Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, May 20, 2021

Happy Thursday! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Colonial America) for Thursday, May 20, 2021 (Season 37, Game 169):

Milestones along the eastern end of the Mason-Dixon Line were marked on either side with the crests of these 2 men

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Ben Henri, a choral music director from Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Ben Henri on Jeopardy!
Kevin Walsh, a story analyst originally from Williamstown, New Jersey
Kevin Walsh on Jeopardy!
MacKenzie Jones, a STEM programming coordinator from Tulsa, Oklahoma
MacKenzie Jones on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Kevin’s got a tough draw today, against a strong Teachers Tournament winner in Ben and an 8-game champion in MacKenzie. We’ll know the first two Wild Card spots as well after this game – things are starting to get really interesting! The prediction model has MacKenzie as a slight favorite in this one.

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Correct response: Who are William Penn & Lord Baltimore (George or Cecil Calvert)?

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The Mason-Dixon line was created to survey and mark the border between Maryland to the north (and east), whose land was granted to the Calverts, and what became Pennsylvania and Delaware. Pennsylvania was granted to William Penn; Penn was leased the land of the “Lower Counties of the Delaware” by King James II. While the Calverts had a competing claim to the area, the dispute was not resolved until nearly a century later when both sides agreed to the Mason-Dixon survey.

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

Scores going into Final:
Kevin $16,000
MacKenzie $9,000
Ben $2,800

Tonight’s results:
Ben $2,800 – $2,800 = $0 (Who are George III & Cromwell)
MacKenzie $9,000 – $0 = $9,000 (Who are Mason & Dixon?)
Kevin $16,000 – $0 = $16,000 (Who are Washington & Adams?) (Semi-Finalist)

Kevin Walsh, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 20, 2021 game.)

Wild card standings:
Monday: Ryan Bilger, $32,405
Tuesday: Karen Farrell, $16,200
Wednesday: Jennifer Quail, $20,650
Thursday: Kevin Walsh, $16,000
1. Jason Zuffranieri, $18,800 (100% to advance)
2. Nibir Sarma, $12,199 (100% to advance)
3. Ryan Hemmel, $11,600 (89.751% to advance)
4. MacKenzie Jones, $9,000 (30.228% to advance)
5. Steve Moulds, $4,800
6. Paul Trifiletti, $100
7. Sarah Jett Rayburn, $0 ($9,800)
8. Ben Henri, $0 ($2,800)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Kevin $7,000
MacKenzie $5,000
Ben $2,600

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE CONSTITUTION $1000 (clue #26)
Kevin 3800 +2800 (MacKenzie 4400 Ben 2600)
2) THAT’S MY AIRPORT $1200 (clue #14)
Ben 7000 -7000 (MacKenzie 9000 Kevin 11400)
3) BATTLES $800 (clue #26, $1600 left on board)
Kevin 12200 +3000 (MacKenzie 9000 Ben 2000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -2

Game Stats:
Kevin $12,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 2 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
MacKenzie $9,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Ben $9,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $30,800
Lach Trash: $13,400 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,800

MacKenzie Jones, career statistics:
191 correct, 22 incorrect
10/11 on rebound attempts (on 37 rebound opportunities)
33.39% in first on buzzer (185/554)
8/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $42,200)
8/10 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,020

Kevin Walsh, career statistics:
152 correct, 21 incorrect
5/8 on rebound attempts (on 28 rebound opportunities)
38.62% in first on buzzer (151/391)
6/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $13,400)
3/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,171

Ben Henri, career statistics:
113 correct, 13 incorrect
10/10 on rebound attempts (on 19 rebound opportunities)
37.81% in first on buzzer (107/283)
2/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$6,400)
2/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,760

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23 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, May 20, 2021"

  1. Everyone should know William Penn. George Calvert is the hard part. Kevin may have the edge here, since he is from that part of the country.

    • I was thinking the same thing. These are great contestants, but I will be very impressed if all three get both names.

