Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American Authors) for Wednesday, August 19, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 153):

She published under her middle name; her first name was Nelle, Ellen backward in honor of her grandmother Ellen Finch

This episode originally aired on April 8, 2020.

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(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Kylie Weaver, a senior at Penn State from McLean, Virginia
Kylie Weaver on Jeopardy!
Londyn Lorenz, a sophomore at the University of Mississippi from Perryville, Missouri
Londyn Lorenz on Jeopardy!
Alistair Gray, a sophomore at the University of California, San Diego from Sunnyvale, California
Alistair Gray on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Harper Lee?

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Harper Lee, best known for To Kill a Mockingbird, named the family of the protagonist in that book the Finch family for that reason; the book had autobiographical elements to it. In fact, Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird is based upon Truman Capote, who was a close childhood friend of Lee. Lee generally used the name Nelle in real life and generally eschewed personal publicity for the last fifty-plus years of her life.

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

Scores going into Final:
Londyn $19,400
Kylie $10,400
Alistair $400

Tonight’s results:
Alistair $400 – $399 = $1 (Who was Dickinson?)
Kylie $10,400 – $8,400 = $2,000 (Who ?)
Londyn $19,400 + $1,401 = $20,801 (Who is Harper Lee?) (Semi-Finalist)

Londyn Lorenz, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 19, 2020 game.)

Wild card standings:
Monday: Marshall Comeaux, $17,599
Tuesday: Nathaniel Miller, $24,001
Wednesday: Londyn Lorenz, $20,801
1. Kayla Kalhor, $16,501, 99.794% to advance
2. Emma Farrell, $6,799, 36.921% to advance
3. Sophie Casarico, $6,400, 7.877% to advance
4. Kylie Weaver, $2,000, 0.028% to advance
5. Sirad Hassan, $100
6. Alistair Gray, $1

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Londyn $7,400
Kylie $3,400
Alistair $600

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) STATE THE STATE $800 (clue #12)
Alistair 1400 -1400 (Londyn 1200 Kylie 2000)
2) THE OLYMPIC GAMES $1200 (clue #18)
Kylie 8200 +3000 (Alistair 4600 Londyn 12600)
3) THE SOLAR SYSTEM $1200 (clue #29)
Alistair 6200 -6200 (Londyn 19400 Kylie 10400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -163

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 332 (2.17 per episode average), 5 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Londyn $19,400 Coryat, 25 correct, 3 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Kylie $8,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Alistair $8,000 Coryat, 10 correct, 5 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,000
Lach Trash: $6,200 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,800

Alistair Gray, career statistics:
10 correct, 6 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$7,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,000

Londyn Lorenz, career statistics:
26 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,400

Kylie Weaver, career statistics:
16 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,600

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • A 2nd-place score of $10,400 has a 35.183% chance of advancing as a wild card; Kylie was absolutely correct to make an aggressive wager in Final Jeopardy as the historical data says that she likely needed a correct response in Final Jeopardy! in order to advance. Remember, contestants are sequestered during the quarterfinals; she would have had no idea that the position she was in would have left her in a better spot than normal in this specific tournament.

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1 Comment on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, August 19, 2020"

  1. Prithvi Sudhakar | August 21, 2020 at 3:40 pm |

    I liked seeing Alistair mimic James Holzhauer on one of his Daily Doubles. Too bad it didn’t work out for him.

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