Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 31, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Novelists) for Thursday, October 31, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 39):

In a 1952 novel, he wrote, “But there were dry years too, & they put a terror on the valley. The water came in a thirty-year cycle”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Andrew Thomson, a journalist from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Andrew Thomson on Jeopardy!
Miriam Manber, an attorney from New York, New York
Miriam Manber on Jeopardy!
Steve Moulds, a playwright from Louisville, Kentucky (3-day total: $85,603)
Steve Moulds on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is John Steinbeck?

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That quote comes from Chapter 1 of John Steinbeck’s work East of Eden, in which he describes the Salinas Valley: “Five or six wet and wonderful years”, “six or seven pretty good years”, and then the dry years. “It never failed that during the dry years that people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years”. The novel was originally for the author’s young sons; Steinbeck wanted to describe the Salinas Valley in detail for them. There are Biblical themes intertwined throughout the work; the title itself comes from Genesis 4:16: “And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden”.

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Scores going into Final:
Andrew $13,400
Steve $12,000
Miriam $8,600

Tonight’s results:
Miriam $8,600 + $8,500 = $17,100
Steve $12,000 – $12,000 = $0 (Who is Ste Camus?)
Andrew $13,400 + $10,601 = $24,001 (1-day total: $24,001)

Andrew Thomson, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 31, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Steve $6,400
Miriam $3,800
Andrew $1,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) HOBBIES $1000 (16th pick)
Miriam 1800 +1800 (Steve 3000 Andrew 200)
2) “H”ISTORY $1200 (1st pick)
Andrew 1400 +2000 (Steve 6400 Miriam 3800)
3) FICTIONAL FLAGS FLYING $1600 (20th pick)
Steve 12400 -4000 (Miriam 8200 Andrew 7800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 168

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 88 (2.26 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Andrew $12,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Miriam $7,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 4 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Steve $16,000 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,400
Lach Trash: $11,000 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,600

Steve Moulds, stats to date:
87 correct, 9 incorrect
6/6 on rebound attempts (on 17 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (80/228)
4/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,600)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,900

Andrew Thomson, stats to date:
16 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,600

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • The most recent Kentuckian to win at least 4 games on Jeopardy! was Chris Miller in April 2004 (who won 5).

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4 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 31, 2019"

  1. I was right but only because I was lucky. I was thinking “Grapes of Wrath” – also Steinbeck.

    • Marty Cunningham | October 31, 2019 at 4:08 pm |


      I was thinking Steinbeck, too, but knew that “Grapes of Wrath” had been a film in the 30’s (very young Henry Fonda), but the language seemed to evoke the same imagery, so it seemed a recurrent theme for Steinbeck.

      • Marty – this is a case where more knowledge would have hurt me. If I had known when Grapes of Wrath was written, I would’ve strayed to another author. And I wrote my comment before watching the show – and then saw that Alex even commented before we saw the answers that someone would probably get the right answer while thinking of the wrong book. So, I was not alone.

  2. Pizza Face Fred | November 1, 2019 at 2:49 pm |

    I’ve been getting an awful lot of Triple Stumpers lately. I’ve always thought it had something to do my decrepitude (I searched for that perfect word and found it). When Holzhauer was God, I was lucky to get any. I’ve always gauged the quality of the contestants by the number of Triple Stumpers in a game. Looks like we’re back to normal now…

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