Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, November 12, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Flags) for Thursday, November 12, 2020 (Season 37, Game 44):

Both Wales & Bhutan have flags bearing one of these mythical creatures

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Kate Lazo, an assistant athletics director from Menlo Park, California
Kate Lazo on Jeopardy!
Nalin Kashyap, a clinical data analyst from Tempe, Arizona
Nalin Kashyap on Jeopardy!
Greg Marrero, a school administrator from Huntington Beach, California (2-day total: $41,200)
Greg Marrero on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is a dragon?


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You can see the flags of Wales (top) and Bhutan (bottom) below; they both have dragons on them. It will be interesting to see if Greg is leading again going into Final Jeopardy! if any of the challengers decide to bet everything based on the fact that Greg didn’t make a standard cover bet in yesterday’s game. This is one reason why the writers do ask easier questions in Final from time to time—in order to keep leaders betting to win.

The flag of Wales, as asked about during Final Jeopardy! on November 12, 2020. The flag of Bhutan, as asked about during Final Jeopardy! on November 12, 2020.


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Scores going into Final:
Kate $12,800
Nalin $8,000
Greg $4,800


Tonight’s results:
Greg $4,800 + $4,799 = $9,599 (What is a dragon?)
Nalin $8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000 (What is a dragon?)
Kate $12,800 + $4,000 = $16,800 (What is a dragon?) (1-day total: $16,800)


Kate Lazo, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 12, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Kate $6,000
Greg $3,200
Nalin $2,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) CHOCOLATE $800 (clue #24)
Greg 2200 +1200 (Nalin 2200 Kate 4400)
2) 20th CENTURY AMERICA $800 (clue #2)
Nalin 2400 +2000 (Greg 3200 Kate 6000)
3) HOW ARTSY $2000 (clue #28)
Greg 8800 -4000 (Nalin 8000 Kate 12800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 92


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: HOW ARTSY $400 A TOTAL SMOKE SHOW $400
Total Left On Board: $800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 112 (2.55 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Kate $12,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 29.09% in first on buzzer (16/55), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Nalin $6,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 25.45% in first on buzzer (14/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Greg $8,400 Coryat, 11 correct, 4 incorrect, 21.82% in first on buzzer (12/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $28,000
Lach Trash: $17,800 (on 14 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,400

Greg Marrero, career statistics:
47 correct, 7 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
26.83% in first on buzzer (44/164)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,200)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,800

Nalin Kashyap, career statistics:
15 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
25.45% in first on buzzer (14/55)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,800

Kate Lazo, career statistics:
19 correct, 1 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
29.09% in first on buzzer (16/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,800

Kate Lazo, to win:
2 games: 45.449%
3: 20.656%
4: 9.388%
5: 4.267%
6: 1.939%
Avg. streak: 1.833 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Normally I’d suggest that Greg bet to take the lead on the final Daily Double, but the fact that Nalin’s score on the final Daily Double was $8,000 exactly means that Greg’s bet of $4,000 was the singular best wager, as it keeps him in contention for a victory on an incorrect response.
  • Because of these scores, though, only Nalin made a good wager in Final Jeopardy; Greg needed to bet everything to defend against Kate’s minimum cover bet, and Kate only needed to bet $3,201—betting more than that risks losing to Greg outright on a sole get from Greg.
  • Kate’s mother is Meg Gardiner, a mystery writer. The Jeopardy! Fan has yet been able to absolutely confirm whether or not Meg’s games are in J! Archive.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, November 12, 2020"

  1. This was easy for me. I am a huge fan of – especially British – football and the emblem of the Welsh FA is displaying a huge dragon, very prominently!

  2. A lucky guess for me since I think I would have remembered if either of these flags had a unicorn on it.

  3. I’m wondering about Jeopardy’s Covid precautions. I don’t see the dividers between players until final Jeopardy. Where are they during the rest of the game?

    • While a case could certainly be made for keeping the dividers up the entire game, their original use was to keep contestants from copying off each other in Final Jeopardy!; the podiums are far enough apart such that the contestants are complying with distancing guidelines.

  4. Donna Kirchmeier | November 12, 2020 at 1:40 pm | Reply

    Most of the contestants have been from California most likely due to pandemic. Would love to see other states represented soon.

    • Given the rise in COVID cases nationwide, it may not happen for a while. I’m more concerned that TV show production might be halted again if the number of new cases in the L.A. area get too high.

  5. It’s nice to see a final question that’s simply-worded and unambiguous.

  6. Andy – regarding Kate’s wager. Even if she did bet the minimum to cover, $3,201, she would still be in risk to losing if Greg was the only one who got it right (and bet it all). I guess she was comfortable enough with the category and knowing there were no way to block Greg, she might as well bet more.

  7. I’m tying to understand Greg’s wager in Final Jeopardy.

    If Nalin ($8 000) had risked it all and guessed incorrectly, and Kate ($12 800) had risked only enough to beat Nalin ($3 201) and also guessed incorrectly, Kate would have wound up with $9 599. Greg wagered $4 799, guessed correctly, and (from his perspective) the best case scenario was finishing… in a tie?

    What would have been the downside of his risking his full $4 800? It seems especially odd in light of his brilliant Daily Double bet late in the game.

  8. It’s pronounced Ta-KAY, not Ta-KAI. But I don’t mind Ta-KAI because that means “expensive.”
    — George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 20, 2011

    Greg got a pass today for pronouncing it Ta-KAI. I would have given him a pass, too, but Jeopardy seems very often take issue with pronunciation.

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