Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, October 5, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Famous Americans) for Monday, October 5, 2020 (Season 37, Game 16):

Will Smith & Lennox Lewis were pallbearers at this man’s 2016 funeral

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Melissa Smight, a retired history teacher from Thousand Oaks, California
Melissa Smight on Jeopardy!
Garrett Marcotte, a software engineer from Santa Monica, California
Garrett Marcotte on Jeopardy!
Phillip Howard, a Naval officer from Santa Clarita, California (2-day total: $43,000)
Phillip Howard on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Muhammad Ali?


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When famous boxer Muhammad Ali died in 2016, the pallbearers at his 2016 Louisville funeral included former heavyweight champions Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson, as well as Will Smith, who portrayed Ali in the 2001 biopic Ali. (I have always had trouble spelling Ali’s first name here at The Jeopardy! Fan as I remember the ’90s Sports Jeopardy! PC game not spelling it correctly, and of course, I’ve struggled with the spelling for the last 25 plus years. If I remember correctly, it was spelled Muhamad in the game for some reason.)

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

Scores going into Final:
Garrett $17,000
Phillip $5,600
Melissa $4,600


Tonight’s results:
Melissa $4,600 + $2,600 = $7,200 (Who was Muhammad Ali?)
Phillip $5,600 – $4,600 = $1,000 (Who was Kobe?)
Garrett $17,000 – $3,000 = $14,000 (Who E?) (1-day total: $14,000)


Garrett Marcotte, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 5, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Garrett $7,800
Phillip $1,000
Melissa $200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) YOUR HEART’S CONTENT $1000 (clue #20)
Phillip 3600 -3600 (Garrett 4800 Melissa -200)
2) AT THE AIRPORT $2000 (clue #12)
Phillip 3000 -2000 (Garrett 7800 Melissa 3400)
3) HEADS UP! & OFF! $2000 (clue #17)
Phillip 2600 -2600 (Garrett 10200 Melissa 2200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -267


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 34 (2.13 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Garrett $17,000 Coryat, 23 correct, 1 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Melissa $4,600 Coryat, 11 correct, 3 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Phillip $13,800 Coryat, 17 correct, 5 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,400
Lach Trash: $7,800 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,800

Phillip Howard, career statistics:
53 correct, 10 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
29.94% in first on buzzer (50/167)
3/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,200)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,600

Garrett Marcotte, career statistics:
23 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,000

Melissa Smight, career statistics:
12 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,600

Garrett Marcotte, to win:
2 games: 54.594%
3: 29.805%
4: 16.272%
5: 8.884%
6: 4.850%
Avg. streak: 2.202 games.

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7 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, October 5, 2020"

  1. Two themes continue: 1) No one has won more than two games since the return; 2) Sports questions seem to particularly stump contestants of late (Mickelson FJ, Yankee Stadium category last week, now Ali with two of three missing FJ).

  2. Yeah, I am surprised this was not solved by all three. Fan or not. Ali was more than just a boxer. In jail for not going to Nam, later own his charities and sadly his illness. One would think he was often enough on the news.
    And especially Lewis was not an “unknown” either”. Should have been the pointer, PLUS the year….How soon we forget!
    I am also surprised that all 3 DDs were missed….

  3. on his charities…

  4. If you had told me that today’s Final was a solo solve and asked me which contestant got it right, I don’t think I’d have picked Melissa. 🙂 It’s a shame she didn’t have enough money before Final to turn it into a win.

    • I thought the same thing Art. Just goes to show you never know what somebody knows. Maybe Melissa channeled her inner Joyce Brothers.

  5. The 200 clue i J! should have read “central roomS’, not room, since “atria is plural and atrium is singular in Latin, and since the correct answer was “atria”….

  6. Many affiliates including WBZ-TV in Boston preempted tonight’s episode for an NFL football game which had been postponed yesterday because of someone being tested positive for covid-19.

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