Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 7, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Observances) for Monday, October 7, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 21):

Washington made the very first Presidential proclamation in response to a request for “a day of public” this

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Jessica Garsed, a librarian from Augusta, Maine
Jessica Garsed on Jeopardy!
Ben Hamman, a program coordinator from Missoula, Montana
Ben Hamman on Jeopardy!
Kara Skinner, a test accommodation center coordinator from San Diego, California (1-day total: $17,800)
Kara Skinner on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Thanksgiving?

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Thanksgiving services generally predate Europeans settling in North America; additionally, during the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress often appointed thanksgiving days, as Washington saw them as important to recognize military victories and alliances.

Thus, shortly after the Constitution was ratified and Washington was elected President in 1789, Washington issued his first proclamation on October 3, which set a day of national thanksgiving for Thursday, November 26, 1789 (the last Thursday of November).

The tradition was not picked up again until Abraham Lincoln’s more famous Thanksgiving proclamation of 1863; however, the October 3, 1863 proclamation date for a Thursday, November 26, 1863 Thanksgiving was no coincidence.

An attempt by FDR in the 1940s to move Thanksgiving one week earlier was ill-received, to say the least, and the American “fourth Thursday of November” tradition holds today.

Of course, Canadian Thanksgiving is the second Monday in October; this year, Thanksgiving is October 14 in Canada.

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Scores going into Final:
Jessica $15,200
Ben $8,200
Kara $5,200

Tonight’s results:
Kara $5,200 + $5,200 = $10,400
Ben $8,200 – $7,001 = $1,199 (What is service?)
Jessica $15,200 – $2,600 = $12,600 (1-day total: $12,600) (What is mourning?)

Jessica Garsed, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 7, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jessica $4,800
Kara $2,800
Ben -$200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) PLACES OF BUSINESS $800 (22nd pick)
Ben 800 -1000 (Jessica 4200 Kara 200)
2) THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION $1200 (3rd pick)
Ben 600 +2000 (Jessica 5200 Kara 2800)
3) Unplayed!
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game:

Unplayed clues:
Total $ Left On Board: $2,800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 66 (3.14 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Jessica $15,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 30.77% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Kara $5,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 5 incorrect, 34.62% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Ben $8,400 Coryat, 13 correct, 5 incorrect, 23.08% in first on buzzer, 2/4 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $28,800
Lach Trash: $13,200 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,200

Kara Skinner, final stats:
38 correct, 7 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
35.19% in first on buzzer (38/108)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,800

Jessica Garsed, stats to date:
16 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
30.77% in first on buzzer (16/52)
0/0 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,200

Jessica Garsed, to win:
2 games: 48.995%
3: 24.005%
4: 11.761%
5: 5.762%
6: 2.823%
Avg. streak: 1.961 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • This is the first game with an unplayed Daily Double since March 28, 2018 (Season 34). In Season 35, the show had instituted an official policy to not allow a round to finish with a Daily Double unplayed. It appears as though this policy has now been rescinded for Season 36.
  • In the “Erratum” file, the VIDEO GAME-POURRI $800 clue was incorrect. It looks like Jeopardy! fell for the Tetris block “Orange Ricky” joke from February 2019.

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8 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 7, 2019"

  1. Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday in November, not always the final one.

  2. Interesting wager by Jessica. If she would’ve gotten FJ right, she would’ve had exactly the same total as Kara on Friday.

  3. Just curious – what was their point in not allowing a round to finish with a DD unplayed? And in DJ!, mightn’t time constraints come into play..?

  4. Jerry Smith | October 7, 2019 at 12:31 pm |

    Thanksgiving is the 4th, not the last Thursday of November. Thanksgiving Day in 2019 is November 28. The fourth Thursday of November occurs between the 22nd and 28th.

  5. The rotation of champions begins again. And the non-played clues: irritating! The DD that was not played could have changed the entire outcome (Kara or Ben get it, bet it all and are right….). An average of over 3 per game is just not acceptable imo. A good thing that Andy includes this stat now in his recap.

  6. Are you sure that “no Daily Double can be left uncovered” is the policy? I recall it having been that “the second Daily Double in DJ! could remain uncovered, but the other two had to be played.” (Source link.)

    If that’s what you’re referring to, it was adhered to in today’s episode. (And if it’s not, do you have the source for the further change?)

    • I may have had a bad day yesterday, but I’m comforting myself by telling myself that I didn’t fall for a hoax like the writers did (the Tetris clue).

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