Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 13, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Business Namesakes) for Friday, December 13, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 70):

It’s the last name of the man who said, “Our whole concept was based on speed, lower prices & volume…my God, the carhops were slow”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Lisa Murray, a grant writer from Ann Arbor, Michigan
Lisa Murray on Jeopardy!
Jeanne Fuller, a trauma surgery administrator from Irvine, California
Jeanne Fuller on Jeopardy!
Jennifer Quail, a wine tasting consultant from Dowagiac, Michigan (7-day total: $198,400)
Jennifer Quail on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is McDonald?

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In 1937, brothers Richard “Dick” and Maurice “Mac” McDonald opened a food stand near Monrovia Airport that sold mostly hot dogs. In 1940, they moved into a drive-in restaurant located in San Bernardino, California, naming the restaurant McDonald’s Barbecue, selling barbecue and hamburgers. By 1948, they realized that there had to be a way of streamlining their operations; the parking lot was always stuffed full of cars and the brothers wanted faster turnover. They closed the restaurant for renovations for three months. When it reopened, the menu had been slashed from 25 to 9 items and each order was standardized: a hamburger came with mustard, ketchup, onions, and two pickles. Jobs in the restaurant were specialized, taking a cue from Henry Ford’s assembly line. Though it took a few months for the concept to catch on and become profitable, by 1951 their “Speedee Service System” had caught on with working and middle-class families in the area.

Many restaurateurs were inspired by what they saw at the McDonald’s operation (including, most notably, Glen Bell of Taco Bell). Eventually, they half-heartedly got into the franchising business. Then, Multimixer salesperson Ray Kroc (who kept on selling these milkshake makers to the restaurant, dumbfounded as to why the restaurant needed so many) paid a visit. Krok immediately realized the potential, convinced the McDonald brothers to let him handle 100% of the franchising, and the rest is history. McDonald’s restaurants now span the globe.

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

Scores going into Final:
Jennifer $27,400
Jeanne $9,200
Lisa $3,600

Tonight’s results:
Lisa $3,600 + $3,500 = $7,100
Jeanne $9,200 + $1,998 = $11,198
Jennifer $27,400 + $3,000 = $30,400 (8-day total: $228,800)

Jennifer Quail, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 13, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jennifer $11,800
Jeanne $1,200
Lisa $1,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) NELLIE BLY $600 (28th pick)
Jennifer 8000 +2000 (Jeanne 1200 Lisa 1000)
2) PLACE NAME ETYMOLOGY $1200 (9th pick)
Lisa 2200 +2200 (Jennifer 13000 Jeanne 1600)
3) BY POPE-ULAR DEMAND $2000 (17th pick)
Jennifer 18200 +2000 (Jeanne 4800 Lisa 4400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 136

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 110 (1.57 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Jennifer $26,000 Coryat, 31 correct, 0 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Jeanne $9,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Lisa $2,600 Coryat, 9 correct, 5 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,800
Lach Trash: $10,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,400

Jennifer Quail, stats to date:
230 correct, 23 incorrect
14/18 on rebound attempts (on 37 rebound opportunities)
47.54% in first on buzzer (213/448)
14/14 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $29,600)
7/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $22,200

Jennifer Quail, to win:
9 games: 80.695%
10: 65.117%
11: 52.546%
12: 42.402%
13: 34.216%
Avg. streak: 12.180 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $228,800 moves Jennifer into 12th all-time in terms of regular play winnings on the show, passing Joon Pahk, Jason Keller, and Larissa Kelly. Roger Craig is 11th. ($230,200.)

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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 13, 2019"

  1. This one is easy to underthink or overthink. It sounds like something Henry Ford would say. Somebody who isn’t familiar with what a carhop does could go that route. In the business world, Ray Kroc is a lot more associated with the proliferation of McDonald’s restaurants than anybody actually named McDonald. I could see someone guessing Kroc.

    • Yeah, tell me about it.

    • Yup. Realized immediately what the business was, went with Kroc, then did a doubletake when I remembered the category and that Kroc didn’t start the company. Changed it to the correct response. I would have had plenty of time to correct it during the think music, so I’m still going to count it as a right answer. As if it mattered.

