Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, May 21, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Military Slang) for Thursday, May 21, 2020 (Season 36, Game 174):

This word for high-ranking officials comes from a metal used in 19th century military insignia

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Shawn Buell, a civil engineer from Zachary, Louisiana
Shawn Buell on Jeopardy!
Michelle Kanter Cohen, a voting rights attorney from Silver Spring, Maryland
Michelle Kanter Cohen on Jeopardy!
Nathan Berger, a restauranteur and sommelier from Portland, Maine (1-day total: $11,999)
Nathan Berger on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is brass?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The term “military brass”, referring to the top officers in the military, dates back to the 19th century when British military insignia contained significant amounts of brass (an alloy of copper and zinc). Over time, the term gained usage in civilian contexts (policing and business), with civilian contexts dating from the mid-20th century.

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

Scores going into Final:
Shawn $18,800
Michelle $12,400
Nathan $5,600

Tonight’s results:
Nathan $5,600 + $0 = $5,600 (What is the brass?)
Michelle $12,400 + $400 = $12,800 (What is top brass?)
Shawn $18,800 + $6,001 = $24,801 (What is the brass?) (1-day total: $24,801)

Shawn Buell, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 21, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Shawn $7,400
Michelle $2,400
Nathan $2,000

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) GEOGRAPHY $800 (clue #22)
Nathan 1000 +1000 (Michelle 1800 Shawn 3200)
2) WORDS THAT RHYME $1600 (clue #4)
Nathan 2800 -800 (Michelle 2800 Shawn 7400)
3) HIGHWAYS $1600 (clue #15)
Shawn 11400 +3000 (Nathan 3600 Michelle 5200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 98

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 363 (2.09 per episode average), 5 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Shawn $17,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 1 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Michelle $12,400 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Nathan $6,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 4 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,000
Lach Trash: $12,800 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,200

Nathan Berger, career statistics:
29 correct, 7 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (30/114)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$600)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,400

Michelle Kanter Cohen, career statistics:
18 correct, 1 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,400

Shawn Buell, career statistics:
20 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,400

Shawn Buell, to win:
2 games: 61.286%
3: 37.559%
4: 23.018%
5: 14.107%
6: 8.646%
Avg. streak: 2.583 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Today’s game is the first in 42 regular-play games (since February 25) that there were three correct responses in Final Jeopardy. The streak of 41 regular-play games without a triple-get Final is the longest since at least 2002.

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, May 21, 2020"

  1. John McCleary | May 21, 2020 at 11:43 am |

    WOW! Great win Shaun! This is the first game in a while where all 3 competitors got the correct Final Jeopardy. Great game

    • Looking back through games in J! Archive, I came up with…

      Last triple-get: April 9 — College Championship, quarterfinal 4. (This would have been April 17, the second game of the College final, had Nibir not crossed out his correct response and substituted “Who da man?”)
      Last regular-play Final with no misses: March 31. (That was a two-player final, though.)

      Last Final triple-get in regular play: February 25, MacKenzie Jones’s seventh game.

    • Yeah, but no wonder This was one of the rather very easy FJ! clues. That expression has been around forever and you can’t turn on your TV for an hour or so w/o hearing it, be it in the news etc. (The top brass at the WH… and what have you). Except for Mon (and that was not TOO hard either) we had kind of “softballs” this week in FJ!.
      Still there was a surprising triple whammy on Tue while Mon we got 2 right in FJ!.

  2. Maurine Gutowski | May 21, 2020 at 3:34 pm |

    Like yesterday, I came up with the right answer quickly although “military slang” is a category I would never expect to know anything about. The show should be fun to watch tonight.

  3. I noticed that starting this week Alex doesn’t shake hands at the end. Must be corona related.

    • Observation is spot on. Also the March taping was done without the usual general audience. Only a few invited guests of each contestant were in the audience. Their enthusiasm made up for the lack of numbers.

  4. Strange wager by Michelle in FJ. She still would have lost by $1 but why not go for it all?

    • Steve:

      It’s far from a strange wager. In fact, it was an excellent one. She wins by $1 if Shawn gets the question wrong. Plus, the fact that Nathan’s best possible score is $11,200 is a very big consideration here – the extra $1,000 can be very important to some people.

  5. I appreciate your work to maintain this site, thank you.
    Spelling oops:
    Nathan Berger, a restauranteur and sommelier ..

    restaurateur does not contain an N.

    • You are correct in that the word “restaurateur” does not contain an N, nor is it pronounced with one.

      However: In Nathan’s introduction, Johnny Gilbert clearly pronounced it with an N. Moreover, both the closed captioning and the Jeopardy! website included his occupation with an N. Thus, Nathan is recorded as a “restauranteur”.

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