This Week’s Contestants (Season 36, Week 12)

It is week number 12 of Season 36! 3-day champion Elise Nussbaum of New Jersey is your returning champion. This week’s challengers include two Chicago-area contestants; who will be returning champion at the end of the week?

Here you’ll find Matt Carberry’s analysis, updated weekly, of the media markets that this season’s Jeopardy! contestants represent!

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Elise Nussbaum
Jersey City, New Jersey
Elise Nussbaum on Jeopardy!
Beth Stewart
Naperville, Illinois
Beth Stewart on Jeopardy!
Stephen Pokora
Annapolis, Maryland
Stephen Pokora on Jeopardy!


Julie Chang
New York, New York
Julie Chang on Jeopardy!
Ian Norris
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Ian Norris on Jeopardy!
Ben Zhang
Hempstead, New York
Ben Zhang on Jeopardy!
Ellen Keane
Stoneham, Massachusetts
Ellen Keane on Jeopardy!


Jamin Speer
Memphis, Tennessee
Jamin Speer on Jeopardy!
Alex Damisch
Chicago, Illinois
Alex Damisch on Jeopardy!
Emma Wall
La Jolla, California
Emma Wall on Jeopardy!
Gabrielle Merken
Washington, D.C.
Gabrielle Merken on Jeopardy!

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2 Comments on "This Week’s Contestants (Season 36, Week 12)"

  1. Something interesting I noted as I compiled another week’s worth of data this morning – for the second straight week, no player from KABC territory (Los Angeles) will play. And that’s not the first time that’s happened this season; no LA-area contestants in either Week 3 or Week 4.

    It stands to reason to me that Emma is the SoCal player held over from last week’s shows, as Kara Skinner was in October – both hailing from the San Diego media market. (That is, assuming that the show is holding to its tried-and-true schedule of taping a week’s worth of shows each on two consecutive days in a week – which, in these uncertain times, is by no means a given.)

    • Matt:

      Emma is not the SoCal holdover from last week; instead, she is the SoCal alternate who was selected to play. (This is an even-numbered week).

      For what it’s worth as well, the taping schedule has gone as planned (at least to the point that it has matched the ticket schedule and the November 20 taping was confirmed to match my February 3-7 airdate projection by audience members).

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