Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 18, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Geographic History) for Friday, May 18, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 180):

230 miles long, it defined a boundary between a colony founded by Quakers & one founded by Catholics

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Steve Mond, a 9th & 10th grade math teacher from Midvale, Utah (Yesterday’s total: $2,600)
Steve Mond on Jeopardy!
Larry Martin, a 2nd grade teacher from Kansas City, Missouri (Yesterday’s total: $11,799)
Larry Martin on Jeopardy!
Claire Bishop, a high school Latin teacher from Lexington, Kentucky (Yesterday’s total: $1,400)
Claire Bishop on Jeopardy!

Remember, today’s scores get added to yesterday’s to come up with the tournament champion!


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Correct response: What is the Mason-Dixon line?

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So this one will be much easier than yesterday’s “plumbago” debacle.

Whie the Mason-Dixon line has now been co-opted to speak of the border between North and South (and the border separating “slave” from “free” states before the Missouri Compromise), it originated as the southern border of Pennsylvania (jutting south to also be the western border of Delaware). It was surveyed between 1763 and 1767 by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, as a way of settling the longstanding border dispute between William Penn’s colony (the Quakers) and Lord Calvert’s colony (the Catholics)

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

Scores going into Final:
Larry $20,000
Claire $14,700
Steve $9,000

Tonight’s results:
Steve $9,000 – $4,501 = $4,499 + $2,600 = $7,099 = $25,000 (What is the Ohio River?)
Claire $14,700 + $4,501 = $19,201 + $1,400 = $20,601 = $50,000
Larry $20,000 + $0 = $20,000 + $11,799 = $31,799 = $100,000

Larry Martin, winner of the 2018 Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament (and the May 18, 2018 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Claire $5,500
Larry $5,000
Steve $3,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE SCHOOL YEAR $800 (15th pick)
Claire 3800 -1500 (Larry 2200 Steve 1800)
2) ISLANDS $1200 (3rd pick)
Claire 6300 +2000 (Larry 5000 Steve 3400)
3) HAUTE FOR TEACHER $2000 (22nd pick)
Larry 13000 +5000 (Claire 12300 Steve 5800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 31

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

Game Stats:
Larry $17,000 Coryat, 20 correct, 2 incorrect. 33.33% in first on buzzer
Claire $15,400 Coryat, 21 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
Steve $9,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $41,400
Lach Trash: $5,600 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,000

Larry Martin, stats to date:
86 correct, 8 incorrect
34.65% in first on buzzer (79/228)
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $12,200)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,650

Claire Bishop, stats to date:
79 correct, 10 incorrect
33.77% in first on buzzer (77/228)
3/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,500)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,450

Steve Mond, stats to date:
70 correct, 16 incorrect
33.33% in first on buzzer (76/228)
2/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$100)
1/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,300

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 18, 2018"

  1. Scott William | May 18, 2018 at 9:48 am |

    I am a resident of Pennsylvania, so I got this one correct easily. One of the Pennsylvania’s nicknames is the “Quaker State”, a term which is still used as the name of a common motor oil brand, which has its corporate roots in Pennsylvania.

    And for any Americans who don’t know that Maryland has a strong Catholic history… then I’d say you don’t know your US State Histories that well.

    I am guessing this clue is much more challenging for international viewers.

  2. A much fairer clue today than yesterday. The answer also fits the category title, so however much the category affected the wagers, it was fair.

    • Scott William | May 18, 2018 at 2:09 pm |

      I’ll take “venue shopping” for $200, Alex…

      The place for yesterday’s argument… is yesterday’s page.

      Congrats to Teachers’ Tournament Champion Larry Martin.

      • It would have been impossible for Robert to compare Friday’s clue to Thursdsy’s Clue on Thursday.

        • Scott William | May 20, 2018 at 4:50 am |

          Oh, I disagree. The page for Thursday’s kickers-twisting clue is still very available for comments. The page is growing stale, sure, but so is this argument.

  3. Eric HorsemanE | May 18, 2018 at 9:20 pm |

    Excellent tournament played by excellent players.

  4. Craig Simpson | May 19, 2018 at 2:21 am |

    If the Mason-Dixon Line only divided Pennsylvania and Maryland, then Jeopardy’s answer could be somewhat true. But that’s not the case. It also divides Maryland and Delaware, neither of which were all “Quaker”. So, Jeopardy’s answer is completely wrong for the Maryland and Delaware border.

    • Except that Delaware was founded as a satellite colony of Pennsylvania.

      Thus, the clue is still correct.

      • Scott William | May 22, 2018 at 9:30 am |

        I wonder how many angry letters or emails per month the Jeopardy production team gets, with people eager to tell them how “wrong” they are.

        • They’ve buried their email contacts pretty deep on their website for this reason. They direct most people to their Facebook page, which probably weeds out most of the people who are truly incorrect.

  5. Has there been an instance in the past when the runner-up in the Teachers Tournament was invited to participate in the Tournament of Champions? Same question as regards the College Championship.

    Also, why is one competition called the Teachers TOURNAMENT whereas the other is called the College CHAMPIONSHIP? Is the sole reason alliteration?


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