Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, October 2, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Architecture) for Friday, October 2, 2020 (Season 37, Game 15):

Begun in the 1170s on former marshland, it has been called a “perfect imperfection” & a “legendary mistake”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Jason Lyon, a litigation attorney from Pasadena, California
Jason Lyon on Jeopardy!
Thembi Ford, a writer originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Thembi Ford on Jeopardy!
Phillip Howard, a Naval officer from Santa Clarita, California (1-day total: $23,000)
Phillip Howard on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the Leaning Tower of Pisa?


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A project which took over two hundred years to complete, the Leaning Tower of Pisa was built on soft ground with construction beginning in 1173. Unfortunately, five years and three into the completion of the planned 196-foot (60m) structure, the soil beneath its foundation had begun to shift, and the tower’s now-famous lean had begun to be noticed. (While I can’t ask them for confirmation when writing this write-up, as I don’t want to spoil today’s Final Jeopardy! in order to actually ask them, I’m 99% sure that my parents here at The Jeopardy! Fan got to visit the tower on one of their vacations over the past few years.) An effort to “correct” the lean was attempted by trying to build the remaining five floors shorter on the uphill side, but the sinking continued. Interestingly, there were many delays in construction due to wars and debt; those delays actually allowed the soil to settle and were the reason why the tower did not topple over. After recent restoration attempts, the tower now carries a four-degree lean.

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

Scores going into Final:
Phillip $18,200
Jason $9,400
Thembi $6,700


Tonight’s results:
Thembi $6,700 + $6,600 = $13,300 (What is the Leaning Tower of Pisa)
Jason $9,400 + $9,399 = $18,799 (What is the Leaning Tower of Pisa?)
Phillip $18,200 + $1,800 = $20,000 (What is the Leaning Tower of Pisa?) (2-day total: $43,000)


Phillip Howard, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 2, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Phillip $6,000
Jason $5,000
Thembi $3,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) WAR, AMERICAN STYLE $600 (clue #6)
Phillip 800 +1000 (Thembi 600 Jason 400)
2) LAST WORDS $2000 (clue #19)
Thembi 3000 +2500 (Phillip 14400 Jason 6600)
3) RUSSIAN OPERA $1600 (clue #30)
Phillip 17200 +1000 (Thembi 6700 Jason 9400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 189


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 34 (2.27 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Phillip $18,400 Coryat, 23 correct, 1 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Jason $9,400 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Thembi $6,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,000
Lach Trash: $14,400 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,600

Phillip Howard, career statistics:
36 correct, 4 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
29.09% in first on buzzer (32/110)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,000

Thembi Ford, career statistics:
16 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,500)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,200

Jason Lyon, career statistics:
13 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,400

Phillip Howard, to win:
3 games: 49.987%
4: 24.987%
5: 12.490%
6: 6.244%
7: 3.121%
Avg. streak: 2.999 games.

  • I was very disappointed with Phillip’s bet on the last Daily Double. A bet of $1700 risks nothing more than a bet of $1000 does, with a clinched victory as the upside. He was fortunate that this was probably the easiest Final Jeopardy! of the week, and not one of the more difficult ones that have been seen as of late.

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2 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, October 2, 2020"

  1. “Marshland” might be of help here..? Maybe Phillip was in Italy at one of his tours and took a little sightseeing tour? I hope he can break the jinx. Rooting for him. Go Navy!!

  2. Prithvi Sudhakar | October 5, 2020 at 9:28 am | Reply

    I was wondering why Phillip didn’t risk more on the second Daily Double. He could have made it a runaway!

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