Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, July 2, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Shakespeare’s Time) for Thursday, July 2, 2020 (Season 35, Episode 191):

The line “a great reckoning in a little room” in “As You Like It” is usually taken to refer to this author’s premature death

This episode originally aired on June 3, 2019.

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Emma Boettcher, a user experience librarian from Chicago, Illinois
Emma Boettcher on Jeopardy!
Jay Sexton, a senior research engineer from Atlanta, Georgia
Jay Sexton on Jeopardy!
James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (32-day total: $2,462,216)
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Christopher Marlowe?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

A contemporary of Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe (also known as Kit Marlowe) was a major Elizabethan playwright and was a great influence on Shakespeare. In 1593, Marlowe was accused of holding treasonous opinions, and after the “Dutch church libel” was published (which contained several allusions to Marlowe’s plays), Marlowe was arrested. While awaiting his trial at the Privy Council, Marlowe was killed under mysterious circumstances ten days later in an altercation with Ingram Frizer.

Shakespeare’s As You Like It provides the most famous tribute to Marlowe, where Marlowe’s Hero and Leander was quoted, as well as the “a great reckoning in a little room” line referred to in today’s clue.

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Scores going into Final:
Emma $26,600
James $23,400
Jay $11,000

Tonight’s results:
Jay $11,000 + $6,000 = $17,000
James $23,400 + $1,399 = $24,799
Emma $26,600 + $20,201 = $46,801 (1-day total: $46,801)

Emma Boettcher, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 2, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
James $9,000
Emma $6,400
Jay $2,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) LITERATURE $1000 (1st pick)
James 0 +1000 (Jay 0 Emma 0)
2) CAPITAL “A” $800 (4th pick)
Emma 7600 +7600 (James 12600 Jay 2600)
3) POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY $2000 (14th pick)
Emma 20400 +3000 (James 17800 Jay 7400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 215

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0

Game Stats:
Emma $18,800 Coryat, 21 correct, 0 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
James $23,400 Coryat, 25 correct, 0 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer
Jay $11,000 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $53,200
Lach Trash: $400 (on 1 Triple Stumper)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $400

James Holzhauer, final stats:
1,186 correct, 36 incorrect
33/36 on rebound attempts (on 68 rebound opportunities)
57.81% in first on buzzer (1077/1863)
72/76 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $654,416)
32/33 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $30,576

Emma Boettcher, stats to date:
22 correct, 0 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,600)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,800

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Emma’s $46,801 is the sixth-highest first-game winning total in regular play of all time.
  • The Combined Coryat score for the game of $53,200 is an all-time regular-play record.
  • James has been correct on his last 27 Final Jeopardy! clues.
  • According to the prediction model, a score of $23,400 going into Final Jeopardy wins 86.868% of the time.
  • Given James’ mean average score going into Final Jeopardy of $47,655 and standard deviation of $13,422, the chances of James having a score of $23,400 or worse going into Final Jeopardy are about 1 in 30.
  • There was absolutely nothing wrong with James’ Final Jeopardy bet of $1,399. He knew that Emma was overwhelmingly likely to bet what she did and, thus, his only chance of winning was if Emma did not get Final Jeopardy! correct. $1,399 ensures that his score stays above Jay’s and gives James the best chance of winning the game. Had James gone all-in, he would have finished at $46,800 and lost by $1.

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8 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, July 2, 2020"

  1. This episode is difficult for me to watch and not just because June 3rd is my birthday!
    Andy, thanks to your explanation here, I finally realize why James made the FJ bet that he did. It was his best shot.

  2. Brad (not Rutter) | July 2, 2020 at 2:00 pm |

    Can’t bear to watch this one. A dark day in Jeopardy history, rivaled only by Ken’s loss.

  3. I take the opposite position of the above posters. It was a great day in Jeopardy history. I had been bored to tears by the previous run of drama free lop-sided wins by James. Emma played a great game and deserved the win. She also performed well in the TOC proving to be no fluke.

  4. I think this episode more than any other illustrates James’ strategy of looking for the DD’s amount the high dollar answers and going all in. Emma was a smart competitor and James couldn’t hit either of the DD’s in Double Jeopardy, which really blew his strategy. It shows just how smart he is by the high score he achieved without the DD’s.

    I believe Ken used a lot of that in the way he beat James in the GOAT competition, to his credit.

  5. Michael Schwartz | July 2, 2020 at 10:02 pm |

    We shouldn’t overlook Jay’s contribution to James’ eventual loss. Combined, Jay and Emma went 34-1 (66.67% IFOB) vs. James’ 21-0 (33.33%).

  6. Michael Schwartz makes a good point. I had forgotten the role that Jay played in this excellent game.

  7. Robert Chaber | July 3, 2020 at 1:44 pm |

    The show’s close last night was edited from that which was shown originally.

    Last night after the scores were announced you didn’t see Emma’s resistance to James’ approach; all you saw was them together exchanging hand motions.

    I’m going to have to watch my recording of it again, but I also think Alex’s comments were edited and shortened.

  8. Brad (not Rutter) | July 4, 2020 at 2:27 pm |

    Jay was much more of a factor here than francois in the TOC finals. I bet he could have been a multigame winner if not for the unfortunate schedule. What horrible luck!

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