Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, April 17, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Historic Figures) for Friday, April 17, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 160):

In legend, this real European leader fielded an elite corps called the 12 Peers that included Oliver & Roland

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Xiaoke Ying, a sophomore at the University of Southern California from Arcadia, California (yesterday’s total: $800)
Xiaoke Ying on Jeopardy!
Nibir Sarma, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota from Eden Prairie, Minnesota (yesterday’s total: $22,195)
Nibir Sarma on Jeopardy!
Tyler Combs, a senior at Indiana University from Greenfield, Indiana (yesterday’s total: $200)
Tyler Combs on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Charlemagne?


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A French analog to King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table, the Twelve Peers, also known as paladins, were Charlemagne’s 12 foremost knights. They appear most often in French stories known as “chanson de geste” (“song of heroic deeds”), and while the composition of the group varies, Roland and Oliver always generally appear. The most famous “chanson de geste” today is The Song of Roland, which tells of the heroic death of Roland at the Battle of Roncevaux Pass.

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

Scores going into Final:
Nibir $27,595
Tyler $14,600
Xiaoke $11,600


Tonight’s results:
Xiaoke $11,600 + $1,600 = $13,200 + $800 = $14,000 ($25,000) (Who is Charlemagne?)
Tyler $14,600 + $5,200 = $19,800 + $200 = $20,000 ($50,000) (Who is Charlemagne?)
Nibir $27,595 – $2,020 = $25,575 + $22,195 = $47,770 ($100,000) (Who is Charlemagne? Who da man?)


Nibir Sarma, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 17, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Tyler $7,800
Nibir $6,400
Xiaoke $3,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) IN THE NATIONAL INVENTORS HALL OF FAME $1000 (clue #18)
Tyler 4600 +2400 (Nibir 4200 Xiaoke 2400)
2) WORLD CAPITALS $1600 (clue #3)
Nibir 8400 +8400 (Tyler 9000 Xiaoke 3200)
3) GET YOUR GROUP ON $1200 (clue #22)
Nibir 28400 -5 (Tyler 10200 Xiaoke 10000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 152


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 339 (2.12 per episode average), 5 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Nibir $20,800 Coryat, 28 correct, 4 incorrect, 52.63% in first on buzzer (30/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Tyler $13,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 0 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Xiaoke $11,600 Coryat, 11 correct, 0 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $45,600
Lach Trash: $4,000 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,400

Tyler Combs, career statistics:
73 correct, 10 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
31.25% in first on buzzer (70/224)
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,800)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,700

Nibir Sarma, career statistics:
95 correct, 17 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
43.30% in first on buzzer (97/224)
5/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $21,895)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,600

Xiaoke Ying, career statistics:
46 correct, 5 incorrect
7/7 on rebound attempts (on 21 rebound opportunities)
18.10% in first on buzzer (40/221)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,250

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Nibir becomes only the fifth wild card to win the College Championship, and the first since Monica Thieu in 2012.

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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, April 17, 2020"

  1. John McCleary | April 17, 2020 at 11:40 am |

    Congratulations Nibir! What a great championship. I can’t wait to see Felicity back on Monday trying to avoid the 1 game curse!

  2. I don’t understand Xiaoke’s or Tyler’s wagers, and considering the 25K difference between second and third place, I’d think they’d be well thought out. Maybe I’m missing something.

  3. “Who da man?” Nibir is! Great tournament and a dominant 2 day Final, but his crossing out a correct answer in FJ is a first for me to see! Best to him in the next TOC!

  4. So Nibir will be in the next ToC. Will you count him for 2/4 or 3/4 in final (he got it right, but decided to be funny)?

  5. Brad (not Rutter) | April 17, 2020 at 5:12 pm |

    Couldn’t believe Nibir went for a true daily double. No need for that much risk!

    • It was only the 3rd clue of the DD round and the game was by no means over at that point. Without an aggressive wager Xiaoke or Tyler have a better chance to prevent Nibir from having a lock on the tournament going into the Final. If he misses, he’s still ahead overall because of how large his lead was from the 1st game. He appeared to be extremely comfortable with World Capitals (he prioritized selecting all but the $400 clue in it and ran the category). It’s sensible to make an aggressive wager on a category you’re comfortable with rather than face the uncertainty of having the championship depend on your knowledge of an unknown category.

    • Not much of a risk when you consider that “World Capitals” is a very narrow category. If you’ve studied your world capitals you should have no problem. Besides they’re definitely not going to ask for the capitals of countries like Palau, Nauru, Tuvalu or the Comoros. Instead the questions are going to be limited to the 40 or so most well-known countries.

  6. center ice | April 17, 2020 at 9:56 pm |

    Viva Nibir! So impressed by your vast knowledge, your cool (both personality and style of play) and your puckish sense of humor. So not only does your university have some excellent sports teams (football and men’s hockey), but a Jeopardy! champion as well! Also impressed by your work with STEM and Girls Inc. — good to see a young man undertake such laudable volunteerism. Terrific job all-around!

  7. Does anyone (a past contestant, perhaps?) have any idea why players even off so many dollar amounts? I can see it, perhaps, in Final Jeopardy when someone is uncatchable, but Tyler rounded off several Daily Doubles in his run (at least another one tonight, though I haven’t seen the entire show on DVR yet). That’s not the first time that has happened. It’s not the biggest thing in the world, but just curious as to why.

    • I’m not a psychologist, but I would guess it’s probably just human nature, it just looks better for no particular “rational” reason. Kind of like my arranging all my bills in my pocket with the faces all pointing the same direction…all is right with the world! It really makes no “sense” if you think about it, but we do it anyway, don’t we? (You know who you are!!)

  8. Why did they give him credit for a correct answer for “luggage”. Ir was baggage?

  9. Congratulations, Nibir! I gotta say, I’m very impressed. Everyone was thinking he was just gonna be average, and then he went on to become the most dominant College Championship player in Jeopardy history!
    (And yes, I know that Kyle Hale from 2003 Won more, but A) back then the minimum first place prize was only 50,000$, and secondly, Jara and Mark [the two other competitors] gave Kyle a run for his money, whereas Nibir dominated the whole way through. And yes, Lilly Chin from 2016 did have a lock tournament [hence why the second place contestant, Gary Tse, only bet $4] but she was in second place going into game 2, but Nibir was consistently in first place.)
    Sorry if this comment is long, I get very enthused over Jeopardy

  10. Nibir was Da Man! Reminds me somewhat of Teen winner Avi Gupta. I wish they would go back to allowing the teen winner in the ToC. Avi could certainly hold his own, I would think.

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