Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 30, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Symbolic Objects) for Monday, September 30, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 16):

To complete one of its regular trips, in 1948 it took a boat across the English Channel; in 1952 it took a plane en route to Finland

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Jason Marsden, a nonprofit executive from Denver, Colorado
Jason Marsden on Jeopardy!
Jennifer Kinyak, a freelancer from Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jennifer Kinyak on Jeopardy!
Laurel Lathrop, a graduate student from Tallahassee, Florida (1-day total: $31,201)
Laurel Lathrop on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the Olympic torch?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

While an on-site Olympic flame was introduced at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, the Olympic Torch relay was designed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis for the 1936 Summer Olympics as a way to demonstrate the growing influence of the Third Reich, as well as reinforce his beliefs about classical Greece being an Aryan forerunner of his German Reich. The initial relay required new roads to be built in order to access Olympia in Greece (where the torch was lit) and went through Greece, Bulgary, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria, and Czechoslovakia on its 12-day, 11-night route to Berlin.

Somehow, this early history has been glossed over, and the tradition has carried on for each Olympic Games since.


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

Scores going into Final:
Laurel $17,600
Jason $16,400
Jennifer $15,200


Tonight’s results:
Jennifer $15,200 – $1 = $15,199 (What is the World Cup?)
Jason $16,400 + $14,001 = $30,401
Laurel $17,600 + $15,201 = $32,801 (2-day total: $64,002)


Laurel Lathrop, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 30, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jennifer $7,600
Laurel $4,800
Jason -$2,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) “S”EVEN-LETTER SCIENCE $800 (6th pick)
Jennifer 1600 +1600 (Laurel 1000 Jason 0)
2) EUROPEAN JOBS $1200 (19th pick)
Jason 6600 +5000 (Jennifer 13200 Laurel 9200)
3) IT’S ONLY A PAPER MOON $2000 (25th pick)
Laurel 11600 +4000 (Jason 14400 Jennifer 13200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 210


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 43 (2.69 per episode average)


Game Stats:
Laurel $15,600 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Jason $12,600 Coryat, 13 correct, 4 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Jennifer $14,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 0 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,600
Lach Trash: $6,400 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,000


Laurel Lathrop, stats to date:
42 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
35.78% in first on buzzer (39/109)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,100

Laurel Lathrop, to win:
3 games: 59.185%
4: 35.029%
5: 20.732%
6: 12.270%
7: 7.262%
Avg. streak: 3.450 games.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • In case anyone was wondering if Jeopardy! would be permanently altered by James Holzhauer, this game answered with a resounding “no”. Contestants who are more comfortable going top-to-bottom will still do so. There will be contestants who play the same way that James did, but it seems that every contestant won’t.
  • A score of -$2,200 after the Jeopardy! round is not a record; my records show at least two instances of -$3,200 after the opening round.

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5 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 30, 2019"

  1. The background information you gave on FJ was very surprising. I had never heard that.

  2. Marty Cunningham | September 30, 2019 at 1:55 pm | Reply

    I agree with your comment about there being an immediate change in play after James’ run. Many contestants who get on still feel comfortable starting at the top and working down. There is a bit of jitters the first time you pick a clue, and most people feel safer starting with the smaller amounts because they are supposed to be easier clues and, occasionally the writers create a progressive category where it helps to work the clues down the board because each clue builds off the previous ones.
    I still remember part of Maggie’s address to all the contestants before each day’s taping about “playing your game” and clearly, James had his own style, but not everyone is comfortable with that, and has not practiced that way. And, watching at home, most people ‘rehearse’ the way play is driven on that day’s show, which is still usually the standard progression. And, if you get an easier clue wrong, most people feel that they can get out of the red by playing the subsequent clues. It’s harder to start at the bottom, and miss that clue, then you have a deeper hole to get out of.

    And, yes, I did learn something new about the Olympic torch. Thanks.

    • Jason used James’ strategy effectively as he consistently started with the higher value clues. That strategy takes not only courage, but also brains. No point going big if you miss the answers.

  3. I have to wonder about a player rebounding this strongly in DJ after such a big negative value following the J! round. He pulled up to second and would have won with a substantial sum had Laurel not pulled out the correct FJ. That has to be one of the biggest rebounds from the negative in DJ and FJ.

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