Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, January 20, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Cabinet Positions) for Monday, January 20, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 96):

Of the 4 jobs in George Washington’s cabinet, the 2 that have been filled by women in the 230 years since

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Traci Mack, a media executive from Campbell, California
Traci Mack on Jeopardy!
Matthew Neff, a CFO from Chicago, Illinois
Matthew Neff on Jeopardy!
Dennis Coffey, a bartender from Old Orchard, Maine (1-day total: $21,601)
Dennis Coffey on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What are Secretary of State and Attorney General?

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George Washington’s original cabinet contained four members: Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of War Henry Knox, and Attorney General Edmund Randolph. (As an aside, I find these types of clues that require multiple steps really enjoyable; of course, my write-ups for these clues here at The Jeopardy! Fan are more likely to be plagiarized by others.) There have been three women Secretaries of State: Madeleine Albright (Bill Clinton), Condoleezza Rice (George W. Bush), and Hillary Clinton (Barack Obama). There have been two women Attorney Generals: Janet Reno (Bill Clinton) and Loretta Lynch (Barack Obama).

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Scores going into Final:
Traci $17,600
Dennis $10,100
Matthew $7,800

Tonight’s results:
Matthew $7,800 – $7,600 = $200 (What are Secretrary of State, Treasury)
Dennis 10,100 + $7,501 = $17,601 (2-day total: $39,202) (What are Secretary of State + Attorney Genl)
Traci $17,600 – $2,601 = $14,999 (What is Secretary of State & Speaker of the House)

Dennis Coffey, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 20, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matthew $5,000
Traci $3,000
Dennis $3,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) LITERATURE: THE SUBTITLE $600 (15th pick)
Matthew 1200 +1200 (Traci 4000 Dennis -400)
Dennis 6200 +3500 (Traci 15000 Matthew 6600)
3) LIBRARIES $800 (25th pick) ($3,600 remaining on the board)
Traci 16200 +1000 (Dennis 9700 Matthew 8200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 162

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $2,400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 170 (1.77 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Dennis $8,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 4 incorrect, 27.27% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Traci $17,400 Coryat, 24 correct, 4 incorrect, 43.64% in first on buzzer, 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Matthew $7,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.82% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,800
Lach Trash: $9,600 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,200

Dennis Coffey, stats to date:
31 correct, 6 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
27.03% in first on buzzer (30/111)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,500)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,700

Dennis Coffey, to win:
3 games: 47.424%
4: 22.491%
5: 10.666%
6: 5.058%
7: 2.399%
Avg. streak: 2.902 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Dennis may have been fortunate that he ran out of time at the right time, but “Attorney Genl”, is in my opinion, an acceptable abbreviation of “general” and I feel as though the judges made a correct ruling on Dennis’ Final Jeopardy! response.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, January 20, 2020"

  1. I assume that the equivalent G.O.A.T. or TOC question would be to name the two original Cabinet posts that have NEVER been filled by a woman.

    • Actually, that question I would have gotten, but I couldn’t think of Attorney General for this one.

  2. Nancy Miller | January 20, 2020 at 12:03 pm |

    Wasn’t Frances Perkins Secty of Treasury?

  3. Claire Massicotte | January 20, 2020 at 3:55 pm |

    Love reading you everyday, doing a great job, keep it up. I worked with Alex when he first started at CBOT (CBC) TV station in Ottawa Canada. He was on news reporting then host of High School program called Reach for the Top..always a kind person.

  4. Poor Traci. She let this one slip away.

    • Her strategy at the end after the last DD (and her arguably too conservative wager) seemed to be to keep that last $2000 clue out of play. Dennis almost got control in time, but not quite.

      Kudos to Dennis for looking to be out of it late and once again managing to pull out the victory.

    • Agreed Brad. A substantial bet on that DD would have iced the game.

  5. I guess this is where the difficulty in using the electric pens earns some leeway, since Matthew’s ‘State’ looked like ‘Slate’ (moot point that it was). What exactly are the rules concerning interpreting what is written? Extra letters that would change pronunciation can lead to a wrong answer, but if it’s just a matter of crossing a T that maybe the sensor didn’t register and the context is obvious then it would be easier to accept?

  6. Just to yank on our fearless moderator’s chain a little bit, but the ‘generally’ accepted term is Attorneys General. Sorry, Andy, it was my pedantic side showing through.

  7. joann kandilakis | January 22, 2020 at 2:02 pm |

    secretary of treasury during eisenhower ivy baker priest why was that not acknowledged

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