Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, July 20, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Holidays) for Monday, July 20, 2020 (Season 1, Game 1):

The third Monday in January starting in 1986

(correct response beneath the contestants)

This episode originally aired on September 10, 1984.

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Today’s contestants:

Frank Selevan, an advertising copywriter originally from Miami, Florida
Frank Selevan on Jeopardy!
Lois Feinstein, a freelance copywriter originally from Plainview, New York
Lois Feinstein on Jeopardy!
Greg Hopkins, an energy demonstrator from Waverly, Ohio (-day total: $0)
Greg Hopkins on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Martin Luther King Jr. Day?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Ever since King’s assassination in 1968, there were calls to have a federal holiday in King’s honor. However, it took 15 years for Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) to see his dream become reality. Even then, the legislation survived a Jesse Helms (R-NC) filibuster, who had introduced material accusing King of associating with communists. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) famously threw the document on the Senate floor, declaring it a “packet of filth”. President Reagan signed the bill into law on November 2, 1983, with the holiday first observed on January 20, 1986.

Many states dragged their heels on matching the federal government; in fact, Arizona lost hosting rights to Super Bowl XXVII in January 1993 over their voting against the holiday in a referendum (the game was held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena instead).

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

Scores going into Final:
Greg $8,100
Lois $3,800
Frank $2,500


Tonight’s results:
Frank $2,500 + $2,500 = $5,000 (What is Martin Luther King’s B-day)
Lois $3,800 + $3,700 = $7,500 (What is Martin Luther King’s B-day?)
Greg $8,100 + $300 = $8,400 (What is Martin Luther King) (1-day total: $8,400)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Greg $3,300
Frank $700
Lois $200


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Opening break taken after: 9 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) LAKES & RIVERS $600 (clue #14)
Greg 1600 +800 (Lois -400 Frank 600)
2) 4-LETTER WORDS $1600 (clue #4)
Lois 1400 +1000 (Greg 3300 Frank 500)
3) Unplayed!
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 100


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: INVENTIONS $500 FOREIGN CUISINE $500 NUMBER PLEASE $100 $200 $300 $400 $500
DJ! Round: WEIGHTS & MEASURES $200 $400 $600 $800 $1000 NOTORIOUS $800
Total Left On Board: $6,300
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 13 (13.00 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Greg $7,700 Coryat, 18 correct, 2 incorrect, 31.11% in first on buzzer (14/45), 4/5 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Lois $3,600 Coryat, 11 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.44% in first on buzzer (11/45), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Frank $2,500 Coryat, 16 correct, 7 incorrect, 44.44% in first on buzzer (20/45), 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $13,800
Lach Trash: $700 (on 2 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,200

Greg Hopkins, career statistics:
19 correct, 2 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
31.11% in first on buzzer (14/45)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $800)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,700

Lois Feinstein, career statistics:
12 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
24.44% in first on buzzer (11/45)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,600

Frank Selevan, career statistics:
17 correct, 7 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
44.44% in first on buzzer (20/45)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $2,500


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • There seemed to be significant technical issues, which is to be expected for Episode 1, especially when it comes to scoring errors. By way of example, Greg was not credited $100 for his correct response on Clue 13 of the Jeopardy! round. His statistics have been credited accordingly.
  • Both in terms of some of the responses in the game and during Final Jeopardy!, it’s clear that the judging has also gotten tighter in the last 36 years as well.

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34 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, July 20, 2020"

  1. Thirteen unrevealed clues in one game? Wow! We’ve come a long way.

    That begs the question: what’s the most unrevealed clues in a single game, or in a single round? Any idea?

    • It seemed like they were moving at a pretty good clip, especially in DJ. I wonder if the time given to each round was less back then.

      • The time taken by applause and vocal audience reactions slowed down the game play. That leads to a question: when was applause during the game limited to daily doubles and running a category?

        • Gary Kevin Ware | July 21, 2020 at 3:03 pm | Reply

          I think that Alex was also adding too many extraneous comments. It isn’t as bad now but, for instance, if they have a special category, he should wait until after the round to thank whoever. My understanding is that 6 minutes is the amount of time for each round.

      • I looked at two random non-tournament games on YouTube that were televised in the 2000’s. The board was cleared in DJ on both, although the one minute notice was given in both. DJ in one went 6:44, the other 6:23. Time was called on DJ tonight at a little over 5:17. Maybe that first show was just an outlier, but somewhere along the line the show began giving more time to actual game play. Imagine how many more clues would have been left on the board today if they had found the second Daily Double in DJ.

