Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, December 31, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Presidential Cabinet) for Thursday, December 31, 2020 (Season 28, Game 41):

7 women have been the Secretary of this, the most for any department in the President’s Cabinet

(correct response beneath the contestants)

In memory of Alex Trebek, today is the ninth 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 Petra, Jordan, and originally aired November 14, 2011 as the first game of the final 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:

Buddy Wright, an operations engineer from Fort Worth, Texas
Buddy Wright on Jeopardy!
Tom Nissley, a writer from Seattle, Washington
Tom Nissley on Jeopardy!
Roger Craig, a computer scientist from Newark, Delaware (-day total: $0)
Roger Craig on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Labor?


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The seven women who have served as Secretary of Labor: Frances Perkins, Ann McLaughlin, Elizabeth Dole, Lynn M. Martin, Alexis Herman, Elaine Chao, and Hilda Solis.


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

Scores going into Final:
Roger $43,200
Buddy $11,000
Tom $9,400


Tonight’s results:
Tom $9,400 + $9,400 = $18,800 (What is Labor?)
Buddy $11,000 – $5,000 = $6,000 (What is State?)
Roger $43,200 + $6,800 = $50,000 (What is Labor?)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Tom $6,200
Roger $5,400
Buddy $3,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) THE DOCTOR WILL “C” YOU NOW $800 (clue #14)
Buddy 1200 +1200 (Roger 2400 Tom 1600)
2) NOVELS $1200 (clue #8)
Roger 9000 +9000 (Tom 7400 Buddy 4200)
3) LANGUAGES $1600 (clue #9, $26000 left on board)
Roger 18000 +18000 (Tom 7400 Buddy 4200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 300


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


Game Stats:
Roger $19,000 Coryat, 24 correct, 3 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Tom $9,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Buddy $10,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 0 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,000
Lach Trash: $10,200 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,800

Roger Craig, career statistics:
285 correct, 35 incorrect
15/16 on rebound attempts (on 28 rebound opportunities)
50.37% in first on buzzer (274/544)
16/17 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $114,800)
5/10 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $22,900

Tom Nissley, career statistics:
253 correct, 18 incorrect
20/22 on rebound attempts (on 55 rebound opportunities)
32.65% in first on buzzer (222/680)
13/15 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $33,000)
11/12 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,000

Buddy Wright, career statistics:
166 correct, 21 incorrect
12/12 on rebound attempts (on 37 rebound opportunities)
2.68% in first on buzzer (12/447)
6/12 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
5/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,075

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • For a significant amount of time, $18,000 was the largest amount wagered on a Daily Double; the record was broken by Philip Tiu in March 2016.
  • Roger finished the tournament with $51,200, Tom with $18,800, and Buddy with $10,600.

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4 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, December 31, 2020"

  1. I’m guessing Roger’s $27,000 total won in consecutive Daily Doubles (clues 8 & 9) this game is likely the most ever won in any two consecutive clues (FJ not included ) prior to James.

  2. And of yes!!! I wondered some weeks ago if there ever was a perfect 300 Overall Daily Double Efficiency in a game, but no one knew. Happened in this one. 😊

  3. Brad (not Rutter) | December 31, 2020 at 7:36 pm |

    Roger Craig is a great player.

  4. Roger Craig has had a very successful Jeopardy! career. Read about him on Wiki:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Craig_(Jeopardy!_contestant)

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