Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, November 19, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Dog Breeds) for Thursday, November 19, 2020 (Season 37, Game 49):

Alpendog was a proposed name for this dog breed

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Tuan Nguyen, an engineer originally from Pomona, California
Tuan Nguyen on Jeopardy!
Emily Brogren, a registered nurse from Santa Maria, California
Emily Brogren on Jeopardy!
Andy Wood, a writer originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan (3-day total: $64,798)
Andy Wood on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the Saint Bernard?


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Saint Bernard dogs are most famously associated with Archdeacon Bernard de Menthon’s hospice, which was founded in the 11th century as a hostel for travelers along Switzerland’s alpine border with Italy. The most famous historical Saint Bernard dog, named Barry, was said to have rescued forty travelers during his life between 1800 and 1814. Prior to that, it had been discovered that the dogs were excellent pathfinders in the drifting snow of the Alps and the Saint Bernard Pass, in addition to the sense of smell that was able to locate stranded travelers.

The name “Alpendog” was suggested in the 1820s in Germany; the name “Saint Bernard” was first used by Daniel Wilson in 1833. However, the breed was not officially named that until 1880.


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Scores going into Final:
Andy $19,000
Emily $13,600
Tuan $13,200


Tonight’s results:
Tuan $13,200 + $401 = $13,601 (What is St. Bernard?)
Emily $13,600 + $13,000 = $26,600 (What is a St. Bernard?)
Andy $19,000 + $8,201 = $27,201 (What is the St. Bernard?) (4-day total: $91,999)


Andy Wood, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 19, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Andy $13,000
Tuan $4,600
Emily $2,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) PATRIOTIC ART? $400 (clue #12)
Andy 5000 +5000 (Emily 1200 Tuan 0)
2) AN OUT-OF-BODY EXPERIENCE $2000 (clue #5)
Tuan 6200 +6200 (Andy 13000 Emily 4400)
3) 19th CENTURY PLAYS $1600 (clue #24)
Emily 7600 +4000 (Andy 18600 Tuan 13600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 253


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: ENVIRONMENTAL AGREEMENTS $1600 $2000
Total Left On Board: $3,600
#DIV/0!


Game Stats:
Andy $14,400 Coryat, 24 correct, 2 incorrect, 40.00% in first on buzzer (22/55), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Emily $11,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 23.64% in first on buzzer (13/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Tuan $9,000 Coryat, 11 correct, 3 incorrect, 23.64% in first on buzzer (13/55), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,600
Lach Trash: $11,600 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,200

Andy Wood, career statistics:
90 correct, 8 incorrect
6/7 on rebound attempts (on 19 rebound opportunities)
36.00% in first on buzzer (81/225)
5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $17,800)
4/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,750

Emily Brogren, career statistics:
15 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
23.64% in first on buzzer (13/55)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200

Tuan Nguyen, career statistics:
12 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
23.64% in first on buzzer (13/55)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,200)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,000

Andy Wood, to win:
5 games: 65.301%
6: 42.642%
7: 27.846%
8: 18.183%
9: 11.874%
Avg. streak: 5.882 games. #Jeopardy

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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, November 19, 2020"

  1. From the first word, this FJ was easy.
    Come on, Andy Wood, can you give us a 4th win?!

  2. I really like Andy. He’s low key but super intelligent. He’s been fun to watch.

    On a different topic, why do taped shows like Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune still persist with the silliness of saying things like “we have only week to go before Thanksgiving”, like Alex did the other day? Everyone knows the shows are taped weeks, if not months, prior to the air date, so it just seems a bit bizarre to me.

    • In Chicago, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune reruns are usually shown on Saturdays and when they mention things like Thanksgiving it’s really funny. The reruns are shows from a year ago.

