Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Famous Ships) for Wednesday, August 5, 2020 (Season 18, Episode 175):

In 1999 the wreck of this ship, known for its historic 1912 rescue effort, was discovered 120 miles off England

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(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Eric Newhouse, a director of technical assistance from Vermillion, South Dakota
Eric Newhouse on Jeopardy!
Leslie Frates, a Spanish teacher from Hayward, California
Leslie Frates on Jeopardy!
Chuck Forrest, a lawyer and CEO from London, United Kingdom
Chuck Forrest on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the RMS Carpathia?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The RMS Carpathia is best known for its actions in April 1912, rescuing the 705 survivors of the sincing of the Titanic. It was sunk on July 15, 1918, during World War I, by a torpedo from a German U-boat; 218 of the 223 aboard survived.

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

Scores going into Final:
Leslie $21,700
Chuck $16,000
Eric $10,000

Tonight’s results:
Eric $10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000 (What is the ‘Carpathia’?)
Chuck $16,000 + $16,000 = $32,000 (What is the Carpathia?) (Semi-Finalist)
Leslie $21,700 + $300 = $22,000 (What is Carpathia?)

Wild card standings:
Monday: Bob Harris, $20,000
Tuesday: Brad Rutter, $24,801
Wednesday: Chuck Forrest, $32,000
1. Leslie Frates, $22,000
2. Eric Newhouse, $20,000
3. Claudia Perry, $17,400
4. Rachael Schwartz, $12,401
5. Frank Spangenberg, $6,799
6. Kate Waits. $0

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Chuck $8,000
Leslie $5,200
Eric $1,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS $600 (clue #22)
Chuck 5200 +1000 (Leslie 3400 Eric 200)
2) KING ME! $1600 (clue #2)
Eric 3000 +3000 (Chuck 8000 Leslie 5200)
3) C IN SCIENCE $1200 (clue #18)
Leslie 10400 +2500 (Chuck 12800 Eric 9600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 143

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

Game Stats:
Chuck $15,600 Coryat, 24 correct, 3 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Leslie $20,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Eric $8,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $44,600
Lach Trash: $4,400 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,000

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8 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, August 5, 2020"

  1. Impressive final scores! A winning score > $30k and two wild card scores > or = $20k In the same game must be quite rare.

  2. Brad (not Rutter) | August 5, 2020 at 5:02 pm |

    Great game. Can’t understand Chuck’s risky bet. Again, these old games have some real head scratchers.

    • Gary Kevin Ware | August 5, 2020 at 10:35 pm |

      I’ve suggested $14,000 as the theoretical cutoff to be a wild card, but if he thought that it was higher, betting everything makes sense. Maybe he was also confident in the category, embarrassed to have missed the last question and/or he is just bold.

    • Well…given the details that it is the Million Dollar Masters, the stakes are much higher than anticipated. I haven’t understood Leslie’s wager. It’s understandable if she were to see a triple stumper or a solo get, but doesn’t work if everybody gets FJ! right or the 2nd place does and bets a lot. Case in point with Chuck. With this much money on the line, Leslie’s betting strategy will backfire big time if she does it wrong. Good though, for her, to get a chance at a wildcard spot.

      • Gary Kevin Ware | August 6, 2020 at 5:38 pm |

        I don’t understand your objection. She could have bet a little more to still finish ahead of Eric if he got it right and she got it wrong, as $20,001 would figure to be enough to get a wild card. Using a sports analogy, the object is to get into the playoffs; in this case, there is no particular advantage to ‘winning your division’. The players don’t know the outcome of the other games, and we do, but now all four of the remaining non-winners would have to score more than $22,000 to knock Leslie out, an unlikely possibility.

        • Ideally, any big mistake in any part of the round could cost you. Case in point, Frank fell prey to missing FJ! and it cost him the semifinals/a wildcard spot potentially, despite making a furious comeback heading into FJ!. Bob got so lucky, considering that he didn’t cover Rachel’s score. As good of a strategy it is to bet small by Leslie’s part, in non-tournament games, that can easily backfire against you if you don’t do your math correctly, especially if it’s a competitive game, with all three players in 5 figures with money heading into FJ!

          Especially, as you get further into the tournaments, the difficulty increases and the semis basically are one-and-done. Either you’re in, or you’re out. It’s not the time to play it safe, and given with $1 million at stake, it’s a big deal. Every one of them has got to have that hunger, that desire, that they deserve worthy of that prize. Question is…who’s wanting it more? Just gotta wait to find out.

          • Gary Kevin Ware | August 7, 2020 at 1:56 am |

            Your comments are dealing with broad generalities and not specifics. Frank blew it not just by missing the Final Jeopardy but by betting to win instead of just making it likely to be a wild card. Bob should have either bet less to go for the wild card or bet everything because betting to cover Rachel betting everything would lose anyway if he misses Final Jeopardy. Leslie could have bet a little more and still cover Eric if he bets everything and she misses Final Jeopardy but it is no big deal. Obviously, when you have to win to advance, the strategy changes, but if you just need a minimum of a wild card, you act accordingly. Using another sports analogy, with the use of sabermetrics in baseball, the proper use of strategy has improved just as it should with a proper understanding of the proper betting strategies in the various Jeopardy scenarios.

    • Gary Kevin Ware | August 8, 2020 at 12:05 am |

      It turns out that $16,000 wouldn’t have got Chuck a wild card and so betting everything was a wise decision. Betting less wouldn’t have done any good if he missed the Final Jeopardy.

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