Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Business & Innovation) for Tuesday, December 31, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 82):
Stuck with 260 tons of unused turkey in late 1953, this co. ordered aluminum trays & sold 10 million units of a new item in 1954
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Bill Coulter, a bartender from San Francisco, California
|Susan Stoltzfus, a senior marketing manager from Seattle, Washington
|Karen Farrell, a political consultant from Woodbridge, Virginia (3-day total: $57,601)
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Correct response: What is Swanson?
More information about Final Jeopardy:
In the early 1950s, Nebraska-based C. A. Swanson & Sons had national brand recognition as a producer of canned and frozen turkey. According to a 1996 story in the Omaha World-Herald, former Swanson executive Gerry Thomas claimed that the company had a large surplus of turkey after the 1953 holiday season. The company, already well-known for frozen pot pies, packaged turkey, cornbread dressing, frozen peas, and sweet potatoes on an aluminum tray, calling them TV Brand Frozen Dinners. TV dinners played into the public’s new love for television and the company was able to leverage its national brand recognition to sell ten million TV Dinners in 1954. The original TV dinners were oven-heated as the microwave oven would not be in widespread use until much later. Desserts were added in 1960, breakfast in 1969, and Swanson introduced its “Hungry-Man” brand, with pitchman “Mean” Joe Greene, in 1973.
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Scores going into Final:
Bill $100 + $0 = $100 (What are
TV dinners? Swanson
Susan $7,000 + $6,799 = $13,799 (What is Swanson’s?)
Karen $18,400 – $1,600 = $16,800 (4-day total: $74,401) (What is Butterball?)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) COLLEGE ENDOWMENTS $600 (20th pick)
Bill 2200 +2200 (Susan 3400 Karen 3000)
2) PSEUDONYMOUS WRITERS $2000 (11th pick)
Karen 8800 -2000 (Susan 5400 Bill 5200)
3) HIS-TORY $800 (27th pick) ($1200 remaining on the board)
Bill 6000 -5900 (Karen 18000 Susan 7000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -21
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: PSEUDONYMOUS WRITERS $400; DON’T DROP THE BALL $400
Total $ Left On Board: $800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 135 (1.65 per episode average), 1 Daily Double
Karen $20,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 34.55% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Susan $7,000 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 16.36% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Bill $4,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 6 incorrect, 32.73% in first on buzzer, 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $31,800
Lach Trash: $14,600 (on 14 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,800
Karen Farrell, stats to date:
92 correct, 12 incorrect
8/11 on rebound attempts (on 25 rebound opportunities)
38.25% in first on buzzer (83/217)
3/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,500)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,050
Karen Farrell, to win:
5 games: 55.976%
Avg. streak: 5.271 games.
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- A reminder to everyone that Jeopardy!’s rules are such that leading articles may be omitted or changed to a different article without penalty; thus “The Seven Nation Army”, “a Seven Nation Army”, and “Seven Nation Army” are all considered equivalently correct by the judges.
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