Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category State Name Origins) for Tuesday, January 5, 2021 (Season 37, Game 72):

The names of these 2 states honor a king & his father, who was executed in 1649

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Manisha Munshi, an attorney from San Francisco, California
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Molly Fisher, a college student from Berkeley, California
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Brayden Smith, a policy intern from Las Vegas, Nevada (5-day total: $115,798)
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Correct response: What is North Carolina & South Carolina?


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According to Mental Floss, North and South Carolina were named as such because King Charles II, when granting the 1663 charter that formed the Province of Carolina, wished to honor his father Charles I. Charles I had been executed in 1649 during the English Civil War.

One thing that I think we’ve seen a lot more of these days: awkwardly worded Final Jeopardy! clues. Last night’s certainly wasn’t the greatest worded, and I had a similar reaction when I first read tonight’s. This was understandable back at the start of the season when the writers weren’t as used to the working conditions of COVID, but by this point, the writers have had months to figure this stuff out. They really need to do better with the wording of the clues.


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

Scores going into Final:
Manisha $10,000
Brayden $6,400
Molly $3,800


Tonight’s results:
Molly $3,800 – $3,799 = $1 (What are Georgia and ?)
Brayden $6,400 – $3,601 = $2,799 (What are Georgia and —–?)
Manisha $10,000 – $2,900 = $7,100 (What are Georgia and Alaba) (1-day total: $7,100)


Manisha Munshi, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 5, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Manisha $4,800
Brayden $2,000
Molly -$200


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Opening break taken after: 16 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) A REAL PRIZE $800 (clue #19)
Brayden 1600 -1600 (Molly -1600 Manisha 4600)
2) OF THE LAW $2000 (clue #10)
Brayden 2800 +2800 (Molly 200 Manisha 5600)
3) FICTIONAL SCHOOLS $800 (clue #15, $16800 left on board)
Manisha 11600 -4000 (Brayden 3600 Molly 200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -34


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: MAPS $200 ADVERBS $200
DJ! Round: COLORFUL SCIENCE $400 NORWEGIANS $400 FICTIONAL SCHOOLS $400 POSSESSION IS 9/10 $400
Total Left On Board: $2,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 136 (1.89 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Manisha $14,000 Coryat, 20 correct, 5 incorrect, 41.18% in first on buzzer (21/51), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Brayden $7,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 8 incorrect, 37.25% in first on buzzer (19/51), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Molly $3,800 Coryat, 7 correct, 4 incorrect, 13.73% in first on buzzer (7/51), 1/4 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $25,000
Lach Trash: $9,400 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $17,600

Brayden Smith, career statistics:
160 correct, 21 incorrect
6/8 on rebound attempts (on 19 rebound opportunities)
47.22% in first on buzzer (153/324)
12/14 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $27,800)
2/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,467

Molly Fisher, career statistics:
7 correct, 5 incorrect
1/4 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
13.73% in first on buzzer (7/51)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,800

Manisha Munshi, career statistics:
20 correct, 6 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
41.18% in first on buzzer (21/51)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,000

Manisha Munshi, to win:
2 games: 32.328%
3: 10.451%
4: 3.378%
5: 1.092%
6: 0.353%
Avg. streak: 1.478 games.

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29 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, January 5, 2021"

  1. I incorrectly guessed Georgia and Louisiana (grasping at straws) having only 30 seconds to come up with two state names that contained the names of kings.

  2. How is anyone who MIGHT know of a king’s execution in 1649, going to relate that to a charter of 1663, AND come up with Carolina AND write down those TWO state’s names – in 30 seconds..?

    • If you know English history you will pretty quickly zoom in on Charles (the English Civil War era is quite prominent and interesting). After that, you could just write “what is NC and SC” and get credit.

      • Re-reading your question, I guess the important piece of knowledge that would cut down on time is that “Carol/Carolina” is from the same latin root as Charles. Another instance where that etymological connection comes up is in the Carolingian dynasty/empire of early France, which was founded by Charles Martel (and contained Charlemagne).

        • I made the connection because of Lewis Carrol and Charles Dodgson — Dodgson came up with the pen name by translating Charles to the Latin “Carolinus” and then Anglicized it to Carrol.

        • That’s one of the reasons why Latin= classic education is so important, in a lot of areas. Could not agree more about the importance of that with you!

    • Reviewing the results of Final Jeopardy-
      I rest my case.

      Sorry to see BRAYDEN go but hopefully we will see him again in the T of C

      • I’m sorry Howard, I didn’t realize you were trying to debate. I thought you were sincerely asking how someone could write it down in time, my apologies.

      • Matthew Yothers | January 5, 2021 at 3:26 pm | Reply

        Yeah, looks like Brayden got the buzzsaw this time, but we WILL see him again in the Tournament of Champions

    • My first thought was the two states had to have the same name (Dakotas, Carolinas, Virginia and West Virginia), but after that I couldn’t come up with the correct response in 30 seconds.

  3. I got this final right away, although I did guess. I remember learning in school that the Carolinas were named after a king. So I quickly went to North and South Carolina.

  4. Spread the wealth! Once a good player wins enough to make ToC, I don’t mind to see them lose. But I admit that long streaks do have their attraction.

  5. I totally agree about the poorly worded Final Jeooardy clues. As if it’s not hard enough as it is.

  6. I agree completely with your comment regarding the wording of clues, especially in Final Jeopardy.

    • I guess sometimes the writers just want to appear “fancy”. Sometimes they out-fancy themselves at the cost of the contestants.

  7. I can’t remember a contestant missing four final jeopardy clues in a row. Of course, it would involve them still winning at least the first three games

  8. Brad (not Rutter) | January 5, 2021 at 5:01 pm | Reply

    That was a very subpar performance from Brayden based on his usual standards.

  9. Don’t ask me why…but it’s the funniest things that can stay in one’s mind even decades after hearing the slightest anecdote…
    The correct answer to this came quite easily for me because I had remembered a piece of dialogue in the original “Dr. Dolittle” film (1967 starring Rex Harrison), when Matthew Mugg introduces Tom Stubbins to Polynesia, Dolittle’s parrot as follows…

    I’d like you to meet one of my dearest friends,
    Master Thomas Stubbins.

    Tom, this is Miss Polynesia.
    How do you do, Master Stubbins?

    How do you do, Miss Polynesia?

    You want to watch out for her, Tom.
    She’s 199 years old
    and she can remember every word
    that’s been spoken to her
    since the execution of Charles I in 1648.
    – Isn’t that right, Polynesia?

    No, Matthew, ’twas 1649.
    30 January, to be precise.
    ‘Twas a Tuesday.
    Oh, er, yeah. You see what I mean.

  10. Rough Final as we got another triple stumper.

  11. Gerald Harshman | January 5, 2021 at 6:39 pm | Reply

    I can only remember 2 kings who were executed, Louis of France during the late 1700s and Charles of GB in the 1600s. It had to be NC & SC.

  12. New York is named after James, Duke of York, who later became James II of England and Scotland. James was a son of Charles I. Couldn’t that be a valid answer as well?

  13. I don’t remember the last game I watched where all 3 contestants looked that young.

  14. That was very depressing. Once again the contestants got the century wrong. Once again they showed no knowledge of basic European history. Or maybe they did not associate Carolina and Charles?

  15. Ugh, it was absolutely another awkwardly worded Final. My mind went to King Charles after about ten seconds but thought there must have been another separate name for the second state so I was confused.

  16. Watching Alex deliver so well on these last shows, it’s hard to believe he was gone just 10 days later…what he must have worked through. What an incredible man he was.

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