Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Good morning! It’s Wednesday, April 21, 2021 (Season 37, Game 148). Thus far, Anderson Cooper’s hosting stint has raised $43,400 for the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American Business).

In 2004, after a century as a household name, its last model rolled off the assembly line in Lansing, Michigan

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Max Nupen, a tutor from Irvine, California
Max Nupen on Jeopardy!
Ellen Clarke, an attorney from Atlanta, Georgia
Ellen Clarke on Jeopardy!
Mike Nelson, an actor originally from Chesterton, Indiana (2-day total: $37,400)
Mike Nelson on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Mike won yesterday from second place after a Triple Stumper Final Jeopardy; he faltered a bit in Double Jeopardy as Logan found buzzer mojo. Mike will need to regain momentum in order to have a better chance of winning Game #3.


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Correct response: What is Oldsmobile?


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By the time that General Motors closed down the Oldsmobile brand in 2004, it was the oldest automotive brand in the United States. The marque was founded in 1897 by Ransome E. Olds (by 1908 it was part of General Motors); it was best known for its luxury models, such as the Cutlass Supreme and the Eighty Eight. Its final car was an Alero GLS 4-door sedan.


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

Scores going into Final:
Mike $18,800
Ellen $2,600
Max -$1,800


Tonight’s results:
Max -$1,800 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Ellen $2,600 – $400 = $2,200 (What is the Town car?)
Mike $18,800 – $1,200 = $17,600 (What is Chrysler?) (3-day total: $55,000)


Mike Nelson, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 21, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Mike $6,400
Ellen $2,000
Max $1,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) QUICK BIBLE BOOKS $800 (clue #30)
Ellen 4000 -2000 (Mike 6400 Max 1400)
2) AMERICAN HISTORY $1600 (clue #7)
Ellen 4400 -3000 (Mike 8800 Max 1400)
3) AROUND THE LAB $800 (clue #25, $8400 left on board)
Mike 16400 +2400 (Ellen 2600 Max -1800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -104


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: NEWER WORDS & PHRASES $1600 $2000 AROUND THE LAB $1200 $1600 $2000
Total Left On Board: $8,400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 176 (1.19 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Mike $17,200 Coryat, 23 correct, 2 incorrect, 44.23% in first on buzzer (23/52), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Ellen $7,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 4 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer (13/52), 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Max -$1,800 Coryat, 7 correct, 6 incorrect, 23.08% in first on buzzer (12/52), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $23,000
Lach Trash: $9,800 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,800

Mike Nelson, career statistics:
68 correct, 10 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 12 rebound opportunities)
42.17% in first on buzzer (70/166)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,200)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,333

Ellen Clarke, career statistics:
14 correct, 5 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
25.00% in first on buzzer (13/52)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$5,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,600

Max Nupen, career statistics:
7 correct, 6 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
23.08% in first on buzzer (12/52)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: -$1,800

Mike Nelson, to win:
4 games: 50.935%
5: 25.944%
6: 13.215%
7: 6.731%
8: 3.428%
Avg. streak: 4.038 games.

Andy’s Thoughts

  • To me, the unplayed clues seemed caused by the fact that there were 9 Triple Stumpers and 12 combined incorrect responses.
  • Thus far, $64,000 has been raised for the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti.

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28 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, April 21, 2021"

  1. My husband and I had a 1978 Cutlass Supreme Brougham. We bought it from a friend in 1982 and the entire we had it, it was still the most stolen car in the U.S.

  2. Lansing, Michigan and assembly line steers you toward a car model. Oldsmobile and Pontiac had both been around for a long time when those lines were shut down. The key will be remembering which model was discontinued before the 2008 economic crisis and which was discontinued because of it.

  3. While Pontiac (1925-2010) and Olds (1897-2004) both went out in the same decade, you’d have to know which brand was older…Easy question if you are a car guy…hate to say it, but if I were a betting man, I would say Ellen might be at a disadvantage with this clue. A perfect example of how the writing team can skew an advantage to/from certain contestants based on gender/age etc.

    • How is it possible for “the writing team can skew an advantage” to any of the contestants based on gender/age when they have absolutely no idea who is going to be in the final on any given show? As far as Ellen being at a “disadvantage” just because she’s a woman … I know plenty of women that can run circles around most men when it comes to automobile knowledge.

