Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, July 15, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Italian Inventors) for Wednesday, July 15, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 48):

In a 1644 letter he wrote, “We live submerged at the bottom of an ocean of air”, which is what his invention measures

This episode originally aired on November 13, 2019.

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(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Lindsey Shultz, a physician & healthcare analyst from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Lindsey Shultz on Jeopardy!
Gilbert Collins, a university administrator from Princeton, New Jersey
Gilbert Collins on Jeopardy!
Francois Barcomb, an 11th grade physics teacher from New Paltz, New York
Francois Barcomb on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Evangelista Torricelli?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

One of Galileo’s students (who later spent time as Galileo’s secretary), Evangelista Torricelli is best known today as the inventor of the barometer. The quote “We live submerged at the bottom of an ocean of air” came from Torricelli’s describing of a mercury barometer to measure air pressure; an inverted glass tube is placed in a bath of mercury, air is prevented from coming in the top, and the amount mercury pushed into the tube is measured.

Due to mercury’s poisonous qualities, most barometers today are of the “aneroid” type, which contains a small airtight container (where air pressure affects the container’s sides).

I suspect that this is going to be a difficult clue for many viewers; the only time contestants were asked to go from “invented the barometer” to “Torricelli” (instead of Torricelli to barometer) was in the Battle of the Decades, in a $2,000 clue.

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

Scores going into Final:
Francois $22,000
Lindsey $17,400
Gilbert $12,600


Tonight’s results:
Gilbert $12,600 – $0 = $12,600 (Who is Bernoulli?)
Lindsey $17,400 – $4,601 = $12,799 (Who is Avogadro?)
Francois $22,000 + $12,801 = $34,801 (Finalist)


Francois Barcomb, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 15, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Lindsey $6,400
Francois $5,200
Gilbert $4,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) U.N. INTERNATIONAL YEARS $600 (13th pick)
Lindsey 2000 +2000 (Francois 3000 Gilbert 2600)
2) FAMOUS AMERICANS $1200 (4th pick)
Lindsey 9600 -3000 (Gilbert 5400 Francois 5200)
3) TROPIC OF CAPRICORN $2000 (16th pick)
Francois 9600 +8000 (Lindsey 15400 Gilbert 5400)
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: 88 (1.83 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Francois $16,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Lindsey $19,000 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Gilbert $12,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $47,600
Lach Trash: $4,000 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $2,400


Francois Barcomb, stats to date:
140 correct, 11 incorrect
9/10 on rebound attempts (on 28 rebound opportunities)
36.58% in first on buzzer (124/339)
6/10 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $15,500)
5/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,333

Lindsey Shultz, stats to date:
157 correct, 13 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 20 rebound opportunities)
38.07% in first on buzzer (150/394)
8/10 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $17,000)
3/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,629

Gilbert Collins, stats to date:
138 correct, 22 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 33 rebound opportunities)
31.45% in first on buzzer (139/442)
7/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,800)
5/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,950


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Obviously it worked out for Lindsey to make the choice not to cover Gilbert in this situation (thinking Gilbert would bet small).
  • Because of Francois’ score of $34,801, Francois will have the champion’s podium for both halves of the final.

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3 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, July 15, 2020"

  1. This is best ToC game in years (as far as I can remember). Also one of the most coincidentally predictable FJ outcomes.

  2. Prithvi Sudhakar | July 15, 2020 at 10:41 pm |

    Francois’s $8,000 Double Jeopardy wager is the third $8,000 Double Jeopardy wager I have seen so far. The first two were Andrew Pau’s semifinal (November 13, 2017) and Matt Jackson’s semifinal (November 18, 2015). Matt’s Daily Double was in his favor, though Andrew’s had backfired.

    Keep in mind that November 14, 2019 was James’s first game where he was in the middle podium.

    Here were the links to the earlier games I mentioned:

    https://fikklefame.com/final-jeopardy-11-18-15/ (Matt Jackson)
    https://thejeopardyfan.com/2018/08/final-jeopardy-8-6-2018.html (Andrew Pau)

    Also, wasn’t Francois the only other teacher (besides Colby Burnett) to advance out of his semifinal match? I know Jason Sterlacci advanced only out of his quarterfinal match.

  3. Marie H. Brutus | July 16, 2020 at 1:11 am |

    I’m watching the every night,
    God bless you Alex!

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