Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 20, 2016

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Tuesday, December 20, 2016:

Final Jeopardy! category: 2016 U.S. OLYMPIANS

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: If this U.S. state was a country, it would have been in the top 10 in gold medals with 14–9 of them by 1 man & 1 woman

(correct response beneath the contestants)

During her run so far, Cindy Stowell has won $80,002. 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:

Colleen Cooper, a writer from Van Nuys, California
Julia Kite, a policy & research director from New York, New York
Cindy Stowell, a science content developer from Austin, Texas (5-day total: $80,002)


Click/Tap Here for Correct Response/Question

What is Maryland?


Today’s Jeopardy! results will go up on this page late afternoon, with full stats early evening. They will be seen in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

The aforementioned man and woman in the clue were Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky, who combined for 9 golds between them. Other individual Maryland golds include wrestling’s Helen Maroulis and Kyle Snyder, and athletics’ Matthew Centrowitz, who was the first American to win the men’s 1500 meters since 1908 in what was widely considered a hugely tactical race and certainly not one of speed. (Maybe that’s what the Cubs were waiting for!)

And of course, I now have Maryland’s state song as an earworm in my head. Who remembers that Final Jeopardy from last May?

(contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com)

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28 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 20, 2016"

  1. Andy Saunders | December 20, 2016 at 12:14 pm |

    Scores going into Final:
    Julia $23,800
    Cindy $13,600
    Colleen $2,600

    Final results:
    Colleen $2,600 – $2,599 = $1 (What is California?)
    Cindy $13,600 + $10,201 = $23,801 (6-day total: $103,803)
    Julia $23,800 – $5,000 = $18,800 (What is Ohio?)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Julia $5,800
    Cindy $5,200
    Colleen $-200

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) BIRDS OF A FEATHER $600 (4th pick)
    Julia 800 +800 (Cindy 0 Colleen 0)

    2) SERVING THE STATE DINNER $2000 (18th pick)
    Julia 14600 +2000 (Cindy 10800 Colleen 1000)
    3) LET’S READ HENRY, JAMES $1600 (29th pick, $2000 left on board, minute-to-go signal given)
    Julia 22200 +1600 (Cindy 13600 Colleen 2600)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: & NOW FOR SOME GOOD NEWS $600, $800 & $1000
    DJ! round: LET’S READ HENRY, JAMES $2000

    Game Stats:
    Cindy $13,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 0 incorrect, 26.42% in first on buzzer
    Julia $23,600 Coryat, 26 correct, 1 incorrect, 45.28% in first on buzzer
    Colleen $2,600 Coryat, 7 correct, 1 incorrect, 15.09% in first on buzzer

    Cindy Stowell, stats to date:
    101 correct
    10 incorrect
    3/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,400)
    5/6 in Final Jeopardy
    28.75% in first on buzzer (92/320)
    Average Coryat: $11,400

    Cindy Stowell, to win:
    7 games: 33.10%
    8: 10.96%
    9: 3.63%
    10: 1.20%
    11: 0.40%
    Avg. streak: 6.495 games.

  2. Wow! This story just keeps getting better and better. I was upset that I was going to miss it tonight, but now I’m excited to get another chance.

    I just hope whoever ends up getting the 15th spot in the TOC doesn’t feel guilty about it. Cindy certainly wouldn’t have wanted that.

  3. I got this one right away; I watched most of the Olympics, and everything those 2 have done.

  4. Julia Kite could’ve been the next Julia Collins.

    • Andy Saunders | December 20, 2016 at 7:46 pm |

      You have to admit, it’s great to see more money going to cancer research, though.

    • I’m glad Cindy has more money going to cancer research. She deserves these wins, but too bad she can’t relive them in the coming years.

    • Julia led to her own downfall with a poor wager. As soon as she hit the DD at the end of the game, I said to my wife, “If she wagers at least $5000, she’ll probably win. Less and she probably loses.”

      A $5000 wager with a correct DD answer, as she had, would have given her a lock game. Had she answered incorrectly, no harm, as she still would have been in the lead going into FJ.

