Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Adventure Novels) for Tuesday, May 19, 2020 (Season 36, Game 172):

In this novel the surname of a pastor, his wife & 4 sons is not given in the text; the title was meant to evoke a 1719 novel

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Jackie Wong, a consultant & figure skating analyst from New York, New York
Jackie Wong on Jeopardy!
Tiffany Vicars, a consultant pharmacist from Louisville, Kentucky
Tiffany Vicars on Jeopardy!
Ben Scripps, a television director from Cadillac, Michigan (1-day total: $18,800)
Ben Scripps on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is The Swiss Family Robinson?

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The Swiss Family Robinson, before it became a 1960 Disney film, was an 1812 novel by Johann David Wyss. It was about a Swiss family who got shipwrecked in the East Indies en route to Australia. The title, of course, was meant to evoke Robinson Crusoe, a 1719 novel about the shipwreck and survival of the title character.

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Scores going into Final:
Ben $20,400
Jackie $7,000
Tiffany $4,800

Tonight’s results:
Tiffany $4,800 – $1,500 = $3,300 (What is Gulliver’s Travels?)
Jackie $7,000 – $2,601 = $4,399 (What is 20,000 leagues under the s)
Ben $20,400 – $1,042 = $19,358 (What Is?) (2-day total: $38,158)

Ben Scripps, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 19, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ben $6,000
Jackie $2,600
Tiffany $2,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) STILL STANDING IN EUROPE $600 (clue #14)
Jackie 1600 +1600 (Ben 3000 Tiffany 0)
2) GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK $1200 (clue #25)
Ben 19200 +2200 (Tiffany 4800 Jackie 7000)
Ben 21400 -1000 (Tiffany 4800 Jackie 7000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 107

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: COOL BEANS $1000
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $1,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 363 (2.11 per episode average), 5 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Ben $20,400 Coryat, 25 correct, 3 incorrect, 44.64% in first on buzzer (25/56), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Jackie $6,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.64% in first on buzzer (11/56), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Tiffany $4,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.64% in first on buzzer (11/56), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $31,200
Lach Trash: $15,600 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,200

Ben Scripps, career statistics:
47 correct, 7 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
40.71% in first on buzzer (46/113)
1/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,800)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,400

Tiffany Vicars, career statistics:
9 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
19.64% in first on buzzer (11/56)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,800

Jackie Wong, career statistics:
12 correct, 3 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
19.64% in first on buzzer (11/56)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,000

Ben Scripps, to win:
3 games: 48.696%
4: 23.713%
5: 11.547%
6: 5.623%
7: 2.738%
Avg. streak: 2.949 games.

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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, May 19, 2020"

  1. Didn’t realize either of those novels were that old but did guess this one right away.

  2. Pretty clear their name wasn’t actually Robinson, since that is neither a French, German, or Italian surname and therefore not “Swiss.”

    • I watched Lost in Space for several years before I caught the reference that their name was ‘Robinson’

      • And it was based on a comic book called Space Family Robinson I believe. 🛸🏝

  3. John McCleary | May 19, 2020 at 11:29 am |

    I like Ben! He has a great personality! I can’t wait to see him pull off another win!

    • Bob Chang | May 19, 2020 at 11:36 am |

      Hopefully! Yesterday Ben nearly lost in a runaway, but today wins in a runaway. You never know what to expect…

  4. Tom Brown | May 19, 2020 at 1:11 pm |

    Do you have information about where this week’s episodes fit in with regards to COVID-19 tapings and how may more new episodes there are? Several of last night’s clues seemed more than familiar. There was still audience applause. Have we gotten to where that might be dubbed in when they get to episodes with no live audience?

    • I’ve watched a few episodes of the celebrity “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” It was taped without an audience, and the audience was much more integral to that show than the Jeopardy audience. Jeopardy could certainly do the same, but the contestants aren’t six feet apart. They may have to redesign the set.

    • According to Jackie’s Twitter (@rockerskating) tonight’s episode was taped 3/10, which was the Tuesday of the week everything began to shut down.

      • I noticed that Alex didn’t shakes hands with any of the contestants at the end of today’s show (or yesterday’s either, I believe)

  5. Brad (not Rutter) | May 19, 2020 at 5:02 pm |

    Ben is an appealing champ and even though he “stole” the game yesterday, I thought he was the best player. Hope he keeps going!

  6. We just got a triple stumper as this was a tough FJ clue.

  7. Maurine Gutowski | May 19, 2020 at 7:24 pm |

    Too many convolutions in this one for me to settle on anything. I hope I do better on some categories at least..,.

  8. Kudos to those here that got this one right. I thought it was very difficult, and am not surprised it was a TS.

  9. Can you explain the numbers in the Buffett donations to the Gates’ Foundation answer? How did Buffett give annual billions and yet the total was 2.8 billion in 2018? What am I missing?

  10. Jere Gauss | May 19, 2020 at 11:30 pm |

    What Disney fan wouldn’t know the correct response to FJ tonight? I’ve climbed into the Disneyland tree-house more times than I can remember, and the constantly-playing polka on the treadle-pump organ is an ear-worm that will haunt me all night now.

    It’s my sixth FJ “skunk” for 2020. I’m shooting for eight this year, and a new personal best. If they start shooting new shows, I’ve got a real good shot at it.

    BTW, I knew “Noah” as well.

  11. Vader47000 | May 20, 2020 at 3:03 am |

    Interesting coincidence that there would be a question about Ruby Rose playing Batwoman in the episode that ends up airing on the day she quits the show.

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