Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Geography) for Wednesday, January 13, 2021 (Season 37, Game 78):

The Oyapock river forms part of Brazil’s 400-mile border with the territory of this European country

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Cameron Whiteside, a real estate agent from Mesa, Arizona
Cameron Whiteside on Jeopardy!
Josiah Jenkins, a risk management professional originally from Rugby, North Dakota
Josiah Jenkins on Jeopardy!
Lucy Ricketts, an illustrator originally from Atlanta, Georgia (1-day total: $33,100)
Lucy Ricketts on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Lucy showed she wasn’t afraid to play aggressively when she needed to, parlaying a $9,000 True Daily Double into a big win yesterday. With a 71.7% chance of winning today per the prediction model, the chances are good of us seeing the post-Trebek era’s first multi-day winner.

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Correct response: What is France?

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Yes, France does still have territory in South America; French Guiana is an overseas department of France; as recently as 2010 its voters voted for full integration into the French state. It’s the only territory in the Americas to be fully integrated into a European country. A large part of the French Guiana economy is due to the fact that the Guiana Space Center is located there; it serves as the European Space Agency’s primary launch site near the equator. (Launch sites as close to the equator as possible are preferable because it takes less energy to maneuver a spacecraft into orbit from the equator.)

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Scores going into Final:
Lucy $31,400
Josiah $9,400
Cameron $2,300

Tonight’s results:
Cameron $2,300 + $2,103 = $4,403 (What is France?)
Josiah $9,400 + $8 = $9,408 (What is France?)
Lucy $31,400 – $1 = $31,399 (What is Suriname?) (2-day total: $64,499)

Lucy Ricketts, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 13, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Lucy $6,600
Josiah $4,200
Cameron -$900


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) NATIONAL HERITAGE AREAS $1000 (clue #15)
Cameron -200 -500 (Lucy 2400 Josiah 3000)
2) COMPANY NAME ORIGINS $1200 (clue #23)
Lucy 18200 +4000 (Josiah 9400 Cameron 300)
3) CHOREOGRAPHERS $1600 (clue #29, $2000 left on board)
Lucy 25400 +4000 (Josiah 9400 Cameron 2300)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -12

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 142 (1.82 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Lucy $26,200 Coryat, 28 correct, 1 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Josiah $9,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Cameron $2,800 Coryat, 7 correct, 5 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,400
Lach Trash: $10,000 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,600

Lucy Ricketts, career statistics:
51 correct, 4 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
39.47% in first on buzzer (45/114)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $19,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,800

Josiah Jenkins, career statistics:
16 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,400

Cameron Whiteside, career statistics:
8 correct, 5 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$500)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $2,800

Lucy Ricketts, to win:
3 games: 81.945%
4: 67.150%
5: 55.026%
6: 45.091%
7: 36.950%
Avg. streak: 6.539 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Thank you to Mark Barrett and Jay Johnson for their assistance in providing the information for this game.
  • Yes, Cameron is the first horse to compete on Jeopardy!. (If you don’t get why I’m saying this, watch the contestant interviews.)

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31 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, January 13, 2021"

  1. Raul Norbert Pinto | January 13, 2021 at 9:40 am |

    I guessed French Guiana. Shows how important it is to read the question carefully.

  2. J’ai choisi La France! 🇫🇷

  3. Helps if you read or saw “Papillon”….French Guiana is still French, Dutch Guiana is now Suriname and British Guiana became simply Guyana. Of course the British have to spell it with a “y”…😀

  4. I was concerned when I read that Aaron Rodgers was going to guest host. I thought the genuine reason for guest hosting this season was to find a permanent host. Rodgers is not going to retire after this year so why is he guest hosting. If everyone respects Alex Trebek do much, why is Jeopardy not being more serious. The host for the Jeopardy selection process should be serious and respectful. No gimmicks please.

    • No, the reason for guest hosting is to allow people in the Jeopardy! family to pay tribute to Alex. There is going to be no correlation between the guest host list and anyone considered (or not) for the permanent gig.

      • Well they aren’t going to pick someone as a permanent host who hasn’t been a guest host. Unless the person is universally cherished (which aside from Alex, I can’t think of many today), and already been proven in another fast paced hosting gig.

        • That’s certainly your opinion—I see no guarantees that the permanent host will have served as a guest host.

          • OK. I must say that so far I’ve been very impressed with Ken Jennings as host, much more than I expected to be. I personally would love to see Jeff Probst as guest host, as he did host Rock & Roll Jeopardy for its duration.

    • It’s not that serious Chet

  5. John McCleary | January 13, 2021 at 1:31 pm |

    I really am a fan of how Ken reads quicker. I think it helps the fact that every clue gets read, therefore, higher paydays.

  6. “It’s the only territory in the Americas to be fully integrated into a European country.”

    What about Saint Pierre and Miquelon off the south coast of Newfoundland? Or is its relationship with France different than that of French Guiana?

    • Saint Pierre and Miquelon is an overseas self-governing territory but is not fully integrated into France.

  7. Lucy’s DD wager on the the second to last clue was risky in that if she missed it, she would have dropped from 25200 to 21200. With Josiah at 9400, and one 2000 clue left on the board, she could have lost her lock on the game.

    It’s a moot point, but given the opportunity, I don’t think anyone wants to lose a chance at a lock going into final jeopardy.

    • That was a very risky bet on her part. Either she couldn’t do the quick math or didn’t consider it. A game she dominated could have been lost if she missed the clue.

