Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, June 12, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Authors) for Friday, June 12, 2020 (Season 36, Game 190):

On this woman’s passing in 2019, Oprah Winfrey called her “a magician with language, who understood the power of words”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Matt Napolitano, a sports update anchor from Franklin Square, New York
Matt Napolitano on Jeopardy!
Kelly Lake, an animation producer from Altadena, California
Kelly Lake on Jeopardy!
Zach Newkirk, an attorney from Alexandria, Virginia (3-day total: $65,674)
Zach Newkirk on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Toni Morrison?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning writer Toni Morrison is best known for 1987’s Beloved, which won her the Pulitzer. When she died in 2019, Oprah memorialized her in an Instagram post, saying, “She was a magician with language, who understood the power of words. She used them to roil us, to wake us, to educate us and help us grapple with our deepest wounds and try to comprehend them.”

Also, because the show has come under fire from some quarters for not doing this in the past, I would like to point out that this Final Jeopardy!, featuring a Black woman author, was simply categorized under “Authors”.

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Scores going into Final:
Kelly $13,400
Zach $10,000
Matt $7,400


Tonight’s results:
Matt $7,400 + $6,100 = $13,500 (Who is Toni Morrison?)
Zach $10,000 + $9,995 = $19,995 (Who is Toni Morrison?) (4-day total: $85,669)
Kelly $13,400 – $6,601 = $6,799 (Who is Angelou?)


Zach Newkirk, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 12, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Kelly $9,000
Zach $2,400
Matt $1,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) WORDS & PHRASES $800 (clue #25)
Zach 3200 -1600 (Kelly 8000 Matt 1000)
2) COLORFUL CITIES $2000 (clue #11)
Zach 10400 -4000 (Kelly 9000 Matt 3800)
3) TROOP-POURRI $1600 (clue #17)
Zach 8000 -2000 (Kelly 9800 Matt 3800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -113


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 381 (2.01 per episode average), 5 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Zach $17,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Matt $7,400 Coryat, 11 correct, 1 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Kelly $13,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,400
Lach Trash: $9,200 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,600

Zach Newkirk, career statistics:
76 correct, 10 incorrect
9/11 on rebound attempts (on 20 rebound opportunities)
29.17% in first on buzzer (63/216)
4/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,300

Kelly Lake, career statistics:
20 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,400

Matt Napolitano, career statistics:
12 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,400

Zach Newkirk, to win:
5 games: 53.756%
6: 28.897%
7: 15.534%
8: 8.350%
9: 4.489%
Avg. streak: 5.162 games.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, June 12, 2020"

  1. John McCleary | June 12, 2020 at 10:20 am |

    If I’m not mistaken from what I read, this was the last game taped before they halted production. Andy can correct me if I’m wrong.

    • Frank Smith | June 12, 2020 at 5:01 pm |

      It’s the final episode of the season. They may not resume taping until August.

      • I guess the speculation can now begin on whether Alex will be the host in August or whenever they begin taping the new shows. Watching the latest shows, he seemed OK, so hopefully he will be able to return if he wants to.

  2. i got it correct.

    toni morrison is one of those “if you don’t have an answer, go with Toni Morrison”. speaks volumes about her fame.

    i did not realize she had died recently…….. RIP, Toni

  3. Matthew Yothers | June 12, 2020 at 12:55 pm |

    Good luck next season, Zach, and I’m definitely looking forward to the 2019 Tournament of Champions encore, and highlights of each champion before the tournament.

  4. Bob Chang | June 12, 2020 at 2:57 pm |

    Congrats to Zach for pulling it out in FJ, keeping it interesting by otherwise getting all correct responses, but missing 3 DD’s! I’m sure it’s not the first time, but it’s the first time I’ve seen or heard about someone missing all 3 DD’s.

  5. Awful episode. Three wrong answers on the daily double resulted a shutout.

  6. gary lachow | June 12, 2020 at 9:15 pm |

    did they not shake hands at the end the game due to covid?

  7. Brad (not Rutter) | June 12, 2020 at 9:33 pm |

    Zach may give Ken a run for his money in terms of longest total time ss champ. Already 3 months!

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