Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 3, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Literary New York City) for Tuesday, December 3, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 62):

An insider described the scene there: “Just…loudmouths showing off, saving their gags for days, waiting to spring them”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Theodore Conrad, an urban planner from San Francisco, California
Theodore Conrad on Jeopardy!
Stephanie Sumulong, a middle school social studies teacher from Fort Collins, Colorado
Stephanie Sumulong on Jeopardy!
Alex Damisch, a data scientist from Chicago, Illinois (3-day total: $33,549)
Alex Damisch on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the Algonquin Round Table?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The Algonquin Round Table is a famed group of New York City writers who met for lunch daily from 1919 until 1929 (and sporadically thereafter) at New York City’s Algonquin Hotel. The quote in the clue comes from its most prominent member, Dorothy Parker. The group has long been a favourite of the show’s writers, with J! Archive being littered with references to Parker, Robert Benchley, and Franklin P. Adams in clues about the group.

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

Scores going into Final:
Stephanie $15,000
Alex $8,800
Theodore $5,400

Tonight’s results:
Theodore $5,400 – $5,300 = $100 (What the Apollo The)
Alex $8,800 – $6,412 = $2,388 (What is a Gatsby party?)
Stephanie $15,000 – $2,601 = $12,399 (What is Saturday Night Live?) (1-day total: $12,399)

Stephanie Sumulong, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 3, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Stephanie $3,600
Theodore $3,000
Alex $3,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) CLASSIC NOVELS $600 (8th pick)
Theodore 800 -400 (Alex 2000 Stephanie 1000)
2) ALL ABOUT EVE $1600 (16th pick)
Alex 4200 +3000 (Theodore 6200 Stephanie 5200)
3) WHEN I WAS SECRETARY OF STATE… $800 (20th pick)
Stephanie 7200 +3000 (Theodore 7400 Alex 7200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 73

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 102 (1.65 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Stephanie $12,800 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Alex $7,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Theodore $5,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 7 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $26,000
Lach Trash: $16,800 (on 14 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,200

Alex Damisch, stats to date:
55 correct, 11 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 17 rebound opportunities)
24.32% in first on buzzer (54/222)
5/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $9,488)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,100

Stephanie Sumulong, stats to date:
17 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,800

Stephanie Sumulong, to win:
2 games: 48.282%
3: 23.311%
4: 11.255%
5: 5.434%
6: 2.624%
Avg. streak: 1.934 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Lower than normal Combined Coryat scores mean either tougher questions or below-average players. The anecdotal evidence I’ve seen from a number of viewers over the last couple of weeks (those of whom track their own personal Coryat scores daily) leads me to believe that the questions may be more difficult, as these home viewers are also struggling.
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24 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 3, 2019"

  1. I agree with you Andy. The humorous author, Peter Benchley, was part of that group so I knew the answer. His son wrote Jaws.

  2. I’ve never understood “Coryat” scores so Andy, forgive me if I’m being redundant, but is it some kind of record low that total scores after J! Round are less than $10K and total scores going into Final are less than $30K?
    I’m not surprised they ALL missed Final – that question seemed impossibly difficult.

  3. RANDY W JEFFREYS | December 3, 2019 at 1:47 pm |

    I thought FJ was fairly easy…but, everyone has their strong and weak subjects.

  4. 14 triple stumpers by my count, 15 if you count the missed DD.

  5. This is the second Tuesday in a row with a triple stumper in Final Jeopardy.

  6. Jason Smith | December 3, 2019 at 7:19 pm |

    The judges messed up tonight. Alex gave an answer of “Kingpin” to “It’s #1 of the 10 objects a bowler takes aim at”. That’s wrong. Bowlers aim at the headpin, which is designated as the #1 pin. The kingpin is designated as the #5 pin.

  7. Jason Smith | December 3, 2019 at 7:46 pm |

    Hmm, funny, I’m looking at the bowling dictionary, and it says kingpin is “called the center pin or five pin”. The editors of Merriam Webster don’t know the sport of bowling. NO ONE in bowling would EVER refer to the headpin as the kingpin.

  8. Maurine Gutowski | December 3, 2019 at 8:00 pm |

    I’m not at all surprised that nobody got FJ. I think lower scores are related to the length of time Jeopardy has had to come up with NEW questions. Sometimes it’s more fun to watch the younger players compete because more basic questions can be used.

    • I agree in part, but sometimes the most basic and common sense clues atr triple stumpers.So often you really have to wonder…

  9. In candlepins (New England’s preferred style of bowling), it’s called the “head pin.” In this style, you just aim for the pocket and hope the wood is kind to you. Strikes are hard to come by, and second and third shots are taken with fallen pins (wood) uncleared, so many times bowlers have to try to figure out the angles, hit the wood and hope for the best. Much tougher than “conventional” bowling, IMO, and a lot easier to play for families with young children since the ball is considerably lighter and made to be rolled like a bocce ball.

    • Jason Smith | December 3, 2019 at 9:25 pm |

      Absolutely correct, fellow New Englander. Any candlepin bowler who referred to the headpin as the kingpin would be laughed right out of the alley.

      • Still, though, the “burden of proof”, as it were, is not “will you be laughed out of the alley”, it would be “Is there a reputable source that corroborates the contestant’s response?” If that answer is yes, the judges are required to accept the response, because if they do not, they may be put in a position to have to bring a contestant back at a later date, which is an awkward situation for all involved. Thus, you might occasionally see rulings that seem baffling to a subject matter expert. And, as was demonstrated, the Merriam-Webster dictionary is the aforementioned reputable source in this case.

  10. There was a lot of banter last spring about whether Jeopardy! fans would prefer the absolute runaways that James racked up or close games. Given the results of the past few day, what would you rather see: the James type matches or games that are neck and neck, even though they might be loaded with triple and incorrect responses?

    BTW, Edna Ferber was a sometime attendee at the Algonquin round table and its fabulous collection of wit.

    • I don’t care, but stronger performers. This week alone we have O N E right answer in FJ out of six, and last week was pretty dismal, to be polite.

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