Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 16, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category TV Theme Music) for Monday, December 16, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 71):

A short piece for 2 guitars called “Strange No. 3” was the first part of the theme music for this drama series that debuted in 1959

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Kirby Copelin, a data analyst from Cincinnati, Ohio
Kirby Copelin on Jeopardy!
Patrick Yurky, a software engineer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Patrick Yurky on Jeopardy!
Jennifer Quail, a wine tasting consultant from Dowagiac, Michigan (8-day total: $228,800)
Jennifer Quail on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is The Twilight Zone?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The iconic theme to The Twilight Zone began being used in Season #2 of the famous television anthology series as a splicing together of a pair of CBS library cues: “Etrange 3 (Strange No. 3)” and “Milieu 2 (Middle No. 2)”. Both had been composed specifically for CBS’s library by French avant-garde composer Marius Constant. It was the idea of CBS music together Lud Gluskin to splice together the two cues and did an excellent job of evoking the “reality…with a twist” of the show itself.

This clue is one that will probably play easier at home amongst older viewers than it will play in-studio today. The writers do this from time to time, as Jeopardy! is as much a game for the viewers to play along and test themselves at home as it is a competition in the studio. No, this is not sufficient reason to start shaming anyone for not knowing this. (Often, popular culture questions from before or after one’s time are among the most difficult trivia questions for a person.)


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

Scores going into Final:
Kirby $19,000
Jennifer $17,200
Patrick $14,600


Tonight’s results:
Patrick $14,600 – $4,567 = $10,033 (What ?)
Jennifer $17,200 + $17,000 = $34,200
Kirby $19,000 + $15,401 = $34,401 (1-day total: $34,401)


Kirby Copelin, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 16, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Patrick $5,800
Jennifer $5,600
Kirby $3,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) SPARK JOY $1000 (7th pick)
Patrick 1000 +1000 (Jennifer 1600 Kirby 0)
2) C’MON THAT’S ANCIENT HISTORY! $2000 (5th pick)
Kirby 5200 +4000 (Patrick 11400 Jennifer 5600)
3) USING WORLDLY ADJECTIVES $1600 (13th pick)
Kirby 11600 +3000 (Patrick 13000 Jennifer 11200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 203


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 110 (1.55 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Kirby $15,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 0 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Jennifer $17,200 Coryat, 23 correct, 2 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Patrick $14,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $47,400
Lach Trash: $4,200 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $2,400


Jennifer Quail, stats to date:
254 correct, 25 incorrect
16/20 on rebound attempts (on 39 rebound opportunities)
46.73% in first on buzzer (236/505)
14/14 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $29,600)
8/9 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,644

Kirby Copelin, stats to date:
16 correct, 0 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,600

Kirby Copelin, to win:
2 games: 60.601%
3: 36.725%
4: 22.256%
5: 13.487%
6: 8.173%
Avg. streak: 2.538 games.

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20 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 16, 2019"

  1. The word “strange” in the clue should be enough to prevent this from being a triple stumper, despite the relative youth of the contestants, I predict. The Twilight Zone remains enough in the cultural ether…I say 2 or all three will get it.

  2. I hope Johnny pronounces Jennifer’s city correctly when he introduces her today. It is : Dowagiac (DOE WAH JACK) Michigan! The city’s is in Southwest Michigan and the name has been butchered a number of times thus far in introductions!

  3. I was in 7th grade in 1959. In the evening we watched what my mother wanted to watch. She did not like The Twilight Zone. Enough said, although we could stay in on Thursday night and watch Mike Hammer.

  4. My first thought was “TV theme, guitars = Bonanza, but that’s not particularly strange.” Twilight Zone took a few seconds more.

    I was 7 in 1959 and don’t remember when I saw my first episode. Probably in syndication in the middle 60s. But I think Andy is correct in his comment about pop culture info from outside one’s era being difficult — I know I find it to be true for me.

    • The song “Twilight Zona/Twilight Tone,” a disco hit by the Manhattan Transfer in 1979, has much of the theme song and narration of the original song reworked into its opening. Very catchy!

  5. Jennifer may be Jason Z’s biggest rival in the next TOC. Her 46.73 buzzer percentage over 9 games, and > 40% in all 9 is top notch, as was her 14-14 in DDs and 8-9 in FJ. Most correct answers and highest Coryat once again, but no DDs in a close match ended her streak. Best to Kirby!

