Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, July 21, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Calendar) for Tuesday, July 21, 2020 (Season 1, Game 2):

Calendar date with which the 20th century began

(correct response beneath the contestants)

This episode originally aired on September 11, 1984.

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Today’s contestants:

Paul Schaeffer, a registered nurse originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Paul Schaeffer on Jeopardy!
Lynne Crawford, a carpenter originally from West Springfield, Massachusetts
Lynne Crawford on Jeopardy!
Greg Hopkins, an energy demonstrator from Waverly, Ohio (1-day total: $8,400)
Greg Hopkins on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is January 1, 1901?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Remember, there is no Year 0! Thus, the 1st century goes from January 1, 1 to December 31, 100—and so on and so forth, with the 20th century beginning January 1, 1901 and ending December 31, 2000.

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

Scores going into Final:
Greg $9,500
Lynne $5,000
Paul $1,100


Tonight’s results:
Paul $1,100 – $1,100 = $0 (What was Jan 1, 1900)
Lynne $5,000 – $5,000 = $0 (What is Jan. 1, 1900)
Greg $9,500 – $9,500 = $0 (What is Jan 1, 1900)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Greg $3,100
Lynne $1,000
Paul $500


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Opening break taken after: 10 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) BY THE NUMBERS $400 (clue #19)
Greg 2100 +400 (Lynne 700 Paul -100)
2) OPERA $600 (clue #9)
Lynne 2400 +1000 (Greg 3500 Paul 700)
3) Unplayed!
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 61


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: HOMONYMS $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 COUNTRY MUSIC $500
DJ! Round: SPORTS $400 $600 $800 $1000 FOREIGN PHRASES $1000
Total Left On Board: $5,800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 24 (12.00 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Paul $1,100 Coryat, 10 correct, 7 incorrect, 34.04% in first on buzzer (16/47), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Lynne $4,600 Coryat, 11 correct, 1 incorrect, 14.89% in first on buzzer (7/47), 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
Greg $9,500 Coryat, 24 correct, 3 incorrect, 48.94% in first on buzzer (23/47), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $15,200
Lach Trash: $1,800 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,200

Greg Hopkins, career statistics:
43 correct, 6 incorrect
6/8 on rebound attempts (on 16 rebound opportunities)
39.13% in first on buzzer (36/92)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,200)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,600

Lynne Crawford, career statistics:
11 correct, 2 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
14.89% in first on buzzer (7/47)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,600

Paul Schaeffer, career statistics:
10 correct, 8 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
34.04% in first on buzzer (16/47)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $1,100


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22 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, July 21, 2020"

  1. R. B. Smada | July 21, 2020 at 9:45 am |

    Day 1: MLK’s bday is wrong, but we’ll accept it.
    Day 2: No, that’s wrong because tEcHnIcAlLy

    Sure tightened up real quick didn’t they? lol

  2. If my memory does not fail me, many years later they had a final jeopardy that was ‘last day of the 20th century’.

    • You are correct as this was a Final Jeopardy clue on the September 19, 1985 show “Date of the final day of the 20th century.” There was a clue on the Tuesday October 17, 2000 show in round one, “Technically, this upcoming date will be the last day of the 20th century?”

  3. This FJ is one I suppose upwards of high 90s% missed. Similarly, it is almost universally assumed that a new millennium began 1/1/2000 (Y2K), but the judges’ technically true rationale makes it 1/1/2001.

    • I disagree that it’s most universally assumed that the new millennium began 1/1/2000. We must hang in different circles. 🙂 Just like this is the last year of the second decade of this millennium, not the the first year of the third decade. And it’s not an opinion. A millennium is 1000 years. So 1000 was the last year of the first one. 2000 was the last year of the second one.

