Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, September 19, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Historic Geography) for Tuesday, September 19, 2023 (Season 40, Game 7):

Of Spain’s colonial possessions in the Americas, this 3,400-square-mile one in the Antilles never gained independence, but did change hands

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Elizabeth Devereaux, a middle school teacher from Lawrence, Kansas
Elizabeth Devereaux on Jeopardy!
Morgan Halvorsen, a chief copy editor from Silver Spring, Maryland
Morgan Halvorsen on Jeopardy!
Rob Kim, an attorney from Portland, Oregon
Rob Kim on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

On Jeopardy! yesterday, Deanna Bolio booked her ticket to Thursday’s and Friday’s final after her runaway victory over Elliott Goodman and Matt Walks. Tonight, we see Rob Kim, Morgan Halvorsen, and Elizabeth Devereaux. My preview this past weekend liked Elizabeth’s chances of doing well; she was the third player in Matt Amodio’s first game—and as I mentioned in that preview, the third player who played against two other very strong players has historically done quite well in Second Chance play.

Some bad news was announced yesterday for Jeopardy! fans—the NFL and ABC/ESPN announced yesterday that the entire season of Monday Night Football will be simulcast on the main network. With the pregame show starting at 7:30, this will be a major headache for many Jeopardy! fans on Mondays. Ugh! (I can’t help but think that the likely flagging ratings of Jeopardy!‘s opening week was at least a minor consideration for ABC here.)

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Correct response: What is Puerto Rico?

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Puerto Rico, an island in the Greater Antilles about 3,400 square miles in area, was colonized by Spain beginning in 1493 following the arrival of Christopher Columbus. Spain administered the colony for the next four centuries, which became U.S. territory following the Treaty of Paris in 1898. Puerto Ricans have had U.S. citizenship since 1917; however, residents of the territory are unable to vote for President or Vice President.

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, September 19, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: You Better Belize It; The Asian Games; May Day! May Day!; Fowl Play; Sounds Like Big Business; Scrambling To Find A Job)

Elizabeth opened the game very strongly, doubling up just before the first break, with Rob struggling with incorrect responses (however, he did get one of them reversed after the second break). Rob turned things around slightly after the break, but Elizabeth still led.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Elizabeth 5 correct 0 incorrect
Morgan 4 correct 1 incorrect
Rob 2 correct 2 incorrect

Today’s interviews:

Elizabeth didn’t tell her in-laws she was going to be on, in order to surprise them.
Morgan got The Call just before surgery.
Rob grew up watching the show with his dad.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Elizabeth 9 correct 0 incorrect
Morgan 9 correct 2 incorrect
Rob 5 correct 2 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Elizabeth $7,600
Morgan $2,000
Rob $1,400

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Physiology; Super Troupers; Mailed It!; What Could It “B”?; Fun & Games; Phrases & Idioms)

Things turned around greatly for Rob in Double Jeopardy; firstly, Elizabeth got a $5,000 Daily Double incorrect; then, Rob got $2,000 on his own! Rob got clue #29 correct to hold a slim lead going into Final!

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Rob 16 correct 4 incorrect
Elizabeth 16 correct 1 incorrect
Morgan 12 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 0 (0 today).

Scores going into Final:

Rob $9,800
Elizabeth $9,400
Morgan $5,200

Rob was the only player correct in Final Jeopardy today — he’s our second finalist of the week!

Tonight’s results:

Morgan $5,200 – $4,200 = $1,000 (What is Martinique?)
Elizabeth $9,400 – $7,000 = $2,400 (What is Cuba?)
Rob $9,800 + $9,001 = $18,801 (What is Puerto Rico) (Finalist)

Rob Kim, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 19, 2023 game.)

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

1) MAY DAY! MAY DAY! $600 (clue #14)
Elizabeth 2400 +2400 (Rob 1000† Morgan 1200)
2) MAILED IT! $1200 (clue #16)
Elizabeth 13200 -5000 (Rob 3000 Morgan 2800)
3) PHYSIOLOGY $1200 (clue #24, $4400 left on board)
Rob 8600 +2000 (Morgan 4800 Elizabeth 9000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 85
† – This was Rob’s score after he was given credit for a response originally ruled incorrect on the 11th clue of the Jeopardy Round.

