Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 10, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Constitutions of the World) for Friday, January 10, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 90):

This country’s 1979 constitution forbids amendments altering its official ideology or religion

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Jack McGuire, a travel & tourism consultant from San Antonio, Texas
Jack McGuire on Jeopardy!
Alek Van Houghton, an environmental consultant from Los Angeles, California
Alek van Houghton on Jeopardy!
Katie Needle, a retail supervisor from Brooklyn, New York (1-day total: $36,001)
Katie Needle on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Iran?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Once again, the Jeopardy! writers are prescient. Today’s episode was taped on October 23. Because of this week’s news, I would anticipate this Final Jeopardy! playing easier at home than in-studio.

Iran’s constitution was rewritten in 1979 after the Iranian Revolution overthrew the Shah (the Pahlavi dynasty) and Ruhollah Khomeini became the country’s supreme leader. Among the parts that may not be amended include the country’s official religion of Islam and the Islamic character of the government and laws.


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

Scores going into Final:
Katie $12,400
Alek $8,800
Jack $5,800


Tonight’s results:
Jack $5,800 + $5,200 = $11,000
Alek $8,800 – $3,000 = $5,800 (What is China)
Katie $12,400 + $5,201 = $17,601 (2-day total: $53,602)


Katie Needle, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 10, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Katie $4,800
Alek $4,400
Jack $2,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) TOYS $600 (15th pick)
Katie 3800 +1000 (Alek 1800 Jack 400)
2) AMERICAN HISTORY $800 (16th pick)
Katie 7600 +2000 (Alek 8400 Jack 3400)
3) BOOK MARKS $800 (20th pick)
Jack 5000 -2000 (Katie 9600 Alek 8400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 13


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! round: BOOK MARKS $1600 & $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $3,600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 159 (1.77 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Katie $10,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 0 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Jack $7,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 6 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunities)
Alek $8,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $27,400
Lach Trash: $16,000 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,000


Katie Needle, stats to date:
36 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 12 rebound opportunities)
27.68% in first on buzzer (31/112)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,500

Katie Needle, to win:
3 games: 52.390%
4: 27.447%
5: 14.379%
6: 7.533%
7: 3.947%
Avg. streak: 3.100 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Say what you will about the large number of unplayed clues this season, but the contestants have generally been good at making sure that unplayed clues are in the top row. (Unlike today).
  • Although no explanation was provided on-air by Alex or the judges, it appears as though the judges elected to refund Katie’s response, originally ruled incorrect, on the 30th clue of the Jeopardy! round (WHERE’S THAT CHURCH $200), likely as a way out of the geopolitical maelstrom the show painted itself into. Readers are reminded that this is a fan site and comments on this situation will not be entertained; you can provide feedback to Jeopardy via its own website. Statistics compiled for this match are treating Katie’s response to this clue as a non-event. A correction was published on January 13, 2020.

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20 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 10, 2020"

  1. For people who were around in 1979 and watched the Iran situation unfold, this should be fairly easy. I doubt these contestants are that old, though. Maybe they know their history.

  2. This always reminds me of the American hostages. The oldest, Robert Ode, was born in Plano,IL and visited Plano when he was back in the US. My mother-in-law was in hush class in school and remembers him. There were 12 in her high school class.

  3. @Andy
    I wonder if it’s just my PC or something else. On the G.O.A.I. site the Thu game is missing and it’s already Friday? I’m putting the question on this site since there are only the Tue and Wed games for G.O.A.T. over there. Sorry to bother you.
    Have a great weekend everybody!

  4. @Andy
    All of a sudden match 3 (Thu) showed up on the “season 36” site, but in the G.O.A.T. site only Tue and Wed are up…???

  5. Patty Howell | January 10, 2020 at 7:58 pm |

    Jack should not have lost $2000 he should have only lost $1000 on the NFL prentalty question. It was only a $1000 question. Am I right or wrong?

  6. What is this all about regarding the $200 clue in the Where’s That Church category? I did not see the episode, so it seems rather unfair to raise the issue then leave us hanging. What could possibly have been so offensive?

    • For those who didn’t watch the episode: Is Bethlehem in Palestine or in Israel? The first answer was Palestine and was ruled incorrect. Israel was then accepted from another contestant as correct. And then the money was given back to the original responder, but she was not credited with a correct response. I am surprised that the powers at Jeopardy didn’t steer clear of this thorny issue.

      • Depends on who you ask and if they recognize Palestine as a country. The territory is occupied by Israel, which supporters of Palestine consider illegal under international law. But the U.S. supports Israel and Jeopardy is an American show, so go figure.

        To expand upon the j-archive info, The Washington Post quoted an audience member who said that after a lengthy judges’ deliberation the producers had to bring in their compliance officers (aka lawyers) to sort out what to do, and they decided to reset the scores to before the clue, then loaded a completely new clue onto the board, which Jack also got. So it wasn’t that the money was refunded, it’s that the show turned back the clock, so to speak (note she didn’t receive a positive amount for a correct response, just a reset score). But instead of editing in the alternate clue to make the round 2 scoring make sense to the home audience, they kept in the “error” clue. It does raise the question of why the appropriate edits weren’t made for the aired episode. I wonder if the archived/rerun version will feature the edit.

        • If they had edited out the Bethlehem clue, they would deprived people on both sides of the opportunity to go bats—t crazy.

  7. We were originally confused on the NHL penalty minutes question as well. Then we figured out Jack had to lose the thousand dollars he won, and then be docked one thousand dollars for giving the wrong answer.

  8. Surprised it was not a clean sweep. After all, the Shah was ousted, Khomeini took over and 2 years later we had the hostage crisis. Shows (again) the lack of knowledge about history (especially foreign), even when the event changed the world a lot.There is not a day going by w/o Iran being in the news and also being on the brink of becoming a nuclear power. J! contestants are unfortunately often surprisingly weak when it comes to foreign matters (recent or ancient history, geography, languages, politics etc.) World matters/events should be in the top 5 categories J! contestants study. They appear quite often and there IS a world outside the U.S.

  9. On the Barbara Feldon triple stumper, Alex even got the answer wrong saying her partner was 99. Barbara Feldon was 99 not her partner.

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