Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, January 2, 2020


Happy New Year! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Scientists) for Thursday, January 2, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 84):

About 100 years before Darwin, this naturalist put orangutans & humans in a group with the Latin name “Homo”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Brit Husmann, a law student from Oakland, California
Brit Husmann on Jeopardy!
Kevin Hendricks, a hospital I.T. analyst from Columbus, Ohio
Kevin Hendricks on Jeopardy!
Karen Farrell, a political consultant from Woodbridge, Virginia (5-day total: $94,802)
Karen Farrell on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Carl Linnaeus?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

In creating his landmark system of taxonomy which formalized binomial nomenclature in the 18th century, Carl Linneaus placed humans in genus Homo and species sapiens. In placing other species in genus Homo as well, though, it invited controversy, as many during that time were unable to comprehend that other species might have been created “in God’s image”. This conflict simmered for about a century until Darwin’s publication of On the Origin of Species.

Interestingly, the last time SCIENTISTS came up in Final Jeopardy, in March 2017, Carl Linneaus was also the correct response.


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

Scores going into Final:
Karen $18,200
Brit $10,400
Kevin $2,000


Tonight’s results:
Kevin $2,000 – $1,987 = $13 (Who is Lemarck?)
Brit $10,400 – $10,250 = $150 (Who is Spencer?)
Karen $18,200 + $2,601 = $20,801 (6-day total: $115,603) (Who is Linnaus)


Karen Farrell, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 2, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Karen $8,200
Brit $6,000
Kevin $2,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) CHANGE ONE LETTER $1000 (23rd pick)
Karen 5400 +2000 (Brit 5200 Kevin 3400)
2) CREATURES OF THE DEEP? $1200 (1st pick)
Kevin 2400 +2400 (Karen 8200 Brit 6000)
3) PLACES $1600 (4th pick)
Kevin 6000 -6000 (Karen 8200 Brit 7600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 37


Unplayed clues:
J! round: WHERE’S THE FLOWER? $200; CHANGE ONE LETTER $200
DJ! round: PLACES $400 & $800
Total $ Left On Board: $1,600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 139 (1.65 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Karen $17,200 Coryat, 21 correct, 0 incorrect, 37.74% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Brit $10,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 30.19% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Kevin $6,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.53% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,400
Lach Trash: $9,800 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,200


Karen Farrell, stats to date:
138 correct, 15 incorrect
8/11 on rebound attempts (on 32 rebound opportunities)
39.14% in first on buzzer (128/327)
5/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,500)
5/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,700

Karen Farrell, to win:
7 games: 57.424%
8: 32.975%
9: 18.936%
10: 10.874%
11: 6.244%
Avg. streak: 7.349 games.

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10 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, January 2, 2020"

  1. Good luck to the contestants on this one. It seems more like a footnote in scientific history than something a lot of people would know today. This is the kind of clue I would expect in the Greatest of All Time tournament.

    • I don’t think it’s that obscure. Looking him up in j-archive, his name has been used many times in the past. Depending on one’s background and J! viewing habits, it could be quite easy or it could be a never-heard-of-him before.

      • I’m with you Art…the name Linnaeus popped in my head right away for classifying animals. Science was never my best (or favorite) subject in school, but the name must have stuck in there…pretty sure I wouldn’t have spelled it correctly though!

        • Jim – his name also popped into my head when I read the clue. I couldn’t think of anyone else and I vaguely remembered something about him and animal classification, though I had no idea what century he had lived in. And I also would NOT have spelt it correctly. 🙂

  2. Andy, I eagerly await the GOAT Tournament, which airs next week! I was wondering if you have similar anticipation; and if you will encourage commenting about it here.

  3. Karen’s range of knowledge runs far and wide. She knows a lot of STUFF!
    Congratulations to her and I will be happy to see her in the next ToC!

  4. Maurine Gutowski | January 2, 2020 at 2:27 pm |

    I couldn’t come up with the name but recognized it right away as Swedish. I used to love books like Microbe Hunters, about medical discoveries.

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