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)
|Ian Norris, an insurance broker from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
|Julie Chang, a product strategist from New York, New York
|Beth Stewart, a receptionist from Naperville, Illinois (1-day total: $39,601)
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Correct response: What is “New Deal”?
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:
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)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
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
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
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%
Avg. streak: 4.453 games.
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