Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, April 24, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Men & Machines) for Friday, April 24, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 165):

John Moore-Brabazon, the first pilot licensed by England, had learned about engines working for this man, first half of a famous pair

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Sarah Jett Rayburn, writer and stay-at-home mom from Hutto, Texas
Sarah Jett Rayburn on Jeopardy!
Shawn Dugas, a library associate from Metairie, Louisiana
Shawn Dugas on Jeopardy!
Tim Latham, an accountant from Boston, Massachusetts (1-day total: $21,200)
Tim Latham on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Charles Rolls?

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John Moore-Brabazon, who was the first Englishman to pilot a heavier-than-air powered aircraft, during his studies at Trinity College, Cambridge, spent his holidays working as an unpaid mechanic for fellow Trinity alumnus Charles Rolls, who co-founded auto manufacturer Rolls-Royce with Henry Royce. Unfortunately, Rolls—the second airplane pilot in Britain—became the first one to die in a powered aircraft accident, when the tail of his Wright Flyer broke up while flying in Bournemouth. Moore-Brabazon later served in the early World War II cabinet of Winston Churchill, serving as Minister of Transport and Minister of Aircraft Production, later being elevated to the House of Lords as Baron Brabazon of Tara.

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

Scores going into Final:
Sarah $16,000
Tim $15,200
Shawn $8,000

Tonight’s results:
Shawn $8,000 – $7,998 = $2 (Who is support your libraries)
Tim $15,200 + $15,200 = $30,400 (Who is Rolls?)
Sarah $16,000 + $15,000 = $31,000 (Who is Aston Rolls?) (1-day total: $31,000)

Sarah Jett Rayburn, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 24, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Shawn $5,600
Tim $4,600
Sarah $2,800

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE NIFTY ’50s $600 (clue #17)
Shawn 2000 +2000 (Tim 3800 Sarah 2600)
2) SPY TERMS $800 (clue #16)
Tim 8200 +3000 (Shawn 6800 Sarah 12000)
3) HERE’S LOOKING AT EUCLID $2000 (clue #27)
Tim 20400 -6000 (Shawn 7600 Sarah 16000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 107

Unplayed clues:
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 356 (2.16 per episode average), 5 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Sarah $16,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 25.93% in first on buzzer (14/54), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Tim $19,000 Coryat, 24 correct, 4 incorrect, 44.44% in first on buzzer (24/54), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Shawn $6,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 20.37% in first on buzzer (11/54), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $41,600
Lach Trash: $6,000 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800

Tim Latham, career statistics:
47 correct, 4 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
39.64% in first on buzzer (44/111)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,600

Shawn Dugas, career statistics:
12 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
20.37% in first on buzzer (11/54)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,600

Sarah Jett Rayburn, career statistics:
15 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
25.93% in first on buzzer (14/54)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,000

Sarah Jett Rayburn, to win:
2 games: 51.977%
3: 27.016%
4: 14.042%
5: 7.299%
6: 3.794%
Avg. streak: 2.082 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I have often made reference to Daily Double wagers in that seem aggressive on their surface but really aren’t. Tim’s bet on the final Daily Double falls into that category. That was a situation where a bet of at least $11,600 would have been understandable, as a Daily Double is usually easier than a random Final Jeopardy. Or, bet $3,200 or fewer if you would rather take your chances in Final Jeopardy. But $6,000 risks giving up an advantage that Tim has worked particularly hard for all game, without much significant upside.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I have often made reference to Daily Double wagers in that seem aggressive on their surface but really aren’t. Tim’s bet on the final Daily Double falls into that category. That was a situation where a bet of at least $11,600 would have been understandable, as a Daily Double is usually easier than a random Final Jeopardy. Or, bet $3,200 or fewer if you would rather take your chances in Final Jeopardy. But $6,000 risks giving up an advantage that Tim has worked particularly hard for all game, without much significant upside.

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24 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, April 24, 2020"

  1. John McCleary | April 24, 2020 at 11:45 am |

    Oh my goodness! Another one day winner! This is truly disappointing. I thought Tim was going to win the game today! I am very disappointed. I am worried we are going to get another 1-day curse again. Also, great Coryat score today! I wonder if $42,000 is in the top 10 best Coryat scores.

    • It’s not even in the top 400.

      • John McCleary | April 24, 2020 at 1:31 pm |

        Oops sorry Andy, I meant to say 100 but no need to answer it now. Thank you for telling me!

    • Another good game by Tim, but too bad his final DD wager lost his lead and ultimately the game. Had he won today he’d have had better than average potential to make TOC, but this mini one game drought will end soon enough (maybe by Sarah), including seeing another TOC qualifier!

      • Yeah, the DD cost him the game.But congrats to Sarah, she did not have a single DD but won anyway.
        Have a safe weekend everybody!!

