Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 23, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 1930s Novel Characters) for Wednesday, October 23, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 33):

Prior to a murder in a 1934 book, he says he hasn’t been a detective since 1927 & that his wife inherited a lumber mill

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Nick Rodriguez, a database administrator & composer from Farmingdale, New York
Nick Rodriguez on Jeopardy!
Allyson Samiljan, a communications & special events director from Wellington, Florida
Allyson Samiljan on Jeopardy!
Martha Bordogna, an attorney from Indian Trail, North Carolina (1-day total: $16,400)
Martha Bordogna on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Nick Charles?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

If in six months we find that the amount of prize money that Jeopardy! has given away has fallen significantly, I think that we can point to Final Jeopardy! clues like today’s. Frankly, I’d like to know who in the writer’s room got this one in order to let it through. I would also say that a significant part of the viewing audience will see “1934” + “murder” and go to Hercule Poirot without really thinking.

In Dashiell Hammett’s final novel The Thin Man, Nick Charles has retired as a detective after settling down, having married Nora (who had inherited the lumber-mill), but was pressed back into service to investigate a murder. It was later adapted into a six-part film series and a television series that aired on NBC from 1957 to 1959.


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

Scores going into Final:
Allyson $14,700
Nick $11,800
Martha $9,800


Tonight’s results:
Martha $9,800 – $7,000 = $2,800 (Who is Dick Tracy?)
Nick $11,800 – $7,801 = $3,999 (Who is Sam Spade)
Allyson $14,700 – $5,200 = $9,500 (Who is ?)


Allyson Samiljan, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 23, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Allyson $7,400
Nick $3,800
Martha $2,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) I BLESS THE RAINS $800 (14th pick)
Martha 1400 +800 (Nick 3800 Allyson 2000)
2) INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS $1200 (7th pick)
Allyson 9000 +2500 (Nick 5800 Martha 5000)
3) THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON $1600 (19th pick)
Nick 10600 -2000 (Allyson 14300 Martha 5400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 66


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 88 (2.67 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Allyson $13,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 0 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Nick $13,800 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Martha $9,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 4 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,000
Lach Trash: $10,200 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,800


Martha Bordogna, final statistics:
37 correct, 8 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
32.46% in first on buzzer (37/114)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,700)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,500

Allyson Samiljan, statistics to date:
16 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,400

Allyson Samiljan, to win:
2 games: 47.315%
3: 22.387%
4: 10.592%
5: 5.012%
6: 2.371%
Avg. streak: 1.898 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • It worked out in this case, but I felt that Allyson’s Final Jeopardy! wager was, counterintuitively, unnecessarily risky, as Nick was in a position where “bet everything” was plausible (due to Allyson having more of a lead over Nick than Nick had over Martha). Again, counterintuitively, betting more money (i.e. $8,901) would have carried less risk for Allyson.
  • A bet of $0 would have worked out really well for Martha here, especially considering her position in the game.

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25 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 23, 2019"

  1. Maybe it’s personal bias but this was an instaguess for me — “idle rich detective” is practically a beeline for Nick (and Nora) Charles, and the movies were fairly well-known comedies.

    • I got it right away too, but I love Dashiell Hammett. Kind of ironic that Nick (but not Charles!) was the only one to actually guess a Hammett character (The Maltese Falcon’s Sam Spade).

  2. To be honest, I never heard of that guy. They must really being on the verge of going broke ! This week -except today which I don’t know yet- we are 1 for 6 and Fri was a TS too…..

  3. Mentioning a wife was the give away. I see this in the NY Times

  4. Plus, the list of married detectives from that era is not long. Poirot, Spade, Marlowe–all committed bachelors.

  5. Re Andy’s info added info above about the prize money of Jeopardy falling with questions like this, I wonder if they gave so much money to James Holzhauer and Jason Z. that they have to have tougher questions now to balance the books!

    • MichaelJ, I think the last thing they have to worry about is prize money. Pretty sure Jeopardy is swimming in it. Losing Alex 💔 is probably their main concern right now. His health is in our hearts and we all wish him the best.

  6. Maurine Gutowski | October 23, 2019 at 1:58 pm | Reply

    I liked watching the Nick and Nora series and read some of the Thin Man books but didn’t know anything about its background so would have flunked this FJ.

  7. This has been a bad week so far…

  8. YAY! I got this correct! I am only in my 40s but I am a huge fan of William Powell who played Nick Charles in the movies. I was so excited to see this clue! I know a lot of people have never heard of him so any exposure to William Powell, TCM or classic movies/books excites me 🙂

    • Richard Rolwing | October 23, 2019 at 11:27 pm | Reply

      Ditto!! I knew Nora had inherited a lot of money so mostly got it from that part of the clue–that it was from a sawmill also dawned on me gradually–also the year helped–the first movie came out in ’35 …very entertaining flicks, for the characters (not just Powell and Loy, although they are great, of course) and dialogue–the plots are secondary…still kind of a weirdly worded clue–that

  9. Freddie Leonard | October 23, 2019 at 4:15 pm | Reply

    Hey!! Nick shoulda gotten FJ correct hahaha

  10. Allyson’s wager just blew my mind, but the TS saved her.Stats say over 47% for a second win but my gut says we’ll have yet another champ tomorrow.

  11. Another triple stumper this week.

  12. Jean F Sessler | October 23, 2019 at 8:13 pm | Reply

    Would the thin man been an acceptable answer as well as nick charles to 10/23 final jeopardy?

  13. Andy, it’s ironic that you mentioned Hercule Poirot, because that was who I came up with. Your right, as soon as I saw 1934 that is the only detective character I could think of that fit that time frame. I have heard of the Thin Man, and have seen some of the movies on TCM, but I never would of thought of that being the answer in a million years.

  14. Hi! I know there was this question (or should I say answer?) last night: “A Louisville church displays almost half of the skeleton of St. Magnus, said to be a martyred one of these Roman legionary officers.”
    Does anyone know if someone or who answered it? Thanks in advance!

    • Andre responded incorrectly, Martha followed with the correct response. J! Archive is the best source for information like this because it displays grids with all the revealed clues for both rounds. You can see who rang in and what they said (plus answer for triple stumpers) by floating over the clue.

  15. Beth Zimmerman | October 24, 2019 at 10:41 am | Reply

    Hercule Poiret was the first thing that entered my mind, but I knew he wasn’t married. My mind was racing and I was getting mad at myself because mysteries are my thing. “Retired, rich wife”. Nick Charles, I wasn’t positive but it was my answer.

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