Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 10, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category English History) for Thursday, October 10, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 24):

In 1600 a royal charter authorized it to set forth to “parts of Asia and Africa” in search of “trade and traffic”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Geoff Duncan, a freelance programmer musician from Seattle, Washington
Geoff Duncan on Jeopardy!
Cara Moretto, an actor from New York, New York
Cara Moretto on Jeopardy!
Jessica Garsed, a librarian from Augusta, Maine (3-day total: $52,199)
Jessica Garsed on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the (British) East India Company?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Formed to trade in India, the East Indies, and later China, especially in commodities such as cotton, salt, spices, and especially tea, the British East India Company did not move into building territory until the 1700s, when the Mughal Empire began to decline and struggles with the French East India Company over Bengal led to the British company gaining control of Bengal.

In spite of its mandate to trade in the East, it had been given competitive advantages over American tea importers in order to sell tea in the American colonies, which directly led to the Boston Tea Party.

By the early 1800s, the East India Company had built a massive empire in the Indian subcontinent with a private army twice the size of the actual British Army. Company rule in India ended with the institution of the British Raj in 1858. Having become vestigial by the institution of the Raj, it dissolved in 1874.


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Scores going into Final:
Geoff $24,800
Jessica $7,600
Cara $5,500


Tonight’s results:
Cara $5,500 – $5,300 = $200 (What is East India)
Jessica $7,600 – $7,599 = $1 (What is the Virginia Company?)
Geoff $24,800 + $8,599 = $33,399 (1-day total: $33,399)


Geoff Duncan, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 10, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Geoff $8,000
Jessica $4,000
Cara $2,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) BOLD STRATEGY $800 (13th pick)
Geoff 2400 +2400 (Jessica 2400 Cara 1200)
2) THE “NIGHT” WATCH $1200 (13th pick)
Cara 4000 -2500 (Geoff 11200 Jessica 7200)
3) 4-LETTER PLACES $800 (27th pick) ($4,800 remaining on the board)
Geoff 15200 +8000 (Jessica 7600 Cara 4300)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 90


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: 4-LETTER PLACES $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $2,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 72 (3.00 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Geoff $16,000 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 32.14% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Cara $8,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 4 incorrect, 32.14% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Jessica $7,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer, 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $31,600
Lach Trash: $9,400 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,000


Jessica Garsed, stats to date:
67 correct, 9 incorrect
6/9 on rebound attempts (on 23 rebound opportunities)
29.03% in first on buzzer (63/217)
0/0 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,450

Geoff Duncan, stats to date:
22 correct, 2 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
32.14% in first on buzzer (18/56)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,400)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,000

Geoff Duncan, to win:
2 games: 75.027%
3: 56.291%
4: 42.233%
5: 31.686%
6: 23.773%
75: 0.000%
Avg. streak: 4.004 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I agree with the judges’ decision to disallow Cara’s response. As “Company” was not in the clue, it needed to be in the response.

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8 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 10, 2019"

  1. I too agree with the judges’ decision. I also think it must be some consolation to Cara to realize that she wouldn’t have won anyway. Go Geoff!

  2. Liam Rutherford | October 10, 2019 at 5:01 pm | Reply

    Though congrats to Jessica on a three game run.

  3. Freddie Leonard | October 10, 2019 at 5:29 pm | Reply

    I think they should bring Cara back Lol

    • She would’ve lost anyway, so I don’t think she should be brought back. Putting aside the fact that I also agree with the judges’ decision, they generally only bring contestants back if a poorly worded clue or bad judging decision actually impacted the outcome of the game. Cara still would’ve only gotten 2nd place even if they did accept her answer.

      • Interesting 🤔 Has a contestant ever been invited back because “a poorly worded clue or judging decision actually impacted the outcome of the game”?

        • Contestants are brought back from time to time. Ryan Fenster is a prominent example.

        • The aforementioned Ryan Fenster is a prime example, but other contestants who had this happen to them include Bob Mesko, Brian Lamb, and Ariana Kelly (sister of Larissa Kelly).

  4. Anybody else notice that the last three categories in the Jeopardy round refered to the movie “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story?” I may be the only person lowbrow enough to see that.

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