Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 16, 2018


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Explorers) for Monday, July 16, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 221):

In 1513 the son of a local chief told this man, when you cross the mountains, “you shall see another sea”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Rebecca Smith, a certified massage therapist from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Rebecca Smith on Jeopardy!
Niraj Dhami, an I.T. project manager from Redondo Beach, California
Niraj Dhami on Jeopardy!
Michelle Cabral, an elementary school music teacher from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2-day total: $36,600)
Michelle Cabral on Jeopardy!

(At current exchange rates, $36,600 USD equals approximately $48,200 Canadian.)

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Correct response: Who is (Vasco Núñez de) Balboa?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

In 1513, Vasco Núñez de Balboa became the first European to lead an expedition to have reached the Pacific Ocean from the New World. After founding the settlement of Santa María la Antigua del Darién in 1510 on the Caribbean Sea side of Panama, Balboa led the expedition across the Isthmus of Panama to first sight the Pacific Ocean (then known as the South Sea).

Today, many parks and streets in Panama are named after Balboa, and even the country’s currency is the Panamanian balboa.


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

Scores going into Final:
Michelle $14,200
Rebecca $14,200
Niraj $3,600


Tonight’s results:
Niraj $3,600 + $3,599 = $7,199
Rebecca $14,200 – $14,200 = $0 (Who is Cortes?)
Michelle $14,200 – $4,107 = $10,093 (3-day total: $46,693) (Who is Jolliet)


Michelle Cabral, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 16, 2018 episode.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Rebecca $4,400
Niraj $3,600
Michelle $2,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) DOUBLE-LETTER STATE CAPITALS $800 (29th pick)
Niraj 6800 -3200 (Rebecca 4400 Michelle 2200)
2) GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER $1200 (23rd pick)
Rebecca 11200 +3000 (Michelle 12600 Niraj 7600)
3) GERMAN WRITERS $1600 (28th pick) ($1200 remaining on the board)
Niraj 6800 -3200 (Michelle 14200 Rebecca 14200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -67


Unplayed clues:
J! round: DOUBLE-LETTER STATE CAPITALS $1000
DJ! Round: GERMAN WRITERS $400 & $800
Total $ Left On Board: $


Game Stats:
Michelle $14,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 31.48% in first on buzzer
Rebecca $12,400 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 29.63% in first on buzzer
Niraj $10,000 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 29.63% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $36,600
Lach Trash: $5,800(on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,400


Michelle Cabral, stats to date:
52 correct, 6 incorrect
31.14% in first on buzzer (52/167)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,733


Michelle Cabral, to win:
4 games: 47.86%
5: 22.91%
6: 10.96%
7: 5.25%
8: 2.51%
Avg. streak: 3.918 games.


Miscellaneous:

  • At current exchange rates, $46,693 USD equals approximately $61,345 Canadian.

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6 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 16, 2018"

  1. Good for Michelle, though I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen someone win three straight competitive games by wagering “small” in FJ.

    • Sarah McNitt comes to my mind with her $4000 wagers in her first 3 games, all of which were somewhat close going into Final.

      • Thanks! I wasn’t familiar with her. That’s back when I was still working (overnights) and didn’t get to see much of Jeopardy!

  2. Lucked out AGAIN. Michelle is not on the ToC list yet since she has less money than Wes (51.196). She needs to win a 4th game.
    If Rebecca had been right instead of Niraj or Niraj had gotten the 2 DD right (swing of 12.800), Michelle would have lost.

  3. I guessed Balboa right away. The year was right and it sounded like the isthmus of Panama.

  4. And $46,693 USD equals… 46,693 PAB. (The balboa is pegged 1:1 to the U.S dollar, also an official currency of Panama.)

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