Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, May 14, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Shakespeare’s Tragedies) for Thursday, May 14, 2020:

He has 272 speeches, the most of any non-title character in a Shakespeare tragedy

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Brad Rutter, an actor & producer from Los Angeles, California (yesterday’s total: 0)
Brad Rutter on Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time
Ken Jennings, a writer from Seattle, Washington (yesterday’s total: 65,600)
Ken Jennings on Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time.
James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (yesterday’s total: 34,181)
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time.

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Correct response: Who is Iago?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Iago is the main antagonist of Othello; he attempts to destroy the title character by making him believe that his wife Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio. Interestingly, Brutus (Julius Caesar) is second in this category at 194. If title characters from tragedies are included, Hamlet (358) and Othello (274) both surpass Iago.

An interesting and fun coincidence: Ronnie O’Rourke—who in 2004 transcribed Ken’s first 38 wins on Jeopardy! as part of the now-defunct season 20 JeopArchive—took Iago (albeit the bird from Disney’s Aladdin) as an avatar and username inspiration for many years.

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

Scores going into Final:
James 44,000
Ken 23,000
Brad 1,400

Game 2 results:
Brad 1,400 – 0 = 1,400 (You’re the best, Alex!)
Ken 23,000 + 0 = 23,000 + 65,600 = 88,600 (Win #3)
James 44,000 – 44,000 = 0 + 34,181 = 34,181 (Who is Horatio?)

Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time results for May 14, 2020.

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
James 8,200
Ken 5,600
Brad 1,000

Daily Double locations:
Ken 1000 -1000 (James 800 Brad 0)
2) VICE PRESIDENTS 2000 (clue #5)
Ken 8800 +5000 (James 9800 Brad 1000)
3) SURPRISE ME, TREBEK! 1600 (clue #19)
James 20200 +20200 (Ken 19800 Brad 1000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 57

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

Game Stats:
Ken 21,000 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Brad 1,400 Coryat, 4 correct, 0 incorrect, 7.02% in first on buzzer (4/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
James 25,400 Coryat, 30 correct, 1 incorrect, 50.88% in first on buzzer (29/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: 47,800
Lach Trash: 4,000 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): 2,200

James Holzhauer, career statistics:
1501 correct, 61 incorrect
44/48 on rebound attempts (on 94 rebound opportunities)
54.14% in first on buzzer (1379/2547)
83/90 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: 716,588)
41/45 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: 27,818

Ken Jennings, career statistics:
3118 correct, 309 incorrect
118/146 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
57.15% in first on buzzer (3009/5265)
150/181 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: 505,999)
60/91 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: 25,865

Brad Rutter, career statistics:
777 correct, 94 incorrect
45/48 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
36.85% in first on buzzer (734/1992)
46/58 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: 56,300)
18/32 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: 16,886

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, May 14, 2020"

  1. R. B. Smada | May 14, 2020 at 10:01 am |

    Someone let me know if James’ Brad score joke is left in.

  2. Martin Cunningham | May 14, 2020 at 3:31 pm |

    This was a wonderful tournament, even seeing it the second time. What a great cap to Harry Friedman’s legacy with the show, too. As producer, he removed the 5-game limit, shortly before Ken began his historic run, and he is basically the force behind the great successes of James, Brad and Ken!
    And what a great Final game! The perfect category, too. The writers seem to love Shakespeare, American History, and the British Monarchy for the ultimate Final category on the big tournaments, and they hit a grand-slam, park-clearing home run with this one! Then add in the actual drama as the responses were revealed! I honestly thought James would have the answer, especially after Ken had it, too.

    Truly a master class on how to play the game, by three of the best who have ever played it. Amd i love Ken’s comments from last week, when his first-ever game was replayed, about that moment when you realize that you just won your first game, and you are now a Jeopardy! champion, and no one will ever be able to take that away from you – so true!

  3. I really enjoyed watching this tournament again! Watching these three play is something else!

    Just a little side note, I think you made an error with Ken’s prior total over his portrait, as it only says $65,000.

  4. Maurine Gutowski | May 14, 2020 at 6:37 pm |

    Iago popped into my mind immediately, since the devious character is not only famous but very verbal (= many speeches)!

  5. Brian Green | May 14, 2020 at 7:44 pm |

    Ken Jennings was so dominant in this tournament that he outscored James and Brad combined.

    Ken: 277,000, James/Brad: 263,000

    If Ken would have bet all of his 23,000 on the correct “Iago” Jeopardy Final (which he could have without any repercussions), he would have finished the tournament at an even 300,000.

  6. Juanita Uccello | May 14, 2020 at 8:01 pm |

    What was the monetary amounts for each player? Thank you,

    • Bob Chang | May 15, 2020 at 1:48 am |

      James’ total was 213,487, while Brad’s was 49,667. I might add if James had nailed FJ his total would have been 301,487, but all that would matter then was who won match 5!

  7. Michael Schwartz | May 15, 2020 at 4:30 am |

    For their careers, Brad has been correct 88% of the time, Ken has been correct 90% of the time and James has been correct an amazing 96% of the time.

  8. Vader47000 | May 15, 2020 at 9:22 am |

    This game presents an interesting dynamic involving how the three-man format intersects with the unique match-play rules of this tournament, in conjunction with the three-win requirement.

    Throughout the tourney, Brad and James essentially canceled each other out: James negated Brad’s buzzer speed, while Brad kept getting the Daily Doubles James needed to keep up with Ken. Brad’s missing most of his big DD chances basically eliminated him from games 1-3.

    So in this game, with Ken having had a big round 1 and Brad essentially no chance to catch him, his only potential chance to win the tournament at this point was to basically not play this second game, hope James wins the match to take it 2-2, then win the final 3 matches. And step 1 almost worked as Brad laid off in DJ, and James got a big DD bonus but couldn’t crack FJ.

    A textbook example of purposefully losing a battle to be in a better position to win the war. But it was ultimately moot

    So fun to watch

  9. I am a recent fan of Jeopardy but not a long-time observer of the show. I have, what might be a couple of dumb questions: Has there ever been a time when all three contestants were in the negative at the end of the double Jeopardy segment and, if so, what happened next? What about 2 of the 3 contestants in the negative? Just curious.

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