Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, September 24, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Astronomy) for Thursday, September 24, 2020 (Season 37, Game 9):

Discovered in 1967, the 1st of these stars was dubbed LGM-1—the perceived signal was jokingly thought to be from little green men

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Sameer Gandhi, a writer from Pasadena, California
Sameer Gandhi on Jeopardy!
Sara Tayyar, a clinical social worker from Pasadena, California
Sara Tayyar on Jeopardy!
Robert Kaine, a copy editor from Hacienda Heights, California (1-day total: $18,401)
Robert Kaine on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is a pulsar?

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First detected in December 1967 by Jocelyn Bell (now Jocelyn Bell Burnell) at Cambridge University, pulsars are a very dense ball of material that are created when a star runs out of fuel and collapses on itself. This pulsar was flickering repeatedly every 1.3 seconds and did not match the already-discovered quasar. Because they could not rule out that the signal was coming from an intelligent alien species, the pulsar was named LGM-1. It wasn’t until Bell discovered a second pulsar elsewhere in the universe that the discovery was announced, as Cambridge’s researchers were afraid that possible alien life would create unnecessary publicity and chaos.

In another case of men taking credit for a woman’s scientific work, only Bell’s advisors, Antony Hewish and Martin Ryle, received the 1974 Nobel Prize for the discovery.

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

Scores going into Final:
Sara $12,000
Sameer $11,200
Robert $10,200

Tonight’s results:
Robert $10,200 – $1,801 = $8,399 (What is a supernova?)
Sameer $11,200 + $11,000 = $22,200 (What is a pulsar?) (1-day total: $22,200)
Sara $12,000 – $10,401 = $1,599 (What is a red dwarf?)

Sameer Gandhi, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 24, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Robert $8,400
Sara $4,000
Sameer $3,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) 3-WORD PHRASES $1000 (clue #17)
Robert 3400 +3400 (Sara 2600 Sameer 1000)
2) FAREWELL ADDRESSES $2000 (clue #20)
Robert 14800 -3200 (Sara 11200 Sameer 6400)
3) BODIES OF WATER $800 (clue #24)
Robert 14800 -5000 (Sara 11200 Sameer 8000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 45

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 21 (2.33 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Sameer $11,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Robert $16,000 Coryat, 22 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Sara $12,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,200
Lach Trash: $7,600 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,200

Robert Kaine, career statistics:
46 correct, 7 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
36.04% in first on buzzer (40/111)
2/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$7,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,900

Sara Tayyar, career statistics:
15 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,000

Sameer Gandhi, career statistics:
14 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200

Sameer Gandhi, to win:
2 games: 37.047%
3: 13.725%
4: 5.085%
5: 1.884%
6: 0.698%
Avg. streak: 1.588 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Back in 2016, I wrote an article entitled Why Terry McElhennon is Smarter Than You” after Terry received threatening communications after confusing Alabama and Auburn. I would just like to say: This holds in 2020. Making mistakes doesn’t make you stupid, they make you human. If you think you’re smarter than Sameer, you can take the Jeopardy! Anytime Test right now. And also remember: true Jeopardy! fans don’t harass contestants; the fact that people harass contestants says such more about the harasser than it does about the contestant.
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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, September 24, 2020"

  1. I won’t see the show til 7:30, so I guess I’ll see what supposedly easy question he missed. Nothing to be held against Sameer (we all make dumb mistakes sometimes). I hope he is more interesting a player than he looks, cause I’ve liked all the champs so far this season and I want reaon to like him too.

    • Maybe I should say mistakes rather than “dumb mistakes”, but either is true.

      • true…even if you think Babe Ruth broke the color barrier in 1947 – that poor young lady became a meme….but she still made it to the finals in that tournament – more than I will ever do.

    • It must have been the question about who plays Alabama in the Iron Bowl, which was a triple stumper. It’s the SEC diehards that Andy is worried about, since football is their world, esp. this time of year.

      • Since it wasn’t a football-specific category (‘A’ is for Autumn), I’d say Sameer’s guess was a perfectly understandable one someone who didn’t know sports might make (not to make any assumptions on his knowledge base). The question asks for an SEC rival to Alabama that begins with the letter A. Given the clue name-checked one state, it’s not unreasonable to name another southern state that starts with A, and he said Arkansas.

        While Jeopardy does attract its fair share of sports-knowledgeable contestants, let’s not forget it’s not exactly a bastion for football fans (or do we need to play the ‘Talkin’ Football’ meme again?)

        • Gary Kevin Ware | September 26, 2020 at 4:53 am |

          The point is that unless you know the answer, you shouldn’t even make ‘educated’ guesses, because there is a penalty for getting it wrong.

  2. Prithvi Sudhakar | September 24, 2020 at 5:05 pm |

    They have a Winner’s Circle video for Robert on YouTube. Here it is now:

  3. Am I the only one who thinks Robert had an impossible Daily Double question to answer? I think the Rhine flows out of NOT into Lake Constance. Doesn’t he deserve a re-do?

    • There is an Alpine section of the Rhine that flows into Lake Constance.

    • Gary Kevin Ware | September 25, 2020 at 1:06 am |

      I thought that the other Daily Double that he missed was relatively easy. It wasn’t something that I knew right away, but the year, 1901, told me that it was Queen Victoria. I especially didn’t understand his wager on the last Daily Double, $5000, such that if he missed it, which he did, he falls out of first place, late in the game. It wound up not making any difference, since he missed the Final Jeopardy.

  4. I first saw this, and left me thinking ‘Oh boy…you know this is going to be interesting when you have a contestant that shares a last name of a world leader’.

    Boy…Robert had it rough when he found all 3 of the DDs twice, but couldn’t capitalize on most of them. It added insult to injury that he missed FJ! and didn’t get a triple stumper out of it.

    Man…at this point, given the state of COVID-19 and where we are, it feels like Jeopardy! will likely go back to normal until we get word of a vaccine possibly being made. I feel bad for Zach to be a sitting duck, especially when the outbreak first started because having all that time off leaves me wondering if he would be a bit rusty after having to wait to come back. For now, it’s all California-based contestants, and does kind of feel a bit different, especially given the fact that air travel is pretty much grounded.

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