Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, January 1, 2020


Happy New Year! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Single-Named Performers) for Wednesday, January 1, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 83):

The last single-named actress to win an Oscar was this woman who won for her supporting role in “Precious”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Shane Hopkin, a brewery representative from Chicago, Illinois
Shane Hopkin on Jeopardy!
Val Marsden Fitzhugh, an educational consultant from New York, New York
Val Marsden Fitzhugh on Jeopardy!
Karen Farrell, a political consultant from Woodbridge, Virginia (4-day total: $74,401)
Karen Farrell on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Mo’Nique?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Mo’Nique won her Oscar for her portrayal of Precious’ abusive mother Mary in the 2009 Lee Daniels film. The title of the film was originally Push, but it got changed to Precious after an action film with tne name Push was released the same year.

Other single-named performers with Oscars include Cher (winning Best Actress for Moonstruck), Common, Eminem, and Adele (the latter three winning for Best Original Song).


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

Scores going into Final:
Karen $16,800
Val $10,200
Shane $6,200


Tonight’s results:
Shane $6,200 – $4,001 = $2,199 (Who is Cher?)
Val $10,200 + $10,198 = $20,398
Karen $16,800 + $3,601 = $20,401 (5-day total: $94,802)


Karen Farrell, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 1, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Karen $6,000
Val $6,000
Shane $3,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) UNCOMMON $1000 (5th pick)
Val 2600 +2600 (Karen 0 Shane 0)
2) A LITERARY NEW YEAR $800 (6th pick)
Val 5600 -3000 (Karen 8400 Shane 3000)
3) MAYORS $2000 (22nd pick)
Karen 12000 +2000 (Val 9000 Shane 6200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 63


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 135 (1.63 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Karen $16,800 Coryat, 23 correct, 3 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Val $11,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Shane $6,200 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,600
Lach Trash: $9,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,600


Karen Farrell, stats to date:
116 correct, 15 incorrect
8/11 on rebound attempts (on 29 rebound opportunities)
39.42% in first on buzzer (108/274)
4/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$500)
4/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,800

Karen Farrell, to win:
6 games: 56.145%
7: 31.522%
8: 17.698%
9: 9.936%
10: 5.579%
Avg. streak: 6.280 games.

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7 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, January 1, 2020"

  1. I don’t recall any questions being this narrow: who won a specific award for a specific movie? What’s next? Who is buried in Grant’s tomb?

    • Mary A Rose | January 1, 2020 at 9:21 pm |

      Was not easy for me. I never heard of the actress or the movie and I imagine there are a couple or three other viewers in the same boat. (My own excuse is that I am old.)

  2. And there’s a further connection to the category. The film was originally titled Push because it was adapted from a novel of the same name, by Sapphire. I distinctly remember “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” being read, in its entirety, in each of the several categories in which the film was nominated at the 82nd Academy Awards.

    Happy New Year to everyone as well – and a milestone one at that for The Jeopardy! Fan, as the site marks its tenth anniversary next month!

  3. stephen chant | January 1, 2020 at 3:49 pm |

    here’s a perfect example of “how can people not know that?”

    2 of the 3 got it right……. and i have not remotely heard of the person mentioned.

    before today’s FJ, i’ve found some of the FJ’s simple (like Tic-Tac-Dough simple) but in at least one case the contestants went 1 for 3.

    so easy/hard to a large degree is background/age/etc.

  4. not crazy about this FJ…. it has that feel of “you know it or you don’t”. i prefer FJ where everyone has a chance at getting it after working through possibilities

  5. J! timed it well to start 2020 with a 5 day champ…so congratulations to Karen, the second “fiver”- Sam being the other – this season, sitting in spot #4 at this time on the ToC list.
    Happy New Year or Hau’oli makahiki hou to everybody! Let’s hope it will be a good one in every aspect.

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