Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 5, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Holiday Songs) for Thursday, December 5, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 64):

This song had its beginnings as a book handed out to children at Christmas at Montgomery Ward

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Kelly Gerhold, an adjunct history teacher from Bakersfield, California
Kelly Gerhold on Jeopardy!
Chris Blasone, an operations control specialist from Chicago, Illinois
Chris Blasone on Jeopardy!
Jennifer Quail, a wine tasting consultant from Dowagiac, Michigan (1-day total: $45,200)
Jennifer Quail on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer”?


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Robert L. May, an advertising copywriter at Montgomery Ward, created Rudolph and his story for the 1939 Christmas season at Montgomery Ward; the department store printed two million copies of a Rudolph book that year. To Mongomery Ward, it was just a “silly little almost booklet”, but Rudolph won the hearts of children everywhere, and May managed to get the rights to the character. With the help of his brother-in-law, who was a songwriter, the book became a song that landed into the hands of Gene Autry, whose 1949 version of the song was that year’s smash hit at Christmas.

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

Scores going into Final:
Jennifer $16,100
Kelly $13,800
Chris $5,800


Tonight’s results:
Chris $5,800 + $5,701 = $11,501 (What is Rudolf the Red Nosed Raindeer?)
Kelly $13,800 – $10,000 = $3,800 (What is the First Noel?)
Jennifer $16,100 + $13,500 = $29,600 (2-day total: $74,800) (What is Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer?)


Jennifer Quail, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 5, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Kelly $5,400
Jennifer $4,800
Chris $600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) ARCHAEOLOGY $800 (11th pick)
Jennifer 1200 +1000 (Kelly 1200 Chris 400)
2) GRAND OLD FLAGS $1600 (7th pick)
Jennifer 8400 +2000 (Kelly 5000 Chris 1000)
3) “B” SIEGE $1600 (11th pick)
Jennifer 12800 +2500 (Kelly 4200 Chris 200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 127


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 102 (1.59 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Jennifer $14,600 Coryat, 24 correct, 5 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer, 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Chris $5,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 6 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer, 4/6 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Kelly $13,800 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,200
Lach Trash: $6,200 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,600


Jennifer Quail, stats to date:
59 correct, 10 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
50.88% in first on buzzer (58/114)
6/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $14,500)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $22,000

Jennifer Quail, to win:
3 games: 79.366%
4: 62.989%
5: 49.992%
6: 39.676%
7: 31.489%
Avg. streak: 5.846 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Reminder: Final Jeopardy! responses can be misspelled so long as the misspelling does not change the pronunciation.
  • Jennifer’s $74,800 is the 9th-highest total through 2 games since the dollar values were doubled in November 2001. She is also the 5th contestant in 2019 to win at least $70,000 through 2 wins (Eric R. Backes, James Holzhauer, Emma Boettcher, and Ed Condon are the other four.)
  • It seems to me that Jennifer has above-average knowledge (the fact that she’s 6/6 on Daily Doubles, in addition to her very strong performance in the bottom two rows yesterday, is evidence of this); it disappoints me that she doesn’t seem to have as much confidence in her abilities. I fear her undoing will be underbetting Daily Doubles.

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8 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 5, 2019"

  1. I hope she can win a lot of games, but I agree with you. She does seem to take the safe route with DD wagering. This game could have been a runaway, but $29k is nothing to sneeze at.

  2. Jennifer is just OWNING those DDs! I also agree, I wish she would have the confidence to bet more on them. (Easy for us to say, I guess.)
    I just want to see her top $100K – and keep on from there!

  3. Congrats to Jennifer! Unfortunately another low total score before FJ, due to low DD wagers. There were only 5 TS by my count.

  4. I got the impression that the show manipulated the playback speed a bit in the latter portion of the DJ round because of how long the Jeff Goldblum clues took to be read.

  5. I’m sorry that Jennifer hasn’t seen live puffins. We’ve had great luck on our trips to Newfoundland (pronounced new-fun-LAND rather than new-FOUND-land) where we’ve seen them by the thousands while whale-watching in June/July out of Bay Bulls (south of St. John’s).

    I was also a little surprised that Kelly was asked to whistle, though I’m glad she did because she was pretty good. That doesn’t seem to be a typical first-day contestant chat topic.

    • Maybe she’s been afraid she’ll be disappointed by the real thing…And I’m sure they checked with her before whether she was comfortable about whistling–she didn’t seem shy to me…!

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