Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 15, 2018


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Island Names) for Friday, June 15, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 200):

A Portuguese explorer gave this name to an island he sighted off Africa’s coast 40 days after Easter

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Jon Brown, a bartender from Los Angeles, California
Jon Brown on Jeopardy!
Deirdre Thomas, an attorney & editor from Seattle, Washington
Deirdre Thomas on Jeopardy!
Diana Hsu, a legal records assistant from Malden, Massachusetts (2-day total: $44,601)
Diana Hsu on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Ascension Island?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Ascension Island was first sighted in 1501 (on Ascension Day, 40 days after Easter) by the Portuguese navigator Afonso de Albuquerque. Because it was so small (34 square miles), the island was seen to have little use except for fresh meat, so it was not claimed by the Portuguese. Even fresh water was not easy to obtain on the island.

Settlement on the island was organized in 1815, as a precaution due to Napoleon having been exiled to (relatively) nearby Saint Helena.

It is currently administered as a British Overseas Territory with Saint Helena and Tristan de Cunha, all remote islands in the South Atlantic Ocean.


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

Scores going into Final:
Deirdre $19,800
Diana $11,600
Jon $5,600


Tonight’s results:
Jon $5,600 – $5,599 = $1 (What is Madeira)
Diana $11,600 – $6,001 = $5,599 (What are the Sey)
Deirdre $19,800 – $3,401 = $16,399 (1-day total: $16,399) (What is Madagascar)


Deirdre Thomas, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 15, 2018 episode.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Deirdre $5,000
Diana $2,900
Jon $2,000


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Opening break taken after: 14 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) INVENTIONS $400 (14th pick)
Diana 1000 +500 (Deirdre 2600 Jon 1600)
2) BEASTLY MYTHOLOGY $1600 (4th pick)
Diana 4500 +1500 (Deirdre 5000 Jon 2800)
3) MEANWHILE… $1200 (28th pick) ($3600 remaining on the board)
Diana 14000 -6000 (Deirdre 19800 Jon 5600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 40


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


Game Stats:
Deirdre $19,800 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 36.36% in first on buzzer
Diana $17,600 Coryat, 21 correct, 4 incorrect, 34.55% in first on buzzer
Jon $5,600 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 25.45% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $43,000
Lach Trash: $3,200 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,000


Diana Hsu, final stats:
67 correct, 11 incorrect
34.32% in first on buzzer (58/169)
5/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,800)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,400


Deirdre Thomas, stats to date:
20 correct, 2 incorrect
36.36% in first on buzzer (20/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,800


Deirdre Thomas, to win:
2 games: 63.61%
3: 40.47%
4: 25.74%
5: 16.38%
6: 10.42%
Avg. streak: 2.748 games.


Miscellaneous:

  • Thank you to Mark Barrett who provided me with a full chart of this game.

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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 15, 2018"

  1. This was an easy one for me – remembering the Catholic holy days of my youth. What verified it was being old enough to remember the Ascension Island tracking station used by NASA during the Apollo missions – and I guess earlier manned flights.

    Though for some reason I had pictured it on the Indian Ocean side of Africa. Thankfully the clue didn’t mention it was in the Atlantic or I might have been stumped. 🙂

  2. Did any of the players read the clue?? What have the names Madagascar, Seychelles and Madeira to do with the Ascension of Christ. The clue could not have been clearer for a change. According to the Bible, what happened 40 days after Easter? That’s all they had to think off. The same as Pentecost/Whitsunday 50 days after Easter.
    Well, a week of extremes comes to an end.
    Have a great weekend everybody!!

    • They read the clue, but may not read the Catholic bible or be aware of all celebration days. Even though Christian, many Protestant denominations don’t make much of a big deal about Ascension Day.

      • They don’t make a big deal out of it, but they know about it. For me it helped that I grew up in Austria (a catholic country) and “Christi Himmelfahrt” was also a federal holiday, as it is in all European countries that are catholic (Germany and the U.K. being the exceptions, though in Bavaria it IS a holiday, since Bavaria is a predominantly catholic state within Germany). Besides,the same is the case with Corpus Christi, also a federal holiday, also a Thursday. Religion/Bible study was mandatory from first through – you would call it 12th grade I guess – the end of SH at the age of 18.You don’t have to be religious to know when Easter, Christmas , Pentecost/Whitsunday or major religious holidays are. You don’t have to be Jewish or a Muslim to know when Hanukkah or Ramadan are, it’s on your calendar.General knowledge for crying out loud. I can understand that some don’t care at all, but ALL THREE??? Merchants remind you with (in)appropriate sales. But the islands named in FJ had absolutely nothing to do with the bible. So imo they just either misread the clue or just had no clue, pardon the pun. And again the countdown for a 4 or 5 day champ begins.Marty and Jeffrey are sitting pretty at # 9 and #10 on the ToC list with 3 games won. They need seven 4 or 4+ game winners to push Marty off that list. It’s not gonna happen imo, we will have at least one 3 game winner in this year’s ToC, unless they postpone it until they have thirteen 4 or 4+ game winners in addition to Larry (TT) and Dhruv (CC).
        Anyway, have a nice weekend too like everybody else after a rather strange week on J.!!! 3 triple solves and 2 total whiffs. Go figure…

    • Well, John, sometimes you don’t have any idea, and putting something onto the screen is better than putting nothing (as a blank screen is definitely incorrect).

      • Agree with Andy, of course. As well as thanking him for monitoring the comments to keep the discussion ‘respectful’ both in terms of contestants and other commenters. I enjoy the back and forth a lot (even if I don’t post much).

  3. Pizza Face | June 15, 2018 at 10:41 pm |

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    • Scott William | June 16, 2018 at 6:09 am |

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      • Robert H. | June 16, 2018 at 8:46 am |

        (John B.) has shared many a time when he was stumped by a question, giving credit to the writers. In this instance, he shared how he came to the answer rather quickly. Should we fault him for that? No. Sometimes, when we come to the answer easily, we tend to question the contestants and do not consider that all may not have the same knowledge base or experience, as was obviously the case with Ascension Island. I am in my early 40s, was raised Catholic/Lutheran, very loosely with no religious school education, and yet I came up with the correct answer. It often comes down to personal knowledge based on experience. John B. explained that in great detail. Kudos to you, John, for knowing the correct answer.

  4. A commercial came on as the final Jeopardy music was playing so we never saw the final answer. Was this the fault of ABC or TIVO.? I’m really upset about it. Nothing like this has ever happened in all the years we’ve been faithfully watching the show.
    Does anyone have an answer?

  5. Robert H. | June 16, 2018 at 9:10 am |

    This site would be great if posters wouldn’t disparage contestants, and if posters wouldn’t disparage other posters. Contrary to the model of the American presidency, let us please show each other some civility, decency, and respect.

  6. I wouldn’t call Ascension Island “off Africa’s coast”. It’s about 1000 miles from Africa.

  7. wow! does anyone know the knit pattern of the shawl that contestant Diana Hsu wore on the show? it was totally handknit with beading.

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