Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, April 16, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Shakespeare’s Plays) for Thursday, April 16, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 159):

An account of a deposed Duke of Genoa in a 1549 “History of Italy” is a presumed source for this play

(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!
Nibir Sarma, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota from Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Nibir Sarma on Jeopardy!
Tyler Combs, a senior at Indiana University from Greenfield, Indiana
Tyler Combs on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is The Tempest?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

William Thomas, who wrote the first English-language book on Italy, 1549’s “History of Italy”, wrote of the politician Prospero Adorno, who was deposed in July 1478 after Prospero attempted to ally with Ferdinand of Aragon and had conversations with Pope Sixtus IV (the Genoese population feared betrayal and deposed him).

The Tempest’s character of Prospero is a Duke of Milan who had been deposed by his brother Antonio (and set out to sea with his daughter Miranda to die). However, Prospero and Miranda survived, while Prospero learned sorcery in order to protect his daughter and control others.

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

Scores going into Final:
Nibir $25,200
Xiaoke $8,800
Tyler $5,200


Tonight’s results:
Tyler $5,200 – $5,000 = $200 (What is Coriolanus?)
Xiaoke $8,800 – $8,000 = $800 (What is Ot Othello?)
Nibir $25,200 – $3,005 = $22,195 (What is Twelfth Night?)


Today's Jeopardy! scores (from the April 16, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Nibir $6,400
Tyler $4,400
Xiaoke $3,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) AMERICAN HISTORY $800 (clue #5)
Nibir 1000 -1000 (Tyler 1000 Xiaoke 1000)
2) FRENCH GEOGRAPHY $2000 (clue #2)
Tyler 5600 -2400 (Nibir 5200 Xiaoke 3200)
3) POETRY FOR PHYSICISTS $1200 (clue #8)
Nibir 8000 +8000 (Tyler 4400 Xiaoke 4800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -43


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: THE HIDDEN WORLD OF EMOJIS $200 MOVIE COMEDIES $200
DJ! Round: FRENCH GEOGRAPHY $400 SONGS OF YOUR OLDER SIBLINGS $400
Total Left On Board: $1,200
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 339 (2.13 per episode average), 5 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Nibir $19,400 Coryat, 28 correct, 6 incorrect, 58.49% in first on buzzer (31/53), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Xiaoke $8,800 Coryat, 11 correct, 1 incorrect, 16.98% in first on buzzer (9/53), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Tyler $7,600 Coryat, 10 correct, 3 incorrect, 20.75% in first on buzzer (11/53), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,800
Lach Trash: $5,800 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,200

Tyler Combs, career statistics:
58 correct, 9 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
33.53% in first on buzzer (56/167)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,400)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,533

Nibir Sarma, career statistics:
68 correct, 11 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
40.12% in first on buzzer (67/167)
4/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $13,500)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,533

Xiaoke Ying, career statistics:
35 correct, 4 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 18 rebound opportunities)
18.90% in first on buzzer (31/164)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,467

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Because scores earned tomorrow can be doubled in Final Jeopardy, Nibir has an effective lead of $10,697.50 over Xiaoke and $10,997.50 over Tyler.
  • The largest deficit overcome to win a College Championship final is $14,800, by Joey Beachum in 2008. Three other tournaments have had deficits of $25,000 or greater overcome: the 10th Anniversary Tournament (Frank Spangenberg was a pre-doubled $13,000 behind Tom Nosek, adjusted to $26,000), the February 2007 Teen Tournament (David Walter was $25,800 behind Ben Schenkel), and the July 2007 Teen Tournament (Meryl Federman was $25,000 behind Greg Peterson).

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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, April 16, 2020"

  1. This was a clear – and bountiful – runaway for Nibir. I’m wondering why he wagered anything. That extra $3005 might make a winning difference tomorrow.

    • Agree also. Nevertheless, Nibir performance has noticeably improved each game, Tyler’s has decreased, while Xiaoke has been nearly the same. Advantage Nibir. But what will tomorrow hold?

  2. Maurine Gutowski | April 16, 2020 at 3:09 pm |

    The show tonight will probably be pre-empted locally by a Michigan Town Hall led by the Gov. Given enough time I might have gotten The Tempest because a picture of a masted boat in a storm flashed in my head, just as Cleveland from Grover Cleveland did yesterday.

  3. Brad (not Rutter) | April 16, 2020 at 5:07 pm |

    Incredible performance by Nibir! Someone else is going to have to hit some daily doubles and bet big tomorrow.

  4. Tough FJ today as we got another triple stumper.

  5. R. B. Smada | April 16, 2020 at 7:32 pm |

    Well this one is pretty much over isn’t it?

  6. Michael Schwartz | April 16, 2020 at 8:14 pm |

    Is it considered good strategy to risk losing everything on Day 1, or to risk anything at all with a huge lead?

    I guessed The Tempest for FJ, because I knew the character of Prospero had been stranded on an island.

  7. Maurine Gutowski | April 16, 2020 at 8:48 pm |

    Whole hour on CBS WAS preempted, by the Senators’ Town Hall (Michigan has 2 D senators) (can’t blame Gov. Whitmer) and most of the local news at 6 by Trump and gang. Will hope for better luck for the finale tomorrow. Some of the shows now from people’s homes are turning out to be more interesting than the old ones with audiences.

  8. Maurine Gutowski | April 17, 2020 at 2:31 am |

    Miracle of miracles, our CBS station DID run the preempted programs right after the Late Late Show. I finally got to hear how Xiaoke pronounces her name.

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