      Cindy has been a demon in FJ since the start of her run — competitors can’t spend much time hoping she’ll miss one. She’s been a great champ, and I hope watching her on national TV brings her friends and family a bit of joy in tragedy.

  5. The correct answer for the 2016 OLYMPIANS regarding GOLD WINS is MICHIGAN NOT MARYLAND. I will explain details later

      • The question didn’t imply birth states. Micheal Phelps has lived in Arizona since 2015. The question is flawed.

        • Andy Saunders | December 21, 2016 at 7:57 am |

          The question is based on a well-sourced news story in a reputable mainstream news outlet that, frankly, was all over international media in August. Even I in Canada saw it.

          It was not flawed.

          • Phelps is a legal resident of Arizona at the time he swam in the 2016 Olympics. If states were countries his medals would go to Arizona not Maryland.

          • Andy Saunders | December 21, 2016 at 9:08 am |

            Tennis player Vasek Pospisil is a legal resident of Freeport, Bahamas, yet he represents Canada internationally and not the Bahamas.

            Legal residency does not establish nationality. Michael Phelps is considered to be a Marylander, as is Katie Ledecky (who, for the record, was born in Washington, DC, so even your original “birth state” assertion is incorrect).

          • Katie Ledecky was born in D.C.

          • Andy Saunders | December 21, 2016 at 9:15 am |

            And so you think Kerron Clement’s gold in the 400 meter hurdles should go to Trinidad and the basketball gold should be Australian thanks to Kyrie Irving?

          • Andy Saunders | December 21, 2016 at 9:16 am |

            My point is: nationality is not set by birthplace or residency. It is set by the athlete. And if Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky say they’re representing Marlyand, they are representing Maryland.

          • At the very least the question is poorly worded since there seems to be no consistent definition of who is a “Maryland-er” since to claim that state you don’t have to currently live there or be born there. Does that mean multiple states can claim each athlete?

          • Andy Saunders | December 21, 2016 at 9:22 am |

            Athletes can’t represent two countries for the medal count, so no, two states can’t claim each athlete, either.

          • Andy Saunders | December 21, 2016 at 9:24 am |

            You seem to forget, though, that Jeopardy! does not pull facts like this out of thin air. There was a well-sourced Washington Post article that provided the source material for this. I realize that fake news has permeated other parts of the worldwide consciousness, but it has yet to permeate Jeopardy.

          • “Note: This is not meant to be a comprehensive list.” This news article is an opinion blog at best. Not news and not factual. Fluff and not trivia. There is no standard metric of measurement. And it is biased towards Maryland where there are several states that got more medals than they did. When athletes have dual citizenship they get to choose which country they will represent. No one asked these athletes which state they choose to represent. It looks like to me they actually took away a gold medal from Maryland because they didn’t count the relay twice. A relay medal could have up to 8 recipients how do you decide which state that goes to?

          • Andy Saunders | December 21, 2016 at 10:04 am |

            The official position of this fan site is that this Final Jeopardy! clue was sourced from an article which appeared in a major American newspaper whose claims were repeated throughout other major news sources in August 2016.

            This is a fan site with no affiliation with the show. Jeopardy! does have a contact page if viewers wish to give feedback about specific shows.

          • I know this is a fan site, I was just making my argument. I didn’t even start this thread.

          • Andy Saunders | December 21, 2016 at 10:11 am |

            And I think this has been a very healthy debate. I have made all of my own points, though. Any further points towards the suitability of this Final Jeopardy need to come from the show itself.

  6. Louise Pelletier | December 20, 2016 at 8:17 pm |

    Wow Cindy is superb. She looked so happy to increase the amount of money for her cause. She will be remembered.

  7. Anonymous (D. Finn) | December 20, 2016 at 8:23 pm |

    Jeopardy should match whatever Cindy Stowell wins. She was brilliant!!

  8. So inspired by Cindy. So bittersweet to watch though. If her friends and family are reading this, please know that we are so impressed with her courage and big heart. ❤

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