Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 1, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Mythological Names) for Friday, January 1, 2021 (Season 33, Game 106):

With depths of up to 30,000′, ocean trenches make up a zone named for this brother of Poseidon & his domain

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Matt Kellison, an economist from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Matt Kellison on Jeopardy!
Jill Rausch, a captioner from Phoenix, Arizona
Jill Rausch on Jeopardy!
Lisa Schlitt, a microbiologist from Berwyn, Pennsylvania (6-day total: $139,100)
Lisa Schlitt on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Hades?


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The hadal zone, named after Hades of Greek myth, is the deepest marine habitat on Earth, located between 4 and 7 miles below sea level.

You can find out more about hadal ecosystems at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.


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

Scores going into Final:
Jill $13,200
Lisa $13,000
Matt $9,800


Tonight’s results:
Matt $9,800 – $9,800 = $0 (Who is Marianas?)
Lisa $13,000 – $13,000 = $0 (Who is Pelagus?)
Jill $13,200 – $399 = $12,801 (Who is Tantalus) (1-day total: $12,801)


Jill Rausch, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 1, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jill $6,000
Matt $4,600
Lisa $3,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) A FICTIONAL DEATH $1000 (clue #5)
Jill 1400 +1000 (Lisa -600 Matt 400)
2) BROADWAY SHOWS IN LATIN $1200 (clue #18)
Lisa 9800 +1200 (Jill 10400 Matt 9800)
3) CLASSICAL MUSIC $1200 (clue #26, $4800 left on board)
Lisa 13400 -400 (Jill 10400 Matt 9800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 81


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: FOREIGN EXCHANGE $800 $1000
DJ! Round: CLASSICAL MUSIC $400
Total Left On Board: $2,200


Game Stats:
Jill $13,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 0 incorrect, 18.52% in first on buzzer (10/54), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Matt $9,800 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (18/54), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Lisa $13,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.19% in first on buzzer (19/54), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,400
Lach Trash: $12,400 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,000

Lisa Schlitt, career statistics:
151 correct, 19 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 19 rebound opportunities)
38.40% in first on buzzer (149/388)
7/10 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $11,700)
5/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,657

Jill Rausch, career statistics:
13 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
18.52% in first on buzzer (10/54)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,200

Matt Kellison, career statistics:
17 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
33.33% in first on buzzer (18/54)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,800

Jill Rausch, to win:
2 games: 44.17%
3: 19.51%
4: 8.62%
5: 3.81%
6: 1.68%
Avg. streak: 1.791 games.

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4 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 1, 2021"

  1. This is yet another example of a Final Jeopardy where simple logic could have led to the correct response instead of those far-fetched responses. In Greek Mythology, the two brothers of Poseidon were Zeus and Hades. So those are the only possible responses. The word “depth” in the clue as well as the fact that the god and his domain had the same name leads to the obvious response which is “Hades”.

  2. Gary Kevin Ware | January 2, 2021 at 12:33 am | Reply

    In my opinion, the pronoun ‘his’ is ambiguous as to whether it refers to Poseidon or his brother.

  3. Sure, Tim, if you happen to remember the names of Poseidon’s siblings. If you didn’t, you would plow the depths of your mind and come up with what you come up with.

    • It’s not that hard to remember. After overthrowing their father Cronus, the three brothers divided his kingdom: Zeus got the heavens, Poseidon the sea, and Hades the underworld. Maybe it’s just me, but I always think of them together. But the real giveaway here is that the god in question has the same name as his domain.

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