Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, January 15, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Children’s Literature) for Wednesday, January 15, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 93):

Einstein’s theory of relativity & Max Planck’s quantum theory inspired this book that won a 1963 Newbery Medal

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Oishee Shemontee, a tutor from Arcadia, California
Oishee Shemontee on Jeopardy!
Laura Thomason, an English professor from Lizella, Georgia
Laura Thomason on Jeopardy!
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, a librarian from Portland, Oregon (2-day total: $52,000)
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is A Wrinkle in Time?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle on Time is the first book in her Time Quintet series which follows Meg Murry, her youngest sister Charles Wallace, and her friend Calvin O’Keefe as they travel through space and time in an attempt to save Meg’s father. (Injecting something personal: It was my personal favorite science fiction novel in middle school.) Most recently, it was adapted into a 2018 Ava DuVernay film starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Who (three astral beings), respectively.


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

Scores going into Final:
Veronica $10,400
Laura $8,000
Oishee $6,600


Tonight’s results:
Oishee $6,600 + $6,599 = $13,199
Laura $8,000 – $5,800 = $2,220 (What is The Fault in Our Stars)
Veronica $10,400 + $5,601 = $16,001 (3-day total: $68,001)


Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 15, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Laura $6,000
Oishee $3,800
Veronica $3,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) FAMOUS & HISTORIC WOMEN $800 (4th pick)
Laura 1200 -600 (Veronica 0 Oishee 0)
2) COMPOSERS $800 (15th pick)
Veronica 8800 +3000 (Laura 7200 Oishee 5000)
3) BORDER RIVERS $1600 (29th pick)
Veronica 13400 -3000 (Laura 8000 Oishee 6600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -38


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! round: U.S. REPRESENTATIVES $1600
Total $ Left On Board: $1,600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 163 (1.75 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Veronica $11,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.79% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Oishee $6,600 Coryat, 10 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.64% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Laura $8,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect., 33.93% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $26,400
Lach Trash: $17,000 (on 14 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,000


Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, stats to date:
65 correct, 6 incorrect
6/8 on rebound attempts (on 12 rebound opportunities)
32.93% in first on buzzer (55/167)
3/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,267

Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, to win:
4 games: 52.574%
5: 27.640%
6: 14.531%
7: 7.640%
8: 4.017%
Avg. streak: 4.109 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • A reminder: Regardless of what you may think of an incorrect response to Final Jeopardy, writing anything down—no matter how incorrect it may be—is still better than leaving your response blank.

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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, January 15, 2020"

  1. Wasn’t it “John Newbery” with just one “n”?

  2. Pizza Face Fred | January 15, 2020 at 10:40 pm |

    So much for my low number of Triple Stumpers theory (I’m sure everyone’s following). She’s still champ, though

  3. Dakota Erdmann | January 15, 2020 at 11:02 pm |

    I was surprised no one buzzed in for Adam Schiff especially since they had a picture of him.

  4. Maurine Gutowski | January 15, 2020 at 11:11 pm |

    I had no idea what the answer was, and was surprised that two people got it right. Nice that Veronica came back from being behind at the halfway point. Never give up!

  5. Can someone explain how the Colorado River defines the border between the US and Mexico? It starts in NW Colorado, winds down through Utah and into Arizona, passes through Lake Powell and Lake Mead, then defines the border between California and Arizona. It then dumps into the Sea of Cortez after crossing the border at Yuma, AZ. How does this river define the border? It crosses it, but does not define it like the Rio Grande does.

    • I was thinking the exact same thing Nancy when watching about the Colorado River but after looking I see it is the border for a tiny sliver between the southernmost part of the west side of Arizona and Mexico.

  6. I took the second level Jeopardy! test in Pittsburgh a few years ago. They have you take another 50 question test at the end of your time there. It was fairly easy, but one of the questions answers was Elizabeth Warren. I could not remember the name, but put in (redacted). I am pretty sure they did not count it

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