Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 6, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category School Supply Words) for game #1 of the final of the 2018 Teachers Tournament (encore presentation) on Thursday, September 6, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 179):

Adding “P” to a word for a chronic back condition gets you this synonym for graphite or pencil lead

(This episode originally aired on May 17, 2018.)

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Steve Mond, a 9th & 10th grade math teacher from Midvale, Utah
Steve Mond on Jeopardy!
Larry Martin, a 2nd grade teacher from Kansas City, Missouri
Larry Martin on Jeopardy!
Claire Bishop, a high school Latin teacher from Lexington, Kentucky
Claire Bishop on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is plumbago?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

“Lumbago” is the word here referring to “lower back pain”, and “plumbago” is the synonym for graphite/pencil lead.

Anyone playing along at home who is able to get this Final Jeopardy! today should at least consider taking up competitive Scrabble, as being able to see the unusual “hooks” such as this is a crucial skill. (You can find more information about Scrabble at

Going off on a tangent about Scrabble strategy: the fact that the word “lumbago” can become “plumbago” may well affect where the word “lumbago” should be played on the board. Because of the geometry of the board, playing the word for maximum points leaves the possibility of a huge score to the first opponent to draw a P. (For the record, the Scrabble AI program Quackle and its Championship Player would open the word for the maximum 80 points.)

The word "lumbago" on a Scrabble board illustrating the risk of front-hooking a "P" for "plumbago".

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Scores going into Final:
Larry $18,400
Claire $9,400
Steve $5,600

Tonight’s results:
Steve $5,600 – $3,000 = $2,600 (What is pache?)
Claire $9,400 – $8,000 = $1,400 (What pscoliosis)
Larry $18,400 – $6,601 = $11,799 (What is pain)

The final scores of the September 6, 2018 episode of Jeopardy!

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Steve $3,600
Larry $3,000
Claire $2,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) BOOKS OF THE BIBLE $1000 (7th pick)
Steve 1200 -600 (Claire 0 Larry -800)
2) 21st CENTURY BESTSELLERS $1600 (2nd pick)
Claire 3800 -2000 (Steve 3600 Larry 3000)
3) LET’S GET SCIENC”E” $1600 (13th pick)
Larry 11800 +4200 (Steve 4800 Claire 1800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -67

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

Game Stats:
Larry $15,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts
Steve $6,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 4 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Claire $11,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 4 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $33,400
Lach Trash: $10,000 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,600

Larry Martin, stats to date:
65 correct, 6 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts
35.09% in first on buzzer (60/171)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,200)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,200

Steve Mond, stats to date:
56 correct, 12 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts
35.09% in first on buzzer (60/171)
2/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$100)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,733

Claire Bishop, stats to date:
57 correct, 9 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts
33.92% in first on buzzer (58/171)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,800


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