Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, April 27, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Civil War People) for Monday, April 27, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 166):

Before they were photographed together in 1862, Lincoln wryly noted this general “should have no problem” sitting still for it

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Matt Ribel, a speechwriter from Washington, D.C.
Matt Ribel on Jeopardy!
Lauren D’Souza, a sustainability analyst from Los Angeles, California
Lauren D'Souza on Jeopardy!
Sarah Jett Rayburn, a writer & stay-at-home mom from Hutto, Texas (1-day total: $31,000)
Sarah Jett Rayburn on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is George McClellan?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Abraham Lincoln, growing frustrated with Gen. McClellan’s reluctance to pursue and fight the Confederacy after the Battle of Antietam, went to visit McClellan at the site. He wrote of the October 3, 1862 meeting to his wife Mary: “We are about to be photographed if we can sit still long enough. I feel Gen. M. should have no problem”. When McClellan claimed his horses were too tired to move later that month, Lincoln telegraphed back “Will you pardon me for asking what the horses of your army have done since the battle of Antietam that fatigue anything?” As it turned out, McClellan was less than thrilled with the Emancipation Proclamation of Lincoln and McClellan was removed from his post in charge of the Army of the Potomac on November 5 of that year. McClellan later ran for President against Lincoln in the 1864 election but was soundly defeated.

Abraham Lincoln (left) and George McClellan (right) at Antietam on October 3, 1862, as asked about in Final Jeopardy on Monday, April 27, 2020.

Abraham Lincoln (left) and George McClellan (right) at Antietam on October 3, 1862. (Photo obtained from: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College.)

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

Scores going into Final:
Sarah $14,400
Matt $9,800
Lauren $8,700


Tonight’s results:
Lauren $8,700 – $5,701 = $2,999 (Who is Sherman?)
Matt $9,800 – $9,798 = $2 (Who is… She ?)
Sarah $14,400 – $6,000 = $8,400 (Who is Grant?) (2-day total: $39,400)


Sarah Jett Rayburn, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 27, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Sarah $4,800
Lauren $3,400
Matt $1,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) CITY HOMOPHONES $1000 (clue #20)
Matt 1200 -1200 (Sarah 3200 Lauren 2800)
2) ARCHER $1200 (clue #28)
Lauren 8200 +2500 (Sarah 14400 Matt 9000)
3) GENERAL HOSPITAL $1200 (clue #29)
Lauren 10700 -2000 (Sarah 14400 Matt 9000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -88


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 356 (2.14 per episode average), 5 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Sarah $14,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Lauren $9,400 Coryat, 21 correct, 4 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Matt $11,000 Coryat, 11 correct, 4 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,800
Lach Trash: $7,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,400

Sarah Jett Rayburn, career statistics:
34 correct, 5 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
30.63% in first on buzzer (34/111)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,200

Lauren D’Souza, career statistics:
21 correct, 5 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,400

Matt Ribel, career statistics:
11 correct, 5 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,200)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,000

Sarah Jett Rayburn, to win:
3 games: 49.307%
4: 24.312%
5: 11.988%
6: 5.911%
7: 2.914%
Avg. streak: 2.973 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • While the Final Jeopardy! betting looked sloppy on its surface, in actual fact, I really only take issue with Sarah’s bet. Her overbet in Final Jeopardy! could have given Lauren an extra path to victory that she might otherwise not have had. Had Sarah bet the normal cover bet of $5,201, she falls to $9,199, causing Lauren to require a correct response in Final Jeopardy! in order to win. Because Lauren has occasion to bet everything, it means that Matt’s best course of action is to also bet everything (or close to it), as he can’t both cover Lauren and win a Double Stumper with Sarah.

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, April 27, 2020"

  1. John McCleary | April 27, 2020 at 11:32 am |

    Wow! Way to hold on there Sarah and become a 2-Day Champ. THE 2ND CURSE IS BROKEN! LET’S GOOOOOOOOOOO!

  2. I will be happy to see Sarah’s 2nd win played out tonight.
    Last Friday, the entire show was preempted by the NFL draft picks. Grrr

  3. I wonder if anyone might follow an erroneous chain of reasoning to come to the right answer.

    McClellan is also known for designing the McClellan saddle. It was designed to be light and easy on the horse for long days in the cavalry, when the rider must sit on the horse for prolonged periods. It became the official U.S. Army saddle prior to the Civil War, and was in continued use until the horse cavalry was disbanded just before WWII.

    Every once in a while Jeopardy comes up with a clue that lets people reach a correct conclusion for the wrong reasons. This could be one of them.

  4. Preemptions are awful, the DC station on Saturday had part of Friday’s Wheel and all of Jeopardy. ABC owns a sport channel, put the nonsense there.

    • John McCleary | April 27, 2020 at 3:20 pm |

      I live in the St. Louis area. Jeopardy comes on at 4:30 pm every day and all the NFL Drafts were on ABC. I think if Jeopardy comes on NBC for you as it does for the STL area, you shouldn’t have to worry about any preemptions.

  5. We begin the week with a triple stumper.

  6. Maurine Gutowski | April 27, 2020 at 6:29 pm |

    I didn’t know the answer either. We get WoF and J! on CBS 7 to 8pm. Both were preempted the last night of the College Tournament but our Kalamazoo station had prescheduled both to be on right after the Late Late Show and I saw it in time.

  7. Jeff, ABC doesn’t own anything. ABC and ESPN are both owned by Disney. And the NFL draft is anything but nonsense, especially when we are suffering with no live sports events for months now.

    • center ice | April 28, 2020 at 2:44 am |

      Thank you, Richard. The draft is only two weeknights out of the year, hardly anything to get worked up over if it preempts the show. Jeopardy! is on six nights a week (one show is a rerun) in this market, and episodes are bumped for all sorts of reasons (State of the Union and/or State, local political debates, a preseason football game, etc.). It’s still amazing how so many Jeopardy! loyalists and contestants hold such a low regard for sports, though it has made for some puckish footage on ESPN (such as the triple-whiff of an entire category a few years ago).

  8. Michael Schwartz | April 27, 2020 at 8:05 pm |

    I would have never guessed the correct FJ! answer. I thought the clue was leading to Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson.

    • It seems rather unlikely that he would be posing or a photograph with Lincoln in 1862 though.

  9. Keith Hosannah | April 27, 2020 at 9:09 pm |

    I wonder if Jeopardy! should make it a thing to allow contestants to explain their responses in Final Jeopardy! Sarah has been making this her routine. This might make Final Jeopardy! more entertaining 😀

  10. Michael Schwartz | April 27, 2020 at 10:17 pm |

    I forgot he was a Confederate officer. Though he didn’t die until a year later, so maybe? I guess the hint lead me down the wrong path.

  11. We are not doctors here at The Jeopardy! Fan; please, let’s not make comments of that nature regarding contestants.

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