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Jeopardy! Wednesday May 1, 2024, Recap, Winner and Final Answer



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In the May 1st episode of Jeopardy!, three new contestants took center stage. Nils Cousin, an attorney from Washington, D.C., Weckiai Rannila, an engineer from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Amy Hummel, a five-day champion ER doctor from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with impressive total winnings of $100,994, all vied for the top spot.

The first round presented an intriguing mix of categories, including “16th Century Stuff,” “In the Black,” and “Batman’s Alter Egos.” Nils Cousin demonstrated strategic thinking by wagering $1,000 on the Daily Double in the “In the Black” category, doubling his score to $4,800 with the correct response: Stephen Hawking. Heading into the first break, Weckiai Rannila took the lead with $5,400, followed by Amy Hummel with $2,600, and Nils Cousin with $200.

As the game progressed into Double Jeopardy!, the contestants navigated through categories such as “Britspeak,” “-ologies,” and “Repetition.” However, it was during this round that Amy Hummel’s fortunes took a turn. She discovered both Daily Doubles but unfortunately provided incorrect responses to both, resulting in a significant drop in her score. In contrast, Weckiai Rannila maintained a steady performance, entering Final Jeopardy! with a comfortable lead of $11,400. Nils Cousin and Amy Hummel trailed closely behind with $6,400 and $3,600, respectively.

The Final Jeopardy! category, “Executive Orders,” posed a challenging clue: “On Nov. 15, 1961, JFK suspended the 8-hour workday at this agency, emphasizing the need for its work to proceed ‘with all possible speed.‘” None of the contestants provided the correct response, which was “What is NASA?“. As a result, Weckiai Rannila emerged as the winner with a final score of $9,999, followed by Nils Cousin with $2,400, and Amy Hummel in third place with $1. It was a great run for Amy though with her five episode streak.


The episode also featured a “That’s Before Their Time” mement, where none of the contestants could identify the band Talk Talk as the performers of the 1984 hit “It’s My Life,” or recognize Daryl Hall and John Oates as the artists behind the song “Kiss on My List.”

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