Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, October 29, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Lead Singers) for Thursday, October 29, 2020 (Season 37, Game 34):

The N.Y. Times said this late Brit’s multi-octave range & operatic quality made “even paeans to bicycle riding sound emotional”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Carmela Chan, a biotech researcher from San Diego, California
Carmela Chan on Jeopardy!
Lisa Gerlach, a veterinary neurologist from West Hills, California
Lisa Gerlach on Jeopardy!
Scott Shrum, a digital marketing executive from Westlake Village, California (1-day total: $24,100)
Scott Shrum on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Freddie Mercury?


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Freddie Mercury, the late lead singer of Queen, is widely considered to be one of the best singers in the history of rock music; he died in 1991 at the age of 45 due to AIDS complications. His career with Queen formed a major part of the hit 2018 biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which was nominated for five Oscars.

The quote in question came from a 2019 article describing Marc Martel, the vocal double for Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody, making reference to the Queen classic “Bicycle Race”.


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Scores going into Final:
Carmela $19,600
Lisa $12,400
Scott $6,600


Tonight’s results:
Scott $6,600 + $6,600 = $13,200 (Who is the late, great Freddie Mercury?)
Lisa $12,400 + $12,397 = $24,797 (Who is Freddy Mercury?)
Carmela $19,600 + $5,201 = $24,801 (Who is Freddie Mercury?) (1-day total: $24,801)


Carmela Chan, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 29, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Carmela $5,800
Lisa $5,500
Scott $3,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) NATIONAL PARKS $1000 (clue #26)
Lisa 3600 +1500 (Scott 3200 Carmela 5400)
2) ALLITERATIVE AUTHORS $800 (clue #16)
Carmela 11800 +7000 (Scott 6600 Lisa 13900)
3) TRANSLATED GEOGRAPHIC NAMES $1600 (clue #25)
Lisa 15900 -3500 (Scott 6600 Carmela 20400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 79


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: SOVIET BLOC BUSTERS $400 TRANSLATED GEOGRAPHIC NAMES $400 SCIENCE TV $400 “BE”SOMETHING”ED” $400
Total Left On Board: $1,600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 81 (2.38 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Carmela $13,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 37.74% in first on buzzer (20/53), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Lisa $15,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 32.08% in first on buzzer (17/53), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Scott $6,600 Coryat, 9 correct, 0 incorrect, 16.98% in first on buzzer (9/53), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,400
Lach Trash: $11,200 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800

Scott Shrum, career statistics:
30 correct, 0 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
23.81% in first on buzzer (25/105)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,500

Lisa Gerlach, career statistics:
19 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
32.08% in first on buzzer (17/53)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,400

Carmela Chan, career statistics:
20 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
37.74% in first on buzzer (20/53)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,400

Carmela Chan, to win:
2 games: 64.900%
3: 42.120%
4: 27.336%
5: 17.741%
6: 11.514%
Avg. streak: 2.849 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • On the last Daily Double, Lisa had a very small window for an ideal bet: between $4,501 and $4,699; that both would have taken the lead if correct and kept her above 50% of Carmela’s score if incorrect.

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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, October 29, 2020"

  1. Would Amy Winehouse qualify in this category?

  2. A little strange formulated FJ! What gave it away for me instantly was the multi-octave range. The correct guy being British (though born in Zanzibar) and having even sung opera arias with world famous singers makes me wonder how many correct we get today?? The players actually look a little too youg to remember Queen and Mercury. I hope I’m wrong……

    • Except Adam Lambert is singing with Queen now, in a respectful Freddy Mercury style. So all age groups could get this FJ.

      • Mary A Rose | October 29, 2020 at 8:22 pm |

        Never heard of him. Did I miss anything? My “age group” might not be so familiar with him.

  3. Oops – I just realized , even tho she had an amazing voice, she was not a lead singer.

  4. Scott finished his run with a 30 correct and 0 incorrect. Is that a record?

  5. What’s the difference spelling Freddie or Freddy; and Barry or Berry???
    I know I should let it go, but just sayin’

  6. Did he say “AR” stood for “Assault Rifle”?? AR stands for “ArmaLite Rifle.

    • No, he didn’t say AR stood for “assault rifle”; the category was WEAPON TYPES. Thus, he said it was a type of (assault) rifle.

      • People are losing it on the FB page. I briefly thought about trying to tell them they just forgot the category but then decided I didn’t care enough lol.

    • Pizza Face Fred | October 29, 2020 at 10:46 pm |

      I was in the Army when most of you were in diapers, and I never gave a second thought to what the AR in AR-15 stood for. Thanks for the lesson, Silver . . .

  7. Thanks! I thought I must have missed something.

  8. Pizza Face Fred | October 29, 2020 at 10:40 pm |

    “Paean,” tough word. Thought it was an alternative spelling of “peon.” Still, it was obvious who they were talking about . . .

  9. Born in Africa, Freddie not a BRIT in my book.

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