Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 19, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Science & Innovation) for Thursday, December 19, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 74):

In her 20+ years working for this company, Audrey Sherman of Saint Paul has been granted more than 130 patents

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Eric Smith, a bartender from Tucson, Arizona
Eric Smith on Jeopardy!
Peggah Ghoreishi, a penguinologist from Chicago, Illinois
Peggah Ghoreishi on Jeopardy!
Dave Algase, an information professional & writer from Saline, Michigan (1-day total: $8,218)
Dave Algase on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is 3M?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Audrey Sherman is the first female 3M scientist to be granted 100 or more patents, reaching that milestone in 2017 (18 scientists in total have reached that milestone for the company). Moreover, Sherman has been granted at least another half-dozen patents since she was profiled by 3M itself in January. The company in total has been granted more than 118,000 patents.

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

Scores going into Final:
Eric $21,000
Dave $6,000
Peggah $1,100


Tonight’s results:
Peggah $1,100 – $313 = $787 (What is the Mayo Clinic?)
Dave $6,000 + $3,000 = $9,000
Eric $21,000 – $4,000 = $17,000 (1-day total: $17,000) (What is Dupont)


Eric Smith, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 19, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Eric $5,000
Peggah $3,500
Dave -$400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) I’M DYIN’ UP HERE! $1000 (22nd pick)
Peggah 2200 +1300 (Eric 3600 Dave 2200)
2) MAMMAL FACTS $1600 (17th pick)
Eric 18600 -3000 (Dave 2400 Peggah 2300)
3) CULTURE CLUB $1200 (23rd pick)
Eric 18000 +3000 (Dave 2400 Peggah 300)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 60


Unplayed clues:
J! round: 1999 TELEVISION PREMIERES $600
DJ! round: THE WRECK OF THE F. SCOTT FITZGERALD $400; “T” TIME $400
Total $ Left On Board: $1,400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 116 (1.57 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Eric $22,200 Coryat, 26 correct, 4 incorrect, 46.30% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Dave $6,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 6 incorrect, 31.84% in first on buzzer, 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Peggah $800 Coryat, 9 correct, 4 incorrect, 16.67% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $29,000
Lach Trash: $8,800 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $14,800


Dave Algase, final stats:
28 correct, 9 incorrect
1/4 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
28.44% in first on buzzer (31/109)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,600

Eric Smith, stats to date:
26 correct, 5 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
46.30% in first on buzzer (25/54)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $22,200

Eric Smith, to win:
2 games: 66.159%
3: 43.769%
4: 28.957%
5: 19.158%
6: 12.674%
Avg. streak: 2.955 games.

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23 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 19, 2019"

  1. It’s often listed as the first of the down jones 30 industrials since alphabetically numeric come before alpha. and being in st paul, “minnesota mining and manufacturing” was the first thing that came into my head, though once again, a lucky educated guess.

  2. Maurine Gutowski | December 19, 2019 at 3:49 pm |

    I had no idea. I hope the episode is at least interesting, as I’m home sick like last night when I did get the right answer but the show was preempted. Many times I watch year-old repeats on our CBS affiliate (called Daytime Jeopardy although they’re broadcast at night) because they’re simply fun to watch.

  3. I am surprised that this was not a clean sweep. One product by 3 M is something, pretty much everybody has used at one time or another.
    SCOTCH TAPE, anyone??

  4. Did something strange happen at the end of the first round? Did the round end at an awkward time?

  5. Maurine Gutowski | December 19, 2019 at 5:41 pm |

    The Democratic debate is scheduled for 8 to 10:30 pm (EST? debate is in LA) tonight. Jeopardy ends at 8, after Wheel of Fortune. I have put on the local CBS news to see if they say anything.

  6. surprised anyone got that……….. 1) really helps if you know it’s minnesota company, 2) need to be alot enough for 3M to be common point of discussion….

    i follow stock market for my profession. i barely know 3M is a publicly traded stock

    • Don’t you use Scotch tape? 😉

      • Exactly…Though it’s a brand name, “Scotch Tape” is used in a generic sense most of the time, like : any adhesive tape = scotch tape, no matter what the brand is. Has been around forever

      • i am over 50 and i had no idea “scotch tape” is synonymous with 3M

        i associate “post it notes” with 3M.

        3M used to be synonymous with innovation in popular culture. but i don’t think that is the case today (the company is still highly innovative, but younger people don’t know it)…….. was 3M the subject of a best-selling harvard business book years ago?\

        FWIW, i did get it due to st paul.. probably get it without that, although then it’s a pretty open-ended question

        • There is/was an example from Europe. in Germany/Switzerland, Austria etc there is a hairspray “TAFT” that is SOOO dominant that when anybody wants to say “hairspray”, it’s just “TAFT”.

    • If you look at a list of the DJIA 30 constituents, ticker symbol MMM is often first.

  7. Surprised everyone didn’t get FJ tonight. In that part of the country it’s either 3M or a cereal company, and they’re both in Michigan.

  8. Pizza Face Fred | December 19, 2019 at 10:41 pm |

    The 3M Company, formerly known as the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, is an American multinational conglomerate corporation operating in the fields of industry, worker safety, health care, and consumer goods.

    I wanted to know what the three M’s were for. You can thank me when you see me. And what, pray tell, does TJ!F mean?

  9. Maurine Gutowski | December 20, 2019 at 2:03 am |

    It was fine; Jeopardy was on as scheduled. Really good coverage was provided by CNN/PBS, repeated at 1 a.m.

  10. It seems obvious in retrospect and had they said Minneapolis I probably would have got it…Alex did give me some stick about guessing Dupont

  11. Penguinologist is quite possibly the best job title I’ve ever seen on J!

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