Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, October 15, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Psychological Terms) for Thursday, October 15, 2020 (Season 37, Game 24):

Physician “Cannonball Mike” Friedman defined this behavioral type & admitted the term applied to himself

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Today’s contestants:

Kristin Hucek, an attorney from San Francisco, California
Kristin Hucek on Jeopardy!
Daniel Lee, an orthopedic surgeon from South Pasadena, California
Daniel Lee on Jeopardy!
Kevin Walsh, a story analyst originally from Williamstown, New Jersey (5-day total: $111,301)
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Correct response: What is “Type A” behavior?


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“Type A” and “Type B” are contrasting behavioral types; “Type A” behaviors tend to be much more competitive, more organized, ambitious, and impatient. “Type B” is generally one who does not exhibit those traits. (At The Jeopardy! Fan, I first learned about these when a teammate at a quiz bowl tournament many years ago referred to me as a Type A.) The original studies were undertaken by cardiologists Meyer “Mike” Friedman and Ray Rosenman after their upholsterer noticed that only the edges of their waiting room seats had been worn out, and spoke of the link between behavior and heart disease. (The nickname “Cannonball Mike” was described in Friedman’s 2001 New York Times obituary.) Due to these supposed links, Friedman made a conscious effort to become more of a Type B. While many refer to “Type A” and “Type B” as “personalities”, Friedman resisted this, considering the traits to be learned and changed behavior. (However, many of called these links into question, as Friedman’s original study was funded by tobacco companies who were trying to downplay the links between tobacco consumption and heart disease.)

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

Scores going into Final:
Daniel $12,000
Kristin $11,400
Kevin $2,000


Tonight’s results:
Kevin $2,000 – $0 = $2,000 (What is obsessive-compulsive?)
Kristin $11,400 – $8,700 = $2,700 (What risk-taker) (1-day total: $2,700)
Daniel $12,000 – $10,801 = $1,199 (What is Borderline pers)


Kristin Hucek, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 15, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Kevin $4,400
Kristin $4,200
Daniel $2,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) A PAIR OF PENCE $1000 (clue #20)
Kevin 2800 -1000 (Daniel 200 Kristin 3000)
2) WORLD HISTORY $1600 (clue #20)
Kristin 13000 -2000 (Kevin 1200 Daniel 8400)
3) AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHTS $800 (clue #28)
Daniel 8000 +4000 (Kevin 2000 Kristin 11400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -1


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHTS $1600 $2000
Total Left On Board: $3,600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 50 (2.08 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Kristin $13,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 34.55% in first on buzzer (19/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Kevin $3,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 5 incorrect, 30.91% in first on buzzer (17/55), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Daniel $8,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 25.45% in first on buzzer (14/55), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $25,200
Lach Trash: $13,000 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,200

Kevin Walsh, career statistics:
134 correct, 18 incorrect
5/8 on rebound attempts (on 24 rebound opportunities)
39.82% in first on buzzer (133/334)
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,600)
3/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,700

Daniel Lee, career statistics:
13 correct, 4 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
25.45% in first on buzzer (14/55)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,800

Kristin Hucek, career statistics:
18 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
34.55% in first on buzzer (19/55)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,400

Kristin Hucek, to win:
2 games: 38.013%
3: 14.450%
4: 5.493%
5: 2.088%
6: 0.794%
Avg. streak: 1.613 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • It was 100% unneccessary for Alex and the judges to ask Daniel to shorten his response on ON THE BILLBOARD CHARTS IN 2020 $1000 from “I’m a Savage” to “Savage” on the Megan Thee Stallion #1 hit. The show’s rules for years on this subject has been that if a response contains a correct lyric and the song title, it is to be immediately ruled correct. If this is another Mike Richards rule change, then I am 100% against it.
  • While Daniel was risking the game being locked on an incorrect response, he was absolutely correct to bet for the lead in Final Jeopardy. The lead going into Final is the best place to be. Additionally, it was an $800 clue.

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23 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, October 15, 2020"

  1. Donna Kirchmeier | October 15, 2020 at 9:15 am | Reply

    Super easy final!

  2. Not so easy final IMHO – usually the description does not contain part of the answer (question) – in this case the use of the word ‘type’. This personally threw me off as I ruled this out for this reason. I too though Alpha male.

