Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, April 1, 2021

Good morning! Today is Thursday, April 1, 2021. April Fool’s Day. You never know what the show is going to have up its sleeve. Anyway, here’s today’s Final Jeopardy:

Antidisestablishmentarianism: A real-life antidisestablishmentarian, William Bridgeman opposed the 1920 disestablishment of this in Wales

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Scott Shewfelt, a writer originally from Tavistock, Ontario, Canada
Scott Shewfelt on Jeopardy!
KT Lowe, a librarian from St. Clair Shores, Michigan
KT Lowe on Jeopardy!
Emily Seaman, a law clerk from Houston, Texas (1-day total: $8,400)
Emily Seaman on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Emily won last night with an excellent wager in Final Jeopardy, continuing the hex that has somehow been placed on the set preventing us from having a three-day champion. A little bit of improvement on last night’s stats (Emily was only in first on 28% of clues yesterday) would go a long way to helping defend her title. But, if this Final Jeopardy! clues trips people up, Emily has demonstrated a strategic knowledge that will help her chances.


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Correct response: What is (the) Church (of England)?


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Antidisestablishmentarianism is the believe that a church (most specifically, the Anglican church) should continue to receive state sanctioning (as opposed to those who believe that church and state should be separated). In this specific case, the 1914 Welsh Church Act was enacted in response to those who objected to Wales having a state-sponsored church that paid money to the Church of England. In the aftermath of this, the Church of Wales was permitted to keep its property, but no longer received tithe money from the government.

As a disclaimer: “the Church of England” feels like the most correct response to me; it would not surprise me if alternatives were accepted by the judges here.


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

Scores going into Final:
Scott $20,600
Emily $12,000
KT $7,800


Tonight’s results:
KT $7,800 – $7,000 = $800 (What is the United Kingdom?)
Emily $12,000 – $11,997 = $3 (What is Fed Ex?)
Scott $20,600 – $3,401 = $17,199 (What is Cro) (1-day total: $17,199)


Scott Shewfelt, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 1, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Emily $7,600
KT $3,400
Scott $800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) U.S. GEOGRAPHY $400 (clue #23)
Scott 1800 -1000 (Emily 6200 KT 3000)
2) EXPLORING AUSTRALIA $1600 (clue #8)
Scott 3600 +3600 (Emily 8800 KT 5400)
3) IMMORAL LINE $800 (clue #26, $2800 left on board)
Scott 13600 +5000 (Emily 12000 KT 7400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 81


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 169 (1.26 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Scott $15,400 Coryat, 17 correct, 4 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
KT $7,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Emily $12,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 2/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,200
Lach Trash: $13,200 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,600

Emily Seaman, career statistics:
35 correct, 4 incorrect
3/5 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (32/114)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,800

KT Lowe, career statistics:
14 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,800

Scott Shewfelt, career statistics:
17 correct, 5 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,400

Scott Shewfelt, to win:
2 games: 59.858%
3: 35.829%
4: 21.447%
5: 12.837%
6: 7.684%
Avg. streak: 2.491 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Dr. Oz did just say “church”; so, if you just said “church” at home, give yourself credit!
  • The show has always considered “true daily double” to be immediately converted to the equivalent dollar value at the time of utterance; later scoring changes do not alter that number. You as a viewer may not agree with this, and it’s certainly not mathematically perfect, but those are the rules that the show chooses to play under (and today’s refund which took place after an intervening Daily Double is certainly an extreme edge case to normal policy).
  • Thus far, $236,100 has been donated to Healthcorps, Inc.

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24 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, April 1, 2021"

  1. I said “the Church” because I was vacillating on whether to go with the Church of England or the Church of Wales. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to give myself credit….

  2. Is this question an April Fool’s joke?

  3. I was also answering what is the church of england. but still is this an april fools day joke or something? Also, This is the second time emily used Fed Ex as a response which tells me that she is not taking the game seriously. Sure it can be used once to be funny but twice it would be her undoing.

    • I’m quite sure she didn’t know the answer both yesterday and today, and Fed Ex was her humorous way of acknowledging it, my guess unrelated to April Fools Day.

      • I agree it’s an indication that she did not know the answer and couldn’t come up with even a plausible guess. “FedEx” is famous as Ken Jennings’s incorrect FJ answer when he lost his 75th game to end his streak, so that’s probably why she’s using it.

  4. That was a seriously tough FJ! Not a word likely to come up in casual conversation. Congratulations to Scott on some clever wagering – and winning!
    I agree: that “Fed Ex” thing is getting pretty stale.
    Andy, a sincere thank you for reminding us daily of the sad passing of Brayden Smith, a fine young man who left us much too soon. He was an outstanding Jeopardy contestant, a real pleasure to watch. Condolences to his entire family.

  5. Antidisestablishmentarianism was famous about sixty years ago for being the longest word in the English dictionary, although that is no longer true today. Sister Kathy told our third grade class that the longest word was actually “rubber,” because it stretches. Before there were dad jokes there were nun jokes.

  6. I never remember hearing James Holzhauer uttering the phrase “true daily double” … but he essentially did that a lot !

  7. Brad (not Rutter) | April 1, 2021 at 5:01 pm | Reply

    Tough final. Well earned win from Scott.

  8. I could do without the revolving door of champions, but I am enjoying the trend of big comebacks.

  9. Two things I want to point out regarding the scoring changes immediately prior to Double, something I refer to as “asymmetric application”

    All three responses were resolved in the manner most favorable to the player involved.
    A correct answer is always credited as such, even it would never have been given but for the judges’ mistake. (In this instance, had Emily given “earthquake” as the judges had intended, she would have kept the money she’d have earned for it.)

    The “case book” contains a similar instance of a complex overturn like this: http://jeopardy.mattcarberry.com/j-casebook.html#complex

  10. Have the judges ever awarded all three contestants money at the same time during a correction?

  11. Was anyone else confused by the last double Jeopardy clue? Columbus was a sailor FOR Spain but not FROM Spain (Spanish sailor).

  12. Did I mishear a question about Toronto being the capital of Ontario?

  13. I got the triple stumper two days in a row!

  14. Toronto is the capital of Ontario, and Ottawa is the capital of Canada.

  15. Maybe this is just me, but if a clue could have (at least) three acceptable responses, shouldn’t that clue get thrown out before the taping for being too ambiguous? Or could this possibly be another consequence of not having all the writers together?

    On a less important note, it bugs me that they said there was a “Three Corners” with UT, AZ, and NV. Nevada’s border is definitely a straight line at the UT/AZ corners.

  16. Prithvi Sudhakar | April 2, 2021 at 9:50 am | Reply

    I don’t know if we’ll ever have antidisestablishmentarianism as a FJ category again. Probably not.

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