Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, June 18, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category U.S. Authors) for Thursday, February 1, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 104):

In his 1958 essay “Essentials of Spontaneous Prose”, he compared a writing technique to a jazz musician’s style

This episode originally aired on February 1, 2018.

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Justin Earnshaw, an English teacher from Cheyenne, Wyoming
Justin Earnshaw on Jeopardy!
Sara Helmers, an attorney from Washington, DC
Sara Helmers on Jeopardy!
Ryan Fenster, a banker from SeaTac, Washington (3-day total: $67,399)
Ryan Fenster on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Jack Kerouac?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Kerouac was one of the pioneers of the Beat Generation. In “Essentials of Spontaneous Prose”, he recommended, “No periods separating sentence-structures already arbitrarily riddled by false colons and timid usually needless commas-but the vigorous space dash separating rhetorical breathing (as jazz musician drawing breath between outblown phrases)”.

A fun fact about this game: Alex Trebek was at the November 2017 auditions in Toronto and did a Q&A with the auditioners. This episode had taped just 8 days prior to that. The TALKIN’ FOOTBALL category in this game was certainly on Alex’s mind, and he had many of us in the room laughing as he recounted it for us; mainly to illustrate that the toughest trivia questions are the ones that you don’t know the answer to.

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

Scores going into Final:
Justin $12,200
Ryan $11,400
Sara $6,600


Tonight’s results:
Sara $6,600 – $6,500 = $100 (Who is Fitzgerald?)
Ryan $11,400 + $11,399 = $22,799 (4-day total: $90,198) (Who is Keruac)
Justin $12,200 – $11,000 = $1,200 (Who is Russell?)


Ryan Fenster, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 18, 2020 episode.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ryan $8,200
Sara $3,000
Justin $2,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) LITERARY TERMS $1000 (13th pick)
Ryan 3400 +2000 (Sara 1400 Justin 0)
2) TOTALLY METAL, DUDE $1600 (20th pick)
Sara 9400 -2000 (Ryan 12200 Justin 10200)
3) TV SHOWS IN OTHER WORDS $1600 (29th pick) ($2000 left on board)
Ryan 15400 -4000 (Justin 12200 Sara 6600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 12
Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0


Game Stats:
Ryan $14,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer
Justin $12,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer
Sara $8,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $35,200
Lach Trash: $12,600 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,200


Ryan Fenster, stats to date:
88 correct, 25 incorrect
43.05% in first on buzzer (96/223)
5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,000)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,400


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3 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, June 18, 2020"

  1. When I saw that Ryan was a contestant I hoped it would be the Football category game.

  2. The infamous Talkin’ Football category with 5 triple stumpers.

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