Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 9, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Vice Presidents) for Monday, December 9, 2019 (Season 36, Episode 66):

George H.W. Bush in 1988 was the first sitting Vice President to be elected to the top job since this man 152 years before

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Ann Baur, a program manager from Seattle, Washington
Ann Baur on Jeopardy!
Jeff Kushner, a health care regulator from Baltimore, Maryland
Jeff Kushner on Jeopardy!
Jennifer Quail, a wine tasting consultant from Dowagiac, Michigan (3-day total: $90,300)
Jennifer Quail on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Martin Van Buren?

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While many Vice Presidents ascended to the Presidency due to the death of the sitting President, it took 152 years between Martin Van Buren and George H.W. Bush for a sitting Vice President to be elected to the Presidency. Van Buren was Andrew Jackson’s second Vice President, serving in that post from 1833 to 1837 after serving as Secretary of State and Ambassador to Great Britain during Jackson’s first term. Van Buren was a founder of the Democratic Party and worked hard to re-establish a two-party system in the United States, counteracting the Whigs. Unfortunately, the Panic of 1837 hampered Van Buren’s presidency (after Van Buren was very popular during the Jackson administration) and he lost in 1840 to William Henry Harrison.

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

Scores going into Final:
Jennifer $21,700
Ann $15,200
Jeff $5,200

Tonight’s results:
Jeff $5,200 – $5,198 = $2 (Who is Jackson)
Ann $15,200 – $8,701 = $6,499 (Who was Jackson?)
Jennifer $21,700 + $11,300 = $33,000 (4-day total: $123,300)

Jennifer Quail, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 9, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jennifer $10,500
Ann $4,200
Jeff $1,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) NINE TALES $1000 (25th pick)
Jennifer 8200 +1500 (Ann 3600 Jeff 600)
2) HAVE AN ARTSY CHRISTMASTIME $1600 (13th pick)
Jennifer 14900 +4000 (Jeff 8400 Ann 4200)
3) FROM “C” TO SHINING “C” $2000 (17th pick)
Ann 5000 +5000 (Jennifer 17300 Jeff 8400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 145

Unplayed clues:
J! round: POKÉMON $1000
DJ! Round: FROM “C” TO SHINING “C” $400 & $800; PSYCHOLOGY JARGON $400 & $800
Total $ Left On Board: $3,400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 107 (1.62 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Jennifer $18,800 Coryat, 25 correct, 2 incorrect, 44.23% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Ann $12,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 32.69% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Jeff $5,200 Coryat, 7 correct 2 incorrect, 15.38% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,200
Lach Trash: $8,400 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,000

Jennifer Quail, stats to date:
113 correct, 17 incorrect
6/10 on rebound attempts (on 18 rebound opportunities)
47.98% in first on buzzer (107/223)
9/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $23,000)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,850

Jennifer Quail, to win:
5 games: 77.490%
6: 60.047%
7: 46.531%
8: 36.057%
9: 27.941%
Avg. streak: 7.443 games. #Jeopardy

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Jennifer’s $123,300 is the 10th-highest total of any champion through four wins on Jeopardy! since the dollar values were doubled in November 2001.
  • Jennifer’s Final Jeopardy! wager is what would be termed as a “Lazarus” wager (a term first used by Keith Williams over on The Final Wager), as it would give Jeff a chance to resurrect himself from the dead, as it were.

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 9, 2019"

  1. I’m not as strong with the exact order of presidents in the early 19th century as I’d like to be so after initially panicking, I did the math, and tried to think of major events from 1837-1841. I came up with the Panic of 1837, which I knew was during Van Buren’s presidency.

  2. I remember seeing this asked the other way in a Final Jeopardy – according to J-Archive, it was April 1, 2008: “He’s the only sitting vice president since Martin Van Buren elected to the presidency”. That clue went 1/3.

  3. Maurine Gutowski | December 9, 2019 at 1:28 pm |

    I see we have more preemption testimony so it may be a while before you get any results to post. I would not have gotten the right answer, but I will be home to actually watch it. I think tonight is Vanna White subbing for ailing Pat Sajak on Wheel of Fortune.

  4. Wow! Jennifer is $200 higher than Austin Rogers after 4 days! I love these kind of questions for FJ.

  5. Congrats Jennifer! Maybe she can finally break the 5 day/win jinx!

  6. Phew, broke the three game curse! Hope she goes even further!

  7. i miraculously got it…… doesn’t happen often that my conscious mind has no idea and i get it. maybe just luck too

    i would think that if you knew you were going to be on jeopardy, you’d learn all the presidents. it’s a very popular and obvious category and not open-ended like the bible or literature…. it is a neat little trick that it was “sitting VP” as opposed to former VP (LBJ and a few others)

    how many sitting VP’s have lost? nixon is one.

  8. deborah Damato | December 9, 2019 at 7:33 pm |

    I missed the category, and question/answer that Jeff Kushner answered tonight – the correcct answer was Lou Reed.
    Thanks for helping me out with this.

    • ELECTED TWICE TO THE ROCK HALL OF FAME $1200: He punched his hall pass in 1996 with The Velvet Underground, and again in 2015 on his own

      (Along with a photograph of him).

  9. Saul Epstein | December 9, 2019 at 7:36 pm |

    I too remembered this question being asked before-congrats for tracking it down!

  10. Edward B Bergen | December 9, 2019 at 8:07 pm |

    I don’t understand

  11. What was the clue from the dec. 9th show that Jennifer answered “what is man?”
    Thank you!

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