Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, January 6, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 1960s Novels) for Monday, January 6, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 86):

This book defines its own title as “concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers… was the process of a rational mind”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Kristin Carter, an attorney from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Kristin Carter on Jeopardy!
Sayeed Akhtar, a student from Fairfax, Virginia
Sayeed Akhtar on Jeopardy!
Karen Farrell, a political consultant from Woodbridge, Virginia (7-day total: $139,803)
Karen Farrell on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Catch-22?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The term “catch-22”, from Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel, was defined in Chapter 5 of that work thusly: “There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he was sane, he had to fly them. If he flew them, he was crazy and didn’t have to; but if he didn’t want to, he was sane and had to.” The term very quickly entered the general parlance to describe a paradoxical situation from which one cannot escape because of a contradiction of rules or limitations.


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

Scores going into Final:
Karen $19,800
Kristin $9,600
Sayeed $2,000


Tonight’s results:
Sayeed $2,000 – $19 = $1,981 (What is ?)
Kristin $9,600 – $9,599 = $1 (What is I’m Ok You’re OK?)
Karen $19,800 + $0 = $19,800 (8-day total: $159,603)


Karen Farrell, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 6, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Karen $8,800
Kristin $1,600
Sayeed $800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) TALES OF THE CITY $1000 (3rd pick)
Karen 800 -1000 (Kristin 600 Sayeed 0)
2) THE AGE OF EXPLORATION $1200 (10th pick)
Karen 9600 +2000 (Kristin 6400 Sayeed 800)
3) 3-NAMED PEOPLE $2000 (15th pick)
Karen 14000 +3000 (Kristin 8000 Sayeed -400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -58


Unplayed clues:
J! round: SHUT UP $200; & DEAL THE CARBS $200
DJ! round: THE AGE OF EXPLORATION $400; 3-NAMED PEOPLE $400; FOREIGN COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES $400
Total $ Left On Board: $1,600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 152 (1.77 per episode average), 1 Daily Double



Game Stats:
Karen $19,000 Coryat, 28 correct, 3 incorrect, 50.00% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Sayeed $2,000 Coryat, 5 correct, 4 incorrect, 15.38% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Kristin $9,600 Coryat, 10 correct, 1 incorrect, 21.15% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $30,600
Lach Trash: $14,000 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,800


Karen Farrell, stats to date:
193 correct, 18 incorrect
11/15 on rebound attempts (on 40 rebound opportunities)
41.12% in first on buzzer (176/428)
8/12 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,500)
7/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,250

Karen Farrell, to win:
9 games: 61.844%
10: 38.247%
11: 23.654%
12: 14.628%
13: 9.047%
Avg. streak: 9.621 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I was asked on Friday why Karen’s chances of winning are only in the 60% range. Her scores going into Final Jeopardy haven’t been particularly high. I figure it’s only a matter of time before she finds herself in a game that is closer going into Final. If Final breaks the wrong way in that case, she’ll end up going home.
  • Today’s full stats will likely be posted by 7:15 PM Eastern as I will be using tonight’s episode to test my tracking system for the Greatest of All Time matchups.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, January 6, 2020"

  1. While the GOAT tournament will take much of the air out of the room, yet this past month (12/4/19 – 1/5/20)has seen two 8 game champs (and counting), a significant historic first, both women. Along with James H and Jason Z, and the recent exciting TOC it’s been an exceptional, exciting Jeopardy! year by any measure.

  2. While not the most spectacular, Karen certainly is a very consistent champ. A win tomorrow makes her the 2nd longest reigning woman of all time. Love how she puts the prediction model to shame every day. Go Karen!

  3. I have come to accept her cautious playing methods and she is a very pleasant person to have around. Jason, thanks for that statistic – I hope she DOES reach that claim to fame.
    Who is the longest reigning woman of all time?

    • Julia Collins, with 20 wins in 2014. She came in third place in that year’s Tournament of Champions and was one of the six captains for last year’s All-Star Games, where she, Ben Ingram, and Seth Wilson were the team eliminated in the first round.

  4. Again several clues left over, no video category but 11 TS if I counted right and one missed DD. 2 clues left in the J! round. Maybe the interviews are getting too long?

    • They have the same amount of time in each round. The interview time doesn’t affect round play time so that’s not the problem.

    • Sean:

      There were audience members who reported that Alex was struggling during these tapings. It would not surprise me if, sadly, his current condition made him slightly slower reading the clues.

      • Makes sense. And the 11 TSs did probably not help either, since the clock is running while the players try to come up with the right response. I am really worried about Alex though!

  5. While I’m sure it wasn’t foremost in his mind, something notable in Alex’s telling the players that this, Karen’s eighth win, was a runaway: it was in Julia Collins’s eighth win (April 30, 2014) that she inadvertently put a lock game/runaway at risk.

    • Was Kristin betting as if she could still catch her. She had a lock on second place yet needlessly cost herself $1000 by dropping to third.

      I couldn’t watch the ep since AT&T apparently decided there aren’t new episodes the next few weeks so my DVR didn’t record this one.

  6. Karen rules!! My favorite player since James.

  7. Alex noted that Karen has been a champion for two years. She’s won four in 2019 and so far four in 2020. Already she has the longest streak spanning two years. Jason Keller, had a 9 game streak in 2011 that ended December 29. Had his streak reached 12 he would have won into January 2012.

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