Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Aviators) for Tuesday, December 1, 2020 (Season 37, Game 57):

Roland Garros, for whom the French Open stadium is named, gained fame with the 460-mile 1st solo flight across this body of water

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Denise Pool, a stay-at-home mother & volunteer from Yorba Linda, California
Denise Pool on Jeopardy!
T.J. Tallie, an assistant professor of African history from San Diego, California
T.J. Tallie on Jeopardy!
Ryan Hemmel, a legal technology professional from Los Angeles, California (4-day total: $104,526)
Ryan Hemmel on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the Mediterranean Sea?


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On September 23, 1913, Roland Garros made a flight in a Morane-Saulnier monoplane from Fréjus, France, landing nearly eight hours later in Bizerte, Tunisia. It was the first flight across the Mediterranean Sea. Garros died in 1918 after becoming a World War I fighter pilot; his plane was shot down by German forces.

It would not surprise me if a significant number of both home viewers and players reflexively guess the English Channel on this one without too much regard for the distance flown in the clue; flying over the English Channel from France to England would have been a much shorter attempt than flying over the Mediterranean.


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Scores going into Final:
T.J. $16,200
Ryan $8,800
Denise $7,600


Tonight’s results:
Denise $7,600 + $7,000 = $14,600 (What is the Mediterranean Sea?)
Ryan $8,800 – $7,401 = $1,399 (What is the English Channel?)
T.J. $16,200 + $2,000 = $18,200 (What is the Mediterranean?) (1-day total: $18,200)


T.J. Tallie, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 1, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ryan $8,200
T.J. $3,400
Denise $3,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) SPORTS IDIOMS $600 (clue #3)
Ryan 200 +1000 (T.J. 0 Denise 0)
2) OOOH…FIREWORKS! $1200 (clue #14)
T.J. 7800 +2000 (Ryan 9400 Denise 5200)
3) SKIPPER $2000 (clue #29)
Ryan 13800 -5000 (T.J. 14200 Denise 7600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 89


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 115 (2.02 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
T.J. $15,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Denise $7,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Ryan $13,400 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,400
Lach Trash: $11,600 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,000

Ryan Hemmel, career statistics:
101 correct, 7 incorrect
6/8 on rebound attempts (on 23 rebound opportunities)
31.23% in first on buzzer (89/285)
5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $17,400)
4/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,440

T.J. Tallie, career statistics:
17 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,400

Denise Pool, career statistics:
13 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,600

T.J. Tallie, to win:
2 games: 52.408%
3: 27.466%
4: 14.394%
5: 7.544%
6: 3.954%
Avg. streak: 2.101 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • The promo that aired before the game strongly hinted that T.J. was going to win this game.
  • I was not a fan of the bets that Denise and T.J. made in Final Jeopardy!; As T.J. could very easily have bet $1,401, Denise needed to bet at least $7,200. T.J. then let Denise off the hook for her own mistake by betting too much himself. The fact that trailing players often underbet from this position is a very good reason why leaders should not bet any more than they have to in Final Jeopardy!, even in crush positions.

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22 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, December 1, 2020"

  1. Was able to guess this given distance of the flight and bodies of water that border France. I’ve swum in the Mediterranean in both France and Israel.

    • Chris Stratton | December 1, 2020 at 12:07 pm |

      Your logic and mind matched. I thought of the North Sea, also, but opted for the Mediterranean, thinking that the distance of the trip suggested the latter.

    • Hope no one is misled by “Garros” also sounding vaguely Spanish. Marbella, Spain, to Tetouan, Morocco, is about 70 air miles. I wouldn’t call crossing the 7-mile Strait of Gibraltar “crossing the Mediterranean”, but Marbella to Tetouan is definition a Mediterranean overflight.

  2. Take France and what belonged to France back then. But Andy is right, the Channel will pop into the minds of the players, though it would have taken probably 2 hours max. even with the slow planes back then.

  3. Ryan could still get into the next ToC…..after all, his average of his 4 wins was about 26 K.

    • I thought winnings of $100K or more guaranteed a place in the next ToC.
      Ryan’s 4 day total was $104,526

      • I don’t think so….
        If somebody has 5 wins and even less winnings than ryan, then the 5 game winner overtakes Ryan.

        • TOC tracker should update tomorrow, but he’d be #11 on this list, just ahead of Andy from 2 weeks ago. I doubt that by the end of the season, there’s going to be > another four 5-day champions, or more 4-day champions with a higher $ total. I don’t think any other automatic qualifier tournaments either, with Covid protocols. I wonder what they’re going to do with Zach, although he’s borderline, so best to keep him active for the following TOC and let his streak play out. https://www.jeopardy.com/contestant-zone/toc-tracker

  4. Jason Smith | December 1, 2020 at 8:04 pm |

    Is Amsterdam really considered western Europe? It’s pretty much right in the middle of the continent.
    Wouldn’t “breadbasket” also be acceptable for “prairie” provinces?
    There is a firework called “Black Mamba”. Not sure if the rest of the clue fits it though.

    • Yes, the Netherlands is absolutely considered Western Europe.
      Speaking as a Canadian, they’re not called “the breadbasket provinces”.
      “Black Mamba” and “Black Snake” are different; by way of fireworks safety, they are not interchangeable. One could not get a “black mamba” at home by following that recipe.

  5. The info does not match for show televised in Detroit tonight. Alex’s voice was weird. There were two women (long brown hair and glasses in winner’s position) with a man in the middle. Show was cut off and I didn’t see final question and answer fir 12/1/20 and your info ins’t helping one bit!!! I’m going nuts.

  6. I’m getting worried we won’t see another 5 time winner 🙁

  7. Pizza Face Fred | December 1, 2020 at 10:39 pm |

    Yes, “reflexively.” Guilty! How embarraskin’ . . .

  8. The streak of 0 unplayed clues is alive at, I believe, 8 games now.

  9. Thanks for the summary. Uverse and the local NBC affiliate are at odd’s on Retransmission consent pricing and they turned off the affiliate’s signal at 10 minutes into the show last night. Using Rabbit ears for tonight’s show!

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