Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, January 21, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Classic Movies) for Tuesday, January 21, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 97):

This 1939 film was loosely based on Senator Burton Wheeler, victim of a sham investigation for looking into the Justice Dept.

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Samantha Slama, a high school English teacher from Los Angeles, California
Samantha Slama on Jeopardy!
Steve Schiraldi, a data analyst from Arlington, Virginia
Steve Schiraldi on Jeopardy!
Dennis Coffey, a bartender from Old Orchard, Maine (2-day total: $39,202)
Dennis Coffey on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Mr. Smith Goes to Washington?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

According to the National Film Preservation Board, the classic 1939 Frank Capra film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was based upon a Lewis R. Foster short story “The Gentleman from Montana”, which, in turn, was based on the early career of Montana Senator Burton K. Wheeler, who gained the ire of the Warren G. Harding administration as a freshman Senator for daring to investigate the corruption in that administration, most notably in the Justice Department, where many bootleggers had bribed Attorney General Harry M. Daugherty to gain either immunity from prosecution or release of their liquor.

Another minor point: This is the second episode in a row where Final Jeopardy! requires significant writing. Do you think that “What is Mr. Smith Goes to Washington?” is too long for Final Jeopardy? Leave a comment!


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

Scores going into Final:
Steve $10,000
Dennis $7,200
Samantha $6,000


Tonight’s results:
Samantha $6,000 + $5,400 = $11,400
Dennis $7,200 + $4,801 = $12,001 (3-day total: $51,203)
Steve $10,000 – $4,401 = $5,599 (What is Gone With the Wind?)


Dennis Coffey, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 21, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Dennis $4,000
Steve $2,400
Samantha $2,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) GRAVESITE OFFERINGS $600 (13th pick)
Dennis 1600 -1000 (Steve 2200 Samantha 1000)
2) A CAPITAL CITY IDEA $2000 (10th pick)
Dennis 4400 +2500 (Steve 6800 Samantha 4800)
3) THE USG $1600 (23rd pick)
Dennis 9700 -2500 (Steve 8000 Samantha 7200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -32


Unplayed clues:
J! round: GRAVESITE OFFERINGS $200; I MISSED THE START OF THAT NURSERY RHYME $200
DJ! round: BOOKS & AUTHORS $1200 & $1600; USG $400; IN SOVIET RUSSIA $400
Total $ Left On Board: $4,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 176 (1.81 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Dennis $10,200 Coryat
Samantha $6,000 Coryat
Steve $10,000 Coryat
Combined Coryat Score: $26,200

Dennis Coffey, to win:
4 games: 38.040%
5: 14.471%
6: 5.505%
7: 2.094%
8: 0.797%
Avg. streak: 3.614 games.

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, January 21, 2020"

  1. Francois Barcomb | January 21, 2020 at 9:55 am |

    Samantha was the alternate for our Teacher Tournament last May. It’s great to see her on the show for real!

  2. Second come from behind win. Unfortunately a lot of clues left again…

  3. I don’t think FJ respomses should be super short per se but I think they shouldn’t be this long. Especially when they are given only 30 seconds to think and complete their response.

  4. Sometimes too long. Abbreviations should be accepted, when the response is absolutely clear, e.g. today :” Mr. Smith goes to Wash.”

  5. i got it, not a big movie person, but i do like golden age hollywood

    i did think of the clue being LONG as i was trying to figure it out……. would wash. be ok? i think so.. not W though

  6. WBZ-TV in Boston decided to let Baker’s state of the commonwealth address run a little long so tonight’s episode of Jeopardy was joined in progress at the beginning of the Double Jeopardy! round so it wasn’t fully pre-empted.

  7. Dennis pulling yet another Houdini.

    Francois, you were fantastic in the teacher’s tournament and the tournament of champions!

  8. Pizza Face Fred | January 22, 2020 at 10:38 pm |

    No “Game Stat” Triple Stumper count? What a world! What a world!

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