Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Singer/Actresses) for Wednesday, November 25, 2020 (Season 37, Game 53):

This California-born woman won a Best Leading Actress Academy Award in 1988, when she had 2 top 20 hit songs

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Antonette Hrycyk, an 8th grade humanities teacher from San Diego, California
Antonette Hrycyk on Jeopardy!
Ryan Hemmel, a legal technology professional from Los Angeles, California
Ryan Hemmel on Jeopardy!
Henry Baer, a software engineer from Lafayette, California (2-day total: $61,400)
Henry Baer on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Cher?

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I would like to commend Jeopardy! for its precise wording on this clue: Remember that Oscars are awarded in the year after the respective films were released. Thus, the wording was correct: Cher (born in El Centro, California) was awarded her Oscar in 1988 for Moonstruck (a film directed by Canadian Norman Jewison). Moreover, “I Found Someone” peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 on March 5, 1988 and “We All Sleep Alone” peaked at #14 on June 11, 1988.

Depending on whether or not Cher’s time as a duet with Sonny Bono is counted, Cher still holds the record for the longest amount of time between one’s first and most recent #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, between “I Got You Babe” in August 1965 and “Believe” in April 1999. If just solo work is counted, the record belongs to Mariah Carey, with over 29 years between “Vision of Love” and “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, compared to Cher’s over 27 years between her iconic “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” and “Believe”.

“Believe” is also known in pop music circles for being a very famous pioneering use of Auto-Tune to distort her vocals; Auto-Tune has become ubiquitous in popular music for pitch correction.

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

Scores going into Final:
Ryan $12,000
Henry $10,000
Antonette $4,600

Tonight’s results:
Antonette $4,600 – $4,599 = $1 (Who is Madonna?)
Henry $10,000 – $799 = $9,201 (Who is Whitney Houston)
Ryan $12,000 + $8,001 = $20,001 (Who is Cher?) (1-day total: $20,001)

Ryan Hemmel, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 25, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ryan $4,800
Antonette $3,800
Henry $3,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) HISTORIC WOMEN $400 (clue #4)
Ryan 200 +1000 (Henry 200 Antonette 400)
2) À LA CARTOGRAPHY $800 (clue #3)
Henry 1800 +2000 (Ryan 4800 Antonette 3800)
3) THE AMERICAN LEAGUE $1200 (clue #6)
Henry 5400 -3000 (Ryan 6000 Antonette 3800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 144

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 115 (2.17 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Ryan $11,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Henry $11,800 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Antonette $4,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 5 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $27,800
Lach Trash: $17,600 (on 14 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,600

Henry Baer, career statistics:
60 correct, 6 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
30.41% in first on buzzer (52/171)
6/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $12,200)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,067

Ryan Hemmel, career statistics:
15 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,400

Antonette Hrycyk, career statistics:
12 correct, 6 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,600

Ryan Hemmel, to win:
2 games: 41.029%
3: 16.834%
4: 6.907%
5: 2.834%
6: 1.163%
Avg. streak: 1.696 games.

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14 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, November 25, 2020"

  1. Tough one in the amt of time. I’ll be very impressed if they get it! I thought Whitney Houston. 👎😔

  2. I guessed Streisand just because she always seems like a good guess. But her Oscar was ~20 years earlier.

    • Cheryl Siegel | November 26, 2020 at 12:25 am |

      Barbra wasn’t born in California. Neither was Madonna or Whitney. That was a key part of the clue.

  3. Tough one.
    Re: Jennings as host: not so excited. As player yes, as host:idk. We shall see.

  4. With so little thinking time I would have guessed Streisand too.
    But our champ will get it. (?..)
    You can do it Henry!!!

  5. I actually got Cher right away but it was a category I know well hehe. And I loved Alex’s “snap out of it!” line lol

  6. What happened? 1) Fatigue – the 3rd game before lunch. 2) Competition – close to even split on the buzzer, Ryan with the highest Coryat, fewest misses.

  7. Brad (not Rutter) | November 25, 2020 at 9:11 pm |

    Thought this one was easy.

  8. Prithvi Sudhakar | November 26, 2020 at 9:08 am |

    Aw man! I thought Henry would make a big win today!

  9. This episode aired on Thursday out here in California. I’d seen a Thanksgiving message from Alex online, but it didn’t air. Anyone know why not?

  10. Coincidentally (or perhaps some clever timing by the writers), ‘Moonstruck’ was re-released on Blu-ray Disc by Criterion Collection just last week.

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