Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 27, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Epitaphs) for Friday, September 27, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 15):

From his own 1898 poem, the epitaph of this Irish-born man ends, “his mourners will be outcast men, & outcasts always mourn”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Laurel Lathrop, a graduate student from Tallahassee, Florida
Laurel Lathrop on Jeopardy!
Steve St. John, a college psychology professor from Winter Springs, Florida
Steve St. John on Jeopardy!
Gabe Brison-Trezise, a researcher from Washington, D.C. (1-day total: $22,400)
Gabe Brison-Trezise on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Oscar Wilde?

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The entirety of Oscar Wilde’s 1900 epitaph, found at his tomb in Paris’ Père Lachaise Cemetery, is “And alien tears will fill for him, / Pity’s long-broken urn, / For his mourners will be outcast men, / And outcasts always mourn”, which is a verse from Wilde’s 1898 The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

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

Scores going into Final:
Laurel $18,400
Gabe $15,600
Steve $12,200

Tonight’s results:
Steve $12,200 – $6,205 = $5,995 (Who is Yeates?)
Gabe $15,600 – $8,801 = $6,799 (Who is Yeats?)
Laurel $18,400 + $12,801 = $31,201 (1-day total: $31,201)

Laurel Lathrop, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 27, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Laurel $7,400
Gabe $2,000
Steve $600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) MUSEUM PODGE $400 (15th pick)
Gabe -400 +1000 (Laurel 3400 Steve 800)
2) WATER $1200 (14th pick)
Laurel 14600 +3000 (Gabe 4800 Steve 3800)
3) SOME STERN WORDS $2000 (19th pick)
Gabe 6400 +6400 (Laurel 17600 Steve 8000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 221

Unplayed clues:
J! round: CABLE TELEVISION $800 & $1000
DJ! Round: “B” MOVIE STARS $400 & $800; SOAP $800
Total $ Left On Board: $3,800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 43 (2.87 per episode average)

Game Stats:
Laurel $16,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 1 incorrect, 34.62% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Gabe $10,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer, 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Steve $12,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.85% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,400
Lach Trash: $7,200 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,600

Gabe Brison-Trezise, final stats:
30 correct, 7 incorrect
0/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
26.85% in first on buzzer (29/108)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $13,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,300

Laurel Lathrop, stats to date:
20 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
34.62% in first on buzzer (18/52)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,600

Laurel Lathrop, to win:
2 games: 58.744%
3: 34.509%
4: 20.272%
5: 11.908%
6: 6.996%
Avg. streak: 2.424 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • After watching Jason play a James Holzhauer-esque strategy, it feels weird to see higher-valued clues unplayed.
  • Thank you to Mark Barrett for providing me with a full chart of this game.

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6 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 27, 2019"

  1. I’m so happy that Laurel won! It’s been so long since a woman has been champion (I think the last female champ was Emma Boettcher). Fantastic game to end the week!

  2. Maurine Gutowski | September 27, 2019 at 2:16 pm |

    The loot is getting spread around! I look forward to watching the competition (unless the storms knock the power out). (My poor Tigers are supposed to play a doubleheader with the White Sox in Chicago today but the storms are horrendous there. I’m on the east side of Lake Michigan opposite Milwaukee.)

  3. Yes, Laurel is the first female champion since Emma Boettcher. Kind of hard to believe.

  4. Very disappointed that Jason lost, and his conqueror couldn’t even win one additional game. At least Emma won three games (I think) after beating James. Just goes to show how much of an effect luck has on the game, and how some players can dethrone a champion by what appears to be a fluke.

    • Emma won a total of three, including her victory over James. Her second and third games were dominant. She was on track to win Game #4, but had some bad luck and a very painful FJ miss.

    • It’s the curse of the giant-slayer, in that the players that beat longtime champs always seem to lose their next game.

      For Gabe, his one-and-done seems unsurprising given how much luck played a role in his win over Jason. He had the lowest Coryat in that game, but managed to win thanks to a late Daily Double gain that allowed him to get within about half of Jason’s total (and some late pickups of the low-value clues put him in range). Then doubling his total on an FJ he was the only one to answer correctly, which good on him, but that does have to do with the luck of the draw of that question getting picked for this game. He also had the fewest correct buzz-ins of the three players, and Jason was 25-0.

      Statistically speaking luck doesn’t tend to hold up in the long run.

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