Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 14, 2016

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Wednesday, December 14, 2016:

Final Jeopardy! category: AMERICAN AUTHORS

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: Nominated 8 previous times, he finally won a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962, 6 years before his death

(correct response beneath the contestants)

On yesterday’s program, Cindy Stowell won $22,801. 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 tomorrow’s contestants!

Today’s contestants:

Edward Montiel, an astonomer from San Jose, California
Susanna Barron, a law student from Greenwich, Connecticut
Cindy Stowell, a science content developer from Austin, Texas (1-day total: $22,801)

Click/Tap Here for Correct Response/Question

Who is John Steinbeck?


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.


I always was under the impression that Nobel Prize nominations were kept under wraps. However, apparently this information is just kept secret for 50 years after the award is given.

Thus, in January 2013, the candidate longlist was released by the Nobel Committee for the 1962 prize. The candidates consisted of Steinbeck, English poet Robert Graves, French dramatist Jean Anouilh, British writer Lawrence Durrell, and Danish author Karen Blixen (who died in September of that year). None of the non-winning shortlisted authors that year ever won the Prize.

John Steinbeck had also been nominated in 1943, 1944, 1945, 1949, 1958, 1959, 1960, and 1961.

Please remember, that if you were touched by Cindy’s story, that donations in her memory to the Cancer Research Institute would be greatly appreciated by her family.

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10 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 14, 2016"

  1. Andy Saunders | December 14, 2016 at 1:10 pm |

    Scores going into Final:
    Cindy $13,500
    Edward $9,400
    Susanna $9,200

    Final results:
    Susanna $9,200 – $8,000 = $1,200 (Who is Hemingway?)
    Edward $9,400 – $3,600 = $5,800 (Who is Faulkner?)
    Cindy $13,500 – $5,301 = $8,199 (Who is Hemingway?) (2-day total: $31,000)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Cindy $3,900
    Susanna $3,600
    Edward $1,000

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) LITERARY LINES $800 (19th pick)
    Cindy 4400 -1300 (Susanna 1800 Edward 200)

    2) STICK WITH ME $1200 (23rd pick)
    Cindy 9900 +2000 (Susanna 8200 Edward 6600)
    3) BELOW ZERO $1600 (28th pick, $3200 left on board, minute-to-go signal given a few clues prior)
    Edward 7400 +2000 (Cindy 13500 Susanna 9200)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: TREES $200, A TIME FOR “US” $200 & $400
    DJ! round: BELOW ZERO $1200 & $2000

    Game Stats:
    Cindy $14,000 Coryat, 20 correct, 2 incorrect, 36.54% in first on buzzer
    Susanna $9,200 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.15% in first on buzzer
    Edward $9,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 5 incorrect, 34.62% in first on buzzer

    Cindy Stowell, stats to date:
    36 correct
    4 incorrect
    2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,700)
    1/2 in Final Jeopardy
    29.81% in first on buzzer (31/104)
    Average Coryat: $11,700

    Cindy Stowell, to win:
    3 games: 36.71%
    4: 13.48%
    5: 4.95%
    6: 1.82%
    7: 0.67%
    Avg. streak: 2.580 games.

  2. Is there a new Sports Jeopardy! recap this week?

  3. Alex Trebek never mentioned about Cindy Stowell’s illness, but I’m losing my mind.

    • Andy Saunders | December 14, 2016 at 5:15 pm |

      No, Alex has yet to mention Cindy’s illness. Cindy’s family has been nothing but incredibly complimentary of the Jeopardy! production staff throughout this incredibly difficult time for them, so I’m sure that the behind-the-scenes work on this has been perfect.

    • Jason Sterlacci | December 14, 2016 at 7:48 pm |


      Jeopardy! production staff has told me they’ve got something ready; I assume they’re saving it for her last episode.

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