Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Movie Appearances) for Wednesday, October 14, 2020 (Season 37, Game 23):

Not an actor, this man who died in 2018 appeared briefly in some 40 mainly action films with a combined $30 billion worldwide gross

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Today’s contestants:

Jack Mooney, an aerospace engineer from Santa Cruz, California
Jack Mooney on Jeopardy
Elaine Zatarain, a patient care coordinator from San Diego, California
Elaine Zatarain on Jeopardy!
Kevin Walsh, a story analyst originally from Williamstown, New Jersey (4-day total: $81,700)
Kevin Walsh on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Stan Lee?

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Stan Lee, well-known in the comics industry for his work with Marvel Comics (beginning with the Fantastic Four that Lee created with Jack Kirby in 1961), ended up becoming well-known for making cameos in films featuring his creations. Notably, Lee portrayed the Watcher Informant in the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is the largest piece of his career $30+ billion gross.

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

Scores going into Final:
Kevin $18,600
Elaine $14,800
Jack $2,000

Tonight’s results:
Jack $2,000 – $1,999 = $1 (Who is ?)
Elaine $14,800 + $14,000 = $28,800 (Who is Stan Lee?)
Kevin $18,600 + $11,001 = $29,601 (Who is Stan Lee?) (5-day total: $111,301)

Kevin Walsh, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 14, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Elaine $2,400
Kevin $2,200
Jack $800

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES $600 (clue #23)
Jack 3600 -3600 (Kevin 1800 Elaine 1800)
2) SCIENTISTS $800 (clue #2)
Jack 1200 +2000 (Kevin 2200 Elaine 2400)
3) MAKING A 4 “A” $1200 (clue #8)
Jack 4000 -2000 (Kevin 7400 Elaine 2400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -50

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 48 (2.09 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Kevin $18,600 Coryat, 23 correct, 2 incorrect, 44.64% in first on buzzer (25/56), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Elaine $14,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 0 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer (14/56), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Jack $6,400 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 17.86% in first on buzzer (10/56), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,800
Lach Trash: $11,000 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,200

Kevin Walsh, career statistics:
120 correct, 12 incorrect
5/7 on rebound attempts (on 20 rebound opportunities)
41.73% in first on buzzer (116/278)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,600)
3/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,240

Elaine Zatarain, career statistics:
15 correct, 0 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
25.00% in first on buzzer (14/56)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,800

Jack Mooney, career statistics:
11 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
17.86% in first on buzzer (10/56)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,400

Kevin Walsh, to win:
6 games: 65.303%
7: 42.644%
8: 27.848%
9: 18.185%
10: 11.876%
Avg. streak: 6.882 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I found it interesting that Alex specifically said that 5 wins was an automatic qualification for the Tournament of Champions. (Which makes sense, as every past 5-time champion has generally qualified for a Tournament of Champions, with the exceptions of death or personal misconduct).
  • You could tell that Jack’s miss on his first Daily Double really hurt his confidence. It was hard for him to come back from that.

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24 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, October 14, 2020"

  1. If you like me just got (and read) your AARP magazine a few days ago, this should be fresh in your mind.

  2. The category title is much more helpful today than the one yesterday. At least the contestants know it is going to have something to do with movies. I wonder if Kevin might have gambled more in Final yesterday if he knew there was a movie tie-in. The category yesterday, “Literary Pronouns” was pretty vague.

    • I felt the opposite. I could not have gotten ‘It’ yesterday without the category, but today I could

      • I see what you’re saying Mark. Just to clarify, my comment was about the category title helping somebody with their wager. “Literary Pronouns” tells you a lot in context with the clue. When that’s all you have to go on when making a wager, though, it could mean a lot of things.

  3. If they had used the word ‘cameo’ – I think I would have gotten this. Very broad otherwise…

  4. Stan Lee was also the narrator for a number of Marvel cartoons.

  5. Jay Rosenberg | October 14, 2020 at 11:35 am |

    I thought the “Not an actor” to be poorly phrased and misleading. He was an actor and did act in many of his appearances. I took that to mean file footage or something along those lines so was looking for an historical or political person. I think it would have been better phrased as ‘Not primarily known as an actor’ or something like that. Saying ‘Not an actor’ to mean he didn’t appear in a part or acting role. I wonder if anyone misses it could rightfully challenge the question?

    • I got it right away, but agree the wording was not great. 124 IMDB acting credits is a lot of acting credits for someone who is not an actor.

  6. I was way off base. I tried to think of famous clips/tropes (like the Wilhelm Scream). Then I saw the answer and realized how badly I had overthought it.

  7. I knew it was Stan Lee before I even finished the question. He was so iconic I couldn’t think of anyone else.

    • Mary A Rose | October 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm |

      Silly me! I thought it was Alfred Hitchcock. Tell me I am not the only one.

      • That was my initial thought too, because he was famous for his cameos, but none of the rest of the clue fit him.

      • BrushWithIntellectualism | October 14, 2020 at 8:02 pm |

        So did I. Football preempted J! so i came here, barely glanced at the answer, then confidently got it wrong…

        • Alfred Hitchcock and his great films are still so ingrained in our culture…it is hard to believe he’s been gone over 40 years.

  8. Jim Cardillo | October 14, 2020 at 2:58 pm |

    I was thinking former USMC drill instructor R. Lee Ermey. I think he started as a technical adviser and he was so good they stuck him in front of the camera. But “not an actor” is a pretty shaky modifier.

  9. John McCleary | October 14, 2020 at 3:47 pm |

    Does anyone know when the next teen tournment is?

  10. Brad (not Rutter) | October 14, 2020 at 5:03 pm |

    Kevin is solid! Though, I might add, he did once again benefit from an opponent blowing it on a daily double. But you’ll have to play a solid game to take him down.

  11. I understand why second and third place do not get what their totals were but that needs to be scaled. Elaine coming in second with $28,000? We’ve seen champs who have not gotten that much in three days.

    • Yeah. I think second should get half of whatever the winner got and third should get 1/4. I remember back during MacKenzie Jones’ run she won with $46,801 and second place had 46,800 but it was instantly subtracted to $2,000. This is the only way Wheel Of Fortune is better than Jeopardy – those contestants get to keep all of their money, winners or not.

    • The issue with this is suddenly it becomes ‘real’ money they are wagering, and they may no longer play to win in Final Jeopardy and risk losing what they’ve already banked.

      • MarkO — then she would have had only $14,800 which I might suggest is under the threshold. Today is Friday — the current champ has a two-day total of less than 25% of what Elaine had coming in second one day.

  12. I didn’t get it, but for a plain, old-fashioned reason…I never heard of the guy. Comic books and movies made from them have never interested me…not that there’s anything wrong with them. 🙂

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