Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, October 12, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World License Plates) for Monday, October 12, 2020 (Season 37, Game 21):

Around 2010 the state license plate for Michoacan, Mexico featured these insects

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Barbara Giesser, a neurologist originally from The Bronx, New York
Barbara Giesser on Jeopardy!
Michael Zannettis, a medical writer originally from Astoria, New York
Michael Zannettis on Jeopardy!
Kevin Walsh, a story analyst originally from Williamstown, New Jersey (2-day total: $42,900)
Kevin Walsh on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What are (monarch) butterflies?


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The Mexican state of Michoacán (located generally between Mexico City and Guadalajara) is home to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, located on its eastern border with the State of Mexico. Millions of butterflies travel south from northern climes into the region every winter. The 56,000-hectare reserve is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From 2007 to 2011, Michoacán put a graphic of numerous monarch butterflies on its state license plate.

This is a bit of a trivia chestnut, but Canada’s Northwest Territories is well-known for its vehicle registration plates being in the shape of a polar bear; 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of its introduction.

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

Scores going into Final:
Kevin $22,600
Michael $4,746
Barbara $3,000


Tonight’s results:
Barbara $3,000 – $1,500 = $1,500 (What are grasshoppers?)
Michael $4,746 – $1,711 = $3,035 (What are the cricket and the ant?)
Kevin $22,600 – $2,600 = $20,000 (What are cockroaches?) (3-day total: $62,900)


Kevin Walsh, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 12, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Kevin $7,000
Michael $946
Barbara $200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) FRANCE $400 (clue #7)
Michael -200 -854 (Kevin 800 Barbara -800)
2) ANAGRAMS OF EACH OTHER $1600 (clue #8)
Kevin 9800 +2800 (Michael 1746 Barbara 1400)
3) UNIVERSE $1200 (clue #20)
Michael 6546 -5000 (Kevin 15400 Barbara 3400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -133


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: FESTIVALS OF LIGHT $2000 CAT’S ENTERTAINMENT $2000
Total Left On Board: $4,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 44 (2.10 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Kevin $21,400 Coryat, 27 correct, 3 incorrect, 45.45% in first on buzzer (25/55), 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Michael $10,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.09% in first on buzzer (16/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Barbara $3,000 Coryat, 7 correct, 4 incorrect, 16.36% in first on buzzer (9/55), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,000
Lach Trash: $7,000 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,000

Kevin Walsh, career statistics:
76 correct, 7 incorrect
3/5 on rebound attempts (on 12 rebound opportunities)
42.60% in first on buzzer (72/169)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,800)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,933

Michael Zannettis, career statistics:
16 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
29.09% in first on buzzer (16/55)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$5,854)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,600

Barbara Giesser, career statistics:
7 correct, 5 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
16.36% in first on buzzer (9/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,000

Kevin Walsh, to win:
4 games: 69.789%
5: 48.705%
6: 33.991%
7: 23.722%
8: 16.555%
Avg. streak: 5.310 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I found the FURNITURE $400 clue amusing; the “podium” v. “lectern” distinction has been an inside joke dating back to the days of there being official message boards on the Jeopardy! website over a decade ago.
  • Kudos to Michael for giving a go of it on Daily Double 3, even though it didn’t work out for him.

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7 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, October 12, 2020"

  1. I guessed Cucaracha, also…so, I don’t feel so bad.

  2. We start the week with a triple stumper.

  3. I guessed Monarch Butterfly and shouted it at the TV because I couldn’t believe I finally knew I was absolutely correct!

  4. Prithvi Sudhakar | October 13, 2020 at 10:34 am | Reply

    To be honest, I was thinking cockroaches, too.

  5. Matthew Yothers | October 13, 2020 at 6:49 pm | Reply

    Are you going to bring in the page showing this week’s contestants (Season 37, Week 5)?

  6. Because the Chargers were on Monday Night Football, ABC7 in Los Angeles preempted Jeopardy to show the game. Instead of rescheduling Jeopardy to late night, they pushed all the games back a day. So the Monday game in L.A. aired on Tuesday, and all the games will be a day late, with the Friday episode airing on Saturday.

    So anyone who cares about spoilers might want to be wary of Jeopardy’s social media since they like touting results not long after the west coast timeslots are past, particularly when there is a champ on a streak

  7. Gail got what my friends call a Kelpo or Kelly point. A friend’s mother, Mrs Kelly, started counting a winning point when she knew the answer when none of the contestants do. Many of us now keep track of our Kelpos. Michael
    Gail F | October 12, 2020 at 8:14 pm | Reply
    I guessed Monarch Butterfly and shouted it at the TV because I couldn’t believe I finally knew I was absolutely correct!

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