Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 9, 2019

Happy Opening Day! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Biblical Archaeology) for Monday, September 9, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 1):

A site excavated since 1899, Tell es-Safi has been identified as this Philistine city, home to a giant warrior

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Victor C. Li, an advanced analytics developer from Jacksonville, Florida
Victor C. Li on Jeopardy!
Holly Palmer, a nurse from Colorado Springs, Colorado
Holly Palmer on Jeopardy!
Jason Zuffranieri, a math teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico (6-day total: $137,300)
Jason Zuffranieri on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Gath?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Tell es-Safi is generally considered to be the ancient Philistine city of Gath, the home town of Goliath and one of the five main Philistine cities. The general area has been inhabited since the 5th century BCE.

Today, the site is an Israeli national park.

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

Scores going into Final:
Jason $29,600
Holly $7,800
Victor $400

Tonight’s results:
Victor $400 – $399 = $1 (What is Baghdad?)
Holly $7,800 – $5,000 = $2,800 (What is Goliathtown)
Jason $29,600 – $400 = $29,200 (7-day total: $166,500) (What is Goliath?)

Jason Zuffranieri, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 9, 2019 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jason $5,500
Holly $3,000
Victor $400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) FROM PAGE TO SCREEN $1000 (9th pick)
Jason 3400 -2700 (Holly 800 Victor 0)
2) THE 1820s $1600 (6th pick)
Jason 12700 +4000 (Holly 4600 Victor 400)
3) WORLD CURRENCY $1200 (14th pick)
Jason 23900 +2500 (Holly 4600 Victor 400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -37

Unplayed clues:
J! round: PARTS OF SPEECHES $200
DJ! Round: JACK LONDON $400
Total $ Left On Board: $600

Game Stats:
Jason $28,600 Coryat, 29 correct, 2 incorrect, 49.09% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Holly $7,800 Coryat, 11 correct, 0 incorrect, 18.18% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Victor $400 Coryat, 6 correct, 4 incorrect, 16.36% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,800
Lach Trash: $10,400 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,200

Jason Zuffranieri, stats to date:
187 correct, 19 incorrect
8/9 on rebound attempts (on 24 rebound opportunities)
45.71% in first on buzzer (176/385)
10/13 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $17,600)
3/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $22,886

Jason Zuffranieri, to win:
8 games: 78.919%
9: 62.282%
10: 49.152%
11: 38.790%
12: 30.612%
Avg. streak: 10.744 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I just have a sinking feeling that games will be tougher this season; the 11 Triple Stumpers and relatively difficult Final Jeopardy (Gath has never been a correct response according to J! Archive, though it has come up in clues) might be evidence of this. I’ll keep an eye on this as things progress this season.
  • Jason looked like he didn’t even have a break, though, with his highest Coryat score of his run so far.

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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 9, 2019"

  1. Looking forward to season 36.

  2. Are those….new graphics?! Looking forward to seeing it!

  3. We start the new season with a triple stumper.

  4. I got Gath immediately. Frankly, I’m disappointed that none of the players got it right.

    • Seriously? This is the first time Gath has ever been a correct response on the show.

      This was, by all accounts, a difficult Final Jeopardy.

      • I’m with you, I never heard of it, and would have said something like Holly’s “Goliathtown”, which got a big laugh.
        Speaking of laughs, I thought the show having “beanie” as the correct response referring to the Pope’s skullcap, or zucchetto, was….interesting. I remember an episode of “Mary Tyler Moore” where they had a character call a yarmulke a “beanie”. It was played for laughs (which it got) to show the character’s ignorance. Not really that big a deal…just a bit irreverent imo.

  5. Pizza Face Fred | September 9, 2019 at 10:35 pm |

    Definitely a Holzhauer-level Final…

  6. I got the “Gath” answer easily but I’m a Bible buff. I can see this was a hard Jeopardy Final for most people. Fortunately for Jason he didn’t need to know.

  7. The last names flow into each other category was … interesting. The way Alex described it the correct response was just two names with a common syllable. But the players turned it into an ad hoc Before & After category, which the judges went with too (note Alex’s initial hesitation on the Jackson/Sonnenfeld answer), if only as an acknowledgement of the confusion over the category.

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