Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 11, 2016

Today’s (May 11, 2016) Final Jeopardy (in the category STATE SONGS) was:

Its state song rhymes “patriotic gore” with the name of its largest city

Jill Gilbert won yesterday’s semifinal. Kaberi Chakrabarty won on Monday. Who will join them in the finals?

Today’s contestants:

Lauren Gilmore, a high school history teacher from Lake Wales, FL
Cory Harris, a high school English teacher from Mystic, CT
Jason Sterlacci, a 6th-grade English teacher from Somerset, NJ

Here’s a tip about something not to do – the contestant co-ordinators must have been pulling their hair out over this, because they specifically tell you not to do this – but Lauren had a habit of going “same category” when calling for a clue. (Also, it bothers me when trying to follow along at home. It makes it more difficult to chart.)

Meanwhile, Cory bet $9,700 of his $9,800 on a late-game Daily Double and missed. He was well behind at that point, and you’ve got to take that shot!

It was under THE VIETNAM WAR ERA, at $1,600:

In 1968 this anti-war candidate vied with fellow Minnesotan Hubert Humphrey for the Democratic nomination

(Who was Eugene McCarthy?; Cory said Johnson.)

Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Jason $16,200
Lauren $6,000
Cory $1,700

Final Jeopardy! category: STATE SONGS

Final Jeopardy! clue: Its state song rhymes “patriotic gore” with the name of its largest city

Click/Tap Here for Correct Response

What is Maryland? (Cory went for Maine, Lauren had no answer)



Cory 1700 – 125 = 1575
Lauren 6000 – 0 = 6000
Jason 16200 + 0 = 16200

So that means your 3 finalists are:
Kaberi Chakrabarty
Jill Gilbert
Jason Sterlacci

Kaberi, by virtue of her $31,201 score in her semifinal, should get the champion’s lectern in the final. Meanwhile, as Jason was at the middle podium in the quarterfinal and the champ’s podium today, he should get the experience of playing from all three lecterns in this tournament!

Of course, the song, “Maryland, My Maryland”:

The despot’s heel is on thy shore,
Maryland! My Maryland!
His torch is at thy temple door,
Maryland! My Maryland!
Avenge the patriotic gore
That flecked the streets of Baltimore,
And be the battle queen of yore,
Maryland! My Maryland!

And for those of you that didn’t know, it shares a tune with “O Tannenbaum”!

Meanwhile, the game statistics:
Jason 16,200 Coryat score, 23 correct, 2 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer
Lauren 6,600 Coryat, 11 correct, 1 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer
Cory 9,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer
9 Triple Stumpers

(contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com)

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5 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 11, 2016"

  1. Cory Harris | May 11, 2016 at 12:37 pm |

    Just to be clear to the readers, I didn’t think LBJ, the sitting president who was forced out because of the Vietnam War, was the answer to the Daily Double! After my 5 seconds of blanking, Alex said say something, and as time ran out I said “Johnson” just, well, because.

    I didn’t know Eugene McCarthy. No excuse there. A clear gap in my understanding of 1968, as my whole life I just assumed RFK was the key competitor and once he was out, Humphrey was in (despite the riots at the convention). So, now that I see McCarthy’s name in Bernie Sanders articles now, I’ll obviously never forget him.

    Congrats to Jason, who is clearly smarter than I am. No shame in losing. I’m glad I went all in, basically. (I should have went all in, mathematically. I just wanted to stay around for Final Jeopardy!)

    • Andy Saunders | May 11, 2016 at 1:13 pm |

      Thanks for that insight, Cory! (For the record: It seemed obvious to me that you had absolutely no idea about McCarthy and were just saying Johnson to say *something*. It was one of those clues I’ve used the term “Wouldn’t get it in a million years, even if given multiple choice” on. You played great, and played the way you had to, and there’s no shame in what happened!)

    • Jason Sterlacci | May 11, 2016 at 4:17 pm |

      Cory, I’m actually an idiot. I’m just really, really good at buzzing in. Much respect then, as now, for the onions you showed with the Daily Double wager, even if I did stop breathing for a moment or two when you gave the amount. You and Lauren were among my favorite people the entire tournament, and it absolutely sucked that we all got thrown together and were forced to fight in the thunderdome. You are the man, and as you well know, we will be hitting up some wrestling at some point!

  2. Faye Matthews | May 11, 2016 at 7:44 pm |

    Please explain the final question. We thought “Maryland, My Maryland” was the state song of Maryland. I feel sure we are missing something here.

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