Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, December 25, 2019


Merry Christmas! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Organizations) for Wednesday, December 25, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 78):

Founded by students at W&M in 1776, its members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 41 Supreme Court Justices & more than 140 Nobel laureates

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Kristin Butz, a singer from Hoboken, New Jersey
Kristin Butz on Jeopardy!
Alex Hookway, an actuary from Columbus, Ohio
Alex Hookway on Jeopardy!
Robin Miner-Swartz, an editor & consultant from Lansing, Michigan (2-day total: $27,400)
Robin Miner-Swartz on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Phi Beta Kappa (ΦΒΚ)?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Phi Beta Kappa is the USA’s oldest academic and most prestigious honor society. With 286 chapters throughout the United States, the top 10% of its member schools’ Arts and Sciences graduates are invited to join.

It was founded at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1776 as a society similar to other secret societies (some of which still exist at some American universities). It expanded with chapters at Yale, Harvard, and Dartmouth prior to the Revolutionary War temporary shuttering of William & Mary. It became an “open” society in the 1830s after the Harvard chapter, during a period of anti-Masonic sentiment, publicly disclused the society’s secrets. Today, ΦΒΚ is seen as the one of the originators of the modern fraternity and sorority system in the United States, though the rise of other “social” fraternities saw ΦΒΚ transform into the honor society it is today in order to differentiate itself.


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

Scores going into Final:
Alex $21,200
Robin $14,400
Kristin $5,000


Tonight’s results:
Kristin $5,000 – $5,000 = $0 (What is Rhode)
Robin $14,400 + $4,401 = $18,801
Alex $21,200 + $7,601 = $28,801 (1-day total: $28,801)


Alex Hookway, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 25, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Robin $6,800
Alex $6,800
Kristin $600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) HISTORY $1000 (25th pick)
Alex 4800 +2000 (Robin 5000 Kristin 600)
2) FACE THE AUTHOR $1600 (16th pick)
Alex 9600 +6000 (Robin 14800 Kristin 600)
3) GOING OUT OF BUSINESS $2000 (20th pick)
Alex 16800 +2000 (Robin 15200 Kristin 600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 116


Unplayed clues:
J! round: 9-LETTER WORDS $200, $400, $600
DJ! round: NORTHERN CALIFORNIA $400; GOING OUT OF BUSINESS $400
Total $ Left On Board: $2,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 124 (1.59 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Alex $15,800 Coryat, 21 correct, 3 incorrect, 34.62% in first on buzzer, 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Robin $14,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 6 incorrect, 48.08% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Kristin $5,000 Coryat, 5 correct, 0 incorrect, 9.62% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,200
Lach Trash: $10,000 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,800


Robin Miner-Swartz, final stats:
59 correct, 13 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
41.10% in first on buzzer (67/163)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,467

Alex Hookway, stats to date:
22 correct, 3 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
34.62% in first on buzzer (18/52)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,800

Alex Hookway, to win:
2 games: 66.655%
3: 44.429%
4: 29.614%
5: 19.739%
6: 13.157%
Avg. streak: 2.999 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • The clue above, when displayed by the show, contains a semi-colon after 1776; I deliberately changed that to a comma for grammatical correctness.

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6 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, December 25, 2019"

  1. The first “=” should be “+” in Robin’s FJ calculation.

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Merry Christmas to all! Congrats to Alex. Must have been a wagering error for Robin, probably meaning to put $4,399 to stay ahead of Kristin.

  3. Congrats to Alex. The (finally) 3 DDs put him in the lead and won him the game.
    Again MERRY CHRISTMAS everybody!

  4. Merry Christmas everyone. I worked for a manager who always wore her Phi Beta Kappa pendant. She eventually became a division manager.

  5. Jason, you are precisely right. I was flustered trying to make the math work and miscalculated by $2. I was so frustrated, yet I was somehow relieved when there was no way I could have won when Alex shut me out.

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