Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category French History) for Wednesday, December 30, 2020 (Season 28, Game 38):

She said, “I told my plans to no one. I was not killing a man, but a wild beast that was devouring the French people”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

In memory of Alex Trebek, today is the eighth episode in a series of two weeks of Alex’s favorite episodes from around the world. Today’s episode featured a category about operatic costumes with Alex on location at the Metropolitan Opera and originally aired November 9, 2011 as the first semifinal in the 2011 Tournament of Champions. Alex’s last episode airs Friday, January 8, 2021; Ken Jennings’ first episode as guest host airs on January 11.

Today’s contestants:

Erin McLean, a junior at Boston University from Danvers, Massachusetts
Erin McLean on Jeopardy!
Tom Nissley, a writer from Seattle, Washington
Tom Nissley on Jeopardy!
Justin Sausville, a urologist from Baltimore, Maryland
Justin Sausville on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Charlotte Corday?

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Charlotte Corday is best known today for her assassination of Jean-Paul Marat during the French Revolution; Corday was one of many who had felt that the Jacobins were too radical—as opposed to the more moderate Girondins. In the September Massacres, the Jacobins killed nearly 1,000 prisoners out of worry that royalist armies were planning on attacking Paris to free the prisoners; Corday held Marat responsible for the killings and elected to assassinate Marat in his medical bath. The death was famously depicted in a Jacques-Louis David painting.

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

Scores going into Final:
Tom $26,200
Justin $10,400
Erin $5,400

Tonight’s results:
Erin $5,400 – $5,398 = $2 (Who is Joan of Arc?)
Justin $10,400 + $10,399 = $20,799 (Who was Charlotte Corday?)
Tom $26,200 + $1,001 = $27,201 (Who is Corday?) (Finalist)

Tom Nissley, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 30, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Justin $6,400
Tom $4,400
Erin $1,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) TWINS $600 (clue #18)
Tom 2600 -2600 (Justin 3800 Erin 1000)
2) OPERATIC COSTUMES $1200 (clue #3)
Tom 5200 +1000 (Justin 5600 Erin 1400)
3) WINTER OLYMPICS MASCOTS $2000 (clue #30, $0 left on board)
Tom 24200 +2000 (Justin 10400 Erin 5400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -73

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0

Game Stats:
Tom $29,000 Coryat, 27 correct, 1 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Justin $10,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Erin $5,400 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $44,800
Lach Trash: $4,400 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,800

Justin Sausville, career statistics:
194 correct, 29 incorrect
13/14 on rebound attempts (on 26 rebound opportunities)
36.88% in first on buzzer (187/507)
9/13 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,800)
7/9 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,978

Tom Nissley, career statistics:
237 correct, 17 incorrect
19/20 on rebound attempts (on 52 rebound opportunities)
33.39% in first on buzzer (208/623)
13/15 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $33,000)
10/11 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,691

Erin McLean, career statistics:
110 correct, 18 incorrect
7/9 on rebound attempts (on 32 rebound opportunities)
4.14% in first on buzzer (14/338)
4/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
3/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,467

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • The first game of Tom’s final will air tomorrow as that game featured a category from Petra.

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4 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, December 30, 2020"

  1. Clearly this was a tournament game since all of the contestants show stats summarizing results from at least 6 final jeopardy’s, etc.

  2. Gary Kevin Ware | December 30, 2020 at 10:39 pm | Reply

    The painting by David is on the cover of one of the translations of Victor Hugo’s novel, Ninety-Three, although the best translation is the one in the The Paper Tiger edition that includes an introduction by Ayn Rand. I wrote a screenplay of Ninety-Three, last year.

  3. It was nice seeing a contestant (Tom) use the”all in”gesture on a DD without having to hear a reference to that other guy who did it ad nauseam (emphasis on nauseam) years later.

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