Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 9, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Hit 1980s Albums) for Wednesday, October 9, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 23):

This American singer-songwriter briefly landed on the U.N.’s apartheid blacklist for his 1986 multi-platinum album

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Steven Reich, a graduate student from College Park, Maryland
Steven Reich on Jeopardy!
Emily Shaw, a museum educator from Washington, D.C.
Emily Shaw on Jeopardy!
Jessica Garsed, a librarian from Augusta, Maine (2-day total: $32,600)
Jessica Garsed on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Paul Simon?


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During South Africa’s apartheid regime, the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 35/206 in December 1980: “The United Nations General Assembly request all states to prevent all cultural, academic, sporting and other exchanges with South Africa. Appeals to writers, artists, musicians and other personalities to boycott South Africa. Urges all academic and cultural institutions to terminate all links with South Africa.”

After being inspired by hearing black South African music, Paul Simon assembled a group of black South African artists and flew to Johannesburg in 1985 to record what became his multi-platinum album Graceland. While the black musician’s union in the country voted to allow him to come, Simon had failed to consult the African National Congress (against Harry Belafonte’s advice), which caused the ANC to vote to ban him from South Africa after the album’s release, which also led to Simon being added to the U.N. blacklist, which he was on for a few months.


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

Scores going into Final:
Emily $16,300
Jessica $9,800
Steven $7,600


Tonight’s results:
Steven $7,600 + $7,053 = $14,653
Jessica $9,800 + $9,799 = $19,599 (3-day total: $52,199)
Emily $16,300 – $8,000 = $8,300 (Who is Springsteen)


Jessica Garsed, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 9, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Emily $6,100
Steven $5,800
Jessica $1,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) NOT THE CAPITAL $600 (19th pick)
Emily 2000 +1500 (Steven 5400 Jessica 800)
2) BUILDINGS $2000 (17th pick)
Emily 6900 +3000 (Jessica 9800 Steven 7400)
3) LIFE ON MARS $1600 (25th pick) ($5,200 remaining on the board)
Steven 9000 -5000 (Emily 16300 Jessica 8600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game:


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! round: 6-LETTER CROSSWORD CLUES $400
Total $ Left On Board: $400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 71 (3.09 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Jessica $9,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 2 incorrect, 23.21% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Steven $12,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.71% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Emily $14,400 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 32.14% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,800
Lach Trash: $7,400 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,800


Jessica Garsed, stats to date:
52 correct, 5 incorrect
6/7 on rebound attempts (on 18 rebound opportunities)
29.19% in first on buzzer (47/161)
0/0 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,067

Jessica Garsed, to win:
4 games: 44.211%
5: 19.546%
6: 8.642%
7: 3.820%
8: 1.689%
Avg. streak: 3.792 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Jessica is the first contestant from Maine to win at least 3 games since Jason Richards won 4 in October 2005.
  • Jessica is the first contestant since Roey Hadar on July 17th to be 3rd after the Jeopardy! round and win the game.

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3 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 9, 2019"

  1. I remember it was also a tough time for South African golfers Nick Price and Ernie Els.

  2. Wow. Least answers correct today. Third place. No daily doubles played through three games. Sometimes it’s better to be steady than showy. Is this the biggest blown lead in awhile?

  3. Jessica managed to win this one with the lowest Coryat and no DD’s. She hasn’t found a single DD in all 3 games. FJ has done it for her.

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