Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 1960s Songs) for Monday, January 11, 2021 (Season 37, Game 76):
The name of this title song from a 1964 movie can be translated from Spanish as “Long Live the Meadows”
(correct response beneath the contestants)
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Today is the first day of the post-Alex Trebek era of Jeopardy! — a lot of us don’t know what to expect going forward. I don’t even know what to expect going forward in a lot of ways. What we do know: We’re going to be seeing a series of guest hosts. Ken Jennings has taped six weeks’ worth of shows so far; Katie Couric has been signed on for a week of guest hosting. There will be others who host as well—we still have 29 weeks until the end of the season. A permanent host will be announced for the start of next season.
There will be some guest hosts that you as a fan will like. There will be some guests that you as a fan will dislike. People will agree and disagree about these guest hosts. For the time being, I have decided to keep the comments section open. To my community: you’ve shown that you’ve been willing to engage with my content. As long as you don’t espouse hateful points of view, I am willing to keep this line of engagement open. If you do espouse hateful points of view, I will not grant you a platform here. If you’re going to express an opinion about one host or another, I ask that you make thoughtful, reasoned arguments. I have no patience for those who will just want to fill this site’s comment section with “I don’t like the content of their Twitter account”. Guess what? I don’t like some of the tweets either. I’ve definitely said some stupid things on social media. I wish that some people had taken a few minutes to consider, or even reconsider, what effect their words might have on others before putting them onto Twitter. (My friends can attest: I have definitely asked them, “Is this a good idea to tweet?” — and they have told me otherwise.)
What Alex would have wanted, though, is for everyone to afford the guest hosts—and the eventual permanent host—the same respect that you gave to him.
|Julia Shear Kushner, a lawyer from Long Beach, California
|Tanay Kothari, a business operations associate from Oakland, California
|Jim Gilligan, an assistant professor of English education originally from New York, New York (1-day total: $24,401)
Andy’s pre-game thoughts: Tanay is a name that I recognize; we both run in the same trivia circles. He definitely has the knowledge base to be the post-Trebek era’s first great champion. As always on Jeopardy!, though, the signaling device can be confounding to people. If he gets the breaks, he can go on a run. Will things break his way, though? Only time will tell.
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Correct response: What is “Viva Las Vegas”?
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Viva Las Vegas is a 1964 film starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. The film was both literally and figuratively an Elvis Presley vehicle; the plot of the film literally centered around Elvis’ character (Lucky Jackson) getting enough money to get a new engine for a Maserati in order to compete in a Las Vegas Grand Prix. The title track from the song was a minor hit worldwide, cracking the Top 40 but not the Top 10 in North America, and reaching the Top 5 in a handful of countries worldwide.
The way to get this one correct is knowing that “Las Vegas” translates from Spanish to “The Meadows” in English. This is definitely a clue that will play easier for some at home than others and could definitely trip up a player in-studio if they’re missing the requisite knowledge. I like this Final a lot though; this is the sort of puzzle that Ken would have done really well on as a player and it’s befitting for the first Final of the Ken Jennings era.
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Scores going into Final:
Julia $6,000 – $6,000 = $0 (What is Viva Las Planes?)
Jim $8,400 + $3,601 = $12,001 (What is “Viva Las Vegas”?)
Tanay $26,800 + $0 = $26,800 (What is Viva Las Vegas?) (1-day total: $26,800)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 16 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) NONFICTION $800 (clue #12)
Tanay 4000 -4000 (Jim 1000 Julia 1000)
2) MOVIES BASED ON SHORT STORIES $1200 (clue #3)
Tanay 2200 +2200 (Jim 1200 Julia 4400)
3) OVER THE HILL $1200 (clue #21, $6800 left on board)
Tanay 19600 +4400 (Jim 9200 Julia 4000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 22
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 142 (1.87 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles
Tanay $26,600 Coryat, 27 correct, 2 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Jim $8,400 Coryat, 13 correct, 4 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Julia $6,000 Coryat, 13 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $41,000
Lach Trash: $6,600 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,400
Jim Gilligan, career statistics:
33 correct, 8 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
33.04% in first on buzzer (37/112)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,600
Tanay Kothari, career statistics:
28 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,600)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,600
Julia Shear Kushner, career statistics:
13 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,000
Tanay Kothari, to win:
2 games: 74.823%
Avg. streak: 3.972 games. #Jeopardy
- You don’t realize how much you’re used to Alex’s cadence until you listen to someone else read clues.
