Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 8, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Last Words) for Tuesday, October 8, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 22):

In 1876 in the Dakotas this American said, “The old duffer broke me on the last hand”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Scottie Biddle, a software engineer from San Francisco, California
Rahul Garabadu, a judicial law clerk from Salt Lake City, Utah
Jessica Garsed, a librarian from Augusta, Maine (1-day total: $12,600)
Jessica Garsed on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Wild Bill Hickok?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

In August 1876, American folk hero Wild Bill Hickok was in a poker game in Deadwood where a drunk Jack McCall lost heavily. McCall was apparently slighted by the fact that Hickok suggested McCall (who had lost so much that he would have difficulty covering his losses) leave the game. The next day, Hickok was playing poker again and was shot in the back of the head at point-blank range by McCall. The poker term “dead man’s hand” (two pair, aces and eights) comes from the five-card stud hand Hickok was holding at his death (his hole card is unknown.)

This clue also has the potential to catch out those who just see the year 1876 and jump to George Custer, without realizing quickly enough that the Battle of the Little Bighorn took place in Montana.


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

Scores going into Final:
Jessica $17,200
Scottie $2,800
Rahul -$400


Tonight’s results:
Rahul -$400 (by rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Scottie $2,800 – $2,800 = $0 (Who is Custer?)
Jessica $17,200 + $2,800 = $20,000 (2-day total: $32,600)


Jessica Garsed, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 8, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jessica $6,000
Scottie $5,200
Rahul $800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) HISTORY THROUGH THE CENTURIES $800 (5th pick)
Scottie 1400 +1000 (Jessica 200 Rahul 0)
2) COMPUTER KEYBOARDS $1600 (7th pick)
Scottie 6000 -6000 (Jessica 10000 Rahul 400)
3) MUNICIPAL BEFORE & AFTER $1200 (23rd pick)
Scottie 4000 -2000 (Jessica 16000 Rahul 400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -79


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! round: 1890s LITERATURE $400; THESE TV SHOWS ARE OLD ENOUGH TO DRINK $400 & $800; MUNICIPAL BEFORE & AFTER $400
Total $ Left On Board: $2,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 70 (3.18 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Jessica $17,200 Coryat, 21 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.96% in first on buzzer, 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Scottie $10,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 5 incorrect, 37.74% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Rahul -$400 Coryat, 6 correct, 4 incorrect, 18.87% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $27,400
Lach Trash: $12,000 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,600


Jessica Garsed, stats to date:
38 correct, 3 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
32.38% in first on buzzer (34/105)
0/0 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,200

Jessica Garsed, to win:
3 games: 52.494%
4: 27.557%
5: 14.466%
6: 7.594%
7: 3.986%
Avg. streak: 3.105 games.

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

  1. According to some accounts Hickok died immediately and was also shot from an angel from above down through his cheek, since Hickok was sitting and McCall was standing…?
    Interesting that the lady in the panel would know that!(Whether Hickok could still utter anything might just be legend though..) Congrats to her win and runaway to boot!

  2. What were the brands of cheese Scottie had problems identifying? Problems with tv reception and wife wants to know.

    • Mark Barrett | October 8, 2019 at 5:22 pm |

      Scottie said he correctly identified the three brands of macaroni & cheese his roommate and friend prepared for him in a blind taste test. My take on the story was he was only supposed to distinguish the three kinds of cheese and he went a step further and knew the brands. Give me three and ask for the Kraft and I could do that without looking. I would be surprised if I failed on naming the Stouffer’s either.

  3. Nancy Lloyd | October 8, 2019 at 10:47 pm |

    Coincidentally, just today my bff and I were talking about the 1986 event Hands Across America! I couldn’t believe it was a Jeopardy round clue! I love when that happens!

  4. Poor Rahul being the first contestant this season to not play in Final Jeopardy. Oh well, that sucks to me.

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