordinators’ maxim is incorrect – and to the extent that its quotation here constitutes acceptance or endorsement thereof, so too is The Jeopardy! Fan.

    • I mean, I would venture that the contestant coordinators may also be saying that in order to warn champions not to overdo it over the lunch break, as a piece of advice.

      That said, thank you for your compilation!

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