Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, September 14, 2020


Happy Opening Day! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Famous Buildings) for Monday, September 14, 2020 (Season 37, Game 1):

This Rome building with a name from the Greek was described by Michaelangelo as coming from “angelic and not human design”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Franki Butler, a TV writer from Los Angeles, California
Franki Butler on Jeopardy!
Jeff Rich, an astronomer from Glendale, California
Jeff Rich on Jeopardy!
Cory Barger, an orchestra musician from Riverside, California
Cory Barger on Jeopardy!

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There are some changes to the show for this season in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All contestants at the start of the season will be from the Los Angeles area, all staff and contestants needed to pass COVID testing before being permitted on-set, and the lecterns are spaced six feet apart. Even the hallowed contestant photographs with Alex Trebek are different, as is illustrated by Jeff Rich’s contestant photo with Alex below.

Jeff Rich's contestant photo with Alex Trebek. Alex is at his lectern, Rich is standing well away beside a television screen with the new Jeopardy! logo.

Jeff Rich’s contestant photo with Alex Trebek, illustrating how the show is maintaining distancing from Alex Trebek during tapings. (Source: University of Hawaii.)

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Correct response: What is the Pantheon?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Originally built during the reign of Augustus and rebuilt by Hadrian in the early 2nd century AD, the Pantheon is a former Roman temple whose name comes from the Greek word Pantheion, which refers generally to the full set of Greek gods. The building was given in 609 to Pope Boniface IV when it became named for St. Mary and the Martyrs; it is now a basilica.

Paris’ Panthéon, built in the 18th century, was named after and inspired by the Roman building; however, Paris’ is a mausoleum.

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

Scores going into Final:
Jeff $21,600
Cory $12,300
Franki $11,600


Tonight’s results:
Franki $11,600 – $11,550 = $50 (What is St. Peter’s Basilica)
Cory $12,300 + $11,500 = $23,800 (What is the Pantheon) (1-day total: $23,800)
Jeff $21,600 – $8,400 = $13,200 (What is the forum)


Cory Barger, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 14, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jeff $4,800
Cory $3,900
Franki $2,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) CROSS EXAMINATION $600 (clue #20)
Cory 2000 +1500 (Jeff 3400 Franki 800)
2) 1 WORD, 2 MEANINGS $1600 (clue #5)
Jeff 7200 +2000 (Cory 4300 Franki 2400)
3) THIS AMERICAN CITY $2000 (clue #17)
Jeff 17600 +2000 (Cory 6300 Franki 4800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 114


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: CROSS EXAMINATION $200 SIDE BAR $200
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 2 (2.00 per episode average)


Game Stats:
Cory $11,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 29.09% in first on buzzer (16/55), 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Jeff $21,200 Coryat, 22 correct, 3 incorrect, 40.00% in first on buzzer (22/55), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Franki $11,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 27.27% in first on buzzer (15/55), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $44,200
Lach Trash: $3,000 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,400

Cory Barger, career statistics:
17 correct, 4 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
29.09% in first on buzzer (16/55)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,500)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,400

Jeff Rich, career statistics:
22 correct, 4 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
40.00% in first on buzzer (22/55)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,200

Franki Butler, career statistics:
15 correct, 4 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
27.27% in first on buzzer (15/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,600

Cory Barger, to win:
2 games: 40.173%
3: 16.138%
4: 6.483%
5: 2.604%
6: 1.046%
Avg. streak: 1.671 games.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • These episodes were taped with no audience. Any audience noises were added in post-production.
  • Kudos to Cory for getting what I thought was a difficult Final Jeopardy! to take the win.

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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, September 14, 2020"

  1. John McCleary | September 14, 2020 at 11:08 am |

    Hopefully Zack can come back soon!

    • Matthew Yothers | September 14, 2020 at 11:55 am |

      Yeah, and I really want to see him make it to the Tournament of Champions also. He’s only 1 win away from automatically qualifying, and he’s also $14,331 away from the $100,000 mark. I hope he makes it when he returns later in the season.

      • I hope they would give him a spot regardless of if he wins another game, given the circumstances of why they had to stop. And he beat contestants from a national pool whereas the current crop are only locals. He has been a good champion. Emma got in last year despite winning only three games and she showed how worthy she was of that spot in getting to the final against James.

  2. what do you mean by contestant photo with Alex? is it something shown during the show?

    • Lee:

      The photograph I mean is right below the paragraph that talks about it.

    • It’s generally not shown during the show – it was a “nice to have” for contestants. Previously, during one of the commercial breaks, Alex would step behind the lecterns and pause for a moment beside each contestant. The show would do a “screen grab” of the moment, and email the contestants a jpeg of the shot after the show so each contestant had a photo with Alex. It only took a couple of seconds for Alex, but made a great souvenir for the contestants.

  3. Did I miss something? Where is Zack anyway? Can’t he make it right now (or whenever the show was taped)?

  4. No Ken? Through he would get introduced early in the season.

  5. I missed most of this return episode. Did Alex speak much of the pandemic in the intro or contestant chat or was it not a topic?

  6. Thanks for the stats :-D!

  7. Prithvi Sudhakar | September 15, 2020 at 10:42 pm |

    The start to another great season of Jeopardy!

  8. I wonder if on the clue about Don Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard in the Iron Man films, if someone had said the MCU as the film series instead of Iron Man, would that have been deemed an acceptable answer?

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