Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, July 23, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category U.S. Presidents) for Thursday, July 23, 2020 (Season 2, Game 96):

Of the 1st 7 presidents, only these 2 were not re-elected

This episode originally aired on January 15, 1990.

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(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Murdock Martin, a graduate student originally from Moss Point, Mississippi
Murdock Martin on Jeopardy!
Barbara Prideaux, a teacher from St. Charles, Missouri
Barbara Prideaux on Jeopardy!
Frank Spangenberg, a police officer from Flushing, New York (4-day total: $71,997)
Frank Spangenberg on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who are John Adams & John Quincy Adams?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Five of the first seven presidents of the United States served two terms: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, and Jackson. John Adams and John Quincy Adams did not. Amazingly, after Jackson, no President served two full terms until the 18th, Ulysses S. Grant.


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

Scores going into Final:
Frank $20,500
Murdock $5,200
Barbara $500


Tonight’s results:
Barbara $500 + $350 = $850 (Who are Adams & J.Q. Adams?)
Murdock $5,200 – $200 = $5,000 (Who are Madison & J. Adams?)
Frank $20,500 + $10,100 = $30,600 (Who are J. Adams & J.Q. Adams?) (5-day total: $102,597)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Frank $3,700
Murdock $800
Barbara -$100


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) FAMOUS FAMILIES $400 (clue #15)
Murdock 1200 -1000 (Frank 2100 Barbara -100)
2) THE OLD WEST $800 (clue #11)
Frank 7700 +4000 (Barbara -300 Murdock 1400)
3) EDUCATION $800 (clue #24)
Frank 13300 +7000 (Barbara 500 Murdock 3200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 21


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: SPORTS $400 $500
DJ! Round: ANATOMY $800 $1000
Total Left On Board: $2,700
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 4 (0.04 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Frank $11,100 Coryat, 31 correct, 3 incorrect, 54.72% in first on buzzer (29/53), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Murdock $6,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 30.19% in first on buzzer (16/53), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Barbara $500 Coryat, 4 correct, 3 incorrect, 11.32% in first on buzzer (6/53), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $17,800
Lach Trash: $2,900 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,600

Frank Spangenberg, career statistics:
138 correct, 15 incorrect
7/10 on rebound attempts (on 19 rebound opportunities)
47.64% in first on buzzer (131/275)
6/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $21,100)
5/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,540

Barbara Prideaux, career statistics:
5 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
11.32% in first on buzzer (6/53)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $500

Murdock Martin, career statistics:
14 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
30.19% in first on buzzer (16/53)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,200

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7 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, July 23, 2020"

  1. I’m happy to see this one…Officer Frank was definitely one of my favorite champs back in the day. Another one that we’ll never know how far… 😕

  2. Brad (not Rutter) | July 23, 2020 at 7:53 pm | Reply

    What was the philosophy behind the 5 day rule…that people would get bored watching the same person over and over?

    • David Dudovitz | July 23, 2020 at 8:38 pm | Reply

      It would seem that if you had to donate everything above 75k to charity, a 5 day rule (or some arbitrary limit) made sense

      • I’m pretty sure both customs, limiting the number of wins or appearances, and limiting the cash winnings, stemmed from the well documented quiz show scandals of the late 50’s. All other game shows I remember from the 60’s and 70’s had similar rules.

      • The winnings one was a function (as was once explained on The Joker’s Wild) by the fact that a number of stations in the syndication of some of these game shows back then were “O&O’s”, stations owned and operated by the network.

        Hence, under the rules, the rules of the networks applied, and that’s why the $75,000 limit was there.

  3. Even if he missed final jeopardy, he would have still been over the 75K – so he essentially he was playing with house money – or in this case, the charity’s money.

  4. You know, what fascinates me more than anything, Frank set the tone by betting $7,000 during the time it was the 90s. Not many contestants would have been as daring than Frank did back then, but, as the seasons progressed, you can see the difference from the 90s to the 2000s, and then looking at where it transpired from the 2010s and 2020s. The difference is pretty significant…up until the Ken Jennings effect would change in the 2000s. During James Holzhauer’s run right before the end of the 2010 decade, he totally changed the game by breaking the DD bank and multiple records that past champs have had in earlier runs. Now, it seems like the DDs are kind of a “Feast or Famine” type of situation, especially given the difficulty on each of them. Some can favor you, some can hurt you.

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