Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Presidential Geography) for Wednesday, April 15, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 158):

This Midwest city is the burial place of one 19th century President & was named for a relative of another

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Xiaoke Ying, a sophomore at the University of Southern California from Arcadia, California
Xiaoke Ying on Jeopardy!
Marshall Comeaux, a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin from Dallas, Texas
Marshall Comeaux on Jeopardy!
Nathaniel Miller, a sophomore at Yale University from Miami, Florida
Nathaniel Miller on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Cleveland, Ohio?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Cleveland, Ohio was named after its founder, Moses Cleaveland, who was the third cousin thrice removed of U.S. President Grover Cleveland. Its Lake View Cemetery is home to the James A. Garfield Memorial.

In terms of how to get this one? There was a lot of noise in this clue, you basically needed to think “what Midwest city shares its name with a U.S. President” and hope that it fit all of the parts of the clue.

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Scores going into Final:
Marshall $12,200
Nathaniel $11,800
Xiaoke $10,200

Tonight’s results:
Xiaoke $10,200 – $2,000 = $8,200 (What is Lincoln?) (Finalist)
Nathaniel $11,800 – $10,800 = $1,000 (What is Lincoln?)
Marshall $12,200 – $11,401 = $799 (What is Lincoln, Nebraska)

Xiaoke Ying, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 15, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Nathaniel $5,800
Marshall $3,400
Xiaoke $2,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS $1000 (clue #22)
Nathaniel 5600 -800 (Marshall 3200 Xiaoke 2200)
2) POETRY $2000 (clue #3)
Marshall 5000 +5000 (Nathaniel 5800 Xiaoke 3800)
3) THE ELEMENTS WITH STYLE $2000 (clue #15)
Marshall 12400 -3000 (Nathaniel 10200 Xiaoke 5000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 62

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $1,200
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 335 (2.12 per episode average), 5 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Xiaoke $10,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 22.22% in first on buzzer (12/54), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Nathaniel $12,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 4 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (18/54), 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Marshall $12,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 5 incorrect, 35.19% in first on buzzer (19/54), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,000
Lach Trash: $6,600 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,200

Nathaniel Miller, career statistics:
46 correct, 8 incorrect
7/7 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
37.84% in first on buzzer (42/111)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,200

Marshall Comeaux, career statistics:
37 correct, 12 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
35.14% in first on buzzer (39/111)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,800

Xiaoke Ying, career statistics:
23 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
19.82% in first on buzzer (22/111)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,300

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Nathaniel didn’t have a great outcome on Daily Doubles, an opponent went large on theirs, and Final Jeopardy! didn’t break his way. That’s pretty much the exact formula on how a heavy favorite loses on Jeopardy. Was the prediction model inaccurate? Maybe. It’s obviously hard to predict based on one game. It’s quite possible that the prediction model should take into account the possibility that Game 1 was an outlier. It’s something I’ll look at going forward.

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22 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, April 15, 2020"

  1. John McCleary | April 15, 2020 at 11:29 am |

    That was definitely a great win by Xiaoke. This is going to be a great Final.

  2. Andy, think you should check the math on Xiaoke’s final score…

    Thanks for all you do!

  3. Wow, truly an epic comeback from last virtually the entire game by Xiaoke, the greatest underdog to the heavy favorite! Xiaoke and Nibir with solid play outlasted 4 of the 5 1st week winners in surprising upsets and now face the last remaining favorite, Tyler, in Finals. Should be interesting!

  4. Dennis Jaegers | April 15, 2020 at 12:42 pm |

    So now, who will be playing on Thursday and Friday?

  5. Very clever wager on Xiaoke’s part, I think. I think she guessed the boys would both go big against each other, and she was right.

  6. That was a very clever wager on Xiaoke’s part, I think. I think she guessed the boys would both go big against each other, and she was right.

  7. I don’t normally do this, but this FJ was so interesting that I allowed myself a little extra time on it. I finally arrived on the right answer after eliminating Lincoln and Madison because they were likely named after the actual presidents, whereas Cleveland definitely existed before the 1890s. This may have been more appropriate for a ToC in my opinion.

  8. I suggest the prediction model is probably quite accurate long-term for non-tournament games, but for short-term events such as this tournament and especially after 1 game, has a large +/- range of deviation or confidence. I see no way of knowing if a game 1 result is an outlier after 1 game, but it could factor into a Finals prediction model.

    Game 1 performances sometimes predict game 2 performances poorly. One example are the two most successful ladies with regular Jeopardy, Julia Collins and Jennifer Quail. In game 1 Julia’s Coryat was merely 8,000 while Jennifer’s was a spectacular 29,800. Nevertheless, Julia’s game 2 Coryat was better, 19,600 to 14,600! I postulate that prediction after two games is probably considerably more accurate, so the same prediction model for the Finals is less likely to have the extremes or surprises of the Semi-Finals.

  9. Brad (not Rutter) | April 15, 2020 at 5:03 pm |

    Who is Babe Ruth?

  10. Frank Smith | April 15, 2020 at 5:15 pm |

    I thought every clue was played in tournaments? Is that only in the ToC, or was I wrong all along?

    • Frank – in the quarterfinals of tournaments, every clue is played to ensure that the non-winners are not at a disadvantage in terms of wild cards (because their scores are being compared to those in other games).

      In the semifinals and final, however, players are competing only against the other two on the stage with them; thus, in the second week, the timing of the end-of-round signal is at the producers’ discretion, just as in regular play.

  11. Maurine Gutowski | April 15, 2020 at 5:30 pm |

    I guessed Cleveland, Ohio right away. I was surprised that nobody got it. I hope the show doesn’t get pre-empted by something.

  12. Even though I grew up in Cleveland, I‘’m ashamed to admit I missed this, and thought it was very tough. Not surprised this was a TS.

  13. Tough FJ as we got a triple stumper.

  14. With this clue I thought this would happen. I’ll miss Marshall, but I’m certainly glad there is a lady in the Finals.

    • I’m curious why Marshall was leaning down and would stand up to answer. Haven’t seen that before, I thought maybe he had a bad back or eyes.

  15. R. B. Smada | April 15, 2020 at 8:56 pm |

    Xiaoke won? Um ok. Good for her lol.

  16. David Dudovitz | April 15, 2020 at 11:32 pm |

    I never would’ve thought of Nebraska as part of the Midwest – interesting that all 3 contestants went for it

  17. center ice | April 16, 2020 at 3:13 am |


    Thank you SO MUCH for including “third cousin thrice removed” in your “more information about Final Jeopardy!” section. Genealogists sometimes have trouble getting the uninitiated to understand “first cousin once removed,” but “third and thrice”? That’s branching out on a family tree!

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