Today’s Final Jeopardy – August 7, 2018


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Theatre) for Semifinal #2 in the 2017 Tournament of Champions (encore presentation) on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 47):

Despite objections from the playwright’s estate, a 1991 French production of this 1952 play had a small all-female cast instead of male

(This episode originally aired on November 14, 2017.)

(correct response beneath the contestants)


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Today’s contestants:

Lisa Schlitt, a microbiologist from Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Lisa Schlitt on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Jason Sterlacci, a 4th grade teacher from Somerset, New Jersey
Jason Sterlacci on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Buzzy Cohen, a music executive from Los Angeles, California
Buzzy Cohen on the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions

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Correct response: What is Waiting for Godot?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” is a play in which Vladimir and Estragon wait for the arrival of someone named Godot (who never arrives). The original cast is entirely male.

In the years before his death, Beckett strangely objected to many interpretive adaptations of the work. He was famously quoted as saying “women don’t have prostates”, an objection rooted in the fact that Vladimir frequently leaves the stage to urinate.

In 1991, the Brut de Beton theatre company wished to perform the play with an all-female cast at the Avignon Festival. Jerome Lindon, the person designated under French law to protect Beckett’s works after Beckett’s 1989 death, objected, stating that the play would be deformed by the all-female cast. (Pshaw.) A French judge allowed the performance, with a proviso that a letter of objection by Beckett’s estate be read before each show.

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

Scores going into Final:
Buzzy $16,200
Jason $15,800
Lisa $2,000


Tonight’s results:
Lisa $2,000 – $2,000 = $0 (What is G…)
Jason $15,800 – $15,799 = $1 (What is Peter Pan?)
Buzzy $16,200 + $15,401 = $31,601 (Finalist)


Buzzy Cohen, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 7, 2018 episode.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jason $8,200
Buzzy $5,400
Lisa $1,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) SENATOR JOHN $400 (25th pick)
Jason 4800 +3000 (Buzzy 5200 Lisa 1000)
2) ART $1200 (8th pick)
Buzzy 9800 +4000 (Jason 11400 Lisa 400)
3) WIDOWS IN THE BIBLE $800 (28th pick) ($800 left on board)
Buzzy 17800 -2000 (Jason 15400 Lisa 2000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 92


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0


Game Stats:
Buzzy $15,400 Coryat, 22 correct, 4 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Jason $13,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Lisa $2,000 Coryat, 8 correct, 3 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $30,600
<a href=”http://j-archive.com/help.php#lachtrash””>Lach Trash: $13,600 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,800


Buzzy Cohen, stats to date:
251 correct, 43 incorrect
13/15 on rebound attempts
14/20 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $23,600)
8/12 in Final Jeopardy!
36.88% in first on buzzer (246/667)
Average Coryat: $14,400


Jason Sterlacci, stats to date:
134 correct, 13 incorrect
12/12 on rebound attempts
5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $11,400)
3/6 in Final Jeopardy
35.96% in first on buzzer (123/342)
Average Coryat: $17,667


Lisa Schlitt, stats to date:
180 correct, 24 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts
9/12 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $17,100)
6/9 in Final Jeopardy
35.66% in first on buzzer (179/502)
Average Coryat: $12,800


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4 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – August 7, 2018"

  1. re: Everyone handles that stress differently…

    I think most of us have had that happen at one time or another in our lives (or more than once, in my case). It’s quite unfortunate for that contestant that it happened to them on national television. I just hope they’re able to look back on it now and laugh at themselves, or at the least get some enjoyment out of their Jeopardy! winnings.

  2. What is the difference between Aquaphobia and hydrophobia?
    Both refer to the fear of water. However they differ in the sense they are used in common language: Hydrophobia: This generally refers to the symptoms that a subject infected with rabies manifests in the later stages of the disease. … Aquaphobia: A form of anxiety disorder where the patient has an abnormal fear of water.May 8, 2016
    How does aquaphobia and hydrophobia differ? – Quora
    https://www.quora.com › How-does-aqua…

    Shouldn’t “aquaphobia”have been accepted as a correct answer to “fear of water” as well as the (accepted) “hydrophobia.”.

    Just askin’…

  3. Thanks…missed that thought completely. My attention to the show was not undivided. My bad. 🙄

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