Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 2, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Historic Lists) for Monday, December 2, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 61):

“Why does not the Pope…build the Basilica of St. Peter with his own money rather than with the money of poor believers?” is one of these

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Mohammed Ali, a physician from Bear, Delaware
Mohammed Ali on Jeopardy!
Joanna LeRoy, an attorney from Boston, Massachusetts
Joanna Leroy on Jeopardy!
Alex Damisch, a data scientist from Chicago, Illinois (2-day total: $26,200)
Alex Damisch on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What are the 95 Theses?

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The 16th century Catholic church raised significant amounts of money from the selling of “indulgences” in order to temporally absolve people of their sins (according to the teachings of the times, confessing absolves those of eternal punishment, but temporal punishment still needed to be served, otherwise generally by performing acts of mercy). In 1515, Pope Leo X began selling plenary indulgences in order to finance the construction of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and applied to almost any sin, including adultery and theft. Martin Luther felt that this cheapened grace and the concept of repentance and wrote his 95 Theses as a result, Luther was excommunicated and a large schism occurred in the Catholic church.

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Scores going into Final:
Mohammed $9,800
Joanna $8,400
Alex $5,600

Tonight’s results:
Alex $5,600 + $1,749 = $7,349 (3-day total: $33,549) (What are Luther’s theses?)
Joanna $8,400 – $2,801 = $5,599 (What is ?)
Mohammed $9,800 – $7,001 = $2,799 (What is Luther’s list of compl)

Alex Damisch, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 2, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Alex $4,800
Joanna $4,800
Mohammed $1,800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) I WON’T BE IN TODAY $800 (11th pick)
Mohammed 2000† -1000 (Joanna 3800 Alex 1000)
2) LITERARY WORKS OF THE 1820s $1600 (18th pick)
Alex 6800 -4000 (Mohammed 9800 Joanna 6800)
3) THE ELECTORAL COLLAGE $1200 (19th pick)
Alex 2800 +2800 (Mohammed 9800 Joanna 6800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -9
(At the time of wager, Mohammad had $400; he was granted a score correction later. Daily Double Efficiency was calculated for his post-correction score in order to maintain consistency with how the score is recorded in J! Archive.)

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! round: LITERARY WORKS OF THE 1820s $400; WHAT A DISASTER! $400 & $800; LINGUISTICS $400; THE ELECTORAL COLLAGE $400 & $800
Total $ Left On Board: $3,200
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 102 (1.67 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Alex $8,000 Coryat, 9 correct, 3 incorrect, 19.61% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Joanna $8,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Mohammed $10,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.61% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $27,200
Lach Trash: $18,600 (on 16 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,000

Alex Damisch, stats to date:
41 correct, 9 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
24.85% in first on buzzer (41/165)
4/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,488)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,667

Alex Damisch, to win:
4 games: 29.101%
5: 8.469%
6: 2.464%
7: 0.717%
8: 0.209%
Avg. streak: 3.410 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • When you have a correct response as short as “95 Theses”, you don’t need to try to write out anything longer.
  • Alex’s 3-day total is the lowest since Dylan Parson won $29,799 from September 22-24, 2015 (Dylan lost to Matt Jackson the next day.)

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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 2, 2019"

  1. Interesting that Mohammed was close to the right answer, and Alex rightfully won the game since she was the only one correct, even though she went into FJ in third place.
    Again, rather low overall scores. Or maybe we are still spoiled by James? But his opponents also were pretty high up most of the time. Maybe again wrong/no answers? My J! archive is still not working, so I have to wait for the game in 31/2 hours.

  2. J! archive is working again! 6 TS in the J! round alone, including the missed DD. DJ is not up yet. That would explain the low scores. And a swing of 8K by the missed DD by Alex.
    You listed Mohammed as the one missing the first DD. J archive says that Joanna was first ruled wrong but then her answer was accepted?????? So who was it?

    • I don’t know what you’re talking about. J! Archive shows the same as this site.

      • Sorry, but EARLIER J! Archive had the first DD under the 200 clue (Thunberg). I guess they corrected it later. That’s why I thought “why Mohammed, Joanna got the question”.At that time J! Archive was not done yet, only the first round was up, DJ was still in the works. Probably a typo. It’s correct as it NOW is.

  3. Has there ever been a game with so many unquestioned answers?

  4. All of the intended responses to the Special “OP”s category began with “OP” but Trebek used his “we all know what that means” phrase instead of stating all the correct responses will begin with (or contain) those two letters. That ambiguity made Alex’s response acceptable, whereas it clearly would have been wrong had he said “begin with those letters. Generally speaking, I think he should explain what the quotes mean every time (even if it feels tedious) because it would prevent ambiguities and it would be helpful to new viewers who might not actually know what it means.

  5. 4 judges’ reversals and many TS. Not the prettiest game. Alex may have low overall scores, but she has come through when she had to on FJ. She seemed amazed she actually pulled it out today, as she must have thought she was toast after that missed DD. She is a gutsy, entertaining player, despite her frequent miscues.

    Absolutely agree that Mohammed’s response was not acceptable. “Luther” was not the key word, and I don’t think “95” should have been required, but “theses” absolutely had to be there. It shouldn’t have counted even if he had finished “complaints.” The 95 Theses are pretty basic theological history.

    I disagree with the reversals on the vulture clue. “Raptor” was clearly the expected response, and based on the wording of the clue, should have been the only accepted one. Were the judges feeling generous because there have been so many incorrect responses and TS lately? Yes, the reversal on Alex’s opera/operetta response was correct. “Operetta” and “Light opera” are 100% synonymous and completely interchangeable, although the presence of “opera” in the clue makes it a little dicey. Alex T should have clearly stated that responses had to BEGIN with OP.

  6. Steve Probst | December 2, 2019 at 11:32 pm |

    I think Mohammed’s answer in FJ should have counted. Since the FJ category was “Historic Lists” The only acceptable answer should have been “95 theses” I.e., the exact name of the list. Using that criterion, no one got the correct answer. If they were willing to except “Luther” in Alex‘s answer, they should have accepted “Luther” in Mohammed‘s answer.

    • The show’s history is littered with examples of responses not being completed. It happens a few times a year. If you don’t finish words in your response, you don’t get credit. It’s that simple. Once, a contestant even got “Eastwoo” down and it wasn’t taken.

      The judges were following a long-standing precedent and were absolutely correct in their decision.

  7. Pizza Face Fred | December 4, 2019 at 10:01 pm |

    “Temporal punishment?” “Plenary indulgences?” Dumbfounding!

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