Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 4, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Opera Title Names) for Wednesday, December 4, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 63):

Before being consumed in flames, he flirts with a bride on her wedding day & a list of his amorous conquests is sung

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Jennifer Quail, a wine tasting consultant from Dowagiac, Michigan
Jennifer Quail on Jeopardy!
Davita Curtis, a retired court clerk from Salem, Oregon
Davita Curtis on Jeopardy!
Stephanie Sumulong, a middle school social studies teacher from Fort Collins, Colorado (1-day total: $12,399)
Stephanie Sumulong on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Don Giovanni?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Don Giovanni, among the ten most-performed operas worldwide, is a Mozart opera generally considered to be one of the composer’s finest works. Premiering in 1787 in Prague, it is based on the legends of fictional rake Don Juan. The aria of his amorous conquests is “Madamina, il catalogo è questo” and was sung to Donna Elvira, one of Don Giovanni’s former lovers (who is now seeking vengeance). Later, Don Giovanni flirts with bride Zerlina; the ending of the opera features Don Giovanni being carried down to Hell by a chorus of demons.


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

Scores going into Final:
Jennifer $35,200
Davita $6,000
Stephanie $4,400


Tonight’s results:
Stephanie $4,400 – $2,000 = $2,400 (Who is Icarus?)
Davita $6,000 – $2,800 = $3,200 (Who is the Barber of Seville?)
Jennifer $35,200 + $10,000 = $45,200 (1-day total: $45,200)


Jennifer Quail, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 4, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jennifer $9,400
Davita $2,400
Stephanie $2,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) BENGAL $800 (24th pick)
Jennifer 8000 +2000 (Stephanie 2800 Davita 1800)
2) HISTORIC NAMES $1600 (4th pick)
Jennifer 11400 +3000 (Stephanie 2800 Davita 2400)
3) LITERARY PASSINGS $800 (7th pick)
Jennifer 16800 +4000 (Stephanie 2800 Davita 2400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 75


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 102 (1.62 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Jennifer $29,400 Coryat, 33 correct, 5 incorrect, 59.65% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Davita $6,000 Coryat, 8 correct, 0 incorrect, 10.53% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Stephanie $4,400 Coryat, 13 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,800
Lach Trash: $6,400 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,800


Stephanie Sumulong, stats to date:
30 correct, 6 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 12 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (30/114)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,600

Jennifer Quail, stats to date:
34 correct, 5 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
59.65% in first on buzzer (34/57)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $9,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $29,400

Jennifer Quail, to win:
2 games: 88.159%
3: 77.721%
4: 68.518%
5: 60.405%
6: 53.253%
Avg. streak: 8.446 games.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Jennifer is the 10th contestant to win at least $45,000 in their first win on Jeopardy! and the third in 2019 (Eric R. Backes and Emma Boettcher are the other two).
  • Jennifer is the 6th contestant to have at least $35,000 going into Final Jeopardy in their first regular-play appearance on the show. The other 5: Myron Meyer ($39,000), Jason Richards ($37,100), Larissa Kelly ($42,200), Mark Runsvold ($39,400), and James Holzhauer ($40,412).
  • Jennifer’s first-day Coryat of $29,400 is tied for 11th of all known debut performances in the history of the show. You can find the top 10 here.
  • While it seemed as though the MODERN ACTIVISM $2000 clue was referring to that movement’s French roots, the “yellow vest” movement has been co-opted in Canada by hate groups. That clue is going to be received incredibly poorly in Canada, as it will be read in Canada as an attempt to normalize the movement. The writers should have researched this better and elected not to run that clue.

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 4, 2019"

  1. I’m going to predict that Jennifer Quail will win over $50,000 on tomorrow’s show if she wagers aggressively on Daily Doubles.

  2. Jennifer! You GO girl!
    Can’t wait to see this game play out tonight! Jennifer totally swept the DDs.
    Andy, thanks for the Thoughts. Very interesting stats.

  3. Congratulations to another new champion!
    So the countdown begins again…I wonder if we’ll have a 5 time champ before the year is over?

  4. Chris Stratton | December 4, 2019 at 7:33 pm |

    Super impressive performance by Jennifer. It would not surprise me to see her go on a long run. Will be interesting to see if she is more daring with daily doubles going forward. Maybe if she gets 5 wins, she will feel safer being more risky.

    • Given the scores at the time and what remained on the board, I don’t think those wagers would have been considered particularly conservative prior to James’ run. I would expect many players to emulate his hunting and aggressively betting DDs to an extent, but he will likely remain an outlier in terms of how much he wagered.

  5. Can’t believe they let Jennifer get away with “The Lady and the Tiger.” It is wrong. Should be OR.

    • The clue read: An 1882 short story by Frank Stockton about a choice between these 2 things has come to mean an impossible decision. With this wording, the exact title was not required, just the two things.

  6. Frank Smith | December 4, 2019 at 8:26 pm |

    I did the math. At $45.2k each game, Jennifer would beat Ken’s money record around game 56.

  7. Hi, I answered Don Juan instead of Don Giovanni. Would that have been acceptable? Love this site!! Keep up the good work!

    • That’s a tough one, and I’m not sure. Operabase accepts searches for Don Juan (Mozart) and redirects to Don Giovanni. Whether that would be enough for the judges in-studio (or if they would have found it in the moment had it been necessary) is a question I don’t know the answer to.

      • I’m thinking, “possible, but not probable” that Don Juan would be accepted. If they were asking for the character’s name, I think either Don Juan or Don Giovanni would be fine. However, the category’s heading makes it look like they’re asking for the character’s name as it appears in the work’s title. The opera is best known with the Italian title, not the translation.

        But the judges sometimes go in a direction I don’t anticipate, so it could work.

  8. It seems to me if you’re hoping someone goes on a long run you should aim as high as possible in your aspirations, and hope for another Ken to come along. He does have MORE THAN TWICE the number of wins than those of his nearest competitor, whose name escapes me at the moment. 🙂

  9. what is the biggest win for someone on their first day?

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