Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Word Origins) for Thursday, November 28, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 59):

From a Sanskrit word for “descent”, it’s the form a god takes on descending to Earth

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Alex Damisch, a data scientist from Chicago, Illinois
Alex Damisch on Jeopardy!
Jamin Speer, an economics professor from Memphis, Tennessee
Jamin Speer on Jeopardy!
Ellen Keane, a librarian from Stoneham, Massachusetts (1-day total: $11,200)
Ellen Keane on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is avatar?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The word “avatar” originated in Hinduism to describe the concept of a material appearance or incarnation of a Hindu deity on Earth. It’s mostly used to refer to the avatars of Vishnu, who generally descend to empower the good and destroy evil. The Bhagavad Gita describes it thusly: “Whenever righteousness wanes and unrighteousness increases I send myself forth. / For the protection of the good and for the destruction of evil, / and for the establishment of righteousness, / I come into being age after age.”

Its modern usage (referred to in 2005 as “an icon of a user in virtual reality”) was the subject of a Final Jeopardy in the Ultimate Tournament of Champions.

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

Scores going into Final:
Jamin $10,600
Alex $9,788
Ellen $6,400

Tonight’s results:
Ellen $6,400 – $6,390 = $10 (What is corporeal?)
Alex $9,788 + $3,013 = $12,801 (1-day total: $12,801) (What is incarnation avatar?)
Jamin $10,600 – $9,000 = $1,600 (What is guru?)

Alex Damisch, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 28, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jamin $3,600
Alex $1,688
Ellen $1,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) PAMPAS $800 (15th pick)
Alex 1400 -1312 (Jamin 3800 Ellen 1800)
2) MIRANDAS, RIGHT? $2000 (17th pick)
Alex 6088 +2500 (Jamin 6000 Ellen 5200)
3) STATUESQUE AUTHORS $1600 (22nd pick)
Jamin 6400 +3000 (Alex 8988 Ellen 6400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -6

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 96 (1.63 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Alex $10,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Jamin $9,200 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer, 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Ellen $6,400 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $26,200
Lach Trash: $21,800 (on 19 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,000

Ellen Keane, final stats:
24 correct, 4 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
19.64% in first on buzzer (22/112)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,600)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,900

Alex Damisch, stats to date:
13 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,188)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,600

Alex Damisch, to win:
2 games: 32.963%
3: 10.866%
4: 3.582%
5: 1.181%
6: 0.389%
Avg. streak: 1.492 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I’ve added an addendum to my How to Bet In Final Jeopardy page regarding betting unusual numbers on Daily Doubles, and why I don’t think it’s a good idea.
  • The known record for most Triple Stumpers in one game is 23.

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6 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 28, 2019"

  1. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. And another new champ. Congratulations! Overall we have 3 correct answers in 4 days (a possible 12, so 24%…)
    But a win is a win, so congrats to Alex and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
    I am a little surprised. Avatars are used practically in every social media when you don’t want to put your picture up, starting with youtube to a zillion other sites.

  3. Andy,

    Hopefully you can eventually post the stats for this game. There were an extremely high number of triple-stumpers and am curious to find out exactly how many. It might be a record, or very close to it.


  4. I would like to propose an added “side bet” type of answer, where the contestants could guess the Final Jeopardy answer based on the Final category only, before the Final clue is revealed (when they’re placing their Final bets). This could perhaps add an extra $1,000.00 or so to their winnings. I often guess the final question based only on the category! Thanks for the great site!

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