Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, October 8, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Americas) for Thursday, October 8, 2020 (Season 37, Game 19):

Home to more than 20 million people & 3 different official languages, this island is about 600 miles from the continental U.S.

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Amy Judd Lieberman, an attorney originally from Quakertown, Pennsylvania
Amy Judd Lieberman on Jeopardy!
Kevin Walsh, a story analyst originally from Williamstown, New Jersey
Kevin Walsh on Jeopardy!
Garrett Marcotte, a software engineer from Santa Monica, California (3-day total: $63,700)
Garrett Marcotte on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Hispaniola?

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Hispaniola, the second-largest island by area in the Caribbean (after Cuba) is home to two countries: Haiti in the west (official languages French and Haitian Creole) and the Dominican Republic in the east. (official language Spanish). Which got me to thinking: does anyone remember the “Who was your first Black teacher?” that was circulating around Twitter in late May-early June 2020? Mine here at The Jeopardy! Fan would have been in middle school French—M. Georges; he was originally from Haiti and immigrated to Canada if I remember correctly. I liked him as a teacher.

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Scores going into Final:
Kevin $15,600
Amy $7,600
Garrett $7,000

Tonight’s results:
Garrett $7,000 + $1,000 = $8,000 (What is Hispaniola?)
Amy $7,600 + $7,600 = $15,200 (What is Hispañola?)
Kevin $15,600 – $300 = $15,300 (What is Bermuda?) (1-day total: $15,300)

Kevin Walsh, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 8, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Garrett $7,000
Kevin $4,400
Amy $2,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) 3 THINGS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT $800 (clue #17)
Garrett 2400 +2400 (Kevin 2600 Amy 3000)
2) THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH $1600 (clue #18)
Garrett 11000 -4000 (Kevin 11200 Amy 3600)
3) DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER $1200 (clue #24)
Kevin 13200 +1200 (Garrett 6200 Amy 6400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 73

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 42 (2.21 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Kevin $15,600 Coryat, 20 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Amy $7,600 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Garrett $9,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 4 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,600
Lach Trash: $11,800 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,600

Garrett Marcotte, career statistics:
90 correct, 12 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
40.00% in first on buzzer (88/220)
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,900)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,150

Kevin Walsh, career statistics:
20 correct, 3 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,200)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,600

Amy Judd Lieberman, career statistics:
14 correct, 3 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,600

Kevin Walsh, to win:
2 games: 50.929%
3: 25.938%
4: 13.210%
5: 6.728%
6: 3.426%
Avg. streak: 2.038 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Being aware of the game situation as much as is possible is crucially important, especially in the endgame. The score through 29 clues of Double Jeopardy!: Kevin $16,400 Amy $8,400 Garrett $7,000. Kevin rang in on Clue 30 and was incorrect (which was a very good idea, as a correct answer from Kevin gives him a runaway). At this point, it was absolutely not worth Amy signaling under any circumstances. She then did and was incorrect, giving Kevin a runaway. A Hail Mary guess from Garrett was his only hope at this point and he let the clue fall for a Triple Stumper, which cemented Kevin’s runaway. That became crucial when Kevin did not get Final Jeopardy! correct.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, October 8, 2020"

  1. If Australia (Tuesday’s FJ) is one of the most common responses in the history of the show, Hispaniola/Haiti/Dominican Republic can’t be far behind. I seem to remember some part of that triumvirate coming up several times.

    • Lawrence of Arabia is also a common FJ response. Each time it appears as a FJ the clue mentions the fact that he died in a motorcycle crash in 1935, but on each occasion the contestants manage to turn it into a triple stumper.

  2. IF 2 countries were also in the clue it would be too easy. But 3 languages should hint at more than 1 country. I would be disappointed, if somebody would miss this, especially since it is “The Americas”, To the N you have Canada, to the W/SW Hawai’i but about 2500 miles, S is the Gulf of Mexico, so the only way left is the Caribbean, S/E.

    • My first thought of islands in the Caribbean with multiple countries was Sint Maarten, but of course that is too small AND the countries are The Netherlands and France – neither in the Americas. At which point I figured Hispaniola.

  3. And again a wrong answer wins the game. I doubt they speak/understand anything else but English (Bermuda/British) and a little bit of Portuguese there. But:
    A win is a win, so congrats!

  4. Yesterday we had one, today 2 players out of CA. Looks like things are loosening up a bit??

    • Their bios say “originally from,” which makes it appear they live somewhere else. But both are California residents.

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      • They ALWAYS say “originally from”. That does not mean they are NOT living there anymore. A lot of people do NOT move and live still where they were born. So excuse me to make a remark that things might loosen up……

        • Sean:

          You are 100% incorrect here.

          When they are introduced as being from their current location, Johnny says “from”.

          When it is a former location, Johnny says “originally from”.

          Additionally, before last week, they had a no “originally from” rule from Seasons 33 through 36.

  5. I wondered if you would have similar thoughts as I did regarding that last DJ clue. Of course you did and wrote it much more eloquently than I would have hehe.

  6. R. B. Smada | October 8, 2020 at 7:30 pm |

    This was a great game.

  7. I love in game strategy, and of course the last clue was a big determinate in this game. Another thing was that right after Alex said less than a minute, Kevin went for a $1200 clue. I believe with his lead he realized that might not be the best thing to do. His next two selections were the lowest value clues on the board. They got to all the clues anyway, but why give your opponents a chance at the bigger value ones, and maybe the clock will run out. Given the same situation again, he also might not answer that last DD quite so quickly. He had a big lead, and it was very late in the round. A good time to stall a little.

  8. Prithvi Sudhakar | October 9, 2020 at 9:43 am |

    I was hoping that Garrett would win this game! In the meantime, here’s Kevin’s Winners Circle video:

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