Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, January 4, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Literary Characters of the 1600s) for Monday, January 4, 2021 (Season 37, Game 71):

When the title character tells him that a great adventure may win him an island he can govern, he leaves his family

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Teal Patterson, a lawyer originally from Gainesville, Florida
Teal Patterson on Jeopardy!
David Kaye, a high school English teacher from Scottsdale, Arizona
David Kaye on Jeopardy!
Brayden Smith, a policy intern from Las Vegas, Nevada (4-day total: $97,799)
Brayden Smith on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Sancho Panza?

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Sancho Panza is the squire in Miguel de Cervantes’ famous 1605 novel Don Quixote; prior to being recruited as a squire, Sancho Panza was a simple farmer, but he left his family when he was promised a petty governorship for serving as squire.

If you’re looking at this clue and wondering how to figure out if they want Don Quixote and not Sancho Panza: note how they said “the title character” and not “this title character” and all “he/him” pronouns in the clue referred specifically to Sancho Panza.

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

Scores going into Final:
Brayden $23,800
David $14,800
Teal $5,000

Tonight’s results:
Teal $5,000 – $5,000 = $0 (Who is Robinson Crusoe)
David $14,800 – $14,800 = $0 (Who is Robinson Crusoe)
Brayden $23,800 – $5,801 = $17,999 (Who is Gulliver?) (5-day total: $115,798)

Brayden Smith, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 4, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Brayden $12,200
David $4,800
Teal $1,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) GEOGRAPHIC ETYMOLOGY $600 (clue #17)
Brayden 5200 +5200 (David 4200 Teal 0)
2) 3-NAMERS IN AMERICAN HISTORY $1200 (clue #3)
David 6400 +6400 (Brayden 12600 Teal 1000)
3) -OLOGIES $800 (clue #16, $13200 left on board)
David 21200 -10000 (Brayden 17400 Teal 3000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 153

Unplayed clues:
DJ! Round: -OLOGIES $400 REPLICAS $400 HOW DO YOU… $400
Total Left On Board: $1,600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 130 (1.83 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Brayden $19,200 Coryat, 23 correct, 1 incorrect, 44.23% in first on buzzer (23/52), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Teal $5,000 Coryat, 5 correct, 0 incorrect, 7.69% in first on buzzer (4/52), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
David $19,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 36.54% in first on buzzer (19/52), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,800
Lach Trash: $5,400 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,200

Brayden Smith, career statistics:
144 correct, 12 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
49.08% in first on buzzer (134/273)
11/12 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $26,600)
2/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,320

David Kaye, career statistics:
19 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
36.54% in first on buzzer (19/52)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,600

Teal Patterson, career statistics:
5 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
7.69% in first on buzzer (4/52)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,000

Brayden Smith, to win:
6 games: 82.421%
7: 67.932%
8: 55.990%
9: 46.148%
10: 38.036%
Avg. streak: 9.689 games.

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22 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, January 4, 2021"

  1. Memory fails me. Is the episode that is being aired today (Monday, 4 January 2021) the most recent episode that was originally aired with Brayden Smith as a contestant?


    • John McCleary | January 4, 2021 at 1:03 pm |

      Jasper, it is the episode airing today. (1-4-2021)

    • Gary Kevin Ware | January 4, 2021 at 6:19 pm |

      It is the episode that was originally supposed to air December 21, 2020 but Alex Trebek’s last week was postponed two weeks.

  2. Matthew Yothers | January 4, 2021 at 1:07 pm |

    Buzzsaw Brayden has done it again, and he finally reached the $100,000 mark and secured his spot in the Tournament of Champions.

    • But because he won 5 games, the amount is rather irrelevant. But it helps, should there be a lot of 5 game winners, though it does not look like this is going to happen.

      • Matthew Yothers | January 5, 2021 at 12:26 am |

        But with that $17,999 win, he just passed Kevin Walsh to become the biggest winner of the season so far. Hopefully, he’ll add to it tomorrow.

  3. They all misread the question as did I and gave a title character. And I also grasping at straws said Robinson Crusoe.

    • Not just that, but 1600s was in there as a way to keep people from guessing both Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver.

      I thought we might see someone guess a Shakespearean character, to be honest.

    • I had zero idea of the answer; but Gulliver and Crusoe were off by 100 years. I think most contestants would have been very challenged to come up with Sancho Panza OR Don Quixote.

  4. I have never heard of Sancho Panza.

  5. For 2 WEEKS I’ve been hoping we’d see Brayden hit that $100K mark! I hope he continues but now my attention will be all on Alex – God rest his soul. 😔

  6. I feel for David, he knew that last DD but made a mistake. Could have easily won this game. Maybe shouldn’t have bet so much, but probably was confident in the category.

  7. Another close call for Braydon. Definitely good, though reminds me of Jason Z and capable of a streak like him, but a little luck with skill helps. We shall see!

  8. Brad (not Rutter) | January 4, 2021 at 5:04 pm |

    Wow- I could tell David would be tough just by looking at him. Brayden’s streak saved by a mental lapse from David. Hoping he makes it to Jennings’ first episode!

  9. We start the year with a triple stumper as today’s Final Jeopardy is tough.

  10. R. B. Smada | January 4, 2021 at 7:30 pm |

    He did it! Hallelujah! Good job Brayden!

  11. Strangely, they all had the wrong century and they all had title characters in their responses when the clue clearly indicates that the character in question was not the title character. They must have known that they had zero chance of being correct. Those were not even wild guesses. A wild guess would have been any of several characters in Shakespeare or Moliere, for example, or even Giambattista Marino or Grimmelshausen.

  12. Scott Bryant | January 5, 2021 at 12:26 pm |

    My wife and I just finished reading Don Quixote so we were correct. None of the contestants were really even close.

  13. Prithvi Sudhakar | January 5, 2021 at 2:48 pm |

    I thought the answer to Final Jeopardy was Friday (from Robinson Crusoe).

  14. I actually guessed this one before the clue was even read (I always try to do so with Final, sight unseen). Still, it wasn’t super-easy…Don Quixote is one of those books everyone sorta knows but haven’t actually read.

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