Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, November 13, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category U.S. Monuments) for Friday, November 13, 2020 (Season 37, Game 45):

More than 100 years after it was first proposed, this monument was dedicated by President Chester Arthur

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Mary Dang, a gameplay engineer from Belmont, California
Mary Dang on Jeopardy!
John Bussard, a Marine aviator originally from Ringoes, New Jersey
John Bussard on Jeopardy!
Kate Lazo, an assistant athletics director from Menlo Park, California (1-day total: $16,800)
Kate Lazo on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the Washington Monument?

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Dating back to the 1780s, the United States government had resolved “That an equestrian statue of George Washington be erected at the place where the residence of Congress shall be established”. Many monuments to George Washington were proposed over the intervening years, but a lack of funds and a lack of agreement on how best to honor the first President delayed progress. Construction began on an obelisk in 1848 but donations again ran out by the mid-1850s. In 1876, funds were apportioned by Congress to complete the monument and it was dedicated shortly before the end of Chester Arthur’s term in 1885. From its completion in 1884 until the completion of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, it was the world’s tallest structure.

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Scores going into Final:
John $24,200
Kate $12,800
Mary $6,200

Tonight’s results:
Mary $6,200 + $6,000 = $12,200 (What is the Washington Monument?)
Kate $12,800 + $12,775 = $25,575 (What is the Washington Monument?)
John $24,200 + $2,000 = $26,200 (What is the Washington Monument?) (1-day total: $26,200)

John Bussard, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 13, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
John $11,800
Kate $3,200
Mary $1,000


Opening break taken after: 16 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) ABANDONED PLACES $600 (clue #19)
John 7200 +1000 (Kate 800 Mary 400)
2) INVENTORS & INVENTIONS $2000 (clue #26)
John 23000 +2000 (Kate 12800 Mary 6200)
3) A NOVEL CATEGORY $1600 (clue #29)
John 25800 -1600 (Kate 12800 Mary 6200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 16

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 112 (2.49 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
John $25,400 Coryat, 30 correct, 1 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer (26/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Kate $12,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Mary $6,200 Coryat, 9 correct, 1 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $44,400
Lach Trash: $6,400 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,200

Kate Lazo, career statistics:
34 correct, 2 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
27.68% in first on buzzer (31/112)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,800

John Bussard, career statistics:
31 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
45.61% in first on buzzer (26/57)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,400)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,400

Mary Dang, career statistics:
10 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,200

John Bussard, to win:
2 games: 78.013%
3: 60.860%
4: 47.479%
5: 37.040%
6: 28.896%
Avg. streak: 4.548 games.

  • The further information provided by the show regarding Kate’s mother’s winnings is confirmation that Kate’s mother won three games in June 1987.
  • This was the sort of game that could have easily been a runaway with better Daily Double strategy.

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

  1. I guessed this correctly just because I was thinking what monument would have first been proposed over 100 years before Chester Arthur.

    • Yes, it seemed so obvious, I thought it might be a trick question. Chester Arthur and 100 years, put it before Washington was U.S. President. I didn’t realize that a monument was planned in his honor before he became president, but couldn’t think who else might be honored in that time period.

  2. The obvious response is the correct one, however, the wording of the clue is a little problematic. As noted in the info, the original plan was for a statue of Washington on horseback. That monument to Washington was proposed in the 1780’s, but when you say “this monument,” it refers to the current obelisk. The obelisk design was not proposed more than 100 years before it was dedicated. Making it even more ambiguous, there is a Washington on horseback statue in D.C. along the lines of what was proposed in the 1780’s. That would not seem to be acceptable as the correct response to this clue, though.

  3. John’s appearance and excellent performance two days after Veterans Day, made veterans proud! However, he would have kept a runaway had he wagered $0 on the last DD.

    • Mark Barrett | November 13, 2020 at 1:32 pm |

      House minimum on DDs is $5.

    • When that DD popped up, I immediately thought he should bet $100. He had $200 more than double Kate’s score. Make the other contestant get that last clue right in order to prevent a runaway.

  4. Brad (not Rutter) | November 13, 2020 at 5:02 pm |

    Excellent performance by John! I hope he sticks around for awhile. (Though I agree, his last DD wager could have proved disastrous). And dang! That was a tough loss for Mary.

  5. Interestingly, after round one ABC7 in L.A. decided to air a promo for next Monday’s episode, and showed John as one of the contestants, thus spoiling the outcome of this episode!

  6. Frank Borland | November 14, 2020 at 1:31 am |

    I think the game should have been a runaway after John found the first DD on clue 26. A higher wager could have sealed it for him. $2000 didn’t do anything for him. $4000 would have worked out better for him, in case Kate did get to respond to another clue. If he got it wrong, he would still be leading. Since he got it right and eventually found that other DD, he would have realized that he didn’t have to wager too much to keep the runaway. But all this is moot since he won.

  7. Meg Shreve is the mother of Kate and she won $29,799 as a three day champ in 1987. As noted dollar values were half of the present day total. For second place on her last game she won a trip on Continental & stay at Beaver Creek in Vail, Colorado.

  8. Ben (not Lewis) | November 14, 2020 at 11:55 am |

    I didn’t watch this episode because Patriots All Access was on WBZ channel 4. I was wondering if they showed the dedication to Alex that they have been showing all this week

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