Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, November 16, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 18th Century Americans) for Monday, November 16, 2020 (Season 37, Game 46):

One eulogizer of this man noted, he “was able to restrain thunderbolts & tyrants”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Andy Wood, a writer originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan
Andy Wood on Jeopardy!
Kelly Hogan, a clinical trial project manager from Laguna Hills, California
Kelly Hogan on Jeopardy!
John Bussard, a Marine aviator originally from Ringoes, New Jersey (1-day total: $26,200)
John Bussard on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Benjamin Franklin?


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The famed eulogy from the clue was from France’s Count Mirabeau, noting Ben Franklin’s famed research regarding electricity, lightning rods, and Franklin’s noted printing business, from which he was a champion of freedom of the press and freedom of speech. In 1729, Franklin bought The Pennsylvania Gazette, which soon became the most successful newspaper in the colonies. On Franklin’s 1790 death, assemblies in both the United States and France went into mourning.


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

Scores going into Final:
John $24,200
Andy $20,400
Kelly $7,000


Tonight’s results:
Kelly $7,000 – $6,500 = $500 (Who is George Washington?)
Andy $20,400 + $6,399 = $26,799 (Who is Franklin?) (1-day total: $26,799)
John $24,200 – $17,000 = $7,200 (Who is George Washington?)


Andy Wood, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 16, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
John $9,800
Andy $3,800
Kelly $3,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) MASKS $1000 (clue #30)
John 7800 +2000 (Kelly 3800 Andy 3800)
2) A BUSY BODY $2000 (clue #10)
Andy 8200 +5000 (John 12600 Kelly 5000)
3) FOREIGN WORDS & PHRASES $800 (clue #24)
Andy 12400 +8000 (John 18200 Kelly 7400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 151


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 112 (2.43 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Andy $10,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
John $23,200 Coryat, 27 correct, 0 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Kelly $7,000 Coryat, 13 correct, 4 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,400
Lach Trash: $6,000 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,600

John Bussard, career statistics:
58 correct, 2 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
42.98% in first on buzzer (49/114)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,400)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,300

Kelly Hogan, career statistics:
13 correct, 5 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,000

Andy Wood, career statistics:
17 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $13,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,200

Andy Wood, to win:
2 games: 68.916%
3: 47.495%
4: 32.732%
5: 22.558%
6: 15.546%
Avg. streak: 3.217 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I thought that it was cool of Alex to point out the specific rule as to who goes first in Double Jeopardy when two players are tied for second-the player whose lectern is closest to him.
  • Hindsight is obviously 20/20, but a True Daily Double would have given Andy the lead going into Final Jeopardy. (It does goes to show that even what appears to be a very aggressive bet on a Daily Double might not be aggressive enough.)

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29 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, November 16, 2020"

  1. Thunderbolt was the giveaway for me.

  2. Our champion Marine aviator John Bussard seems to be a Major, which is a pretty high rank. Do we know what type of aircraft he flies or is involved with? Just curious…..

  3. With the category title and “restrain thunderbolts” I say all 3 should get it right.

  4. Got Franklin right away. Besides lighting, his restraint of tyrants was not just in his writings, but his high profile role with John Adams and others during the Revolutionary War and afterwards as America’s chief ambassador and diplomat to Europe is profound.

  5. I for one am getting tired of the one-upping of one day champs, just for the new champ to lose the next day too. Last week with Andrew Chaikin, who was major ToC potential. Now this week with John (who seems to be an actual Major as well). I mean kudos to Andy for winning and all, but I want to see someone with insanely good stats (like Andrew or John) actually go on a big streak already. Enough with the upsets.

    • Agreed, Andrew and John were both better contestants who could have easily made TOC & possibly a long streak but for upsets due to bad DD breaks.

    • I feel the same way.
      Congrats to Andy,yes, but I can’t believe John missed this FJ!

      • Everyone has holes in their knowledge base, whether it’s Ben Franklin or H&R Block.

        Though I agree that we’ve seen some very good 1-day champs of late who have been tripped up in their second game.

      • I agree. John was so knowledgeable on so many subjects; and yet I, and apparently many others, were able to get the FJ right, this time.

  6. Brad (not Rutter) | November 16, 2020 at 5:04 pm | Reply

    HUGE disappoinment here. John’s stats over 2 days: 58 right, 2 wrong (a DD and a final jeopardy). Andy and especially John were the best players since taping resumed and could have won a ToC in my opinion. Makes you realize James or Ken could have easily come against a good player early that landed two huge daily doubles and never have made any impression.

    • John’s Coryat of $24,300 compares favorably with our current top two TOC qualifiers had after two games, Jason Z ($22,900) and Jennifer Quail (22,000) in achieving long 19 and 8 game streaks. While I seriously doubt Ken or James would have missed tonight’s FJ, you never know! Nevertheless, I hoped better for John.

