Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 14, 2019


It’s Day 9 of the Tournament of Champions! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Old Testament Books) for Thursday, November 14, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 49):

By Hebrew word count, the longest book bears this name that led to a word for a long complaint or rant

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Emma Boettcher, a user experience librarian from Chicago, Illinois
Emma Boettcher on Jeopardy!
James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy!
Francois Barcomb, an 11th grade physics teacher from New Paltz, New York
Francois Barcomb on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Jeremiah?


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In the Old Testament, Jeremiah is a Hebrew prophet who is discontent with the message that he has to deliver, but he considers himself committed to his divine call. Meanwhile, he also felt the Hebrews were practicing false worship and social injustice, and he was constantly lambasting his people for their indiscretions. It has led to the term “jeremiad”, which is used to describe a lengthy complaint, usually one where the complainer decries the current state of society and morals. Which, frankly, sounds like a few people in the comment section of just about every single website in existence. (Those usually get removed from The Jeopardy! Fan.)

Having seen the clue, but not the match, I’m excited to see what this clue ends up doing in Final Jeopardy! today.


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

Scores going into Final:
James $37,412
Emma $13,200
Francois $7,800


Tonight’s results:
Francois $7,800 – $6,000 = $1,800 (What is Ruth?)
Emma $13,200 + $13,200 = $26,400
James $37,412 + $11,914 = $49,326


Today's Final Jeopardy! scores (for the November 14, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
James $7,400
Emma $3,200
Francois $1,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) A WRITER’S LIFE FOR ME $800 (6th pick)
James 3000 -3000 (Francois 0 Emma 0)
2) BEASTLY NORTH AMERICAN GEOGRAPHY $1200 (4th pick)
James 10600 +10600 (Emma 4800 Francois 1000)
3) LAWYERS, LAW & LEGALITY $1200 (10th pick)
James 24800 +9812 (Emma 6000 Francois -200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 40


Unplayed clues:
! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 88 (1.80 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
James $22,400 Coryat, 28 correct, 3 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Emma $13,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 0 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Francois $7,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,400
Lach Trash: $5,000 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,600

James Holzhauer, stats to date:
1,276 correct, 42 incorrect
38/41 on rebound attempts (on 75 rebound opportunities)
56.98% in first on buzzer (1159/2034)
77/82 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $683,003)
34/36 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $30,144

Emma Boettcher, stats to date:
164 correct, 9 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 22 rebound opportunities)
36.27% in first on buzzer (144/397)
7/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $29,200)
5/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,343

Francois Barcomb, stats to date:
152 correct, 14 incorrect
10/11 on rebound attempts (on 30 rebound opportunities)
34.60% in first on buzzer (137/396)
6/10 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $15,500)
5/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,400


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Because scores earned tomorrow can be doubled in Final Jeopardy, James has an effective lead of $11,463 over Emma and $23,763 over Francois.
  • Three tournaments have been won from a deficit greater than Emma’s current deficit over James; the 10th Anniversary Tournament (Frank Spangenberg was a pre-doubled $13,000 behind Tom Nosek, adjusted to $26,000), the February 2007 Teen Tournament (David Walter was $25,800 behind Ben Schenkel), and the July 2007 Teen Tournament (Meryl Federman was $25,000 behind Greg Peterson). The largest deficit overcome over Day 2 of a ToC final occurred in 1988 (Mark Lowenthal was a pre-doubled $8,000 behind Sandra Gore, adjusted to $16,000).
  • While it looks like James dominated on the signalling device, that was mostly in the Jeopardy! round. All 3 contestants were in first an identical number of times in Double Jeopardy! (9 apiece).

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 14, 2019"

  1. I think today’s FJ! clue is a very good one for the final. Didn’t get it, but when I saw the answer I was like “I’ve seen that word!”. Went to Lamentations, but knew that didn’t quite fit.

    • Jeremiah actually wrote the book of Lamentations. I got this one only because I have put more focus on Bible trivia than most other subjects.

  2. I thought first of Jeremiad the rant rather than Jeremiah the book. I wonder if that would have been acceptable.

  3. Newbie here…I’m not following why you halve the actual lead to get to an “effective lead”. You say that it’s because tomorrow’s scores can be doubled in Final Jeopardy, which is how you get from an actual $22k (approx.) to an effective $11K (approx. ) for James over Emma. But James, the actual leader, can also double his score tomorrow in Final, so isn’t his effective lead really still $22k? I’ve never thought about this before, and you have been doing this for a while, so my faulty logic is probably obvious to you. Thanks.

