Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 19, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century American History) for Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 202):

On Nov. 3, 1948 he sent a congratulatory telegram, then told reporters, “I was just as surprised as you”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Ali Hasan, a secondary school teacher from New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Ali Hasan on Jeopardy!
Jessica Rea, a student from Carmichael, California
Jessica Rea on Jeopardy!
Deirdre Thomas, an attorney & editor from Seattle, Washington (2-day total: $33,200)
Deirdre Thomas on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Thomas E. Dewey?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The pundits and pollsters all thought that Thomas Dewey was going to defeat Harry Truman in the 1948 presidential election. However, Truman ran an excellent “whistle stop” campaign that kept gaining momentum and support up until Election Day. The most famous incorrect election headline in American history came on the morning of November 3, 1948, with the Chicago Daily Tribune proclaiming “Dewey Defeats Truman”.

However, the election returns told a different story. Truman carried Ohio, Illinois, and California (and 25 others), returning to the White House. Dewey’s congratulatory telegram to Truman read, “My heartiest congratulations to you on your election and every good wish for a successful administration. I urge all Americans to unite behind you in support of every effort to keep our nation strong and free and establish peace in the world.”

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

Scores going into Final:
Ali $10,800
Jessica $10,200
Deirdre $10,000

Tonight’s results:
Deirdre $10,000 – $9,999 = $1 (Who was Truman?)
Jessica $10,200 – $8,500 = $1,700 (Who is Harry Truman?)
Ali $10,800 + $9,601 = $20,401 (1-day total: $20,401)

Ali Hason, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 19, 2018 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Deirdre $5,600
Ali $1,800
Jessica $1,200


Opening break taken after: clues

Daily Double locations:
1) WORLD HISTORY $800 (10th pick)
Ali 3200 -3200 (Deirdre 800 Jessica -200)
2) ARCHITECTURE $1200 (11th pick)
Jessica 5200 +1800 (Deirdre 8400 Ali 3800)
3) THE 27 LANDLOCKED U.S. STATES $800 (16th pick)
Ali 6600 -1800 (Deirdre 8400 Jessica 6600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -93

Unplayed clues:
J! round: THE SHAPE OF THINGS $1000
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $1,000

Game Stats:
Ali $15,800 Coryat, 22 correct, 6 incorrect, 44.64% in first on buzzer
Jessica $9,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 5 incorrect, 26.79% in first on buzzer
Deirdre $10,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $35,400
Lach Trash: $8,600(on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,000

Deirdre Thomas, final stats:
50 correct, 6 incorrect
27.71% in first on buzzer (46/166)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,067

Ali Hasan, stats to date:
23 correct, 6 incorrect
44.64% in first on buzzer (25/56)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$5,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,800

Ali Hasan, to win:
2 games: 36.54%
3: 13.35%
4: 4.88%
5: 1.78%
6: 0.65%
Avg. streak: 1.576 games.

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 19, 2018"

  1. I remember it well as a child, but you had to heed the words “congratulatory telegram” to pick Dewey over Truman, which only the winner did.

    • I guessed Truman also, thinking maybe the congratulatory telegram had been premature. Picturing the famous “Dewey defeats Truman” photo that Andy references above led me down that path, as it did Deirdre and Jessica perhaps.

      • My thoughts exactly — I thought Truman might have sent a congratulations, then was surprised when he actually won.

        • I’ve read quite a bit about the 1948 election. Truman was confident the night of the election that he was going to win. Truman went to bed early and was told early the following morning that he had won.

  2. Dennis Dewey | June 19, 2018 at 7:42 pm |

    It was a very good year was not written for Sinatra. Did I misunderstand the question? The history of that song is well known. Let me know.


  3. Jayme Fraser | June 19, 2018 at 7:50 pm |

    There was a correct answer not accepted by Alex today! Ali answered Alabama as the alphabetically first state and Alex said wrong it’s Arizona !!! Ali was CORRECT!!

  4. At the present exchange rate according to XE, Ali picked up C$27,085 tonight.

  5. Pizza Face | June 20, 2018 at 11:10 am |

    It could’ve been interpreted either way. If I was in school and that was a test question, I would’ve appealed to the teacher to throw that Final out!

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