Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 31, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category French Towns) for Friday, January 31, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 105):

Legend says local farm wife Marie Harel & a priest from Brie created the famous product of this Normandy village

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Audrey Koh, a professional taste tester from Oakland, California
Audrey Koh on Jeopardy!
Matthew Leonard, a client services coordinator from New Haven, Connecticut
Matthew Leonard on Jeopardy!
Michelle Paul, a managing director from Newark, Delaware (1-day total: $17,900)
Michelle Paul on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Camembert?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

According to local legend, Marie Harel is credited as the invention of Camembert cheese, with the assistance of Brie priest Charles-Jean Bonvoust, who passed along advice about making cheese with an edible rind (like Brie). Camembert cheese is noted for having less cream than brie, a smaller wheel, and being packaged in thin round wooden boxes; the boxes made for very easy export, which led to Camembert becoming very popular in North America. Harel has been honored with a statue in Camembert, as well as an April 2017 Google Doodle commemorating her 256th birthday.


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

Scores going into Final:
Michelle $10,200
Matthew $3,200
Audrey -$2,600


Tonight’s results:
Audrey -$2,600 (by rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Matthew $3,200 – $3,200 = $0 (What is cheese?)
Michelle $10,200 + $2,022 = $12,222 (2-day total: $30,122)


Michelle Paul, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 31, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Michelle $4,800
Audrey $3,400
Matthew $1,600



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Opening break taken after: 14 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) @ $600 (14th pick)
Matthew 2800 -2800 (Michelle 3600 Audrey 1600)
2) HISTORIC PLEAS $1200 (8th pick)
Audrey 5800 -4000 (Michelle 6000 Matthew 1200)
3) SPECIES NAMES $1600 (17th pick)
Michelle 7200 +2200 (Matthew 1200 Audrey 600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -138


Unplayed clues:
J! round: % $200; “&” $200; * $200; > $200
DJ! round: SPECIES NAMES $800; WORLD TRANSPORTATION $400 & $800; REAL-LIFE CELEBRITY SUPERHEROES $400, $800 & $1600
Total $ Left On Board: $5,600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 205 (1.95 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Michelle $9,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 29.79% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Matthew $6,000 Coryat, 9 correct, 3 incorrect, 19.15% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Audrey $1,400 Coryat, 11 correct, 6 incorrect, 34.04% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $17,000
Lach Trash: $18,400 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,000


Michelle Paul, stats to date:
36 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
32.67% in first on buzzer (33/101)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $200)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,500

Michelle Paul, to win:
3 games: 36.631%
4: 13.419%
5: 4.915%
6: 1.801%
7: 0.660%
Avg. streak: 2.578 games.

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 31, 2020"

  1. Goodness gracious! 10 unrevealed clues! That is bizarre, but still congrats to Michelle.

  2. 10 clues left, 13 triple stumpers, 2 missed DDs, 13.400 total before FJ!….
    Have a nice weekend everybody!

    • ..and Matthew must have misread the clue. I don’t think there is a village in all of France called “cheese”…🧀😂

  3. And tell me good man, where is John Cleese when you need him for Final Jeopardy?

    • Marty Cunningham | January 31, 2020 at 3:51 pm |

      “it’s not much of a cheese shop, is it?
      “Finest in the district.”
      “Explain the logic underlying that…”
      “Well, it’s so clean.”
      “Yes, certainly uncontaminated by cheese.”

  4. I am curious, what is the worst score someone has had after double jeopardy?

  5. The clues were not nice to Audrey.

  6. Was Audrey the first contestant not allowed to change his/her wager on a DD after the clue was revealed? 😉

  7. Jennifer Lynch | January 31, 2020 at 8:01 pm |

    Very strange game. I think Matthew just cheese because he had nothing else and better to say something than nothing. I thought it was a very hard Final, even though I said ‘of course’ when Alex said answer.

  8. Maurine Gutowski | January 31, 2020 at 8:08 pm |

    I thought the first half questions were surprisingly easy. Big contrast with the second half.

  9. I was surprised that the way Audrey said Pryum (I’m most likely misspelling it too) wasn’t accepted as other mispronunciation are accepted??

    • I definitely heard “Peer-um”, which would still be “Piram” and not “Priam”. It changed the spelling and it sounded like the judges picked up on it.

      • I noticed it at the time also…she definitely said “Peer-um”, and Alex just misspoke when he offered an explanation for the ruling, saying it wasn’t “Pree-um”, which would have been accepted.

        • Apologies to Alex…he didn’t misspeak. He told her it was “Pry-um” or “Pree-um”. I recalled him saying “not”, when he said “or”. (Thank you DVR!!)

  10. Holman Cloceal | February 2, 2020 at 9:58 am |

    Very good stats congrats to everyone

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