Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 18, 2018


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century Presidential Elections) for Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 223):

The last election in which both major party candidates were former state governors was in this year

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Caitlion O’Neill, a vegan cheesemaker from New Orleans, Louisiana
Caitlion O'Neill on Jeopardy!
Kyle Adams, a communications manager from Monument, Colorado
Kyle Adams on Jeopardy!
Ryan Fenster, a student from SeaTac, Washington (5-day total: $113,798)
Ryan Fenster on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is 1980?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Every election from 2004 back to 1984 had at least one former state governor as a major party presidential candidate (George W. Bush in 2004 and 2000, Bill Clinton in 1996 and 1992, Michael Dukakis in 1988, and Ronald Reagan in 1984), but their opponents in each case had never been governor.

The 1980 election, however, was contested between Ronald Reagan (former California governor) and Jimmy Carter (former Georgia governor). Reagan won.


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

Scores going into Final:
Kyle $10,600
Ryan $6,800
Caitlion $5,600


Tonight’s results:
Caitlion $5,600 – $5,598 = $2 (What is 1992?)
Ryan $6,800 + $6,799 = $13,599 (6-day total: $127,397)
Kyle $10,600 – $3,001 = $7,599 (What is 1962?)


Ryan Fenster, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 18, 2018 episode.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ryan $2,800
Kyle $2,200
Caitlion $200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) FILM & HIT SONG SAME NAME $600 (28th pick)
Caitlion 2200 -2000 (Ryan 2800 Kyle 2200)
2) THE OED’S RECENT WORDS $1600 (12th pick)
Caitlion 2200 -2200 (Kyle 7000 Ryan 4400)
3) SOCRATES, PLATO & ARISTOTLE $1600 (15th pick)
Ryan 4800 -4800 (Kyle 7000 Caitliion 2000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -291 (The lowest on record in the data set dating back to October 4, 2004)


Unplayed clues:
J! round: FILM & HIT SONG SAME NAME $400 & $1000
DJ! Round: None
Total $ Left On Board: $1,400


Game Stats:
Ryan $11,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 32.73% in first on buzzer
Kyle $10,600 Coryat, 13 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.82% in first on buzzer
Caitlion $9,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 6 incorrect, 32.73% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $32,000
Lach Trash: $10,800(on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,800


Ryan Fenster, stats to date:
143 correct, 42 incorrect
40.21% in first on buzzer (156/388)
6/10 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,200)
6/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,743


Ryan Fenster, to win:
7 games: 44.80%
8: 20.07%
9: 8.99%
10: 4.03%
11: 1.81%
Avg. streak: 6.812 games.


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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 18, 2018"

  1. It takes some time, but it’s doable…I started in 2000, by the time I got to 1980 it was definitely less than 30 seconds, but close. Good thing it doesn’t take long to write “what is 1980”!

    • For contestants, they write “who” or “what” before the clue is shown, allowing slightly more time on top of that.

  2. I thought the wording of the FJ clue was interesting, i.e., “both major party candidates were FORMER state governors” (emphasis added), since that would automatically eliminate 2000, 1992, and 1988 as Bush 2, Clinton, and Dukakis were sitting Governors in those years. But in 30 seconds, you likely wouldn’t have time to make that distinction, just rather work backwards to find an election with two candidates who had been a governor. I saw the clue in the NYT this morning but I think I was able to reach 1980 within 30 seconds.

    For some reason, I had thought Carter was still Governor when he ran in 1976 – that was the first election that I voted in after turning 18. I am familiar with once-Gov. Reagan, if for no other reason than watching Laugh-In reruns on the Decades channel, where they skewered him on a regular basis, although they often pronounced his name as “Reegan”.

    Given the apparent young ages of the contestants on today’s episode (based on their pictures above I’m guessing none of them were alive in 1980), I wouldn’t be surprised if there were one or more incorrect responses.

    • One of them didn’t even guess an actual presidential election year.

      • yeah, 1962…JFK was elected in 1960. Kind of embarrassing. Plus , presidential elections are always a in leap year (only exception was 1800 and 1900 sice century years that are not divisible by 400. So 1700,1800,1900 were not leap years, 2000 was.So Thomas Jefferson’s and Teddy Roosevelt’s first elections (1800 and 1900) are the only 2 non-leap year elections. The next one will be in 2100.

        • I’ve always remembered them as being Olympic years, until the 90s when they began to stagger the Winter Olympics…now it’s just the summer Olympic year.

        • Correction: Actually McKinley was elected in 1900, T,T, succeeded him after the assassination in 1901.

  3. Very disappointed episode. Three wrong answers on the daily double resulted a shutout. Hopefully tomorrow’s episode will be much better.

  4. I finally figured out who Ryan reminds me of. He makes me think of the young genius, Spencer Reid, on the TV show Criminal Minds.

  5. Larry Soskin | July 18, 2018 at 10:44 pm |

    In 1988 George H. W. Bush defeated Michael Dukakis. Both of whom were former Governors.

    • George W. Bush was Governor of Texas.
      George H. W. Bush never served as governor of any state.

      (To say nothing of the fact that if 1988 fits that part of the clue, so does the later 1992.)

  6. Doris – actually, 1700 was a leap year. They didn’t come up with the new leap year rules until 1752. And that’s why we needed to do an 11 day adjustment to the calendar when we went from Julian to Gregorian calendar.

  7. This website is great! It’s cool to get a recap of the game and see the contestants laid out. Keep up the good work!

    -Fellow Jeopardy Fan

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