Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 1, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Mountain Ranges) for Tuesday, October 1, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 17):

A chain of volcanoes is named for this mountain range where the continental USA’s deadliest eruption took place

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Kevin Boettcher, a university administrator from Binghamton, New York
Kevin Boettcher on Jeopardy!
Abby Grubbs, a study abroad advisor from Hillsborough, North Carolina
Abby Grubbs on Jeopardy!
Laurel Lathrop, a graduate student from Tallahassee, Florida (2-day total: $64,002)
Laurel Lathrop on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What are the Cascades?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The Cascade Volcanoes are named for the Cascade Mountain Range, a range that stretches from northern California to British Columbia. One of the volcanoes in the range, Mount St. Helens in southern Washington, had a very notable major eruption in 1980, with damages of over $1 billion (in 1980 dollars) and over 50 deaths.

Since this has come up recently in some other parts of the Internet, it’s always good to point this out, in case newer fans haven’t discovered this: Jeopardy‘s writing conventions are such that the word “this” always precedes what they are looking for as a correct response. (In this case, “this mountain range”).


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

Scores going into Final:
Kevin $26,000
Laurel $8,600
Abby $5,000


Tonight’s results:
Abby $5,000 + $5,000 = $10,000
Laurel $8,600 – $8,599 = $1 (What are the Olympian)
Kevin $26,000 – $3,000 = $23,000 (1-day total: $23,000) (What are the P Coastal Mtns.?)


Kevin Boettcher, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 1, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Kevin $10,000
Laurel $3,400
Abby $1,800


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Opening break taken after: 16 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) NOT-SO-SECRET SERVICE CODE NAMES $1000 (11th pick)
Kevin 2800 +2800 (Laurel 1000 Abby 800)
2) IND-ICC-TED! $1600 (16th pick)
Kevin 17200 +3000 (Laurel 6200 Abby 2200)
3) THE INSECT WORLD $1600 (21st pick)
Kevin 23400 +1000 (Laurel 6200 Abby 3400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 122


Unplayed clues:
J! round: JUMP AROUND! $200; CHIP & DALE $200
DJ! Round: CHIPPENDALE $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $2,400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 46 (2.71 per episode average)


Game Stats:
Kevin $23,400 Coryat, 27 correct, 1 incorrect, 40.74% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Abby $5,000 Coryat, 10 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.07% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Laurel $8,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.63% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,000
Lach Trash: $7,200 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,400


Laurel Lathrop, final stats:
56 correct, 7 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
33.74% in first on buzzer (55/163)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,600

Kevin Boettcher, stats to date:
27 correct, 2 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
40.74% in first on buzzer (22/54)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,800)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $23,400

Kevin Boettcher, to win:
2 games: 77.362%
3: 59.849%
4: 46.301%
5: 35.820%
6: 27.711%
Avg. streak: 4.417 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • One thing that I think will have come out of the last six months of Jeopardy! episodes is that I think more contestants will be ready to use a “bounce” strategy, with Kevin today being an example of that. I would venture that it threw off an otherwise above-average champion in Laurel just enough to give him the upper hand in this game.

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6 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 1, 2019"

  1. Today’s winner reminds me of another Boettcher from four months ago!

  2. Freddie Leonard | October 1, 2019 at 2:50 pm |

    I wonder if they’re related

  3. Hey Andy – very interesting info re: the word “this” in the FJ question. Do you know, is this info shared with contestants before the games begin?

  4. Andy, please explain what you mean by a “bounce” strategy?

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