Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 23, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category British Authors) for Monday, December 23, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 76):

In 2016 the OED celebrated his 100th birthday by adding words connected to his writings, including scrumdiddlyumptious

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Jason Dozier, a nonprofit professional from Atlanta, Georgia
Jason Dozier on Jeopardy!
Robin Miner-Swartz, an editor & consultant from Lansing, Michigan
Robin Miner-Swartz on Jeopardy!
Eric Smith, a bartender from Tucson, Arizona (2-day total: $42,000)
Eric Smith on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Roald Dahl?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

In September 2016, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of author Roald Dahl’s birth, the OED added a number of words made famous in Dahl’s books. For example, “splendiferous” was generally considered obsolete before Dahl resurrected it in Danny Champion of the World, while “scrumdiddlyumptious” comes from BFG.

Among Dahl’s other famous works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Fantastic Mr. Fox. His screenwriting credits include two well-known 1960s films, the James Bond flick You Only Live Twice and 1968’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.


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

Scores going into Final:
Robin $14,400
Eric $9,800
Jason $5,200


Tonight’s results:
Jason $5,200 – $4,601 = $599 (Who is)
Eric $9,800 – $9,000 = $800 (Who is A Milne)
Robin $14,400 + $5,201 = $19,601 (1-day total: $19,601)


Robin Miner-Swartz, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 23, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Robin $6,200
Eric $3,800
Jason $2,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) RIVERS $400 (2nd pick)
Eric 200 -1000 (Robin 0 Jason 0)
2) FIGURES OF SPEECHES $2000 (15th pick)
Eric 11000 -4000 (Robin 11400 Jason 4400)
3) BIG WORDS $1200 (19th pick)
Robin 12600 -3000 (Eric 7400 Jason 4400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -160


Unplayed clues:
J! round: THEIR JOBS IN 2019 $400 & $600
DJ! round: THE NOT-SO-YOUNG SHELDON $400
Total $ Left On Board: $1,400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 119 (1.57 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Robin $17,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 37.04% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Eric $14,800 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Jason $5,200 Coryat, 5 correct, 0 incorrect, 9.26% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,400
Lach Trash: $11,400 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,800


Eric Smith, final stats:
67 correct, 12 incorrect
5/6 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
39.39% in first on buzzer (65/165)
2/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$5,500)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,533

Robin Miner-Swartz, stats to date:
20 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
37.04% in first on buzzer (20/54)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,400

Robin Miner-Swartz, to win:
2 games: 46.389%
3: 21.520%
4: 9.983%
5: 4.631%
6: 2.148%
Avg. streak: 1.865 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • With the evenly-spaced scores, Eric should have wagered either $600 or $601 and Jason should have wagered everything.

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

  1. Got it right, but thinking Charlie and the Chocolate Factory..I’ll bet I wasn’t the only one.

  2. You win that bet, Jim G.! I recalled that the word was used in movie posters for “Willy Wonka” in the early 1970s (and verified by a quick check at Imdb). That was long before the wonderful Mr. Dahl wrote The BFG.

  3. Yes, it was in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, too. The Scrumdiddlyumptious Bar.

  4. i was so close……..”who is author of willy wonka?”……. i understand descriptions don’t win, and not sure that would be correct if descriptions were permitted.

  5. Marty Cunningham | December 23, 2019 at 12:46 pm |

    Interesting that Dahl’s only two screenwriting credits were both for adaptations of Ian Fleming stories.

  6. Maurine Gutowski | December 23, 2019 at 2:01 pm |

    Another Michigan winner! I wish her a long reign! Say what you may, she was the ONLY one to come up with the right answer.

  7. When was the last time all 3 DDs were missed? Granted, 2 were not TOO easy , but the “huge size” was practically a giveaway. Eric had a swing of 10K and would have been in the lead before FJ had he been right on both. Given Robin’s wager , Eric COULD have won had he stayed put in FJ. But then again, Robin would have most likely wagered differently if Eric had 19.800 I think.
    That Robin missed that DD surprises me, how many of the 7 wonders are of a “huge size”? I wonder if a history category/DD/FJ might be her undoing one day.

  8. Not gonna lie, Im sure betting 600 makes more sense but its just not in my nature. My hope was that I would get the question right, and hope for Robin not betting enough or getting it wrong. Most frustrated at missing Thousand Points of Light, because I knew the answer as soon as Alex said it, just didn’t read the question right. Oh and if you could have seen my face at Robin’s daily double, man I knew that answer. Oh well, what a run and congratulations to Robin. Once again, Alex gave me stick about guessing Milne, “that has too many syllables for Pooh, Eric”

    • I was hoping you might win a few more times, Eric, and we could start the comparisons to Austin Rogers, who I’m guessing is the most successful bartender ever on Jeopardy. Congrats on picking up over $40K on the three shows.

    • Your face for my “Colossus of Rhodes” miss was the same as my face for you “A thousand points of light” miss 😉 Ah, the beauty of “Jeopardy!” brain freezes. Good game!

  9. Ismael Gomez | December 23, 2019 at 6:01 pm |

    Very disappointed episode to start the week. 3 wrong answers on the daily double resulted our third shutout of the season. Let’s hope that tomorrow’s episode will be better.

  10. Hi Eric. I’m a Wildcat For Life too. Loved seeing the hand gesture.

    Bear Down!

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