Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, December 21, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Famous Americans) for Monday, December 21, 2020 (Season 21, Game 29):

After his public comments were criticized by FDR, he resigned his Air Corps Reserve commission in April 1941

(correct response beneath the contestants)

In memory of Alex Trebek, today is the first in two weeks of Alex’s favorite episodes from around the world.. Today’s episode featured a hockey category that was taped at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre with Tie Domi, then of the Toronto Maple Leafs (and father of current Columbus Blue Jackets player Max Domi.) Alex’s last episode airs Friday, January 8, 2021; Ken Jennings’ first episode as guest host airs on January 11.

Today’s contestants:

K.C. Backer, a graduate student from Bloomington, Indiana
K.C. Backer on Jeopardy!
Graham House, a musician from Lincoln, Nebraska
Graham House on Jeopardy!
Ken Jennings, a software engineer from Salt Lake City, Utah (56-day total: $1,906,400)
Ken Jennings on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Charles Lindbergh?

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Charles Lindbergh, who rose to international fame in 1927 for being the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, had become the foremost spokesperson in the United States for non-intervention in World War II by the early 1940s. Lindbergh’s viewpoints were also very pro-eugenics and very similar to those of the Nazis, to the point where many in America viewed him as a Nazi sympathizer. After Lindbergh publicly suggested that America negotiate a neutrality pact with Hitler, FDR declared Lindbergh to be a “defeatist and appeaser”, leading to Lindbergh resigning his commission.

This episode originally aired on Thursday, October 14, 2004. I’m not entirely sure why the New York Times Clue of the Day showed the Final Jeopardy! clue for Friday, October 15, 2004. I’m guessing there was some sort of human error there.

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

Scores going into Final:
Ken $24,800
Graham $6,800
K.C. $6,600

Tonight’s results:
K.C. $6,600 – $6,600 = $0 (Who is NO CLUE)
Graham $6,800 – $6,401 = $399 (Who is Mitchell?)
Ken $24,800 + $5,100 = $29,900 (Who is Lindbergh?) (57-day total: $1,936,300)

Ken Jennings, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 21, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ken $11,300
K.C. $1,800
Graham $1,600

Opening break taken after: 14 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD $800 (clue #14)
Ken 5400 +2100 (Graham 600 K.C. 200)
2) THE HOLE TRUTH $1200 (clue #18)
Ken 17700 +2300 (Graham 4800 K.C. 1000)
3) LAKE CITY $1200 (clue #28, $3600 left on board)
K.C. 4600 +2000 (Ken 21200 Graham 6800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 95

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0

Game Stats:
Ken $22,400 Coryat, 35 correct, 5 incorrect, 64.91% in first on buzzer (37/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Graham $6,800 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
K.C. $5,800 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,000
Lach Trash: $10,200 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,800

Ken Jennings, career statistics:
2069 correct, 204 incorrect
61.36% in first on buzzer (1979/3225)
103/121 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $323,199)
38/57 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $28,140

Graham House, career statistics:
8 correct, 2 incorrect
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,800

K.C. Backer, career statistics:
8 correct, 2 incorrect
10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,800

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, December 21, 2020"

  1. I’m getting a little confused…. so now Brayden is on ice for 2 weeks?

    • Yes—he returns during Alex’s final taped week airing January 4-8; hoping Braydon keeps winning and lasts until Ken takes over as interim host.

    • Marty Cunningham | December 21, 2020 at 2:52 pm |

      It seems like all of Brayden’s shows were taped consecutively, allowing for the standard weekend break between each week’s taping. At the end of Friday’s show, Alex sounded like Brayden would be “back on Monday”. The shows that would have aired this week have been delayed two weeks, so that everyone will have a chance to see Alex’s last show, which would have aired Friday, on Christmas Day, and could have been postponed or pre-empted by the various local stations that carry it across the country. So, it seems to me that they went into the vault and found something to air for two weeks, during the holidays. Alex’s last week will run in two weeks, starting the 4th of January and finishing on the 8th. It will be interesting to see if he recognizes that as his last show or, more likely, he already pre-recorded his final comments, so they could add them whenever they needed to.

  2. On the October 2nd, 2020 game they had this clue about Charles Lindbergh. “Well into 1941 this American hero was against the U.S. entering WWII, but he later flew 50 combat missions in the Pacific.” It was a triple stumper.

  3. Ben (Glutton for Punishment) | December 21, 2020 at 2:53 pm |

    Interesting choice by Ken, who would normally go to the next round number during Daily Doubles, to stop $100 short of an even $30K in the Final. Maybe he liked the competition from socializing beforehand, and didn’t want to show them up too much?

  4. Todd mcdonald | December 21, 2020 at 4:16 pm |

    I’m confused, this website says the clue of the day is Famous Americans, but the Jeopardy website says the clue of the day is Famous Pair, which one is it?

  5. Pinky Hertel | December 21, 2020 at 8:58 pm |

    Hello, new here! Nice site! Did this happen: in the Hockey category, $2000 slot, Alex never said the answer (question). The clue was video of Alex demonstrating stick handling skills, asking for the 13 letter word for the name of the technique. [Dribbling? Too short. Stick handling? Two words.] Anyway, nobody rang in, then Alex teased about his dazzling skills, but never said the answer?!! Anyone notice? What is the answer? I almost ran the category lol. Thanks guys. Love Pinky

    • It was “stickhandling”; yes, stickhandling is one word, and Alex kinda just snuck the correct response in there.

      • Pinky Hertel | December 21, 2020 at 9:24 pm |

        Thank you! I missed that, even rewinded to listen twice! Also, I found the glossary on this site – that answered my next two questions! I am not worthy! Love Pinky

  6. Watching this oldie from 2004 as compared to yesterday’s (modern) episode with Brayden really illustrates how Jeopardy James changed the game. Every category started at the top and worked down. No jumping around, no hunting DD’s. And Ken was so much younger then he’s older than that now. Me too I guess.

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