Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 5, 2019

It’s Day 2 of the Tournament of Champions! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The 50 States) for Tuesday, November 5, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 42):

In 1840 this New England state was home to 24 of the 100 most populous U.S. urban places; now, its capital is its only one in the top 100

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Rachel Lindgren, an astronomy interpreter from Bend, Oregon
Rachel Lindgren on Jeopardy!
Dhruv Gaur, a student at Brown University from Gainesville, Georgia
Dhruv Gaur on Jeopardy!
Rob Worman, an engagement manager from Edina, Minnesota
Rob Worman on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Massachusetts?

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The places ranged in population from the 93,383 of Boston (5th in the US at the time) to Barnstable on Cape Cod (#97 at 4,301). Some of these 24 places, such as Charlestown, Roxbury, Dorchester, became part of Boston; many others are still Boston suburbs. Growth outside of New England, though, caused Massachusetts to only have 12 of the top 100 by 1890. Currently, Worcester is second in Massachusetts and 136th in the United States.

One thing that I noticed yesterday when seeing the reactions of many viewers playing along at home is that Final Jeopardy! clues like yesterday’s and today’s can be incredibly easy to second-guess yourself on. If you get the clue correct, that’s great! If not, that’s absolutely not a suitable reason to shame anybody else over it. Especially contestants. The Tournament of Champions is a pressure-cooker; Stage 10 and the lights do weird things to people.

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Scores going into Final:
Dhruv $13,600
Rachel $10,000
Rob $400

Tonight’s results:
Rob $400 + $399 = $799 (What is VA MA)
Rachel $10,000 + $3,601 = $13,601
Dhruv $13,600 + $6,401 = $20,001 (Semifinalist)

Dhruv Gaur, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 5, 2019 game.)

Wild card standings:
Monday: Gilbert Collins, $16,801 ($9,000, $7,400)
Tuesday: Dhruv Gaur, $20,001 ($13,600, $6,000)
1. Kyle Jones, $16,800 ($8,400, $1,200), 99.707% to advance
2. Rachel Lindgren, $13,601 ($10,000, $3,600), 85.864% to advance
3. Anneke Garcia, $4,799 ($11,400, $3,400), 1.898% to advance
4. Rob Worman, $799 ($400, $2,200), 0.003% to advance

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Dhruv $6,000
Rachel $3,600
Rob $2,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) RADIOACTIVE ELEMENTS $1000 (11th pick)
Dhruv 5800 -3000 (Rachel 2000 Rob -800)
2) FICTIONAL CHARACTERS $800 (10th pick)
Rob 5400 -5400 (Dhruv 7600 Rachel 7200)
3) THE DARK AGES $2000 (11th pick)
Rob 0 -2000 (Dhruv 7600 Rachel 7200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -252

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 88 (2.10 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Dhruv $16,600 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Rachel $10,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Rob $7,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 6 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,400
Lach Trash: $11,800 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,800

Dhruv Gaur, stats to date:
107 correct, 12 incorrect
6/8 on rebound attempts (on 17 rebound opportunities)
34.04% in first on buzzer (96/282)
7/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $16,600)
3/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,560

Rachel Lindgren, stats to date:
117 correct, 16 incorrect
7/11 on rebound attempts (on 28 rebound opportunities)
28.65% in first on buzzer (110/384)
3/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,400)
3/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,143

Rob Worman, stats to date:
137 correct, 28 incorrect
8/11 on rebound attempts (on 48 rebound opportunities)
33.17% in first on buzzer (136/410)
9/11 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $28,800)
5/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,500

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23 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 5, 2019"

  1. Wow…These are seeming way too easy for ToC FJ.

    • As was said yesterday, it’s only easy if you know the answer. (Plus, second-guessing yourself can really be a thing.)

      • Marty Cunningham | November 5, 2019 at 2:32 pm |


        I totally agree with your comments today, both in the “Final” notes, and in this section. My “at-home” stats are always far better than my studio stats ever were. And there is a problem where you do tend to second-guess yourself sometimes on set, especially if you have a Daily Double. My standing joke now is “If it’s ‘Famous Greek Historical Figures’ always go with Alexander, and not Phillip (his father)” because I learned that the hard way on a Daily Double (the clue referenced a man born in Macedonia, which could apply to both of them, but since there had been no other clues in that category about Greeks, Alexander was the more obvious choice (and correct in that instance). Also, the time for Final Jeopardy is trickier in the studio because at home you can just blurt out the answer after Alex reads the clue, but on set you have to write it out, too.
        I have been playing the J!6 on the Jeopardy! website, and, like in the studio, your gut-level, knee-jerk response is sometimes the best one, and the correct one. Think, but don’t overthink. And, when I started really focusing on the clues I missed, especially in Daily Doubles, I could feel I was losing the joy of just being there, and that was when I lost the game. For me, I just focused on the fun and excitement of just actually being there, being on that set, getting to see things from a different angle than at home. Hopefully, most of the players who are back this week can focus on that fun again, and not the fact of “having to win”. I think Wednesday’s game may be the most telling about the overall tone of this tournament. Had I won two more games I might have taken Rob’s place, so who knows what could have happened. It’s a little different to watch the tournament this time, after you have been able to visit the set and become part of the history of the game.
        Still, rooting for Kyle, because he is from another suburb of Denver, and because I know his mother-in-law (and she was rooting for me, until Kyle got called to be on the show).

