Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, August 11, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Pulitzer Prize-Winning Books) for Thursday, May 9, 2002 (Season 18, Episode 179):

One of its title studies is Sen. Edmund Ross’ 1868 vote against convicting President Andrew Johnson

This episode originally aired on May 9, 2002.

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(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

India Cooper, an actor and copy editor from New York City, New York
India Cooper on Jeopardy!
Leslie Frates, a Spanish teacher from Hayward, California
Leslie Frates on Jeopardy!
Brad Rutter, a network administrator from Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Brad Rutter on Jeopardy!

Of the fifteen players in this Million Dollar Masters tournament, India Cooper is the only player no longer with us; she passed away on May 17 of this year after a short battle with esophageal cancer. Aside from her Jeopardy! performances, India was a champion and supporter of so many projects within the trivia community and a very strong supporter of so many of us. She is missed every single day by me and so many others within the community.

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Correct response: What is Profiles in Courage?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage is a 1956 work of biographies of 8 United States Senators who, in Kennedy’s opinion, displayed Senatorial courage on a specific issue. He wrote the book in 1954 and 1955 while bedridden after back surgery, with his speechwriter Ted Sorensen acting as ghostwriter. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1957.

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

Scores going into Final:
Leslie $20,400
Brad $19,600
India $3,800


Tonight’s results:
India $3,800 + $0 = $3,800 (What is Profiles in Courage?)
Brad $19,600 + $19,600 = $39,200 (What is Profiles in Courage?) (Finalist)
Leslie $20,400 + $0 = $20,400 (What is Profiles in Courage?)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Brad $9,600
Leslie $4,200
India $600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) SAINTS $600 (clue #28)
India 2600 -2000 (Brad 9600 Leslie 2400)
2) SWITZERLAND $2000 (clue #15)
Brad 14400 +2000 (Leslie 8200 India 1800)
3) MASTERS $1600 (clue #19)
Leslie 9400 +9000 (Brad 17600 India 1800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 33


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


Game Stats:
Brad $19,600 Coryat, 33 correct, 4 incorrect, 63.16% in first on buzzer (36/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Leslie $13,000 Coryat, 13 correct, 0 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
India $5,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 3 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,400
Lach Trash: $6,600 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,000

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5 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, August 11, 2020"

  1. Paul Clauder | August 11, 2020 at 10:20 am |

    I wonder what Brad’s Jeopardy legacy would be today had Leslie gone all in and knocked him out of this tournament.

    • Or if she covered Brad’s doubled total. See, right there, THAT was what I feared about Leslie’s small betting strategy. If it’s a game this close, betting small would only factor if the player in 2nd place didn’t get FJ! right (While betting a lot) while the player in a distant 3rd did/did not. Either that, or hope that it was a triple stumper. That’s kind of what happened in this game. Leslie was only $800 ahead of Brad, and India was in a distant third. What didn’t work was that everybody got FJ! right and Brad went all in (And won). I’m sure Leslie would be kicking herself for that mishap. Boy…Brad dodged a major bullet after flubbing on the $2,000 clue in Anagrammed Names. I really thought that Leslie would have been a giant killer after making a furious comeback when she and India were trailing Brad going into the Double Jeopardy! round. So many what ifs that led up to this game.

      • Gary Kevin Ware | August 11, 2020 at 6:19 pm |

        Playing in a round where you can advance as a wild card and a winner-take-all round are two completely different things. She can only be faulted for this game; betting on Brad missing instead of herself getting it right.

  2. Right, Paul. I was thinking the same thing. It’s so interesting how things turned out.

  3. It’s funny how one’s memory is sometimes faulty. I saw this live at Radio City (we applied and got tickets to the semi-finals from WABC) and you could hear the gasp in the crowd when Leslie’s wager was shown. I probably gasped myself.

    But for some reason I remembered it as her and Brad being tied going into Final. I can’t recall if I watched the show when the tournament aired, since I worked rotating shifts back then and missed many episodes. It wasn’t until I looked through the j-archive website in the past year that I saw what the scores actually were.

    I should also add that while it was fun to see the shows taped, I was REALLY hoping to see Frank Spangenberg play. I had been able to see his original run and loved him as a contestant. I was bummed out when someone in line heading into the hall mentioned what had happened to him in the quarters.

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