Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 23, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Greek Mythology) for Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 183):

This pair who accompanied their father into battle were called Timor & Formido, “Fear” & “Terror”, by the Romans

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Tara Yack, a structural engineer from Denver, Colorado
Tara Yack on Jeopardy!
Luke Devlin, a strategic communications associate from Bronxville, New York
Luke Devlin on Jeopardy!
Josh Hill, a network engineer from North Little Rock, Arkansas (5-day total: $117,319)
Josh Hill on Jeopardy!

>Having won 5 times, Josh is making his way up the Tournament of Champions tracker. See where he compares with the rest of this year’s champions!

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Correct response: Who are Phobos and Deimos?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Phobos and Deimos are best known today as being the moons of Mars. Of course, it makes sense for the twin moons of Mars to be named after the twin sons of Ares from Greek mythology. I’m glad that they aren’t named Timor & Formido, though.

There isn’t much in the mythology specifically about Ares’ twin sons, but it is well-known that they followed their father into battle (and were essentially the mythological personification of fear and terror in the Greek pantheon).


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

Scores going into Final:
Josh $17,000
Luke $13,400
Tara $5,400


Tonight’s results:
Tara $5,400 – $0 = $5,400 (Who are Bert & Ernie)
Luke $13,400 – $13,300 = $100 (Who are Casper and Pollux?)
Josh $17,000 + $9,801 = $26,801 (6-day total: $144,120)


Josh Hill, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 23, 2018 episode.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Luke $5,600
Josh $2,200
Tara $200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) YOU’LL UNDERSTAND IT BETTER $600 (19th pick)
Luke 1000 +1000 (Josh 1400 Tara -800)
2) BAND MATH $1200 (5th pick)
Luke 6400 +3000 (Josh 3400 Tara 200)
3) DIMES $1600 (27th pick) ($5600 remaining on the board)
Josh 10200 +4800 (Luke 13400 Tara 5400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 193


Unplayed clues:
J! round: TAKE THE CATEGORY IN ORDER $800 & $1000, AS YOU GO DOWN $600, $800, $1000
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $4,200


Game Stats:
Josh $13,800 Coryat, 20 correct, 5 incorrect, 42.31% in first on buzzer
Tara $5,400 Coryat, 8 correct, 3 incorrect, 17.31% in first on buzzer
Luke $11,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.85% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $30,800
Lach Trash: $11,400 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,000


Josh Hill, stats to date:
157 correct, 21 incorrect
47.15% in first on buzzer (157/333)
6/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $21,995)
3/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,100


Josh Hill, to win:
7 games: 79.49%
8: 63.19%
9: 50.24%
10: 39.94%
11: 31.75%
Avg. streak: 9.877 games.


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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 23, 2018"

  1. Josh Hill is smart and entertaining, a delightful combination. Go Josh!

    • Scott William | May 23, 2018 at 1:32 pm |

      Yes, Josh seems to be an excellent Champion. I hope he continues his run of outstanding play. My enjoyment of the show is greatly increased when a strong champion is on an extended run of wins.

    • I was thinking thinking the same thing, he’s quite entertaining and smart.

  2. Casper sounds a little like Castor…
    what in the heck is a strategic communications associate? did he explain at the game? it doesn’t air here for another 8 + hours.

  3. I’m offended and horrified! To what extent does Jeopardy! wish to be “family friendly?” Tonight’s categories “As You Go Down” and “Give Us the Bird” are subconscious attempts to subvert the squeaky-clean image of the show. For shame, for shame,,,

  4. Anybody else utterly confused by the phrasing of the FJ clue (especially when given only the
    usual short time to “digest” it?

  5. Vader47000 | May 24, 2018 at 3:23 am |

    Too bad they didn’t complete the “Do the clues in order” category, or run through it in sequence from top to bottom instead of jumping around (Josh seems to like the strategy of jumping to the smaller available amounts in the remaining categories rather than sticking to one at a time).

    The writers seemed to have set up the category as one of those where the 1st response leads to the second response and so on, word association style (Pep to Pepper Mill to Miller High Life).

    • Hey, you’re right! According to JArchive, Alex did announce that at the beginning of the categories…I don’t remember ever seeing that deal before…

  6. I wasn’t sure if they were referring to the “pair” as a unit or they wanted separate names. The Furies was all I could think of . . .

    • It seems clearer now the day after, of course, but it almost sounded like they were giving the answer already in the clue–I see now you had to connect “This pair…” back to the category of Greek Mythology to see that they wanted the Greek names–for some reason my brain wasn’t adequately up to the task at the moment…

  7. I was trying to reply to Richard’s comment,,,

  8. When I try to Reply to a user’s comment, it’s posted as a new comment when I’m using Internet Explorer on my computer. On my iPhone 8, it works normally. Also, on neither my phone nor my computer is my Name and Email saved. It always has in the past and I haven’t cleared my history or changed settings on either device,,,

  9. I can’t seem to reply to George’s top thread about Josh Hill, hence the new post. We love Josh at our house as well! We actually believe he has a photographic memory. A couple of days ago, when replying to a question, he closed his eyes and hesitated, and you could almost see him reading down the relevant page in his mind before he came up with the correct (and quite obscure) answer. I believe it was a literary charater, maybe. My mom and I both possess this ability to some degree (although it becomes less far reliable with age!), so she spotted it in Josh right away. Unfortunately (SPOILER ALERT IF YOU’RE BEHIND!), Josh finally lost last week, but we hope we might see him back on the next Tournament of Champions!

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