- Ken signs off each episode with “Thank you, Alex”. What a nice touch.
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Did Alex have any say in to who would replace him as host?
Alex made it clear in interviews that he wanted no part in that discussion.
I knew that “Viva” can be interpreted in Spanish as “long live” – and the rest just came naturally.
This is uncharted territory for all of us. The one constant for me is that I love Jeopardy! I know everyone will be doing their best to make Alex proud. I plan on keeping any dislikes, should there be any, to myself.
In time, this will all work out.
I hope the exchange of meaningful ides and thoughts pervade across all social platforms and without pressure to remove or scorn by other respectful participants as well as those companies themselves.
No one can expect any guest host to be wildly popular in following Alex. After 30+ years, those are mighty big shoes to fill. Big shoes? More like gunboats. It very much reminds me of Harry Truman when he succeeded the presidency after Roosevelt’s death. No one expected much of him at the time. He was under a HUGE shadow. When he left office his poll numbers were absolutely abysmal. We’re talking about below sewer ratings. After he left office, they climbed decade after decade until now he’s considered the perfect successor. I suppose that this will be the case with one of the guest hosts. One will emerge as the obvious natural to fill some mighty big shoes. So long Alex. We’ll never forget you.
It’s gonna be weird not hearing Alex’s name in the opening credits
It will be interesting to see how much Ken and the other guest hosts try to match Alex’s cadence while reading the clues. While it might not matter to the contestants so much (who may be more likely to read them on their own), a big change in the way the clues are read could be jarring to the average viewer at home.
I hope you’re right on your thoughts about Tanay, Andy.
Wow! Congratulations Tanay!
With his speed on the buzzer and all those correct answers he certainly shows promise to become a high rolling winner many times over!
Wow! Congratulations Tanay! With his speed on the buzzer and all those correct answers he does appear to have what it takes to stay around for a NICE long while!
Again a misleading title for FJ!
“Do you speak Spanish” would be more correct.
So it shows that Spanish – next to Latin and Greek – also helps.
Elvis’s birthday was last Friday. When the show was taped was it intended for today or December 28?
It was intended for today. The announcement to move Alex’s last episodes had been made a week before the taping of today’s game.
Today is Carroll Shelby’s birthday and yeah, Alex’s smooth style and banter will be hard to beat. Even talking with the contestants will seem strange.
Alex can never be replaced but a new host could become special also. Let us all give him or her a chance without comparing them.
Quite simply, I thought Ken was outstanding.
He did very well. I’ve seen people on other sites saying they won’t watch the show if he hosts. That’s not what Alex would want.
I think Ken did just fine today. He had very big shoes to fill but handled it well.
Ken Jennings was not bad! Since he has a connection to Jeopardy, it wasn’t jarring to see him host. Pretty good for his first time out.
Missing Alex terribly…cannot watch Ken Jennings…not my cup of tea…hope his stint is short!
If you consider a six-week already taped stint as being short, you have your wish.
Alex Trebek’s articulation, cadence, voice timbre, and manner over so many years imprinted themselves in my neurons. This will make it very difficult for me to get used to anyone else hosting the show.
I don’t know what you guys think, but I thought Ken did very well. Idk if he has the voice for this, but that’s not really his fault. Other than that I really don’t have any complaints. Maybe he was a little stiff/formal but he’ll loosen up as we go.
Ken did a wonderful job tonight. Leave out anyone who was involved with politics please. We’ve had enough of seeing them and need to see this program to relax and take our minds of things for just a little bit Please
I really hope Austin Rogers gets a shot as guest host. He has a magnetic personality, he makes things fun, and his wit would serve him well in the role.
Jennings did a nice job tonight despite what I’m sure was enormous pressure. He was very respectful of Alex as well.
I don’t think there’s anything the producers could do to get him to move to Los Angeles.
But he’d be a fun guest host.
I have watched Jeopardy for many years and felt that Ken Jennings did an outstanding job. We are all familiar with him since he was a contestant for a good many weeks. Thank you Ken
The cadences were different but that was very smooth for a first time. Very promising!