    • Marty Cunningham | November 19, 2020 at 12:27 pm | Reply

      Each show has a projected air date. Before each taping, Johnny reads a notice and the information is displayed on the studio monitors about that show’s number and the projected air date, so everyone in the audience knows when they can watch it at home, especially the contestants. So, Alex makes a comment in October about a show that will air on Thanksgiving Day so that it ‘looks right’ for the audience at home. The production company does send a reminder notice to contestants about two weeks before their show(s) will air, to confirm the date. Originally, my shows would have aired around my daughter’s birthday,but due to a scheduling change with the show, my episodes were moved up two weeks (there was a college tournament that should have aired, but Alex had some health issues at the time, so they did not have that ready to go. Some contestants are aware of this too, referencing a birthday or anniversary that may be on the day their show will air.

  3. Really rooting for Emily! My mom is an RN, and it’d be so nice to see one REPRESENT as J! champion.

  4. This strikes me as something that can easily be guessed as opposed to being common knowledge.

    • As are many of the clues they give. So often I get the question right AND learn something I didn’t know.

    • It is asking for something in common knowledge – that the dog breed is closely associated with the mountain range. It’s a trivial deduction to connect the dots. Most FJ clues are solved using the combination of knowing some particular fact (ranging from common knowledge to fairly obscure) and making a simple deduction.

    • The Bernese Mountain Dog and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog are also considerations, although it might take someone who actually knows dog breeds to come up with those two AKC breeds. All three breeds originated in Switzerland.

  5. I immediately pictured the old cartoons with the St. Bernard with the little whiskey barrel around its neck romping around the snowy mountains saving the day.

  6. Today’s Overall Daily Double Efficiency of 253 (out of a 300 max) is the largest I’ve seen in a regular game. 300 means a successful “true daily double” happened on all 3. We saw a “true daily double” risked an incredible 24 consecutive times in the GOAT tournament, nevertheless a 300 happened only in match 2, game 1.

    Anyone know if 300 has ever happened in a regular game, and if not what the highest Overall DD Efficiency achieved is and when it happened?

    • I’d have to go back and check the stats for James Holzhauer’s run on the show, but it would probably be a safe bet that on some his $100K+ days, he got all three DD’s, went all in, and answered correctly. I’ll try to check later and post an update.

      • Thanks Cary. You inspired me to check! James’s highest when he was 3/3 on DD’s (happened 15 times) was 253.42 on 4/9/19 when he set his first record of $110,914. The next highest was on 5/23 when he only got 1 DD, but his opponent Nate Scheffey bet big on 2 DD’s and James prevailed $52,108 – $35,800.

        • The DD efficiency on 5/23/19 was 245. I saw 4 other James games where it exceeded 200; it was 215 in his loss to Emma

  7. It was gut wrenching to hear Alex advise anyone with the symptoms of pancreatic cancer to get tested because it is such a painful affliction.

    Congrats, Andy! Hope you win tomorrow so we can see you again on T of C !!!

  8. It was gut wrenching to hear Alex advise anyone with the symptoms of pancreatic cancer to get tested because it is such a painful affliction.

    Congrats, Andy! Hope you win tomorrow so we can see you again on T of C !!!
    Best of luck!!!

  9. Hope everyone remained tuned in to the very end, just before the commercial break between shows. For a few seconds, Jeopardy gave tribute to Alex:

    “Dedicated to Alex Trebek

    Forever in our Hearts
    Always our Inspiration”

    I was a young teen when Alex Trebek first became host of Jeopardy, and like most kids, didn’t really appreciate Jeopardy. My parents would watch it almost every day, and I would “suffer” through it sometimes. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I appreciated Jeopardy – Alex was our national icon by this point. I don’t watch every evening, but have quite enjoyed Jeopardy, and Alex, through my adult years. It’ll be tough watching Jeopardy with a new host, and it might feel foreign for a while. I’m sure Alex would have wanted us to continue to enjoy the show with a new face. There will never be another Alex Trebek, but that doesn’t mean Jeopardy can’t continue to be great.

  10. Prithvi Sudhakar | November 20, 2020 at 11:08 am | Reply

    Well, I watched this game and got 1 DD and FJ right.

    I hope Andy wins his fifth game!

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