Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century Metaphors) for Tuesday, May 26, 2020 (Season 36, Game 177):

If it had physically existed, it would have stretched some 500 miles from the Baltic Sea to the Adriatic Sea

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Sam Matson, a high school English teacher from Cookeville, Tennessee
Sam Matson on Jeopardy!
Katie Labarge, a high school science teacher from Cambridge, Massachusetts
Katie Labarge on Jeopardy!
Meggie Kwait, a middle school humanities teacher from New York, New York
Meggie Kwait on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the Iron Curtain?

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The “iron curtain” metaphor was used to describe the Eastern Bloc countries during the Cold War; in this context, it originated from Winston Churchill’s famous 1946 speech at Westminster College in Missouri. Churchill said, “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia; all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject, in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and in some cases increasing measure of control from Moscow.” Although it landed poorly at the time, as many at the time still considered the Russians to be a World War II ally, the phrase took hold as the Cold War took shape.

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Scores going into Final:
Meggie $16,400
Sam $10,800
Katie $9,200

Tonight’s results:
Katie $9,200 + $9,200 = $18,400 (What is the iron curtain?)
Sam $10,800 + $5,602 = $16,402 (What is the Iron Curtain?)
Meggie $16,400 + $5,201 = $21,601 (What is the Iron Curtain?) (Semi-Finalist)

Meggie Kwait, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 26, 2020 game.)

Wild card standings:
Monday: Amanda Baltimore, $17,600
Tuesday: Meggie Kwait, $21,601
1. Katie Labarge, $18,400, 99.957% to advance
2. Sam Matson, $16,402, 97.611% to advance
3. Peter Gouveia, $6,399, 5.329% to advance
4. Ivory Johnson, $0, 0.0008% to advance

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Meggie $7,800
Sam $3,600
Katie $1,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) ACCORD $800 (clue #19)
Sam 1600 +1600 (Meggie 2800 Katie 1400)
2) CANADIAN PLACES $2000 (clue #12)
Meggie 11800 +4000 (Katie 7200 Sam 5200)
3) SHAKESPEARE $800 (clue #18)
Meggie 16200 -5000 (Katie 7200 Sam 7200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 103

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 363 (2.05 per episode average), 5 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Meggie $19,400 Coryat, 25 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 5/5 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Katie $9,200 Coryat, 10 correct, 3 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Sam $10,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 6 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,600
Lach Trash: $6,800 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,600

Meggie Kwait, career statistics:
26 correct, 2 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,400

Katie Labarge, career statistics:
11 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,200

Sam Matson, career statistics:
18 correct, 6 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,600)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,000

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I see what Sam was going for, but I were to play that strategy, I would have bet $1 more than he did, as the $2 wager from Meggie’s position is an advanced strategy that has happened on multiple occasions (and, in my opinion, is worth taking into account.)

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6 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, May 26, 2020"

  1. Lucas Hatfield | May 26, 2020 at 12:20 pm |

    Great game! I think both Katie and Sam are pretty much guaranteed to advance as they had both had very high scores.

  2. I’m honestly shocked all 3 got this one right. I think the clue/category was misleading and had no clue whatsoever of the answer (and that hasn’t happened in weeks). Even now I still wouldn’t really refer to it as a metaphor. Either way, congrats Meggie, and presumptive congrats to Katie & Sam.

  3. @Andy
    Slight correction:
    Vienna was NOT behind the Iron Curtain. The westernmost part ran east of Austria’s eastern border touched the Iron Curtain only by separating it from Hungary and the then Czechoslovakia, Though the province around Vienna was Soviet occupied (much like Berlin was in the East German zone) there was never an IC inside of Austria, partitioning the country. Movement between the Soviet zone The US territories to the west and the British to to the south was never restricted by the Soviets. In 1955 all occupation forces left Austria and the country became independent. Austria was and still is today the only country the Soviets left voluntarily and that happened already 1955, Way before the USSR imploded.
    Fortunately Austria (even the Soviet occupied zone) never suffered the same fate as East Germany, so the similarities are there. Berlin (with all 4 allies present ) was surrounded by East Germany which was featuring the IC between East and West Germany. Also you had later on the Berlin Wall. Such a structure never existed in Vienna, where movement was also unrestricted between the 4 zones. The inner city of Vienna (1. district) was controlled by all 4 allies, rotating each month between the U.S,France, the U.K and the USSR (the 4 in the jeep….)
    So Austria did NOT have an IC dividing the country. The IC was running only in the east, closing off Hungary and Czechoslovakia from Austria’s eastern border. Vienna was NEVER behind the IC nor was there something like the Berlin Wall ever built in Vienna.
    I lived there at the time.My part of Vienna was in the U.S zone but I could always visit my friends in the Soviet zone and vice versa.

    • Sean:

      Take that up with Mr. Churchill; I am simply quoting him.

      • Yes it was Winston. There were also 2 other exceptions: Albania was completely surrounded by the IC, while then Yugoslavia was a communist country, yet “Tito” Josip Broz refused to become part of the iron curtain. He masterfully played the eastern bloc against the western one and vice versa. Imo the best statesman and politician in the 20th century along with FDR. And it showed at Tito’s funeral!!

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