Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, January 8, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category European History) for Wednesday, January 8, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 88):

It took the French Army until 1995 to declare him innocent, 101 years after he was convicted of treason

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Shaun Gold, a serial entrepreneur from Boca Raton, Florida
Shaun Gold on Jeopardy!
Rachel Kline, a program associate from Washington, D.C.
Rachel Kline on Jeopardy!
Lisa Warne-Magro, a homemaker & community volunteer from Austin, Texas (1-day total: $14,700)
Lisa Warne-Magro on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Alfred Dreyfus?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The Dreyfus Affair (and the related Émile Zola letter J’Accuse!) is one of Jeopardy!‘s favorite topics to bring up in Final Jeopardy (It seems to come up just under once a season!) During a bout of French antisemitism in the 1890s, Alfred Dreyfus was accused of providing military secrets to the Germans (although the actual guilty party was Major Ferdinand Walsin-Esterhazy.) He was found guilty of treason in a secret court-martial in 1894, stripped of his rank, and sent to life imprisonment on Devil’s Island (part of French Guiana). In order to force the evidence against Dreyfus to be made public, Zola elected to have himself accused of libel. Dreyfus eventually accepted a pardon but was not completely declared innocent by the French Army until the 1990s, even though a French civilian court set aside the treason judgment in 1906.


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

Scores going into Final:
Lisa $13,800
Rachel $4,200
Shaun $2,300


Tonight’s results:
Shaun $2,300 + $0 = $2,300
Rachel $4,200 – $401 = $3,799 (Who is Arnold…?)
Lisa $13,800 – $4,000 = $9,800 (2-day total: $24,500) (Who is not Emile Zola?)


Lisa Warne-Magro, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 8, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Lisa $6,200
Shaun $5,000
Rachel $3,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) TV HOMES & ADDRESSES $800 (29th pick)
Shaun 4600 +400 (Lisa 5200 Rachel 3000)
2) RIVER ISLANDS $1600 (16th pick)
Shaun 7000 -1500 (Lisa 7400 Rachel 7000)
3) JEOPARDY! IN 2-D $2000 (22nd pick)
Lisa 8200 +2000 (Rachel 5000 Shaun 3500)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 12


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 157 (1.78 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Lisa $13,800 Coryat, 20 correct, 4 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer, 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Rachel $4,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Shaun $4,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 5 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer, 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $22,200
Lach Trash: $16,200 (on 14 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $15,600


Lisa Warne-Magro, stats to date:
41 correct, 10 incorrect
4/6 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
36.70% in first on buzzer (40/109)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,000

Lisa Warne-Magro, to win:
3 games: 46.764%
4: 21.869%
5: 10.227%
6: 4.782%
7: 2.236%
Avg. streak: 2.878 games.

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4 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, January 8, 2020"

  1. pretty easy… but i see the one contestant had an issue with recall i.e. if you know zola, you would have known dreyfus. my 82 year-old father had some recall issues on this too. he knows the event very well (robert harris has great historical fiction book on it) but couldn’t come up with dreyfus.

    i see brad rutter mentioned recall issues with age.. and then some online people suggest his DD difficulties were just that. i’m not so sure.

  2. I feel like this came up just a few months ago.

  3. Pizza Face Fred | January 8, 2020 at 10:45 pm |

    I was disappointed to miss St. Augustine in Florida as one of the oldest settlements in America a couple of weeks ago. It’s like I’ve always known that, for whatever reason, but it completely escaped me that day. I chalked it up to almost being 63 :”(

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