Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 1, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Religion) for Friday, November 1, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 40):

This denomination takes its name from the day, as told in the New Testament, when the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Jennifer Cooper, a university volunteer coordinator from Sylva, North Carolina
Jennifer Cooper on Jeopardy!
Christine McKeever, a writer from Los Angeles, California
Christine McKeever on Jeopardy!
Andrew Thomson, a journalist from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (1-day total: $24,001)
Andrew Thomson on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Pentecostal?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Taking its name from Pentecost, celebrated 50 days after Easter Sunday, the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles took place during the Feast of Weeks, as described in Acts 2:1–31. The feast is also known as Whitsunday, especially in the United Kingdom.

Pentecostalism is a Protestant denomination with between 200 million and 300 million followers worldwide. The largest Pentecostal denomination is the Assemblies of God, which was founded in 1914, following the success of the Azusa Street Revival (led by William J. Seymour) in Los Angeles.

On a more personal level, I have always found it more difficult to write about organized religion in this space compared with many other topics; while many of my friends have gained great fellowship from their respective religious communities, it’s an experience that I don’t have a particular interest in obtaining. Understanding of religious texts, though, is incredibly important in order to gain an understanding of our culture as a whole, as the amount of Western art and literature inspired by religion is incalculable.


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

Scores going into Final:
Andrew $15,000
Christine $11,600
Jennifer $10,200


Tonight’s results:
Jennifer $10,200 – $10,200 = $0 (What are the 7th Day Adventists)
Christine $11,600 – $11,600 = $0 (What is 7th-Day Adventist)
Andrew $15,000 – $8,201 = $6,799 (2-day total: $30,800) (What is Seventh-Day Adventism?)


Andrew Thomson, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 1, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jennifer $7,000
Andrew $3,600
Christine $1,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) NAMED FOR A PRESIDENT $1000 (5th pick)
Andrew 1000 +1000 (Jennifer 400 Christine 200)
2) AGRICULTURE $1200 (8th pick)
Andrew 5200 +1500 (Jennifer 7000 Christine 5600)
3) B.C. $1600 (24th pick) ($8000 remaining on the board)
Andrew 10700 +1500 (Jennifer 9800 Christine 8800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 143


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 88 (2.20 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Andrew $14,800 Coryat, 19 correct, 5 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Christine $11,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Jennifer $10,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 0 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer, 5/5 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,600
Lach Trash: $9,400 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,000


Andrew Thomson, stats to date:
35 correct, 8 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (36/114)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,700

Andrew Thomson, to win:
3 games: 44.988%
4: 20.239%
5: 9.105%
6: 4.096%
7: 1.843%
Avg. streak: 2.818 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I’ve been looking at average clue length in an attempt to explain why we haven’t seen an unplayed clue in two weeks (and a large number prior to that). The best I’ve been able to come up with so far is that Alex just had a good week in studio.
  • In his interview with Andrew, Alex brought up the Ottawa Journal—a newspaper which closed in 1980 (its closure was one of the closures which led to the Kent Commission, a Royal Commission regarding newspaper closures).

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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 1, 2019"

  1. I noticed that some contestants pause slightly or say uh before they select a clue. I like it that lately there has been no runaway person going into FJ

  2. A little surprised all three struck out in FJ, as the answer was one I instantly knew and the clue was specific to distinguishing the Pentecostal denomination. The Sabbath (observing Saturday worship) is specific to the Seventh Day Adventist’s among Christian denominations.

  3. Marty Cunningham | November 1, 2019 at 2:40 pm | Reply

    I think the speed of getting through the clues, and playing them all, and leaving nothing unplayed at the end of each round, is more dependent on the contestants than on Alex’s reading. Glenn Kagan, the contestant coordinator, always says “it will look great when you watch it” meaning there is some editing involved, and, indeed, Alex and Johnny will sometimes loop, or re-do, clues during taping breaks, to get a more perfect reading and pronunciation, but Glenn also comes out at almost every break to remind contestants to keep the pacing up, no hemming or hawing, or “I think I’ll take…” but to just give a shorthand of the clue and amount, like “Shakespeare for 12”, as all the other comments and pauses actually slow down the play, especially when extended across 30 clues in a round. James Holzhauer was extremely fast at doing this, sometimes to the point of stepping on Alex’s comments, but I can’t recall there being any unplayed clues in any of his games, because he eliminated ‘extraneous talking’.

  4. Maurine Gutowski | November 1, 2019 at 2:49 pm | Reply

    I have never thought of Pentecostal as a denomination, as Pentecost and the Blessed Trinity (Holy Spirit) is very big in the Catholic church and speaking in tongues allowed Christians to evangelize. As a linguist I have wondered if I would recognize real languages that I know of and miraculously understand what is being said despite having never studied them. Or is it just babble?

  5. I’m a religion scholar and this one confused me a bit, since Pentecostalism isn’t actually a denomination, it’s a broad category of Protestant Christianity that contains a number of denominations, such as Assemblies of God. Still, the clue does really point to the Day of Pentecost, so I probably would have put that. Disappointed it was a triple whiff today.

