Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Country Name Origins) for Wednesday, November 18, 2020 (Season 37, Game 48):

This island country was named for a 16th century Spanish king whose name comes from the Greek for “lover of horses”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Deanna Bolio, a communications specialist from Campbell, California
Deanna Bolio on Jeopardy!
Kevin Karp, a screenwriter from Scottsdale, Arizona
Kevin Karp on Jeopardy!
Andy Wood, a writer originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan (2-day total: $47,598)
Andy Wood on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the Philippines?


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The Philippines were named after the man who became King Philip II of Spain; the name Philip derives from the Greek “Philippos”, meaning “horse-loving”. Interestingly, the islands were named when Philip, a Habsburg, was still Prince of Asturias (the Spanish heir apparent). Also, the name “The Philippines” also originally only referred to the eastern islands in the archipelago (Leyte and Samar) before they were extended to the entire archipelago.


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Scores going into Final:
Deanna $17,800
Andy $12,600
Kevin $7,900


Tonight’s results:
Kevin $7,900 + $7,000 = $14,900 (What is the Philippines?)
Andy $12,600 + $4,600 = $17,200 (What is Phillipines?) (3-day total: $64,798)
Deanna $17,800 – $7,401 = $10,399 (What is hip)


Andy Wood, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 18, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Deanna $9,000
Andy $7,000
Kevin $400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) AROUND THE WORLD $800 (clue #20)
Deanna 4000 +2000 (Andy 5200 Kevin -800)
2) STARTS WITH “E” $1600 (clue #4)
Kevin 2000 +1500 (Andy 7000 Deanna 9800)
3) ONE-SUBJECT NONFICTION $1200 (clue #19)
Deanna 13800 +2000 (Andy 11400 Kevin 3900)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 139


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 113 (2.35 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Andy $12,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Kevin $8,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 5 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Deanna $15,800 Coryat, 25 correct, 2 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,400
Lach Trash: $7,000 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,600

Andy Wood, career statistics:
65 correct, 6 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 15 rebound opportunities)
34.71% in first on buzzer (59/170)
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $12,800)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,867

Kevin Karp, career statistics:
13 correct, 5 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,500)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,000

Deanna Bolio, career statistics:
25 correct, 3 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,800

Andy Wood, to win:
4 games: 63.323%
5: 40.098%
6: 25.392%
7: 16.079%
8: 10.182%
Avg. streak: 4.727 games.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, November 18, 2020"

  1. I like this question, as there are several ways to figure it out. !6th Century is generally too late for Caribbean islands, so we’d have to look further west, likely in the Pacific. And even if you don’t know much Greek, one might remember that Philia is one of the Greek words for love. One might recall philia, eros, agape as words for different forms of love, used in the New Testament.

  2. I second Mike’s comment. This is a great FJ clue.

  3. Great clue, I F you have the time to figure it out…..

  4. I feel bad for Deanna. To lead the whole game, just to miss the last question and come in last place. 🙁

    • And it showed on her face (as it would mine). I don’t watch a lot of Jeopardy, but I don’t usually see such disappointment in one’s face after losing. I’m guessing it’s because she was on fire most of the contest.

  5. I too feel VERY bad for Deanna.
    So quick on the buzzer, so many correct, including 2 DDs.
    Then, fizzle.
    Andy was VERY lucky. He must have been shakin’ in his shoes.
    Congrats Andy – and continued GOOD LUCK!

    • It’s not as bad as when you lead the whole game, bet to cover, and the second place person assumes you will so bets zero, and then there’s a triple stumper, and you get leap frogged. At least Andy got the question correct. That’s not luck.

  6. Gerald Harshman | November 18, 2020 at 2:18 pm | Reply

    What first occurred to me was the city of brotherly love-Philadelphia.

  7. Gerald Harshman | November 18, 2020 at 2:20 pm | Reply

    So it had to be the Philippines

  8. Brad (not Rutter) | November 18, 2020 at 5:09 pm | Reply

    Deanna was an excellent player, what a shame. Andy is very strong too but got lucky today. Any word
    on Tournament of Champions? Feel like its time to see Jason Z. again.

  9. Like Deanna, I was trying to get something starting with hippo. Good clue.

  10. Did anybody get the Deanna’s tribute to legendary Oakland funk-soul band Tower of Power with her “What is Hip” final Jeopardy response? She clearly didn’t know the correct question, so she went with the TOP reference. As a long-time fan of the band, I loved it!

    • I strongly disagree that it was a reference. She clearly got stuck on the horse part of the clue – being that Greek horse things usually start “Hip”, that’s where you would get that from.

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