  7. Roland C DuBay | November 16, 2020 at 6:16 pm | Reply

    If I considered who the eulogizer was, it was Mirabeau in France, so might that have been correct if I read the clue that way?

  8. Andy has potential to make a run of more than two wins. Good DD strategy and broad knowledge.

  9. Brad (not Rutter) | November 16, 2020 at 10:04 pm | Reply

    I wish the producers were able to make a “wildcard” selection for ToC.

    • A wildcard selection seems appropriate for John, even though just one win, as his two day Coryat average of $24,300 is one of the best ever, even better than James (~$23,300) and higher than all the ultra-champs (10 wins or more) except Ken (~$24,800). But, probably won’t happen…

      • Gary Kevin Ware | November 17, 2020 at 12:51 am | Reply

        If there were less than 15 five day winners, presumably the next spot(s) would go to the 4 day winner(s) with the most money, although they made an exception for that Emma who beat James Holzhauer.

    • This is a terrible idea. The Tournament of Champions should be a meritocracy. Winning games is most important, not running up high Coryat scores.

      • I think the success of Emma for the last TOC and finishing second only to the GOAT runner up proves the idea of a wildcard is a great idea whose time has come! The wildcard idea could work, for example, by selecting 15 contestants from the 2 tournament winners and the first 10 to win 5 games. But the final three would be wildcards. Certainly the top 4 game $ winners would normally be given strongest consideration, but this gives producers leeway to select someone exceptional like John, who reasonably might do as well as Emma did.

        The producers took criticism from some who thought Emma’s selection was just for ratings, but she showed she belonged and I believe John belongs.

        • One-game champions—no matter how good their stats may be—do not belong anywhere near a Tournament of Champions. Once again, it took an exceptional circumstance—the death of Larry Martin—to even open up a spot for Emma. The show would be breaking from 55 years’ worth of tradition to invite a one game champion to a ToC. It’s just not worth it.

          John is far from the first one-game winner to have great numbers but be ousted early. There’s no doubt he’d be competitive. But that doesn’t mean he should get in. Jeopardy! is about winning. And he didn’t do enough winning to deserve more chances.

          • I can see your point, but perhaps modifying my idea to pick the two tournament winners, next the first ten 5 game winners, then 9 deemed best wild cards selected (regardless of having 4 wins or most total $) would play in 3 qualifying games with winners advancing. So at least someone like Emma or John potentially selected would have the chance to prove against those with more wins they were worthy for the final 15 (or not) by winning.

            IMO, shouldn’t take an exception like Larry Martin dying for someone like Emma to qualify. Yes, this idea isn’t traditional, but would likely increase interest and add some excitement. Perhaps use fan voting to help select the wild cards, just as voting is used in several popular tv competition shows.

          • I very much like the idea of an expanded field—I just think those spots should be claimed in order by number of wins, with money won as a tiebreaker. What you are suggesting is akin to suggesting that an 85-win Yankees team makes the American League wild card game over a 92-win Royals team because having the Yankees in the game would increase interest and add excitement.

          • IF Jeopardy! was to expand TOC with a wildcard system, the best players still might not get in, though statistically superior to non-wildcard automatic qualifiers.

            Take the NFL, with a glut of 11 teams with 6 or 7 wins and 3 losses. If the season ended today and playoffs began, 3 would be division champs, 4 would be wild cards, but 4 teams with 3 more wins than the Philadelphia Eagles wouldn’t make the playoffs, while they would. Rules aren’t or don’t always seem fair or just!

            Not a perfect analogy to the case for John, but similarly there are at least three people who lost to James (Alex Koral, game 1 who beat 5 game champ Steven Grade, Adam Levin, game 18 who won $53,999, Nate Scheffey, game 26 who had the highest Coryat of $19,200 against James in 33 games), all who seem TOC worthy. I suggest a good wildcard system would identify at least 1 out of 9 contestants added who was superior but had the bad luck of facing someone like James, bad luck with DDs, or other factors out of their control.

            Ok, one more Philadelphia analogy/metaphor! Give the Rocky Balboa’s of Jeopardy! a swing in the ring at Apollo Creed’s crown!

        • Gary Kevin Ware | November 18, 2020 at 10:18 pm | Reply

          Then I suppose that the next step down that slippery slope would be contestants who didn’t win any games but scored high should qualify for the Tournament of Champions. Standards need to be objective; the most times as champion, pun intended, with amount won as a tiebreaker.

  10. Brad (not Rutter) | November 17, 2020 at 12:26 pm | Reply

    Hopefully the producer reads this thread.

  11. I always wondered how it was determined who would go first in Double Jeopardy given a tie. Now I know! Never heard the explanation before. Thank you, Alex.

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