Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 31, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Currency) for Thursday, May 31, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 189):

20-Euro notes available in 2015 fittingly feature this mythological mother to some of Zeus’ kids

A 20-euro note, as displayed during Final Jeopardy! on May 31, 2018.

A 20-euro note, as displayed during Final Jeopardy! on May 31, 2018.

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Skyler Kelemen/b>, a healthcare data analyst from Watertown, Massachusetts
Skyler Kelemen on Jeopardy!
Maryanne Theyerl, a veternarian from Loves Park, Illinois
Maryanne Theyerl on Jeopardy!
Jeffrey Schwarz, a private investor from New York, New York (2-day total: $52,500)
Jeffrey Schwarz on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Europa?


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According to Greek mythology, Zeus was enamored by Europa and seduced her by transforming into a white bull. When Europa got onto the bull’s back, Zeus ran them to Crete, where Europa became the first Queen of Crete. Europa also gave birth to three sons by Zeus: Minos, Rhadamanthys and Sarpedon.

On the 20-euro note, Europa can be found on the watermark and hologram, some of the security features used in the Europa Series (the second series of Euro banknotes introduced).


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Scores going into Final:
Skyler $14,800
Jeffrey $12,400
Maryanne $3,600


Tonight’s results:
Maryanne $3,600 – $3,200 = $400 (Who is Gaia Hera?)
Jeffrey $12,400 – $2,600 = $9,800 (3-day total: $62,300) (Who is Demeter)
Skyler $14,800 – $10,001 = $4,799 (Who is Hera?)


Jeffrey Schwarz, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 31, 2018 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Skyler $7,400
Jeffrey $3,800
Maryanne $1,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) YOU SHALL NOT PASS! $800 (24th pick)
Skyler 5200 +2000 (Jeffrey 2800 Maryanne 1200)
2) MONARCHS FLUTTER BY $800 (5th pick)
Jeffrey 5000 +3000 (Skyler 7000 Maryanne 2000)
3) ARCHITECTURE WORDS $2000 (27th pick)
Skyler 17800 -3000 (Jeffrey 12400 Maryanne 3600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 82


Unplayed clues:
J! round: BOOKS OF THE 1990s $800 & $1000
DJ! Round: ARCHITECTURE WORDS $800, $1200 & $1600
Total $ Left On Board: $5,400


Game Stats:
Jeffrey $10,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 4 incorrect, 30.77% in first on buzzer
Skyler $16,600 Coryat, 20 correct, 3 incorrect, 32.69% in first on buzzer
Maryanne $3,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 4 incorrect, 26.92% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $30,400
Lach Trash: $7,600(on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,600


Jeffrey Schwarz, stats to date:
46 correct, 8 incorrect
26.22% in first on buzzer (43/164)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,100)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,600


Jeffrey Schwarz, to win:
4 games: 39.31%
5: 15.45%
6: 6.07%
7: 2.39%
8: 0.94%
Avg. streak: 3.648 games.


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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 31, 2018"

  1. I would think this category should be “Greek Mythology” rather than currency, since that is what one needs to know to answer this question.

    • Perhaps, but the clue referred to an image on a specific piece of currency. And one could make a lucky guess with a little knowledge of astronomy, or at least the names of the moons of Jupiter without a deep knowledge of mythology.

      I’m a little surprised that no one answered correctly. The “fittingly” part of the clue struck me when I first saw it and my mind went quickly from Euro to Europa, though I wasn’t sure about her offspring.

      Jeffrey made a reasonably smart wager, though he was lucky that Skyler missed the last Daily Double. It made it easier for him to win on a Final that they both missed.

      • Until I saw the correct response I thought “fittingly” might have just referred to XX chromosomes and how that might be on the 20 Euro note.

        Then, of course, I saw the response and knew I’d overthought it after just coming up with Hera.

        • Or perhaps the category could have been “Stupid Answers”. If this clue had been under that category (one I’ve never liked) during the main game, euro would have led to Europa pretty easily. The reason I’ve never liked that category is because sometimes it’s not that clear where the writers are trying to lead you.

        • Thinking of XX beer???:):):)

      • Yes. Smart bet by Jeffrey and how OBVIOUS can you get??
        Euro>fittingly>Europe(continent)> Europa (sister and wife of Zeus. This should have been a clean sweep. I fancy that none of the players today know that there is an Europa (the German name for the continent as well) in Greek mythology.

  2. Maurine Gutowski | May 31, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Reply

    Another case of smart bidding, since nobody got the right answer. Jeffrey must have good instincts.

  3. I too thought the category title was misleading. If the category is “Currency,” the answer should be some type of currency, not the name of a mythological person. If the answer is going to be someone who is featured on a note, then make the category “Faces on Currency.” The category title is only important to the wager, but to be fair to the contestants, it should directly relate to the ultimate answer.

  4. Sometimes it’s advantageous to be in second place, and that worked out for Jeffrey today. I’ve always felt if you are in 2nd, and 3rd place can’t catch you, and 1st place is likely to bet more than the difference between you, then bet zero. You’re not going to win unless 1st place misses. Jeffrey basically did that except he likes round numbers, and wanted to get to $15,000.

  5. What happened with the question iridescent? How many attempted the question, and was anyone given points?

  6. Also, this episode features another use of a contestant thinking they know the full title of Dr. Strangelove.
    http://j-archive.com/showgame.php?game_id=4384

  7. I’ve watched Jeopardy for years here in LA. I just learned that we’re a day behind. IOW, I watched the episode with Europa tonight. Anybody know how or why this is the case?

  8. Thank you. For a moment I thought I could come here, learn all the answers and impress all my friends!

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