Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American Authors) for Wednesday, April 8, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 153):

She published under her middle name; her first name was Nelle, Ellen backward in honor of her grandmother Ellen Finch

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Kylie Weaver, a senior at Penn State from McLean, Virginia
Kylie Weaver on Jeopardy!
Londyn Lorenz, a sophomore at the University of Mississippi from Perryville, Missouri
Londyn Lorenz on Jeopardy!
Alistair Gray, a sophomore at the University of California, San Diego from Sunnyvale, California
Alistair Gray on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Harper Lee?

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Harper Lee, best known for To Kill a Mockingbird, named the family of the protagonist in that book the Finch family for that reason; the book had autobiographical elements to it. In fact, Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird is based upon Truman Capote, who was a close childhood friend of Lee. Lee generally used the name Nelle in real life and generally eschewed personal publicity for the last fifty-plus years of her life.

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Scores going into Final:
Londyn $19,400
Kylie $10,400
Alistair $400

Tonight’s results:
Alistair $400 – $399 = $1 (Who was Dickinson?)
Kylie $10,400 – $8,400 = $2,000 (Who ?)
Londyn $19,400 + $1,401 = $20,801 (Who is Harper Lee?) (Semi-Finalist)

Londyn Lorenz, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 8, 2020 game.)

Wild card standings:
Monday: Marshall Comeaux, $17,599
Tuesday: Nathaniel Miller, $24,001
Wednesday: Londyn Lorenz, $20,801
1. Kayla Kalhor, $16,501, 99.794% to advance
2. Emma Farrell, $6,799, 36.921% to advance
3. Sophie Casarico, $6,400, 7.877% to advance
4. Kylie Weaver, $2,000, 0.028% to advance
5. Sirad Hassan, $100
6. Alistair Gray, $1

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Londyn $7,400
Kylie $3,400
Alistair $600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) STATE THE STATE $800 (clue #12)
Alistair 1400 -1400 (Londyn 1200 Kylie 2000)
2) THE OLYMPIC GAMES $1200 (clue #18)
Kylie 8200 +3000 (Alistair 4600 Londyn 12600)
3) THE SOLAR SYSTEM $1200 (clue #29)
Alistair 6200 -6200 (Londyn 19400 Kylie 10400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -163

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 332 (2.17 per episode average), 5 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Londyn $19,400 Coryat, 25 correct, 3 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Kylie $8,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Alistair $8,000 Coryat, 10 correct, 5 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,000
Lach Trash: $6,200 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,800

Alistair Gray, career statistics:
10 correct, 6 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$7,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,000

Londyn Lorenz, career statistics:
26 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,400

Kylie Weaver, career statistics:
16 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,600

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • A 2nd-place score of $10,400 has a 35.183% chance of advancing as a wild card; Kylie was absolutely correct to make an aggressive wager in Final Jeopardy as the historical data says that she likely needed a correct response in Final Jeopardy! in order to advance. Remember, contestants are sequestered during the quarterfinals; she would have had no idea that the position she was in would have left her in a better spot than normal in this specific tournament.
  • This is a fan site with no ties whatsoever with the show; thus, there is no way to get definitive reasonings for judges’ rulings here. However, I would surmise that the fact that the “3 title things” part of the BOOK TITLE ANIMALS $400 clue caused enough ambiguity into what the judges were looking for that they elected to accept Londyn’s response even though it was missing the internal articles. Moreover, this ruling had no effect on the eventual outcome of the game (due to Londyn’s large lead and her being the only player to get Final Jeopardy! correct). The show’s contact page is available to give feedback on shows; please direct your comments there.

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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, April 8, 2020"

  1. The last word in the clue, ‘Finch’, was the give away for me.

    • As for I and most everyone else…it’s clear the clue was designed that way.

    • Yes, fun clue. Much harder than yesterday, but still fair, I think. It challenges you to disregard the unhelpful stuff to find the key word that will help unlock the puzzle. Then you still have to have the knowledge to remember know wrote the book.

      • I agree that it both fun and perhaps a little harder than the average college tournament FJ. This one would not have been out of place in a standard Jeopardy game, as it was a multi-step solve.

  2. John McCleary | April 8, 2020 at 11:55 am |

    Congratulations Londyn! Tough final!

  3. Maurine Gutowski | April 8, 2020 at 3:14 pm |

    In general, I like college level tournaments because of the types of questions. Although I know Harper Lee and her book, I wouldn’t have had enough time to come up with the right answer. I look forward to watching tonight, when nothing was left on the boards.

  4. Alistair Gray | April 8, 2020 at 6:24 pm |

    Hi, it’s me. (spelled “Alistair”, not “Alastair” – if you could fix that, please 🙂 )
    Yeah, in retrospect I should have gotten Final pretty easily, but you know what they say about hindsight. ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Londyn definitely deserved the win, though – she’s wicked smart and wicked fast on the buzzer.

  5. R. B. Smada | April 8, 2020 at 7:35 pm |

    I was shocked that anyone got this wrong. Penn State would have taken the first wild card spot if she had so I’m glad she didn’t.
    I’m a UF alum and want Kayla to advance. She’s in great position after today.

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