Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, December 4, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Island Nations) for Friday, December 4, 2020 (Season 37, Game 60):

What’s now this nation resisted naval sieges by the Berbers in 1429, the Ottomans in 1565 & Axis WWII air assaults

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Katherine Ryan, a nonprofit executive originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Katherine Ryan on Jeopardy!
Josh Atkins, an elementary music teacher from Phoenix, Arizona
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Fred Nelson, a university professor originally from Manhattan, Kansas (1-day total: $20,001)
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Correct response: What is Malta?


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The Mediterranean island of Malta has been besieged on many occasions, with the Maltese being able to famously resist. The 1429 Siege of Malta saw the Maltese resist the Berber siege without outside help. The 1565 Great Siege of Malta became famous throughout Europe, as many European kingdoms (and the Papal States) came to the aid of the Knights Hospitaller, who were headquartered in Malta at the time. Malta’s capital, Valetta, is actually named after Jean de Valette, Grand Master of the Knights in the 16th century, who was able to hold together the united forces against the Ottomans.

The third famous Siege of Malta, during World War II, is the reason why Malta has the George Cross on its flag. King George VI of England awarded the George Cross to Malta in honor of the island surviving sustained Axis air raids and a naval blockade that nearly starved the island’s residents.


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

Scores going into Final:
Katherine $15,000
Fred $11,400
Josh $10,600


Tonight’s results:
Josh $10,600 – $5,000 = $5,600 (What is Sicily Cyprus?)
Fred $11,400 – $9,001 = $2,399 (What is Cyprus?)
Katherine $15,000 + $7,801 = $22,801 (What is Cyprus Malta) (1-day total: $22,801)


Katherine Ryan, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 4, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Fred $4,800
Josh $3,800
Katherine $2,600


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Opening break taken after: 16 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) THE GREAT LAKES $800 (clue #26)
Josh 4800 -1000 (Fred 2800 Katherine 1800)
2) “H”ISTORY $1200 (clue #9)
Fred 6000 -1000 (Josh 5400 Katherine 3000)
3) 19th CENTURY LITERATURE $1600 (clue #20, $14800 left on board)
Katherine 8600 +2000 (Fred 5400 Josh 9000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -14


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 115 (1.92 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Katherine $14,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Josh $11,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Fred $12,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 5 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,600
Lach Trash: $8,400 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,000

Fred Nelson, career statistics:
39 correct, 12 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
39.47% in first on buzzer (45/114)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,200

Josh Atkins, career statistics:
16 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,600

Katherine Ryan, career statistics:
16 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,600

Katherine Ryan, to win:
2 games: 47.781%
3: 22.831%
4: 10.909%
5: 5.212%
6: 2.491%
Avg. streak: 1.915 games.
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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, December 4, 2020"

  1. Odd observation but Josh has the same glasses on that TJ did! 👓

  2. If the players know where the Berbers are/were and how close Malta to Africa is, then this should be a triple solve. Sardinia and Corsica are geographically eliminated and Sicily because being tied to the Italian kingdoms (Naples etc., the ” Kingdom of the 2 Sicilys”).
    The only error might be Cyprus but I hope for I triple solve going into the weekend!
    Have a great and SAFE weekend everybody!!

    • Fred will know it I think and he gave a strong performance yesterday, maybe finally a 5 timer? I’ll root for him, so consider me a Fred-fan for now!!!

      • Well, Cyprus did come up (even twice and by Fred as well). I thought he would have it in him to go on…… But congrats to our new champion.

    • Sardinia, Corsica, and Sicily are not island nations.

  3. Nice nod to Alex Trebek in today’s comic The Duplex. https://www.gocomics.com/duplex/2020/12/04

  4. david mathews | December 4, 2020 at 1:59 pm |

    MarkO-thank you for sharing that! It’s wonderful and I would never have seen if you had not shared.

  5. MarkO—yes, thanks for sharing! Nice Kathy changed her FJ to the correct answer, even though she would have won regardless. My guess is more contestants change from a right FJ answer to an incorrect one, than vice-versa, but I don’t have enough data to prove which assumption is true, including from an incorrect to another incorrect.

  6. Noticed the same (very unique) glasses too!

  7. I was quite surprised how poorly they did in the Great Lakes category.

  8. STUART RUBIN | December 4, 2020 at 10:49 pm |

    I heard the subject matter question dealing with what lake was on the border with Quebec. Was this in the Great Lakes category? Lake Champlain is not a Great Lake.

    • Stuart:

      That wasn’t the clue. The clue read, “This French explorer with his own lake on the U.S.-Quebec border reached the Great Lakes around 1615”; thus, it was perfectly fine for a Great Lakes category.

  9. Kathryn’s father is Mack Brown ,head football coach at UNC.He also worked at ESPN and coached at Texas

    • Sorry,Katherine

    • I know no reason for the apology, Keith. Perhaps that was a joke. This is Brown’s 2nd time coaching at UNC. He is highly regarded by both the team and fans of the program. They were certainly unhappy when he departed for Texas in the late 1990s, but all is forgiven now. Mack has done a remarkable job turning the program around rapidly.

      I have no doubt that Kathryn is a lifetime fan of UNC football. I fondly hope that Alex notes this relationship in the interviews on Monday’s program.

  10. Bob,
    On April 11, 1989 I almost changed my FJ from the right answer, “Halloween” to an incorrect one. The time ran out on me and my pen quit working. Changing my answer would have cost me about $20,000 that day and another $10,000 the next. I always showed the video when I taught so my students would know that the first answer is usually right, and who they were dealing with. https://youtu.be/PAaNd8E30_s

  11. Whoops, wrong video. That’s a daily double.

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