Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Mammals) for Tuesday, February 4, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 107):

A drawing of it by John Hunter, naturalist & governor of New South Wales, published in 1802 labels it Ornithorhyncus paradoxus

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Nipun Tulshian, an investment analyst from New York, New York
Nipun Tulshian on Jeopardy!
Kathryn Flucht, an accounting student from Canton, Michigan
Kathryn Flucht on Jeopardy!
Travis Gaylord, a management consultant from Wynnewood, Pennsylvania (1-day total: $14,801)
Travis Gaylord on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the (duck-billed) platypus?

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Hunter described the platypus as “An amphibious animal of the Mole kind which inhabits the banks of the fresh water lagoons in New South Wales”. It’s now known as Ornithorhynchus anatinus is one of the few species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young.

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Scores going into Final:
Nipun $5,200
Travis $5,000
Kathryn $2,400

Tonight’s results:
Kathryn $2,400 – $2,399 = $1 (What is the kiwi)
Travis $5,000 + $201 = $5,201 (2-day total: $20,002)
Nipun $5,200 – $5,200 = $0 (What is a kangaroo?)

Travis Gaylord, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 4, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Nipun $2,600
Travis $2,200
Kathryn $1,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) WHERE DOES IT HURT? $1000 (13th pick)
Kathryn 0 -1000 (Nipun 2200 Travis 1600)
2) ADMIRABLE ADMIRALS $1200 (3rd pick)
Nipun 4200 -3000 (Travis 2200 Kathryn 1600)
3) APOSTOLIC NAMES $2000 (9th pick)
Kathryn 2000 -2000 (Travis 4200 Nipun -800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -271

Unplayed clues:
J! round: IN THE ENVIRONMENT $400 & $600
Total $ Left On Board: $4,200
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 216 (2.02 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Travis $5,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.92% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Kathryn $5,400 Coryat, 11 correct, 5 incorrect, 23.08% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Nipun $8,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 4 incorrect, 32.69% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $18,600
Lach Trash: $18,200 (on 15 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,000

Travis Gaylord, stats to date:
25 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
23.30% in first on buzzer (24/103)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,000

Travis Gaylord, to win:
3 games: 25.437%
4: 6.470%
5: 1.646%
6: 0.419%
7: 0.106%
Avg. streak: 2.341 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Especially considering that Kathryn had occasion to bet what she did, Nipun’s choice to bet everything seemed to be an unnecessary risk, in my opinion.
  • Today’s combined Daily Double Efficiency of -271 is the second-lowest regular-play efficiency on record, dating back to October 2004.

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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, February 4, 2020"

  1. Leona Schell | February 4, 2020 at 10:00 am |

    You have the wrong picture under Travis’s name – please fix it – Thank you.

  2. The clues, at least the Daily Doubles, seemed unusually difficult. Do you know if it is possible that these were unused GOAT tournament clues re-purposed for the regular games? I’m not sure about if that would be possible given the taping schedule.

  3. Platypus was actually the only thing that came to mind when I read “paradoxus” ans NSW….. the Brothers Four had it in a song, I believe in “tie me kangaroo down”, they sang “..and mind me platypus duck, Bill…”. But that was in the 1960s…..
    Again (this time 5 ) clues left andwe are over 2 per episode. 15 TS… (I wonder what the record for TS is in a regular game??
    Nevertheless congratulations to Travis for win #2, again the only one to get FJ! right. The just over 12K before FJ!..ah well, can’t be all super duper games. I found the “where does it hurt” category rather easy, still 2 misses 1 TS, 1 DD…
    I’m sure you know the record for most TS in a game, please? 15 TS in one game = 25%.

  4. Maurine Gutowski | February 4, 2020 at 3:40 pm |

    I saw the orni (bird) and paradoxus and thought of the answer right away.

  5. Elizabeth Harris | February 4, 2020 at 8:02 pm |

    I cannot believe how lame the last few days have been. So many easy clues missed and weak players. Missing the level of competition under James when not only were clues more difficult but Jeopardy brought in trivia experts to try and defeat him. I am losing interest in the game if this continues…

    • I don’t particularly think it’s fair to blame the players here; there’s an ebb and flow to the difficulty of games from time to time. This is just a more difficult period.

      • Maybe so, but the last three days were less than …. maybe stellar ? Time for the ebb to turn into a flow again.
        I have to side with Elizabeth here. The game on Friday was already bad and today 25% of the clues were a TS. Not to mention the 7 wrong DDs out of 9 since Friday. 77.78 percent wrong….

  6. Oh, the all important Final Jeopardy. For the second day in a row, Travis came from behind because he was the only one who got the Final. Good for him. I’ll also bet it hasn’t happened often that somebody rang in on only 3 clues in Double Jeopardy, and still won the game.

    • He came from behind back to back as the only one being right at FJ!…. There is a saying in sports: sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Travis was lucky to run into weak opponents 2 days in a row, being right in FJ! notwithstanding.

      • Though, he would’ve won even if he’d been wrong. Though, if he’d been wrong, and Kathryn had been correct, we would’ve had a tie.

  7. Jason Smith | February 5, 2020 at 1:57 am |

    Why was Katheryn ruled incorrect with her “Jambo” answer? “Jambo” is the same as “Hello” in Swahili.

  8. Hey all you armchair quarterbacks…why don’t you suit up, try out for the show and see what you can do. I have great respect for people who put it on the line, and I hear it’s pretty difficult just to get on the show. Show a little respect and stop bashing them please. Man.

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