Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The 13 Colonies) for Tuesday, October 27, 2020 (Season 37, Game 32):

Pride in the document under which this future state was governed from 1639 to 1662 led to its official state nickname

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Casey terHorst, a biology profesor from Pasadena, California
Casey terHorst on Jeopardy!
Christa Gush, a knowledge manager from San Diego, California
Christa Gush on Jeopardy!
Brian Adams, an educator from Big Bear Lake, California (2-day total: $35,401)
Brian Adams on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Connecticut?

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Connecticut is known as The Constitution State due to its state pride in the Connecticut Colony’s Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, which provided the colony’s framework from 1639 to 1662. It governed the towns of Windsor, Hartford, and Wethersfield and was a civil equivalent to a Puritan church covenant. It called for a General Court to be held every April and September, and set forth the regulations and conditions of nominations, elections, and the General Court itself. It also permitted the imposition of taxes, distribution of land, and punishments for misdemeanors.

In the 19th century, Connecticut historian John Fiske claimed that the Fundamental Orders were the first written constitution, leading to Connecticut eventually adopting The Constitution State as its official nickname.

The Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School has the full text of the Fundamental Orders of 1639.

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

Scores going into Final:
Brian $15,400
Christa $10,600
Casey $3,600

Tonight’s results:
Casey $3,600 – $1,201 = $2,399 (What is Kentucky?)
Christa $10,600 – $4,801 = $5,799 (What is Virginia?)
Brian $15,400 – $5,900 = $9,500 (What is Pennsyivania?) (3-day total: $44,901)

Brian Adams, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 27, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Brian $10,600
Christa $4,200
Casey $1,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) I’M POSTING THAT ON TELEGRAM $400 (clue #19)
Brian 5000 +3000 (Christa 2400 Casey 800)
2) SOUTH AMERICA $2000 (clue #15)
Brian 11400 -5000 (Christa 7800 Casey 2400)
3) ASTRONOMY $1600 (clue #17)
Brian 7200 +3000 (Christa 7800 Casey 2400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 58

Unplayed clues:
DJ! Round: ASTRONOMY $400 $1200 $2000 THE RHYME FACTOR $800
Total Left On Board: $4,800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 71 (2.22 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Brian $16,400 Coryat, 24 correct, 6 incorrect, 49.02% in first on buzzer (25/51), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Christa $10,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 25.49% in first on buzzer (13/51), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Casey $3,600 Coryat, 8 correct, 3 incorrect, 17.65% in first on buzzer (9/51), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $30,600
Lach Trash: $6,600 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,000

Brian Adams, career statistics:
59 correct, 15 incorrect
4/7 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
36.88% in first on buzzer (59/160)
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,600)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,733

Christa Gush, career statistics:
14 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
25.49% in first on buzzer (13/51)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,600

Casey terHorst, career statistics:
8 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
17.65% in first on buzzer (9/51)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,600

Brian Adams, to win:
4 games: 41.303%
5: 17.060%
6: 7.046%
7: 2.910%
8: 1.202%
Avg. streak: 3.704 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • In case you missed it, Alex acknowledged that Christa mistakenly selected first in Double Jeopardy instead of Casey, and the judges explicitly said that the mistake had no material effect on the outcome of the game.

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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, October 27, 2020"

  1. While it is absolutely true that Connecticut is The Constitution State, in 19 years of living in Connecticut, I’ve only ever heard it referred to by another nickname – The Nutmeg State. 😊

  2. John McCleary | October 27, 2020 at 1:17 pm |

    Andy, Do we know when Zach Newkirk will be returning?

  3. Brad (not Rutter) | October 27, 2020 at 5:20 pm |

    Another solid win from Brian! Was displeased with his too risky 5k daily double, but fortunately he was able to overcome that mistake.

  4. Rough episode as we got a triple stumper.

  5. Another ideal opportunity for the 2nd place contestant to bet zero in Final Jeopardy. This time, not doing so cost Christa the game. Casey could not catch her. Brian’s bet was easily predictable, as was the fact that if he missed, he would end up below what she had entering FJ. I realize her wager was a hedge against Brian betting nothing, but 1st place is way more likely to bet enough to cover 2nd place doubling their score, than to stand pat.

  6. Howard, Take a look at your cars registration plate.

    • You got me, Rick! Indeed you did.
      Would u believe, in all these years, I’ve never noticed that!

  7. Hope Brian can win four… and then make TOC, even though his odds are less than 50%. Would be nice if he became one of the oldest contestants to make a TOC.

  8. Keith Hosannah | October 27, 2020 at 8:48 pm |

    We noticed that Casey should have began the Double Jeopardy! round and I thought that Casey should have considered being “unpredictable” in selecting which clues to uncover on the board. Being unpredictable and fishing for Daily Doubles could have perhaps convinced the judges that his not starting the round may have affected the outcome of the game. This idea may be gamesmanship but Casey maybe would have gotten another chance to play at a later date since he was already at a distant third place.

    • Keith:

      The “wrong” player has control of the board every single time that the judges have to retroactively adjust the scores due to a correction. This happens on a weekly basis, on average. If the show suddenly has to start returning players weekly, you can see where this would quickly become untenable.

  9. I disagree that there was no material effect when picking Christa over Casey in double jeopardy. There’s no way they can tell what effect it had on Casey if he was wondering why he was skipped or if he would have selected a different category to start. I think they need to bring him back.

    • Contestants are specifically briefed on this very situation, and they are told specifically that if Alex makes that mistake, to roll with it. “Could have picked a different clue” has never been considered grounds for accepting a protest. (Ed Toutant’s recently-released protest materials from the late-’80s highlighted this).

  10. Andy, why do my comments appear with “Your comment is awaiting moderation”?

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