Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 29, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Classic British Novels) for Friday, November 29, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 60):

The title character of this novel says of his home, “The wind breathes cold through the broken battlements and casements”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Gabrielle Merken, a student assessment specialist from Washington, D.C.
Gabrielle Merken on Jeopardy!
Emma Wall, a graduate student from La Jolla, California
Emma Wall on Jeopardy!
Alex Damisch, a data scientist from Chicago, Illinois (1-day total: $12,801)
Alex Damisch on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Dracula?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Dracula is an 1897 novel, the best-known novel of Bram Stoker. It was published at a time where sensational tales about fantastic creatures (in this case, the vampiric Count Dracula) invading England were very popular with the British reading public. The story essentially popularized innumerable tropes regarding vampires, many of which are still used today.

The difficulty of this clue in-studio may also hinge upon when Alex decides to break out his Dracula impersonation; will it come during the clue, or will it be saved for giving the correct response?

Something to remember as well: even though Bram Stoker was born in Ireland, he spent the majority of his adult life in London, as the business manager of that city’s Lyceum Theatre, and he began writing novels while living and working in London.

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

Scores going into Final:
Alex $14,300
Gabrielle $7,600
Emma $6,800


Tonight’s results:
Emma $6,800 – $6,700 = $100 (What is the Hunchback of Notre Dame?)
Gabrielle $7,600 – $6,001 = $1,599 (What is?)
Alex $14,300 – $901 = $13,399 (2-day total: $26,200) (What is Tristram Shandy?)


Alex Damisch, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 29, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Alex $5,300
Gabrielle $5,000
Emma $2,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) THE OLD WEST $600 (18th pick)
Alex 2800 +1500 (Gabrielle 2200 Emma 2000)
2) WOMEN OF SCIENCE $2000 (5th pick)
Alex 8100 +5000 (Gabrielle 5000 Emma 4000)
3) KEEPING UP WITH THE KENNEDYS $1600 (29th pick) ($2000 remaining on the board)
Gabrielle 6600 +1000 (Alex 14300 Emma 6800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 130


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 96 (1.60 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Alex $10,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Gabrielle $8,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Emma $6,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $25,400
Lach Trash: $19,200 (on 15 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,400


Alex Damisch, statistics to date:
31 correct, 6 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
27.19% in first on buzzer (31/114)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,688)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,500

Alex Damisch, to win:
3 games: 37.289%
4: 13.905%
5: 5.185%
6: 1.933%
7: 0.721%
Avg. streak: 2.595 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • There always seems to be a stretch of slightly lower scores just after a Tournament of Champions or another supertournament; it seems like clues originally written for the tournament get sprinkled into regular games and make them slightly more difficult for the contestants.
  • Thank you to Mark Barrett for providing me with a chart of this game.

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27 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – November 29, 2019"

  1. You’re right Andy, Alex does love to do his Dracula impersonation (it’s actually very good). This is a pretty difficult final without it, but with it,it jumps to a 3 for 3 I would think. My guess is he’ll leave it difficult, and do it after they’ve finished. We’ll see! 🧛‍♂️

  2. Am rather shocked that you would imply that Alex might do his impression during the clue, which would seem quite unprofessional.

    • He’s been known to, and he can do whatever he wants as far as I’m concerned. It certainly wouldn’t give anyone an unfair advantage…it would just make it easier for all three. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving! 🦃🙂

    • Bill:

      I’m suggesting it because it’s a thing that he’d done plenty of times before, including Eeyore in November 2016.

    • While delivering the clue is when he does the impression. Audience and at home viewers seem to enjoy them, although Alex sometimes sheepishly apologizes for them.

  3. No “Draccent” until after all three players missed it.

  4. Wow. I wasn’t even in the right hemisphere on this Final. I said Oliver Twist.

  5. I stand by my previous comment.

    • And I think it’s inappropriate for you to go “How dare you accuse Alex of such behavior!” in the face of previous evidence otherwise.

      • You miss my point. I think it unprofessional no matter how many times Alex hs done it in the past. I hold to my opinion. Sorry.

        • Bill,

          Your comments read like you’re taking issue with Andy pointing out that Alex doing an impression is a possibility rather than taking issue with Alex doing an impression. If your only complaint is with Alex doing impressions, then you should state that more clearly and probably apologize for the misunderstanding regarding the wording of your comment, which pretty clearly reads like a criticism of Andy.

  6. Question for Andy: In light of what you posted about possible leftover clues, do you think the model underestimates Alex’s chances going forward?

    • In the respect that the model assumes an average question difficulty, it probably does underestimate her chances going forward slightly. But I don’t think that’s reason to change the model, either.

  7. A fitting end for a dismal week. 5/15 when a couple FJs were rather easy (Levi, New Deal..)
    Have a nice weekend everybody!

    • It’s only easy if you know the answer.

      • Blue jeans on the trading floor and a 4 letter ticker symbol?

      • You are right Andy, but then there are easy and difficult questions. How would you rate “It’s the capital of France” for instance? or “JFK was shot in this city”…?
        Anyway, have a good one, nice and not too cold weekend. I wish it would cool down here a little with some rain. Sun,sun,sun….there is something as TOO much of a good thing…😎

  8. I’ve seen this “It’s only easy if you know the answer” sentiment shared a few times lately, and I’m not sure I agree. The New Deal FJ is a good example of this, in my opinion. I didn’t know the answer, but I guessed it right away. In that sense I’d argue it was “easy” for me, even if I didn’t know it! The April 24th FJ (Bermuda Triangle) is another case where I guessed correctly, and I believe James Holzhauer said on the show that he guessed, too. Is that a hard question because even Holzhauer didn’t know the answer?

    It seems to me that question easiness is a function of how widely known a piece of information is and how easily it can be deduced from the clue, and I think people are generally pretty good at assessing both of these things. Credence Clearwater Revival has the record for most #2 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 (five) without a number one, a fact I learned once and never forgot. But I wouldn’t suggest that’s an easy question just because I know it.

    Food for thought.

    • Very well put, couldn’t agree more. You just KNOW that Paris is France’s capital. Some things are just – for the lack of a better expression – public domain. Things you just know unless you have lived under a rock.

  9. We end the week with another triple stumper in final jeopardy.

  10. Seems J! Archive is not working. Takes too long to respond and “can not be reached” Everything else works and I tried everything, but no dice. But then they have tons of material there, every game up to today, so over 35 years worth. I hope they’ll fix it over the weekend. Just a note, in case some of you have also trouble to pull up the site.

  11. 62 yr old Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg must love being guessed for a picture of the (still amazing) 91 year old Ethel Kennedy! When asked, she will probably say with tact and respect that it’s an honor to be confused with her Uncle Robert’s widow.

  12. I think Gabrielle should have bet more aggressively to give her a better chance of winning on the last Daily Double. Different wagering strategies make the game more interesting though. Her wager just seemed a little conservative for the situation.

    Another TS to end the week though. We will have to see how Alex does next week if the questions are relatively easier. I did notice I knew fewer answers than I normally do tonight though.

    • I was surprised by that too! She seemed like a smart cookie. My read and guess is that it was not her category, and that she was not confident.

    • She might have been thinking that if she missed the DD then she could still keep the game alive with a correct response on the final clue. Of course this advantage is probably neutralized by Alex getting the final clue correct following a correct DD response and still ending the game. I agree that the best strategy in this situation is a large wager (probably everything except a small amount since players seem to value playing FJ) since there are many advantages to being close to the leader rather than just barely above half.

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