Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 24, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Bestselling Authors) for Friday, January 24, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 100):

Now in her 70s, this author splits her time between Paris & San Francisco, often writing 20 to 22 hours a day on an old typewriter

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Ashwin Monian, a data scientist from Hatfield, Pennsylvania
Ashwin Monian on Jeopardy!
Heather Nelson, a middle school math teacher from Lake Oswego, Oregon
Heather Nelson on Jeopardy!
John Cuevas, a slot floorperson from San Marcos, California (2-day total: $52,511)
John Cuevas on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Danielle Steel?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

As a 19-year-old, Danielle Steel met a nonagenarian Agatha Christie; both loved writing, and Christie said, “I want to die face-first in my typewriter”. Steel has apparently taken this to heart, with the now-72-year-old writer churning out seven books a year while writing 20 to 22 hours a day on a 1946 Olympia standard typewriter (even pushing 24 when a deadline is looming).

On a personal note? I saw this clue, thought “Darned if I know, might as well guess Danielle Steel”, and was shocked to find myself correct.


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

Scores going into Final:
John $10,600
Heather $9,200
Ashwin $6,000


Tonight’s results:
Ashwin $6,000 – $1 = $5,999 (Who is Marie…?)
Heather $9,200 – $1,401 = $7,799 (1-day total: $7,799) (Who is Mary Higgins Clark)
John $10,600 – $7,801 = $2,799 (Who is Ephron)


Heather Nelson, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 24, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
John $7,400
Heather $3,200
Ashwin $1,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) 1984 $800 (4th pick)
John 1200 +1200 (Heather 0 Ashwin 0)
2) GEOGRAPHIC NUMBERS $1200 (2nd pick)
Ashwin 1400 -1400 (John 7400 Heather 3200)
3) A BRUSH WITH DEATH $1600 (11th pick)
John 10200 -4000 (Heather 4400 Ashwin 400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -9


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 187 (1.87 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Heather $9,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Ashwin $7,400 Coryat, 11 correct, 3 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
John $14,200 Coryat, 20 correct, 2 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $30,800
Lach Trash: $14,000 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,200


John Cuevas, final stats:
68 correct, 8 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 16 rebound opportunities)
39.38% in first on buzzer (63/160)
4/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,200)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,067

Heather Nelson, stats to date:
15 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,200

Heather Nelson, to win:
2 games: 31.898%
3: 10.175%
4: 3.245%
5: 1.035%
6: 0.330%
Avg. streak: 1.468 games.

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10 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 24, 2020"

  1. Chris Stratton | January 24, 2020 at 9:21 am |

    One with same lines, I guessed jackie Collins, with a hat tip to Learned League.

  2. I don’t recall seeing the same FJ! category two days in a row before.

    • ??? Yesterday’s FJ! was Susan B. Anthony. Also a famous name but no bestselling author?

      • ???…It said Famous Names when I looked this morning, Andy must have corrected it Sean L. (Unless I was still asleep.)

  3. I had no idea and guessed Joyce Carol Oates (I would have said Sue Grafton but I remember hearing about her passing away). I may have done better to focus more on the word “bestselling” in the topic.

  4. barbara epstein | January 24, 2020 at 12:38 pm |

    i read a number of Danielle Steele’s books – the last one being “Country” and enjoyed it.

  5. I got it…………… I have specific SF knowledge. her ex-husband (current husband?) is one of most famous VCs

  6. We end the week with a triple stumper in Final Jeopardy.

  7. Glenna Kipp | January 25, 2020 at 2:45 am |

    Tonight one of the clues referenced Qualatex balloons and CBA. The answer was Certified Balloon Artist. I am a CBA! I was so stunned by the clue that I could not get paper and pen in hand fast enough to write everything down. Can someone who recorded the program share the wording of the Clue with me, please? I would like to share with other CBA friends who may not be Jeopardy fans.
    Thanks in advance!

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