Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, April 16, 2021

Good morning! Today is Friday, April 16, 2021 (Season 37, Game 145). Today is the last day of Aaron Rodgers’ host stint, I thought he has done a much better job than anybody expected! $219,726 has been raised so far for the North Valley Community Foundation; Anderson Cooper begins hosting next week. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American Names):

One of the luminaries who drove in the “Golden Spike” in Utah in 1869 was this man who later founded a university

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Danielle Henry, a marketing professional from Seattle, Washington
Danielle Henry on Jeopardy!
Dakota Lupo, a documentary filmmaker originally from Baldwin, New York
Dakota Lupo on Jeopardy!
Patrick Hume, a project manager originally from Stoneham, Massachusetts (2-day total: $46,501)
Patrick Hume on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Patrick has made it to 2 wins; he wasn’t quite as dominant on the buzzer on Day 2 than he was on Day 1, though. If his performance continues to fall on the buzzer, though, he’ll certainly be vulnerable to having his streak snapped. Also, as you’ll see below, today is the sort of day where second place might have the advantage going into Final.

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Correct response: Who is Leland Stanford?

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Leland Stanford was the President of the Central Pacific Railway in 1869 at the time of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, and was later the founder of Stanford University (ironically, the arch-rival of the University of California, Berkeley—Aaron Rodgers’ alma mater).

My prediction is that at least two, if not all three contestants are going to see “Utah” + “University” and immediately write down Brigham Young, and Aaron will make a joke about nobody really knowing about Stanford.

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Scores going into Final:
Patrick $17,600
Danielle $10,600
Dakota $7,800

Tonight’s results:
Dakota $7,800 – $7,800 = $0 (Who is B. Young)
Danielle $10,600 – $7,001 = $3,599 (Who is Brigham Young?)
Patrick $17,600 – $3,601 = $13,999 (Who is Brigham Young?) (3-day total: $60,500)

Patrick Hume, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 16, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Patrick $7,200
Dakota $2,600
Danielle $1,800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) HISTORY ON ICE $600 (clue #14)
Danielle 1200 -1200 (Patrick 2800 Dakota 1400)
Danielle 8600 +2000 (Patrick 6000 Dakota 6600)
3) LATIN PHRASEBOOK $800 (clue #27, $4800 left on board)
Patrick 11200 +4000 (Dakota 7800 Danielle 10600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -41

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 171 (1.18 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Patrick $14,400 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Danielle $11,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Dakota $7,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,000
Lach Trash: $14,200 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800

Patrick Hume, career statistics:
70 correct, 6 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
37.43% in first on buzzer (64/171)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,500)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,267

Dakota Lupo, career statistics:
13 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,800

Danielle Henry, career statistics:
14 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $800)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,800

Patrick Hume, to win:
4 games: 61.796%
5: 38.187%
6: 23.598%
7: 14.582%
8: 9.011%
Avg. streak: 4.617 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • After watching these two weeks, I really think that Jeopardy! would not be making a mistake if Aaron Rodgers were to be named Alex Trebek’s replacement.
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35 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, April 16, 2021"

  1. I’ll admit that I fell for the “Utah”/”Brigham Young” trap that Andy mentioned in his FJ write-up.

    I’m not a big fan of clues which have a seemingly-intentionally misleading wording like this. I think it would have been a better clue if instead of “in Utah”, it had said “in the Transcontinental Railroad”. (But maybe that would have been too long of wording for the Chyron?)

    • Actually this clue isn’t bad. I was thinking Brigham Young at first, but he would be unlikely to participate in a “secular” event like this, better to go for an industry baron, and Stanford is the obvious choice.

      • Actually Young is a reasonable guess as the railroad had negotiated a contract with him to supply workers for grading and track work and BYU was established in the mid 1870’s. However from reading “Hell on Wheels” recently knew that he was absent from the spike ceremony. Also remembered Stanford from the book.
        Have really enjoyed Aron Rodgers as host.

      • But I suspect the main reason you, me, all three contestants, and many others were thinking Brigham Young is because the clue said, “…in Utah…”. Almost always, if there is a portion of the clue which doesn’t truly need to be in the clue, it is there to act as a secondary clue. Removing “…in Utah…” from the clue really doesn’t change the basis of the clue–so most J! fans and contestants quickly (be it consciously or subconsciously) conclude that it is a secondary clue–which directs them to Young, whether they realize that is what has happened or not. Good secondary clues are great and are one of the hallmarks of this show–but because of that, secondary clues which clearly lead the readers astray are not in keeping with the typically high standards of the show.

