Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 30, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category U.S. State History) for Friday, March 30, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 145):

During Ulysses Grant’s 2-term presidency, only one state joined the Union: this one

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Tyler Morrison, a graduate student from Vienna, West Virginia
Tyler Morrison on Jeopardy!
Jen Simons, a Ph.D. candidate from Charlottesville, Virginia
Jen Simons on Jeopardy!
Emily Milan, a nanny from Birmingham, Michigan (2-day total: $35,201)
Emily Milan on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Colorado?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Colorado, the 38th state, was the only state to enter the United States between Nebraska in 1867 and North Dakota/South Dakota/Montana/Washington in November 1889. (Ulysses Grant’s term ran from 1869 to 1877.)

Colorado’s nickname, “The Centennial State”, is due to its entering the United States in 1876, the year of America’s centennial.


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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!

Scores going into Final:
Tyler $11,900
Emily $8,400
Jen $6,000


Tonight’s results:
Jen $6,000 – $6,000 = $0 (What is New Mexico Utah?)
Emily $8,400 + $1,400 = $9,800 (3-day total: $45,001)
Tyler $11,900 – $4,901 = $6,999 (What is Nevada?)


Emily Milan, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 30, 2018 episode.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jen $4,400
Emily $3,800
Tyler $400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) HISTORIC FILL IN THE QUOTE $600 (23rd pick)
Jen 5800 -2200 (Emily 2000 Tyler 1000)
2) LITERARY LOVE TRIANGLES $1600 (17th pick)
Emily 11400 -3000 (Jen 7600 Tyler 2000)
3) PLAYING THE PALLADIUM $2000 (29th pick) ($2000 remaining on the board)
Tyler 10400 -500 (Emily 8400 Jen 8000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -69


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


Game Stats:
Emily $11,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer
Tyler $12,400 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer
Jen $8,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 3 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $32,000
Lach Trash: $14,600 (on 14 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,400


Emily Milan, stats to date:
47 correct, 7 incorrect
29.70% in first on buzzer (49/165)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -1,000)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,667


Emily Milan, to win:
4 games: 26.22%
5: 6.87%
6: 1.80%
7: 0.47%
8: 0.12%
Avg. streak: 3.355 games.


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7 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 30, 2018"

  1. Scott William | March 30, 2018 at 4:00 pm |

    That seemed like a tough Final Jeopardy. Well done by Emily! I didn’t think of the correct reponse. But then again, I haven’t studied as much as a typical contestant, especially in prime Jeopardy knowledge areas such as US States, and their distinctive histories.

    Watching the show really goes give us a good sense of the types of clues that the judges seem to favor.

    • As a proud Coloradan, that was easy!

    • One of the most distinctive state entrances in the 19th century was West Virginia, but that obviously happened under Lincoln and not Grant. (It’s definitely one worth tucking away for the future though.)

    • Kevin S., good one!

    • Vader47000 | April 1, 2018 at 7:37 am |

      I liked the question. It actually required making a few connections, starting with knowing the dates of Grant’s term (the key to remembering U.S. history is memorizing the presidents and their terms). Then, if you realize that it encompassed the centennial, and that there’s a “Centennial State,” all you have to do is remember that’s the nickname of Colorado. At least, that’s how I figured it out.

      Or just make a blind stinking lucky guess like Emily. Whatever works.

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