Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 3, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Film & War) for Thursday, May 3, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 169):

The New York premiere of this film was on Thanksgiving, 15 days after the liberation of its title place

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Kurt Buhring, a professor from Granger, Indiana
Kurt Buhring on Jeopardy!
Melissa Anthony, a graduate student from Fairhope, Alabama
Melissa Anthony on Jeopardy!
Josh Hill, a network engineer from North Little Rock, Arkansas (1-day total: $23,600)
Josh Hill on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Casablanca?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Generally considered to be one of the greatest films of all time, Casablanca had its release date moved up to take advantage of the publicity arising from the Allied invasion of North Africa (Operation Torch). Interestingly, because it was not put into wide release until January 1943, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences elected not to make the film eligible for Oscars until the 1944 awards.


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

Scores going into Final:
Josh $27,400
Melissa $9,000
Kurt $2,600


Tonight’s results:
Kurt $2,600 – $604 = $1,996 (What Dunkirk)
Melissa $9,000 – $3,000 = $6,000 (What is Paris)
Josh $27,400 – $515 = $26,885 (What is ?) (2-day total: $50,485)


Josh Hill, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 3, 2018 episode.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Josh $8,600
Melissa $3,200
Kurt $1,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) AUTHORS USE NEW WORDS $1000 (30th pick)
Melissa 2200 +1000 (Josh 8600 Kurt 1800)
2) AMERICAN HISTORY $1200 (8th pick)
Melissa 4800 +3000 (Josh 10600 Kurt 1800)
3) THE BRONTES $800 (16th pick)
Josh 17400 -4000 (Melissa 9000 Kurt 1800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 85


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: LAKES & RIVERS $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $2,000


Game Stats:
Josh $31,400 Coryat, 34 correct, 2 incorrect, 60.71% in first on buzzer
Melissa $7,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.64% in first on buzzer
Kurt $2,600 Coryat, 5 correct, 0 incorrect, 8.93% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $41,200
Lach Trash: $8,200 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $2,600


Josh Hill, stats to date:
62 correct, 5 incorrect
54.87% in first on buzzer (62/113)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $28,000


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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 3, 2018"

  1. To be eligible for a Best Picture Oscar nomination, a film must have been playing in a Los Angeles theater for at least a week during the calendar year. Casablanca didn’t meet this requirement for 1942, having opened only in New York on Thanksgiving, 1942. How wide a picture is in release has no bearing on eligibility…the rules are very specific.

  2. Scott William | May 3, 2018 at 1:12 pm | Reply

    I have now known the correct response the past three days in a row. Meanwhile, the contestants have gone 0/3 on all three of those days.

    On Saturday, I’ll be singing “As Time Goes By” in a local theatre, so yes, this was an easy one for me.

  3. Three days in a row where nobody got the Final has to be a record. The May 1 clue was fair. Somebody should have figured out LV in connection with a fashion designer. May 2 and May 3 were very poorly written clues. Shame on the Jeopardy writers on those days.

    • I feel as though there has been at least a 5-game stretch of this.

    • Harris Stutman | May 3, 2018 at 8:18 pm | Reply

      Not sure I follow. Why do you think today’s clue was poorly written?

      • john blahuta | May 4, 2018 at 2:48 am | Reply

        no time reference for instance…?

        • Harris Stutman | May 4, 2018 at 6:50 am | Reply

          That would’ve made it a lot easier for sure, but even without specifying which war was being referred to, given the history of film, we’re limited to the last 75 years (and obviously films of some note) which is plenty (IMO) to go on.
          I guess we’ll need to disagree on how much information needs to be included in a clue to make it ‘not poorly written’.

    • Jennifer Lynch | May 3, 2018 at 8:33 pm | Reply

      How was the Aaron Burr clue written poorly?

  4. That Coryat score… When was the last time there has been. a Coryat that high?

  5. During the interview portion… Where did Kurt say he taught for the summer in Indiana?

  6. In the category put a lid on it what was the name of the London landmark that ends with Eye….answer what’s eyelid

  7. The liberation of Casablanca, a turning point in the war. To this day, children sing its praises in nursery rhymes on the playgrounds of Europe and Africa. Lest we forget . . .

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