  2. William Penn was the easiest for me to remember but today’s contestants were great since they were not huge risk takers. That daily double didn’t pay off for ben today and I thought he had a high chance of being in a wildcard spot but it didn’t happen. Kevin had a strong advantage today. I will be impressed if Mackenzie gets to the semi finals.

    • Mackenzie’s response of Mason and Dixon would have been perfect had the category been Stupid Answers. I’m surprised she bet nothing. It’s rare that contestants advance to the semifinals with less than $10,000. She (and Ryan) had better hope that tomorrow’s FJ clue isn’t too easy.

      • What I have seen is that there’s been no signs of risk-taking in this tournament. Especially for the wildcard spots, Jason at least made the case to secure himself a good position for the wildcard spot.

        Seriously…did MacKenzie misunderstood the clue when it already mentioned the Mason-Dixon Line?

        I feel like that kind of mistake could be the big difference that costs a strong champ like MacKenzie the last wildcard spot.

        The last time someone didn’t score 5-figures and got themselves a wildcard spot in the ToC was Julia Collins with $9,100 in the 2014 ToC. And…again, this isn’t the same as the 2003 ToC, where you can expect to hope you can “slip under the radar” with a low score. Jason right now probably is still wondering who will be the next to bust open a score that will come next to his in the wildcard race.

        • I don’t think it’s particularly fair to judge the response of someone who bet $0 in Final Jeopardy.

          • I guess tomorrow’s match should be worth keeping an eye on then. Let’s see what kind of finish we could be seeing to the quarterfinals.

          • As usual Andy is spot on. Mackenzie’s answer was obviously an attempt at a humorous BWA (LL-style) given that she knew she was risking absolutely nothing.

  3. I thought that it was an exceptionally tough FJ!

    • Me too. It seems like in the first week of many of the two week tournaments one FJ is a triple stumper. It’s unfair when wildcards are at stake, even though the FJ today didn’t cost anybody a wildcard.

  4. I also thought FJ was tough and would have guessed Mason & Dixon like MacKenzie. Congrats to Kevin for being the underdog who won! Pleased Jennifer won yesterday, especially after hearing her share of her embolism. After losing Alex and a contestant in both the present and previous TOC, we wish best of health for her and for all, reminded that life is a gift.

  5. Michael R | May 20, 2021 at 4:34 pm |

    The fact that the clue mentions “crests” tells us that we are likely looking for English Peers or other notable Americans of high birth. I thought of colonial-era notables who were titled and/or had massive land holdings…Penn and Calvert (Lord Baltimore) were actually pretty obvious if you knew where the Mason-Dixon line actually is located. Most people will associate the survey as being the unofficial, cultural “border” between the North and the South (hence, Dixie).

  6. David John Craven | May 20, 2021 at 5:02 pm |

    Huh. I saw the question and the first thing that popped into my mind was William Penn and Lord Baltimore. But then I am originally from that part of the Country. I thought that it was a horribly easy FJ, perhaps the easiest of the week.

  7. Brad (not Rutter) | May 20, 2021 at 5:03 pm |

    Darn near impossible fj. Mackenzie’s (barely) incorrect response to a 2k clue will cost her a spot sadly.

  8. MacKenzie didn’t plan on knowing the final answer and was joking with Mason and Dixon

    • Yes, I watched the show a second time and am sure MacKenzie was just being cute. Buzzy picked up on this right away, calling it a “valid” answer.

  9. A triple stumper ! Being from MaryLand, I knew this.

  10. Jim Cardillo | May 20, 2021 at 7:42 pm |

    “All your base are belong to us” is a J! clue! I love it!

  11. I think this is a good ToC FJ. It’s tough, but not impossible, and can be intuitively understood by the average viewer.

  12. Judy Lichtman | May 20, 2021 at 8:35 pm |

    I got it. I’ve lived in Maryland my entire life so that may have helped.

  13. Question – do TOC contestants know the scores from earlier episodes?Thanks

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