      • Marty Cunningham | July 21, 2020 at 2:59 pm |

        But i turned 60 yesterday and Alex will be 80 tomorrow, so, technically, today i am starting my 61st year AND my 7th decade, while, at the same time, Alex is spending the last day of his 80th year and 8th decade.
        Your first year of existence is capped by your 1st birthday and, similarly, your tenth year, or first decade, is capped by your tenth birthday. If Alex and i had been born back in January, on New Year’s day, this might have been easier to explain. At least, that is how it works for most humans and human history, but it is slightly different on an actual calendar. But, the birthday, or anniversary, is always the capstone to the previous year.

        • @marty – because you were born at age 0. And so was Alex. Belated happy birthday and starting your seventh decade. You are now a sexagenarian.

          The year numbering system started at 1. So it’s seventh decade didn’t start until 61.

          🙂

          • That depends on whether you are a historian or an astronomer. Historians say that the year before 1 AD was 1 BC. But astronomers don’t use “AD” or “BC”. What historians call “1 AD”, astronomers simply call “1”. The year before that was “0”, then “-1”, and so on.

  4. RadioMattM | July 21, 2020 at 1:57 pm |

    They should follow up by asking if anything important happened on February 29, 1900.

    • The answer would be nothing, because it didn’t exist, and it won’t in 2100, 2200, or 2300 either. I try taking care of myself, so I’m hopeful to be around February 29, 2400. 🤞

      • damn kids today will reach their 100th birthday a day younger than it will take me.

  5. First FJ triple stumper which ended to have no winner. As what deepscan says, Trebek wins Final.

  6. Brad (not Rutter) | July 21, 2020 at 5:03 pm |

    Wow, did Alex put his foot in his mouth during the interview session! If that had happened today he would probably have to issue an apology!

  7. What a weird episode. Sometimes the player’s podium would light up when they pushed the signal device, sometimes it wouldn’t, and sometimes more than one lit up. Alex’s condescending remarks in the interviews. The FJ debacle, then Alex signing off without giving the correct response. I cracked up when a guy in the audience (I guess, or maybe on the crew) yelled out “what’s the answer!”

    • You’re both crazy. Alex did not put his foot in his mouth and was not condescending. It was 36 years ago. Stop judging him by today’s standards of what is acceptable. I thought he was very polite and genuinely surprised by the traditional occupational role-reversals. He wouldn’t be today. Jeez, give it a break.

  8. Is it me, or does Alex seem to be more energetic and faster paced than the current show. He also seems to announce the time left more often.

  9. Brad (not Rutter) | July 21, 2020 at 11:12 pm |

    Dave, to me, the best word to describe Alex is “intense”. And the interview moment was awkward- let’s leave it at that. I felt a little bad for Paul. Regardless, definitely a classic episode!

  10. Richard Rolwing | July 22, 2020 at 6:39 pm |

    Why did I keep hearing on the promos that a situation happened in this episode that was not to be repeated until 35 years later?? Anybody else hear that?

  11. Marty Cunningham | July 23, 2020 at 5:15 pm |

    We are watching all these episodes today through a 35-year filter. When Alex’s version first debuted, Jeopardy! had not been on TV regularly for at least 10 years, except for an occasional re-boot during the 70’s, so not everyone was as familiar with the rules or format of the show, and there was a lot more explanation that was needed for each round. Even by the second season, and the Chuck Forrest episode, a lot of things had seemed to settle down. Plus, the contestants themselves have grown more familiar with the rules and format, and those things are all carefully explained in the green room before the taping sessions, so there is less need to go over them on air. Plus, Alex clearly has done this over 8,000 times so he has definitely learned what does and doesn’t work, yet he still always seems to keep it fresh for each episode. (What is the adage about doing something 10,000 times makes you an expert?)

    Thanks, Andy, also, for the extra trivia of listing what the second- and third-place contestants received as parting gifts, since cash prizes were not being awarded on the earlier shows.

    As i watched those first episodes, i also wondered if the scoreboards from the contestant podiums are what they now use to post contestant’s scores above the cameras, so that contestants can check their own scores during the game. Everything else is digital now, but i clearly remember those looking very analog.

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