Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, August 10, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category In The Dictionary) for Monday, August 10, 2020 (Season 18, Episode 178):

In his dictionary, Samuel Johnson self-effacingly defined this job title in part as “a harmless drudge”

This episode originally aired on May 8, 2002.

PSA: Jeopardy! may be resuming production soon, but the best way to keep COVID-19 at bay is for everybody to abide by physical distancing guidelines and when you are not able to do so, properly wear a mask.

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Eric Newhouse, a director of technical assistance from Vermillion, South Dakota
Eric Newhouse on Jeopardy!
Leslie Shannon, a manager of a research lab from Sydney, Australia
Leslie Shannon on Jeopardy!
Bob Harris, an author, comedian, and radio commentator from Los Angeles, California
Bob Harris on Jeopardy!

Are you going on the show and looking for information about how to bet in Final Jeopardy? Check out my new Betting Strategy 101 page!

I recently updated my tournament wildcard models with as much tournament data that I’ve been able to find! If you’re playing in a tournament, you’ll want to check this out!


(Content continues below)

If you appreciate the work I do here on The Jeopardy! Fan and would like to make a one-time contribution to the site, you may do so here!

Correct response: What is a lexicographer?

Did you know that you can now find game-by-game stats of everyone, now including Jason Zuffranieri and James Holzhauer, who has won 10 or more games on Jeopardy!, here on the site?

More information about Final Jeopardy:

Samuel Johnson’s full definition, from 1755’s Dictionary of the English Language: “a writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge, that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.”

Has your local pub quiz gone dark over COVID-19? Many companies are now live-streaming their games online! Check out our calendar of live-streamed trivia events and get your fix!

Since Alex Trebek’s diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer, many community members have been raising money. The Jeopardy! Fan Online Store is as well! All proceeds from any “Keep The Faith And We’ll Win” shirt sold will be donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. To date, nearly $500 has been raised.)

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

Scores going into Final:
Eric $25,500
Bob $14,800
Leslie $2,800

Tonight’s results:
Leslie $2,800 – $2,800 = $0 (What is a dictionary writer?)
Bob $14,800 + $14,800 = $29,600 (What is a lexicographer?)
Eric $25,500 + $4,101 = $29,601 (What is a lexicographer?) (Finalist)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Eric $11,100
Bob $2,000
Leslie $0


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) LET A SMILE BE YOUR UMBRIA $1000 (clue #15)
Eric 4000 +1500 (Bob 0 Leslie -600)
2) SHAKESPEARE $800 (clue #15)
Bob 6400 +6400 (Leslie 1200 Eric 18700)
3) ALL THE PRESIDENTS’ MEN $1600 (clue #17)
Eric 19900 -2000 (Bob 11600 Leslie 1200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 127

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

Game Stats:
Eric $27,000 Coryat, 31 correct, 3 incorrect, 52.63% in first on buzzer (30/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Bob $9,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Leslie $2,800 Coryat, 5 correct, 1 incorrect, 10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,000
Lach Trash: $5,600 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,400

Become a Supporter now! Make a monthly contribution to the site on Patreon!

Contestant photo credit:

When commenting, please note that all comments on The Jeopardy! Fan must be in compliance with the Site Comment Policy.

If you are going to quote any information from this page or this website, attribution is required.

Have you had a chance to listen to our podcast game show, Complete The List, yet? Check it out! It’s also available on Apple Podcasts.

6 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, August 10, 2020"

  1. Hi Andy! This is my first comment. I’m curious about the Jeopardy! judges. Who are they, how do they make their decisions, what kind of contact do they have with Alex and the contestants, and anything else that would elucidate their positions? Thanks!

  2. Why wasn’t “What is a writer of dictionaries?” accepted?

  3. Why wasn’t the response “dictionary writer” correct? Lexicographer is defined as such by Johnson…just curious.

  4. Ah, of course. Thanks for clarifying!

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: