Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 4, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Literature) for Friday, October 4, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 20):

Some parts were translated from a 15th century Syrian manuscript when this work was introduced to Europe around 1700

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Kara Skinner, a test accommodation center coordinator from San Diego, California
Kara Skinner on Jeopardy!
Beth Kitts, a history professor from Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Beth Kitts on Jeopardy!
Kevin Boettcher, a university administrator from Binghamton, New York (3-day total: $59,402)
Kevin Boettcher on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is One Thousand and One Nights (or Arabian Nights)?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The framing of the stories in One Thousand and One Nights is that the ruler Shahryār, upset at his first wife being unfaithful, decides all women are the same and marries many of them, only to have them executed the morning after the marriage. Eventually, with the vizir running out of suitable women for Shahryār, Scheherazade (the vizir’s daughter) volunteers as a bride; however, after the wedding, she begins to tell a story to Shahryār, only for her to leave it unfinished until the next morning, in the hopes that Shahryār would rather hear the end of the story than kill the storyteller. Eventually, Scheherazade’s life is spared.

The first European version was translated by Antoine Galland c.1704; the first English-language edition gave the title of The Arabian Nights’ Entertainment and was published between c.1706-1721. An earlier Syrian manuscript with about 300 tales can be seen at the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris.


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

Scores going into Final:
Kara $11,800
Kevin $8,000
Beth $7,000


Tonight’s results:
Beth $7,000 – $6,998 = $2 (What is)
Kevin $8,000 + $6,001 = $14,001
Kara $11,800 + $6,000 = $17,800 (1-day total: $17,800)


Kara Skinner, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 4, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Kevin $6,400
Kara $6,000
Beth $3,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) 5-LETTER WORDS $600 (8th pick)
Kara 800 +1000 (Kevin 2200 Beth 800)
2) WORDS ABOUT WORDS $2000 (8th pick)
Kevin 10400 -6000 (Kara 9600 Beth 4600)
3) SAINTS ON THE MAP $1600 (23rd pick)
Kara 18000 -5000 (Kevin 8000 Beth 2200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 15


Unplayed clues:
J! round: GUT FEELING $200
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $200
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 60 (3.00 per episode average)


Game Stats:
Kara $16,400 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.71% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Kevin $14,000 Coryat, 16 correct, 3 incorrect, 32.14% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Beth $7,000 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 23.21% in first on buzzer, 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,400
Lach Trash: $6,600 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,800


Kevin Boettcher, final stats:
84 correct, 14 incorrect
5/6 on rebound attempts (on 15 rebound opportunities)
38.86% in first on buzzer (82/211)
4/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $400)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,950

Kara Skinner, stats to date:
22 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
35.71% in first on buzzer (18/56)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,400

Kara Skinner, to win:
2 games: 38.556%
3: 14.865%
4: 5.731%
5: 2.210%
6: 0.852%
Avg. streak: 1.627 games.

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1 Comment on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 4, 2019"

  1. Andy,

    Am I correct in my understanding that Kara’s relatively low predicted winning percentage going forward is because Version 2 dings a player for making an aggressive DD wager when they get it wrong, but still manage to win the game, as she did? If so, this seems like a potential weakness of the system in placing excessive import on the player’s performance on a single question, which I assume is what the Coryat method was trying to avoid (I believe version 1 would look more favorably on her chances).

    I think it will be interesting to see if one of the ways that James’ appearance affects future players involves size of DD wagers, particularly by those in the lead when they find them. I also wonder if a method based on Coryat would once again become more accurate if players willing to make large DD wagers becomes the norm, rather than the exception.

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