Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Women & Science) for Friday, January 8, 2021 (Season 37, Game 75):
Dr. Margaret Todd gave science this word for different forms of one basic substance; it’s from the Greek for “equal” & “place”
(correct response beneath the contestants)
We may have lost Alex, but the show must go on. Alex wouldn’t want it any other way. Please, let’s remember him over the next few weeks of banked episodes, and then afford him the same respect to his successors that we afforded Alex when he replaced Art Fleming in 1984. Today is Alex’s last episode; Ken Jennings’ first episode as guest host airs on Monday. Please also remember that no permanent replacement has been named as of yet and that we will be seeing multiple guest hosts before the end of the season, including Ken Jennings and Katie Couric.
Today’s episode was originally scheduled to air on December 25; it was moved back two weeks in order to avoid having Alex’s final episode air on a date with significant pre-emptions (the show on December 25 was pre-empted significantly by the NBA on both the East and West Coasts.)
|Jim Gilligan, an assistant professor of English education originally from New York, New York
|Cliff Chang, a software engineering manager originally from Wilmette, Illinois
|Yoshie Hill, an executive assistant from Colma, California (2-day total: $31,600)
PSA: The best way to keep COVID-19 at bay (and keep Jeopardy! producing new episodes) is for everybody to abide by physical distancing guidelines and when you are not able to do so, properly wear a mask. Ensure that your mask covers both your nose and your mouth.
Are you going on the show and looking for information about how to bet in Final Jeopardy? Check out my new Betting Strategy 101 page!
(Content continues below)
Correct response: What is isotope?
More information about Final Jeopardy: (The following write-up is original content and is copyright 2020 The Jeopardy! Fan. It may not be copied without linked attribution back to this page.)
I’m pleased to see that Alex’s final Final Jeopardy! clue was to do with a contribution by women to science.
Isotopes are two or more forms of a single chemical element with identical atomic numbers (and therefore position on the periodic table) but with different atomic masses and physical properties. For example, carbon has carbon-12 (the most common), carbon-13 (also stable), and carbon-14 (famously radioactive) isotopes; the decay of carbon-14 is famously used in order to accurately date carbon-based materials up to 60,000 years.
Dr. Todd’s coining of the term isotope came from a conversation she was having with family friend Frederick Soddy, who was doing research on radioactive elements that can have multiple atomic masses, stuck trying to figure out what name to give the new discovery. “Isotope” from “isos topos”, or “equal place”, was coined by Dr. Todd.
We have many new offerings at The Jeopardy! Fan Online Store! Order early for Christmas 2020 as shipping and fulfillment will take longer than usual this year! Here are our top sellers:
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Cliff -$400 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Yoshie $12,200 + $0 = $12,200 (What is isotope?)
Jim $12,800 + $11,601 = $24,401 (What is isotope?) (1-day total: $24,401)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) ARTISTS IN EUROPE $800 (clue #2)
Yoshie 1000 +1000 (Cliff 0 Jim 0)
2) CROSS WORLD CLUES $800 (clue #12)
Yoshie 10400 +3000 (Cliff 6000 Jim 4000)
3) HISTORY OF FLIGHT $1200 (clue #23, $8400 left on board)
Cliff 8800 -8800 (Yoshie 13400 Jim 8800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 29
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: HISTORY OF FLIGHT $400 DOG IS MY CO-PILOT $400
Total Left On Board: $800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 142 (1.89 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles
Jim $12,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 38.18% in first on buzzer (21/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Yoshie $9,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 20.00% in first on buzzer (11/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Cliff $8,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 38.18% in first on buzzer (21/55), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $31,000
Lach Trash: $10,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,400
Yoshie Hill, career statistics:
51 correct, 5 incorrect
6/6 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
26.06% in first on buzzer (43/165)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,400)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,067
Cliff Chang, career statistics:
18 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
38.18% in first on buzzer (21/55)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$8,800)
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,400
Jim Gilligan, career statistics:
19 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
38.18% in first on buzzer (21/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,800
Jim Gilligan, to win:
2 games: 38.831%
Avg. streak: 1.635 games.
- Yoshie’s contestant interview talked about crossword puzzles on Wednesday. Knowing this, the situation called for a much larger bet than $3,000 on her Daily Double. The lack of aggression there let Jim back into the game, and he took full advantage to take the lead going into Final Jeopardy.
- I know this is a very difficult task, but keeping tabs on the score would keep players from making crucial strategic errors. When holding a slim lead, you should select low-valued clues; when behind, select high-valued ones.
- It seems to me from watching that the DOG IS MY CO-PILOT $1600 had a tape stoppage so that Alex could officially rule against Yoshie before Final Jeopardy. Because tape stopped, rebounds are not allowed.
Post-Game Video Tribute:
Contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com
When commenting, please note that all comments on The Jeopardy! Fan must be in compliance with the Site Comment Policy.
If you are going to quote any information from this page or this website, attribution is required.