Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 9, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century Presidents) for Monday, April 9, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 151):

He took the Oath of Office twice 14 months apart

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Hannah Sage, a sophomore at the University of Central Florida from Sarasota, Florida
Hannah Sage on Jeopardy!
Sheldon Lewis II, a sophomore at Rochester Institute of Technology from Buffalo, New York
Sheldon Lewis II on Jeopardy!
Josie Bianchi, a sophomore at Stanford University from San Jose, California
Josie Bianchi on Jeopardy!

Remember, this week, just like most Jeopardy! tournaments, the 4 best non-winning scores also advance to the semi-finals as wild cards!


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Correct response: Who is Lyndon B. Johnson?

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Lyndon Johnson’s twice taking of the Oath of Office came in November 1963 and January 1965, the first after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the second after his election in 1964.

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

Scores going into Final:
Hannah $19,000
Sheldon $11,200
Josie $2,300

Tonight’s results:
Josie $2,300 + $2,250 = $4,550 (Who is Fo Lyndon B. Johnson?
Sheldon $11,200 – $7,000 = $4,200 (Who is Theodore Roosevelt?)
Hannah $19,000 – $2,000 = $17,000 (Automatic Semi-Finalist) (Who is Cleveland?)

Hannah Sage, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 9, 2018 game).

Wild Card Standings:
Monday: Hannah Sage, $17,000 ($19,000, $3,200)
1) Josie Bianchi, $4,550 ($2,300, $3,200), 1.322% to advance
2) Sheldon Lewis II, $4,200 ($11,200, $4,800), 0.117% to advance
Here’s the methodology behind the “% chance to advance” statistic.

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Sheldon $4,800
Josie $3,200
Hannah $3,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) A STITCH IN TIME $600 (18th pick)
Sheldon 600 +1000 (Hannah 1600 Josie 600)
2) DOWN IN SOUTH AMERICA $1200 (8th pick)
Hannah 8800 +3000 (Sheldon 4800 Josie 3200)
3) CORPS CURRICULUM $2000 (28th pick)
Josie 4800 -2500 (Hannah 17000 Sheldon 10800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 82

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

Game Stats:
Hannah $17,200 Coryat, 20 correct, 3 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer
Josie $4,800 Coryat, 10 correct, 4 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer
Sheldon $10,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $32,800
Lach Trash: $14,400 (on 14 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,800

Hannah Sage, stats to date:
20 correct, 3 incorrect
38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,200

Josie Bianchi, stats to date:
10 correct, 4 incorrect
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,500)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,800

Sheldon Lewis II, stats to date:
15 correct, 1 incorrect
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,800


  • A second-place finish at $11,200 has a 43.455% chance of advancing. Sheldon was correct to be aggressive, as a score of $18,200 advances 97.512% of the time. A bet of $6,600 here would have guaranteed that he stay above Josie, and the extra $400 would not have affected his chances of advancing significantly ($17,800 advances 96.731% of the time).

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26 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 9, 2018"

  1. I’ll be glad to see the results here as the Cubs game will
    ruin the broadcast in Chicago.

  2. Scott William | April 9, 2018 at 10:21 am |

    It was helpful that LBJ made a personal effort to verify the correct wording, and have the proper people present, for his initial taking of the Oath of Office on the plane in Dallas. I bet Johnson’s attention to detail there helped to (somewhat) calm what could have otherwise been a highly controversial start to his presidency. There have been multiple “oath mishaps” over the years, so I’m glad that wasn’t the scene of one of them. Obviously, not a happy moment for the United States, but one worth remembering.

    • The only relevant factor to LBJ’s initial taking of the oath on the plane in Dallas was making sure Jackie Kennedy was standing next to him in the photo, so the public would get a sense of legitimacy. Otherwise, he could have taken the oath sitting on the toilet for all anyone cared.

  3. Frank Smith | April 9, 2018 at 12:16 pm |

    Being a presidential expert, this one actually took me some thinking. “Which presidents served more than 4 years?” “Which presidents were assassinated?” “Which presidents succeeded them?” I did eventually get the right answer.

    • Frank, I am no presidential expert but found it rather simple to decipher. They had to succeed a death in office to be only 14 months between oaths. It also was a 20th Century President which narrows it down consooderably.

