Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 25, 2018


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category State Birds) for Thursday, October 25, 2018 (Season 35, Episode 34):

The 2-word name of this black & orange or black & golden state bird derives in part from the Latin for “golden”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Dhruv Srinivasachar, a medical & doctoral student from Richmond, Virginia
Dhruv Srinivasachar on Jeopardy!
Jill Hurtt, a teacher & librarian from Hemingford, Nebraska
Jill Hurtt on Jeopardy!
Hannah McIntyre, an author from Whistler, British Columbia, Canada (1-day total: $20,200)
Hannah McIntyre on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the Baltimore oriole?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The name “oriole” derives from “aureolus”, the diminuitive for the Latin for “golden” (“aureus”). The Baltimore oriole, the state bird of Maryland, is a migratory bird that spends its winters in Florida, Cuba, Southern California, Central America, and northern Venezuela and Columbia, an its summers in the Eastern and Midwest United States, southern Ontario, parts of Atlantic Canada, and the Canadian Prairies.

For a time, it was thought to be the same species as the western Bullock’s oriole due to interbreeding, but further 1990s research concluded that the two birds were not the same species.

The bird also lends its name to the Baltimore Orioles baseball franchise.


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Scores going into Final:
Jill $13,800
Dhruv $10,800
Hannah $6,400


Tonight’s results:
Hannah $6,400 – $1,501 = $4,899 (What is an oriole?)
Dhruv $10,800 + $6,800 = $17,600 (1-day total: $17,600)
Jill $13,800 – $7,801 = $5,999 (What is the oriole?)


Dhruv Srinivasachar, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 25, 2018 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Dhruv $6,000
Jill $5,000
Hannah $800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) SERIOUS TALK $600 (19th pick)
Dhruv 2800 +1000 (Jill 800 Hannah -200)
2) WORDS WITH A “WAY” $1200 (9th pick)
Hannah 2800 -2800 (Dhruv 7200 Jill 5800)
3) CONQUISTADORS $800 (13th pick)
Hannah 1200 +1200 (Dhruv 8000 Jill 5800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -4


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: LONG MOVIES $1200, $1600 & $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $4,800


Game Stats:
Dhruv $10,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 5 incorrect, 35.19% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts
Jill $13,800 Coryat, 20 correct, 4 incorrect, 40.74% in first on buzzer, 0/2 on rebound attempts
Hannah $8,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.22% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $33,000
Lach Trash: $5,600 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,600


Hannah McIntyre, final stats:
27 correct, 5 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
24.07% in first on buzzer (26/108)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$100)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,300


Dhruv Srinivasachar, stats to date:
19 correct, 5 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts
35.19% in first on buzzer (19/54)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,400


Dhruv Srinivasachar, to win:
2 games: 36.58%
3: 13.38%
4: 4.89%
5: 1.79%
6: 0.65%
Avg. streak: 1.577 games.


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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 25, 2018"

  1. The word “committee” was in the clue, so they probably scratched they’re heads about whether they could have accepted her “Ways & Means” answer even though she added “department of…”

  2. jeff greenblatt | October 25, 2018 at 10:32 pm |

    The final clue made me see Golden State so my answer was California’s state bird. A badly worded answer

  3. My mind immediately went to “oriole” for FJ, but then I couldn’t figure out what the second word would be… this one seemed unnecessarily complicated 🙁

    • It’s because the category was State Birds. The state bird of Maryland is not the oriole. It’s the Baltimore Oriole. Besides, Final Jeopardy should have that extra layer of complication as you called it. A contestant who didn’t see the phrase “2-word name” in the clue shouldn’t win.

  4. I think it was a very fair final.The Baltimore Oriole is not some obscure state bird. I would argue it’s one of the more familiar ones to a lot of people (and not just to anyone with at least a passing knowledge of baseball!) I don’t get all the nitpicking.

    • I don’t get the nitpicking either, though I was surprised that the two ladies apparently misunderstood the need for a 2-word response.

      • I made the same mistake as the ladies, but as soon as Alex announced them to be incorrect, I realized my error and still thought it was a fair clue.

  5. The first DJ—“Said one way, it means to think carefully; another, what a jury does to decide one’s fate”

    Aren’t both of those said the same way? Both definitions in the clue are worded to be verbs, and the other pronunciation only comes into play in its adjective form.

    • I thought the same exact thing when I watched it….thinking carefully IS what a jury does to decide one’s fate…the first definition should have been “done consciously and intentionally”. I think one of them got it right anyway though.

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