Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, October 16, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century American Music) for Friday, October 16, 2020 (Season 37, Game 25):

The composer of this 1944 ballet said it “concerned a pioneer celebration …around a newly built farmhouse in the …hills”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Aanchal Ramani, an MBA student originally from San Francisco, California
Aanchal Ramani on Jeopardy!
Aaron Ballett, an executive assistant from Santa Barbara, California
Aaron Ballett on Jeopardy!
Kristin Hucek, an attorney from San Francisco, California (1-day total: $2,700)
Kristin Hucek on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Appalachian Spring?


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Appalachian Spring is Aaron Copland and Martha Graham’s famous 1944 ballet; Copland said its narrative “concerned a pioneer celebration in spring around a newly-built farmhouse in the Pennsylvania hills in the early part of the 19th century” and “it had to do with the pioneer American spirit, with youth and spring, with optimism and hope”. Graham, one of the pioneers of American modern dance, choreographed the ballet; a 1974 recording of its music was entered into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in 2013.

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Scores going into Final:
Kristin $8,000
Aaron $5,300
Aanchal -$200


Tonight’s results:
Aanchal -$200 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Aaron $5,300 – $5,000 = $300 (What is)
Kristin $8,000 – $2,700 = $5,300 (What is Rodeo?) (2-day total: $8,000)


Kristin Hucek, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 16, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Aaron $5,300
Kristin $5,200
Aanchal $1,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) AMERICAN HISTORY $600 (clue #23)
Aaron 3000 +1500 (Kristin 4000 Aanchal 800)
2) ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE $1600 (clue #21)
Aanchal 3400 -1400 (Kristin 10000 Aaron 5300)
3) THE ENGLISH MONARCH WHEN… $1200 (clue #22)
Aanchal 2000 -1000 (Kristin 10000 Aaron 5300)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -41


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: POETS & POETRY $1600 $2000 THE ENGLISH MONARCH WHEN… $2000
Total Left On Board: $5,600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 53 (2.12 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Kristin $8,000 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 37.04% in first on buzzer (20/54), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Aaron $4,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 5 incorrect, 31.48% in first on buzzer (17/54), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Aanchal $2,200 Coryat, 8 correct, 5 incorrect, 18.52% in first on buzzer (10/54), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $14,600
Lach Trash: $18,400 (on 17 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $15,400

Kristin Hucek, career statistics:
34 correct, 9 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 12 rebound opportunities)
35.78% in first on buzzer (39/109)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,700

Aaron Ballett, career statistics:
14 correct, 6 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
31.48% in first on buzzer (17/54)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,400

Aanchal Ramani, career statistics:
8 correct, 5 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
18.52% in first on buzzer (10/54)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,400)
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $2,200

Kristin Hucek, to win:
3 games: 30.445%
4: 9.269%
5: 2.822%
6: 0.859%
7: 0.262%
Avg. streak: 2.438 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Kristin’s 2-day total of $8,000 is the lowest since Joanne Platt won $6,999 in her first two wins on September 17-18, 2007.
  • On CITY NICKNAMES $600, Alex’s reminder to Aaron constituted a ruling. By rule, because a lack of phrasing in the Jeopardy! round is a warning offense and not a penalty offense, Alex’s ruling preceded Aaron’s later misspeaking in his second response, thus the second response was correctly disregarded by the judges.

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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, October 16, 2020"

  1. I am curious how many will get today’s FJ! Quite honestly – though I have to admit I am not a ballet fan but know the “classical ones (e.g. you know who Mozart was even if you are not into classical music) I have never heard of THIS ballet or the creators. No clue. Nada, Zip.

    • I’ve heard of Copland (he wrote ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’ which you are probably familiar with)….but like you, way over my head.

      • Don’t forget Copland’s Rodeo (row-DAY-oh). If you eat beef, you’ve likely heard the Hoe-down music from that ballet in the ad for “Beef: It’s What’s for Dinner”.

        I find it kind of funny that a contestant named AARON BALLETT appears in an episode where the FJ response concerns an AARON Copland BALLET. I’m guessing the contestant’s last name isn’t pronounced like the dance form, but seeing it on the screen after reading the clue made me laugh.

      • Yeah, I’m just not a ballet guy…..can’t win them all!😊

  2. Is it just me, or is there something funny about having a contestant named AARON BALLETT in an episode where the FJ response concerns an AARON Copland BALLET? 🙂

    I haven’t seen the show yet but assume the contestant prounounces his name differently than the dance form, but still. Yeah, I know the FJ clues are random, so you’d expect something like this to pop up once in a blue moon.

    I’m assuming that the mention of “hills” in the clue was to steer the contestants away from Copland’s Rodeo (row-DAY-oh) and toward the Appalachians.

    • The “Hills” reference did just that for me. I was thinking Rodeo for the first 5-10 seconds, then Hills -> Appalachian Spring dawned on me.

  3. Just a pet peeve of mine, but I’ve never understood the reason for being so nondescript with FJ category titles. If the correct response is the name of a ballet, then put the word ballet in the category. Something like this almost seems to be trying to mislead the contestants when they are making their wagers. Somebody could know a lot about American music, from rock to country to jazz to soul, etc., and any of those would perfectly fit this category. To use that category title, then ask for a ballet is a little bit of a reach.

    • I think the FJ category is supposed to be more useful for helping narrow down the correct response, in tandem with the clue, than it is for helping the players make confident wagers.

      I think it’s fair for them to give very broad categories. The more broad the category, the less confidence contestants should have as to whether or not they will get the correct response. They can adjust their wagers accordingly. The same could be said for the Daily Double clues. It’s just part of the game.

      Most of the time wagers are made independent of the category anyway.

  4. I am wondering – could the FJ category title BE any more VAGUE??
    I have a feeling that today’s FJ, like yesterday’s, will result in 3 wrong responses.

    • And it did, just as I thought. Glad that I’m not the only one who got stumped here…Have a nice weekend everybody!!!

  5. I think I could have won yesterday’s game. Today’s doesn’t look much better.

  6. Congrats on Kirstin’s second win, though her 30% odds for winning three is low. Nevertheless, her Coryat’s been best both days and she increased her own belated wedding “gift” ten days after marriage!

  7. For the second day in a row, Kristin wagered too much in Final Jeopardy. Her bet would have ended up with a tie and forced sudden death if Aaron bet nothing in Final Jeopardy. $2,601 would have clinched if she got it right.

  8. Pizza Face Fred | October 16, 2020 at 11:08 pm |

    Only three contestants got the Final question right this week. I bet that don’t happen often. Of the three Triple Stumper Finals this week (where’s Ismael?), I was glad to get Monday’s Triple Stumper Final right—two total for the week. Puts a little starch in my shorts . . .

  9. Christopher DeCarlo | October 17, 2020 at 11:30 pm |

    Missed this episode. Sounds like a good one. Even though this is not under optimal circumnstances, it is a good thing that this is in production.

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