Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 8, 2019


It’s Day 5 of the Tournament of Champions! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Literary Characters) for Friday, November 8, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 45):

From an 1894 work, his name literally translates to “Tiger King”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Francois Barcomb, an 11th-grade physics teacher from New Paltz, New York
Francois Barcomb on Jeopardy!
Steven Grade, a sports industry consultant from Atlanta, Georgia
Steven Grade on Jeopardy!
Ryan Fenster, a graduate student from SeaTac, Washington
Ryan Fenster on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Shere Khan?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Shere Khan is the tiger antagonist of Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 work The Jungle Book. While he considers himself king of the jungle, most of the other animals do not look up to him. After a failed attempt to hunt humans, he makes attempts to hunt Mowgli.

In a Jeopardy! context, Shere Khan came up in a roundabout way during last winter’s All-Star Games; the chapter in The Jungle Book that introduces him is called “Tiger, Tiger”.


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

Scores going into Final:
Francois $34,300
Steven $9,200
Ryan $4,000


Tonight’s results:
Ryan $4,000 + $4,000 = $8,000
Steven $9,200 + $9,200 = $18,400
Francois $34,300 + $0 = $34,300 (Semifinalist)


Francois Barcomb, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 8, 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)
Friday: Francois Barcomb, $34,300 ($34,300, $7,100)
1. Steven Grade, $18,400 ($9,200, $8,400)
2. Kyle Jones, $16,800 ($8,400, $1,200)
3. Lindsey Shultz, $14,000 ($10,800, $4,000)
4. Rachel Lindgren, $13,601 ($10,000, $3,600)
5. Josh Hill, $10,597 ($12,200, $4,200)
6. Eric R. Backes, $8,000 ($13,000, $3,000)
7. Ryan Fenster, $8,000 ($4,000, $1,000)
8. Anneke Garcia, $4,799 ($11,400, $3,400)
9. Rob Worman, $799 ($400, $2,200)
10. Alan Dunn, $1 ($6,000, $4,000)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Steven $8,400
Francois $7,100
Ryan $1,000


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Opening break taken after: 14 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) NOVEMBER DATEBOOK $1000 (14th pick)
Francois 2600 +2500 (Steven 4200 Ryan -600)
2) REVELATIONS $1600 (9th pick)
Ryan 5400 -5400 (Francois 14700 Steven 7200)
3) BODIES OF WATER $800 (20th pick)
Francois 24300 +8000 (Steven 9600 Ryan 2000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 29


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 88 (1.96 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Francois $25,600 Coryat
Steven $9,200 Coryat
Ryan $9,400 Coryat
Combined Coryat Score: $44,200


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • When it comes to Josh Hill, who will be the semifinals alternate, sometimes you catch a break, and sometimes you don’t.

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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 8, 2019"

  1. I think Ryan will always be remembered as being a part of the infamous Football category.

  2. This one seems relatively easy for a ToC FJ, but we’ll see how it plays out.

  3. Based on scores, the match-ups for next week should be:
    1) Francoise, Steven, Rachel; 2) James, Gilbert, Lindsey; 3) Emma, Dhruv, Kyle

    If that’s the case, Francoise and James should advance without much difficulty. The game between Emma, Dhruv and Kyle should be very interesting.

    • That won’t be the case. Steven won’t play Francois again and James won’t play Lindsey again.

      • Jason Sterlacci | November 8, 2019 at 11:51 am | Reply

        Also, they don’t do semifinal matchups based solely on QF scores. Sincerely, the person with the third best QF score in the last ToC who wound up playing the person with the best QF score in the semis.

  4. Ron Gambardella | November 8, 2019 at 2:15 pm | Reply

    Also, they try to distribute the contestants by gender. In this case they will likely put a female in each semi-final match up so they don’t eliminate each other.

  5. I envision the following SF, tweaking Bob’s list, but moving Steven from group 1 to 2 and Lindsey from group 2 to 1 per Andy’s comment. Finally I see the producers moving Rachel from group 1 to 2 and Gilbert from group 2 to 1 for optics, to have a woman in each group, leaving:

    1) Francois, Lindsey, Gilbert
    2) James, Steven, Rachel
    3) Emma, Druv, Kyle

    In this scenario I see Francois, James and Emma all advancing, though Lindsey also has a strong chance; ditto with Dhruv. Emma again faces the strongest group in SF, but overcomes as she did her QF “Group of Death”.

  6. Francois’ score was a TOC record, right?

  7. It seems J! is much more methodical about player distributions than is WoF. My son was on WoF and the way they chose your day/placement was this…15 contestants taping 5 episodes in 1 day. 15 strips of paper went into a hat (3 Mondays, 3 Tuesdays, etc.) That determined which episode you would be on. Then for placement, 3 glass marbles went into a bottle my son described as an “I Dream of Jeannie” bottle, with numbers 1-2-3 on them, and that determined your place on stage.

  8. Francois! A wonderful game and good to see a Teachers Tournament champion be a part of the “Fine Nine.”

    The infamous total football whiff that Ryan was part of (call it five missed tackles) was replayed on more than one ESPN show the day after it aired on Jeopardy!

    Two people whose incomes derive from sports make the semis (James and Steven). Sort of goes against the Jeopardy! grain, since it seems that categories about sports aren’t the favorites of more than a few contestants.

  9. It really looked like Ryan was getting ready to say Davy Crockett on the DD, but at the last second changed his mind. You could almost see his tongue getting ready to form the “D.” Oh, what a difference that would have made. I think there are going to be some fun games next week. Hope so at least. I love watching these two-week tournaments as the drama builds.

    • I think that was a classic example of overthinking the clue. When he started and stopped with “Da-“ I thought he was trying to choose” between Davy Crockett or Daniel Boone. After he answered, I suspect his first instinct was Crockett, but then he figured that was too easy, and went with the surprising answer of Jim Bridger. The key to the clue, though, was 1836, the year of the Alamo. Bridger died in 1881 and Boone in 1820.

      The gaffe represented a more than $10K swing, the single biggest factor costing him a wild card spot. The lesson: in trivia, trust your instincts!

  10. Ryan was what Francois needed to win… Francois is smart and is good at trivia, but has always seemed a bit slower — he rings in when he knows the answer but even when he was first on the higher clues, he paused — you never saw this slowness w James (or even Emma). He was incredible on the rebounds, however. Given how much his other 2 competitors got wrong, the setup was perfect for him.

    For that very reason, he would do terrible against James, given his buzzer skills, and hit rate… he’d need too much luck on hitting daily doubles to overcome those weaknesses.

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