Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 11, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category U.S. Political History) for Friday, May 11, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 175):

President Madison is credited with the 1st of these 2-word actions; he didn’t sign an 1812 bill after Congress had adjourned

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Ranjani Sheshadri, a 10th & 11th grade English teacher from Friendswood, Texas
Ranjani Sheshadri on Jeopardy!
Steve Mond, a 9th & 10th grade math teacher from Midvale, Utah
Steve Mond on Jeopardy!
Jake Allen, a K-12 gifted & talented teacher from Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Jake Allen on Jeopardy!


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Correct response: What is a pocket veto?

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In the United States, a pocket veto occurs when a President does not sign a bill, and cannot return the bill to Congress because Congress is not in session (if Congress is in session, then the bill would become law instead.) Often, to prevent a pocket veto, Congress can designate an agent to receive veto messages and other communications, an action that has sometimes caused controversy between the executive and legislative branches.

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

Scores going into Final:
Jake $18,200
Ranjani $12,000
Steve $10,600

Tonight’s results:
Steve $10,600 + $6,000 = $16,600 (Automatic Semi-Finalist)
Ranjani $12,000 – $8,000 = $4,000 (What executive privilege)
Jake $18,200 – $2,000 = $16,200 (What is executi presidential veto)

Steve Mond, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 11, 2018 episode.)

Wild Card standings:
Monday: Larry Martin, $18,100 ($20,600, $6,200)
Tuesday: Rachel Niegelberg, $14,400 ($10,400, $6,000)
Wednesday: Judy Tymkiw, $15,200 ($7,600, $1,200)
Thursday: Katherine Saxby, $13,601 ($7,000, $3,800)
Friday: Steve Mond, $16,600 ($10,600, $5,000)
1) Jake Allen, $16,200 ($18,200, $6,600)
2) Scott Montanaro, $14,400 ($14,900, $3,200)
3) Claire Bishop, $13,800 ($14,400, $5,200)
4) Erika Eason, $5,600 ($11,200, $2,800)
5) Ranjani Sheshadri, $4,000 ($12,000, $2,800)
6) Beth Binder, $2,800 ($6,800, $5,600)
7) Bob Julian, $2,400 ($8,200, $5,600)
8) Mary Alice Korth, $2,000 ($12,000, $2,800)
9) Indi Ekanayake, $500 ($2,500, $3,400)
10) Lee DiGeorge, $0 ($5,200, $4,800)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jake $6,600
Steve $5,000
Ranjani $2,800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) SHE DID IT! $400 (4th pick)
Steve 800 +1000 (Jake 0 Ranjani 0)
2) SHAKESPEARE’S PEOPLE $1200 (3rd pick)
Ranjani 4000 +2000 (Jake 6600 Steve 5000)
3) THE STARS $1600 (19th pick)
Ranjani 13600 +2000 (Jake 9400 Steve 7400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 165

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

Game Stats:
Steve $10,000 Coryat, 16 correct, 0 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer
Jake $18,200 Coryat, 23 correct, 1 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer
Ranjani $10,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 4 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer

Steve Mond, stats to date:
17 correct, 0 incorrect
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,000

Jake Allen, stats to date:
23 correct, 2 incorrect
38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,200

Ranjani Shehadri, stats to date:
15 correct, 5 incorrect
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,800

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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 11, 2018"

  1. Scott William | May 11, 2018 at 10:39 am |

    “President” “2-word action” “after Congress had adjourned” seem to be the keys to this clue. Here’s hoping the contestants connected the dots. The correct response is an obscure oddity in US Government, but as Andy correctly pointed out, has caused significant controversy on the rare occasions that it IS used.

    • I think you missed the key “didn’t sign an 1812 bill,” which along with the others WOULD lead to the correct response. The response “recess appointment” would also fit the three keys you listed (though just a Senate adjournment may be sufficient), and it has become just as (if not more) contentious in recent years.

      • Scott William | May 11, 2018 at 3:53 pm |

        Sure, fine, “didn’t sign a bill” is a key phrase as well. And yes my thought process did “lead to the correct response”. I’d be surprised if they thought a relatively minor and dry issue like a recess appointment (which still has to be later confirmed) was interesting enough to use in a Final Jeopardy. The concept of a “pocket” veto has a certain visually evocative interest which recess appointments lack. Remember, they’d prefer the show to be entertaining, too.

  2. I think recess appointments rock just as much as pocket vetoes. Of course, I was a polysci major in college, so all that stuff lights my fire.🤓

    • Plus, anything with “recess” in it just seems more appropriate for a Teachers Tournament. 🙂

  3. freddie leonard | May 12, 2018 at 8:42 am |

    We had a special treat in this Teacher’s tournament. Last night’s winner Steve Mond was actually a child star on Different Strokes back in the 1980’s.

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