Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Plants & Trees) for Wednesday, December 18, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 73):
One of Britain’s few native evergreen trees, it’s prized for bringing color to winter, & its foliage is often hung in homes
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Dave Algase, an information professional & writer from Saline, Michigan
|Christine Hurt, a law professor from Orem, Utah
|Rodolfo Yuichiro Bedoy, an I.T project manager from New York, New York (1-day total: $18,799)
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Correct response: What is holly?
More information about Final Jeopardy:
Ilex aquifolium, best known as the English holly tree, is well-known for having its bright red berries (not safe for human consumption) and dark green prickly leaves. It was originally seen as a fertility symbol and a charm against witches, goblins, and the devil. Its wood also has properties of excellent firewood (burning long and hot). In fact, many sources cite the red and green of holly being the reason for red and green being such important colors during the Christmas season, with the tree’s branches being used to decorate homes or make wreaths.
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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Dave $5,200 + $3,018 = $8,218 (1-day total: $8,218) (What is
Rodolfo $11,200 – $11,199 = $1 (What is mistletoe?)
Christine $14,178 – $8,223 = $5,955 (What is fir?)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 14 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) GOOD WHEEL TOWARD MEN $600 (27th pick)
Christine 6600 +920 (Dave 3000 Rodolfo 1600)
2) WORLD HISTORY $1200 (3rd pick)
Christine 9120 -1118 (Dave 2000 Rodolfo 1600)
3) IT’S ASTRONOMICAL $1600 (23rd pick)
Christine 9202 -624 (Rodolfo 11200 Dave 6400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -5
J! round: None!
DJ! round: WORLD HISTORY $400; IT’S ASTRONOMICAL $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $2,400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 113 (1.55 per episode average), 1 Daily Double
Dave $5,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 25.45% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Christine $15,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 27.27% in first on buzzer, 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Rodolfo $11,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 36.36% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,000
Lach Trash: $10,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,800
Rodolfo Yuichiro Bedoy, final stats:
38 correct, 6 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
36.04% in first on buzzer (40/111)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,400
Dave Algase, stats to date:
13 correct, 3 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
25.45% in first on buzzer (14/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,200
Dave Algase, to win:
2 games: 22.782%
Avg. streak: 1.295 games.
- Rodolfo’s Final Jeopardy! bet is reasonably sound for a player who might not think their leading opponent will make the standard covering wager. While his read was incorrect in this instance, it’s not unreasonable to think that a player who bet so conservatively on Daily Doubles might also do so in Final Jeopardy. That being said, a player who is going to bet outside of multiples of $100 is probably going to be above-average in the math department.
- Dave is only the second player this season to win a regular-play game after entering Final Jeopardy! in third place; Alex Damisch on December 2 was the other. Prior to Alex, it was Dave Scatena on March 22.
- As someone who likes to get an “I didn’t know that, but that sure is interesting” reaction out of clues, I found today’s Final Jeopardy! to be on the more boring side. I feel like the writers missed the mark on that front today and tried too hard to get a holiday tie-in.
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