Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, October 7, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Who Said It in the Bible?) for Wednesday, October 7, 2020 (Season 37, Game 18):

He tells his son not to worry about the lamb for the burnt offering—God will provide it

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Holly McQuillan, a market research analyst from Woodland Hills, California
Holly McQuillan on Jeopardy!
Sheldon Beverly, a commercial senior property manager originally from Franklin, Louisiana
Sheldon Beverly on Jeopardy!
Garrett Marcotte, a software engineer from Santa Monica, California (2-day total: $41,700)
Garrett Marcotte on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Abraham?


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The quote in question here comes from Genesis 22:8: “And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.” (Here at The Jeopardy! Fan, I expect that nobody will be stealing my write-up today; after all, the site that steals it is a religious one. You’d think that they’d be the subject experts when it comes to the Bible!) During this part of Genesis, Isaac and Abraham were headed towards the location where a sacrifice to God would be made. Isaac asks where the sacrificial lamb is, and this is Abraham’s reply. What Isaac did not know is that God’s will was that Isaac himself was to be sacrificed. Abraham, who had learned to trust God’s will, did so.

Abraham stopped the sacrifice once God intervened, offering a ram, in Genesis 22:13.


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

Scores going into Final:
Garrett $23,500
Holly $5,200
Sheldon $1,600


Tonight’s results:
Sheldon $1,600 – $0 = $1,600 (Who is Jacob?)
Holly $5,200 – $1,000 = $4,200 (Who is This was so much fun! Thank you!)
Garrett $23,500 – $1,500 = $22,000 (Who is Job?) (3-day total: $63,700)


Garrett Marcotte, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 7, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Garrett $9,100
Holly $1,600
Sheldon $0


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) THE STATE WAS IN PLAY $600 (clue #19)
Garrett 4400 +2500 (Sheldon -400 Holly 1600)
2) ALLITERATIVE BUSINESS $2000 (clue #20)
Sheldon 2000 -2000 (Garrett 15100 Holly 5200)
3) WORDSWORTH AT 250 $1200 (clue #23)
Garrett 16300 +4000 (Sheldon 0 Holly 5200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -19


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: MISCELLANY $200 $400
DJ! Round: THE LIBRARIAN INVASIONS $1200 EUROPE $1200
Total Left On Board: $3,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 42 (2.33 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Garrett $18,800 Coryat, 28 correct, 1 incorrect, 49.06% in first on buzzer (26/53), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Holly $5,200 Coryat, 6 correct, 1 incorrect, 13.21% in first on buzzer (7/53), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Sheldon $3,600 Coryat, 7 correct, 3 incorrect, 16.98% in first on buzzer (9/53), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $27,600
Lach Trash: $16,600 (on 14 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,800

Garrett Marcotte, career statistics:
74 correct, 8 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
43.56% in first on buzzer (71/163)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,500)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,067

Sheldon Beverly, career statistics:
7 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
16.98% in first on buzzer (9/53)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,600

Holly McQuillan, career statistics:
6 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
13.21% in first on buzzer (7/53)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,200

Garrett Marcotte, to win:
4 games: 65.312%
5: 42.657%
6: 27.860%
7: 18.196%
8: 11.884%
Avg. streak: 4.883 games.

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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, October 7, 2020"

  1. Now, if the question had not specifically said the bible, the answer could be Ibrahim who said it to Ishmael in the Koren.

  2. Richard Zimmermann | October 7, 2020 at 10:59 am | Reply

    You need to read a little further in the Bible passage you cited. Abraham does NOT sacrifice Isaac, as God tells him to stop, and provides a ram for the sacrifice, after seeing Abraham’s willingness to obey Him at any cost.

  3. After missing Muhammad Ali on Monday, I though Garrett would another one-and-done. But he is so strong in the first two rounds, he’s finally broke the 2-day rut. And once again a Bible related Final winds up being a triple stumper. I’m becoming increasingly concerned that Bible knowledge is becoming so uncommon.

    • True, this should not have been a triple stumper!

    • Which brings up another question. I wonder if the average Jeopardy contestant is more secular than the general population? Or perhaps the sources that inform many Jeopardy contestants shy away from religion out of fear of offending? Newspaper coverage, for instance, is notoriously weak on religion, or treat it simplistically.

      • A plausible theory, but you’d expect the average Jeopardy contestant to be well-versed in classic literature, art, and even classic films, all of which are permeated with references to Biblical stories. A triple stumper is a stunning result, in my opinion.

      • Jeopardy has Bible categories come up on a semi-regular basis, but just recently the players have been struggling more. Most Bible related J! question are not that obscure either; usually they are facts you would likely come across reading through the Bible once. Jeopardy has had questions about a number of religions, but the Bible is the only core religious work that forms whole categories at least once a month. It is the ultimate in classic ancient literature, so I find it puzzling that J! contestants seem to have gotten weaker with it over the past couple years.

      • Of the occasional triple stumper for which I know the answer, I believe this is the first one I learned in grade school in Sunday school.

  4. Going into FJ with more than 3 times the other two scores put together, Garrett just owned this game!
    Andy I’m glad you found a TV channel that allows you to post results by 1 p.m.

  5. Highway 61 Revisited
    Bob Dylan
    Oh, God said to Abraham, “Kill me a son”
    Abe said, “Man, you must be puttin’ me on”
    God said, “No” Abe say, “What?”
    God say, “You can do what you want, Abe, but
    The next time you see me comin’, you better run”
    Well, Abe said, “Where d’you want this killin’ done?”
    God said, “Out on Highway 61”

  6. Have a listen to the late Leonard Cohen singing his “Story of Isaac.” In my view, it’s one of the most poignant songs ever written.

  7. I appreciate how Garrett is constantly moving and shifts his weight to the right when he [correctly] answers the questions (or questions the answers). Most contestants remain rather still, but there’s an upside for moving if that’s what you like to do.

    • Gary Kevin Ware | October 8, 2020 at 1:00 pm | Reply

      On the contrary, I find it annoying. Such restlessness is a sign of a lack of self-control. When I first saw the Final Jeopardy clue, I thought that it was a ‘softball’ question and that everyone would get it right. Instead, they all got it wrong. A Jeopardy contestant cannot be expected to be an expert on every subject, but they should at least have a good general knowledge of subjects that frequently come up, like the Bible and Shakespeare. A good foundation would be the book, Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs To Know by E.D. Hirsch Jr. Certainly, everyone should know certain foundational stories of the Old Testament like Adam and Eve, Moses, the Ten Commandments, the Exodus, etc. I have read the Bible many times, although it has been awhile, but I recall a clue; I don’t think that it was Final Jeopardy, in which one would have to know that Goliath was from Gath. Now that, I would only expect a biblical scholar to know.

  8. Gary Kevin Ware | October 8, 2020 at 4:02 pm | Reply

    Does the fact that you are no longer sending e-mails, with the Final Jeopardy clue, mean that there are also no e-mails, to subscribe with a new comment or being sent e-mails when new comments are made?

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