  4. I got it, but seems like pure trivia that hinges (like Robert said) on knowing which of Mercury, Olds, or Pontiac was discontinued in that year, or perhaps which one was manufactured in Lansing. Would have been nicer to include a bit of TOM, for example “named after its founder” or something, to provide a second path to the solve.

    • Good points, Fahhrad…I didn’t even think of Mercury as one of the now defunct brands. Mercury (1938-2011) was the brainchild of Edsel Ford, and as the clue states, the “origin” year we’re looking for is 1904. The Model T (1908-1927) set the foundation of the Ford empire. Even when auto makers were evolving in the late 1920s, Edsel famously fought with his father to develop a new model (which became the Model A) but Henry Ford was a very hard man to budge, believing that the Model T was perfect, and no evolution was necessary. When Chevy started to outsell Ford, that was the old man’s wakeup call to greenlight the Model A.

    • Enos Williams | April 21, 2021 at 11:59 pm | Reply

      I think the TOM in this clue is the specific mention of “assembly line.” If you know Oldsmobile was the first car brand to use it, you can make the connection.

      • I was always under the assumption – as I’m sure that many others are – that Henry Ford was the first to use an assembly line. I had no idea it was actually Olds, and that Ford added improvements. And I consider myself a “Car Guy” … Thanks for the education!

  5. I guessed Pontiac because of Oprah. By giving everyone in her studio audience a free Pontiac, she put them out of business. Not!

  6. I believe Mr Olds’ first name was Ransom, not Ransome.

  7. Oldsmobile was the first that came to mind since Lansing, Michigan pointed me to a car model as Pontiac didn’t come to me Although Oldsmobile closed, it was a good company that made so many good old cars. Shame that Max couldn’t participate in final today as I would have loved to see him build up.

  8. I think this is the first time since Alex died that someone was in the red after Double Jeopardy.

    Congrats on win #3, Mike!

  9. Ronnie Gambardella | April 21, 2021 at 2:23 pm | Reply

    You may have heard of jalopies
    You’ve heard the noise they make
    But let me introduce you to my Rocket ’88…

    • YAY!!! for LeVar…it’s about time! Maybe Mike Richards is finally opening up to fan suggestions.

      As a side note about today’s clue…if anyone wanted to know the “hierarchy” of GM products…Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Chevrolet. Saturn (1990-2010) was sort of a unique brand in itself designed to compete with Japanese imports, and had a separate dealer network.

    • Studebaker Mitchell | April 21, 2021 at 6:41 pm | Reply

      Good Oldsmobile answer Ronnie !

  10. Once again, I am correct with a triple stumper.

  11. Poor Max being the first contestant in the Post-Trebek era to not play in Final Jeopardy!.

    • Yeah, Max is obviously bright but didn’t perform well under the lights. For example, in the Page to Stage category he said Don Quixote when they were clearly looking for Man of La Mancha. Too bad. I hate it when a player misses out on the Final Jeopardy round.

      • He didn’t think about D plus being the category saying twiddle your thumbs as an answer when you needed two words, one with a single d and one with a double d. There were 5 clues worth $8,400 left in Double Jeopardy. He ended up at -1,800. With the guest hosts, the boards have been cleared more often than with Alex.

  12. I can’t believe that no one knew the answer to the Ron Chernow/Hamilton clue.

  13. The writers messed up royally, not knowing the difference between a ‘make’ and ‘model’. Oldsmobile is a make and therefor not the correct answer. The Alero was a model (just as is a Mustang, Town Car, Impala and Model T). How did they miss that? It’s rare that the writers collectively blunder but in this one, they were all asleep at the wheel.

    • Mark:

      This one’s on you, not the writers. The question was worded correctly; you appear to have a problem with pronouns.

      Note the question was worded “its last model”—the question wanted “it”, not “the model”. “it” being Oldsmobile, “the model” being the model of the last car, the Alero.

  14. Tough breaks for Ellen, as I also shouted out Exodus and Panama at home. I had no clue on Mike’s DD and would’ve went with Pontiac over Oldsmobile, so I count myself as very lucky to have not played in this game on national TV!

  15. Is Champ Mike the actor in the Fidelity Investments commercials?

  16. We were thinking it felt odd there was no “goodbye”/acknowledgement to Max, is it always that way when someone doesn’t make it to FJ?

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