Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Classical Music) for Tuesday, October 20, 2020 (Season 37, Game 27):

Part of this famous 12-minute opening piece is called “March of the Swiss Soldiers”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Maddie Kahan, a pediatric neurology resident originally from Agoura Hills, California
Maggie Kahan on Jeopardy!
Carlos Chaidez, a civil engineer from Burbank, California
Carlos Chaidez on Jeopardy!
Kristin Hucek, an attorney from San Francisco, California (3-day total: $24,808)
Kristin Hucek on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the William Tell Overture?

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The “William Tell Overture” is the famous 12-minute overture from the Rossini opera William Tell. “March of the Swiss Soldiers” is the final part of the piece and the part that most listeners are familiar with. It’s this part that was used most famously as the theme song to The Lone Ranger; however, the tune is ubiquitous in American popular culture. Interestingly, the overture shares very little thematic elements with the opera itself; pressed for time before the opera’s opening, Rossini took the overture from Elizabeth, Queen of England and re-used it for William Tell.

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Scores going into Final:
Carlos $20,400
Maddie $4,600
Kristin -$3,600

Tonight’s results:
Kristin -$3,600 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Maddie $4,600 – $4,600 = $0 (What is La Bagatelle?)
Carlos $20,400 – $10,000 = $10,400 (What is William Tell?) (1-day total: $10,400)

Carlos Chaidez, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 20, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Maddie $2,000
Kristin $800
Carlos $600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) LITERARY QUOTES $800 (clue #21)
Carlos 2000 -2000 (Kristin 2400 Maddie 800)
2) SCIENCE: MISSED IT BY THAT MUCH $1600 (clue #4)
Maddie 3600 -1000 (Kristin 800 Carlos 600)
Carlos 9000 +7000 (Kristin -400 Maddie 2600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -50

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: MILITARY MATTERS $800 $1000
DJ! Round: DENNIS, ANYONE? $1600 $2000 COMEDIANS $2000
Total Left On Board: $7,400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 60 (2.22 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Carlos $16,200 Coryat, 22 correct, 4 incorrect, 42.31% in first on buzzer (22/52), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Maddie $5,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 5 incorrect, 28.85% in first on buzzer (15/52), 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Kristin -$3,600 Coryat, 4 correct, 5 incorrect, 11.54% in first on buzzer (6/52), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $18,200
Lach Trash: $12,600 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $15,800

Kristin Hucek, career statistics:
54 correct, 16 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 23 rebound opportunities)
28.24% in first on buzzer (61/216)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$800)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,650

Carlos Chaidez, career statistics:
22 correct, 5 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
42.31% in first on buzzer (22/52)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,200

Maddie Kahan, career statistics:
15 correct, 6 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
28.85% in first on buzzer (15/52)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,600

Carlos Chaidez, to win:
2 games: 65.849%
3: 43.360%
4: 28.552%
5: 18.801%
6: 12.380%
Avg. streak: 2.928 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Poor Carlos; the Internet is going to have a field day. LET IT ROLL $600 read ‘Alexa, play “Never Gonna Give You Up” by him; he sang it with Foo Fighters in 2017 & you’ve been him-rolled!’; unfortunately, Carlos responded with “Who is Dave Grohl?”
  • On the flip side of this, props to Carlos for his knowing that an $800 Daily Double in Double Jeopardy was probably going to be easier and taking full advantage of the situation.

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, October 20, 2020"

  1. Very helpful “more info” today, Andy. When Alex ruled against Carlos, my initial thought was “wow, the judges are once again getting persnickety!” But as you state above, without the word “overture,” it’s the full opera and not the 12-minute piece being referred to — and thus, it was a proper call.

  2. Could Carlos have misunderstood the FJ clue? If he knew “Willam Tell”, he surely knew “Overture” went with it as the name of the piece.

  3. Brad (not Rutter) | October 20, 2020 at 4:55 pm |

    What happened to Kristin today? As a Kristin fan, not what I was hoping for.

  4. I don’t understand Carlos’ wager. He could have bet nothing and still walked away with more money than Kristin won over 3 days. Granted, I am of the Venusian strategy, but still.

    • I really hope this doesn’t turn into another Stephanie Hull situation

    • Maybe he felt comfortable the category and wanted to make a large wager? His answer was (correctly) not credited, but it seemed like he knew the material that was being asked about.

    • Carlos large FJ bet was consistent with his two large DD bets. His betting strategy is similar to James’s and like him he seems confident that he will get most of them right. I’m NOT saying he knows his material as well as him, but his strategy seems similar and at least in DJ he did quite well. We’ll see!

  5. I believe that the overture to “Elisabetta, regina d”Inghilterra”, or “Elizabeth, Queen of England” was actually re-used for “The Barber of Seville” and not for “William Tell”

    • Richard Rolwing | October 21, 2020 at 7:04 pm |


    • Britannica says otherwise:

      “Finding himself pressed for time as the premiere approached, Rossini borrowed a pre-existing overture from one of his many earlier operas, Elizabeth, Queen of England, composed 14 years and 24 operas before William Tell. So its melodies are not drawn from William Tell itself, and if one were to listen through the opera seeking that famed Lone Ranger music, one would listen in vain.”

      • This is where listening to actual recordings of those operas ( all of which I have heard in their entirety) would be much more useful than going to
        Britannica. As a matter of fact the “Elisabetta” overture was first used for an obscure opera called “Ciro in Babilonia”, which incidentally also gave us the tune for Count Almaviva’s entrance aria in “The Barber of Seville”.

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