  6. Tremendously entertaining game, and Jennifer went out like the great champion she is.

    I guessed Bonanza which also premiered in 1959.

  7. Maurine Gutowski | December 16, 2019 at 8:36 pm |

    I was in my senior year in college in 1959, living at home and commuting by train 25 miles into NYC and had no time for Twilight Zone or anything else on TV. I really don’t like eerie shows, though as a kid I liked to listen to evening dramas on the radio. I think one was “Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons.”

  8. What a run great run by Jennifer Quail and such a gracious player! Well done!

  9. Pizza Face Fred | December 16, 2019 at 10:36 pm |

    Yeah, 1959, I was thinking westerns, too…

  10. Twilight Zone jumped at me right away. The only thing that might have thrown me off was the genre description of the show as a “drama” as opposed to sci-fi, fantasy, horror or anthology. But since it does fit the definition of drama in the broad sense (of being not a comedy rather than the Greek meaning encompassing all theater) and all the other pieces of the clue fit, I wasn’t sure what else it could be.

    Great game to watch that really shows the value of the Daily Double both in terms of getting it (Kirby got 2 for big gains in DJ) and preventing a strong player from likewise taking advantage of it. You could tell Jennifer was visibly a tad late on several buzz-in attempts but she was making a late run on the smaller-value clues and seemed poised to make it closer or take a slight lead for final if not for some late buzz-ins from Kirby.

    An apt demonstration of Jeopardy as a game as opposed to straight test of knowledge.

  11. Kirby said her great, great grandmother was a cousin of Kaiser Wilhelm (I’m assuming she meant the “Second”)…She could just as easily said that her GGM was a grandchild of Queen Victoria since Kaiser Wilhelm II was a grandchild of Queen Victoria…

    • Richard – maybe it was from the other side of the family. I have grandparents that I don’t share with first cousins.

      • Richard F Rolwing | December 17, 2019 at 8:02 pm |

        Yeah, I thought of that (thanks for playing along with my esoteric hijinks:))–Wilhelm II’s father, Frederick III (actually emperor for only 90 days before his son took over when he died of cancer), only had one sister where a cousin of KWII could have come from–she did indeed have a daughter, who however became Queen of Sweden!! (that would have been Kirby’s GGGM if she came from this side! Seems like she would have mentioned that, oh by the way, she was Queen of Sweden).

        BTW, there is one of the tragic and relatively unknown “what-ifs?” in German (hence…world, of course…!) history surrounding the death and subsequently short reign of KWII’s father, Frederick III…He was married, of course to Queen Victoria’s daughter (“Vicki”), and therefore was influenced by her (plus just being of a more reflective and less aggressive nature than the son that succeeded him) to be open to more liberal and democratic ideas–it is thought that had he lived to reign as emperor for a reasonable amount of time Germany would not have taken the militaristic and aggressive turn it did under his reckless son…some say WWI and even WWII could have been avoided!! (This view is VERY high on the optimism scale, needless to say…)

  12. “Milieu” can also mean setting, eg, milieu therapy. I think that is the meaning intended in the title of the musical piece, rather than “middle.”
    “Etrange Milieu” would mean “strange setting.”

  13. Richard F Rowing, that’s exactly my thinking. If her great-great grandmother was a first cousin to Wilhelm II, then GGGM was either a grandchild of Queen Victoria or a grandchild of Louise of Baden who only had three children, one of whom married the King of Sweden.

    It’s not impossible, but I’d be interested to know why a great-great-great grandaughter of Queen Victoria or a great-granddaughter of the late Queen of Sweden is working as a data analyst in Ohio.

    • Yeah, I didn’t think that would make Kirby basically a great-great-great granddaughter of Queen Victoria! Funny that she chose to emphasize the Kaiser Wilhelm connection–that’s what makes me think it’s on Wilhelm’s father’s side, like you say. Of course that would make her GGGM Queen of Sweden, as mentioned.

      As far as your last comment, on its face it does seem like your surprise is justified but then nobility isn’t what it used to be, by a long shot!

      Of course, Wilhelm’s grandfather was Wilhelm I, also Kaiser–is it possible she meant him–probably not. But I’m not about to do the genoealogy “calculations” to rule that out for sure…:)

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