I credit Mike Richards with a good plan to go with guest hosts for the remainder of the season. Whoever gets the new gig will have a decent gap after Alex’s departure.
My first reaction to watching Ken Jennings’ first show behind the podium: He certainly has “street cred!” Yes, nice touch signing off by thanking Alex.
Congratulations Ken. I enjoyed your debut very much. You met my expectations, on what was likely the most difficult transition in game show history. Sure, your style is different from Alex’s, but then again you didn’t start your career in radio and hone it with a dozen different game shows. That said, you proved that your GOAT status is alive and well; adaptable to a new role. Looking forward to seeing more of this new chapter in Jeopardy!
I am gratified that most comments here were favorable regarding Ken. Considering the circumstances, I thought he was outstanding. Frankly, I cannot understand folks who refuse to watch the show if Ken is hosting. Alex was a legend, but the game is still beautiful and challenging and fun, and is the true star of the show.
Agreed! I thought Ken did a fine job. He was a bit nervous but so was Alex during his first show. I think Ken will get better with every show.
I concur. I watch Jeopardy because I like watching Jeopardy. Whoever ends up as host, I’ll still be watching. If it’s someone I like, it’s a plus.
Thought Ken did an excellent job for a first day. Can’t imagine what was required to prepare. Very respectful to Alex. My only suggestion – Ken should consider slowing down reading the answers. He seemed to be rushing it. I’m sure it will take a few weeks for him to find his groove. But a really nice job. Alex would be proud!
Ken did a very nice job. He opened the show in a touching way. He did his best considering very tough circumstances. He ended with a great deal of respect. I imagine he was pretty nervous. I applaud his efforts! Well done!
I’ll join the chorus too…Ken was terrific tonight, he seems made for the job. Considering the pressure he must have been feeling, it was an outstanding debut, and also appreciated the sign-off. 👍
Well, Ken Jennings was better than I expected, but I do feel he was reading the questions too fast; it was difficult for me to follow along since I was listening and not watching. Hopefully someone will tell him to slow down.
Ken did okay, but I didn’t care for his rhythm or enunciation. He talks a little too fast, which makes his words run together, and the lack of inflection in his voice further blends word sounds together, making his delivery come across monotonous. The jury’s still out, though . . .
I thought Ken did a fabulous job. He didn’t miss a beat and the game kept a good flow. I’d like to see him get it full time. I too think they need to stay away from a mainstream media personality as a permanent host…some of the names being floated as possibilities are too political and I think that would turn off a portion of the fan base.
I too thought Ken did a good job, but seemed a little rushed. “You don’t realize how much you’re used to Alex’s cadence until you listen to someone else read clues.” Very well said Andy. I highly agree with Pizza Face Fred’s comments. I’m sure Ken’s presentation will evolve and I will acclimate.
Ken absolutely CRUSHED it last night. I wouldn’t have known it was the first show he hosted unless you told me. Really looking forward to the next six weeks! Amazing job, Ken! 🙂
I didn’t get any of the three Daily Doubles, but I did get final! Spanish class paid off!
In the early episodes in 1984, Alex came across much like a typical game show host, with rapid-fire delivery. His more measured approach took some time to develop.
Ken did well. There are some things I hope he improves upon—but in general, I’d give him a “B+” grade.
Things I’d like to see him change—his rising-pitch “Nooo…..” response to some incorrect responses, as if he was awaiting both a disagreement from the judges and the other contestants to ring in, was a bit grating. And he was a little fast in some of his cluecreads—which I attribute to nerves.
Most of us saw the first ever Trebek episode when it re-aired a few weeks ago. Compared to that, Ken did great. (Although that difference had more to do with the maturity of the show itself, than either host.). One show in, he’s proving to be worthy of this opportunity.
Those of you who are Saturday Night Live fans know they like to do sketches containing multiple celebrity impersonations. For example, a “Christmas album” of duets between that week’s musical guest (real) and various other singers (impersonations). I full expect to see such a segment of impressions of celebrities auditioning to guest host…
As much as I loved Alex I feel his “measured approach” often resulted in the contestants not being able to clear the board. I thought Ken was great on his first night. I’d be fine with him being the permanent host.