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Austin Rogers, center, watched an episode of his performance on “Jeopardy!” with friends and family at The Waylon in Hell’s Kitchen on Wednesday.

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Good morning on this Friday the 13th.

A New York champion has fallen.

Over the last two weeks, we’ve reveled in the “Jeopardy!” winning streak of Austin Rogers, a delightfully cheeky bartender from Harlem.

During his 13-night run on the typically sober game show, Mr. Rogers charmed viewers, the internet, and eventually the host Alex Trebek with his wild gesticulations, occasional expletives, brazen wagers and encyclopedic knowledge.

Until last night, when he lost to Scarlett Sims, a homemaker from Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Highlights of Austin Rogers on “Jeopardy!” Video by Jeopardy!

“I didn’t lose, I got beaten,” said Mr. Rogers, 38, who watched the final episode surrounded by his family and friends at the Gaf West in Hell’s Kitchen, where he tends the bar. “Scarlett nailed it, and it was awesome. I was elated for her.”

To make it as far as he did, Mr. Rogers watched old episodes and meticulously pored over a catalog of past questions and answers on the website j-archive.com. He said he saw patterns in the questions and discovered that the daily double, for example, is typically in one of only five locations on the board.

“But I didn’t hack the show,” he said, responding to some news coverage and online chatter. “I still had to know everything.”

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His veritable vault of history tidbits and arcane facts has been bolstered by a lifestyle of watching movies, he said.

“I’m a bartender, so when I wake up during the day — if I wake up — my inner monologue is, ‘What do I want to learn about today?’” he said. “Maybe I don’t know anything about the Han dynasty. So then I’ll watch a documentary on YouTube about the Han dynasty.”

Mr. Rogers, who said he’ll continue to bartend and host trivia nights around the city, doesn’t know exactly what to do with the $411,000 he won on the show. Maybe invest it, he said.

“I don’t have much of a need for money,” he said. “I’m 100 percent unencumbered.”

As for his newfound fame, he hopes to use it to catapult himself into a new career.

“I’m a bit schizophrenic right now,” he said. “Do I want to pitch my own television show? Or maybe reproduce that comedy-variety show I did a few years ago. Or start a series on history on YouTube.”

But first, he wants to sleep.

“I want to take a break and collect my thoughts,” he said, “and then on Monday, it’s a brand new workday of a brand new life.”

Here’s what else is happening:

Weather

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A fair fall Friday.

Partly sunny skies today with temperatures in the low 60s, followed by a small chance of rain tonight and tomorrow in otherwise cloudy skies.

Sunday should be smile-inducing — 70s and sunny.

In the News

Heroin is quietly devastating the Bronx, which lost more residents to overdoses last year than any other borough. [New York Times]

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Kelly Culbert, right, an outreach worker, consoled a woman who had just injected heroin in the Bronx. The borough is struggling with a dramatic increase in opioid deaths.

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Subway delays resulted in about $307 million in annual losses in work time, according to a new report. [New York Times]

A former teacher who reported the sexual abuse of female students by a priest in 1991 now claims that the Diocese of Brooklyn covered it up for more than a decade. [New York Times]

For the first time, more people are using Uber in New York than the city’s yellow cabs. [New York Times]

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, after initially resisting calls to donate all the money Harvey Weinstein had donated to his campaigns, reversed course and said he would give it all away. [New York Times]

If policy makers prove unable to repair the DACA program, a federal judge in Brooklyn warns that he might have to do it. [New York Times]

Intruders tied up an elderly Brooklyn couple, resulting in the death of the husband. [New York Times]

Classmates, teachers and family reflect on the life of teen who was recently stabbed to death in a Bronx high school. [New York Times]

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Louna Dennis, whose son Matthew McCree was killed in a stabbing at his school, the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation, with her children Kevon and Kayla Dennis.

