Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, September 8, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Pre-Civil War Presidents) for Tuesday, September 8, 2020 (Season 36, Game 187):

Encyclopedia Britannica says of him: “After an extended tour of Europe he retired to Concord…& he died in obscurity”

This episode originally aired on June 9, 2020.

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(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Zach Newkirk, an attorney from Alexandria, Virginia
Zach Newkirk on Jeopardy!
Shelli Castor, an editor from Sapulpa, Oklahoma
Shelli Castor on Jeopardy!
Morgan Wilbanks, a physician from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin (2-day total: $44,000)
Morgan Wilbanks on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who Is Franklin Pierce?


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Franklin Pierce’s presidency (from 1853 to 1857) was very unpopular; the political turmoil resulting from the Kansas–Nebraska Act harmed his administration, led to the founding of the Republican Party, and also led to James Buchanan’s 1856 nomination. Following his presidency, Pierce spent three years in Europe and the Bahamas before retiring to New Hampshire; he had a close friendship with author Nathaniel Hawthorne (Hawthorne’s last novel was controversially dedicated to Pierce).

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

Scores going into Final:
Zach $9,400
Morgan $8,900
Shelli $2,800


Tonight’s results:
Shelli $2,800 – $200 = $2,600 (Who is John Q. Adams?)
Morgan $8,900 + $1,208 = $10,108 (Who is Pierce?)
Zach $9,400 + $8,401 = $17,801 (Who is Franklin Pierce?) (1-day total: $17,801)


Zach Newkirk, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 8, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Morgan $7,300
Zach -$200
Shelli -$400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) HISTORY OF HUNGARY $600 (clue #9)
Morgan 2600 +100 (Shelli -200 Zach 400)
2) HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES $1200 (clue #19)
Zach 4600 +4600 (Morgan 10100 Shelli 2000)
3) THE PLAIN TRUTH $1600 (clue #28)
Zach 12400 -3000 (Morgan 8900 Shelli 2800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 80


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: MIDDLE NAME, PLEASE $400 $600 CANSPLAINING $600
DJ! Round: THE PLAIN TRUTH $1200 TALK SHOW $800
Total Left On Board: $3,600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 374 (2.00 per episode average), 5 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Zach $9,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 5 incorrect, 21.15% in first on buzzer (11/52), 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Morgan $9,400 Coryat, 25 correct, 5 incorrect, 53.85% in first on buzzer (28/52), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Shelli $2,800 Coryat, 6 correct, 5 incorrect, 11.54% in first on buzzer (6/52), 3/5 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $21,200
Lach Trash: $12,200 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $17,000

Morgan Wilbanks, career statistics:
60 correct, 16 incorrect
5/7 on rebound attempts (on 18 rebound opportunities)
37.65% in first on buzzer (61/162)
5/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $19,500)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,533

Shelli Castor, career statistics:
6 correct, 6 incorrect
3/5 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
11.54% in first on buzzer (6/52)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $2,800

Zach Newkirk, career statistics:
13 correct, 5 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
21.15% in first on buzzer (11/52)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,600)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,000

Zach Newkirk, to win:
2 games: 33.426%
3: 11.173%
4: 3.735%
5: 1.248%
6: 0.417%
Avg. streak: 1.502 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Zach is the first player to have a score of $0 or worse after the Jeopardy! round and win the game since John Giambrone on February 7, 2018.

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6 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, September 8, 2020"

  1. Welcome back, Zack!!
    See you next Monday in real time, when I hope you top the $100K mark!

  2. Morgan’s weak 100 bet wound up costing him the game. Welcome back Zach; good to see you again!

  3. Prithvi Sudhakar | September 8, 2020 at 5:42 pm | Reply

    I think Zach is a good player. He made a comeback in today’s game and won!

  4. Andy:

    You used Morgan’s photo from Monday night in today’s recap!

  5. That is to say, Morgan’s triumphant photo.

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