    • John, FYI the all-time best combined Coryat is a staggering $53,200 in James Holzhauer’s final regular game loss to Emma. He often brought out others best, having participated in at least a few of the top ten all-time best combined Coryats.

      • John McCleary | April 24, 2020 at 1:33 pm |

        I think I saw a video about how that game had the highest Coryat score. Thanks for refreshing my memory, Bob!


  3. I enjoy one day winner. More contestants and fairer competition that way. I wish Jeopardy would return to 5 days and you are retired. Ken Jennings’ streak was ridiculous

    • I guess I’m in the middle on this. I honestly don’t understand why it seems to so negatively affect so many on this site when there’s a large turnover on champions. It’s kind of cool when someone puts together a big streak, but it’s not the end all for me. I’ve been watching the show so long, I guess I just like it, no matter who’s on, or how well they’re doing.

  4. Brad (not Rutter) | April 24, 2020 at 5:07 pm |

    Tim will rue that final DD wager for awhile. Easy to criticize from my armchair but I wouldn’t have risked giving up the lead.

  5. @Andy
    Still, the DD being close to the end (#27) a wager that would have – if wrong (and he was) preserved his lead would have been more advisable imo.
    Even more’s the pity that he picked Copernicus, another German (born in Prussia, albeit a part that was autonomous from Poland). Quite close but…..Maybe because he got 224-26 right he was too confident?
    It gave Sarah the win ultimately and as they say, “for someone to win, someone has to lose”.

    • I disagree. Holding everything else constant, would you rather put your chances on a Daily Double where a sufficient wager and correct response wins 66% of the time (or better depending on clue value), or a situation where you need Final Jeopardy! to break your way and you’re only about 53 to 55% to win? To me, the choice is obvious.

      • But your opponent gets the same FJ. I guess it is in part not just a chance you take based on math but how careful or aggressive you are in general. In this case it did not pan out since he got the DD wrong (despite getting the previous 3 right) and he nailed FJ. Also a 50/50 in the luck of the draw for the FJ category/clue.

        Anyway, have a safe and – as far as possible – relaxing weekend!!

      • Andy,

        Have you ever looked at whether contestants are less likely to respond correctly to DDs (and questions in general) toward the end of the round? The data was probably cleaner to look at when it was more common for contestants to run categories rather than jump around the board. I guess one way to look at it would be is how likely is the 1st $X clue to be answered correctly vs. the 6th? I would think contestants would tend to avoid the categories they feel least comfortable in, but there is often misdirection or ambiguity in the category names.

        Agree that it is better to go for the win in that spot unless you’re really unsure of the category, but definitely better to play it safe than get caught in the middle with a high risk, low reward wager.

  6. Maurine Gutowski | April 24, 2020 at 9:30 pm |

    I thought it was a wow of a show! I didn’t have a chance to look at the results ahead of time to be a smarty about the winner when my husband is watching. I got a lot of the answers right, but not the FJ at the end; never heard of the guy. Are there more unseen shows in still in the bag?

  7. Gary Kevin Ware | April 25, 2020 at 12:57 am |

    Here in Los Angeles, Jeopardy was put back to 9PM, due to coverage of the NFL draft, and due to it running long, I missed the first few minutes. That was better than yesterday, when, for the same reason, I missed about the first 15 minutes. But tonight, after the commercials after Double Jeopardy, they started to replay the beginning of Double Jeopardy, instead of Final Jeopardy. After a minute or so, they just went to more commercials, and I never saw Final Jeopardy.

  8. Vader47000 | April 25, 2020 at 3:57 am |

    ABC7 in Los Angeles was having some issues tonight. Rescheduled the game to 9 p.m. because the network was carrying ESPN coverage of the NFL Draft, which of course ran long (same thing happened last night), and the local station cut into the game already in progress (last night the game was already halfway through Double J).

    Tonight we got a few questions before the first-round break, and then the rest of the game played normally … until after Double J, when instead of Final J and the end of the show, the station just started Double J again. After a few minutes (the allotted time for the FJ segment and credits) the game just cut out and then it was on to Wheel of Fortune. So I had to come here to see who won.

    • Same deal in Seattle. My recording caught the first half of Thursday’s broadcast and none of Friday’s. Just from seeing the first half of Thursday, I thought Tim might be in for a run.

      • Actually here in Hawaii they preempted the Thursday show and then did broadcast the Thu and Fri show on Friday back to back. Better than nothing.

  9. Pam Houseknecht | April 25, 2020 at 12:23 pm |

    Maurine, the Teachers Tournament is still waiting to be aired. I was lucky enough to be in the audience for its finale. They also taped a few additional shows after the Tournament, without an audience before the studio closed, which haven’t yet aired.

  10. Brad (not Rutter) | April 26, 2020 at 2:59 pm |

    Earlier I believe Andy said they had new shows through May 29. I wonder what happens then. Maybe rebroadcast James’s run? Ken’s?

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