Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 18, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Postcolonial World) for Friday, October 18, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 30):

This African nation left the British Commonwealth in 2003 over sanctions on its undemocratic government; in 2018 it applied to rejoin

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Amanda Borowski, an editor from Winter Springs, Florida
Amanda Borowski on Jeopardy!
Brian Lynch, a filmmaker from Los Angeles, California
Brian Lynch on Jeopardy!
Daryn Firicano, a clinical representative from Las Vegas, Nevada (1-day total: $18,200)
Daryn Firicano on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Zimbabwe?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Zimbabwe (which was the British colony of Southern Rhodesia) had been a member of the British Commonwealth since 1980; however, it was suspended in 2002 following accusations that president Robert Mugabe had abused human rights, rigged elections, and undermined the country’s economy. After the suspension was not lifted in 2003, Zimbabwe left the Commonwealth. Under president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who replaced Mugabe in late 2017, the country applied to rejoin. In February 2019, Harriett Baldwin, the UK’s Minister of State for Africa and International Development, said that the UK was not in support of the application.

As an interesting historical sidenote, the former Portuguese colony of Mozambique is part of the Commonwealth because of its efforts to aid the Commonwealth in both Zimbabwe and South Africa.


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

Scores going into Final:
Daryn $14,200
Brian $12,400
Amanda $10,000


Tonight’s results:
Amanda $10,000 – $9,998 = $2 (What is eSwatini)
Brian $12,400 – $10,000 = $2,400 (What is Congo?)
Daryn $14,200 – $10,601 = $3,599 (2-day total: $21,799) (What is South Africa)


Daryn Firicano, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 18, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Daryn $6,200
Brian $4,800
Amanda $4,800


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Opening break taken after: 14 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) ENABLING COOKIES $800 (5th pick)
Amanda 600 +400 (Brian 1400 Daryn 0)
2) BEST PICTURE OSCAR WINNERS $1200 (10th pick)
Amanda 11200 -4000 (Daryn 6600 Brian 6400)
3) THE REIGN OF KING CHARLES II $1200 (15th pick)
Daryn 9400 +2000 (Brian 10000 Amanda 7200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 26


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! round: THE REIGN OF KING CHARLES II $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $2,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 88 (2.93 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Daryn $13,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.93% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Brian $12,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 2 incorrect, 30.36% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Amanda $14,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,200
Lach Trash: $7,200 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,600


Daryn Firicano, stats to date:
40 correct, 6 incorrect
4/6 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
34.26% in first on buzzer (37/108)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,300

Daryn Firicano, to win:
3 games: 50.592%
4: 25.595%
5: 12.949%
6: 6.551%
7: 3.314%
Avg. streak: 3.024 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I feel as though this clue would be easier for Canadians, being that Canada is a member of the Commonwealth.

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10 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 18, 2019"

  1. To me the word “undemocratic” is almost a red herring in this clue. The clue seems to refer to a country that has changed its undemocratic ways. If someone doesn’t know much about the history of certain African countries, the fact a country is now called (once again) the Democratic Republic of the Congo, could lead to a wrong response.

  2. And again we end the week with a TS. Nevertheless congrats to Darin. Geography outside the U.S. is one of the weak categories for contestants….alas!
    Have a great weekend everybody!

  3. I said Sudan. I know it had a British colonial history, and 2003 was around the time the genocide in Darfur was reaching the world’s attention.

  4. That’s the second week that we end with a triple stumper.

  5. Maurine Gutowski | October 18, 2019 at 7:27 pm |

    It’s also the end of a long, tiring day for everyone, including ailing Alex.

  6. Amanda only lost because she, like most others in third place, didn’t know how to bet on final Jeopardy. Look, if either guy with a higher score gets it right, he will bet enough to beat her. Her only chance to win is when they both get it wrong. In that case, they will each drop to about $4000 and she will win (whether or not she gets the right answer) as long as she bets zero. It’s her only logical wager, and it would have been a winning strategy today. Sorry Amanda.

    This scenario happens often and it’s a very common error. Many many have lost unnecessarily.

  7. I’m American, and I had no problem getting this Final clue (although you might have suspected that already if you recall some of the Complete the List categories in which I’ve been particularly strong). “Undemocratic” + “left Commonwealth” pointed me right in the direction of Zimbabwe, and “sought to rejoin in 2018” helped to confirm, as I remembered that was shortly after Robert Mugabe lost power.

    After the show, I checked the date of Mugabe’s recent death – September 6 of this year. I was interested in that because I thought it might have been near when this episode was taped (and there might be something similar going on to the FJ clue that wanted “Godspeed” just after John Glenn died). But I suspect that this game was taped before then, in which case the players would not have had that to possibly guide them to the correct response.

  8. Amanda’s bet was mind-numbing. If you’re in 3rd place and close to 1st, you bet $0. I was stunned when I saw her bet. It’s unbelievable that people this smart can’t figure that out time and time again.

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