Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, March 20, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Women Authors) for Friday, March 20, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 140):

2 events figure prominently in her 2003 memoir: A coup in Chile on September 11, 1973 & the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Abhijit Khanna, a software developer from Washington, D.C.
Abhijit Khanna on Jeopardy!
Katy Cummings, an attorney from Pasadena, California
Katy Cummings on Jeopardy!
Michonne Omo, a staff attorney from Walnut Creek, California (1-day total: $15,800)
Michonne Omo on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Isabel Allende?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Isabel Allende is a Chilean author; her father’s first cousin was Salvador Allende, who was overthrown by Augusto Pinochet in 1973. Isabel found herself in exile in Venezuela following the coup, where she wrote her first major novel, The House of the Spirits. Her 2003 memoir was Invented Country, which noted that the September 11 attacks on the United States came on the 28th anniversary of the Chilean coup.

Also, I would preface this by saying that this is completely coincidental, and I’m probably the only person who’s going to notice this (especially as the Venn diagram of Nintendo fans and Jeopardy! fans is relatively small), but it’s an amusing coincidence that the subject of Final Jeopardy! on the release date of Animal Crossing: New Horizons is named Isabel (Isabelle is one of the most prominent characters in the Animal Crossing video game franchise).

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

Scores going into Final:
Michonne $14,000
Katy $13,400
Abhijit $11,000

Tonight’s results:
Abhijit $11,000 – $4,300 = $6,700 (Who is Hillary Clinton?)
Katy $13,400 – $12,000 = $1,400 (Who is Albright?)
Michonne $14,000 – $7,000 = $7,000 (Who is ??) (2-day total: $22,800)

Michonne Omo, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 20, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Michonne $4,400
Katy $3,400
Abhijit $1,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THIS PLANET $800 (clue #9)
Katy 1600 -1600 (Michonne 1600 Abhijit 1000)
2) HISTORIC NAMES $1200 (clue #3)
Abhijit 2600 +1200 (Michonne 4400 Katy 3400)
3) CLASSICAL MUSIC $800 (clue #23)
Michonne 8400 +2000 (Katy 11000 Abhijit 7800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -30

Unplayed clues:
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 302 (2.16 per episode average), 3 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Michonne $12,800 Coryat, 17 correct, 0 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer (16/56), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Abhijit $11,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer (16/56), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Katy $15,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 2 incorrect, 32.14% in first on buzzer (18/56), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,800
Lach Trash: $9,800 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,800

Michonne Omo, career statistics:
36 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
31.78% in first on buzzer (34/107)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,300

Katy Cummings, career statistics:
18 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
32.14% in first on buzzer (18/56)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,000

Abhijit Khanna, career statistics:
14 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
28.57% in first on buzzer (16/56)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,200)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,000

Michonne Omo, to win:
3 games: 47.677%
4: 22.731%
5: 10.838%
6: 5.167%
7: 2.464%
Avg. streak: 2.911 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • In an interview that she did before her shows aired, Michonne said “There’s all kinds of strategy theory out there about wagering and clue choice methodology, and I don’t bother with any of it.” To her credit, Final Jeopardy! broke in her favor today (when it wouldn’t have had she played a standard strategy). And that’s what keeps this game interesting and exciting. This game would be a lot more boring if everybody played exactly the same way.

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4 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, March 20, 2020"

  1. Who outsmarted whom here….sneaky bets by the ladies and again: saved by the TS in FJ.
    So we end the week on a whimper. Can’t say it often enough: there I S a world outside the U.S.A…………
    Btw, Salvador Allende had a daughter who was also named Isabel (*1942, 3 years earlier) who went into Chilean politics after the country returned to democratic ways, As for being exact: Tomas Allende (the father of today’s FJ) was the first cousin once removed of Salvador.
    Have a nice weekend everybody and more than ever: STAY SAFE!!

  2. A bit flabbergasted that I got it correct; hope my misspelling of “Isobel” wouldn’t have changed pronunciation enough to be ruled incorrect. I don’t think either Albright or Clinton are bad guesses, though Clinton in 1973 was working on Watergate issues as a Senate staffer so I’m not sure she would have been affected much by events in Chile. I think it’s a reasonably obscure FJ and am less surprised by a triple stumper than I would have been by a triple get.

  3. Tough FJ to end the week as we got a triple stumper.

  4. Funny that a triple stumper and a low winning total came moments after Alex introduced the FJ clue by saying, “We started this week on a high note with a big win; looks like we’re going to end the same way.”

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