Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 13, 2019

It’s Day 8 of the Tournament of Champions! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Italian Inventors) for Wednesday, November 13, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 48):

In a 1644 letter he wrote, “We live submerged at the bottom of an ocean of air”, which is what his invention measures

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Lindsey Shultz, a physician & healthcare analyst from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Lindsey Shultz on Jeopardy!
Gilbert Collins, a university administrator from Princeton, New Jersey
Gilbert Collins on Jeopardy!
Francois Barcomb, an 11th grade physics teacher from New Paltz, New York
Francois Barcomb on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Evangelista Torricelli?

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One of Galileo’s students (who later spent time as Galileo’s secretary), Evangelista Torricelli is best known today as the inventor of the barometer. The quote “We live submerged at the bottom of an ocean of air” came from Torricelli’s describing of a mercury barometer to measure air pressure; an inverted glass tube is placed in a bath of mercury, air is prevented from coming in the top, and the amount mercury pushed into the tube is measured.

Due to mercury’s poisonous qualities, most barometers today are of the “aneroid” type, which contains a small airtight container (where air pressure affects the container’s sides).

I suspect that this is going to be a difficult clue for many viewers; the only time contestants were asked to go from “invented the barometer” to “Torricelli” (instead of Torricelli to barometer) was in the Battle of the Decades, in a $2,000 clue.

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Scores going into Final:
Francois $22,000
Lindsey $17,400
Gilbert $12,600

Tonight’s results:
Gilbert $12,600 – $0 = $12,600 (Who is Bernoulli?)
Lindsey $17,400 – $4,601 = $12,799 (Who is Avogadro?)
Francois $22,000 + $12,801 = $34,801 (Finalist)

Francois Barcomb, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 13, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Lindsey $6,400
Francois $5,200
Gilbert $4,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) U.N. INTERNATIONAL YEARS $600 (13th pick)
Lindsey 2000 +2000 (Francois 3000 Gilbert 2600)
2) FAMOUS AMERICANS $1200 (4th pick)
Lindsey 9600 -3000 (Gilbert 5400 Francois 5200)
3) TROPIC OF CAPRICORN $2000 (16th pick)
Francois 9600 +8000 (Lindsey 15400 Gilbert 5400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 152

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 88 (1.83 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Francois $16,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Lindsey $19,000 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Gilbert $12,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $47,600
Lach Trash: $4,000 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $2,400

Francois Barcomb, stats to date:
140 correct, 11 incorrect
9/10 on rebound attempts (on 28 rebound opportunities)
36.58% in first on buzzer (124/339)
6/10 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $15,500)
5/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,333

Lindsey Shultz, stats to date:
157 correct, 13 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 20 rebound opportunities)
38.07% in first on buzzer (150/394)
8/10 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $17,000)
3/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,629

Gilbert Collins, stats to date:
138 correct, 22 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 33 rebound opportunities)
31.45% in first on buzzer (139/442)
7/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,800)
5/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,950

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Obviously it worked out for Lindsey to make the choice not to cover Gilbert in this situation (thinking Gilbert would bet small).
  • Because of Francois’ score of $34,801, Francois will have the champion’s podium for both halves of the final.
  • In case anyone was wondering, WXVT in Mississippi switched away from network coverage to air the game.

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20 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 13, 2019"

  1. My initial thought on the Final is advantage Francois, the physics teacher, but we’ll see.

    • I got as far as “Well, it’s the guy who invented the barometer” but I was unable to pull his name this morning.

      • Ha! That was my thought as well Andy, but that’s my thoughts for many similarly stated questions as I can’t remember names worth a damn. Anyway, go Francois!

        • in the audience, I thought Bar? Pascal? nope, the other guy whose name I’m not recalling.

          (the rest of us generally concurred…)

      • Enos Williams | November 14, 2019 at 12:19 am |

        The physics teacher and I had no problem with it, as memories from freshman chemistry came flooding back into my mind.

  2. When J! is preempted in my viewing area from its 7 p.m. time, they often announce a replay at 2 a.m. or thereabouts.
    Andy, I think we will be relying on your magic sources to bring us the game results for the rest of the week.

  3. Good thing they have J! at 4:30 pm here. By then it’s already 9:30 pm EST…
    So at the latest I’ll see it in….61/2 hours.Unless they

  4. BassPlayingSugarplum | November 13, 2019 at 2:04 pm |

    I would have totally messed this up with brain freeze because lists Blaise Pascal (a Frenchman) as the inventor of the barometer and I’ve come across that name more recently than Toricelli. Pascal duplicated Toricelli’s discovery and in the course of his own work invented the syringe, apparently. These TOC questions have gotten harder every day it seems. Finally.

  5. Thank You, Andy, for staying on top of this to get us the results of this most important game. And God bless that Mississippi TV station! Is that the usual source of your game info?

  6. This is going to be an Exciting Battle Between James, Emma and Francois (They are heavy favorites in the Finals)

  7. Looking forward to a competitive final! At least, I hope it will be close after the first day.

  8. Please make sure we see Friday 11/15. Game show if needed for the final. Impeachment will be on.

  9. I was very surprised that they never came back and rejected Gilbert’s response of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows” (intentional misspelled as Gilbert pronounced it). It was very clear that he said “Hollows”, not “Hallows”, and even Jeopardy’s closed captioning lists his response as “Hollows”. I guess they decided it was close enough to possibly be a dialectical difference.

    • Closed-captioning is not infallible and is prone to mistakes.

      • Granted—but Jeopardy’s CC is consistently the best I see on any programming with regards to accuracy. In this case, they definitely seems consistent with the spoken response—which would make the response incorrect.

        Oh well—didn’t factor into the end result.

  10. A major league pitcher (Mike Fiers) on Tuesday claimed his former team, the Houston Astros, were stealing signs during the 2017 season, when they won the World Series. On the later-night SportsCenters, the opening montage included a shot of the three Jeopardy! contestants (James, Rachel and Steven), the quickly showing Steven in a solo shot saying “stealing signs.” Brilliant! And how coincidental that both happened on the same day!

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