Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Happy Biden & Harris Inauguration Day! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Western U.S.) for Wednesday, January 20, 2021 (Season 37, Game 83):

About 100 miles apart, they were made state capitals 10 years apart in 1854 & 1864 & both grew rapidly due to precious metals

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Sarah Cascone, an art journalist critic from New York, New York
Sarah Cascone on Jeopardy!
Hannah Pritchett, a payment operations manager from Oakland, California
Hannah Pritchett on Jeopardy!
Brian Chang, an attorney from Chicago, Illinois (1-day total: $13,201)
Brian Chang on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What are Sacramento, California & Carson City, Nevada?

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Sacramento, California and Carson City, Nevada are surprisingly only about 100 miles apart as the crow flies (due to Lake Tahoe, it’s about 130 miles driving distance). Sacramento’s rapid growth happened as a result of the California gold rush, while Carson City’s was as a result of silver (the Comstock Lode was just to the northeast). The California legislature moved to Sacramento in 1854, where it has been ever since, and Carson City was upgraded from Nevada’s territorial capital to state capital when Nevada gained statehood in 1864.

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Scores going into Final:
Brian $16,400
Hannah $10,500
Sarah $5,000

Tonight’s results:
Sarah $5,000 + $5,000 = $10,000 (What are Sacramento and Carson City)
Hannah $10,500 + $100 = $10,600 (What are Sacramento and Carson City?)
Brian $16,400 + $4,601 = $21,001 (What are Sacramento + Carson City?) (2-day total: $34,202)

Brian Chang, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 20, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Brian $6,800
Hannah $4,100
Sarah $2,400

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
Hannah 3200 -500 (Brian 2600 Sarah 1800)
2) SCIENCE GLOSSARY $800 (clue #15)
Brian 15200 +2000 (Hannah 6500 Sarah 400)
3) POLY ESTHER $1200 (clue #24, $8800 left on board)
Sarah 2800 +2200 (Brian 16400 Hannah 8500)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 76

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 146 (1.76 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Brian $15,200 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Hannah $11,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 4 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Sarah $4,000 Coryat, 13 correct, 4 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $30,200
Lach Trash: $12,400 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,400

Brian Chang, career statistics:
48 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
39.47% in first on buzzer (45/114)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$400)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,300

Hannah Pritchett, career statistics:
15 correct, 4 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$500)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,000

Sarah Cascone, career statistics:
14 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,200)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,000

Brian Chang, to win:
3 games: 50.264%
4: 25.264%
5: 12.699%
6: 6.383%
7: 3.208%
Avg. streak: 3.011 games.

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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, January 20, 2021"

  1. Translation of a European song title: Gold and Silver I would like… )Gold und Silber haett’ ich gern….)

    • The songs that came to mind for me are both titled “Silver and Gold”. One by U2, the other by Sam the Snowman (voiced by Burl Ives in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”). 🙂

  2. To me, this is a good clue. There’s no ambiguity and no “backdoor” avenue depending on whether you are familiar with a particular book, movie, or TV show. It’s just a few facts and a pertinent category title which help someone come up with the correct response.

    • Oops, didn’t think the first post went through.

    • Because both names are fairly long, if they don’t come to you immediately, it might be tough to write them both out before the 30 seconds is complete.

  3. Diane. Biggers | January 20, 2021 at 2:58 pm |

    I. Think. Ken. Jennings. Is. Doing. An. Excellent. Job
    He. Is. Gracious. Very.well. Spoken. And. Brilliant.

  4. The captions for contestants not from Southern California, no longer say “originally from Chicago, Illinois “ or “originally from New York, New York” as with Brian and Sarah today. Is Jeopardy! truly welcoming contestants from all over the USA again or did they just drop the word “originally”?

  5. Hannah’s FJ wager made no sense to me unless she just wanted to lock in second place.

  6. I know that the judges see the contestants FJ answers before they are revealed to us since there may be some need for clarification or reading the handwriting, but does the host also know before hand. It seemed yesterday that Ken Jennings knew what was coming before we saw it.

    • Brian Chang | January 20, 2021 at 6:26 pm |

      Yes – Ken can see as the contestants write their FJ responses.

      • Are you sure? When I saw Jeopardy taped I don’t remember any time or way for Alex to see the answers, and certain moments (like the “we love you Alex” from Dhruv at the tournament) certainly point to him not knowing what they wrote before it comes up.

        • Noah:

          What I think Brian means is that the director’s booth can see the responses, and they can communicate to Ken what they are in advance (or at least whether or not they are correct.) Of course, in Dhruv’s case, they can leave it to be a surprise for him.

          • Brian Chang | January 21, 2021 at 1:31 am |

            I have a very vague memory that in the postgame discussion on Monday, he said he could see as the contestants each wrote Tiffany, but I could easily be misremembering.

  7. I whiffed on this one, guessing Denver and Cheyenne. Ironically, those two cities are about 100 miles apart and were made capitals in 1867 and 1869, not long after the two in the clue. But both grew more due to railroads than mining.

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