Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 16, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Leaders) for Wednesday, October 16, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 28):

This man who ruled from 1949 to 1976 was sometimes called “the Red Sun”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Jackie Schulte, a teacher from Scranton, Pennsylvania
Jackie Schulte on Jeopardy!
John Hancock, an opera singer from Tenafly, New Jersey
John Hancock on Jeopardy!
Ed Condon, a retired business intelligence manager from Hastings-on-Hudson, New York (1-day total: $31,000)
Ed Condon on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Mao Zedong?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Following the Chinese Civil War and Chiang Kai-shek fleeing the mainland to Taiwan, the People’s Republic of China was founded; Mao Zedong became Chairman, serving as head of state until 1959 and as Chairman of the Communist Party of China until his death on September 9, 1976, following multiple heart attacks.

The phrase “Chairman Mao is the red sun in our hearts” became oft-referenced in posters, badges, and musical compositions; in fact, odes to Mao set to a disco beat were released as a 1992 Chinese album titled The Red Sun.


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

Scores going into Final:
Ed $22,600
John $18,600
Jackie $4,000


Tonight’s results:
Jackie $4,000 + $3,999 = $7,999
John $18,600 – $18,600 = $0 (Who is B Kruschev)
Ed $22,600 + $20,000 = $42,600 (2-day total: $73,600) (Who is Mao?)


Ed Condon, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 16, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ed $9,800
John $3,800
Jackie $2,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) WHAT PREZ PRECEDED… $800 (9th pick)
Ed 3800 +3800 (John 0 Jackie 0)
2) GEOGRAPHICAL NICKNAMES $2000 (5th pick)
Jackie 4600 -3000 (Ed 10200 John 5000)
3) TV PETS $800 (15th pick)
John 5800 +4000 (Ed 15400 Jackie 1600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 104


Unplayed clues:
J! round: HER STORY $1000
DJ! round: SO LONG $1600
Total $ Left On Board: $2,600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 82 (2.93 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Ed $19,600 Coryat, 25 correct, 2 incorrect, 45.45% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Jackie $7,000 Coryat, 11 correct, 3 incorrect, 20.00% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
John $15,400 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 30.91% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,000
Lach Trash: $2,600 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,800


Ed Condon, stats to date:
57 correct, 3 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
47.27% in first on buzzer (52/110)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,800)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $23,200

Ed Condon, to win:
3 games: 82.695%
4: 68.385%
5: 56.551%
6: 46.765%
7: 38.672%
Avg. streak: 6.779 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • This is the 31st consecutive regular-play game in which there were fewer than 3 correct responses to Final Jeopardy. There was a 36-game streak between October 23 and December 25, 2002, and a 34-game streak between March 31 and May 30, 2017.

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8 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 16, 2019"

  1. When I was young, it was always spelled Mao Tse Tung…I wonder if this will be accepted?

    • Mark Barrett | October 16, 2019 at 11:34 am |

      Mao Tse Tung is fine and Ed went the easy way with just “Mao” for a correct response that had multiple options.

      • I thought if someone just wrote Mao it would be accepted as there is only one famous Mao.

      • And a lot of names have changed or are spelled differently today (Peking/Beijing, Bombay/Mumbai etc…)

        One of the easiest FJs so far this season imo , especially when you belong to the more mature generation. Sort of a generation thing.

        • I thought the same thing yesterday with a rose is a rose is a rose, Gertrude Stein, and wasn’t surprised Ed was the only one to get it! Being older has its advantages on Jeopardy!, but it can always work the other way of course. I never like my chances in the 21st century pop culture categories, that’s for sure.

          • Marty Cunningham | October 16, 2019 at 2:55 pm |

            Yes, culture things can cut both ways. After he saw one of my shows, my son gave me a hard time for not knowing the answer was “Drake” (the singer), but I countered with whether he knew of Alfred Drake, Sir Francis Drake, Professor Ludwig von Drake, John Drake (“Secret Agent Man”), soap star Drake Hogestyn, and, of course, Dr. Drake Remoray (Joey’s character on Days of Our Lives, from Friends). He might have known the last one, and maybe Drake Mallard (the altar ego of Disney’s “Darkwing Duck”.) Jimmy Kimmel sometimes does a great bit called Generation Gap, where he pits someone under 30 against someone over 50, or so, and asks them cultural questions from the other player’s generation.

  2. Maurine Gutowski | October 16, 2019 at 4:30 pm |

    I wondered too what spelling would be acceptable. The phonetics/phonemics of Chinese are different from English, and the order of of surnames and given names reversed, so Mao was the perfect, and easiest, response. I studied Japanese for years, including the writing system borrowed from Chinese but heavily altered because Japanese is very different grammatically and phonetically (quite close to Finnish; I thought of researching a real historical relationshup for my PhD in Linguistics but had a 10-year deadline and had my doubts about the vocabulary aspect when I’m not a native speaker of either language; I picked a topic based on a question posed by my landlord when I was teaching in Norway and did get my degree).

  3. What an evening! Both WoF and J! had very competitive games. Combining the all cash win of the WoF winner tonight & this massive J! win gives you $75,800 in one night!

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