Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 17, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category DNA Makes News) for Friday, January 17, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 95):

In 1993 remains of the Russian Royal Family killed in 1918 were confirmed by comparing their DNA to this member of the British Royal Family

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Lindsay Goldstein, a youth librarian from Chicago, Illinois
Lindsay Goldstein on Jeopardy!
Dennis Coffey, a bartender from Old Orchard, Maine
Dennis Coffey on Jeopardy!
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, a librarian from Portland, Oregon (4-day total: $89,001)
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Prince Philip?

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Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, was born in Greece who was 6th in line to that country’s throne prior to becoming a British citizen in 1947 (and marrying Elizabeth) later that year. He is also a grandnephew of Alexandra, the wife of Nicholas II, whose family was executed in July 1918 during the Russian Revolution. Originally thought to be cremated, the bodies were found in an unmarked grave in Yekaterinburg; their DNA was then compared to that of Prince Philip in order to confirm ancestry. It matched.

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Scores going into Final:
Dennis $19,600
Lindsay $10,800
Veronica $7,000

Tonight’s results:
Veronica $7,000 – $6,999 = $1 (Who is Prince Albert?)
Lindsay $10,800 – $3,201 = $7,599 (Who is Queen Elizabeth II?)
Dennis $19,600 + $2,001 = $21,601 (1-day total: $21,601)

Dennis Coffey, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 17, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Lindsay $6,300
Veronica $2,600
Dennis $800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) MONEY TALKS $800 (29th pick)
Lindsay 7800 -1500 (Veronica 2600 Dennis 800)
2) NATIONALITY PHRASES $1200 (13th pick)
Lindsay 9100 +2500 (Dennis 5600 Veronica 4200)
3) NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WEST $1600 (19th pick)
Dennis 8800 +4000 (Lindsay 10000 Veronica 5000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 54

Unplayed clues:
J! round: MONEY TALKS $1000
DJ! round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $1,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 168 (1.77 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Dennis $17,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.79% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Lindsay $11,000 Coryat, 23 correct, 4 incorrect, 41.07% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Veronica $7,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 21.43% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,200
Lach Trash: $9,000 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,800

Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, stats to date:
98 correct, 13 incorrect
8/12 on rebound attempts (on 27 rebound opportunities)
32.25% in first on buzzer (89/276)
3/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
4/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,760

Dennis Coffey, stats to date:
17 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
26.79% in first on buzzer (15/56)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,600

Dennis Coffey, to win:
2 games: 62.311%
3: 38.827%
4: 24.194%
5: 15.075%
6: 9.394%
Avg. streak: 2.653 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • In order to have a chance of winning, Lindsay needed to bet at least $6,800 in Final Jeopardy.

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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 17, 2020"

  1. My first thought was Prince Phillip as he wasn’t a blood relative to the British ancestors.

  2. Not a good day for the two librarians today, but Veronica has a decent chance to make TOC and make it two years in a row for her profession, following Emma.

  3. A new champ, congrats! But Veronica sits in a pretty good spot right now. And again we have the “foreign” weakness….at least they got 2 of the DDs. 9 TS by my count, the majority in the J! round though.
    Anyway, have a great and safe weekend, everybody!

  4. Seems Lindsay should have wagered 6,800 (assuming Dennis would have wagered at least $2,001 to lock her out if he got it correct). As it was, even if she got it right and Dennis got his wrong, chances are she would still come in second – and all her wager did was assure second if she got it correct.

  5. Elizabeth Harris | January 17, 2020 at 2:57 pm |

    I am finding the level of questions recently a total snooze fest after the GOAT championship…

    • I concur that it’s a major step down to the regular level of material. On the one hand I understand that there’s little fun in watching good but not great players see one TS after another, but on the other hand really being challenged as we were during the GOAT tournament was terribly exciting (once I accepted that I’d need to be happy knowing 25% of the answers….,,,I mean questions!!)

  6. Enos Williams | January 18, 2020 at 12:00 am |

    I can’t be the only person who thought of this when one of the challengers was introduced.

  7. Michael Schwartz | January 18, 2020 at 1:29 am |

    There was a answer concerning the location of an Australian state in today’s game. Does anyone know the exact wording and what they said was the correct question?
    Something about it seemed vague or wrong at the time.

    • “You’ll find this state in Australia’s lower right-hand corner” in the Category “North, South, East, West” It wasn’t explicitly stated, but all of the correct responses contained one of the cardinal directions.

  8. Dakota Erdmann | January 18, 2020 at 2:28 am |

    The correct answer was New South Wales. I am not sure of the exact wording but I believe it said something like, “this state is located in the lower right hand corner of Australia.”

  9. Michael Schwartz | January 18, 2020 at 3:13 pm |

    While New South Wales does satisfy the answer, I think there is a good case to make that Victoria (which is lower than NSW) or Tasmania (which many may not konw is a state) is actually the lower right corner of Australia. Note that they do not specify the Australian mainland. I guess it all comes down to the qualifier “in” vs “at”. See the map at

  10. Dana Tischer | January 18, 2020 at 4:01 pm |

    Am I late to the conversation in noticing Brad Rutter would make the perfect successor to Alex Trebek? (In case Betty White is unavailable, of course.) Ken and James are just as intelligent, but their humor is on the goofier side. Brad’s humor is understated, plus he has the same calm, reassuring demeanor that has made Alex such a success all these decades.

  11. Dakota Erdmann | January 18, 2020 at 6:59 pm |

    I was thinking Victoria too but the correct response had to contain one of the cardinal directions, “North, South, East, or West”.

  12. Michael Schwartz | January 19, 2020 at 2:25 pm |

    That’s got me wondering if the contestants are allowed to lodge a complaint if they feel something in the game is misleading or out and out wrong.

  13. Not to sound arrogant, but I immediately started jumping up right after Dennis won his game. But wow…that was a huge win from him. Nearly halfway into January 2020 has only resulted in 4 different female champions (including 2 future ToC contenders who will be joining with Jason Zuffranieri), and it seemed like it could have been a much longer drought from here.

    But yeah, no pun intended, would you say that Dennis was “shaken, not stirred” with the victory?

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