  3. I don’t think it’s easy at all and I took many psych courses…was thinking towards ADHD or OCD or ODD alas my major wasn’t psychology 😁

  4. I guessed it correctly, but it was a ‘guess’ unlike days when I ‘know’ the answer.

  5. I said “loose cannon”. Maybe not the best guess in retrospect.

    • Brush with Intelleculalism | October 16, 2020 at 8:03 pm | Reply

      I immediately and confidently thought “what is type A”, but by the very end of the Final J! music talked myself into “what is loose cannon” based solely on the word “type” being in the answer.

  6. With his highest win ever in Game 5, and 65.3% odds to win tonight, it was sad to see Kevin lose so badly.
    I’m glad he made it over the $100K mark.

  7. Kristin’s FJ wager didn’t make much sense to me. All it did was put Kevin in the mix to potentially win.

    • I agree. I would’ve bet a minimum of $601 in that situation. And a maximum of $7,399. Lock out Kevin and make sure to beat Daniel if he wagers 0.

  8. Congrats to Kevin for his 5 day run, our first 5 day champ in 7+ months since Paul Trifiletti won 5! Guessing 7 months isn’t a record between 5 day champs, but if not one of the longest historically or in many years, because of covid.

    A little surprised by Kevin’s rather low $3000 Coryat today after averaging > $18k during his run, but still close to winning due to FJ and the triple stump!

    • You’re close. This is the technical record, but the real record is in Season 35, when we went 166 days, or about 5 1/2 months, without a 5-day champion. That was the longest record in a single season.

      • MasterDoge 987NT (or someone else), my implied assumption in this inquiry was longest gap between 5 games or more winners. I know season 35 included mega winners James and Jason, but supposing the 166 days/~5-1/2 months preceded James.

        There must be a publicly available and searchable Jeopardy data base / spreadsheet that contains all the historical results whereby this data was obtained! Would be interested and thankful in knowing where!

  9. Brad (not Rutter) | October 15, 2020 at 5:06 pm | Reply

    Very entertaining game today.

  10. Rough game as we got another triple stumper this week.

  11. Good point regarding “[I’m a] Savage.”

    The first clue in Double today also came off to me as VERY sloppy. In the scientific sense, to quote Wikipedia, “accuracy is closeness of the measurements to a specific value, while precision is the closeness of the measurements to each other.” Though that may not apply given the context of the clue (typing speed), I hold the two words to NOT be synonyms on that basis.

    • Brush with Intelleculalism | October 16, 2020 at 8:08 pm | Reply

      Wholeheartedly agree. The difference between accuracy and precision is one of definite distinction.

  12. I enjoyed this game a lot. Kevin has been very impressive, but it shows that even talented players have nights where the questions aren’t in their wheelhouse.

    Accuracy and precision are not synonyms. As a science teacher, we spend time on this every year. Precision has to do with range and accuracy has to do with correctness. I was surprised by the question as the Jeopardy questions are usually better edited.

    • I remember learning the difference between accuracy and precision in high school. I’m fine with them being called synonyms in this context though.

      First, “accuracy” and “precision” have those more specific meanings in the specific context of comparing items in a set, which is not the case mentioned in the clue.

      Second, most words we consider “synonyms” do have different nuances in which they could not always be used to replace the other. If that was the case, both words would not exist. So the possible nuances do not disqualify them as synonyms, in my opinion.

      Third, every thesaurus will list this as synonyms.

      So I understand the complaint, but I think this is an example of judging too harshly and being uncharitably pedantic. There were certainly very questionable situations earlier this season, but I don’t think this clue warrants any real criticism.

  13. The Thursday curse. It’s hard to know if Kevin may have been a little worn down in his 4th game of the day because the competition was excellent today. He seemed a tad slower on the buzzer, though. It has been mentioned here before that the Thursday show is taped after lunch, and a person who was in the first three shows of the day may have lost a little edge during the break. Garrett was in the same situation last week when he lost.

  14. Prithvi Sudhakar | October 16, 2020 at 8:40 am | Reply

    Aw, man! I thought Kevin would win today and go on an even higher streak!

    But at least I know I’ll see him in the next ToC!

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