Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 7, 2019

It’s Day 4 of the Tournament of Champions! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century Art) for Thursday, November 7, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 44):

A derisive description of the shape of the houses in the 1908 painting “Houses at l’Estaque” gave this art style its name

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Emma Boettcher, a user experience librarian from Chicago, Illinois
Emma Boettcher on Jeopardy!
Eric R. Backes, an attorney & government relations professional from Oviedo, Florida
Eric R. Backes on Jeopardy!
Josh Hill, a network engineer from North Little Rock, Arkansas
Josh Hill on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is cubism?

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The George Braque painting Houses at l’Estaque was mocked by art critic Louis Vauxcelles, who referred to the houses as “little cubes”, leading to the painting being rejected by the 1908 Salon d’Automne. The term “cubism” became used by 1911 to refer to Picasso’s and Braque’s paintings.

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

Scores going into Final:
Emma $23,800
Eric $13,000
Josh $12,200

Tonight’s results:
Josh $12,200 – $1,603 = $10,597 (What is minimalism)
Eric $13,000 – $5,000 = $8,000 (What is Art Deco?)
Emma $23,800 + $0 = $23,800 (Semifinalist)

Emma Boettcher, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 7, 2019 game.)

Wild card standings:
Monday: Gilbert Collins, $16,801 ($9,000, $7,400)
Tuesday: Dhruv Gaur, $20,001 ($13,600, $6,000)
Wednesday: James Holzhauer, $30,635 ($30,309, $8,800)
Thursday: Emma Boettcher, $23,800 ($23,800, $5,000)
1. Kyle Jones, $16,800 ($8,400, $1,200), 100% to advance
2. Lindsey Shultz, $14,000 ($10,800, $4,000), 100% to advance
3. Rachel Lindgren, $13,601 ($10,000, $3,600), 94.638% to advance
4. Josh Hill, $10,597 ($12,200, $4,200), 40.105% to advance
5. Eric R. Backes, $8,000 ($13,000, $3,000)
6. Anneke Garcia, $4,799 ($11,400, $3,400)
7. Rob Worman, $799 ($400, $2,200)
8. Alan Dunn, $1 ($6,000, $4,000)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Emma $5,000
Josh $4,200
Eric $3,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) NAME & NUMBER $800 (4th pick)
Emma 600 +1000 (Josh 0 Eric -600)
2) THE HUMAN BODY $800 (13th pick)
Emma 14200 +4000 (Josh 6600 Eric 5400)
3) GHOSTWRITERS $800 (21st pick)
Eric 7400 +3600 (Emma 23000 Josh 9800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 177

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 88 (2.00 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Emma $20,400 Coryat, 23 correct, 1 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Josh $12,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Eric $10,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,800
Lach Trash: $7,000 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,200

Emma Boettcher, stats to date:
127 correct, 7 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
38.52% in first on buzzer (109/283)
7/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $29,200)
3/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,200

Josh Hill, stats to date:
207 correct, 32 incorrect
4/7 on rebound attempts (on 25 rebound opportunities)
42.43% in first on buzzer (213/502)
7/10 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $24,195)
4/9 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,578

Eric R. Backes, stats to date:
150 correct, 18 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
43.82% in first on buzzer (149/340)
5/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,600)
3/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,667

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23 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 7, 2019"

  1. Shouldn’t be too difficult. You build a Lego house, what does it look like? Only question is, will the players be able to make a corresponding connection in the short time? At least the right question is short, not much to write. Josh and Eric should get it.

  2. I’m honestly surprised Eric and Josh missed this Final. But they always say, it’s only easy if you know the answer.

  3. Emma is a brilliant player.
    The excitement, the suspense continues!
    Can’t wait for next week. (You KNOW what I’m talking about!)

    • Go Emma! How great would a James, Emma, + (fill in the blank) final be? Rematch for the ages…well, Jeopardy! ages anyway!) 🙂

      • My apologies to Emma…I should have said Emma, James, + (fill in the blank). She would be the home team based on head to head matchup! 😉

        • Isn’t the podium position in the semifinals determined by who had the higher score in the quarterfinals?

          • Maybe Andy could shed some light on podium positions in tournaments.

          • I was talking about a potential final, and kind of tongue-in-cheekily at that, hence the 😉.

          • It’s ok though, my family doesn’t get my sense of humor either. 😬

          • In the comments for the October 28th game Marty Cunningham stated that tournament podium position priority is based on winnings prior to the tournament.

