Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, October 13, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Literary Pronouns) for Tuesday, October 13, 2020 (Season 37, Game 22):

Thanks to a horror film, this novel returned to the bestseller lists in 2017, some 30 years after reaching No. 1

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(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Natt Supab, a cancer research coordinator from Pico Rivera, California
Natt Supab on Jeopardy!
Alex Switzky, a writer & producer from North Hollywood, California
Alex Switzky on Jeopardy!
Kevin Walsh, a story analyst originally from Williamstown, New Jersey (3-day total: $62,900)
Kevin Walsh on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is It?


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Stephen King’s 1986 novel It, his 22nd (the 17th written as Stephen King), was famously adapted into a two-part feature film adaptation in the past few years, with the part featuring the characters as children released in 2017. (It Chapter Two, detailing the part of the book with the characters as adults, was released in 2019.) An interesting point from a clue-solving perspective, here: I would say that the difficulty of this clue hinges upon remembering the category. A category of “Literary Pronouns” reduces the number of possible answers significantly, compared to, say, “Film Adaptations” or even “Bestsellers”. In the work, It is a shapeshifting monster that usually takes the form of a dancing clown known as Pennywise.

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

Scores going into Final:
Kevin $14,400
Alex $0
Natt -$400


Tonight’s results:
Natt -$400 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Alex $0 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Kevin $14,400 + $4,400 = $18,800 (What is It?) (4-day total: $81,700)


Kevin Walsh, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 13, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Kevin $6,000
Alex $4,300
Natt -$400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) TREE OF A KIND $1000 (clue #25)
Alex 3800 +100 (Kevin 5200 Natt -400)
2) OXYMORONS $1200 (clue #8)
Kevin 8800 +2800 (Alex 5100 Natt -400)
3) THE CUBISTS $1200 (clue #26)
Alex 5900 -5900 (Kevin 14400 Natt -400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -66


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: THE CUBISTS $400 $800 $1600 $2000
Total Left On Board: $4,800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 48 (2.18 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Kevin $12,800 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.85% in first on buzzer (19/53), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Natt -$400 Coryat, 5 correct, 3 incorrect, 13.21% in first on buzzer (7/53), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
Alex $6,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 9 incorrect, 37.74% in first on buzzer (20/53), 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $19,200
Lach Trash: $17,000 (on 15 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,000

Kevin Walsh, career statistics:
96 correct, 10 incorrect
5/7 on rebound attempts (on 20 rebound opportunities)
40.99% in first on buzzer (91/222)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,600)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,150

Alex Switzky, career statistics:
16 correct, 9 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
37.74% in first on buzzer (20/53)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$5,800)
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,800

Natt Supab, career statistics:
5 correct, 3 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
13.21% in first on buzzer (7/53)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: -$400

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • This is the first game with a single-player Final Jeopardy! since March 12, 2015.
  • By my count, today’s game is the 9th known game with a single-player Final Jeopardy!.

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22 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, October 13, 2020"

  1. At first I didn’t get it, but I hadn’t looked at the category. As soon I saw ‘pronoun’, I was like, duh…’It’.

  2. I don’t think this one will be a triple stumper. Based on his occupation, Alex may have an edge, but hopefully they will all get it. Even if you never read the book or saw the 2017 version of the movie, it was hard to miss all the publicity for it.

  3. FJ categories have been, ummm, creative in the Mike Richards era.

  4. What is the purpose of playing Final Jeopardy! in this situation? If the purpose is to give the lone player a chance to earn more money, I wonder why Kevin didn’t go big and wager $14,399 instead of the small amount he did wager.

    • Because he also didn’t want to lose a large amount of money if he didn’t get the correct response.

    • Jeopardy! is as much a game for the home viewer as it is a game for the players in-studio. I suspect fans would be very upset if there was no Final Jeopardy! clue posed to them.

      Additionally, runaway games are a situation where players are actually betting their own money. Risk aversion, especially in this case, is definitely a thing.

  5. Well after lucking out on Day 1 (when Amy missed the last question which made the game a runaway), Kevin has given performances worthy of becoming a streaker. He is still getting quite lucky, with all his challengers struggling and missing big Daily Doubles. Just 1 challenger needs to nail a DD to replace Kevin.

  6. Francine Pilon | October 13, 2020 at 4:18 pm | Reply

    I find that since they are limited to California residents because of Covid, the quality of the contestants has dropped. What do you think?

    • They passed the same test that every contestant in the past has passed.

      (To other commenters: Please be advised that taking an opportunity to disparage contestants here is absolutely out of order.)

  7. Sorry that the clues were mean to Natt and Alex.

  8. And of course the station blocks it to promote football. I think I’m just gonna flip.

  9. Strange game today. Not just because two contestants didn’t make it to Final, but it seemed like there were a few pretty obvious ones nobody got. In the 30’s category where the response should have been bank, and another where it should have been drought, seemed to me to be clues somebody should have gotten.

    As a person who only knows Shakespeare as a fishing rod company, I appreciate the occasional sports category, but those have for the most part been challenging for this season’s contestants. I know they got 3 of 5 in the NASCAR category, but two of those required no NASCAR knowledge, and the other was a popular movie answered by somebody in the business.

  10. Keith Hosannah | October 13, 2020 at 8:05 pm | Reply

    I must say that I had small issue with Kevin’s wager. If not risking actual dollars was important, then his wager was fine. In terms of making the Tournament of Champions, I think 4 day champions need at least $90 000 total to be absolutely sure of qualification. However, of course if he wins a fifth game then he is pretty much in the tournament.

  11. I don’t know if it’s a nod to the L.A. contestants, my own misperception, or the dawn of the Mike Richards era, but it seems like the material has been a lot more focused on TV and movies than it has been in past seasons. I’m assuming it’s either the 2nd or 3rd explanation.

  12. Since when was the last time there was a single player Final J! round? I’ve just heard that it had just happened tonight.

  13. Final Jeopardy reminds me of Faith No More’s Epic. “What is it?”

    • Me too! I took a picture of his question on my TV screen for that very reason.

      P.S. I went to high school with Kevin. He’s a super nice guy and I’m thrilled that he’s doing so well!

  14. Michael Laviolette | October 14, 2020 at 7:23 pm | Reply

    I actually remember that once on the original NBC show, none of the three players made it to Final. Art Fleming simply said “There will be no Final Jeopardy today.” Of course, all I have to go by is memory. Since I don’t remember the details, we can have fun guessing about how that scenario could occur.

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