    • You can think of it in terms of how far ahead you need to be going to Final on the second day to guarantee a win. If you win with a score of $1000 to $900 on the first day and your opponent has $500 going into Final on the second day, you need to have $450 to be able to cover your opponent’s maximum score (your max score = 1000+2450 = 1900, your opponent’s max score = 900+2500 = 1900), making your “effective lead” from the first day only $50. Since you can’t double any of your score from the first game in the second, when going into Final on the second day any lead from the first day only “counts half” in considering your final wager.

    • Example for this would be if James has 10k and she has 23k going into finals tomorrow. Her double score will get her up to 46k plus her total from before and his would go up to 20k. She would Effectively make up that 11k lead and pass him. So his effective lead is (approx.) 11k.

  4. Good question. I am wondering the same thing.

    • It was confusing to me too until I did the math. If James has $1 going into the final tomorrow and Emma has $11,464 and they both double in the final, they’d end up tied. It’s the total of the two days independent of each other. James: $49,326 + $2 = $49,328.
      Emma: $26,400 + $22,928 = $49,328.
      His “effective” lead of $11,463 went poof.
      Disclaimer: I don’t think this exact scenario is very likely.

      • Exactly, I agree this scenario is rather not going to happen. Unless James gets a FJ category completely out of his area. Otherwise he’ll beat Emma handily.Rightfully so imo. Emma only won 3 games and lost her game #4 with the only one missing FJ.
        On average I have to give James the advantage (a huge one).

        • She was also the only one to get FJ! correct in her runaway quarterfinal.

          • My bad, it wasn’t a runaway, but she was the only one to get it right.

          • No reply button there, Jim G. Still I am convinced that James is going to win. Anything else would be a fluke, like Emma gets all 3 DDs and a favorable FJ where James would not know anything about that category. And there are not many topics where James is stumped.So my prediction 99.999999%: James takes it all.

  5. Thank you so much for this Jeopardy information. In Houston, the past two days Jeopardy ToC has been preempted and I cannot locate today’s results anywhere until this! Yes, I have complained to the station – I think so many people complained that their website crashed. So now if they preempt it again tomorrow, I’ll know where to get the standings.

  6. Emma put herself in reasonably good position here with her clutch double-up at the end. Now, with Francois far behind she can focus on catching James — getting a few DD’s will have her in position for James to have to really bet to win this thing, at least. She is fearless in wagering when she needs to be and it’s been working out for her. It would be a /better/ position for her if she were in the lead, of course. Still, it seems she has more than a puncher’s chance of making James really work for it in FJ tomorrow.

    James still hasn’t had a non-runaway in the tournament, though — and he doesn’t need a runaway tomorrow to lock her out. Looking forward to seeing what happens.

  7. What was the daily double question that James got wrong?

    • Category: A Writer’s Life for Me ($800 clue)

      “Echoing the title character of a book by his great uncle, he assumed the surname Melmoth after leaving prison in 1897.”

      Who is Oscar Wilde?

      • Could not BELIEVE James couldn’t come up with that! “Prison” is a key word here, Oscar Wilde is a popular “name” on Jeopardy! and the date should have given it away as well. Wilde, Dorothy Parker and Ronald Firbank are three of history’s most gifted writers, IMO.

  8. Emma has abundantly proven that she is a very, very good player. I like the confidence and poise she fearlessly exhibits. My beef, in her defeat of James, was that she found both DDs even though James had 50% more correct responses. In short, the Jeopardy gods had been very charitable to her. Fast-forwarding to today, the Jeopardy gods were in a more fair-minded mood. In fact, they were overly kind to James!!! Since he correctly answered 47% to Emma & Francouis’ collective 46%, he was only ‘entitled’ to find only one. Perhaps we can say that the unfairness of the Jeopardy gods on 6-3-19 has been rectified. We will see what mood the Jeopardy gods are in on Friday, but hopefully the champion only wins with skill.

  9. Oops! In my comment above, I should have said that James’ 47% to Emma/Francoius 46% was in DJ. (When am I going to learn to proofread before posting???)

  10. CONGRATULATIONS JAMES!

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