Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 22, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Famous Russians) for Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 182):

In November 1836 this writer got a letter naming him to the Most Serene Order of Cuckolds; in February 1837 he was dead

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Andrew Lai, a medical student from East Lansing, Michigan
Andrew Lai on Jeopardy!
Hermine Vermeij, a librarian from Tarzana, California
Hermine Vermeij on Jeopardy!
Josh Hill, a network engineer from North Little Rock, Arkansas (4-day total: $102,530)
Josh Hill on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Alexander Pushkin?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

In the fall of 1836, Russian poet Alexander Pushkin (author of the play Boris Godunov and the novel Eugene Onegin) was facing scandalous rumours that his wife Natalia was having an affair with French military officer Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d’Anthès. In amongst the scandal was a letter lampooning Pushkin. Heeckeren was accused of being the anonymous author of the lampoon. In an attempt to save Natalia’s reputation, Heeckeren married Natalia’s sister Yekaterina, but this was not enough to settle the conflict, and Pushkin was killed in the eventual duel. In the aftermath, Heeckeren was removed from Russia and lived out the rest of his life in France, serving as a Senator in the Second French Empire from 1852 to 1870.

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

Scores going into Final:
Josh $21,995
Hermine $14,600
Andrew $11,400

Tonight’s results:
Andrew $11,400 – $11,400 = $0 (Who is Tolstoy?)
Hermine $14,600 – $8,201 = $6,399 (Who is Dosteevsky?)
Josh $21,995 – $7,206 = $14,789 (5-day total: $117,319) (Who was Tolstoy)

Josh Hill, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 22, 2018 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Josh $8,400
Hermine $3,800
Andrew $3,800

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) ILLINOIS AT 200 $600 (13th pick)
Josh 1200 +1200 (Hermine 3000 Andrew 600)
2) SCIENCE $1200 (22nd pick)
Andrew 7400 +4000 (Josh 18400 Hermine 9800)
3) ART & ARTISTS $1600 (24th pick)
Josh 20000 -5 (Andrew 11400 Hermine 9800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 154

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

Game Stats:
Josh $21,400 Coryat, 27 correct, 2 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer
Hermine $14,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer
Andrew $8,600 Coryat, 11 correct, 0 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $44,600
Lach Trash: $6,200 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,200

Josh Hill, stats to date:
136 correct, 16 incorrect
48.04% in first on buzzer (135/281)
5/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $17,195)
2/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $22,560

Josh Hill, to win:
6 games: 82.59%
7: 68.21%
8: 56.34%
9: 46.53%
10: 38.43%
Avg. streak: 9.744 games.


  • Scoring note: Clue 14 of the Double Jeopardy! round saw the judges refund Hermine’s $800 neg on that clue, as while her answer was not correct, the judges felt her answer was not incorrect either. The rules of the show were followed and no contestant was disadvantaged.
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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 22, 2018"

  1. Scott William | May 22, 2018 at 9:40 am |

    To what extent (if any) does Jeopardy wish to be “family-friendly”? This Final Jeopardy seems to me like it belongs on some troll-infested dark corner of the internet, rather than on “America’s Favorite Quiz Show®”.

    The use of the word “cuckold” in the clue is what is setting me off, in particular. They can do what they want, of course. But if they keep walking further down a more racy path for their trivia show, I’m not on board with that. I wonder if the attention given to stuff like “HQ Trivia” and the film “Game Night” has led to a decision to include more “Adult” content on Jeopardy, going forward. I hope not.

    • J! Archive reveals four such hits for “cuckold” dating back to 1998, three in the context of “man with an unfaithful wife”, and a fourth quoting Shakespeare’s Othello.

      I’m not entirely sure that this would be a winning battle for you here, Scott.

      • Scott William | May 22, 2018 at 1:42 pm |

        Fair point, they have used the word before. But the reason I didn’t like this usage in particular is because the clue so directly references the cruelty, despair, and death which frequently follows those who choose to engage in unfaithful sexual relationships. The previous references in shows #7330, #6003, #3117, and #4948 do not so directly reference those dark consequences of sexual depravity.

        Bad things happen in this world, frequently. I know that. I just don’t want them slipped into my entertainment, that’s all. Jeopardy is typically a happy, peaceful time of the day for me. I’d prefer it stayed that way.

    • I get the point you’re making, but if you’re not a solver of the NY Times crossword, then you probably missed the kerfuffle last Sunday when the work SCHMUCK appeared in the puzzle ( see 83 Across at ).

    • Richard Rolwing | May 22, 2018 at 11:50 pm |

      I had the same reaction when they showed an image of Duchamps “Nude Descending a Staircase!”

  2. Maurine Gutowski | May 22, 2018 at 1:07 pm |

    What is this Coryat we keep seeing?

  3. DuckDeadeye | May 22, 2018 at 10:24 pm |

    Where can we find Mark Barrett’s full recap?
    Thank you,

  4. Who’s the new guy? What a piece of work!

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