Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 25, 2018


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Oscar-Nominated Actors) for Friday, May 25, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 185):

He was nominated twice for playing Oscar winners–a real one in a 1992 biopic & a fictional one in a 2008 combat comedy

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Ross Belsome, a valuation analyst from Houston, Texas
Ross Belsome on Jeopardy!
Virginia Cummings, a geriatrician from Randolph, Massachusetts
Virginia Cummings on Jeopardy!
Josh Hill, a network engineer from North Little Rock, Arkansas (7-day total: $163,721)
Josh Hill on Jeopardy!

>Having won 7 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 is Robert Downey, Jr.?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The two nominations were for Best Actor for playing Charlie Chaplin in 1992’s Chaplin>, and for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Kirk Lazarus in 2008’s Tropic Thunder (the fictional Lazarus was a 5-time Oscar winner.)


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

Scores going into Final:
Virginia $17,800
Ross $17,600
Josh $9,400


Tonight’s results:
Josh $9,400 – $8,401 = $999 (Who is Hopkins?)
Ross $17,600 + $1,201 = $18,801
Virginia $17,800 + $17,401 = $35,201 (1-day total: $35,201)


Virginia Cummings, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 25, 2018 episode.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ross $7,600
Virginia $6,400
Josh $4,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) GENIUSES ARE BORN $800 (19th pick)
Virginia 2000 +2000 (Ross 4200 Josh 2800)
2) NEW YORK COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES $1200 (7th pick)
Virginia 7600 +2000 (Ross 8000 Josh 5800)
3) 4-SYLLABLE WORDS $1200 (18th pick)
Virginia 14000 +3000 (Ross 11200 Josh 5000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 148


Unplayed clues:
J! round: BALKAN NATIONS $800 & $1000
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $1,800


Game Stats:
Virginia $14,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 20.00% in first on buzzer
Ross $17,600 Coryat, 22 correct, 1 incorrect, 40.00% in first on buzzer
Josh $9,400 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 34.55% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $41,000
Lach Trash: $6,400 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,800


Josh Hill, final stats:
191 correct, 29 incorrect
43.82% in first on buzzer (195/445)
7/10 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $24,195)
4/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,250


Virginia Cummings, stats to date:
16 correct, 1 incorrect
20.00% in first on buzzer (11/55)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,000


Virginia Cummings, to win:
2 games: 57.90%
3: 33.52%
4: 19.41%
5: 11.24%
6: 6.51%
Avg. streak: 2.375 games.


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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 25, 2018"

  1. It’s Virginia Cummings next to Topics, not Victoria Cummings.

  2. Quite opposite betting philosophies gave Viginia the win. Wonder how she’ll fare next week. (P.S. I had no idea at all what the answer was and was surprised that two of the three knew it.)

  3. Great run by Josh…glad he’s in the next T of C…he’s a delight. Tropic Thunder was a pretty big hit, but like anything, you either know it or ya don’t. Chaplin wasn’t a very big money maker if I recall.

  4. I couldn’t believe how quickly I figured it out, let alone any of these contestants. Congratulations to Josh on a great run (and when he gets on #JeopardyLivePanel, I imagine that could be appointment viewing)!

  5. Good game today, and congrats to Josh on his run. I hope he enjoys Alaska and Hawaii.

    I wonder sometimes how much fatigue might come into play for multi-game winners. Since this was after the teachers’ tournament, all 5 of this week’s shows
    may have been taped the same day.

    • I thought a week of shows (5) were always taped on the same day.

      • Indeed, that is correct. As someone who (tried to) run that gauntlet, I can empathize with Josh. You could see he was at the top of his game on the first 2 shows of the week, had some struggles but prevailed on the 3rd and 4th shows, then just couldn’t keep up with 2 good players on the 5th show of the day. Gives you even more appreciation for the few players that made it through 5 consecutive shows in the same “week” (taping day).

  6. Miss you Josh😢
    Enjoyed watching you. Look forward to seeing you in TofC. 👍🏻

  7. When we attended a filming, they did three shows in the morning, and two shows in the afternoon, same day.

  8. I would rather bet big and lose with the wrong FJ question, than lose by betting small and getting it correct. I understand the logic behind Ross’s wager, but I can’t fathom why you would choose play it that way instead of guaranteeing at least a tie if you get it right. Am I the only one who feels this way?

    • Even if he’d bet it all, he would still have lost by a dollar. Obviously, there’s no way to know how the other players will be wagering – all you can do is minimize your risk. Ross wagered enough to lock out Josh if both of them were correct, and he protected himself in case all three were stumped and Virginia made a “reasonable” wager.

      • My mistake. I thought they were tied going into Final.

        • Yeah, I was surprised how the lead kept going back and forth in the DJ round. Given how well they BOTH played, it’s unfortunate that they had to play against each other.

  9. Jerry Cummings | May 29, 2018 at 9:57 am | Reply

    So proud of my aunt!

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