Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 10, 2019


Today is Quarterfinal #5 for the 2019 Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category U.S. States) for Friday, May 10, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 175):

This state entered the Union in 1820 after separating from another state that began with the same 2 letters

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Ellie Walsh, a high school world history & U.S. government teacher from Nashville, Tennessee
Ellie Walsh on Jeopardy!
Benjamin Schwartz, a middle school English teacher from Stamford, Connecticut
Benjamin Schwartz on Jeopardy!
Dave Rowswell, a high school art teacher from Cheyenne, Wyoming
Dave Rowswell on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Maine?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

In 1819, there were 22 states in the Union, 11 which permitted slavery and 11 which did not. However, in late 1819, Missouri requested statehood as an area which permitted slavery, which threatened to upset the balance between free states and slave states. In order to settle the deadlock which occurred in Congress, Maine (which previously was a northeast exclave of Massachusetts), was admitted as a free state in 1820. Missouri followed as a slave state in 1821.


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

Scores going into Final:
Benjamin $22,000
Ellie $8,800
Dave $6,200


Tonight’s results:
Dave $6,200 + $6,100 = $12,300
Ellie $8,800 – $8,799 = $1 (What is Minnesota?)
Benjamin $22,000 + $1 = $22,001 (Semi-Finalist)


Benjamin Schwartz, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 10, 2019 game.)


Wild card standings:
Monday: Joe Rengstorf, $20,401 ($16,000, $9,800)
Tuesday: Trevor Crowell, $15,500 ($15,600, $7,000)
Wednesday: Francois Barcomb, $20,600 ($20,600, $7,400)
Thursday: Conor Quinn, $17,600 ($9,600, $3,600)
Friday: Benjamin Schwartz, $22,001 ($22,000, $5,800)
1) Julia Rosinski Bailey, $15,200 ($10,200, $1,400)
2) Dave Rowswell, $12,300 ($6,200, $1,800)
3) Matthew Bunch, $9,600 ($12,400, $6,400)
4) Sara DelVillano, $8,399 ($9,600, $3,400)

5) Alexandra Bicks, $5,199 ($7,400, $3,400)
6) Mariah Minges Klusman, $4,795 ($2,400, $2,400)
7) Tara Baxter, $2,000 ($1,000, $3,000)
8) Vicki Leibeck-Owsley, $1,000 ($4,800, $3,200)
9) Melissa Okey, $800 ($5,400, $3,000)
10) Ellie Walsh, $1 ($8,800, $3,200)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Benjamin $5,800
Ellie $3,200
Dave $1,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) HALL PASS $1000 (25th pick)
Benjamin 4200 +1000 (Ellie 3800 Dave 400)
2) THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD $800 (7th pick)
Benjamin 9000 +9000 (Ellie 3200 Dave 600)
3) TRYING TIMES $1200 (16th pick)
Dave 5000 -2000 (Benjamin 17200 Ellie 6800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 84


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


Game Stats:
Benjamin $13,800 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Dave $8,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 7 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Ellie $8,800 Coryat, 11 correct, 1 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $30,800
Lach Trash: $13,600 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,600


Benjamin Schwartz, stats to date:
23 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,800

Dave Rowswell, stats to date:
15 correct, 7 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,200

Ellie Walsh, stats to date:
11 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,800


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Benjamin 40.82% (20/49), Dave 38.78% (19/49), Ellie 20.41% (10/49).


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7 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 10, 2019"

  1. Ellie was a lock going into FJ to advance to the next round.
    Evidence that they really did keep them sequestered.
    But not knowing the Missouri Compromise deserves to be a fatal flaw. That is elementary.

    • And being a (world) history teacher to boot. I guess Maine does not belong to the “world”? Overall a rather low quality panel compared to the last TT I think.

  2. I go to my local library every Thursday with a knit & crochet group. Just yesterday the subject of DNA came up & I said the first person of a crime based on DNA evidence was in England. You can imagine my delight when a clue today was about Colin Pitchfork being the 1st person convicted by DNA.

  3. Maurine Gutowski | May 10, 2019 at 7:40 pm | Reply

    I guessed Maine because of its closeness to another state starting with MA (today a bit of New Hampshire separates them). Wasn’t sure of the history part, though.

  4. One of the answers in the category “Not Rhesus” should have been “What is a tamarin?” and a contestant added a “t” to the end of tamarin and it was still accepted as correct.

  5. Andy – For song titles, why does Jeopardy allow extra words which are not part of the actual song title? With this rule, you could recite the entire song’s lyrics and be given credit for a correct response. They should change the rule to having to give the actual title of the song.

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