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Every month during the highest tides, the streets of Hamilton Beach in Queens are flooded by the waters of Jamaica Bay because of rising sea levels. [Curbed NY]

Jimmy McMillan, the New York City activist who famously coined the slogan “the rent is too damn high,” is running for office again. [The Villager]

Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “Treat for a Bus Driver”

For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Morning Briefing.

Coming Up Today

It’s the last day to register to vote in November’s general election. You can register here, or if you’re not sure if you’re registered, check your status here.

On tap for outdoor movie night: “Hidden Figures” in the Bronx, “Beauty and the Beast” in Washington Heights, and “Hotel Transylvania 2” in Brooklyn. Times vary. [Free]

Eryc Taylor Dance performs new works at the Martha Graham Studio Theater in the West Village, through Saturday and Sunday. 8 p.m. [$25]

Reimagine “the cemetery as exploratory theater” at “Into the Veil,” Atlas Obscura’s immersive evening of live music and performance at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, through Saturday. 8 p.m. [$80]

HONK NYC, the brass band extravaganza, continues with “HONK Harlem” at Shrine World Music Venue on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard. 10 p.m. [$10]

Yankees at Astros, 8:08 p.m. (FS1). Devils host Capitals, 7 p.m. (MSG+). Rangers at Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. (MSG).

Watch “The New York Times Close-Up,” featuring the historian Mike Wallace and other guests. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on CUNY-TV.

Alternate-side parking is suspended.

Weekend travel hassles: Check subway disruptions and a list of street closings.

The Weekend

Saturday

Open House New York offers behind-the-scenes access to some of the city’s most important buildings, through Sunday. Times vary. [Free, unless otherwise noted]

Children can meet an Alexander Hamilton re-enactor and learn about the Revolutionary War at the New-York Historical Society on the Upper West Side. 11 a.m. [Prices Vary]

Get lost in the Amazing Maize Maze, a three-acre corn labyrinth, at the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. [Prices vary]

Looking to get into radio or photography? Join introductory podcasting or photojournalism workshops at Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens. Times and prices vary.

Poetic People Power celebrates the power of art and activism with the “Agitate: 15 Years of Poetic Action,” a show at Helen Mills Theater in Chelsea. 7 p.m. [$15]

Yankees at Astros, 4:08 p.m. (FOX). Rangers host Devils, 7 p.m. (MSG). Islanders at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (MSG+).

Sunday

Join New York Road Runners for guided morning runs through parks in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. Times vary. [Free]

Boo at the Zoo, a monthlong Halloween event with hayrides, magic shows, a haunted forest and more, continues at the Bronx Zoo. Times and prices vary.

Enjoy pumpkin picking, face painting and other outdoor activities at Decker Farm in Historic Richmond Town on Staten Island. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. [$6]

123 Andrés hosts a family-friendly arts workshop and performs a concert (with singing and dancing) at Flushing Town Hall in Queens. Times and prices vary.

Theatreworks USA presents Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat,” at St. George Theatre on Staten Island. 4 p.m. [$22, tickets here]

Jets host Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS). New York City F.C. at New England Revolution, 5 p.m. (YES). New York Red Bulls host Atlanta United F.C., 5 p.m. (MSG). Giants at Broncos, 8:30 p.m. (NBC). Islanders at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (MSG+).

For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.

And Finally…

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Pickles, if you please.

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Bring on the brine — Pickle Day returns to the Lower East Side on Sunday.

So what’s the dill?

The Lower East Side, once heavily populated by immigrants and dotted with pushcarts of their goods, was home to several pickle shops serving many who had come from Eastern Europe.

One of those vendors, Izzy Guss — a Russian émigré who established his pickle business there (first on Hester Street, then on Essex Street) in the early 20th century — is the name behind the famous Guss’s Pickles. The shop later became the focus of a long pickle war between several families arguing over the store’s legacy.

You can head down to “the center of all things pickled” on Sunday to whet your appetite. Orchard Street will be packed, not only with picklers but also with carnival games, goods from local boutiques and eateries, and more.

Oh, and a life-size talking pickle.

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