Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 26, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Political Phrases) for Tuesday, November 26, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 57):

Speechwriter Samuel Rosenman said FDR “attached no importance to” this phrase, “two monosyllables” in a 1932 speech

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Ian Norris, an insurance broker from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Ian Norris on Jeopardy!
Julie Chang, a product strategist from New York, New York
Julie Chang on Jeopardy!
Beth Stewart, a receptionist from Naperville, Illinois (1-day total: $39,601)
Beth Stewart on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is “New Deal”?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

After Franklin Roosevelt used it in his acceptance speech at the 1932 Democratic National Convention (“I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people.”), the phrase “New Deal” stuck and quickly became used as FDR’s campaign slogan. FDR defeated Herbert Hoover in a landslide, carrying 42 states to Hoover’s 6, and taking 57.4% of the national popular vote.

In Working With Roosevelt, Rosenman described his writing of the acceptance speech, also saying he “had not the slightest idea that it would take hold the way it did, nor did the Governor when he read and revised what I had written. In fact, he attached no importance to the two monosyllables”, and that “it was intended to indicate that the old kind of political and economic thinking which had persisted in Washington during the last 12 years would come to an end if Roosevelt were elected”.

The term re-entered political consciousness in 2019 when Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward Markey released their joint resolution for a “Green New Deal” to combat climate change and income inequality.

I have a feeling that I’m going to get commenters in here disputing the word “monosyllabic” in the clue. Here are a couple of things: 1) Merriam-Webster gives the pronunciation as “dēl”, which as you can see by the lack of syllable breaks, makes it a monosyllabic word; 2) the clue is a direct quote from speechwriter Samuel Rosenman, and the clue was transcribed correctly from the quote.


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

Scores going into Final:
Beth $16,800
Julie $6,400
Ian $6,200


Tonight’s results:
Ian $6,200 – $6,100 = $100 (What is OK?)
Julie $6,400 – $6,400 = $0 (What is Fear Itself)
Beth $16,800 – $2,800 = $14,000 (2-day total: $53,601) (What is itself)


Beth Stewart, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 26, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Beth $6,600
Ian $2,200
Julie $1,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) BIG BODIES OF WATER $1000 (20th pick)
Beth 1200 +1200 (Ian 3000 Julie 1000)
2) PLAY DOCTOR $800 (14th pick)
Beth 9800 +1800 (Ian 6600 Julie 5200)
3) AMERICA CATHEDRALS $1200 (28th pick) ($3600 remaining on the board)
Beth 19200 -2000 (Julie 8400 Ian 6200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 108


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 94 (1.65 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Beth $17,600 Coryat, 23 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer, 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Ian $6,200 Coryat, 10 correct, 4 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Julie $6,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 4 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $30,200
Lach Trash: $13,200 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,600


Beth Stewart, stats to date:
40 correct, 5 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
28.95% in first on buzzer (33/114)
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,600

Beth Stewart, to win:
3 games: 71.044%
4: 50.472%
5: 35.857%
6: 25.474%
7: 18.098%
Avg. streak: 4.453 games.

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 26, 2019"

  1. Yet another history related Final that I thought was easy, but wound up being a triple stumper. It’s been a while since we’ve had a champ that was clearly superior in FJ. Nice win by Beth, though. Friday could be the first all female game since Dana Wayne’s 3rd game.

  2. I’ve never been so surprised by a Final Jeopardy outcome in my life.

    • I was just thinking the same thing! I was honestly a little disappointed in the clue when I first read it because I thought it was too easy for Final Jeopardy. I guess I was wrong!

  3. Go Beth! (Altho’ I am still missing Elise and her classy, jazzy wardrobe!)

    • I believe she said she buys clothes at thrift shops! Loved those bold prints too. And I thought she would be around longer.

  4. I’m also surprised that this was a triple stumper. But I’m even more surprised that no answer contained two monosyllables.

  5. Maurine Gutowski | November 26, 2019 at 1:23 pm | Reply

    I think the question was confusing.

  6. A kind of generation thing. Came to mind before I even finished reading the clue, but then I am very interested in history, WWII and FDR are 2 of my favorite areas, so… but a TS? Guess, people don’t are interested in history anymore. It HAS been a long time, WWI ended already over 100 years,WWII will be history by 65 years next year. Beth got all 3 DDs but did not really take advantage of them. Not that she needed it. We shall see if she is so good or if her opponents today were weak. Time will tell. Rather pretty low scores today, I don’t know yet whether that was because of wrong or no answers. From the numbers it does not look like the most exciting game. Have to wait another 8 hours to find out….

    • 11 TS, that explains it, and in high value clues. 3 alone in the G20 category. Strange how anything outside the U.S. (geography,history,politics) always seems to be a problem…..

  7. Tough Final Jeopardy as we ended in a triple stumper.

    • Jesse,Jason,Wes and I thought it was pretty simple. Of course one has to know about FDR, who was the best president we had, at the right place and at the right time. That he had a counterpart in Churchill was a stroke of luck for the British and us, otherwise we would be speaking Japanese and German today… Should have been a triple solve. Ah, well.

  8. And finally, I have to agree with Andy that “deal” is a monosyllabic word. Nobody says “DE-AL”. Well, maybe in the deepest south where “do” has 5 syllables…😀😁…just kidding, no offense to the south. In Boston they pronounce the city as “Baastn”, not to mention the varieties you hear where N.O. is concerned.

  9. Andy, your prediction model gives Beth a 67.193% chance of winning 2 games. Is that from yesterday or did you mean to say 3 games? Thank you.

  10. Dorothy Kerkowski | November 27, 2019 at 4:17 pm | Reply

    My husband and I watch Jeopardy every night. I surprise myself when I know the answers! We have multi interests making our answers possible. I am going to start keeping track of our answers to see who wins! I think Jeopardy Game Night with friends would be fun!

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