Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, July 16, 2020


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

This episode originally aired on November 13, 2019.

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(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.)

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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 signaling 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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5 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, July 16, 2020"

  1. Bob Chang | July 16, 2020 at 1:15 pm |

    After today’s final DD James led Emma a staggering $34,612 to $6,000! But to her great credit, she out earned James afterwards through day 2’s end $59,000 to $42, 311, as the final tally was James $76,923, Emma $65,000!

  2. Brad (not Rutter) | July 16, 2020 at 5:04 pm |

    Bob, I was about to post something similar. The finals was almost a total blowout. At one point, James had 36,000+ and Emma had around 5,000, and James then buzzed in on a $2,000 clue. But James missed that clue, and from that point, Emmma and Francois went on a tear while James went strangely quiet.

    • Brad, just saw it, and you’re right. After the final DD, James hit a $2,000 clue to be up $36, 612 to Emma’s $6000 to Francois’s -200. So, from that point to entering FJ over the final 19 clues Francois earned $8,000, Emma $7,200 and James but $1,000. Certainly one of James’s rare (maybe only?) “cold spells” where both contestants outplayed him for that long.

  3. TOD MONROE | July 17, 2020 at 7:25 pm |

    Dang it. I thought I was educated or something but I never heard of “jeremiad.” I still keep learning from Jeopardy.

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