      • Ronnie Gambardella | April 18, 2021 at 8:25 am |

        I was just the opposite; My gut said “Stanford from the start:only because “Young/Utah/College” was far too obvious. I waivered a little halfway through the theme song, but stuck to my intincts gained from decades of Jeopardy watching.

  2. My thought: if we are thinking Brigham Young at first, and we need the remainder of our 30 seconds to write it down, there won’t be much time left to ponder ANY other name.

  3. Aaron Rodgers really grew on me over the two weeks. Although the producers may ultimately “pass” on him as permanent host, he at least laid the foundation for a future career in television.

    • With good scheduling, maybe he could host Jeopardy and play NFL. Maybe tape extra episodes in the summer to last during football season.

  4. I still don’t feel that LeVar should host.

  5. Stanford University’s full name is “The Leland Stanford Junior University”. I almost answered with “Junior” as part of Leland Stanford’s name, but then remember that the university is actually named after the son of Leland Stanford, who died tragically (of typhoid?) as a teenager.

  6. However unlikely it might be, I wonder how accommodating the Jeoprdy folks would be to Aaron Rodgers’ schedule if he were chosen to be the new host BUT still wanted to hang onto his Sunday job a while longer.

    Like others, I have been pleasantly surprised by his performance. But, there are several other guest hosts to come, and it’s likely that one or more of them will generate positive “Buzz” (pun intended).

  7. I guessed Brigham Young! I wouldn’t say it was a trap for me, though, as I legitimately had no other thoughts. American history is not a strong suit for this Canadian.

    It did cross my mind that that seemed a tad too easy after a string of easy FJs already this week, but I would have to believe the producers would randomize the Final Jeopardy clues. It would be disappointing for the difficulty of one day’s clue to be tied to the difficulty of the next.

    Credit where it’s due, those are solid wagers from all three contestants. Glad Patrick got the crush, would have been disappointing to lose this one from the lead on a Triple Stumper.

    • One addendum: I firmly believe the Final Jeopardy clues should be pegged as closely as possible to the same difficulty level in the first round of tournaments, when game losers are able to advance.

  8. Jack Murray | April 16, 2021 at 2:03 pm |

    I guessed Andrew Carnegie.

    • I remember a triple stumper when all three contestants said Carnegie and the correct person was Vanderbilt.

  9. I thought that Aaron Rodgers did a fine job. Wouldn’t mind seeing him as the permanent host going forward.

    Has anyone else (besides me) entertained the idea that permanent hosting might rotate among three-four people on a regular basis? Each host would bring his/her own approach to the position, complementing the other three.


  10. I also got brigham Young and Stanford didn’t come to me either. it’s not even a trap for me. I did not even study up on this in American History back in grade school

    I have to say these are solid wagers today and I think patrick might just make it to four games on monday if there is an easier FJ next week. Furthermore I am happy with how well Aaron Rodgers has guest hosted so far in jeopardy and wouldn’t be surprised if he was Alex’s permanent replacement

  11. Jasper…..I thought exactly the same thing. No one person will replace Alex so why try. Pick 3 to 4 people who are really good and go forward. Since they tape so far ahead, this works for that scenario.

    • Why would a game show need multiple hosts on a permanent basis?

      • Whoever gets it, that’s a sweet job…as I remember the filming schedule correctly…twice a week, 3 weeks a month, 9 months per year…so, do the math…2 X 3 X 9 = 54 days (maximum) of actual work (at least for the host), and most likely a $10 Mil+ per year paycheck. I wonder…if Pat Sajak, Vanna, and Alex negotiated the re-ups on their contracts as a trio, which is widely rumoured, I wonder if a new host is named, would they be automatically in on this troika? BTW…has anyone ever mentioned Will Ferrell as a possible host? Or what about Jeff Probst? Remember, he did Rock & Roll Jeopardy.