          • I’ll help out here…

            Quarterfinals, Tournament of Champions: Podium position is determined by money won in regular play/original tournament, regardless of number of games won. (We saw this on Monday, with four-win Anneke positioned to the left of five-win Gilbert, who had won over $20,000 less.)

            Quarterfinals, other tournaments: Podium position is determined by alphabetical order of the players. (There are occasionally exceptions, but this is the general rule.)

            Semifinals and the final: Podium position is determined by higher score in the preceding round. (The players retain the same positions for both games of the final, no matter what happens in the first game.)

    • I think seeing the two of them in the finals would be the most interesting scenario because of their acumen with wagering strategy* and their willingness to be aggressive. It could make the opening game DDs and FJ especially interesting.

      *I say this as praise for the abilities and styles they have both demonstrated as contestants and my understanding that Emma has written an academic paper on Jeopardy! wagering strategy, not to in anyway denigrate the other players’ understanding of the strategy.

      • Pizza Face Fred | November 7, 2019 at 10:39 pm |

        If she had written an academic paper on wagering strategy, shouldn’t she have bet $2,201? I don’t get it…

        • She wrote an academic paper on the correlation between clue length and difficulty, not on wagering strategy.

          That said: tournament quarterfinals require a different strategy from most other games.

          • Andy,

            Thanks for the correction on the subject of the paper. Although I still believe that Emma and James are exceptionally skilled players in terms of knowledge and game strategy and that their presence in the final would enhance the entertainment value.


            As Andy said she could have been virtually certain that her score was good enough for a wild card (she doesn’t know how the other games played out) and it’s either irrelevant whether she gets a wild card or game win or there is a plausible reason for her to prefer the wild card.

          • Ahh, gotcha. Thank you guys for the info. I can sleep better tonight lol

            Can’t wait for the nail biter next week!

        • I have been thinking about her wager. Obviously I don’t know what she was thinking, but a couple of thoughts come to mind. The simplest explanation is that she figured Josh and Eric would wager to get where they were comfortable with a correct answer and still give themselves a chance with a miss if scores had been coming in low all week. Rachel, Lindsey, and Josh all made wagers that would put themselves between 13,600 and 14,000 – I think this is based on studying the same data and coming to a similar conclusion about where the sweet spot would be to be comfortable about getting a wild card and I was surprised that Eric wagered as little much as he did (though he and Josh should have been influenced by each other to wager a bit more because high 13’s isn’t nearly as reliable if you finish 3rd in your game instead of 2nd).

          I think it’s safe to assume she felt guaranteed to advance with a 0 wager and 2201 probably doesn’t change that. I’m unclear how the semifinal rounds are populated. I would assume it’s either random or they guarantee a split of the 3 highest scoring winners and then populate the remaining 6 slots (do they have a rule that QF opponents can’t meet again in the SF?). Winning in the 24k range very likely makes her a top 3 winner – this would seem to be a good thing, but maybe she doesn’t think it is? If her goal is to win the tournament rather than maximize expected earnings she might prefer her chances against James in a single game format rather than a 2-game format. I’m not sure this is the best way to play since he could certainly lose against someone else in another semi and you never see him, but if you think you’re the person to knock him out then maybe you want to meet him where you like your chances best. If the matchups are randomized then it really doesn’t matter if she wins or gets a wild card with 23,800.

          Sorry that this was a bit rambling and convoluted, but it’s bedtime and I’m not up for editing it.

          • But it wouldn’t have guaranteed her a win if Josh and Eric had answered correctly and bet enough to overtake her 0 wager, unless the rules for the quarter finals are different than regular games.

            PS I was thinking about this a lot last night. My friends don’t watch this show and I’m super happy to have found people to discuss it with!

          • “unless the rules for the quarterfinals are different than regular games”.

            The top four non-winning scores also reach the semifinals as wild cards. A score of $23,000 has always qualified for the next round in any Jeopardy! tournament.

  4. As a James fan, today’s episode was a little scary.

  5. I can’t figure out the category” jeopardy keywords not”
    Can anyone explain to me!

    • Often, phrases like “Paul McCartney band” would lead you to “the Beatles”. In this case, the rest of the clue (“had hits with “Helen Wheels” & “Band on the Run”) led you to “Wings” instead.

  6. Chris Stratton | November 7, 2019 at 11:51 pm |

    Thanks as always Andy. One small correction: it’s Georges, with and S at the end, for the first name of the artist mentioned in FJ. Thanks again!

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