Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 19, 2016

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Monday, December 19, 2016:

Final Jeopardy! category: WORDS WITH MULTIPLE MEANINGS

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: Found in a 1970 Tom Wolfe book title, it’s a chemistry term, a math quantity & a drastic word in politics

(correct response beneath the contestants)

During her run so far, Cindy Stowell has won $62,001. She had pledged to donate all of her winnings to cancer research. Unfortunately, Cindy passed away on December 5; she had competed on the show with stage IV cancer. Her friends and family will also appreciate donations on her behalf to the Cancer Research Institute. Many fans are watching the show and electing to donate $1 for each correct response they give while playing at home, an idea come up with by Chelsea Cohen, one of last Thursday’s challengers!

Also, another thing I’ve seen since Cindy’s run started, as I’ve seen a few people disappointed that Jeopardy! did not move up her airing so that Cindy herself might be able to watch: After her audition, Cindy’s taping was fast-tracked so that it would happen as soon as was possible. Because the show has returning champions, the show is obviously obligated to air episodes in the order that they were taped. This week of shows was literally the earliest that Cindy’s airdates could be. Finally, do rest assured that further proving how amazing the show’s production staff is: They ensured that an advance copy of Cindy’s episodes were sent to her. Cindy was able to see her episodes before her passing.

Today’s contestants:

Kristin Szuhany, a graduate student in clinical psychology from New York, New York
Jonathan Bill, a high school teacher from Gig Harbor, Washington
Cindy Stowell, a science content developer from Austin, Texas (4-day total: $62,001)


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What is radical?


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The 1970 Tom Wolfe work was titled Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, comprised of a pair of articles. The first one, in which the term “radical chic” was coined, described conductor Leonard Bernstein hosting many of his socialite friends and members of the Black Panthers, discussing ways in which to assist the cause of the Black Panthers.

In chemistry, a (free) radical is an atom, molecule, or ion that has an unpaired electron. This unpaired electron makes free radicals highly reactive towards other substances.

The mathematics term “radical” (√) generally is used when dealing with nth roots, the “square root” symbol displayed previous is known as the radical symbol.

Finally, political radicals need the least defining, I think. Though, I think it’s ironic that this Final Jeopardy! is airing on the day that the Electoral College is set to meet.

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23 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 19, 2016"

  1. Andy Saunders | December 19, 2016 at 12:48 pm |

    Scores going into Final:
    Cindy $11,600
    Jonathan $9,000
    Kristin $6,200

    Final results:
    Kristin $6,200 – $999 = $5,201 (What is extreme?)
    Jonathan $9,000 – $3,500 = $5,500 (What is absolu)
    Cindy $11,600 + $6,401 = $18,001 (5-day total: $80,002)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Jonathan $5,400
    Kristin $5,400
    Cindy -$800

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) NAMES IN AMERICAN HISTORY $400 (12th pick)
    Jonathan 0 +600 Kristin 4000 Cindy 800)

    Cindy 3200 +3200 (Jonathan 6600 Kristin 5400)
    3) A NOVEL CATEGORY $1200 (17th pick)
    Kristin 9400 -2000 (Cindy 9600 Jonathan 7400)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: None!
    DJ! round: A NOVEL CATEGORY $2000, THEY SAID IT $1600, FROM N TO N $1200, $1600 & $2000

    Game Stats:
    Cindy $9,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.92% in first on buzzer
    Jonathan $8,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.84% in first on buzzer
    Kristin $8,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 4 incorrect, 28.84% in first on buzzer

    Cindy Stowell, stats to date:
    85 correct
    10 incorrect
    3/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,400)
    4/5 in Final Jeopardy
    29.21% in first on buzzer (78/267)
    Average Coryat: $10,960

    Cindy Stowell, to win:
    6 games: 31.56%
    7: 9.96%
    8: 3.14%
    9: 0.99%
    10: 0.31%
    Avg. streak: 5.461 games.

  2. I’m surprised Cindy was even playing today.

    • Why is that?

      • Andy Saunders | December 19, 2016 at 6:21 pm |

        Not quite to speak for Dal, but I presume that it was because that with all of what Cindy was going through during her first tape day, it could seem like a major accomplishment for her to get back out to Los Angeles to continue her run as champion during the next taping session.

  3. Beverly Seabloom | December 19, 2016 at 6:31 pm |

    Our TV went out at the last question. Please send results. We are so interested in what Cindy did.

  4. RoseMary Hansen | December 19, 2016 at 6:34 pm |

    perhaps she stayed the weekend in california…she was grand!

    • Andy Saunders | December 19, 2016 at 7:25 pm |

      It’s certainly a possibility. However, having spoken with some of the other contestants, I believe there was almost two weeks between tape dates.

      • There was definitely almost 2 full weeks between tape dates. My daughter (Kristin) taped the first show (of 5) on September 13 against returning 4X champion Cindy. News articles stated that Cindy taped on August 31. Then the show took a 2 week vacation which included Labor Day.

        • Andy Saunders | December 20, 2016 at 10:17 am |

          Thanks for the specific date, Steve (and pass on my congratulations to Kristin if you will for a strong performance!)

          I had heard that it was mid-September but was unsure of the specific taping date.

  5. RoseMary Hansen | December 19, 2016 at 7:43 pm |

    well then, she was a small very determined I imagine. inspiring indeed.

  6. Your tv did not go out. It must have been the network. It just went black. Never saw the final jeopardy answer.

  7. radical is a math symbol – not a quantity

    • Andy Saunders | December 20, 2016 at 5:42 am |

      The OED defines “radical” as:

      “A quantity forming or expressed as the root of another.”

      Given that: I’m afraid I have to say that while yes it is a symbol, it’s also a quantity according to this incredibly reputable source and thus the clue was only misleading to those who lacked the requisite knowledge.

    • Andy Saunders | December 20, 2016 at 6:31 am |

      Also: spamming the same comment to every Jeopardy-related website could be a violation of our Site Comment Policy if done repeatedly.

  8. Do you know of any internet sites, or web tv sites, that stream past Jeopardy shows?

    • Andy Saunders | December 20, 2016 at 5:49 am |

      None exist. Nor do I think they will in the foreseeable future, as it is my belief that Jeopardy’s revenue-generating ability comes from the relative scarcity of its availability. If you can just stream the show, then you wouldn’t see the urgency in tuning in to your local affiliate to watch it, and the ratings and thus syndication revenue that provides the money that the show needs to survive would drop to the point that the show would no longer be profitable (and thus cancelled.)

  9. Love Cindy; she is a brilliant champion and will be missed. Hope her family is doing well and continues to be proud of her.

    I was unable to come up with the answer in the time allotted; had to pause the TV and think for at least another 90 seconds or so. Generates much more respect for Cindy!

    However, my daughter had an interesting take on the FJ clue. Just as the “think music” was winding down, she shouted “Solution!”. It’s an obvious term in both chemistry and math, and daughter’s contention was that Hitler’s “Final Solution” was the most extreme and drastic position or action ever taken in human political history. Wonder what the judges’ take would have been had a contestant come up with that.

    • Andy Saunders | December 20, 2016 at 1:49 pm |

      It would not be accepted as “Solution” was not in the title of a 1970 Tom Wolfe work.

      • True that — shows the importance of paying attention to the category. Jonathon missed an $800 clue during the same show by answering “square” instead of “T-square” in the category “Letter-Word”. Thanks for the reply.

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