Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Ancient World) for Tuesday, December 8, 2020 (Season 37, Game 62):

He got to propose his own sentence & joked that since he was actually a benefactor of the state, he should get free meals!

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Cody Lawrence, an assistant editor from Sherman Oaks, California
Cody Lawrence on Jeopardy!
Kristen Thomas-McGill, a graduate student originally from Louisville, Kentucky
Kristen Thomas-McGill on Jeopardy!
John Vigna, a communications manager from Los Angeles, California (1-day total: $11,199)
John Vigna on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Socrates?

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In 399 B.C.E., Socrates was brought up on charges in Athens of not believing in the gods of the state, of introducing new gods, and of corrupting the young. The jury, prejudiced by the depiction of Socrates in Aristophanes’ Clouds, found Socrates guilty; the prosecution wished for the death penalty, and Socrates was given the opportunity to propose an alternative punishment. This alternative punishment: pension—free meals as a benefactor of the state, much like they would an Olympic champion. Then, Socrates proposed a token fine; Socrates’ suggestions offended the jury to the point that more jurors voted for death than voted for guilt. Socrates was forced to drink hemlock.

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

Scores going into Final:
Kristen $15,800
Cody $11,400
John $7,000

Tonight’s results:
John $7,000 + $6,000 = $13,000 (Who is Socrates?)
Cody $11,400 – $2,601 = $8,799 (Who is Brutus?)
Kristen $15,800 + $7,001 = $22,801 (Who is Socrates?) (1-day total: $22,801)

Kristen Thomas-McGill, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 8, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
John $4,600
Kristen $4,200
Cody $2,200

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) COLLABS $800 (clue #21)
Cody 4600 -4600 (John 3600 Kristen 2800)
2) ENERGY $1600 (clue #15)
John 6200 -2400 (Kristen 7800 Cody 8600)
3) AUTHORS’ ALMA MATERS $1200 (clue #26, $2800 left on board)
Kristen 11000 +4000 (John 6200 Cody 10200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -102

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 115 (1.85 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Kristen $13,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
John $9,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Cody $16,000 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,400
Lach Trash: $10,200 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,400

John Vigna, career statistics:
41 correct, 5 incorrect
3/5 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (36/114)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,400)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,000

Kristen Thomas-McGill, career statistics:
18 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,000

Cody Lawrence, career statistics:
19 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,000

Kristen Thomas-McGill, to win:
2 games: 48.952%
3: 23.963%
4: 11.730%
5: 5.742%
6: 2.811%
Avg. streak: 1.959 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Even though it didn’t work out for him score-wise, it’s still a very good idea to go all-in on the Jeopardy! round Daily Double. As Cody showed, he recovered well from his miss and held or was close to the lead through most of Double Jeopardy.

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10 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, December 8, 2020"

  1. John beat a $22,801 champ, then lost to a $22,801 champ. I love when numbers work out so beautifully.

  2. I guess if the category had been named “Greek history” it would have been even easier. I learned about this in a what you would translate “humanistisches Gymnasium = classical secondary education ) with emphasis on subjects such as Latin, Greek, history philosophy, modern or “live” languages, as opposed to the other, parallel part of the school which was called “Real” gymnasium, main subjects trigonometry etc if you were aiming to go into some technical profession (engineer etc). Humanistisch was aimed at future lawyers, physicians, teachers e.c.t. I found that Socrates story back then kind of a “funny/peculiar” thing and we were told about it in Greek AND history. Hemlock for a dinner beverage…..yikes!
    Well, congrats to yet another new champ. I wonder when we will see the next “5 timer” ? Ryan Hemmel looks better and better with his 4 wins and 104.526 for the next ToC……

  3. Typo after “teachers”. (e.c.t.) Sorry.

    • PS:
      I don’t agree with the wagering suggestions in the archive. Going for a tie? 7000 and 2600????

      • “Evenly spaced scores” is a fun advanced wagering scenario, Sean.

      • Gary Kevin Ware | December 8, 2020 at 10:27 pm |

        By betting $2601, Cody would have tied Kristen if she missed but beat John if he got it right and John bet everything. If he bet $2600, he’d tie John in the same scenario but beat Kristen if he got it right and Kristen missed with the same bet.

  4. Thus is the 6th consecutive episode with a new champion. Is that a record?

  5. Carolyn Morris I'm not | December 8, 2020 at 9:29 pm |

    Tonight’s Jeopardy I would have liked to send the last episode that Alex was in rest in peace watching my whole adult life

  6. I love Jeopardy. I miss Alex Trebek. God Bless his wife and children.

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