Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 12, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Women Authors) for Thursday, December 12, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 69):

In 1947 she testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee on how the film “Song of Russia” was communist propaganda

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Kim Kindya, a freelance writer and editor from Queens, New York
Kim Kindya on Jeopardy!
Brad Cardwell, a communications manager from Baltimore, Maryland
Brad Cardwell on Jeopardy!
Jennifer Quail, a wine tasting consultant from Dowagiac, Michigan (6-day total: $171,400)
Jennifer Quail on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Ayn Rand?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The 1947 House Un-American Activities Committee led to the blacklisting of a very large number of Hollywood writers deemed unfriendly to capitalism and ruined many of their careers. Among those who testified against these eventually blacklisted writers included Walt Disney and Ayn Rand. In her testimony, Rand focused on Song of Russia, critiquing the film for idealizing life in the Soviet Union and therefore idealizing communism. Today, one’s opinion of Rand is usually dependent on which part of the political spectrum that you most closely identify with.

This also harkens back to a famous Final Jeopardy from October 2017, as Rand’s testimony also aided the FBI’s study in calling It’s A Wonderful Life communist propaganda.


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

Scores going into Final:
Jennifer $24,000
Kim $13,000
Brad $800


Tonight’s results:
Brad $800 – $800 = $0 (Who is Pearl Buck?)
Kim $13,000 – $12,999 = $1 (What is Ethel Rosenberg? E. Roosevelt?)
Jennifer $24,000 + $3,000 = $27,000 (7-day total: $198,400)


Jennifer Quail, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 12, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jennifer $10,000
Brad $2,800
Kim $1,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) THE PRESIDENT HAD MONEY TROUBLES $400 (7th pick)
Jennifer 1800 +600 (Brad 0 Kim -1400)
2) BIOLOGY $1600 (11th pick)
Kim 5000 +2000 (Jennifer 13600 Brad 2800)
3) BOOK OF THE YEAR $1200 (19th pick)
Kim 10200 +2000 (Jennifer 19200 Brad 2800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 93


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 110 (1.59 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Jennifer $23,800 Coryat, 29 correct, 2 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Kim $11,800 Coryat, 20 correct, 6 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer, 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Brad $800 Coryat, 5 correct, 2 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,400
Lach Trash: $6,800 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,800


Jennifer Quail, stats to date:
198 correct, 23 incorrect
12/16 on rebound attempts (on 31 rebound opportunities)
47.57% in first on buzzer (186/391)
12/12 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $25,600)
6/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,657

Jennifer Quail, to win:
8 games: 78.588%
9: 61.761%
10: 48.537%
11: 38.145%
12: 29.977%
Avg. streak: 10.670 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • At $198,400, Jennifer moves to #15 all time in terms of regular play winning, passing Ben Ingram, Greg Seroka, Jared Hall, and Tom Walsh. Joon Pahk sits 14th ($199,000).
  • Jennifer joins Julia Collins (20) and Stephanie Jass (7) as the only women to win at least seven regular games of Jeopardy!.

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 12, 2019"

  1. You have Doug’s picture from last night in place of where Brad should be.

  2. I’m mildly surprised this was a single solve. Ayn Rand comes up a lot.

  3. How come Kim wasn’t ruled incorrect for saying “The Quiet Place”? The name of the film is “A Quiet Place”. I’ve certainly seen players be penalized for smaller mistakes.

    • Per the rules of the show, leading articles may be added, removed, or changed to a different leading article without penalty, as long as there is not another work to confuse it with. Thus, by the rule, “The Quiet Place”, “A Quiet Place”, and “Quiet Place” are all considered equivalently correct.

      • I’m not disagreeing with your citing of the rules, but that seems really odd and inconsistent. So according to that premise, The Beatles did a song called “The Day In The Life” and Kubrick directed “The Clockwork Orange”? So “An Apartment” won Best Picture in 1960?

  4. What happened tonight? At o e point in Double Jeopardy – Kim was at minus 200 then all of a sudden she had 5000 and then 7000. How did that happen so quickly? I missed it!

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