  8. Marty Cunningham | January 13, 2021 at 3:14 pm |

    Might as well throw in my two cents about the transition period, along with everyone else. I have only seen the first two shows this week, but i think Ken has done a very good job as guest host. He himself has admitted each night how inadequate he feels and certainly in awe of what Alex did and how easy he made it look. I do not always just sit and watch the game, but may actually be prepping dinner while i watch, so for me there is always the aural element, of listening to the clues and knowing when to answer ( i truly did not know about the ‘enable’ lights around the clue board until i went to my first audition, i did not know there was a visual clue as to when to ring in, i had always just listened to Alex’s voice, and followed his cadence, but being able to read ahead of him did help formulate an answer sooner). So, yes, Ken does have a different cadence to his readings. Some have said that he seems to read faster, so more clues get uncovered, but, really, it is based more on the ‘fill’ in between each clue, and whether Ken or the contestant(s) make clues. Anyone who has been on the show in the last few years will remember the one production assistant who always came out during the breaks to remind us to be succinct when calling for clues (what i called the “infamous Planes, Trains and Automobiles speech” – “Just say “Planes for 6”. no “I think i will take Planes, Trains and Automobiles for 600(dollars)(please)”) Those things really eat into the time allotted for each round.
    But, back to Ken, i think he is doing a good job. It was nice to see his interview on the show website, and get his take on how he thinks he did, and loved the advice from his wife to remember how Alex probably did during his first weeks on the job.
    I had always felt that they would probably use the balance of this season to screen guest hosts, and then announce a new, permanent replacement at the start of Season 38, when production probably resumes in July. It is nice to know that some of these guest hosts are not actually auditioning, but may just taking a chance to offer a tribute to Alex. Exec Producer Mike Richards had to know that this time would come when he took over from Harry Friedman at the end of Season 36, so I think he has done a good job so far of steering this ship through very rough waters. I have been reading Alex’ memoir, and on the first pages, he points out how, from day one, he wanted to be the ‘host’ of the show, and not the ‘star’ like on most other game shows, because he always felt that the contestants and the material were the real stars – the producers will do well to find another person who shares that same sentiment. That i think will be key, someone can always grow into the rest of the job.

    • Do you think the faster clue reads would have affected your ability to come up with the correct response or your confidence in ringing in as soon as the window opened?

    • That is some really fun and interesting “behind the scenes” information for those who have not been contestants on the show. Thank you for including it in your thoughts.
      For my part, I, too, am often buzzing around the house, cooking dinner and popping into the living room if I hear laughter or applause, and otherwise unwinding from the day rather than sitting and watching the entire 25 minutes from start to Final. Tonight was one of those “watches” and for the first time all week it occurred to me that the voice that has been so familiar to me over the years in responding with Jeopardy Questions was now giving Jeopardy Answers. It was very confusing for several seconds. Ken Jennings, you are honoring Alex by making it your own. I don’t think he would have wanted it any other way.

  9. Brian Green | January 13, 2021 at 3:30 pm |

    Not sure why they would consider a sports figure for host. The one they have right now has won more Jeopardy championships than all the other sports GOATs combined.

    James Holzhauer: 32-time Jeopardy champion
    Jack Nicklaus: 18-time golf major champion
    Babe Ruth: 7-time World Series champion
    Michael Jordan: 6-time NBA champion
    Tom Brady: 6-time Super Bowl champion
    Wayne Gretzky: 4-time Stanley Cup champion

    Combined total: 73
    Ken Jennings: 74

    • But if you had included Bill Russell instead of Michael Jordan 🙂

      • Brian Green | January 13, 2021 at 6:41 pm |

        Yeah, I know what you mean. But I was really naming off players that a strong majority of people think are the best to ever do it in their respective sports. If they’re not, they’re certainly the most famous.

    • Hardly an apples-to-apples comparison. For the athletes, you counted championships—which are once-a-year opportunities. For Jennings and Holzhauer, you counted wins—daily opportunities.

      If you’re going to count wins—there are about two dozen pitchers in the MLB 300 win club. Each has more than quadruple the wins you’ve credited to Jennings.

      • Yeah, and Arnold Palmer had 97 tour wins and some guy named Tiger Woods has 148 tour wins.There are also a couple of tennis players with 20 majors not counting other tour victories.

  10. I think that Ken Jennings is off to a great start. My only criticism is that he should read the Final Jeopardy clue a bit more slowly and with greater intensity, the way Alex did. Also, I would love to see David Faber of CNBC guest host for a week.

  11. Thanks for the clarification Andy.

  12. Brad (not Rutter) | January 13, 2021 at 5:10 pm |

    Sadly the impeachment prevented me from watching today. I am done predicting anyone will put together a long streak based on the failure of recent strong champions.

  13. I would love to see John Hodgman as the next host.

  14. Thank you very much Andy for reminding us that impeachment proceedings may cause delays or preemptions and that bringing the culprits of that awful assault on our democracy to justice is of utmost importance.

  15. Quinn Morrison | January 13, 2021 at 9:35 pm |

    Ellen degeneres would be a good host too

  16. It’s incredible that this came up as a Final Jeopardy. It’s even more incredible that Lucy missed it considering her performance so far. Obviously Suriname and Guyana are independent countries, as well as the other ten entities on South America’s mainland, leaving French Guiana as the only one of Brazil’s neighbors that is not an independent country, and obviously the “French ” in the name implies that it belongs to France.

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