Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, October 21, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Screenwriters) for Wednesday, October 21, 2020 (Season 37, Game 28):

This once-blacklisted screenwriter of “Spartacus” got a posthumous credit & an Oscar for a 1953 film

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Cole Bolton, an A.I. writer originally from South Hero, Vermont
Cole Bolton on Jeopardy!
Aimee Lim, a library page from Arcadia, California
Aimee Lim on Jeopardy!
Carlos Chaidez, a civil engineer from Burbank, California (1-day total: $10,400)
Carlos Chaidez on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Dalton Trumbo?


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Dalton Trumbo was one of the more prominent members of the “Hollywood Ten”, a group cited for contempt of Congress in 1947 for refusing to answer questions about their alleged involvement with the Communist Party. They were also blacklisted from Hollywood—along with hundreds of others. Trumbo did not receive a single screenwriting credit between 1947 and 1960’s Exodus; Dalton’s blacklist ended when Kirk Douglas publicly announced that Trumbo had written 1960’s Spartacus. However, he still wrote during the 1950s; Ian McLellan Hunter served as a “front” for Trumbo in 1953’s Roman Holiday, which won the Oscar for Academy Award for Best Story. While Trumbo died in 1976, he was awarded a posthumous Oscar for the film in 1993—the award was presented to his widow. Interestingly, a second statue needed to be made as Hunter’s son refused to hand over the original Oscar. The Writer’s Guild of America gave Trumbo full credit for Roman Holiday in 2011.

Remember, though, the words of George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” I could definitely see a recurrence of a Hollywood blacklist under the wrong circumstances.

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

Scores going into Final:
Cole $21,000
Aimee $12,600
Carlos $7,000


Tonight’s results:
Carlos $7,000 – $1,000 = $6,000 (Who is not KUBRICK!)
Aimee $12,600 + $12,600 = $25,200 (Who is Trumbo?) (1-day total: $25,200)
Cole $21,000 – $4,300 = $16,700 (Who is Gold?)


Aimee Lim, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 21, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Cole $10,900
Carlos $3,800
Aimee $200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) COOKING & FOOD $600 (clue #21)
Cole 7000 +2500 (Carlos 1400 Aimee -200)
2) BROADWAY DEBUTS $1200 (clue #22)
Cole 18500 -500 (Carlos 8200 Aimee 7400)
3) JAPANESE EMPERORS $800 (clue #23)
Cole 18000 +1000 (Carlos 8200 Aimee 7400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 39


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 60 (2.14 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Aimee $12,600 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Cole $19,400 Coryat, 24 correct, 2 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Carlos $7,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 4 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,000
Lach Trash: $5,800 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,200

Carlos Chaidez, career statistics:
39 correct, 10 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
39.45% in first on buzzer (43/109)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,600

Aimee Lim, career statistics:
14 correct, 1 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,600

Cole Bolton, career statistics:
24 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,400

Aimee Lim, to win:
2 games: 42.343%
3: 17.930%
4: 7.592%
5: 3.215%
6: 1.361%
Avg. streak: 1.734 games.

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14 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, October 21, 2020"

  1. Thought I was screwed when I saw the category, but studying paid off for me today.

  2. I think a triple stumper is more likely than one they all get. People in the movie business might know it. Others may have heard of the blacklisting, but would be hard pressed to name anybody affected. I think it’s funny the clue says “…for a 1953 film,” as if it would give too much away if it said “the 1953 film Roman Holiday.”

  3. Unless they all saw the Bryan Cranston film………

  4. Nice! Finally a big win!

  5. Congratulations Aimee on a great one day score!!

  6. Brad (not Rutter) | October 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm |

    Poor Cole. Would have been a multigame winner.

    • I agree Cole showed great promise, especially his $10,900 Jeopardy round score, I believe the first > $10k J round since Jason Z did it several times during his 19 game run over a year ago. Unfortunately for him, Aimee came on very strong at the end of DJ to prevent what was looking like a lock, then prevailed in FJ, but congrats to her!

    • Yes. With his relaxed manner and seemingly wide knowledge, Cole looked like a potential champion for some time.

  7. Gary Kevin Ware | October 21, 2020 at 10:35 pm |

    At the beginning, Alex said that Carlos’ mistake on last night’s Final Jeopardy cost him $10,000 but it actually cost him $20,000, the $10,000 he lost and the $10,000 that he didn’t win.

  8. Another decent game playing tonight although tonight’s episode got interrupted in many markets by a special news report on the FBI making announcements about the insecurity of the federal election. Other than that, there wasn’t too much to miss.

    Also, congrats to Aimee Lim on becoming the new Jeopardy champ.

  9. I just don’t like the abrupt manner of Aimee. It seemed like every answer was forced. Good on her, but, ouch!

    • I don’t know if forced is accurate, she just speaks fast, which certainly came in handy at the end…it was still a runaway for Cole with just two clues left. What a finish! I hope she goes far.

      • It’s one thing to speak quickly, but another to jump right on when someone else finishes. I haven’t watched tonight’s episode yet (recording on DVR right now), so, we’ll see. I don’t know if it is nerves, competitive nature, or just her style.

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