Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 6, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Europe) for Friday, December 6, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 65):

A tourism website for this country noted its colorful history “filled with barbarians”, royalty, “& even a movie star”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Katie Kunamneni, a physician from Holmdel, New Jersey
Katie Kunamneni on Jeopardy!
Randy Hassell, Jr.,, a software engineer from Virginia Beach, Virginia
Randy Hassell Jr. on Jeopardy!
Jennifer Quail, a wine tasting consultant from Dowagiac, Michigan (2-day total: $74,800)
Jennifer Quail on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Monaco?

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In the 13th century, in amongst the battles of the Guelphs and the Ghibellines in Italy, Francesco Grimaldi (a Guelph), captured the Rock of Monaco (an important Mediterranean defense post); the Grimaldi house has ruled Monaco since. In the early 17th century, its then-leader, Lord Honore II decided himself worthy of a new title, Prince (explaining why Monaco is a principality). With most of the principality’s natural resources ceded to France in the 1860s, Prince Charles III determined that tourism and gambling were the best ways of revitalizing the Monegasque economy. It worked and is a world-renowned tourist destination. Today, Prince Albert II rules over the principality; his mother was famous movie star Grace Kelly, who married Prince Rainier III in 1956. The principality is also well-known for hosting the crown jewel in the Formula One auto racing schedule, the Monaco Grand Prix, each May.

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

Scores going into Final:
Jennifer $22,000
Katie $6,400
Randy $4,600

Tonight’s results:
Randy $4,600 + $1,900 = $6,500
Katie $6,400 – $2,801 = $3,599 (What is Germany?)
Jennifer $22,000 – $6,500 = $15,500 (3-day total: $90,300) (What is Germany?)

Jennifer Quail, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 6, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jennifer $10,600
Katie $2,000
Randy $1,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) RETIRED NUMBERS IN SPORTS $600 (29th pick)
Katie 4000 -3000 (Jennifer 10600 Randy 1000)
2) BACK IN THE 20th CENTURY $800 (6th pick)
Randy 600 +2000 (Jennifer 10200 Katie 800)
3) ADJECTIVES $1600 (19th pick)
Jennifer 18600 +3000 (Randy 6600 Katie 800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 41

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 102 (1.57 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Jennifer $20,600 Coryat, 28 correct, 4 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer, 3/5 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Randy $3,400 Coryat, 11 correct, 6 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Katie $9,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $33,400
Lach Trash: $6,800 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,800

Jennifer Quail, stats to date:
87 correct, 15 incorrect
4/8 on rebound attempts (on 15 rebound opportunities)
49.12% in first on buzzer (84/171)
7/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $17,500)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,533

Jennifer Quail, to win:
4 games: 78.195%
5: 61.145%
6: 47.812%
7: 37.387%
8: 29.235%
Avg. streak: 6.586 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • As was demonstrated in IT’S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE today, the writers want contestants to start categories at the top, and contestants deviate from that at their peril.

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29 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 6, 2019"

  1. Movie star was the best clue for me.

  2. I suspect I will not be the only person who thought the movie star was Arnold Schwarzenegger.

  3. With her breadth of knowledge on so many topics, I was hoping “royalty” and “movie star” would have clued in Jennifer and given her the confidence to bet enough to top $100K.
    Oh well. Maybe Monday.

  4. I thought it was easy, but was probably just showing my age, like Kathy. Though I wasn’t old enough to see Grace Kelly’s wedding, I do remember her tragic death.

  5. I hope she wins tomorrow, that way she can hit the $100,000 mark which would at least put her in the running for the next TOC

  6. it was one of those FJ’s where it’s “really easy” unless it’s wrong (i.e. a trick). couldn’t really think of a singular famous movie star from an obscure country (zsa zsa gabor – hungary LOL)….

    as for the contestant seeing “movie star” and having confidence to bet alot… don’t they bet before the clue is shown? i.e. all they saw was EUROPE as category

    i feel like either the person making that comment or me is very confused.

    • You’re not confused…

    • I was also distracted by “filled with Barbarians”–did you give this much thought? Of course, where haven’t there been Barbarians in Europe, so it certainly didn’t point me toward Monaco–I even thought of “Barbarians At The Gate” (ex post facto)–wasn’t that about high-risk financial schemers (mergers?) so I was thinking maybe they were using it in that modern sense, knowing the “makeup” of a large part of the population in Monaco…

  7. Sorry if I’m off-topic here, but this has to do with the Andy’s Thoughts commentary…There’s an easy way to get players to start categories at the top and work their way down. Why not incentivize game play by awarding an extra sum (perhaps an extra $1000, or $2000 for DJ) each time a player “runs” a category?

    • As I’ve said the last half-dozen times that’s been suggested here, I feel like the implementation of that would be too open to interpretation to be fair and/or too difficult to understand for viewers. (Plus, the number of times the show has given applause for a contestant going for the last four 4 out of 5 in a category, or missing the applause entirely when someone does go 5-for-5, leads me to believe they would have difficulty in properly handling this).

    • I recall Alex specifically asking the contestants to go in order for a particular category on at least one occasion. If it were truly important to them, they could simply make it a rule that you must select the lowest value clue in a category (this might also speed the game up because contestants wouldn’t need to say the value). I think this would make the game less interesting though because it would take some strategy away from the contestants who hunt DDs, risk leaving the higher value and often more interesting clues unrevealed, and potentially make the high value clues unavailable to a contestant trying to make a comeback late in DJ.

  8. I’m with Kathy on this one. The combination of “royalty” and “a movie star” made this a slam-dunk for me. I too remember when this wedding happened and Miss Kelly forever became “Princess Grace”.

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