Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, August 4, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 2001 News) for Tuesday, August 4, 2020 (Season 18, Episode 174):

In 2001 the zinc industry was up in arms over Rep. Jim Kolbe’s bill calling for the phasing out of these

This episode originally aired on May 2, 2002.

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Today’s contestants:

Kate Waits, a law professor at the University of Tulsa from Tulsa, Oklahoma
Kate Waits on Jepoardy!
Brad Rutter, a network administrator from Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Brad Rutter on Jeopardy!
Claudia Perry, a sports copy editor from Jersey City, New Jersey
Claudia Perry on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What are pennies?


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In the United States, pennies contain 2.5% copper with the balance zinc, explaining why the zinc lobby is so dead-set on keeping the penny. Rep. Jim Kolbe has introduced multiple bills over the years to eliminate the penny, including in 1990, 2001, and 2006. The main case for elimination: as of 2018, it costs 2.06 cents to mint a penny. Additionally, the face value of the raw materials in a penny is worth more than one cent, meaning that there is a risk of illegally melting the coinage for raw materials.

Canada, for what it’s worth, ended distribution of the penny without issue in 2013.

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

Scores going into Final:
Brad $17,800
Claudia $12,400
Kate $4,200


Tonight’s results:
Kate $4,200 – $4,200 = $0 (What are subsidies? batteries?)
Claudia $12,400 + $5,000 = $17,400 (What is the penny?)
Brad $17,800 + $7,001 = $24,801 (What are pennies?) (Semi-Finalist)


Wild card standings:
Monday: Bob Harris, $20,000
Tuesday: Brad Rutter, $24,801
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:
1. Claudia Perry, $17,400
2. Rachael Schwartz, $12,401
3. Frank Spangenberg, $6,799
4. Kate Waits. $0
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Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Brad $5,800
Claudia $4,400
Kate $3,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) MY FAVORITE FILMS $600 (clue #5)
Kate 1200 +1200 (Claudia 1000 Brad 200)
2) BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID $1200 (clue #16)
Brad 11800 +1200 (Claudia 9600 Kate 5000)
3) MIDDLE AGE FOLKS $800 (clue #25)
Claudia 11200 +2000 (Brad 17000 Kate 5000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 128


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0


Game Stats:
Brad $17,800 Coryat, 26 correct, 4 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57), 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
Claudia $11,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 8 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Kate $3,600 Coryat, 8 correct, 2 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,600
Lach Trash: $8,600 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,800

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5 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, August 4, 2020"

  1. I just saw a Chicago Fire actor on WGN Morning News and he was asked about going back to work. They were supposed to start filming again in early September but because of virus setbacks their new date is September 24th.

  2. Marty Cunningham | August 4, 2020 at 2:09 pm |

    Because he is so tall, and he is a New York cop, Frank Spangenberg reminds me of Robert Barone, the hapless brother on “Everybody Loves Raymond” played by Brad Garrett, but, of course, Frank had much better luck than Robert would have every had.

    So, it does not seem that all of the contestants in this tournament won Tournaments of Champions following their initial runs, at least from checking the Champion Tracker on the official J! website. But, it does seem that most of them won what had been the maximum 5-games during their runs, such as Brad.

  3. Just like Frank on Monday’s show, Brad was in good shape for at least a wild card if he had bet nothing on Final Jeopardy. When he told Claudia at the end that he would see her in the semis, that would seem to mean he was pretty confident her $17,400 would get a wild card. Yet, curiously, he chose not to stand pat with $17,800. Maybe the competitor in him just wanted to win.

    • Gary Kevin Ware | August 5, 2020 at 1:44 am |

      Right, but Claudia should have bet everything since if she misses the Final Jeopardy, $7400 shouldn’t get her a wild card.

  4. At most overseas US military bases, on base purchases are rounded up or down to the nearest nickel. They don’t trouble with pennies, I think due to the cost of shipping heavy sacks of relatively worthless coins. It seems to work out fine, and could certainly work stateside too.

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