Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 21st Century Oscar Winners) for Wednesday, January 29, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 103):

This man won Best Supporting Actor twice, both for films that won Best Picture

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Ryan Wenstrup-Moore, an associate director of social media from Cincinnati, Ohio
Ryan Wenstrup-Moore on Jeopardy!
Joshua Swiger, a private tour company owner from Kapolei, Hawaii
Joshua Swiger on Jeopardy!
Sarah Frontiera, a graduate student from Santa Monica, California (2-day total: $52,402)
Sarah Frontiera on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Mahershala Ali?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

This clue is very similar to the one that ran during Greatest of All Time, Game 3! Except that instead of Director, the show went for Best Supporting Actor.

Mahershala Ali’s two Best Supporting Actor awards have been for Best Picture winners Moonlight (where he played Juan) and Green Book (Don Shirley).

Christoph Waltz also has two Best Supporting Actor awards in the 21st century; however, neither Django Unchained nor Inglourious Basterds won Best Picture.

As an aside, there were a number of comments from people last night shaming singular contestants for a perceived lack of knowledge. Viewers would be good to remember that there are three contestants competing to signal on each clue, and the fact that one does not ring in first does not necessarily mean one does not know the correct response.

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

Scores going into Final:
Joshua $27,400
Sarah $16,000
Ryan $4,400

Tonight’s results:
Ryan $4,400 – $400 = $4,000 (Who is Colin Moore)
Sarah $16,000 – $6,801 = $9,199 (Who is Gosling)
Joshua $27,400 – $11,000 = $16,400 (1-day total: $16,400) (Who is Hanks)

Joshua Swiger, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 29, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Joshua $7,400
Sarah $3,600
Ryan $2,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) TRAIN OF THOUGHT $600 (17th pick)
Joshua 2200 +2200 (Sarah 1800 Ryan 1400)
2) WHAT’S YOUR AREA? $1600 (14th pick)
Sarah 10800 +2000 (Joshua 9800 Ryan 2800)
3) PLACES $1600 (23rd pick)
Joshua 17400 +6000 (Sarah 12800 Ryan 4400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 153

Unplayed clues:
J! round: STATES’ BIG EMPLOYERS $200 & $400
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 192 (1.86 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Joshua $21,400 Coryat, 25 correct, 2 incorrect, 41.82% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Sarah $15,600 Coryat, 21 correct, 4 incorrect, 40.00% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Ryan $4,400 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 12.73% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $41,400
Lach Trash: $5,200 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,800

Sarah Frontiera, final stats:
60 correct, 11 incorrect
7/8 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
34.52% in first on buzzer (58/168)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,600)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,000

Joshua Swiger, stats to date:
25 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
41.82% in first on buzzer (23/55)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,200)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,400

Joshua Swiger, to win:
2 games: 78.969%
3: 62.361%
4: 49.246%
5: 38.889%
6: 30.710%
Avg. streak: 4.755 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • There will be people who will be confused by or will criticize these Final Jeopardy! bets; I don’t find anything inherently wrong with all 3 of them. Joshua didn’t affect his chances of winning with his larger bet from the crush position; Sarah made a wager which would have won her the game had Final Jeopardy! broke the right way, while still keeping Ryan locked out, and Ryan made a bet that could have given her 2nd had Sarah elected to be more aggressive in Final Jeopardy. Kudos to all three players for their excellent strategy tonight.
  • If you don’t think aggressive betting on Daily Doubles is important, look at what Joshua did in the second half of the opening round of today’s game. Buoyed by the True Daily Double on Clue 17, Joshua had 7 of the 13 correct responses in that segment and he went out to a commanding lead.

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, January 29, 2020"

  1. This FJ category is one that I would probably bet 0 on regardless of situation (maybe unless I was exactly doubled up).

  2. And another new champ, congratulations. I’m not even trying to figure out the wagers.

    • Don Spencer | January 29, 2020 at 1:55 pm |

      Sarah’s bet makes sense. If Joshua had bet enough to guarantee a win by a dollar, he would’ve bet $4,601. If he’d bet that and been wrong, he would’ve ended with $22,799. Sarah, had she been correct, would’ve ended up with $22,801, beating Joshua by $2.

      • True, But how do you explain the 11K? Playing crush? Might have bet even more in that case. Somewhat unconventional bets by all 3 imo. Maybe the category left players wonder about a triple stumper?

        • Hardly unconventional; this strategy has been known dating back to at least Ken Jennings’ run. You can bet all the way down to 2nd place’s score (max $11,399 in this case) without materially affecting your chance at victory.

          • Then let’s say: not often applied, at least not by both players. That’s what I meant by unconventional.
            Maybe “unusual” or “rare” would be a better choice. Btw, kudos for only 4 TS during the game, compared to Mon and Tue…!!

  3. Maurine Gutowski | January 29, 2020 at 5:09 pm |

    I’m not surprised that nobody got the FJ answer. It’s an uncommon name not easily recalled unless you have a photographic memory and came across it somewhere!

  4. We ended today’s episode with a triple stumper as the contestants doesn’t know about the oscars.

    • Yes, one of the FJ! categories where you have more misses than right responses, unless it’s absolutely obvious. But then the players might think it’s a trap and too easy, giving a wrong reply anyway.

    • He is not a well known actor despite winning the two Oscars.

  5. What do you know! FINALLY a contestant from HI!!!

    • @Andy:
      when was the last time a Hawaiian player was on(regardless of the outcome)?

      • Just looked it up: Brandon Beckler in Feb 2017!! (Almost 2 years ago). Talk about discrimination..States with less residents than Hawaii field multiple players per season on a regular basis.

  6. Interestingly, Sarah and Joshua’s buzzer war rivaled and even somewhat exceeded Ken’s and James’s dominance in GOAT albeit for just 1 game, in one metric, with both 40% or above. Actually Ken and James never both broke 40% for the same two games in any of the four matches.

  7. I don’t understand what’s happening here in L.A. but they are not showing today’s episode. They are re-airing Monday’s game again. Anyone else noticing this?

    • This usually happens when the local station has some sort of technical issue with the day’s episode; a recent episode is kept so that something is broadcast. Only KABC truly knows what the issue is, though!

    • ABC7 aka KABC LA tweeted the correct episode will air at 2:07 a.m.

  8. So does this mean we won’t be able to see the correct episode? I called ABC and they were complete idiots without any answers. Their website is totally user unfriendly

  9. Cynthia Babcock | January 30, 2020 at 11:42 pm |

    The show where Josh Swiger beats Sarah Frontiera never aired. S36 E 102 is Sarah’s second episode. S36 E103 is Sarah beating Heather(Sarah’s first episode) Then S36 E104 is Josh Swiger as champion. What’s going on with programming?

    • Cynthia:

      If you watch on KABC Los Angeles, there was a technical issue with the normal 1/29 broadcast where S36 E101 was aired instead; S36 E103 was aired at 2:07 am.

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