Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, May 28, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Word Origins) for Thursday, May 28, 2020 (Season 36, Game 179):

P.T. Barnum, whose traveling shows carried musicians, coined this word that now represents something growing in popularity

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Mary Kate Trausch, high school science teacher from Vernon Hills, Illinois
Mary Kate Trausch on Jeopardy!
Matt Joyal, high school history teacher from Hampstead, New Hampshire
Matt Joyal on Jeopardy!
Ben Henri, 7th-12th grade vocal music teacher from St. Clair Shores, Michigan
Ben Henri on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is bandwagon?

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Though Merriam-Webster dates citations to six years earlier, many other sources claim that P.T. Barnum’s 1855 autobiography “The Life of P.T. Barnum” first uses the term ‘band wagon’ to refer to the conveyance that transports his circus band through towns. Not long afterward, politicians began using the term to refer to their supporters.

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

Scores going into Final:
Ben $24,500
Matt $10,200
Mary Kate $1,600

Tonight’s results:
Mary Kate $1,600 + $1,599 = $3,199 (What is the bandwagon?)
Matt $10,200 – $800 = $9,400 (What is up)
Ben $24,500 – $822 = $23,678 (What is a fad?) (Semi-Finalist)

Ben Henri, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 28, 2020 game.)

Wild card standings:
Monday: Amanda Baltimore, $17,600
Tuesday: Meggie Kwait, $21,601
Wednesday: Will Satterwhite, $22,400
Thursday: Ben Henri, $23,678
1. Katie Labarge, $18,400, 100% to advance
2. Jenna Hall, $16,500, 100% to advance
3. Sam Matson, $16,402, 98.651% to advance
4. Lauren Schneider Lipton, $14,001, 65.833% to advance
5. Matt Joyal, $9,400
6. Peter Gouveia, $6,399
7. Mary Kate Trausch, $3,199
8. Ivory Johnson, $0

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ben $5,200
Matt $4,200
Mary Kate $2,400

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) IN THE STATE CAPITAL $800 (clue #9)
Ben 2000 -2000 (Matt 2200 Mary Kate 0)
2) MAGNET $2000 (clue #15)
Mary Kate 5600 -4000 (Ben 12800 Matt 9400)
3) POEMS $800 (clue #29)
Ben 24000 +100 (Matt 10200 Mary Kate 1600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -171

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 363 (2.03 per episode average), 5 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Ben $27,200 Coryat, 32 correct, 4 incorrect, 52.63% in first on buzzer (30/57), 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Matt $10,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Mary Kate $5,600 Coryat, 8 correct, 2 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,000
Lach Trash: $5,000 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,000

Ben Henri, career statistics:
32 correct, 5 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
52.63% in first on buzzer (30/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,900)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $27,200

Matt Joyal, career statistics:
15 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,200

Mary Kate Trausch, career statistics:
9 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,600

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3 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, May 28, 2020"

  1. Once again, like yesterday, I don’t understand the second place wager. Given past year’s results, if you get it wrong, you aren’t getting a wildcard with that wager, so you might as well bet more an increase your chance of getting the wildcard if you get it correct. Was a moot point today, but it wasn’t yesterday.

    • That just-over-$10,000 range is a very difficult spot to bet from. $9,400 is still >50% to advance most years, and $11,000 is 76.9%. Matt doesn’t know that the cutoff is $14,001 right now, and if he has a lower threshold number than his opponents have (most contestants, but not all, seem to prefer betting to the 90 to 95% range), there’s nothing wrong with a conservative bet here.

  2. Well Ben certainly has the stats to win this tournament! And contrast this year’s wild card spots with the past 2 Teachers tournaments, where Erika Eason advanced with $5,600 & Sara DelVillano advanced with $8,399.

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