  2. In that small photo above Lois looks a bit like Rachel Lindgren.

  3. Re: Andy’s Thoughts
    The official name for the holiday is Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., but it’s also referred to as MLK day, so why don’t you think all three FJ! responses would have been accepted, even today (if that’s what you meant! 🙂) I think they would have. Can’t wait to see this tonight!

    • Greg just said, “Martin Luther King”. That’s a person, not a day.

      • But the category was HoliDAYs, and the clue was a day, so that was pretty much already provided by the show. I still think it would be accepted toDAY. Have a good one (day). 🙂

        • I don’t know. I’ve seen categories where it’s, i.e. Authors, and the person says Huckleberry Finn instead of Mark Twain, and they don’t get credit even though ‘Authors’ was already provided by the show. But yeah…I don’t know.

          • I don’t think that we should hold the judges to our 2020 standards on the first episode 36 years ago. 🙂

          • I think Andy is right.
            By 2020 standards, if the correct response called for a DAY, stating a NAME would not have been an acceptable response, IMHO.

          • Gary Kevin Ware | July 21, 2020 at 4:21 am |

            Huckleberry Finn is not the author, Mark Twain is. Writing ‘Martin Luther King’ contains the substantive part of the right ‘answer’.

  4. Susan Tucker | July 20, 2020 at 7:41 pm | Reply

    Answer was 1986? Game was in 1984? How would they know?

  5. OMG Alex has certainly mellowed in 36 years. This first ep. reminded me more of an SNL skit.

  6. That was a fun look back. A couple of things struck me. In his real time intro, Alex referred to players being allowed to ring in before he finished reading the clue as a signaling glitch. I think rather than a glitch, that was just a carryover from the Art Fleming shows. On those shows, players could ring in when the clue was exposed. I thought it was funny that Alex forgot Greg’s name at the end. In referring to the two non winners, he said Lois and our third player.

    • The other carryover I remember was the entrances…”Now entering the studio…”. I always liked that in the Art Fleming shows, it gave the proceedings a nice dramatic opening, I wish they still did it! Also, I actually liked that you could ring in when the clue appeared…definitely a different strategy, it cut both ways of course, but man did it give the show a fast, exciting pace. Loved seeing this tonight…memories!

  7. Brush with Intelleculalism | July 20, 2020 at 8:04 pm | Reply

    Interesting how this Final J! answer preceded the actual holiday by about a year and a half.

  8. Renee Tacquard | July 20, 2020 at 8:32 pm | Reply

    question: if the show was aired in 1984, how could the final jeopardy answer be about a holiday that started in 1986?

    • As was explained in the “More Information”, the Act of Congress authorizing the holiday was signed in 1983.

      • Alison Hanover | July 31, 2020 at 2:25 pm | Reply

        You’re missing the point. If the show aired in 1984, it was recorded in 1984, so how could they know that in two years the first martin luther king day would happen? Because it hadn’t happened in 1984

        • Alison:

          You’re leaving a comment on a post that literally contains the explanation as to why.

          From the post above, which I assume one actually reads before leaving a comment: “President Reagan signed the bill into law on November 2, 1983, with the holiday first observed on January 20, 1986.”

          That is how they could know.

  9. Greg won $16,800 by modern standards. And lol how Alex forgot Frank’s name at the end (referring to Lois and “our third player”).

  10. The applause, cheers and scattered “ohs” of disappointment sure sounded canned!

  11. Prithvi Sudhakar | July 21, 2020 at 10:55 am | Reply

    It’s days like today that make me wish that Jeopardy would be on the air forever and never end.

  12. Brad (not Rutter) | July 21, 2020 at 11:09 am | Reply

    Alex was a bundle of energy!! I appreciated that he explained why the game is called “jeopardy”. Glad they don’t applaud every right answer now. Also, the gasps when someone got it wrong were hilarious!

    • I loved it. It was one of those “not sure what to do” audiences. At first I thought they were going to clap after every answer, But then when a player was rolling they seemed to know to be quiet. I agree with you on the gasps.

      This “old set” lasted for quite awhile. Although I hope the tacky glitter on the red lines didn’t last long.

  13. Juanita Uccello | July 21, 2020 at 8:06 pm | Reply

    On Monday’s show, what did the second and third place contestants “win”?

  14. Matthew Yothers | July 22, 2020 at 1:18 pm | Reply

    Lois won a trip to Palm Springs and Skyway luggage for finishing in 2nd place, and Frank won his or hers Wimbledon tennis rackets for finishing in 3rd place.

  15. Matthew Yothers | July 22, 2020 at 1:21 pm | Reply

    Also, in case you haven’t noticed, this episode is actually on the Jeopardy! DVD, too.

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