Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category America in the 1700s) for Monday, August 31, 2020 (Season 36, Game 171):
“Every state shall always keep up a well regulated and disciplined militia, sufficiently armed and accoutred” is in No. 6 of these
This episode originally aired on May 18, 2020.
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(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Megan Elliott, a writer & editor from Redlands, California
|Ben Scripps, a television director from Cadillac, Michigan
|Jesse Laymon, a public policy director from Long Island City, New York (2-day total: $43,400)
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Correct response: What are the Articles of Confederation?
More information about Final Jeopardy:
The Articles of Confederation, approved by the Second Continental Congress in November 1777, was the original constitution of the United States of America. This constitution essentially legalized the structure of government that the Continental Congress had already been doing. However, after the American Revolution, the federal government realized that the limitations placed on it rendered it generally ineffective, which led to its repeal in 1789, replaced by the current Constitution.
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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Jesse $5,400 + $5,200 = $10,600 (What are the Articles of Confederation)
Ben $9,400 + $9,400 = $18,800 (What are the Articles of Confederation?) (1-day total: $18,800)
Megan $18,800 – $2,200 = $16,600 (What is the Bill of Rights?)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) NONFICTION $1000 (clue #11)
Megan 2800 +2000 (Jesse 1600 Ben 1200)
2) LET’S HAVE A PLANET $1200 (clue #3)
Ben 5200 -3000 (Jesse 5000 Megan 8000)
3) DA, YOU SPEAK RUSSIAN $800 (clue #11)
Ben 7400 -2000 (Jesse 4200 Megan 9600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -13
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 362 (2.12 per episode average), 5 Daily Doubles
Ben $14,400 Coryat, 21 correct, 3 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Megan $17,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 0 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Jesse $5,400 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,600
Lach Trash: $10,400 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,000
Jesse Laymon, career statistics:
54 correct, 7 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
29.24% in first on buzzer (50/171)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,400)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,733
Ben Scripps, career statistics:
22 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$5,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,400
Megan Elliott, career statistics:
18 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,800
Ben Scripps, to win:
2 games: 32.717%
Avg. streak: 1.486 games.
- The Jeopardy! Fan is of the firm belief that the best course of action in the situation that Megan found herself in is to play for the victory. Remember that since November 2014, ties in regular play after Final Jeopardy! are broken by a tiebreaker clue. I also very firmly disagree with the premise that the show should revert to pre-2015 rules; the world is significantly more connected than it was when the original rule was devised in 1964 and it would be a Standards & Practices nightmare in order to avoid collusion in today’s connected world.
- Additionally, once Megan chooses to make a wager, I see no real material point in quibbling over the size of that wager from a strategic perspective (so long as she doesn’t bet more than $7,999 in this case and let Jesse back in the game).
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