  2. Aren’t Jennifer’s 14 consecutive DDs beginning her run a record? I know James (30+) has and I believe Matt Jackson had longer DD streaks, but after they had already missed a DD.

    In terms of consecutive game wins and highest winnings Jennifer is now second only to Julia Collins among women—both Jeopardy! “J” ladies!

    Except for Brad, the following “J”s dominate the top 3 spots in the four Jeopardy! Hall of Fame categories:

    J ennings
    J ames
    J ulia
    J ason Z

    The “J”s have the top 4 win streaks, the top 3 in winnings, the top 16 in single-game winnings, and #2, #3, #6, #7, and #10 in winnings that includes tournaments.

    J ackson (Matt) is also #6 on 3 of the 4. But if Jennifer wins one more she will tie and with two bump off another “J”, Jason Keller, who won 9 games! Plus she would crack the top 10 in winnings.

    Equally incredible, the “J’”s between Jennings and James dominate the top Coryat scores, with the top 11, 17 of top 18 (includes Jerome Vered), and 27 of the top 32 (includes Matt Jackson and Jason Z)!

  3. definitely could have said kroc.

    i wonder if the 3 contestants who got it right knew kroc wasn’t the founder or didn’t know about kroc at all

  4. Slowly but surely, Jennifer is doing it her way.
    Andy, I enjoy your daily stat updates as Jennifer moves up into rarified air.

  5. Ronald Kroc just doesn’t cut it…I guess we could have had Jock Kroc if Ray had changed the name. Let’s go to Kroc’s….nah. 😬

  6. Emilie LaFave | December 13, 2019 at 7:24 pm |

    The lady that said Leprosy you didn’t give her credit
    You said Hansens Disease that is leprosy iggy ! Give her credit !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Emilie:

      The clue read: In the late 1800s this physician identified Mycobacterium leprae, the cause of a disease now named for him

      It was asking for the name of the person; his name is Hansen, not Leprosy.

    • Also, this is a fan site and neither it, nor Andy are affiliated with the show, so it’s not his responsibility to grant or deny credit to any given response. He is, however, very knowledgeable about the show and usually knows why the judges made the decision that they did.

  7. So Jennifer has survived this week! She’s on quite a roll now!

  8. One of the contestants answered “McDonald’s.” Isn’t this incorrect because the man’s name is McDonald, without an “s”? Why did they give her credit?

  9. Cute moment when Alex discussed Star Wars fandom with Jennifer, and then coincidentally a question about Star Wars dialogue popped up a few clues later.

    Since it’s been reported that Alex has 3 potential factoids to discuss with the players, and picks one during the show, I wonder if he asked her about Star Wars knowing the Star Wars clue was still on the board in the movie quotes category — he specifically asked her how well she knew Star Wars dialogue! (Nothing improper since all the players have an equal chance of buzzing in, but it does highlight Alex’s instincts for showmanship if so).

  10. Steve Probst | December 14, 2019 at 7:48 am |

    I knew they were talking about McDonald’s restaurant, and that would’ve been my Immediate answer until I realized the founder was Ray Kroc. I’d like to give the contestants credit for knowing Kroc didn’t actually start the company, but I’m guessing their McDonald’s answers were knee-jerk, except maybe for Jennifer.

  11. Jennifer Quail -Dowagiac Mi she is going to be hard to beat I don’t see her losing anytime soon. She very methodical about the categories/amounts she wagers. She knows how to play and she is very knowledgeable. If the city she is from was a question on Jeopardy and you had to pronounce it right every contestant would get it wrong. I looked it up. Doe-Wah- Jack. A small city between South Bend Indiana and Kalamazoo Mi. It was the “furnace capital” people also called it “stove town” for years. The Round Oak foundry was there for years a large complex. James Heddon fishing lure inventor was also from there and he had a factory also. The old Round Oak stoves are very collectible refinished. Heddon the earlier made lures made of wood are very collectible and some that are out there still go for big $$.

    • Agree. She’s consistently good. I’d be surprised if she didn’t win 10 and not surprised if she got to 20 or more. Regardless, when she loses it will likely be to a very good player.

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