Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, October 26, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Ancient Texts) for Monday, October 26, 2020 (Season 37, Game 31):

Developed in the 18th century B.C. & named for a ruler, it aimed to “settle all disputes & heal all injuries”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Jonathan Lee, a financial regulator from Sherman Oaks, California
Jonathan Lee on Jeopardy!
Ariel Saland, a wine tasting room host from Sonoma, California
Ariel Saland on Jeopardy!
Brian Adams, an educator from Big Bear Lake, California (1-day total: $17,201)
Brian Adams on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the Code of Hammurabi?

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Babylonian king Hammurabi, who reigned from 1792 to 1750 B.C., is most famous today for his code of laws, which was claimed to have been received by Hammurabi from Shamash, the Babylonian god of justice. It is also a famous example of a legal doctrine called “lex talionis” (better known as “an eye for an eye”). The code detailed 282 different laws and edicts, including one that put tavern-keepers to death if they short-changed customers on beer.

The stele which contained the code had been part of war spoils in the 12th century B.C. and recovered in 1901 as part of an archaeological dig of Susa, the Elamite capital located in modern-day Iran (its location is known today as Shush, a city of just over 50,000 people).

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

Scores going into Final:
Brian $13,200
Jonathan $9,000
Ariel $2,800

Tonight’s results:
Ariel $2,800 – $0 = $2,800 (What is the ?)
Jonathan $9,000 + $600 = $9,600 (What is the code of Hammurabi)
Brian $13,200 + $5,000 = $18,200 (What is Hamarabi’s Code?) (2-day total: $35,401)

Brian Adams, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 26, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Brian $9,600
Jonathan $4,600
Ariel $3,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) A QUIET PLACE $800 (clue #25)
Brian 6400 +3200 (Ariel 3000 Jonathan 4400)
2) A 5-MARTINI LIBRARY $1200 (clue #6)
Ariel 4600 -2200 (Brian 10000 Jonathan 3800)
3) AIRPLANE MODE $1200 (clue #23)
Jonathan 8600 +4000 (Brian 15200 Ariel 2800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 49

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $2,800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 65 (2.10 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Brian $10,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 30.77% in first on buzzer (16/52), 1/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Jonathan $6,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 7 incorrect, 44.23% in first on buzzer (23/52), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Ariel $5,000 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 15.38% in first on buzzer (8/52), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $22,000
Lach Trash: $14,600 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $14,600

Brian Adams, career statistics:
35 correct, 8 incorrect
2/5 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
31.19% in first on buzzer (34/109)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,600)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,400

Ariel Saland, career statistics:
8 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
15.38% in first on buzzer (8/52)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,200)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,000

Jonathan Lee, career statistics:
18 correct, 7 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
44.23% in first on buzzer (23/52)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,200

Brian Adams, to win:
3 games: 36.429%
4: 13.271%
5: 4.834%
6: 1.761%
7: 0.642%
Avg. streak: 2.573 games.

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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, October 26, 2020"

  1. I hate to be like this, but what about this clue got it into the FJ box as opposed to, say, the $800 box in an Ancient History category?

    • Sometimes, Final Jeopardy! is easier. This is very much by design. I would also say that this is a good thing, and very important, as it keeps Final Jeopardy! strategy the way it should be, with players betting for the win. If there were no easier Final Jeopardy! clues, more conservative wagering would become more viable (especially from the lead), and I think the game would be worse off for it.

  2. If anyone tries to make fun of Jonathan’s appearance, shame on you.

  3. Andy — thanks again for your daily “more information about…” paragraph. I knew the answer, but maybe about a third of what you included in the expanded explanation. The rest was very interesting and much appreciated.

  4. I am very pleased yet a bit surprised that the judges gave the win to Brian’s misspelling when Jonathan spelled it correctly.
    Congrats, Brian, on a very healthy 2-day score!!

    • The judges have historically been more lenient when it comes to misspellings and soundings of words originally not in English.

      • Would still be a wrong pronunciation. Hamurabi is pronounce as e.g. “Uruguay” and not like “Arabia”.Imo too lenient.

  5. Andy, is “Hamarabi’s Code” a typo in the FJ! results? It would be pronounced differently than “Hamurabi”. Hamurabi is not pronounced “anglized” but like
    “Uruguay” e.g.??

  6. Brad (not Rutter) | October 26, 2020 at 5:03 pm |

    Glad to see Brian win- a very likeable contestant. With all this money he’ll never have to tour again!

  7. Cheryl Siegel | October 26, 2020 at 8:01 pm |

    Brian is a music teacher yet he missed 3 music questions!

    • Cheryl:

      It’s completely improper to assert that just because he wasn’t first in on the signaling device, that he missed a question. The only one he missed was the $1600 clue. To claim anything more than that is disrespectful.

      • And he beat Cheryl to the “punch” with his self-deprecating “I’m a music teacher!” exclamation when he missed it. Go Brian!

  8. Just too many wild guesses by Jonathon – seven misses. He might have been in position to win with some self control.

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