Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 2, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Animal AKAs) for Wednesday, October 2, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 18):

It’s also called the czar fish

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Bill Sikov, a medical oncologist from Providence, Rhode Island
Bill Sikov on Jeopardy!
Julie Triba, a quality assurance analyst from Washington, D.C.
Julie Triba on Jeopardy!
Kevin Boettcher, a university administrator from Binghamton, New York (1-day total: $23,000)
Kevin Boettcher on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is a sturgeon?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The famed sturgeon, whose roe is used for expensive caviar worldwide, is of great Russian national pride, so much so that it gained the nickname “czar fish”. Unfortunately, the relentless hunt for the roe has pushed the fish nearly to extinction.


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

Scores going into Final:
Kevin $15,200
Bill $13,200
Julie $10,800


Tonight’s results:
Julie $10,800 – $6,000 = $4,800 (What is a)
Bill $13,200 + $8,410 = $21,610
Kevin $15,200 + $11,201 = $26,401 (2-day total: $49,401)


Kevin Boettcher, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 2, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Bill $5,600
Kevin $3,600
Julie $1,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) UNTRUE DETECTIVE $800 (15th pick)
Bill 4800 +2400 (Kevin 2800 Julie 0)
2) THE 17th CENTURY $1200 (1st pick)
Julie 1800 +1800 (Bill 5600 Kevin 3600)
3) THE NEAREST OTHER NATIONAL CAPITAL $1200 (5th pick)
Kevin 4000 +4000 (Bill 5600 Julie 4400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 240


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL $1600 & $2000; GOVERNMENT & POLITICS $800; THE 17th CENTURY $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $6,400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 50 (2.78 per episode average)


Game Stats:
Kevin $12,400 Coryat, 23 correct, 4 incorrect, 45.28% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Bill $11,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 32.08% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Julie $10,200 Coryat, 10 correct, 0 incorrect, 16.98% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attmempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,200
Lach Trash: $7,600 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800


Kevin Boettcher, stats to date:
51 correct, 6 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
42.99% in first on buzzer (46/107)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,800)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,900

Kevin Boettcher, to win:
3 games: 67.134%
4: 45.070%
5: 30.257%
6: 20.313%
7: 13.637%
Avg. streak: 4.043 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • At 30 characters, today’s Final Jeopardy is the shortest Final Jeopardy! clue since June 21, 2006 (AUTHORS: “Author seen here with his son”) and the shortest clue without an accompanying picture since October 18, 1995 (THE CARIBBEAN: “Its peso is symbolized R.D.$”)
  • $6,400 is the largest combined dollar value left on the board since $7,600 was left on the board on March 13.
  • Kudos to all three players for their excellent Final Jeopardy! wagers in this situation.

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14 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 2, 2019"

  1. I appreciate that the Final Jeopardy clues lately give a knowledgeable person the opportunity to deduce the correct answer even if you don’t know it outright. If you’ve never heard of a czar fish, the clue at least leads you to a fish associated with Russian royalty. Yesterday, even if you hadn’t heard of the Cascade Volcanoes, the clue basically gave you Mount St Helens, then you just had to think of a mountain range in that geographic area. Most of the clues this season have been helpful like that. That’s as opposed to the last Final in Season 35. Part of that clue was obviously referencing the Titanic, but if you didn’t know the name of the other ship, there was no way to deduce it from the clue.

      • Not only do I also agree with Robert’s statement, I think it particularly timely. Today is the fifth anniversary of one of the nastiest and most infamous Final Jeopardy! clues in recent years – the one that wanted “Blatt and Brat” as the correct response. Though I got that one immediately, I came around to agree with the community savaging the writers on that one.

  2. Chris Stratton | October 2, 2019 at 11:35 am | Reply

    This high number of unrevealed clues so far this season is frustrating. Do we agree that the cause is that they are putting in additional ads around final Jeopardy? Or is it something else? It doesn’t feel like the contestants have been particularly slow this season.

    • I think that it’s a combination of “Alex’s condition has made his clue reading slightly more deliberate” and “The clues have been getting slightly longer in length over the years”. It’s definitely not more ads; episode runtime without ads hasn’t appreciably changed.

      • Chris Stratton | October 3, 2019 at 1:55 am | Reply

        Thanks. I watched and just rewatched today’s ep. Kevin and Bill both read the full names of some of the lengthy category names several times. That probably ate enough time for two or three clues in DJ.

    • Marty Cunningham | October 2, 2019 at 6:48 pm | Reply

      Each round is timed, and the crew is very strict about watching the clock, so it is most likely the response times from the contestants. James almost never left a clue on the board during his run, because he was so quick to call out the next category, sometimes even stepping on whatever Alex was saying. One of the contestant coordinators comes out during almost every break and reminds the contestants to keep things moving, not to say “I think I’ll take…” but to just call out a category and amount. If you have “Shakespeare Opening Lines” as a category, just say “Shakespeare for 6”. Every little extra word or phrase can add a second or two and, across 30 clues that can add up to an extra minute or mor of ‘wasted’ time. Usually, this is due to nerves, if contestants are not comfortable with the categories or unsure where to go if they reach the end of a category. I haven’t noticed if Alex may be slowing up a bit, either, but that could be a small factor as well.

    • They cleared the board in Jeopardy tonight. I think leaving some clues on the board in Double Jeopardy, especially some of the higher value ones is due to Kevin playing a little defensively at the end. Kevin gained control of the board, and had a $3,200 lead, right as Alex said less than a minute. He immediately selected the $400 clue in a category that still had the $800, $1600, and $2000 clues available. He got that right, went to another $400, got that right, and went to the last $400 clue. To me, Kevin was definitely trying to run out the clock while doing what he could not to give his competitors a chance at the big money clues. It’s a shame four clues were left on the board, but the high dollar value of them seemed a little deliberate in Kevin’s endgame strategy.

      • Kevin’s strategy in seemingly targeting lower dollar values is clearly seen in comparing with Julie. His buzzer rate of 45.28% and 27 responses (23 correct) dwarfed Julie’s 16.98% and 10 responses, though all correct. But his Coryat was only slightly higher, $12,400 to $10,200!

  3. What name is in acapella?

  4. Jeopardy missed on a correct answer on the 10-2 aired show. In the category “Name in the answer”. The question, it is a thin folding money holder, was answered by Bill as wallet, which contains the name AL. He was ruled incorrect and the answer billfold was ruled as correct. I thought they would change the score before the final, but they didn’t.

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