Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 20, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Movie & Book Titles) for Wednesday, November 20, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 53):

This title of a 1962 novel & 1975 film refers to the direction the last of 3 geese took in an old nursery rhyme

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Dave Blum, a biomedical engineer from Boston, Massachusetts
Dave Blum on Jeopardy!
Elise Nussbaum, a financial counselor from Jersey City, New Jersey
Elise Nussbaum on Jeopardy!
Sathvik Namburar, a medical student from Lebanon, New Hampshire (1-day total: $27,201)
Sathvik Namburar on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest is a 1962 book by Ken Kesey, set in an Oregon psychiatric hospital. It was made into a 1975 film directed by Miloš Forman and starring Jack Nicholson (as Randle McMurphy) and Louise Fletcher (as Nurse Ratched); the film won all five of the Big Five Oscars for 1975 (Picture), Director for Forman, Best Actor for Nicholson, Best Actress for Fletcher, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman.

The title comes from the nursery rhyme “Vintery, mintery, cutery, corn / Apple seed and apple thorn / Wire, briar, limber lock / Three geese in a flock / One flew East / One flew West / And one flew over the cuckoo’s nest”; in the novel, Chief Bromden reveals that his grandmother would sing that to him as a child.

One thing that will make this clue much more difficult for the contestants: It’s a lot for them to write down in 30 seconds. It’s possible that we’re going to have a “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart” situation here.

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

Scores going into Final:
Elise $26,600
Sathvik $16,300
Dave $2,400


Tonight’s results:
Dave $2,400 – $0 = $2,400 (What is Upstream?)
Sathvik $16,300 + $11,499 = $27,799
Elise $26,600 + $8,000 = $34,600 (1-day total: $34,600)/


Elise Nussbaum, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 20, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Elise $8,600
Sathvik $3,800
Dave $2,400


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Opening break taken after: 14 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) RACKET SPORTS $800 (12th pick)
Dave 400 -1000 (Elise 3600 Sathvik 400)
2) I GOT RELIGION $1200 (23rd pick)
Sathvik 8600 +7700 (Elise 21800 Dave 6400)
3) ISLAND NATION CAPITAL CITIES $800 (29th pick) ($400 remaining on the board)
Dave 8400 -6000 (Elise 26600 Sathvik 16300)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -82


Unplayed clues:
J! round: THERE’S A NATIONAL DAY FOR THAT $600
DJ! round: ISLAND NATION CAPITAL CITIES $400
Total $ Left On Board: $1,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 90 (1.70 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Elise $26,600 Coryat, 27 correct, 0 incorrect, 45.45% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Sathvik $9,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 21.82% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunities)
Dave $9,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.09% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $45,800
Lach Trash: $3,600 (on 2 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,600


Sathvik Namburar, final stats:
32 correct, 7 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
28.57% in first on buzzer (32/112)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,700)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,500

Elise Nussbaum, stats to date:
28 correct, 0 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
45.45% in first on buzzer (25/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,600

Elise Nussbaum, to win:
2 games: 78.355%
3: 61.395%
4: 48.107%
5: 37.694%
6: 29.535%
Avg. streak: 4.620 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • This is the first game since October 18 with an unplayed clue (ending a streak of 22 consecutive games.)

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 20, 2019"

  1. I struggled on this to remember if it was cuckoo nest or cuckoo’s nest. I hope the contestants don’t have that problem, because I doubt cuckoo nest would be accepted.

  2. I agree with Robert. The “‘s” is interesting. The rhyme is without it and the answer is with it. I would hate to see anyone lose because of that simple thing.

  3. WOW! Christmas is coming two weeks late: GOAT tournament on January 7th 2020

    Should be awesome!!!

  4. @Andy
    If you won’t let me congratulate Elise an explanation would be nice..?

    • Sean:

      I feel attacked by this.

      (For what it’s worth, I didn’t do anything. Your comment contained a word that is used often in spambot floods. Spambots often try to promote predatory lending to people who live paycheck-to-paycheck and run into a speedbump.)

      • Well, here we go again. You won’t even let explain myself.

        • You asked for an explanation; I explained what happened. I’m not allowing the word in question, though, because it may lead to an increase in spam.

          I also expressed concern towards the accusatory tone that I was deliberately suppressing your comments (which I was not.)

          • Well, let’s finish it then though I still have no idea whatsoever what word I used that made you feel attacked. You must have misunderstood me big time. If I said something you don’t allow, I apologize. It was certainly not on purpose.

          • You said “If you won’t let me congratulate Elise an explanation would be nice”. The implication that I was deliberately trying to suppress your comments (when you simply used a word that is in my anti-spam filter because of predatory loan spambots) made me feel attacked. A comment of “Andy, I’m trying to leave a comment but it’s not going through” would have made me feel less attacked.

  5. ElizaBeth Cloutier | November 20, 2019 at 8:28 pm | Reply

    Does anyone know where Elise got the dress she is wearing? Most stylish!

  6. I want to know about Elise’s dress too!

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