Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 18, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category U.S. Cities) for Monday, November 18, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 51):

Celebrating electricity & tech., an exposition in this U.S. “City of Light” in 1901 was overshadowed by another major event

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Kevin Jones, a retired I.T. project manager from Galloway, Ohio
Kevin Jones on Jeopardy!
Beverly Randez, a university business administrator from San Diego, California
Beverly Randez on Jeopardy!
Andrew Thomson, a journalist from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (2-day total: $30,800)
Andrew Thomson on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Buffalo, New York?

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Buffalo, New York gained the nickname “City of Light” due to its early embrace of using electric lighting. (Having Niagara Falls and its massive hydroelectric power generation capability only 16 miles away certainly helps with that!) Due to its position at the time as a technological hub, it was chosen as the site as the 1901 Pan-American Exposition, which ran from May to early November of that year. Unfortunately, the events of September 6 of that year overshadowed that; anarchist Leon Czolgosz assassinated President William McKinley at the Exposition; the wounds turned gangrenous and McKinley died on September 14.

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Scores going into Final:
Kevin $20,600
Andrew $6,600
Beverly $4,600

Tonight’s results:
Beverly $4,600 – $4,400 = $200 (What is San Francisco?)
Andrew $6,600 + $2,601 = $9,201
Kevin $20,600 – $5,000 = $15,600 (1-day champion: $15,600) (What is NYC?)

Kevin Jones, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 18, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Kevin $7,000
Andrew $6,000
Beverly $2,200

Opening break taken after: 16 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) HOW HIGH $800 (13th pick)
Kevin 1400 +1400 (Andrew 1400 Beverly 400)
2) A MAN OF THE CLOTH $1200 (14th pick)
Kevin 16600 -4000 (Andrew 8800 Beverly 4200)
3) HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS $1600 (24th pick) ($8000 remaining on the board)
Andrew 14400 -3000 (Kevin 17000 Beverly 4200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 55

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 88 (1.73 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Kevin $24,000 Coryat, 25 correct, 2 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer, 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Andrew $9,600 Coryat, 20 correct, 6 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Beverly $4,600 Coryat 6 correct, 1 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,200
Lach Trash: $5,800 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,400

Andrew Thomson, final stats:
56 correct, 14 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
35.67% in first on buzzer (61/171)
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,333

Kevin Jones, stats to date:
25 correct, 3 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,000

Kevin Jones, to win:
2 games: 65.112%
3: 42.396%
4: 27.605%
5: 17.974%
6: 11.703%
Avg. streak: 2.866 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Before anyone accuses the three players of not knowing Tom Hanks (the BIOPICS $200 clue), it has been reported by audience members from this game that the lights on the signaling system malfunctioned (failed to activate properly) and the contestants were unable to buzz in. Since the judges determined that no one player was advantaged or disadvantaged, it was ruled as “no harm, no foul”, and the game would continue without a clue replacement.
  • It would not surprise me if, in order to make sure we saw all 61 clues tonight, that some of the responses were clipped slightly in order to fit everything in. Note that any complaints regarding phrasing here on The Jeopardy! Fan are considered against the Site Comment Policy, as the judges have the ability to listen to responses very closely that we at home do not.

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 18, 2019"

  1. I think the only reason I knew the correct FJ response was that we visited Buffalo a year ago and toured the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site there. It’s the house where Teddy took the oath of office after McKinley died.

    While much of it centers on Teddy, they also talk about the history of Buffalo and the Pan American Expo there in 1901. It’s worth a brief visit if you happen to be in Buffalo.

  2. The week of the regular games starts with a new champion….yet again. Congratulations!

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  4. I knew the answer to the final question immediately due to reading Lauren Belfer’s New York Times best seller book, “City of Lights”, which is set in Buffalo!

  5. Kudos to Andrew for seemingly being aware that the final clue had the potential to unlock the game and ringing in even though he looked unsure of his answer. His correct response and Kevin’s miss meant it would have paid off too had he been right.

  6. What happened to the 5-8 time champions? It seems that during the last 2 seasons you have either a 1 to 3 time winner (at the most) or somebody wins forever, like James. Very few players seem to be able to string a little over 5 wins together anymore.It happens pretty often that you might have even 3 different champs in one week.

  7. Diana Morris | November 19, 2019 at 1:06 pm |

    Can anyone tell me the question about the girl who pogo sticked up the Sears tower? I tried to Google it but found nothing?

  8. Upon watching last night’s episode, it seemed to me that Kevin Jones failed to phrase at least two responses in the form of a question. In one instance he merely said “rust”. Was this due to editing?

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