Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, May 8, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century Leaders) for Friday, May 8, 2020:

Tall, lanky Joel Barlow was an ambassador carrying messages between these 2 world leaders, both mocked for being short

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Brad Rutter, an actor & producer from Los Angeles, California (yesterday’s total: 14,400)
Brad Rutter on Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time
Ken Jennings, a writer from Seattle, Washington (yesterday’s total: 40,000)
Ken Jennings on Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time.
James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (yesterday’s total: 44,314)
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time.

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Correct response: Who are Napoleon and James Madison?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Barlow was the U.S. Minister to France from 1811 until his 1812 death; working during the time of the five-foot-four James Madison and five-foot-six Napoleon (though he would have have been listed as five-foot-two according to the longer French foot. No wonder they were championing the metric system!)

Though it is difficult to find a source for his height, there are sources that describe the man as “tall and bony”.

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

Scores going into Final:
James 22,800
Ken 21,200
Brad -3,600

Tonight’s results:
Brad -3,600 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Ken 21,200 – 3,800 = 17,400 (Who are Napoleon and Monroe?)
James 22,800 + 15,300 = 38,100 (Who are Napoleon and Madison?)

Today's Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time result (for May 8, 2020.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ken 6,800
James 6,400
Brad 3,800

Daily Double locations:
1) NAME THE DECADE 1000 (clue #4)
Brad 800 +1000 (James 1600 Ken 0)
2) I JUST TOOK A DNA TEST 1600 (clue #1)
Brad 3800 -3800 (James 6400 Ken 6800)
3) “G”EOGRAPHY 1600 (clue #3)
James 8400 +8400 (Ken 6800 Brad 0)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 100

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: 0

Game Stats:
James 16,000 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Ken 21,200 Coryat, 26 correct, 1 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Brad 200 Coryat, 8 correct, 4 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: 37,400
Lach Trash: 6,000 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): 10,600

James Holzhauer, career statistics:
1400 correct, 51 incorrect
41/44 on rebound attempts (on 87 rebound opportunities)
55.15% in first on buzzer (1279/2319)
81/87 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: 699,988)
39/41 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: 28,732

Ken Jennings, career statistics:
3028 correct, 302 incorrect
113/141 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
58.09% in first on buzzer (2926/5037)
146/176 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: 473,799)
57/87 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: 26,207

Brad Rutter, career statistics:
741 correct, 87 incorrect
42/45 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
39.80% in first on buzzer (702/1764)
44/54 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: 59,500)
17/28 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: 18,129

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2 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, May 8, 2020"

  1. John McCleary | May 8, 2020 at 11:36 am |

    JUSTICE FOR BRAD!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. So, Buzzy Cohen and Brad Rutter were back-to-back helpers for celebrities playing Who Wants to be a Millionaire. I’m guessing ABC had a hand in that since the celebs they were helping did not know them previously. Hey, it got me to watch a show I normally wouldn’t.

    It was neat watching Brad walk Catherine O’Hara through the choices to help her get to the right answer. That painfully slow show goes a lot faster too with somebody like Brad zeroing in on the answer. Brad will be on again next week, but she can only use him on one more question. The unfortunate thing is those trivia superstars end up helping with questions any halfway decent pub trivia player would get, especially since it’s multiple choice and seemingly no time limit. Kind of like taking a Rolls to the grocery store when a Chevy could do the job just as well.

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