Today’s Final Jeopardy – July 5, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American Authors) for Thursday, July 5, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 214):

Her 1896 New York Times obituary called her “the writer of probably the most widely read work of fiction ever penned”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Steve Spriensma, a writer from Port Dover, Ontario, Canada
Steve Spriensma on Jeopardy!
Marilyn Maher, an administrative specialist from Athens, Ohio
Marilyn Maher on Jeopardy!
Suzanne Koppelman, a museum education manager from New York, New York (3-day total: $63,601)
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Correct response: Who is Harriet Beecher Stowe?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

You can find the Stowe obituary at the New York Times Archive.

The quote in the clue refers to her most famous work, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”; the work is generally seen to have fueled the abolitionist cause in the 1850s, and an apocryphal story recounts that Lincoln once told Stowe, on meeting her in 1862, “So this is the little lady who started this great war”. The book’s overarching theme is the evil of slavery; thus, on its publication, defenders of slavery raised significant protest. The protests were so loud that Stowe published “A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin” a few years later, providing documentation for the stories spoken of in the original work. Dozens of anti-“Tom” works were also published by Southerners.

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Scores going into Final:
Steve $9,600
Marilyn $8,000
Suzanne $7,200

Tonight’s results:
Suzanne $7,200 – $0 = $7,200 (Who is Ja)
Marilyn $8,000 + $6,401 = $14,401 (1-day total: $14,401)
Steve $9,600 – $6,401 = $3,199 (Who is Agatha Christie?)

Marilyn Maher, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 5, 2018 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Marilyn $2,800
Steve $2,400
Suzanne $2,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) BOOKS & AUTHORS $1000 (15th pick)
Suzanne 1600 -1000 (Marilyn 2400 Steve 1600)
2) YOU PASS BUTTER $2000 (27th pick)
Suzanne 10200 -2000 (Steve 9600 Marilyn 7600)
3) & THAT’S THE WAY THE NEWS GOES $1600 (29th pick) ($400 remaining on the board)
Suzanne 8200 -1000 (Steve 9600 Marilyn 7600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -94

Unplayed clues:
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $2,400

Game Stats:
Marilyn $8,000 Coryat, 13 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.07% in first on buzzer
Suzanne $11,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 5 incorrect, 29.63% in first on buzzer
Steve $9,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.19% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $28,800
Lach Trash: $11,000(on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,800

Suzanne Koppelman, final stats:
65 correct, 12 incorrect
26.70% in first on buzzer (59/221)
4/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,250

Marilyn Maher, stats to date:
14 correct, 2 incorrect
24.07% in first on buzzer (13/54)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,000

Marilyn Maher, to win:
2 games: 28.73%
3: 8.25%
4: 2.37%
5: 0.68%
6: 0.20%
Avg. streak: 1.403 games.

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

  1. Christopher Denault | July 5, 2018 at 3:23 pm |

    I’d have gone with Mary Shelley, but I find out now that her death was a good 45 years earlier. Nice get by Marilyn on this one.

    • Two flaws there. One is a “soft” flaw – Mary Shelley was a correct response earlier in the game, meaning she almost certainly wouldn’t be the response in Final. The second is a “hard” flaw – the category was “American Authors,” which rules out Shelley entirely.

  2. Very unfortunate episode. 3 wrong answers on the daily double resulted a shutout. Let’s hope tomorrow’s episode will be better.

  3. As was pointed out, Shelley was not American. I wonder, though, if the earlier clue was stuck in specifically to make sure nobody went that route.

  4. What did Alex mean when he said something about being good at math would help with the answer to Final J.? All we got was her 1896 obit.

    • I have no idea. My best guess is that someone who died in 1896 would have written most of their stuff around the time of the Civil War, but Alex sometimes does things that defy explanation.

  5. center ice | July 6, 2018 at 2:41 am |


    In your “informaton to Fianl Jeopardy” section, you wrote that the book “is generally seen to have fueled the abolitionist cause in the 1950s.” But shouldn’t that be 1850s!?!

  6. It appears Steve might have misread the clue as 1996…it is at least feasible that Agatha Christie could have lived to that year, she would have been 106.

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