Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 30, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Capitals) for Wednesday, October 30, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 38):

In 1865 this city named for an early 19th century British hero became a British colonial capital

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Dave Bein, a culinary director from Westwood, New Jersey
Dave Bein on Jeopardy!
Sam Benshoof, a senior communications specialist from St. Paul, Minnesota
Sam Benshoof on Jeopardy!
Steve Moulds, a playwright from Louisville, Kentucky (2-day total: $54,002)
Steve Moulds on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Wellington, New Zealand?

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Out of possible concerns that the South Island might become a separate colony, New Zealand moved its capital from Auckland in the 1860s. Wellington was chosen due to its location on the Cook Strait as well as its harbor; it was said at the time that it would have been possible to fit the entire fleet of the Royal Navy in the harbor. Parliament first officially met in Wellington in 1865; its population at the time just 4,900. The city was named for the Duke of Wellington, who famously defeated Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815.

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Scores going into Final:
Steve $16,800
Dave $15,800
Sam $6,200

Tonight’s results:
Sam $6,200 + $4,000 = $10,200
Dave $15,800 – $15,797 = $3 (What is Georgetown?)
Steve $16,800 + $14,801 = $31,601 (3-day total: $85,603)

Steve Moulds, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 30, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Steve $6,400
Sam $2,600
Dave $1,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) COLLEGE TOWNS $800 (10th pick)
Steve 1400 -1400 (Sam 1000 Dave 400)
2) AMERICAN THINKERS $800 (16th pick)
Steve 7600 +4000 (Dave 5600 Sam 3800)
3) GEOGRAPHIC TERMS $1200 (20th pick)
Dave 7600 +2600 (Steve 14400 Sam 3800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -13

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 88 (2.32 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Steve $15,000 Coryat, 21 correct, 3 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Sam $6,200 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Dave $14,400 Coryat 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,600
Lach Trash: $11,600 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,800

Steve Moulds, stats to date:
66 correct, 6 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (60/171)
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $14,600)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,867

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8 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 30, 2019"

  1. Foreign (southern hemisphere to boot) AND geography. I am not very optimistic. ! correct MAX, so I rather tend toward a TS.

  2. I vote non TS. I’m not very good with early 19th century British history, but Wellington is a pretty major name associated with that period, one of the few I’d immediately name. (I’m glad they didn’t simply ask the capital of NZ, because I always forget whether it’s Wellington or Auckland.)

    • Good call! And Georgetown wasn’t a horrible guess…I suppose Wellington could have been named George (instead of Arthur…had to look it up!). Not too many would refer to the period’s two King Georges as heroes though!

  3. Marty Cunningham | October 30, 2019 at 2:10 pm |

    Geography questions about Australia and New Zealand have often been good stumpers in various rounds of Jeopardy! I had one when I was on, and I got the correct answer only by process of elimination after the other two players had eliminated the other big cities in New Zealand (I think the correct answer on my play was Auckland, but only after Wellington had been ruled incorrect, and I can’t even recall what the other city was).

    Wellington was actually Arthur Wellesley, and he was made the first Duke of Wellington, and he was one of Victoria’s Prime Ministers (twice) and was Commander-in-Chief of the British Army until he died. A style of boots are named in his honor, also known as “Wellies”.

    • Napoleonic wars. His brother was governor general in India (Richard).
      Arthur chose “Wellington” when he became Duke, obviously trying to keep some resemblance to the name “Wellesley”.You change your name when you are “elevated” in British nobility. And Richard had the first right to the name Wellesley.

  4. Interesting and informative Didn’t know there were so many Jeopardy-aholics as myself.

  5. William Dluehosh | October 31, 2019 at 4:07 pm |

    Been a Jeopardy fan since the 50’s.

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