Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 14, 2019


Today is Semifinal #2 for the 2019 Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American Women) for Tuesday, May 14, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 177):

In 2006 Arizona State University renamed its college of law in honor of this history-making woman & longtime Arizona resident

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Julia Rosinski Bailey, a 10th grade chemistry teacher from Austin, Texas
Julia Rosinski Bailey on Jeopardy!
Francois Barcomb, an 11th grade physics teacher from New Paltz, New York
Francois Barcomb on Jeopardy!
Benjamin Schwartz, a middle school English teacher from Stamford, Connecticut
Benjamin Schwartz on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Sandra Day O’Connor?


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Sandra Day O’Connor served on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1981 to 2006 and was the first woman on SCOTUS. She graduated from the same Stanford Law School class as William Rehnquist, who was on the court from 1972 to 2005 (the last 19 of those years as Chief Justice).


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

Scores going into Final:
Francois $16,600
Julia $9,400
Benjamin $8,000


Tonight’s results:
Benjamin $8,000 – $7,995 = $5 (Who is Reno?)
Julia $9,400 + $9,397 = $18,797
Francois $16,600 + $2,201 = $18,801 (Finalist)


Francois Barcomb, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 14, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Benjamin $6,400
Julia $6,200
Francois $5,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) IT HAPPENED IN MAY $600 (28th pick)
Benjamin 3200 +3200 (Francois 5600 Julia 4400)
2) THE MORE “C”OMMON WORD $1600 (11th pick)
Francois 10400 -3000 (Benjamin 6400 Julia 6200)
3) A PLACE ON THE LAKE $1600 (21st pick)
Francois 8600 +2000 (Julia 9400 Benjamin 5200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 94


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: TICK…TICK…BOOM! $800, $1200, & $1600
Total $ Left On Board: $3,600


Game Stats:
Francois $19,200 Coryat, 21 correct, 3 incorrect, 37.07% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Julia $9,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 25.93% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts
Benjamin $5,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 31.48% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $34,000
Lach Trash: $8,400(on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,000


Francois Barcomb, stats to date:
51 correct, 8 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
44.14% in first on buzzer (49/111)
1/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$7,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $22,900

Julia Rosinski Bailey, stats to date:
31 correct, 8 incorrect
7/8 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
26.13% in first on buzzer (29/111)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,800

Benjamin Schwartz, stats to date:
38 correct, 6 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (37/111)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $13,200)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,600


Andy’s Thoughts

  • “Lightning bug” was not a correct answer, as the Robert Frost poem referred to in the clue is titled “Fireflies in the Garden”, not “Lightning Bugs in the Garden”. The correct response must fit all parts of the clue; only “firefly” does that.

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20 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 14, 2019"

  1. This was easy for me as I spend a few months in Tucson AZ in the winter visiting my brother who plays golf with Justice O’Connor’s brother.

  2. Joyce Lee | May 14, 2019 at 5:02 pm |

    Julia should have gotten credit for her answer of “lightening bug”. Why is that not as legitimate as “firefly”?
    That’s all I ever called them. Maybe it’s a regional thing?

  3. No TS count anymore?

  4. Veatrice Holmes | May 14, 2019 at 7:28 pm |

    Julia should be credited for her answer of lightning bug. A lightning bug is a firefly as defined on the internet. I googled the definition.

  5. Julia gave a correct answer with “lightning bugs” which are also called “fireflies.” Same insect.

  6. Laura Huff | May 14, 2019 at 7:56 pm |

    On today’s show, Julia Bailey answered one clue with “What is a lightning bug?” Alex stated that answer was incorrect. He stated the correct answer was “What is a firefly?” Fireflies and lightning bugs are the same thing! It all depends on where you come from. She should have been given credit for that answer. https://www.businessinsider.com/firefly-lightning-bug-english-language-map-2018-7

  7. On today’s (May 14, 2019),I don’t remember the wording, but Julia Rosinski Bailey, answered “Lightning bug” and was ruled incorrect by Alex, who said the correct response should have been “Firefly.” Every place I researched, showed that they are one and the same.

  8. Lightening Bugs are Fireflies

  9. joe bellus | May 14, 2019 at 8:05 pm |

    making firefly he answer when all my life spent in omaha nebraska and they were always lighting bugs, sounds like the judges ruled for the east/west coasts

  10. Hal Yoder | May 14, 2019 at 8:11 pm |

    Curious as to why “lightning bugs” wasn’t a correct response on tonight’s show. The insects seem to be called by both names. At that point in the game, this judgement could have easily changed the outcome. Does anyone have any insight that I may have missed?

    • Vader47000 | May 14, 2019 at 11:11 pm |

      Not a correct response based on wording of the clue. And she got the rebound on the couch surfing question which she otherwise wouldn’t have if they ruled bed surfing correct to begin with. So it balances out

  11. To the multitudes who are wondering about “lightning bugs” vs “fireflies”:

    The clue says: ‘A poem about these title insects “in the garden” says “here come real stars to fill the upper skies”.

    The Robert Frost poem is not titled “Lightning Bugs In The Garden”; it is titled “Fireflies In The Garden”. The only correct response to that clue is fireflies. In this instance, the two terms are not equivalent.

  12. B. Vautrin | May 14, 2019 at 8:28 pm |

    You declared Julia’s answer of lightening bug as incorrect and firefly as correct. They are
    synonyms. I’m very surprised that your people did not declare her answer as being correct.

  13. If the contestants answer is proved correct (lightning bug) after completion of the show, what happens then?

    • If the mistake would have changed the winner of the game, the contestant is invited back.

      However, there is no poem titled “Lightning Bugs in the Garden” with the line “here come real stars to fill the upper skies”. Therefore, “lightning bug” was not “proved correct”. Sorry!

  14. bob bachich | May 14, 2019 at 9:15 pm |

    hey Andy it didn’t ask for the poem, it asked about the insect not a title thus Fireflies = Lightning Bug.
    Just like bed = couch for Francois!!!

    • The clue clearly asked for a poem. It was even in the category POETS & POETRY. “Lightning Bug” is not “a title insect” in this case because it does not appear in the title of the poem.

  15. center ice | May 15, 2019 at 2:27 am |

    Just another example of why James can’t come back soon enough.

    The torrent of postings regarding this clue would not have happened if James were playing — he almost certainly would have polished off the clue easily and moved on to the next with no fuss.

    Less than a week to go …

  16. @Andy
    For tomorrow I’ll just make a prediction re: ZERO correct.
    I would have to get up @ 0400 when you post first w/o the results. Kind of early, I need my beauty sleep…lol so I won’t even mention the category. But imo nobody is going to get S. We may see T. or R.-K. as wrong answers.

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