Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, April 15, 2021

Good morning! Today is Thursday, April 15, 2021 (Season 37, Game 144). In case you missed it, the field for the next Tournament of Champions was confirmed yesterday. I’m incredibly excited to see Buzzy Cohen host! That said, here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Physics):

Modern formulations of Newton’s 2 most famous equations both begin with this quantity that’s measured in Newtons

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Lindsay Wilcox, a teacher from Louisville, Kentucky
Lindsay Wilcox on Jeopardy!
Mark Dorosin, a civil rights lawyer from Carrboro, North Carolina
Mark Dorosin on Jeopardy!
Patrick Hume, a project manager originally from Stoneham, Massachusetts (1-day total: $24,401)
Patrick Hume on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Patrick had a very strong game yesterday with a Coryat score north of $20,000; he’s got a better than average chance of defending. The carousel of champions has been spinning faster as of late, though — both Mark and Lindsay are sure to put up a good fight!

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Correct response: What is force?

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Newton’s two most famous equations would certainly be the Second Law of Motion (force equals mass times acceleration) and his law of universal gravitation, also described in terms of force.

As someone who bought a new steering wheel base and rim for sim-racing recently, this was a very easy clue for me — the strength of force feedback wheels are measured in Newton-meters.

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

Scores going into Final:
Patrick $22,100
Mark $10,200
Lindsay $7,800

Tonight’s results:
Lindsay $7,800 + $2,401 = $10,201 (What is force?)
Mark $10,200 – $10,000 = $200 (What are is)
Patrick $22,100 + $0 = $22,100 (What is force?) (2-day total: $46,501)

Patrick Hume, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 15, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Patrick $8,100
Lindsay $3,400
Mark $3,000

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) & I FEEL ALL RIGHT $600 (clue #13)
Patrick 3000 +1500 (Mark 2000 Lindsay 1000)
2) GEMS & JEWELRY $1200 (clue #25)
Lindsay 6600 -4000 (Patrick 19700 Mark 10200)
3) CAPITAL “C” $1200 (clue #29, $2000 left on board)
Lindsay 5800 +2000 (Patrick 20100 Mark 10200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 24

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 171 (1.19 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Patrick $21,200 Coryat, 24 correct, 1 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Lindsay $11,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Mark $10,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,400
Lach Trash: $4,000 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,600

Patrick Hume, career statistics:
49 correct, 3 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
38.60% in first on buzzer (44/114)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,500)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,700

Mark Dorosin, career statistics:
17 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,200

Lindsay Wilcox, career statistics:
15 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,000

Patrick Hume, to win:
3 games: 65.171%
4: 42.473%
5: 27.680%
6: 18.040%
7: 11.757%
Avg. streak: 3.871 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • One thing that I suggest that future contestants do in their preparations: on Daily Doubles, make a bet as though you’re in that contestant’s position. That way, when you get on the show, you’ve had some practice “under pressure”. Daily Double betting is an underrated art.
  • To that end, remember that being “under the lights” can be a stressful experience for many; remember that it’s always better to be kind to people.
  • Thus far, $219,726 has been raised for the North Valley Community Foundation.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, April 15, 2021"

  1. Had to think back to eleventh grade physics for this one. 😉

    Should be an insta-get for anyone with a modicum of physics knowledge, but seems like there’s no danger of overthinking it if you know the subject too well. I like this clue.

  2. I did well in physics and couldn’t remember this, but that was awhile ago (but not before Newton’s time!) Plus asking for a “quantity” made me think they wanted a number. I’m thinking this will be a harder one.

  3. I’ve always thought Buzzy would be a great choice as someone to be the next Jeopardy Host. Funny, quick wit, relates very well to people. And a huge knowledge base going on in his head!

  4. Physics was always my favorite subject in middle school and force came to me in a matter of seconds here. Also Buzzy was a great choice to be the next jeopardy hose for the Tournament of Champions as well given that huge knowledge he has.

  5. Congratulations to Patrick!

    I am SO excited and can hardly wait to see Buzzy Cohen –
    HE of the Big Personality- hosting the T of C next month!!! He is a real dynamo – he will have Jeopardy jumping!!!

  6. As I’m sure Andy was referencing above, Lindsay’s second Daily Double wager left her short of half of Patrick’s score even if she had gotten the last 2000 clue on the board. The only chance she had was for Patrick to ring in and get it wrong and then she to get the rebound. I wonder as it’s all happening if Patrick knew that, too, and no matter how hard he may want to, it was in his best interest not to ring in.

  7. Ronnie Gambardella | April 15, 2021 at 2:50 pm |

    Process of elimination: mass is not measured in newtons neiither is acceleration

  8. I’ve been a professional engineer for nearly 30 years. This one was easy. 😉

  9. Stuart L Rubin | April 15, 2021 at 6:58 pm |

    I think that the show’s producers should placate the fan base and let LeVar Burton host the show for a week or two on a trial run. I personally am not a part of this effort, but I do not see any reason to deny the request.

    • Mike Richards is the kind of producer where, if he’d wanted Plinko gone from Price is Right, a saving petition would have needed CBS intervention to be heard. He has a long-standing reputation in the genre of not giving one whit what the fans want.

      (Note that this is a hypothetical example. He never publicly tried to excise Plinko while working on Price.)

  10. In the player introductions, Mark said he has been “fighting racial justice [for over 25 years]”. The closed captioning faithfully reproduced the gaffe. I bet the civil rights lawyer is going to get a good ribbing from his friends.

  11. Kevin Gauthier | April 16, 2021 at 1:14 pm |

    Personally, it would be difficult for Rodgers to host Jeopardy during the NFL season, as Rolf Benersche tried to do in 1989 on the daytime Wheel of Fortune, before Bob Goen took over for the move to CBS. It would be interesting to have Rodgers’ agent work Jeopardy and the Packers for the best deal.

    The gold standard for athletes hosting game shows would have to be Joe Garagolia, who went from Cardinals catcher to hosting Sale of the Century and To Tell The Truthin the 1970’s while being on the MLB Game of the Week on NBC, usually working with Tony Kubek. It would be nice if Rodgers can pull it off and be the permanent host, it’s a long way to go before a permanent host is named.

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