Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, January 21, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category British Writers) for Thursday, January 21, 2021 (Season 37, Game 84):

When Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days in 1926, this British fellow writer tried to find her with the help of a spiritual medium

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Stephanie Thompson, a PR specialist from San Diego, California
Stephanie Thompson on Jeopardy!
Robert Ortega Jr., a civilian investigator from Alhambra, California
Robert Ortega Jr. on Jeopardy!
Brian Chang, an attorney from Chicago, Illinois (2-day total: $34,202)
Brian Chang on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?


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In December 1926, famed mystery writer Agatha Christie disappeared. While she was found 11 days after her December 3 disappearance, the intervening period was a sensational time for the English press, as the country made every effort to find her. In all of the hubbub, noted author (and occultist) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the famed author of the Sherlock Holmes stories) took one of Christie’s gloves to a medium in an attempt to help find her. Christie’s autobiography makes no mention of this disappearance and many of its circumstances remain a mystery to this day.


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

Scores going into Final:
Brian $16,300
Stephanie $6,000
Robert $1,800


Tonight’s results:
Robert $1,800 – $223 = $1,577 (Who is Orwell?)
Stephanie $6,000 + $3,998 = $9,998 (Who is Arthur Conan Doyle?)
Brian $16,300 – $0 = $16,300 (Who is Shaw??) (3-day total: $50,502)


Brian Chang, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 21, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Robert $5,400
Stephanie $3,600
Brian $2,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) POPES $600 (clue #22)
Brian 1000 +1000 (Robert 4000 Stephanie 2600)
2) CANADIAN PLACES $2000 (clue #13)
Brian 6800 +3000 (Robert 1400 Stephanie 5200)
3) AMPHIBIANS $1200 (clue #15, $12400 left on board)
Brian 11400 +100 (Robert 1400 Stephanie 5200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 145


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: AMPHIBIANS $800 ALMOST RHYMES WITH PURPLE $400 5 MORE “C”s OF DIAMONDS $400 POP CULTURE PRINCESSES $400
Total Left On Board: $2,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 150 (1.79 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Brian $16,000 Coryat, 22 correct, 3 incorrect, 41.51% in first on buzzer (22/53), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Stephanie $6,000 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 16.98% in first on buzzer (9/53), 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Robert $1,800 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.64% in first on buzzer (12/53), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $23,800
Lach Trash: $17,000 (on 14 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,200

Brian Chang, career statistics:
70 correct, 8 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
40.12% in first on buzzer (67/167)
5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,700)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,533

Robert Ortega Jr., career statistics:
10 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
22.64% in first on buzzer (12/53)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $1,800

Stephanie Thompson, career statistics:
11 correct, 2 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
16.98% in first on buzzer (9/53)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,000

Brian Chang, to win:
4 games: 49.755%
5: 24.755%
6: 12.317%
7: 6.128%
8: 3.049%
Avg. streak: 3.990 games.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, January 21, 2021"

  1. The FJ clue brought back memories of a Doctor Who episode from the David Tennant era dealing with her disappearance. Upon further investigation the episode did not mention Doyle but rather involved the Doctor and alien wasps. 🙂

  2. It appears by his FJ! wager that Brian knows what categories are his weak ones.

    • And he got away with it because of his second runaway in 3 games…..

      Have a nice and safe weekend everybody!!

  3. Orwell and Shaw? Those guys are not even mystery writers. Robert and Brian must not have heard of sherlock holmes. Obviously this was a very easy final and the guys should have gotten it.

    • The clue didn’t specify the fellow British writer was a mystery writer, and I’d bet both gentlemen have heard of Sherlock Holmes. I believe you should give them a break. Obviously.

    • The clue didn’t specify “mystery writer.” ACD would have been my choice, but I could understand Orwell or Kipling being in play (as British writers of the era). Kipling was an answer only a few weeks ago, but I doubt today’s contestants were aware of that. Shaw was Irish.

    • The easiest clues are the ones you know. I guessed this one correct because of the timeframe, but I in know way ‘knew’ it. I’d never even known that Agatha Christie had disappeared after her husband asked for a divorce.

  4. Danielle Cox | January 21, 2021 at 4:25 pm |

    @Brian Chang – What is your impression of Ken? As a contestant, I would value your opinion very much! (I know better than to ask if you have had any of the other hosts 🙂 I have been enjoying watching you!

    • I think he’s doing a great job! He’s as affable as he seems on TV and handled the troll gracefully and cleverly.

  5. Brad (not Rutter) | January 21, 2021 at 5:11 pm |

    Fantastic back half of double jeopardy from Brian. Was looking like he was a goner for a while there.

  6. @Brian Chang—when Ken gave the correct answer “girdle” (the first response in the category “almost rhymes with purple”), and then said, “it kind of almost rhymes with purple,” before turning to you for the next category, I was SO hoping you had remained stone-faced, said, “no it doesn’t”, and then immediately moved on. 🤣 It would have been the perfect follow up to your earlier H&R Block troll. Oh well… 😁

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