Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 15, 2017

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Pulitzer Prizes) for Monday, May 15, 2017:

In 1947 a journalist from the Washington Post became the last to win a Pulitzer for national reporting by this means

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

David Clemmons, an 11th grade U.S. history teacher from Fort Worth, Texas
David Clemmons on Jeopardy
Sara Holub, a high school choir teacher from Green Bay, Wisconsin
Sara Holub on Jeopardy
Gail Ansheles, a kindergarten teacher from Santa Fe, New Mexico
Gail Ansheles on Jeopardy

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What is telegraph?


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That 1947 winner was Edward T. Folliard for his articles on the Columbians, Inc. Afterwards, the award name changed from “Pulitzer Prize for Telegraphic Reporing – National” to “Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting”. David Fahrenthold of the Post was the most recent winner for his reporting on the alleged generosity of Donald Trump towards charities.

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8 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 15, 2017"

  1. Scores going into Final:
    David $17,600
    Sara $13,200
    Gail $12,600

    Final results:
    Gail $12,600 – $12,600 = $0 (What is radio?)
    Sara $13,200 + $12,000 = $25,200
    David $17,600 + $10,000 = $27,600 (Finalist)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Sara $8,000
    Gail $1,800
    David -$400

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) CONCEPTS $1000 (25th pick)
    Sara 6000 +2000 (David 1400 Gail 400)

    2) 1917 – 100 YEARS AGO $1600 (22nd pick)
    David 6000 +6000 (Sara 13200 Gail 11000)
    3) WORLD GEOGRAPHY $1600 (25th pick, $6000 left on board)
    David 15200 -2000 (Sara 13200 Gail 11000)

    Game Stats:
    David $15,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 5 incorrect, 38.18% in first on buzzer
    Sara $12,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 0 incorrect, 25.45% in first on buzzer
    Gail $12,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 25.45% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $7,600 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800

    David Clemmons, stats to date:
    37 correct
    7 incorrect
    2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,000)
    2/2 in Final Jeopardy
    33.93% in first on buzzer (38/112)
    Average Coryat: $12,400

    Sara Holub, stats to date:
    35 correct
    3 incorrect
    1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
    2/2 in Final Jeopardy
    29.46% in first on buzzer (33/112)
    Average Coryat: $11,800

    Gail Ansheles, stats to date:
    31 correct
    3 incorrect
    0/0 on Daily Doubles
    1/2 in Final Jeopardy
    27.68% in first on buzzer (31/112)
    Average Coryat: $13,200


    • Thank you to Jay Johnson for providing me with a full chart of this game.
  2. Wow amazing comeback from David! Wow! Truly a great player who made a gutsy move and didn’t give up

  3. Great comeback, David! I can’t wait to see you in the Finals.

  4. Dave Taylor | May 15, 2017 at 8:13 pm |

    Great win for David ! If somebody answered teletype would that had been correct ?

    • Hi, Dave.

      I’m not sure. I think they might be different enough that it wouldn’t be acceptable but I’m not sure.

      • I have to agree with you, Andy. Telegraphy generally uses hand-keyed Morse code; teletype uses keyed input electronically translated into electrical signals (more like the way a keyboard sends signals to a computer). I’m sure by 1947, there were automated telegraph code senders and receivers, but the two technologies were different enough to get different names. Now I’ll have to do some research, since it’s an interesting question. Darn it, Jeopardy keeps making me learn stuff I didn’t know I had any interest in learning.

  5. Dave Taylor | May 15, 2017 at 9:05 pm |

    Yea. That’s exactly what I thought too. Just curious. Thanks

  6. Well…John Blahuta was dead WRONG when he proclaimed it to be an all-female final. That totally was a big jinx right there.

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