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Rob 4 4
Morgan 1 5 3 4 3
Elizabeth 3 5 5 5 5 4 3*

DJ! Round:
Rob 4 3 2 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 2 3*
Morgan 4 4
Elizabeth 5 2 5 3 2 1 5 3* 2† 1

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Rob 3.57
Elizabeth 3.47
Morgan 3.43

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 0 (0.00 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Rob $9,000 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Elizabeth $12,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Morgan $5,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $26,800
Lach Trash: $17,800 (on 15 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,400

Player Statistics:

Rob Kim, career statistics:

40 correct, 10 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
39.47% in first on buzzer (45/114)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200

Morgan Halvorsen, career statistics:

31 correct, 5 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
28.95% in first on buzzer (33/114)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,000

Elizabeth Devereaux, career statistics:

31 correct, 5 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
23.89% in first on buzzer (27/113)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $800)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,400

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Friendly reminder that Jeopardy! clues are written such that the thing the show is looking for is referred to with “this”. On the game’s second Daily Double, the “this” was clear. Any confusion is not the fault of the show, and is wholly the fault of the viewer; I believe that any criticisms of the clue’s clarity are not valid. The clue was not confusing at all—it was very clear what the show wanted, as the clue opened “RFD, short for this…”
  • Today’s box score: September 19, 2023 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Rob $9,800 Elizabeth $9,400 Morgan $5,200)

Rob: Standard cover bet over Elizabeth is $9,001. (Actual bet: $9,001)

Morgan: Bet between $3,200 (thereby passing Elizabeth’s cover bet range) and $4,399 (staying ahead of Rob if he makes a cover bet). (Actual bet: $4,200)

Elizabeth: I would recommend a very small bet here, just in case. Covering Morgan is a $1,001 bet. (Actual bet: $7,000)

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14 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, September 19, 2023"

  1. Lucky guess again. Usually when I think I Antilles I think of the ABC islands or Saint Martin/Sint Maarten, but figuring it had to be a Spanish speaking place, went with Puerto Rico.

    • Same here.

      I bet Elizabeth was thinking along similar lines, but mistook Puerto Rico’s loose ties with the U.S. for independence (at least at some point in the past) and mistook Cuba’s loose ties with Russia for non-independence (though even had that been true, they would have had independence at some point before turning communist because Spain had been “gone” from the area since 1898). I’m surprised anyone would think “Spanish” for Martinique rather than “French” (though I was mostly thinking of the volcano La Soufrière and it is actually on St. Vincent).

      I like that Rob would have still won even if they had all gotten FJ correct.

    • A key part of the clue was “Of Spain’s colonial possessions in the Americas,” so of course, it had to be a Spanish-speaking place.

  2. Here in the Chicago area it’s Wheel of Fortune that is replaced by the MNF. Still a bummer.

  3. Michael Johnston | September 19, 2023 at 9:42 am | Reply

    Bit of a softball, but I ain’t complaining!😁

  4. In my area of the SF Bay Area on Monday nights during the NFL season, Jeopardy! normailly airs at 7 pm with WOF following. But after the game, the highlights, news, then at 10 pm, WOF airs first, THEN Jeoparday! Go figure.

  5. The ABC affiliate in Reno insists on broadcasting a “special edition” of local news following MNF consisting of local weather and the usual collection of stories about fund-raisers, studies which show it’s bad to eat or drink something, PSAs, and how to survive various calamities. Mind you, this is their newscast every night. After last night’s game, I’ve decided to forget watching Jeopardy on Monday nights.

  6. Thanks to this page I will be able to know what’s going on as I will not be able to watch Jeopardy on Mondays for the foreseeable future.

  7. In the metro Denver area J! airs at 6 pm on the FOX network so we shouldn’t be affected.

  8. I understood that the answer for the second daily double, was calling for the full name of the term “Rual Free Delivery,” as did Elizabeth when she realized that her response wasn’t being ruled correct, or, incorrect, but waiting for her to “finish” responding. Unfortunately, though she probably knew the full term name, she blanked.
    But, then I misunderstood what they were looking for, from the answer in Final Jeopardy. For some reason my mind had it that the answer called for a island GROUP, not just one specific island. But, even if I had understood Final Jeopardy correctly, I still wouldn’t have gotten it.

  9. Obviously, in talking about the daily double in “Mailed it,” I should have written second daily double in double Jeopardy. Well, my mind wrote it, unfortunately, that didn’t translate to my fingers. Apologies for any inadvertent confusion.

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