Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, December 30, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 1950s People) for Monday, December 30, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 81):

In a New Yorker profile, he said, “Where I like it is out west in Wyoming, Montana, & Idaho, & I like Cuba & Paris”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Ilene Lederman, a band director from Boynton Beach, Florida
Ilene Lederman on Jeopardy!
Scott Firestone, a web developer from Denver, Colorado
Scott Firestone on Jeopardy!
Karen Farrell, a political consultant from Woodbridge, Virginia (2-day total: $35,601)
Karen Farrell on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Ernest Hemingway?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The profile of Hemingway ran in May of 1950 and is still available online. According to the profile, Hemingway, who at the time was certainly in the debate to be considered the greatest living American novelist of the time period, very much disliked New York, much preferring places like Cuba, Paris, and Venice, also saying that Westport (the Connecticut city about 50 miles northeast of NYC) gives him “the horrors”.

Hemingway’s book Across the River and into the Trees was published around this time to negative reviews; his next work, 1952’s The Old Man and the Sea won him a Pulitzer and made him an international celebrity. Unfortunately, a succession of plane crashes in Africa left Hemingway injured for the rest of his life; many erroneous obituaries had been published due to the severity of the crashes.


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

Scores going into Final:
Karen $20,400
Ilene $7,000
Scott $2,000


Tonight’s results:
Scott $2,000 – $500 = $1,500 (Who is Kerouac?)
Ilene $7,000 – $2,999 = $4,001 (Who is John Wayne?)
Karen $20,400 + $1,600 = $22,000 (3-day total: $57,601)


Karen Farrell, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 30, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Karen $9,200
Ilene $3,400
Scott $2,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) BEHIND THE LITERATURE $600 (1st pick)
Karen 0 +1000 (Scott 0 Ilene 0)
2) 17th CENTURY HISTORY $1600 (2nd pick)
Karen 10400 -3000 (Ilene 3400 Scott 2000)
3) SPACE SCIENCE $1200 (22nd pick)
Karen 18600 +1000 (Ilene 7000 Scott 1200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 77


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: THE QUOTABLE RALPH WALDO EMERSON $400 & $800; SPACE SCIENCE $400
Total $ Left On Board: $1,600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 133 (1.64 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Karen $23,200 Coryat, 29 correct, 2 incorrect, 46.30% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Ilene $7,000 Coryat, 9 correct, 1 incorrect, 18.52% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Scorr $2,000 Coryat, 10 correct, 4 incorrect, 22.22% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,200
Lach Trash: $10,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,400


Karen Farrell, stats to date:
72 correct, 10 incorrect
7/10 on rebound attempts (on 19 rebound opportunities)
39.51% in first on buzzer (64/162)
3/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$500)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,267

Karen Farrell, to win:
4 games: 53.764%
5: 28.906%
6: 15.541%
7: 8.355%
8: 4.492%
Avg. streak: 4.163 games.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, December 30, 2019"

  1. I actually considered Ezra Pound, as he was an Idaho native who moved to Europe, but he was unlikely to be the answer for a number of reasons. I settled with John Wayne. Way off.

  2. This one would be a lot easier if the category title was “American Authors.” Cuba and Paris are probably enough help for the contestants. When thinking of Hemingway, those areas as well as south Florida and Spain come to mind, but I’ve never really associated Hemingway with the western US.

  3. Cuba did it for me.

  4. And i seem to remember Ernest Hemingway liked to fish and hunt.

  5. I think the Western US refers to his Idaho suicide.

  6. Cuba was the clincher for me. Having been on Cuba a couple of times (not with my U.S. passport) and being a Hemingway fan, he was the first one who came to mind.

  7. Maurine Gutowski | December 30, 2019 at 5:36 pm |

    I got it immediately and was surprised that only Karen got it right. I read the clue aloud to my husband and said “sounds like Hemingway.” When you read his biography you can see why he committed suicide, as his poor health from so many accidents left him unable to do anything he loved to do, including write.

    • I’m never surprised when people don’t know things I know. I’ve lived long enough to learn that lots of people know things that I haven’t a clue about, and vice versa. It’s endlessly fascinating to me that this surprises so many people.

  8. Although all questions are easy when you know the answer, I have to agree with Maureen that the combination of Idaho, Cuba, and Paris could only have been Hemingway, and was also surprised that only Karen got it right.

  9. Dakota Erdmann | January 1, 2020 at 4:11 am |

    I got confused on that Bob’s Burgers question. When the clue read, animated Fox series, I was thinking the animal Fox, and not the network Fox. Otherwise, I probably would have gotten that one right.

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