Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, November 9, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Word Origins) for Monday, November 9, 2020 (Season 37, Game 41):

The word for a type of building or institution comes from Greek for a place sacred to a mythical group of 9

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Ben Lewis, a data scientist from Costa Mesa, California
Ben Lewis on Jeopardy!
Monisha Crisell, a urologist originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico
Monisha Crisell on Jeopardy!
Andrew Chaikin, a musician & teacher from San Francisco, California (1-day total: $21,601)
Andrew Chaikin on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is museum?

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In Greek mythology, the nine muses—Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Erato (love poetry), Euterpe (music), Melpomene (tragedy), Polyhymnia (sacred poetry), Terpsichore (dance), Thalia (comedy), and Urania (astronomy)—were Greek goddesses who were seen as inspirations in each of those subjects. They also provide inspiration for the words “muse” (a general term for an artist or writer’s inspiration) and “museum” (a term for a place housing a public display of knowledge). The first “Museum” was seen as the Musaeum in Alexandria, Egypt, of which the Library of Alexandria was the most famous part.

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

Scores going into Final:
Ben $24,200
Andrew $22,200
Monisha $10,000

Tonight’s results:
Monisha $10,000 – $0 = $10,000 (What is a pantheon?)
Andrew $22,200 + $2,199 = $24,399 (What is museum?)
Ben $24,200 + $20,201 = $44,401 (What is a museum?) (1-day total: $44,401)

Ben Lewis, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 9, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Andrew $11,800
Ben $5,600
Monisha $1,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) A NIGHT AT THE OPERA $600 (clue #20)
Andrew 7800 +3000 (Monisha 1200 Ben 4400)
2) AMONG THE 10 LARGEST ISLANDS $800 (clue #11)
Ben 10000 +6000 (Andrew 13800 Monisha 6400)
3) HISTORIC NAMES $1600 (clue #17)
Ben 17200 +5000 (Andrew 19400 Monisha 6400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 128

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 105 (2.56 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Ben $15,600 Coryat, 20 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Andrew $19,800 Coryat, 25 correct, 0 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Monisha $10,000 Coryat, 10 correct, 0 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $45,400
Lach Trash: $7,800 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $800

Andrew Chaikin, career statistics:
54 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
42.98% in first on buzzer (49/114)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $22,500

Monisha Crisell, career statistics:
10 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,000

Ben Lewis, career statistics:
21 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $11,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,600

Ben Lewis, to win:
2 games: 77.445%
3: 59.977%
4: 46.449%
5: 35.972%
6: 27.859%
Avg. streak: 4.434 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • The opening of this episode contained a very heartfelt tribute from Mike Richards to Alex.
  • The end credits of this episode contained a title card of “Dedicated to Alex Trebek / Forever in our Hearts / Always our Inspiration”.
  • Remember, Jeopardy!’s rules state that contestants are permitted to change their response as long as Alex hasn’t ruled on it. Ben’s changing of his response on AMONG THE 10 LARGEST ISLANDS $1200 was well within the show’s rules.

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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, November 9, 2020"

  1. I heard on the news that Alex’s last show will air on Christmas.

  2. Donna Kirchmeier | November 9, 2020 at 10:30 am |

    So sorry to hear the news of Alex’s passing. Such an icon who will be sorely missed. 7pm will never be the same.

  3. I’m gonna try to watch, but I’m not sure how far I’ll get.

  4. freddie leonard | November 9, 2020 at 1:08 pm |

    I’m so sorry to hear the news about Alex. A legendary icon for sure.

  5. The next few weeks of Jeopardy may be a little hard to watch, but they will also be something to treasure.

  6. Brad (not Rutter) | November 9, 2020 at 5:06 pm |

    Well, about the game. It was a great game, and a shame for Andrew. Truly a TOC caliber player (25 correct, 0 incorrect) but got crushed by Ben’s huge daily doubles. Did this break Holzhauer’s record for most money in first game?

    • The record is $50,000, set by Myron Meyer; at least ten players have won more in their first win than James.

      • Frank Smith | November 9, 2020 at 5:33 pm |

        That answers one of my questions, but I have another: Can past contestants come back to play again with a new host? I think I read or heard somewhere that they could.

        • That depends on the show wants to allow that. They’re within their rights to if they change the rules that way—for example, with The Price is Right, you can’t have been a contestant on Price in the past ten years.

  7. I knew this would choke me up, but I can’t not watch these last episodes of Alex Trebek.

  8. Great game! The opening had me bawling.

  9. R. B. Smada | November 9, 2020 at 9:48 pm |

    It was cool to see Ken Jennings. Didn’t expect that.

  10. As a baseball fan, losing Tom Seaver, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, and Whitey Ford within a few months of each other was incredibly painful.
    As a guitarist, losing Edward Van Halen was devastating to me.
    Not to diminish the loss of anyone, but the passing of Alex Trebek actually felt like I lost a member of my family. Such a wonderful man … The opening and closing of the show had me crying like a baby. The world needs more like him. RIP, Mr. Trebek. And thank you for everything.

  11. Matthew Yothers | November 21, 2020 at 4:53 pm |

    By the way, how come you’re not showing us who the contestants are each week this time? The last time I’ve seen it was week 4 of this season.

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