        • This “sweet job” post reminds me of the old “Late Night with David Letterman” back when he was on NBC after Carson. One of his regular bits was “Viewer Mail”, which he’d typically do every Thursday (the last new episode of the week–there was no new Friday show at the time, as the executives at NBC thought everyone is out on Fridays so it wasn’t worth producing new content). One of the letters he read (and it was truly a “letter”, this was pre-email) said, “Since you only work an hour a day, would it be that (expletive) hard for you to come in on Fridays too??” The crowd reaction was huge–to the point that it was credited with convincing network executives to add a Friday night episode the following season.

  12. Been watching Classic Concentration. The host? Alex Trebeck!

  13. Category–“Countries in the Dictionary”. The clues are all about countries whose names are also English words, with the clues being about the English definition. (china, chad, guinea, etc.) So I was a bit confused by the $600 clue–“A Tar Heel in college, he led Chicago to 6 NBA titles”. The correct response is clearly, “What is (Michael) Jordan?”–which is indeed a different usage for “Jordan”. But since when is Michael Jordan a word “in the dictionary”???

  14. Doug Bowden | April 16, 2021 at 9:21 pm |

    In case it wasn’t common knowledge, back in early March Aaron made a donation of $1 Million to the same cause that J! just made to help the small businesses in Northern California, a nice postscript to mention of his fine guest host run. Yeah wouldn’t be a bad call to give him the job.

    • That was not common knowledge, thanks for sharing. I half-expected him to announce that he would be matching Jeopardy’s contribution at the end, turns out he already donated way more than that! Very cool.

  15. Andy’s write-up: “My prediction is that…Aaron will make a joke about nobody really knowing about Stanford.”

    Surprisingly close to being dead on–although I liked the wording of Aaron’s quip even better. “Stanford…later founded this school in the Bay area that gets beat by Cal all the time.” Excellent parting shot to an excellent two-week run!

    • I too enjoyed/laughed at Aaron’s Cal comment. He did a great job hosting. Now if he wants to leave the Packers……

  16. With all this talk of Rodgers possibly taking the reigns of Jeopardy!, I think he’s OK…The only thing that gets me is the monotone of his voice. Does anybody here remember the song “One Note Samba?” Well, that’s Aaron. And all this talk about LeVar Burton…while I know he would be an amazing host, I was thinking that pretty much anyone from TNG would be a great host. Burton, Frakes (attended Harvard), or how about Wheaton? If you take the time to check out his wikipedia page, he checks many of the boxes of a good host.

  17. Being a former Bay Area resident, I knew the answer. In response to Aaron’s quip, it’s usually Stanford that does the beatdown on Cal. However, I was in the stands in 1982 when Cal beat Stanford on that rugby style play with Stanford’s band on the field. That was also John Elway’s last game as a Cardinal. You know where he went.

    Unless Aaron Rodgers retired from football I don’t see him as Jeopardy’s permanent host. He’ll be in training camp in June and will be working as QB of the Packers until at least January of 2022

    • All time record is 60-44-10 for Stanford which includes 9 straight wins for Stanford from 2010-2018. Yes, the facts disagree with Aaron’s quip.

  18. Also, about Brigham Young University. Brigham Young did not personally found it. He sent an educator named Karl G. Maeser down to Provo to set it up, and Dr. Maeser named it Brigham Young Academy in the 1850’s. It was later renamed Brigham Young University.

  19. Stuart Safford | April 18, 2021 at 8:19 am |

    I went with Stanford because I don’t think of Brigham Young as the founder of BYU. Utah is not really underlined, I think, although I’m in the minority. They could have used the wordier “at Promontory Point” for the same effect. Brigham Young donated land for BYU but the university had already been created and was then named for him.

  20. The clue seemed way too obvious that it was Brigham Young so I knew that couldn’t be a FJ answer. I still didn’t know who it was though.

  21. Diane Bagüés | April 21, 2021 at 2:08 am |

    I was surprised that no one got the final Jeopardy! answer. The two cross-country railroads being built at the time were getting alternating sections of land on each side of their tracks. I think they had gone something like 17 miles past each other when the federal government put a stop to it. Leland Stanford was one of California’s four Railroad Kings, who were building the eastbound Central Pacific route from San Francisco. He went on to found Stanford – Cal Berkeley’s cross-bay arch-rival. And it seems as if the writers are occasionally putting in sly questions relating to the Guest Host.

    S/Diane, Cal ’65

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