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”

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(correct response beneath the contestants)


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Eric Newhouse, a director of technical assistance from Vermillion, South Dakota
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Leslie Shannon, a manager of a research lab from Sydney, Australia
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Bob Harris, an author, comedian, and radio commentator from Los Angeles, California
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Correct response: What is a lexicographer?


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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.”

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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


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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

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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!

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