Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, August 31, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category America in the 1700s) for Monday, August 31, 2020 (Season 36, Game 171):

“Every state shall always keep up a well regulated and disciplined militia, sufficiently armed and accoutred” is in No. 6 of these

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(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Megan Elliott, a writer & editor from Redlands, California
Megan Elliott on Jeopardy!
Ben Scripps, a television director from Cadillac, Michigan
Ben Scripps on Jeopardy!
Jesse Laymon, a public policy director from Long Island City, New York (2-day total: $43,400)
Jesse Laymon on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What are the Articles of Confederation?

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The Articles of Confederation, approved by the Second Continental Congress in November 1777, was the original constitution of the United States of America. This constitution essentially legalized the structure of government that the Continental Congress had already been doing. However, after the American Revolution, the federal government realized that the limitations placed on it rendered it generally ineffective, which led to its repeal in 1789, replaced by the current Constitution.

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

Scores going into Final:
Megan $18,800
Ben $9,400
Jesse $5,400

Tonight’s results:
Jesse $5,400 + $5,200 = $10,600 (What are the Articles of Confederation)
Ben $9,400 + $9,400 = $18,800 (What are the Articles of Confederation?) (1-day total: $18,800)
Megan $18,800 – $2,200 = $16,600 (What is the Bill of Rights?)

Ben Scripps, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 31, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Megan $8,000
Jesse $5,000
Ben $4,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) NONFICTION $1000 (clue #11)
Megan 2800 +2000 (Jesse 1600 Ben 1200)
2) LET’S HAVE A PLANET $1200 (clue #3)
Ben 5200 -3000 (Jesse 5000 Megan 8000)
3) DA, YOU SPEAK RUSSIAN $800 (clue #11)
Ben 7400 -2000 (Jesse 4200 Megan 9600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -13

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 362 (2.12 per episode average), 5 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Ben $14,400 Coryat, 21 correct, 3 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Megan $17,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 0 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Jesse $5,400 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,600
Lach Trash: $10,400 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,000

Jesse Laymon, career statistics:
54 correct, 7 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
29.24% in first on buzzer (50/171)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,400)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,733

Ben Scripps, career statistics:
22 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$5,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,400

Megan Elliott, career statistics:
18 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,800

Ben Scripps, to win:
2 games: 32.717%
3: 10.704%
4: 3.502%
5: 1.146%
6: 0.375%
Avg. streak: 1.486 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • The Jeopardy! Fan is of the firm belief that the best course of action in the situation that Megan found herself in is to play for the victory. Remember that since November 2014, ties in regular play after Final Jeopardy! are broken by a tiebreaker clue. I also very firmly disagree with the premise that the show should revert to pre-2015 rules; the world is significantly more connected than it was when the original rule was devised in 1964 and it would be a Standards & Practices nightmare in order to avoid collusion in today’s connected world.
  • Additionally, once Megan chooses to make a wager, I see no real material point in quibbling over the size of that wager from a strategic perspective (so long as she doesn’t bet more than $7,999 in this case and let Jesse back in the game).

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7 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, August 31, 2020"

  1. So I’m guessing Jeopardy is leading us back in to regular games by giving us the transition between the last two weeks of season 36 and the season 37 premiere. We’ll also be seeing Mike Richards start as exec. producer, and hopefully champion Zach will win game 5 to make the ToC.

  2. So I guess I don’t watch this game enough. Why would Megan wager anything? At worst she would have tied with Ben.

  3. Prithvi Sudhakar | August 31, 2020 at 10:05 pm |

    Imagine if this game had turned into a tiebreaker!

  4. Today’s e-mail direct from Jeopardy! says that new shows will start on Sept. 14 — as usual, two weeks after Labor Day. The wait is almost over!

  5. Brenda Hicks | September 1, 2020 at 5:15 pm |

    I didn’t know they changed the rules regarding ties.!! Well she may have least stood a chance if she bet nothing and went for the tie.😟

    • Yes, she would have stood a chance. However, the empirical data (mentioned in the post above) says that she would have had a smaller chance of winning, compared to the decision that she made.

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