Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, November 27, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Geography) for Friday, November 27, 2020 (Season 37, Game 55):

Of the 6 mainland African countries through which the Equator passes, this landlocked nation is last alphabetically

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Chandy McCarty, a civil engineer from Phoenix, Arizona
Chandy McCarty on Jeopardy!
Gabriel Ostler, a swim instructor from Orinda, California
Gabriel Ostler on Jeopardy!
Ryan Hemmel, a legal technology professional from Los Angeles, California (2-day total: $48,802)
Ryan Hemmel on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Uganda?


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The six mainland African countries that the Equator passes through: Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, and Somalia. The equator passes through eleven worldwide: the aforementioned six, as well as São Tomé and Príncipe, Indonesia, Ecuador, Colombia, and Brazil.


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

Scores going into Final:
Ryan $19,400
Gabriel $14,700
Chandy $12,600


Tonight’s results:
Chandy $12,600 – $4,400 = $8,200 (What is Zimbabwe?)
Gabriel $14,700 – $14,698 = $2 (What is Zimbabwe?)
Ryan $19,400 + $10,001 = $29,401 (What is Uganda?) (3-day total: $78,203)


Ryan Hemmel, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 27, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ryan $4,800
Gabriel $3,200
Chandy -$200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) PAPERBACK WRITER $600 (clue #20)
Gabriel 8000 -5000 (Ryan 2600 Chandy -600)
2) THE ATMOSPHERE $1200 (clue #23)
Gabriel 9200 +3500 (Ryan 8400 Chandy 10600)
3) RANKS & TITLES $800 (clue #26)
Ryan 10000 +9000 (Gabriel 12700 Chandy 10600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 66


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 115 (2.09 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Ryan $11,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Chandy $12,600 Coryat, 10 correct, 1 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Gabriel $17,400 Coryat, 26 correct, 6 incorrect, 52.63% in first on buzzer (30/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $41,200
Lach Trash: $8,200 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,600

Ryan Hemmel, career statistics:
56 correct, 3 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (48/171)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $15,400)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,400

Gabriel Ostler, career statistics:
26 correct, 7 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
52.63% in first on buzzer (30/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,400

Chandy McCarty, career statistics:
10 correct, 2 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,600

Ryan Hemmel, to win:
4 games: 64.344%
5: 41.401%
6: 26.639%
7: 17.140%
8: 11.029%
Avg. streak: 4.805 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • This website has a section on how to bet in Final Jeopardy. I wish more people studied this facet of the game before going on the show. I have no issue with Gabriel’s bet; he was stuck between having to cover Chandy and win a Double Stumper with Ryan; going nearly all-in here is a reasonable strategic choice. It seemed like Chandy was betting to a round number without regard for what would happen if Ryan was incorrect, and it would have cost her victory had Ryan not gotten Final correct.

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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, November 27, 2020"

  1. That’s an either you KNOW it or take a guess.

  2. Zambia or Zimbabwe will come up as an incorrect response here.

  3. Brad (not Rutter) | November 27, 2020 at 4:39 pm |

    Stupid football preempting the show. Looks like Gabriel was an excellent player based on stats. Meanwhile Ryan edges towards ToC territory.

  4. Zaire was the first thing that came to my mind, but the key word here was “landlocked,” and after looking at the map, Zaire has that Western part that juts out to the Atlantic.

    • It’s also a name that hasn’t been used for over two decades.

      • My first response was Zaire as well. But if the entire country became the now Democratic Republic of Congo, including its western seaport, then the “answer” itself is incorrect. There are only five landlocked African countries that the Equator passes through, not six.

  5. This week is the first one with no clues left unrevealed in any of the five games since May 25-29 (the quarterfinals of the Teachers Tournament, where it’s required by rule) — and in regular play, since Week 8 of last season (October 28-November 1, 2019).

  6. Correct on the no missed clues all week, I noticed as well. A great all-around week of Jeopardy on top of the week before! Big money but with multiple champions and solid runners up in each game.

  7. Jim Cardillo | November 27, 2020 at 7:49 pm |

    I’m sorry but in the J! round, Gabriel should not have received points for the answer “Limited Liability Corporation” for LLC. A Limited Liability Company is specifically NOT a corporation.

    • The show appeared to be prepared for a response of “corporation” there, judging by Alex’s remarks. That means the writers were in possession of a reputable source which refers to it as “corporation”. (All there needs to be is one, as a future protest can hinge upon that one source.)

  8. Don’t hire Ken Jennings

  9. That South Africa clue was poorly written. The answer to “South African capital” should not be “Cape Town.”

  10. The Final Jeopardy was somewhat silly. Uganda is the only landlocked African country through which the Equator passes; in fact, it is the only landlocked country through which the Equator passes. By the way, since Zimbabwe is nowhere near the Equator, it makes no sense as a response.

  11. Prithvi Sudhakar | November 28, 2020 at 11:51 am |

    I thought the answer to FJ was Tanzania.

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