Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, November 23, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Secretaries of State) for Monday, November 23, 2020 (Season 37, Game 51):

Dirk Stikker, Dutch foreign minister 1948-1952, wrote, “Churchill’s words won the war”; this American’s “words won the peace”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Henry Baer, a software engineer from Lafayette, California
Henry Baer on Jeopardy!
Amanda Minafo, an undergraduate advisor from San Francisco, California
Amanda Minafo on Jeopardy!
Charlie Fonville, a producer originaly from Wichita Falls, Texas (1-day total: $30,000)
Charlie Fonville on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is George Marshall?


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George Marshall served as Secretary of State under Harry Truman from 1947 to 1949 and is best known for what became known as the Marshall Plan (originally the European recovery Program), an aid plan for the post-World War II recovery of Western Europe. Stikker, in his “Men of Responsibility”, stated that The Netherlands was only able to recover from World War II through both American aid and the determination of the Dutch people. In all, 18 European countries received American aid from the Marshall Plan.


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

Scores going into Final:
Henry $17,200
Charlie $15,400
Amanda $7,600


Tonight’s results:
Amanda $7,600 – $7,600 = $0 (Who is Trum [going for Truman])
Charlie $15,400 + $8,000 = $23,400 (Who is Marshall?)
Henry $17,200 + $13,800 = $31,000 (Who is Marshall) (1-day total: $31,000)


Henry Baer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 23, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Charlie $7,400
Amanda $3,200
Henry $2,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) TV TITLE PLACES $400 (clue #2)
Charlie 200 +1000 (Amanda 0 Henry 0)
2) ASTRONAUTS $2000 (clue #2)
Henry 4200 +4200 (Charlie 7400 Amanda 3200)
3) A PLACE TO PARK YOUR YACHT $1200 (clue #23)
Henry 14800 +2000 (Charlie 10600 Amanda 7600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 214


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 115 (2.25 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Henry $14,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Charlie $14,800 Coryat, 27 correct, 5 incorrect, 54.39% in first on buzzer (31/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Amanda $7,600 Coryat, 11 correct, 0 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,600
Lach Trash: $10,000 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,400

Charlie Fonville, career statistics:
57 correct, 7 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
52.63% in first on buzzer (60/114)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,500

Amanda Minafo, career statistics:
11 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,600

Henry Baer, career statistics:
15 correct, 1 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,200)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,200

Henry Baer, to win:
2 games: 58.397%
3: 34.102%
4: 19.915%
5: 11.630%
6: 6.791%
Avg. streak: 2.404 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • It’s important to remember: often a contestant’s phrasing is clipped or crosses with Alex calling on a contestant, especially if the contestant is on a roll. Please remember that and remember that in-studio the sound is much clearer than at home. If a contestant fails to phrase, Alex will tell us.
  • The results of this game show just how crucial it is to “STAY CLAM” – three of Charlie’s 5 incorrect responses were rebounded by Henry, leading to a Henry victory even though Charlie was dominant on the buzzer.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, November 23, 2020"

  1. So, how would one rule out Cordell Hull from the context in the clue?

    • Hull wasn’t SoS in the years listed, nor at any time after the war. One could make an argument that Stikker might have said that about Hull because of the United Nations, but the clue writers almost never put in dates or other information that would be misleading.

      • The clue references a direct quote from Stikker’s memoir. “Churchill’s words won the war. Marshall’s words won the peace.” Marshall was the only possible correct response.

        • I get that Stikker’s memoir pins it, but unless it’s a famous quote, that is a pretty obscure thing to have to know. The dates misled me because I thought certainly he was referring to the UN, which by that point was starting to really ramp up its peacekeeping activities. At best, I was flipping a coin between Hull and Marshall.

          • I don’t believe the writer’s were really expecting anyone to know the quote. I agree it is an obscure quote. I’d never heard it and had actually never heard of Mr. Stikker and would bet that neither had Charlie or Henry. In my opinion this clue called for the utilization of Occam’s Razor in concert with the general public’s familiarity with peace time’s Marshall Plan.

  2. Dean Acheson was Secretary of State under President Harry Truman from 1949 to 1953. George Marshall was Acheson’s predecessor before becoming Secretary of Defense. My guess would have been Acheson because of the time frame mentioned in the clue. Cordell Hull served under Franklin Roosevelt for 11 years starting in 1933.

    • I’ve clearly underestimated just how famous the Marshall Plan is. I’ve literally known about it at least since high school, and I’m not even American. Also note that Stikker would have needed time for the American aid to have an effect before actually speaking on it.

  3. Dolores Gonzales | November 23, 2020 at 5:18 pm |

    I recently lost my mom we played jeperdy every day even on Saturday they were reruns but we watch anyway. I miss my mom and watchin jeperdy with her now Mr. Terbk is probably playing jeperdy with her. Love to the.a couple of people I have been an insation to me

    • My thoughts are with you. I, also, used to watch with my mom who I lost last year in the late stages of Alzheimer’s (Dad passed 5 years earlier of pancreatic cancer). For Mom’s last couple years, when I would answer a clue out loud, Mom would look over at me thinking I was asking her a question.

  4. Brad (not Rutter) | November 23, 2020 at 5:31 pm |

    Another great player turns in a disappointing one and done.

    • Yes, alas! Potential great for sure. His over d 50% on buzzer both nights is great and good accuracy, but in my opinion great accuracy is like James, consistently over 95%. If less than 90%, a bit of luck, besides being fast on the draw, is usually necessary to put a streak of at least 5 together.

  5. Loved Alex’s tap dance during the interviews. For him to still be that spry that late in his disease shows how tough a guy he was.

  6. Pizza Face Fred | November 23, 2020 at 10:46 pm |

    Can’t believe they missed so many “bird verbs.” My age (archaic or obsolescent words and phrases?) and 20 years of crossword puzzles must’ve helped me get all of them . . .

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