      • Exactly. You’re looking for presidents who were re-elected after taking office because their predecessors died or resigned. Ford wasn’t re-elected, so in the 20th Century that leaves Teddy Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Harry Truman and LBJ.

        TR and Truman ascended shortly after their VP terms began so they almost had a full first term as president. So not them.

        Coolidge would have been a good guess as Harding died with about a year and a half to go, but that was in August 1923 and the next inauguration at that time would have been in March 1925, about 20 months later.

        I’ll say it again, the key to remembering American history is memorizing the presidents and the dates of their terms.

  4. john blahuta | April 9, 2018 at 12:25 pm |

    My wife even knew it instantly and she does not care for history at all (sigh) and is from Austria as am I.The picture when LBJ took the oath on AF 1 is almost as famous as the one by Eisenstaedt, when the sailor kissed a strange woman on V day in Times Square.

    • Scott William | April 9, 2018 at 1:46 pm |

      John, I am guessing you already know that the Jeopardy clues tend to be a step easier for the College Tournament than they are for standard adult Jeopardy episodes. So I felt this question fit nicely into the difficult level that college contestants might expect.

      College (and even moreso the “Teen Tournament”) is where viewers at home can find success at Jeopardy a bit easier than they otherwise might expect. Whereas the “Tournament of Champions” is substantially more difficult than normal.

  5. Maurine Gutowski | April 9, 2018 at 2:04 pm |

    Those of us who lived through the 60’s would be more likely to get the answer right than teenagers.

    • I was not born yet when Kennedy was shot. The question requires only a small amount of Presidential knowledge. Who died in office and who succeeded them is a small number of presidents

      • john blahuta | April 9, 2018 at 6:01 pm |

        Exactly my point, Scott. You nailed it with your second comment.So when it was easier, how come they did not get it? WHAT are they teaching in history classes these days??????
        And it was not even foreign history. I was very disappointed.
        It took only the question “who died in office” or “Who resigned”…..and Cleveland??? Not even 20th century and the only President who served 2 term that were NOT consecutive terms.

        • john blahuta | April 9, 2018 at 6:01 pm |


        • Don’t be too hard on the college kids. I’m 50 years old and we were never taught about JFK in school, nor were we ever taught about Napoleon.

          When I was in school American history always stopped with the covering of World War 2.

          Then again, if a person wants to be on Jeopardy then that person should know above and beyond what is taught in school, as there kids learned on today’s show.

  6. Maurine Gutowski | April 9, 2018 at 8:32 pm |

    I got to watch the show and impressed by the number of correct answers in various categories but calling the auxiliary verb “have” an adverb shows how far we’ve come from diagramming sentences.

  7. Maurine Gutowski | April 9, 2018 at 8:34 pm |

    and was impressed

  8. Teddy Roosevelt was not a bad guess at all.

    • john blahuta | April 10, 2018 at 1:07 am |

      How so, Dan?? Teddy served 2 normal terms. Ford I could have somewhat accepted, since Nixon resigned. But Ford lost the next election to Carter and had Ford been elected, the 2 oaths would have been 1974 and 1977, so more than 14 months apart.

  9. That’s a lot of thinkin’ in 30 seconds!

  10. Seeing the youngsters (almost) completely wbiff the baseball category while jumping all over the Harry Potter category made my heart weep a little.

    When I saw the “Saves” title I was hoping it would be a Baseball category, so was a bit amused when Sheldon kept picking it after it was clearly established as a baseball category, despite clearly knowing nothing about baseball. Perhaps he thought the next clue would be different?

    As a historian, though, Hannah’s Final Jeopardy answer really made me laugh. The category is “20th Century Presidents,” and she picks Cleveland, who is not one. And still wins. Ah, the modern state of history at University.

    For the record, the 14 months means a transition would have occurred in the 3rd year of a term to be that close to an election. That’s actually pretty rare. Of the 9 instances of a president’s term being cut short by death or resignation, 7 were within the first 2 years of a term (5 in the first year). The only two in the 3rd year were Calvin Coolidge and LBJ. Coolidge was 20 months between oaths, so I’m thinking the Jeopardy writers thought he may have been the trap answer.

    What’s interesting about LBJ being the answer is that Kennedy and he were in Dallas to shore up support for their reelection campaign amid rumors that LBJ was going to be dropped from the ticket (Texas was LBJ’s home state, a fact that has fueled many a conspiracy theory over the years).

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