      • An answer seeming too obvious for a ToC FJ is yet another reason to second-guess yourself. If you know your state capitals and largest cities (as I would expect for most contestants), and don’t misread the clue, there are really only two possibilities here: Rhode Island is the other New England state whose largest city is the capital. Massachusetts was my first thought, but then I spent 25 seconds wondering if that was misdirection and maybe Rhode Island somehow had enough large cities, but it just seemed too small in area for that.

  2. I would argue there is at least one very plausible wrong answer here – Connecticut. Given that Hartford had an NHL team until the mid 90s, it’s reasonable to assume that it has a fairly decent population. Also, the state has a number of cities with middling populations (New Haven, Bridgeport). I actually didn’t feel comfortable eliminating it as an answer until I remembered that Bridgeport is actually the most populous city in the state.

    • Jason Sterlacci | November 5, 2019 at 12:02 pm |

      Yeah…my brain first went to Connecticut but it dawned on me that Bridgeport is the most populous city. I got this, but on stage it might have been a totally different animal.

    • Yep… especially if you outthink yourself. I finally settled on Connecticut after thinking there was no way they’d go with TOC FJ with an answer as obvious as Massachusetts. And then they did……

  3. Poor Rob making it a true daily double on a clue and don’t get the answer and then gets the other daily double on the very next clue.

  4. Marty Cunningham | November 5, 2019 at 2:37 pm |

    Massachusetts made the most sense only because none of the other New England states seemed big enough to support 24 larger cities, even in 1840.

  5. Disappointed episode. 3 wrong answers on the daily double resulted our second skunking of the season. Let’s hope that tomorrow’s episode will be much better. Time to go to the tomato bath.

  6. Investors are told “Past results don’t predict future results”, which was true in one metric today. Today’s triple stinker wasn’t predictable as Druv was 7 of 8 with Daily Doubles and Rob’s escape hatch had been his 9 of 9 with DD’s. If Rob had continued being 100% with DD’s he would doubtless be in the SF.

  7. Bobby Kelly | November 5, 2019 at 7:15 pm |

    Rachel’s wager in Final Jeopardy of 3,600 seems low. With 10,000 I think she should’ve wagered a large portion. Atleast 6,000 minimum. With the strength of the TOC field I wouldn’t expect 13,600 to get a Wild Card

    Playing for Dhruv to miss seems illogical especially he’s been playing great. She should’ve played to get a high value total instead of hoping Dhruv misses his answer

    • As a second-place score and not knowing what happened in Game 1, $13,601 advances 91.094% of the time. $10,000 advances 60% of the time. Any more and Rachel really starts to run into diminishing returns compared to what she’d be risking at the other end. Her bet was fine.

    • I thought she might bet bigger also. I’m sure she ran all the scenarios through her mind, but her bet seemed more like one you might make in a regular game. Yes, she is very likely to get a wild card with $13,601, but had she missed, $6,399 almost certainly would not get a wild card. That being the case, then bet it all. Depending on what Dhruv did, she might win the game with $20K, or at least assure herself of a wild card.

    • She didn’t play for Dhruv to miss. Had she been playing for that she would’ve wagered up to 2800, which would be the pretty clear best option in regular play where Dhruv’s wager of 6401 would be far more predictable. If you think that 13600 gives you a good chance a wild card (and as Andy says this is supported by the data) then you have to consider the possibility that Dhruv wagers 0. 91% if Rachel passes him and 100% if she doesn’t puts him in a pretty spot – he’d actually have to be extremely confident of getting FJ correct for the 6401 wager to improve his odds. I think she chose her number with the possibility of a zero wager from Dhruv in mind.

      Quarterfinal tournament wagers are so much more complicated owning to the wild card because it affects your wager and your opponents’ wagers, making them far more difficult to predict.

  8. Andy, I’ll second your thought on the tribute to Larry Martin, who should have been in this tournament. He seemed like a very nice gentleman. When I saw the ribbons yesterday, I thought it was an homage to Alex and his cancer. Great that they are honoring Larry.

  9. It will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow (a/k/a the “James Game”). Not so much about who will win –although there is always the possibility of James being upset, however slight that might be — but for how the second- and third-place finishers do. If James pulls away to an insurmountable lead, will he lighten up on the buzzer, thereby giving the other contestants a chance to pile up some money? It’s basically a question of how the wild-card standings will be affected by the game.

    I have put the over-under at 30 for the number of correct responses by James.

  10. I will never understand the need for people to post about how easy an FJ clue was.

  11. I was surprised when the response of “University of Colorado” was accepted and not later corrected. I know their logo has a “CU” inside a buffalo outline, so I had always presumed they were “Colorado University”, not “University of Colorado”. A quick web search informed me that they go by both names, almost interchangeably—both “University of Colorado-Boulder” and “CU Boulder” are common. I know that for most state-run universities, that’s not the case. Some go “University of _______”, others “_________ University”, but almost all insist on only one wording. This, apparently, is an exception.

  12. Rachel Lindgren is now an “Astronomy Interpreter”? Any idea what that is? Wasn’t she a fire tower lookout or something like that during her first run?

  13. Can anyone explain to me why “Manx” was an acceptable answer to the question about what you call someone from Manchester? I’m pretty sure it only pertains to someone from the Isle of Man. (or a tailless cat 🙂 Not that it had any effect on the outcome of the game, but I’m still curious.

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