Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, January 22, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category U.S. Territories) for Wednesday, January 22, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 98):

Of the 5 inhabited U.S. territories, this is the only one where cars drive on the left

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Lau Mehes, a youth substance use prevention worker from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Lau Mehes on Jeopardy!
John Cuevas, a slot floorperson from San Marcos, California
John Cuevas on Jeopardy!
Dennis Coffey, a bartender from Old Orchard, Maine (3-day total: $51,203)
Dennis Coffey on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What are the U.S. Virgin Islands?


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Why do cars on the U.S. Virgin Islands drive on the left? It’s a remnant of how things were in the territory prior to the purchase of the territory from Denmark in 1917. As with many Caribbean islands, though, it makes for an awkward driving experience, as most cars in the territory are imported from the United States and thus have left-side steering columns.


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Scores going into Final:
John $15,200
Dennis $14,500
Lau $200


Tonight’s results:
Lau $200 + $200 = $400
Dennis $14,500 – $14,101 = $399 (What is Guam?)
John $15,200 + $13,801 = $29,001 (1-day total: $29,001)


John Cuevas, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 22, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
John $4,400
Lau $3,800
Dennis $2,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) LAYING THINGS M TO M $800 (15th pick)
John 1200 +1200 (Dennis 1200 Lau 1200)
2) A HIGHER ROYALTY $2000 (11th pick)
Dennis 4400 +2000 (John 8000 Lau 1800)
3) WAYS TO SAY GO AWAY $1200 (18th pick)
Dennis 9600 +2500 (John 11600 Lau 1000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 172


Unplayed clues:
J! round: YE OLDE JOB FAIRE $200 & $400
DJ! round: LOCK HIM UP $400; TV SPIN-OFFS $400; A HIGHER ROYALTY $400
Total $ Left On Board: $1,800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 181 (1.85 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
John $14,800 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 38.46% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Lau $200 Coryat, 12 correct, 6 incorrect, 32.69% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Dennis $13,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 17.31% in first on buzzer, 4/5 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $28,200
Lach Trash: $12,200 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,800


Dennis Coffey, stats to date:
60 correct, 14 incorrect
7/10 on rebound attempts (on 24 rebound opportunities)
24.77% in first on buzzer (53/214)
5/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $11,000)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,200

John Cuevas, stats to date:
20 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
38.46% in first on buzzer (20/52)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,200)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,800

John Cuevas, to win:
2 games: 48.682%
3: 23.699%
4: 11.537%
5: 5.617%
6: 2.734%
Avg. streak: 1.949 games.

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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, January 22, 2020"

  1. Isn’t Dennis Coffey’s total a 3-day total, and not a 2-day total?

  2. Congrats to John, again a new champ. And again – moot point since Dennis got FJ! wrong- the leftover clues could have made the difference. The 2 were less than the 1.800 (left on the board) apart.

  3. It seems to me that 1917, when the territory was purchased from Denmark, and there were far fewer cars on the road than now, would have been the time for U.S. authorities to switch over to driving on the right side…no? I wonder who was in charge of such things back then.

  4. what are the 5 territories?……… puerto rico, guam, US VI ??? solomon islands?

    i got it……. VI sounds like british name (whether it is or isn’t), lots of british influence in caribbean (or thereabouts if VI are in atlantic ocean)

    • Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands.

      • Haven’t been to most, but St. Thomas, I could’ve sworn the cars had the wheel on the same side as in the US, and so the extra info was quite interesting. Figured it’d either be Mariana or Guam, given proximity to other countries that drive on left.

  5. This son of a St.. Croix lady knew this. V.I. MASSIVE!!

  6. Cynthia Steele | January 22, 2020 at 8:11 pm |

    I don’t remember the category but John answered the question..”What is ‘Make like a tree and LEAF’..I think it should be..”What is ‘Make like a tree and LEAVE’ “.What do you think.??

  7. Dakota Erdmann | January 22, 2020 at 10:42 pm |

    I got this Final Jeopardy right. It was a relatively easy question because you had a good chance even if you guessed though. Virgin Islands just sounds like a British name.

  8. The running mates category was one of those where the rhythm would seem to depend on going from top to bottom, ie how the fourth leads to a response of Bob Dole, which no one got, and then the fifth clue is Bob Dole.

    If someone had started from the bottom and that Bob Dole card was the first clue the players saw, then they’d have Bob Dole fresh on their mind when the other clue is revealed and someone probably would have answered it correctly.

  9. Eric J Smith | January 23, 2020 at 4:52 pm |

    Would just Virgin Islands have been accepted or would the US designate be required?

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