Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 12, 2019


It’s Day 7 of the Tournament of Champions! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category U.S. Demographics) for Tuesday, November 12, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 47):

In 2018 Forbes said this “Belt’s Demographic Delight is” this other “Belt’s Demograpic Dilemma”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Rachel Lindgren, an astronomy interpreter from Bend, Oregon
Rachel Lindgren on Jeopardy!
Steven Grade, a sports industry consultant from Atlanta, Georgia
Steven Grade on Jeopardy!
James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What are “Sun” and “Rust”?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

In a March 2018 piece by Pete Saunders (no relation), it shows that locations where people may choose to move to may not always coincide with the economic path of their destination. Many families are choosing to leave places in the Rust Belt like Chicago, Detroit, and Cleveland for places such as Phoenix, Houston, and Tampa. However, as the piece shows, the Rust Belt is experiencing significant post-industrial GDP growth, which is why the Forbes article’s headline finished with “For Now”.


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

Scores going into Final:
James $30,466
Steven $11,400
Rachel $7,200


Tonight’s results:
Rachel $7,200 – $0 = $7,200 (What is Green & Rust)
Steven $11,400 – $0 = $11,400 (What is Thanks for having me back!)
James $30,466 – $310 = $30,156 (Finalist) (What is Sun Bible & Rust)


James Holzhauer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 12, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
James $9,000
Steven $4,600
Rachel $3,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) WORLD CAPITAL AIRPORTS $1000 (1st pick)
James 0 +1000 (Steven 0 Rachel 0)
2) HOW’S YOUR LATIN VOCABULARY? $1600 (1st pick)
Rachel 3200 +3200 (James 9000 Steven 4600)
3) VISIONARIES $1200 (6th pick)
James 14200 +9066 (Rachel 6400 Steven 2600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 264


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 88 (1.87 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
James $22,600 Coryat, 27 correct, 1 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Steven $11,400 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunities)
Rachel $5,600 Coryat, 9 correct, 0 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,600
Lach Trash: $10,000 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,400

James Holzhauer, stats to date:
1,247 correct, 39 incorrect
37/40 on rebound attempts (on 73 rebound opportunities)
57.26% in first on buzzer (1132/1977)
75/79 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $665,591)
33/35 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $30,366

Steven Grade, stats to date:
186 correct, 19 incorrect
6/7 on rebound attempts (on 20 rebound opportunities)
40.27% in first on buzzer (182/452)
5/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
5/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,050

Rachel Lindgren, stats to date:
126 correct, 17 incorrect
8/12 on rebound attempts (on 32 rebound opportunities)
26.53% in first on buzzer (117/441)
4/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,600)
3/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,325


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • There are still zero known games where all 3 players bet $0 in Final Jeopardy.
  • This game ends James’ 28-game streak of getting Final Jeopardy! correct.
  • Game 2 of the 2017 College Championship final (Lilly Chin v Gary Tse v Viraj Mehta) also saw the Daily Double picked as the 1st clue in both rounds.
  • James and Emma will be the first regular-season rematch in a Tournament of Champions final since Vik Vaz and Bill MacDonald in 2006 (both lost to Michael Falk).

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 12, 2019"

  1. Did anybody else find the wording of this one confusing?

  2. That is a lot of question to wrap your brain around AND answer in 30 seconds.
    Go James!

  3. Go Rachel! I’m rooting for the underdog.

  4. RANDY W JEFFREYS | November 12, 2019 at 10:42 am | Reply

    I believe that I remember something like…if the word “this” is in the clue, then the answer needed is whatever follows “this”. Or, something like that. 🙂

  5. Typo in first DD amount

  6. Somewhat surprised about the TS in FJ. James had it and crossed it out, but it did not matter anyway…..Sun Belt is relatively common, but maybe because I live in one (so to speak)…..Bible Belt is another common expression but “delight” is imo not EXACTLY connected with the Bible. More like comfort, peace, consolation etc.But some may find delight in reading it. Maybe “sun” seemed too easy?????

  7. James bet $1,000 on the Daily Double in the 1st Round, not $11,000.

  8. What is the last time a TOC Final featured 2 players who previously faced off in a regular game like this years will in James & Emma?

  9. We end today with a triple stumper as today’s Final Jeopardy was a tough one.

  10. Maybe I spend too much time on politics, but I was shocked that none of the contestants answered correctly. Pollsters constantly notate the demographic shifts of relocation and immigration to the Sun Belt and away from the Rust Belt as affluent retirees tire of winter. The only other “belt” coming to mind was Bible, but I tossed that out since it is mostly a southeastern state expression. Again, it’s only easy if you know the answer…

  11. How is it determined who gets which podium position in the finals?

    In all but one game, James has been in the extreme right-hand position.

    I’m rooting for James. The fewer changes, the better!

    I am hoping he gets his “regular” position.

    • Score in the semifinals. As this is the November 12 thread, James has a higher semifinal score than Emma, so James will be in either the middle or champ’s position, depending on Francois’ score.

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