Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 3, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Constitutional Amendments) for Friday, January 3, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 85):

Until a 1913 amendment allowed this, 1/3 of U.S. government revenue came from liquor

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Shayna O’Neill, a stage manager from Columbia, Maryland
Shayna O'Neill on Jeopardy!
Mat Gargano, a web developer from Staten Island, New York
Mat Gargano on Jeopardy!
Karen Farrell, a political consultant from Woodbridge, Virginia (6-day total: $115,603)
Karen Farrell on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is income tax?


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Even though the original United States constitution did permit federal taxation, it was difficult to determine whether income taxes were direct or indirect taxes (with direct taxes required to be distributed to states in proportion to each state’s population). Prior to the 16th Amendment, an income tax was attempted but was rendered impractical by the Supreme Court ruling in Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan & Trust Co.; that case held that taxes from the use of property were direct and had to be apportioned to states. Due to the near-impossibility of being able to separate such income from non-property income, income taxes did not return to the United States until the 16th Amendment was ratified in 1913.


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

Scores going into Final:
Karen $22,600
Mat $7,800
Shayna $2,000


Tonight’s results:
Shayna $2,000 – $0 = $2,000 (What is property tax?)
Mat $7,800 + $200 = $8,000
Karen $22,600 + $1,600 = $24,200 (7-day total: $139,803)


Karen Farrell, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 3, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Karen $7,200
Mat $4,600
Shayna $800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) THE MOTH $1000 (13th pick)
Mat 4600 -1000 (Karen 3400 Shayna -200)
2) CRIMINAL SLANG $1200 (1st pick)
Shayna 800 +2000 (Karen 7200 Mat 4600)
3) ROCK BANDS $1200 (6th pick)
Karen 8000 +3000 (Mat 4600 Shayna 1200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 116


Unplayed clues:
J! round: CALENDARS $200; “AFTER” $200; THE MOTH $200; PODCASTS $400
DJ! round: IT’S A HAND! IT’S MICHIGAN! $400; CRIMINAL SLANG $400; ROCK BANDS $400; PROTESTS $400
Total $ Left On Board: $2,600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 147 (1.73 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Karen $20,800 Coryat, 25 correct, 0 incorrect, 44.90% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Mat $8,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 5 incorrect, 32.65% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Shayna $1,200 Coryat, 5 correct, 2 incorrect, 10.20% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $30,800
Lach Trash: $13,400 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,200


Karen Farrell, stats to date:
164 correct, 15 incorrect
10/13 on rebound attempts (on 37 rebound opportunities)
39.89% in first on buzzer (150/376)
6/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,500)
6/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,143

Karen Farrell, to win:
8 games: 60.406%
9: 36.489%
10: 22.042%
11: 13.315%
12: 8.043%
Avg. streak: 8.526 games.

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 3, 2020"

  1. income tax or sales tax were obvious choices.. of course, i chose the wrong one.

  2. I wonder why we had 8 clues left on the board? No video category and 8 TS according to J!archive if I counted right.

    • The contestants won’t stop using superfluous speech. Also, I think the Gregory/Gregorian thing cheated Karen out of a guess.

    • It was the end of a long taping day for Alex, the J! round had a couple of judges’ interventions, and there were 8 Triple Stumpers for Double Jeopardy! – including that really weird Michigan category. That all adds up to 8 unrevealed clues without too much fault of the contestants.

  3. I live in Michigan. Was disappointed that not one question was answered correctly. We on the other hand aced it. Wanted to see the last question that went unrevealed.

  4. Andy, could you give us a little explication of how the methodology for odds is applied here specifically? Karen’s odds seem oddly low for a seven time champion with multiple runaways. Her wagering has been conservative, but she hasn’t been in many situations where she had to wager boldly.

  5. The income tax also paved the way for prohibition, as it provided a replacement of funds for a government that was about to ban the source of a significant portion of its budget. Hence a rare alliance between progressives and anti-booze moralists.

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