Today’s Final Jeopardy – August 10, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category State Capitals) for game 2 of the final in the 2017 Tournament of Champions (encore presentation) on Friday, August 10, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 50):

A state capital since 1805, its name begins with the last 4 letters of the state’s name

(This episode originally aired on November 17, 2017.)

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Remember, this is a 2-game total-point affair, today’s scores get added to yesterday’s to determine the champion! The winner receives $250,000; second place $100,000, and third place $50,000.

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Today’s contestants:

Austin Rogers, a bartender from New York, New York (Yesterday’s total: $6,500)
Austin Rogers on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Alan Lin, a software engineer from Riverside, California (Yesterday’s total: $8,800)
Alan Lin on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Buzzy Cohen, a music executive from Los Angeles, California (Yesterday’s total: $0)
Buzzy Cohen on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions

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Correct response: What is Vermont (Montpelier)?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Keith Williams over at The Final Wager, a couple of years ago, called STATE CAPITALS the worst Final Jeopardy category. And like the first paragraph of that article, this was a wordplay clue that has little to do with geography. Of course, this specific fact wasn’t touched on in Keith’s State Capital wordplay article (which probably explains why the writers went with it), but another fact about Montpelier is that it’s the least populous state capital (with just 7,855 people, as per the 2010 census.)

I guess the “1805” clue was good in that it could at least orient you in the right part of the country as a starting point, but it feels like so many STATE CAPITALS clues are really, really difficult to come up with the correct response to in 30 seconds.

(In case you’re also wondering, Keith does give some fun wordplay facts about some of the other state capitals)

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Scores going into Final:
Buzzy $25,600
Austin $10,200
Alan $1,600

Tonight’s results:
Alan $1,600 – $1,200 = $400 + $8,800 = $9,200 (What is) 2nd place, $100,000
Austin $10,200 – $10,000 = $200 + $6,500 = $6,700 (What is Indianapolis?) 3rd place, $50,000
Buzzy $25,600 – $1,301 = $24,299 (What is Love You!) 1st place, $250,000

Buzzy Cohen, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 10, 2018 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Austin $6,200
Alan $5,600
Buzzy $2,800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
Austin 1600 +1600 (Alan 600 Buzzy 400)
2) THE BODY HUMAN $1600 (10th pick)
Buzzy 10800 +10800 (Austin 9000 Alan 4800)
3) EPONYMS $2000 (19th pick)
Alan 10400 -10400 (Buzzy 23200 Austin 9000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 100

Unplayed clues:
J! round: MONSTER MASH $200
DJ! Round: WORLD THEATER $400, 5 EXES $400, 4 O’S $400
Total $ Left On Board: $1,400

Game Stats:
Buzzy $16,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 0 incorrect, 28.30% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Alan $12,000 Coryat, 13 correct, 4 incorrect, 30.19% in first on buzzer
Austin $9,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 30.19% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $38,000
Lach Trash: $8,400 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,200

Buzzy Cohen, stats to date:
279 correct, 48 incorrect
15/17 on rebound attempts
35.14% in first on buzzer (273/777)
16/22 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $35,400)
8/14 in Final Jeopardy!
Average Coryat: $13,800

Alan Lin, stats to date:
225 correct, 25 incorrect
10/10 on rebound attempts
34.80% in first on buzzer (214/615)
10/15 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,805)
7/11 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,873

Austin Rogers, stats to date:
401 correct, 54 incorrect
28/29 on rebound attempts
39.71% in first on buzzer (378/952)
24/31 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $105,700)
14/17 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,435


  • Buzzy is the first player to score $0 in the first day of a Tournament of Champions final and come back to win the tournament.
  • This is the first Tournament of Champions final in which the three players went 0 for 6 combined in Final Jeopardy over the course of the final.

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3 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – August 10, 2018"

  1. Gary Shellman | August 10, 2018 at 4:56 pm |

    Austin Rogers makes a huge, go for broke bid of $10k in Final Jeopardy, with little chance to catch Buzzy, which cost him a guaranteed 2d place and $50k. WOW!!!

  2. love this show and wanted austinto win big. all three competitors did great. how can they be so good? congrats!

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