Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 2, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century Americans) for Wednesday, May 2, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 168):

On July 10, 1804 he wrote a letter of goodbye, just in case, to “My Dearest Theodosia”; he lived until 1836

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Laura Buermann, a quality assurance analyst from Essex Junction, Vermont
Laura Buermann on Jeopardy!
Josh Hill, a network engineer from North Little Rock, Arkansas
Josh Hill on Jeopardy!
Geoff Brousseau, an epidemiologist from Centennial, Colorado (1-day total: $7,599)
Geoff Brousseau, on Jeopardy!


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Correct response: Who is Aaron Burr?

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I would say, this Final Jeopardy would have been a little bit more difficult before this decade’s explosion of all things relating to Alexander Hamilton, thanks to the Lin-Manuel Miranda-penned smash hit Broadway musical.

The letter was penned the day before the famous Burr-Hamilton duel in Weehawken, New Jersey, and was not needed for Burr, as it was Alexander Hamilton who was mortally wounded in the duel.

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

Scores going into Final:
Josh $29,600
Geoff $15,800
Laura $11,400

Tonight’s results:
Laura $11,400 – $9,000 = $2,400 (Who is )
Geoff $15,800 – $15,000 = $800 (Who is Lewis)
Josh $29,600 – $6,000 = $23,600 (Who is Lewis?) (1-day total: $23,600)

Josh Hill, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 2, 2018 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Geoff $7,000
Josh $7,000
Laura $2,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
Daily Double locations:
1) SURPRISING MUSICIANS $800 (10th pick)
Geoff 1200 +1200 (Josh 1000 Laura 600)
2) ASIAN CAPITALS $2000 (16th pick)
Josh 14200 +7000 (Geoff 7400 Laura 7400)
3) FOUNDLING FATHERS $1600 (23rd pick)
Geoff 9400 +6000 (Josh 24400 Laura 9400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 213

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

Game Stats:
Josh $24,600 Coryat, 28 correct, 1 incorrect, 49.12% in first on buzzer
Geoff $11,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer
Laura $11,400 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $47,000
Lach Trash: $4,000 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,000

Geoff Brousseau, stats to date:
39 correct, 4 incorrect
31.58% in first on buzzer (36/114)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,200)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,300

Josh Hill, stats to date:
28 correct, 2 incorrect
49.12% in first on buzzer (28/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,600

Josh Hill, to win:
2 games: 82.62%
3: 68.26%
4: 56.40%
5: 46.60%
6: 38.50%
Avg. streak: 5.754 games.

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8 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 2, 2018"

  1. Alex Trebek always says, “The hardest question is the one you don’t know the answer to.”

    That is definitely true tonight.

  2. One would think that Trebek would have phrased it “The hardest answer is one that you don’t know the question to.”

    Maybe it was a pre-Jeopardy quote… LOL!

  3. john blahuta | May 2, 2018 at 1:51 pm |

    Another new champ after a day – congratulations to Josh – another triple whammy!! How did the pick Lewis? The year is off, he was never married, the musical was a big success, the Alamo happened 1836 (I thought they might pick Crockett, Davis or Bowie….)

    • I wouldn’t have thought of Lewis (or Clark – even though he apparently lived until 1838), although I find it strange that two of them came up with the same (wrong) response.

      I’ve never seen (or heard songs from) the musical, but there have been enough newspaper articles since the musical opened about Hamilton’s life (and death) that I assumed it was Burr. Actually, my first thought was Adams or Jefferson, but then I remembered that they both died in 1826, not ’36.

  4. Scott William | May 2, 2018 at 2:03 pm |

    In the original cast of “Hamilton”, Leslie Odom Jr. sings a wonderfully expressive song called “Wait For It”, which repeatedly and memorably names Theodosia in the lyrics. He won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Aaron Burr.

    For those who remember the songs in Hamilton, or have studied Aaron Burr, a relatively easy question. For those who haven’t, it’s a long shot. Speaking of which, I hope I get “My Shot” someday. Because… I’m young, scrappy and hungry, And I’m not throwing away my shot. I’m ‘a go and study all the “J Archive”…. (ok, that’s enough)

  5. Richard Rolwing | May 3, 2018 at 3:26 pm |

    Who thinks of Aaron Burr…ever?? (Especially when the situation demands you look at him sympathetically…)

  6. mary melton | May 8, 2018 at 5:03 pm |

    When I was a young girl in the ’60s I read a book about Theodosia Burr. When I saw that Final clue it came to me right away. Funny how the brain works . . . I was proud of that one!

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