  6. Friday seems to be a day where we have either a TS or all 3 get it Second F in a row with a triple solve after 2 F’s where everybody struck out, if memory serves correctly). Congrats to Andrew for another win!! We’ll see if HE can make it to 5, 3 seems to be the limit lately.
    Well, have a nice and safe weekend everybody and for those who go back to standard time an extra hour of sleep!!🕑 Nothing changes for me, except that I’ll see this column an hour later, the stock market opens and closes an hour later…my European football (soccer) games are already an hour later since Europe switched last weekend. I wish they would finally agree on a time and stick with it. DST really doesn’t do anything anymore except disturb one’s biorhythm. I’m happy with having the same time all year long.
    Take care and “see” you Monday!

  7. We end this week with a triple stumper.

  8. Both Maureen & Michael have valid points, as the Pentecostal experience/practices has a considerable influence in Catholic circles, but as such is not a Protestant denomination, because they weren’t historically born out of “protesting” the Catholic church. It also has a sizeable influence in Protestant churches, generally referred to as the Charismatic movement. I see the Pentecostal Church in total as its own Christian denomination, with many “flavors”, Assembly of God being the largest. Similarly we refer to the Methodist Church/denomination and the Baptist Church/denomination, etc. both of which have many “flavors” each, for sure far more than Baskin-Robbins, probably in the 100’s each.

  9. So annoying that these people are bright enough to get on the show but don’t have a clue how to wager on Final. When will the third place person learn not to wager anything? Jennifer would easily have won today.

    • For that to happen she had to presume the other 2 players would be wrong. There are dozens of ways to wager in FJ, not at least depending what the category is and how YOU feel about it and what chances you give the other 2 players….hindsight is always 20/20,

      • I think the idea is that she can’t win unless the other 2 are wrong anyway, since they would mostly have to bet to cover her. So it doesn’t matter if she presumes they are wrong; she just needs to figure out what she can bet if the top 2 bet against each other and are wrong, and if staying put does that, then don’t bet. A max bet just removes the option of winning a triple stumper, and thus is bad strategy

  10. It’s been discussed here a lot, but I will never understand how highly intelligent people can make unintelligent bets in Final Jeopardy. This seemed like a perfect occasion for Jennifer to bet zero. Pretty much the only way she could win is if the others missed. With the scores all being so close, it was inevitable their bets would drop them below what she had going into Final.

    • And if Christine or Andrew had been right, Jennifer would have lost anyway. (See my reply to Richard). You never know in advance, you just can guess and a lot of players have different “strategies”.

      • Yes, if either of the others had been right, Jennifer would have lost anyway, so why bet anything. It has nothing to do with hindsight, and everything to do with foresight. It does involve guessing, but contestants can make educated guesses on what their opponents might end up with if they get it right or if they miss. I don’t recall ever seeing third place win when all contestants got the Final right, but I have seen several times when third place could win by betting zero.

        • Yet being good at J requires a lot of good memory. Wagering strategy requires independent, creative logic and thinking. Two completely different things. You can remember everything in the world, yet when it comes to planning a way to win considering several possibilities you are lost. To memorize things is not all that you need for J.Imagination, psycholygie etc are even more important. You can answer a lot of clues correctly, but to turn your position into a winning one…..you have to think independently, not in a repetitive way.One does not come necessarily with the other.

          • What strategy do you think she was using? The players know what their opponents have and they are given all the time they need to work out the math of their wager. It’s easy enough to guess what 2nd place has to bet to overtake 1st, and what the leader needs to cover a max bet by 2nd place, and then subtract those totals to see what they’d end up with, and that gives you a margin of error. That’s not psychology, it’s just math. And frankly, given the lead time players have to prepare to go on the show, if they can’t figure that out, it’s on them. Like the other poster said, it’s foresight, not hindsight. That’s why JArchive has an optimal bet calculator it applies to every game (and for this game put the burden of presumption on the second place player as to whether to bet nothing and assume a TS or wager to cover a 3rd place double). Her max bet only makes sense if her strategy is to max out her 1-day winnings as if there’s no value in playing multiple games (or she has no strategy and likes the category and is simply winging it)

  11. I’m disappointed, but not surprised, that a FJ clue with a Biblical reference is a TS again. I’ve actually been getting much better at FJ lately. I’m 5 for 10 in the past 2 weeks, and hoping to improve more. ToC starts Monday!

  12. Maurine Gutowski | November 2, 2019 at 4:14 pm | Reply

    Is this a repeat of what we saw earlier this year (the shuffling around was very confusing and I couldn’t wait to get back to normal programs) or a brand new ToC? That would be impossible for Alex, given his health. Repeats called Daytime Jeopardy are frequent on our CBS sister station. This week I actually came across the one where James Holzhauer finally lost! I wasn’t home to watch the original broadcast. Mostly I like to watch and challenge my memory but many times I can’t understand the contestant’s very fast but not clearly articulated correct answer. My husband is a retired history teacher who knows more in that area, whereas I do better in languages, music, and health/medicine. We often watch Wheel of Fortune (which I call “Bankrupt”) and J together.

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