Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 22, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Home & Garden) for Friday, November 22, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 55):

In 1847 eccentric horticulturalist Sir Charles Isham popularized these when he imported terra cotta ones from Nuremburg

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Joyee Dasgupta, an international affairs analyst from Washington, DC
Joyee Dasgupta on Jeopardy!
Seema Dahlheimer, a professor of technical writing from St. Louis, Missouri
Seema Dahlheimer on Jeopardy!
Elise Nussbaum, a financial counselor from Jersey City, New Jersey (2-day total: $54,800)
Elise Nussbaum on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What are garden gnomes?

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In 1847, Sir Charles Isham was looking to decorate the large rockery alongside his house, Lamport Hall, in Northampton, England. Gartenzwerge, as they were called at the time, had been growing in fashion through Saxony, Thrungia, and into France, and Isham decided to import 21 of them into England. (The only remaining one of the 21 is nicknamed “Lampy”, which might be of interest to some in the North American quizzing community.) Once they became more popular, the term “Gnomen-Figuren” (miniature figurines) became used in catalogs, which led to the term “garden gnomes”.

Gnomes experienced a resurgence in England in the 1930s after the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and in the 1990s, the concept of a travelling gnome prank (where someone would kidnap a garden gnome and send photographs of the gnome around the world to the unsuspecting owner) was in vogue; the travelling gnome prank was even a subplot in the 2001 Oscar-nominated French film Amélie.

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

Scores going into Final:
Elise $14,800
Joyee $12,000
Seema $4,600

Tonight’s results:
Seema $4,600 – $4,600 = $0 (What are flowerpots?)
Joyee $12,000 + $2,799 = $14,799
Elise $14,800 + $10,000 = $24,800 (3-day total: $79,600)

Elise Nussbaum, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 22, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Joyee $10,000
Elise $6,000
Seema $3,800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) IT’S ALL ABOUT THAT GREEN, BABY $600 (24th pick)
Joyee 5200 +4000 (Elise 5000 Seema 3800)
2) QUOTABLE BOOKS $1200 (5th pick)
Joyee 12400 -4000 (Elise 7600 Seema 3800)
3) U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY GRADUATES $1600 (27th pick) ($2800 remaining on the board)
Elise 14400 +2400 (Joyee 11200 Seema 4600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 61

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 94 (1.71 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Elise $14,000 Coryat, 23 correct, 4 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Joyee $12,600 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Seema $4,600 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $31,200
Lach Trash: $8,800 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $14,000

Elise Nussbaum, stats to date:
80 correct, 7 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
46.06% in first on buzzer (76/165)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,800)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,533

Elise Nussbaum, to win:
4 games: 73.252%
5: 53.658%
6: 39.306%
7: 28.792%
8: 21.091%
Avg. streak: 5.739 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Today’s wagering situation has famously been termed in the J! Archive glossary as the Faith Love scenario. In this case, a $0 bet would have worked for Elise; obviously, she took a different route.
  • The Coryat scores were so low for this game because the $2,000 row saw four Triple Stumpers and six incorrect responses.

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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 22, 2019"

  1. I don’t know if I’m the only one, but given the category the right answer popped right up with me. And “eccentric” was the clincher. I think this is one of those “either you get it right away or you can guess forever” clues.Hard to make a prediction but I believe all 3 will get it. A cpmpensation for yesterday’s TS.

    • Almost forgot that it’s Friday already, so first of all congrats to Elise and have a nice weekend everybody!

      • O MIGHT have worked for Elise (Faith Love bet). But what if Joyee had bet the farm? Better safe than sorry and it worked out just as well, even better. Ten thousand times better….

        • It’s not a gambit I would have taken on a Friday, but this category in this situation on a Monday or a Tuesday? It might pay off with inducing others to bet differently, to my advantage, later in the week.

          • I F you get to later in the week. It’s not even a 2 day tournament final where you can catch up on day two. Just once finishing behind by 1 buck and that’s it. I believe very strongly that Elise did the right and smart thing. Besides, we don’t know which day of the week this particular episode was taped. Could have been any day of the week, game 1 to 5 on that given day. She played it safe and was apparently not frightened or intimidated by the category. By what we have seen so far, her knowledge covers more than just a few special categories.
            Be that as it may, we shall find out “next week” if by coincidence today’s episode was indeed game #5 on a Friday.

            With that in mind, a safe and fun weekend. On the mainland temps are already going down quite a bit, so stay warm as well if you can! “See”you (and Elise) “Monday”!
            Any news or rumors on Alex’ condition? I sure hope no news means good news. Let’s not forget the fight he’s in. I don’t think I could do what he does, knowing what he knows. Let’s hope for the best!!!!!

          • Can we all just take a moment and appreciate how awesome the name “Faith Love” is for that bet — not only because it was the contestant’s name, who won 5 in a row with getting 0 finals right, and because how genius the bet actually it is, but because it so accurately describes the bet. It is the “biggie smalls” of betting terms.

    • It was fast, but I have to admit it wasn’t an instantaneous popup for me. The first thought that flashed was “chia pet” but was quickly dismissed. “Eccentric” plus “German” plus “ceramic” then led pretty directly to the answer. Would have had plenty of time to write it down, but it wasn’t immediate.

  2. Elise has great knowledge on a wide variety of topics. I hope she sticks around awhile. She deserves a shot in the next ToC. One more win should guarantee it.

  3. Seema and I were thinking alike…I guessed flowerpots too.

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