Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, May 15, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Business & Industry) for Friday, May 15, 2020 (Season 21, Episode 62):

Most of this firm’s 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only 4 months a year

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

David Hankins, college student from Minneapolis, Minnesota
David Hankins on Jeopardy!
Nancy Zerg, realtor from Ventura, California
Nancy Zerg on Jeopardy!
Ken Jennings, software engineer from Salt Lake City, Utah (74-day total: $2,520,700)
Ken Jennings on Jeopardy! (in 2004).

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

Scores going into Final:
Ken $14,400
Nancy $10,000
David -$2,800


Tonight’s results:
David -$2,800 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Nancy $10,000 + $4,401 = $14,401 (What is H&R Block?) (1-day total: $14,401)
Ken $14,400 – $5,601 = $8,799 (What is FedEx?)


Nancy Zerg, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 15, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ken $10,600
Nancy $4,800
David $400


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Opening break taken after: 13 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) THE CONTEST $800 (clue #19)
Ken 4600 +3000 (Nancy 3200 David 0)
2) PATTON PENDING $1600 (clue #15)
Ken 14600 -5400 (Nancy 8400 David 1200)
3) FUNNY HATS $1600 (clue #22)
Ken 15200 -4800 (Nancy 8400 David -800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -3


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: YADA YADA YADA $200
DJ! Round: PRO SPORTS VENUES $400 $800
Total Left On Board: $1,400


Game Stats:
Nancy $10,000 Coryat, 10 correct, 1 incorrect, 16.67% in first on buzzer (9/54), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Ken $22,400 Coryat, 29 correct, 4 incorrect, 53.70% in first on buzzer (29/54), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
David -$2,800 Coryat, 7 correct, 5 incorrect, 20.37% in first on buzzer (11/54), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $29,600
Lach Trash: $10,800 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,200

Ken Jennings, career statistics:
2693 correct, 263 incorrect
94/116 on rebound attempts (on 229 rebound opportunities)
61.50% in first on buzzer (2607/4239)
133/160 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $421,199)
51/75 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $27,861

Nancy Zerg, career statistics:
11 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
16.67% in first on buzzer (9/54)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,000

David Hankins, career statistics:
7 correct, 5 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
20.37% in first on buzzer (11/54)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: -$2,800

Nancy Zerg, to win:
2 games: 33.865%
3: 11.468%
4: 3.884%
5: 1.315%
6: 0.445%
Avg. streak: 1.512 games.

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7 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, May 15, 2020"

  1. Once the show airs, hmmmm. I’ve got this strange feeling I know who’ll win. The video of this day in J! history has been viewed millions of times on YT.

  2. John McCleary | May 15, 2020 at 12:32 pm |

    Ken did so well!

  3. I felt bad enough for James when he lost to Emma Boettcher, who had a 3 day run, for total winnings of just over #97,000.

    Nancy Zerg beat Ken Jennings, won $14,001 and was defeated the next day.

    C’est la vie!

    • Bob Chang | May 15, 2020 at 11:23 pm |

      Agreed!

      James is the only Ultra Champ (10+ wins) to lose to someone who won another game. Including her TOC winnings, Emma’s won $197,002.

      The combined total of the other eight winners over Ultra Champs? $180,304.

  4. Brad (not Rutter) | May 15, 2020 at 5:04 pm |

    Oh man, Ken had absolutely no business losing this game! Very interesting to watch though. We also learned that he is apparently not a Seinfeld fan or a sports fan.

  5. Andy,

    Do you know how many they still have recorded before an audience? And will they record any without an audience or will it just be the seasons end when they run out of the episodes already recorded?

  6. Virginia Sycamore | May 18, 2020 at 4:34 pm |

    As I watched I got feelings of deja vu.
    The game that ended Jen’s epic run. I remember watching it.

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