Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Historic American Cities) for Tuesday, December 24, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 77):

Damage from Hurricane Matthew in this city in 2016 revealed a plot of colonist graves from perhaps as long as 430 years ago

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Drew Limon, a wine technician from Napa, California
Drew Limon on Jeopardy!
Barbara Hall, a transit operations specialist from Vancouver, Washington
Barbara Hall on Jeopardy!
Robin Miner-Swartz, an editor & consultant from Lansing, Michigan (1-day total: $19,601)
Robin Miner-Swartz on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is St. Augustine, Florida?

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Founded by the Spanish in 1565, St. Augustine, Florida claims to be the oldest city in the United States. After Hurricane Matthew hit in 2016, a local wine shop sustained damage and decided to undergo renovations. During the renovations, the building’s owner offered the city archaeologist a chance to look under his shop, where the skeletal remains of a number of early inhabitants of St. Augustine were found. It was surmised that the burial occurred there because a Catholic church had been located on the site in the 16th century.

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

Scores going into Final:
Robin $11,600
Barbara $11,200
Drew $7,700

Tonight’s results:
Drew $7,700 – $0 = $7,700 (What is Houston?)
Barbara $11,200 – $4,500 = $6,700 (What is Richmond?)
Robin $11,600 – $3,801 = $7,799 (2-day total: $27,400) (What is Tampa?)

Robin Miner-Swartz, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 24, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Robin $2,400
Barbara $2,400
Drew $1,700


Opening break taken after: clues

Daily Double locations:
1) METAPHORS $600 (28th pick)
Drew 4200 -2500 (Barbara 1600 Robin 1400)
2) 1990s BESTSELLERS $1600 (17th pick)
Barbara 10000 -2000 (Robin 8000 Drew 3700)
3) THE SPHERE OF SCIENCE $800 (25th pick)
Barbara 9200 -2000 (Robin 11600 Drew 4500)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -101

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 119 (1.55 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Robin $11,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Drew $10,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Barbara $15,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,000
Lach Trash: $8,600 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,400

Robin Miner-Swartz, stats to date:
38 correct, 7 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
37.84% in first on buzzer (42/111)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,500

Robin Miner-Swartz, to win:
3 games: 40.667%
4: 16.538%
5: 6.725%
6: 2.735%
7: 1.112%
Avg. streak: 2.685 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • In yesterday’s comment section, Eric noted that he was hoping for Robin to not bet to cover. Looks like he was a day off in his hope.
  • An astute opponent in the audience might note Robin’s gambit here and adjust their betting strategy accordingly. This might work in Robin’s favor going forward.

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, December 24, 2019"

  1. A triple miss in DDs and FJ with no one wagering to win in FJ. Robin would have won 2nd by $1 over Drew but lost to Barbara were they all correct. Seems curious to lead entering FJ and play for 2nd.

    • I agree and “curious” is putting it mildly. Unless Robin KNEW that Barbara would be wrong, Robin’s wager is just inconceivable and boggles my mind. BUT: Barbara WAS wrong (like everybody else) and it worked out for Robin. In sports there is a saying:”Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good”.

      • PS
        And for the first 2 days this (Christmas) week we are 1/6 in FJ, 0/6 in DDs….stingy Santas..🎅🎅

    • Sam Kavanaugh | December 24, 2019 at 10:29 pm |

      Bob, it is inaccurate to say no one was wagering to win, it’s just that they were all wagering to win in the event of a TS (or various other scenarios where one or more player was incorrect). These are all prudent wagers if the players thought that they were unlikely to get the question correct (and seeing the result, they may very well have reason to believe in their weakness with that particular category).

  2. Maybe Robin had a hunch that Barbara would wager low? Who knows. A strange win, but a win is a win is a win. So congrats. Sometimes a risky bet works, and the ladies wanted perhaps to outsmart each other. Robin got the upper hand.
    Sorry to see that for the second day in a row all 3 DDs were missed. Conan Doyle, empire (LONDON)was again a really easy one, like the Colossus of Rhodes yesterday.
    By the time tomorrow’s show airs, the holiday is almost over here, so:

  3. Easier Final for me, mainly because I live in Florida 😉 Merry Christmas everyone!

  4. Maurine Gutowski | December 24, 2019 at 6:38 pm |

    Andy, your explanation said “wine show” but “wine shop” makes more sense as it was a building that needed repairs, leading to the archeologists being allowed to go digging. I often wonder if there will be anyone left on Earth to know about our civilizations.

  5. Disappointed episode. 3 wrong answers on the daily double resulted a shutout and a triple stumper in final jeopardy. Let’s hope that tomorrow’s episode will be better.

  6. Stuart L Rubin | December 25, 2019 at 12:36 am |

    I knew that none of the contestants would get the final question right. The subject matter was too obscure.

  7. I’m like some others here. I really don’t understand Robin’s strategy at all. What’s the point of a shut-out bet to cover the 3rd place person? To guarantee an extra thousand if all are correct? What’s the point of that if your wager guarantees a loss if either other player gets it right? I am frankly puzzled even though it worked out for her.

  8. Did anyone notice that a lot of Alex’s comments in FJ appeared to be overdubbed? He has said that he has had some difficulty ennuciating certain words due to the chemo… I wonder if that may have been the case. I wish him well, he appears to still be going strong, which is amazing with what he’s been going through. Happy holidays to all!

  9. Alex had quite a bad cold for the taping of this week’s games, and he did indeed need to rerecord several questions due to coughing issues.

    My odd wager was based on a hunch Barbara would miss FJ but Drew might get it, so I was wagering to beat him.

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