Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, April 22, 2021

Good morning! Today is Thursday, April 22, 2021 (Season 37, Game 149). It’s Day 4 of Anderson Cooper’s hosting tenure; thus far, $64,000 has been raised for the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Continental Geography):

Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea & Somalia make up this region named for its resemblance to a part of a native animal

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Kelly Donohue, a bank examiner from Winthrop, Massachusetts
Kelly Donohue on Jeopardy!
Monica St. Dennis, a librarian from Alexandria, Virginia
Monica St. Dennis on Jeopardy!
Mike Nelson, an actor originally from Chesterton, Indiana (3-day total: $55,000)
Mike Nelson on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Mike played a strong game yesterday on a more difficult board than usual; Mike’s opponents definitely hit some of the traps that were in that board. Thus, he survives to play another day. Mike’s already into double digits in incorrect responses, though — keeping that number down is a good way to keep his win streak going.


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Correct response: What is the Horn of Africa?


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It is undoubtable that the Horn of Africa, on the eastern tip of the continent, is shaped like a rhinoceros horn.

One thing that I noticed, though, when putting this recap together: The J!6 clue today in SECRETS OF THE WHALES: “Because of unique, hornlike tusks protruding from their heads, these whales are called ‘The Unicorns of the Sea'” (What are narwhals?). At least to me, I find it hard to believe that the “prepared 6th clue in a category” would also be about horns in a fully prepared board that contains this Final Jeopardy! clue. It is obvious, at least to me, that these J!6 clues are not the “actual 6th clue”. This isn’t the first time where the J!6 clue feels implausible at best, and I find that disappointing.


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Scores going into Final:
Kelly $18,000
Monica $13,400
Mike $9,900


Tonight’s results:
Mike $9,900 + $3,501 = $13,401 (What is the Horn of Africa?)
Monica $13,400 + $13,000 = $26,400 (What is the Horn of Africa?)
Kelly $18,000 + $8,801 = $26,801 (What is the Horn of Africa?) (1-day total: $26,801)


Kelly Donohue, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 22, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Mike $4,800
Kelly $3,800
Monica $3,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) ISLANDS IN THE GROUP $1000 (clue #13)
Mike 2000 -1000 (Monica 1200 Kelly 2600)
2) MYTHOLOGICAL IDIOMS $1200 (clue #19)
Mike 9600 -2500 (Monica 9400 Kelly 9000)
3) PREMIERE EPISODES $800 (clue #27, $4800 left on board)
Kelly 13000 +5000 (Mike 7900 Monica 13400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -38


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 176 (1.18 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Kelly $13,800 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Monica $13,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 0 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Mike $13,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 5 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,600
Lach Trash: $7,600 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800

Mike Nelson, career statistics:
88 correct, 15 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
40.81% in first on buzzer (91/223)
3/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,700)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,600

Monica St. Dennis, career statistics:
15 correct, 0 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,400

Kelly Donohue, career statistics:
20 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,800

Kelly Donohue, to win:
2 games: 53.608%
3: 28.738%
4: 15.406%
5: 8.259%
6: 4.427%
Avg. streak: 2.156 games.

Andy’s Thoughts

  • Thus far, $93,801 has been raised for the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti.

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22 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, April 22, 2021"

  1. Remarkably close Coryat scores. I’d imagine that’s got to be close to a record for spread.

  2. Francine Pilon | April 22, 2021 at 1:10 pm | Reply

    Can someone explain to me how a coryat score is calculated?

    • The basic gist of it is it controls for Daily Doubles and Final Jeopardy, to get an apples to apples comparison of players. It’s the pre-Final score, adjusted for DDs in that you only get the face value of the clue rather than your wager if you get it right, and there’s no Coryat penalty if you get it wrong, since you were forced into it. If you never land on a Daily Double, it’s just your pre-Final score.

    • It’s the value of what you earn in non daily doubles plus what you lose in daily doubles plus the value of the clue(s) you get correct on daily doubles. Today is a perfect example to use.

      Monica had no daily doubles so her coryat was the same as her score going into FJ.
      Kelly’s score was 18,000 but since he gained 5000 on an 800 clue in a DD, you have to subtract 4200 from his total score to get his coryat – 18000 – 4200 = 13800.
      Mike’s score was 9900. He lost 3500 on DD’s. So, his coryat is 9900 + 3500 = 13400.

      Clear as mud? 🙂

  3. Once again a person who won Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday loses on Thursday. As has been discussed here before, it’s amazing how regularly that happens.

    • Zach N (formerly from the sidebar) | April 22, 2021 at 2:02 pm | Reply

      I have to wonder if the lunch break factors in. With Alex (and maybe some of the recent guest hosts), the lunch would be between episodes three (Weds. show) and four (Thurs. show). When I was there with Ken, the lunch came between episodes two (Tues.) and three (Weds.).

  4. Francine Pilon | April 22, 2021 at 1:57 pm | Reply

    Thank you for the explanations on Coryat.

  5. Why was there a clue about orcas in the whales category?

    • According to Wikipedia, “The killer whale or orca (Orcinus orca) is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family, of which it is the largest member.”

  6. I think Anderson is doing a great job – very smooth!

  7. It’s Gilmore Girls not The Gilmore Girls

    • As per the rules of the show, a leading article “A” or “The” can be added or removed with impunity. Thus, “The Gilmore Girls” is considered equally correct to “Gilmore Girls” by the show.

  8. Was that a typo in one of the clues? It looked like “aat” for “at.”

    • Myron Rushetzky | April 22, 2021 at 10:05 pm | Reply

      I noticed that, too. “A” PLACE IN HISTORY for $1200.
      “Cleopatra & Mark Antony fought a doomed naval battle against Octavian at this Greek promontory”
      “at” was spelled “aat”
      How did they not notice that?

      • It was not a typo. It was deliberate — a clue towards the correct response of Aachen.

        • Thank you for that clarification! I usually get the hidden clues in the clues, but missed that that was one.

          • Myron Rushetzky | April 23, 2021 at 12:37 am |

            I have to correct myself. The clue in question was actually the $1600 clue in the same category.
            “Legend says Charlemagne caught a fatal fever aafter bathing in the hot springs aat this city in 814”
            Two “typos” with double aa’s. Now I get it.

  9. Andy!! Thanks so much for doing this. I had no idea this existed until someone sent it to me after Monday’s game. So damned cool and appreciated. Too many wrong answers today for me especially on that daily double that I botched late in the game. But a three game streak (played 4 games on jeopardy! in 1 day) is truly the highlight of my life. Thanks again for this and take care!! Mike Nelson-

  10. Can someone please help? Is Mike the actor from the financial advice commercials where a man with a beard talks to a client about his or her goals? I closed my eyes and even Mike’s voice sounds like the actor in those ads!

    • That is not me but my doppelgänger Jim Conroy who lives in New York. He’s the TD Ameritrade gent.

  11. Love when the contestants post here 😍 good job to Mike! You did great and love how you celebrate your own winning! I can’t even get half the questions right on the test to get on! 😒 Happy Friday to all

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