Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 21, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category U.S. Geographic History) for Monday, May 21, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 181):

In 1794 George Washington selected this spot, where today 3 states meet, for the site of a new armory

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Gary Waters, a college math teacher from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Gary Waters on Jeopardy!
Kate Fink, a journalism professor from New York, New York
Kate Fink on Jeopardy!
Josh Hill, a network engineer from North Little Rock, Arkansas (3-day total: $82,886)
Josh Hill on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Harpers Ferry?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

In December 2015, there was a Final Jeopardy! clue about Robert Harper starting a ferry where the Potomac River meets the Shenandoah in 1761. In 1794, George Washington selected Harpers Ferry (then in Virginia) for the site of America’s second armory. (Springfield was the location of the first.) The U.S. purchased 125 acres of land in 1796 and the armory was completed in 1799.

When West Virginia split from Virginia during the Civil War, it was decided to be of major strategic importance that the Harpers Ferry crossing remain in Northern hands, especially because the B&O Railroad ran through the town. Thus, Harpers Ferry (which was previously on the Maryland-Virginia border) today sits very near the point where Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia meet.

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

Scores going into Final:
Josh $18,400
Gary $6,500
Kate $4,200

Tonight’s results:
Kate $4,200 – $4,100 = $100 (What is?)
Gary $6,500 – $2,000 = $4,500 (What is West Point?)
Josh $18,400 + $1,244 = $19,644 (4-day total: $102,530)

Josh Hill, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 21, 2018 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Kate $3,200
Josh $2,800
Gary $1,700


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) BIBLE STUDY $800 (21st pick)
Gary 2000 -300 (Josh 1600 Kate 1600)
Kate 3200 +1000 (Josh 8400 Gary 5700)
3) TRADEMARKS $1200 (19th pick)
Josh 10800 +4000 (Gary 5300 Kate 3000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 53

Unplayed clues:
J! round: THE 2017 IG NOBEL PRIZES $1000
Total $ Left On Board: $5,000

Game Stats:
Josh $15,600 Coryat, 23 correct, 3 incorrect, 44.44% in first on buzzer
Gary $6,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 4 incorrect, 27.78% in first on buzzer
Kate $4,400 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 16.67% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $26,800
Lach Trash: $11,400 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,800

Josh Hill, stats to date:
109 correct, 13 incorrect
48.66% in first on buzzer (109/224)
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $16,000)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $22,850

Josh Hill, to win:
5 games: 83.14%
6: 69.12%
7: 57.46%
8: 47.77%
9: 39.72%
Avg. streak: 8.930 games.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 21, 2018"

  1. Scott William | May 21, 2018 at 12:24 pm |

    Josh Hill with another impressive performance! FYI, the link below his picture currently leads to some kind of WordPress admin page, not as expected.

    • Scott William | May 21, 2018 at 12:26 pm |

      NOTE: By “his picture” I mean his “Today’s Contestants” circular picture.

  2. john blahuta | May 21, 2018 at 2:23 pm |

    Congrats Josh! Looks he is in the ToC, at least on the short list.

  3. Maurine Gutowski | May 21, 2018 at 2:53 pm |

    Can’t wait to see Josh’s DJ run of correct answers. For a change I’ll actually be home to watch (unless afternoon appts stretch too long).

  4. Wow! Dude is so smart. Can’t wait to see how he does tomorrow! Go josh hill

  5. How did Josh explain the movement he makes at the start of each show with his hands… Alex asked him about it today but I couldn’t understand his response of what it means… Let me know… Thanks it’s bugging me

    • Vader47000 | May 22, 2018 at 5:32 am |

      One of his school mascots, I think high school, was the Tigers, so he’s doing a little growl for the people at home. He talked about that in his 1st or 2nd show, which was now several weeks ago, so you’d have to remember that to put context to his answer in this show, when Alex asks what the move is and he says (rather meekly) that maybe he just likes tigers too much.

  6. Geographic History, U.S. Geographic History—I thought it was déjà vu all over again,,,

    • From Wikipedia:

      It was formerly spelled Harper’s Ferry, with an apostrophe, and that form continues to appear in some references.

  7. Was the $200 Am Rev clue misspelled? “Indented” servants…



    • Nope! It was a direct quote, and “indented” was the word used in the quote.

      • We checked Wikipedia before and saw “indentured” in the writing, but as you say, the actual picture of the proclamation shows “indented”.




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