Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, January 16, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Western Hemisphere Geography) for Thursday, January 16, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 94):

It’s the easternmost capital city in Central America

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Priscilla Drobes, a stay-at-home mom from Nanuet, New York
Priscilla Drobes on Jeopardy!
Shanu George, a graduate student from North Windham, Connecticut
Shanu George on Jeopardy!
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, a librarian from Portland, Oregon (3-day total: $68,001)
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Panama City, Panama?

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Central America is on a northwest-to-southeast orientation, meaning Panama City, Panama is both the southernmost and easternmost capital city in Central America.

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

Scores going into Final:
Veronica $13,000
Shanu $2,300
Priscilla -$5,400

Tonight’s results:
Priscilla -$5,400 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Shanu $2,300 – $2,000 = $300 (What is Tegucigalpa)
Veronica $13,000 + $8,000 = $21,000 (4-day total: $89,001)

Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 16, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Veronica $5,400
Shanu $1,000
Priscilla $200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) WEATHER $400 (17th pick)
Shanu 200 -1000 (Veronica 3400 Priscilla -600)
2) STATES’ COMMON SURNAMES $1600 (15th pick)
Shanu 5000 -4000 (Veronica 9400 Priscilla -2600)
3) ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD $2000 (17th pick)
Shanu -1000 -1500 (Veronica 7400 Priscilla -4600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -255

Unplayed clues:
J! round: WEATHER $800; COINAGE $600
DJ! round: ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA $800 & $1200
Total $ Left On Board: $3,400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 167 (1.78 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Veronica $13,000 Coryat, 21 correct, 4 incorrect, 41.51% in first on buzzer, 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
Shanu $8,800 Coryat, 17 correct, 8 incorrect, 33.96% in first on buzzer, 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Priscilla -$5,400 Coryat, 3 correct, 7 incorrect, 15.09% in first on buzzer, 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $16,400
Lach Trash: $12,000 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $22,200

Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, stats to date:
87 correct, 10 incorrect
7/11 on rebound attempts (on 21 rebound opportunities)
35.00% in first on buzzer (77/220)
3/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
4/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,450

Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, to win:
5 games: 49.417%
6: 24.420%
7: 12.067%
8: 5.963%
9: 2.947%
Avg. streak: 4.977 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • The -255 is the second-lowest Daily Double Efficiency with one player playing all three Daily Doubles in my Daily Double dataset (dating back to October 2004), second only to Peter Guekguezian on June 19, 2017.
  • Because it always comes up: The known record for most incorrect responses in a single game is 23, set December 1, 1988.
  • Confidence is so important (and underrated); there are situations I’m sure where Priscilla could have been a champion. It just didn’t work out for her today. Props as well to Shanu for getting out of the hole and getting to play Final Jeopardy.
  • If you disagree? Contestant tests start January 28. I await hearing your score.

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27 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, January 16, 2020"

  1. I am enjoying Veronica’s easy going style. I hope she makes it to $100 thousand tomorrow.

  2. Andy, your stats on DD efficiency back to October 2004 is something else! While you choose to de-emphasize most negative stats, and emphasize the positive what you said about Priscilla’s confidence is undoubtedly true. The large negative Coryat could have been a much larger positive on another day.

    All contestants are above average, but the very best, like in the GOAT tournament, have superior confidence, academic and mental preparation (besides innate ability)placing them consistently in “the zone” where their worst day equals or exceeds most contestants best day. Even when they’re unsure of answers as Ken seemed several times, they get the right answers more often than not.

  3. How in the world did someone give 23 wrong answers in 1 game?! Also congratulations to triple V Veronica, she is surprising me with how well she’s doing. Maybe another shot at longest continuous reign of women? Karen, Lisa, Katie, now Veronica.

  4. All 3 DDs missed and the usual weakness in foreign matters. 12 TS if I counted correctly. ore or like a game to forget I guess, especially after Ken and James.We almost had only Veronica in FJ! today. Brad was kind of a disappointment in the GOAT thing. Well, the week is almost over, so hopefully next week will be better… to the dentist today and then to bed! So… ahead of time: have a great weekend everybody, though it’s only Thursday!

  5. Brad (not Rutter) | January 16, 2020 at 5:05 pm |

    Curious what james’ score would have been if he was playing at the champions podium today.

  6. Sam Kavanaugh | January 16, 2020 at 7:39 pm |

    “If you disagree? Contestant tests start January 28. I await hearing your score.”

    A+ comment right here. The pressure up on stage is immense, and I have unequivocal respect for anyone who goes up on that stage. (Perhaps even moreso if it goes poorly, as that takes a different kind of courage).

  7. Fr. Michael Kavanaugh | January 16, 2020 at 7:59 pm |

    I appeared on the show in 1998. Came in third which is DEAD LAST, but had the most fun of my life! The test, in those days, was 50 questions with EIGHT seconds to WRITE DOWN the answer. Each question came ftom a different category – far harder than the game. Go for it, folks!

  8. Very sad to see Priscilla get dismissed from the game. She’s had some ups and downs and just couldn’t get any momentum. I do feel bad for her.

    Other than that, What else can I say about this?

  9. Thank you Sam Kavanaugh and Fr. Michael Kavanaugh for your terrific comments.👌

  10. Dakota Erdmann | January 16, 2020 at 10:32 pm |

    What about Priscilla having -$6,600 and finishing with -$5,400? Are those records for lowest scores in the red?

  11. Stephanie Hull, -$6800, 3/12/15, single player FJ Kristin Sausville.

  12. So close to a single-player FJ. A more ruthless player (eg James) might have started going to the smaller-level clues in the final minute to make it harder for the others to climb out of the hole.

  13. Has there ever been an instance with 2 of the 3 contestants finishing Double Jeopardy in the red? Would the sole remaining contestant still participate in Final Jeopardy?

    • Jason Sterlacci | January 17, 2020 at 11:10 am |

      Kristin Sausville is a famous example. I believe Jeff Richmond did as well at some point.

  14. I know I’m going to *!#& a lot of people off for saying this, but I’m sure others must feel this way too. James was great, but the constant hero worship and “what James would do” speculations and comparisons has gotten really old.

  15. Michael Schwartz | January 18, 2020 at 1:17 am |

    At the end of FJ!, when Alex walked over to talk to the contestants, the camera caught Priscilla rushing back to her spot at the stand. Unfortunately, the episode ended before Alex reached her. Adding insult to injury.

  16. Ann Winters | January 18, 2020 at 3:58 pm |

    I felt so sorry for Priscilla! In all the years I’ve watched “Jeopardy!” I’ve never seen anyone so nervous.

    • Mary A Rose | January 18, 2020 at 7:43 pm |

      I agree. I’ve never seen anyone so nervous on the show. However, in the early stages, she seemed OK and you just know she’s a bright young lady. If you’re reading this, just know, Priscilla, we do indeed “feel your pain.”

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