Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 24, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Fashion) for Tuesday, July 24, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 227):

Debuting in 1946, it was deemed “four triangles of nothing”; some critics even found it sinful

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Tara O’Byrne, a senior advisor on aviation security from Ottawa, Ontario
Tara O'Byrne on Jeopardy!
Beth Schoenbach, a communications director from Washington, DC
Beth Schoenbach on Jeopardy!
Dave Mattingly, a director of technology from Old Forge, Pennsylvania (2-day total: $48,800)
Dave Mattingly on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the bikini?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The bikini was created by French fashion designer Louis Réard in 1946; it got its name from Bikini Atoll, the location of a recent French nuclear test, because it was so earth-shaking. Because Réard knew it would make headlines, the first bikini (worn by Casino de Paris dancer Micheline Bernardini at the Molitor pool in Paris) was made out of a newspaper-print fabric. The original bikini required less than 30 square inches of fabric; Réard always said that a swimsuit wasn’t a true bikini unless you could slip it through a wedding ring.

Originally viewed as very indecent, it took a few years for it to truly catch on; even a decade later, Modern Girl magazine said “it is inconceivable that any girl with tact and decency would ever wear such a thing”.

Reflecting back in 1974, Reard said, “In 1946, France had just come out of the war and people had need to live again, I felt I had to design something that would make people understand that life can start over and be beautiful.”

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Scores going into Final:
Dave $28,600
Tara $9,000
Beth $200

Tonight’s results:
Beth $200 + $199 = $399
Tara $9,000 – 0 = $9,000 (What is)
Dave $28,600 + $0 = $28,600 (3-day total: $77,400)

Dave Mattingly, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 24, 2018 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Dave $14,600
Tara $3,800
Beth $1,400

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) 2-TERM CABINET OFFICERS $1000 (23rd pick)
Dave 9600 +4000 (Tara 1800 Beth 1400)
2) A RATIO $1200 (7th pick)
Dave 16600 +4000 (Tara 6200 Beth 600)
3) NEO GEO $1200 (18th pick)
Tara 5400 +2000 (Dave 23400 Beth 2200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 103

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Game Stats:
Dave $22,800 Coryat, 29 correct, 2 incorrect, 50.88% in first on buzzer
Tara $8,200 Coryat, 11 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer
Beth $200 Coryat, 7 correct, 2 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $31,200
Lach Trash: $15,200 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,600

Dave Mattingly, stats to date:
86 correct, 8 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts
47.95% in first on buzzer (82/171)
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $12,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $23,467

Dave Mattingly, to win:
4 games: 83.79%
5: 70.21%
6: 58.83%
7: 49.30%
8: 41.31%
Avg. streak: 8.170 games.

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5 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 24, 2018"

  1. Wow! I’m assuming there have been previous players with runaways in their first three games, but I wonder if there have been any who wagered ZERO in FJ in all three?

    I did a quick check on Ken Jennings’ stats at, While half or more of his archived games seem to have been runaways, it doesn’t look like he EVER bet zero in FJ.

  2. Although I was only 5 in 1946, the category and description (very clever) made the answer a no-brainer. Would never wear one, though.

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