Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, April 23, 2021

Good morning! Today is Friday, April 23, 2021 (Season 37, Game 150), the fifth day of Anderson Cooper’s hosting stint. So far, $93,801 has been raised for the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti. Next week’s games will be raising money for Justice Defenders. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Movie Title Characters):

In this 2012 film set just before the Civil War, a German dentist declares that the title character’s surname is Freeman

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Kimberly Stunkel, a field sales manager from Nashville, Tennessee
Kimberly Stunkel on Jeopardy!
Dan Singer, a United States Marine from Virginia Beach, Virginia
Dan Singer on Jeopardy!
Kelly Donohue, a bank examiner from Winthrop, Massachusetts (1-day total: $26,801)
Kelly Donohue on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Kelly took victory in last night’s game thanks to a late-game Daily Double. He was only just above average on the signalling device, though — he’ll need to be stronger in that respect in order to increase his chances of victory today.


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Correct response: What is Django Unchained?


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Django Unchained was a 2012 Quentin Tarantino film starring Jamie Foxx as Django; the film was envisioned as a Spaghetti Western set in the American South. Christoph Waltz won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Dr. Schultz, who frees Django in the film in exchange for knowledge of the whereabouts of the outlaw Brittle brothers. Tarantino won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for the film. However, Tarantino was heavily criticized by many in the Black community for his inappropriately high use of racial slurs in the film.


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

Scores going into Final:
Kelly $21,200
Dan $10,600
Kimberly $6,800


Tonight’s results:
Kimberly $6,800 – $0 = $6,800 (What is “12 Years a Slave?”)
Dan $10,600 + $3,001 = $13,601 (What is Django Unchained?)
Kelly $21,200 – $1 = $21,199 (What is 12 Years a Slave?) (2-day total: $48,000)


Kelly Donohue, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 23, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Kelly $5,200
Dan $3,400
Kimberly $0


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) THE NETHERLANDS $400 (clue #8)
Kelly 800 -1000 (Dan 400 Kimberly 0)
2) AUTHORS $400 (clue #8)
Dan 5800 +2000 (Kelly 6400 Kimberly 3600)
3) MOON $800 (clue #15, $21200 left on board)
Kelly 8000 +8000 (Dan 11000 Kimberly 3600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 34


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 176 (1.17 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Kelly $15,000 Coryat, 23 correct, 4 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Dan $9,000 Coryat, 16 correct, 5 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Kimberly $6,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $30,800
Lach Trash: $13,200 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,000

Kelly Donohue, career statistics:
43 correct, 7 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
36.84% in first on buzzer (42/114)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $12,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,400

Dan Singer, career statistics:
17 correct, 5 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,000

Kimberly Stunkel, career statistics:
9 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,800

Kelly Donohue, to win:
3 games: 59.747%
4: 35.697%
5: 21.328%
6: 12.743%
7: 7.613%
Avg. streak: 3.484 games.

Andy’s Thoughts

  • $118,000 has been raised for the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti.
  • Reminder that since November 2014, ties after Final Jeopardy! have led to a tiebreaker question. This obviously changes proper Final Jeopardy! strategy. It is the opinion of this site that betting exactly $1 is the best choice
  • , and Dan’s choice of bet underscores precisely why. Additionally, there was no good reason for Dan to do anything other than bet everything.

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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, April 23, 2021"

  1. I could think of only two films featuring German dentists: Marathon Man and Django Unchained. Only the latter was made in this century. I predict that exactly one contestant will get this, which is what I always hope will happen. Yesterday’s Final was much too easy.

  2. James Cardillo | April 23, 2021 at 12:19 pm |

    Dang, I was thinking “12 Years A Slave”.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12_Years_a_Slave_(film)

  3. Well django unchained was the only obvious guess that came to my mind and this helped Kelly a lot today. 12 years a slave I didn’t watch but based on the reviews I hear it’s really good. Overall with Dan as the only person getting final I think Kelly has a good shot at getting his third win on Monday.

  4. I agree with Andy that the leader should bet $1 in a lock-tie game. Position yourself to win in the case of a triple solve or a triple stumper. I think 0 is a valid bet too, but in that case I would advise getting FJ deliberately wrong so that you don’t look foolish on TV.

    Nice wagering by Kelly today.

  5. Ronnie Gambardella | April 23, 2021 at 3:20 pm |

    No excuse for Dan’s timid bet

    • Yes, that was a terrible bet, going for a sure second place and winning $2,000 compared to betting it all and possibly winning or $1,000 for third place. In this case he would have won the game.

  6. That was the worst bet I have seen in FJ in a long time. I just cannot get my head around losing that way after all it takes to get on the show as a contestant. Can anyone enlighten me regarding Dan’s bet?

  7. Kelly should not have been given credit for Catherine Medici. Left out the “de”.

  8. I answered England instead of Great Britain for the tallest building question. Would they have given it to me?

  9. I literally watched this last night, since it’s leaving Netflix soon. Hadn’t seen it since it was in theaters so I can’t say for sure if I would’ve gotten it in a game two months ago. Memo to future contestants, spend more time clearing out your queue, less time memorizing Wikipedia.

  10. Perhaps Dan made a math error and thought Kelly had a lock? That’s the only thought I can come up with; my reaction to his wager was the dictionary definition of “flabbergasted”. I also thought Dan should’ve bet it all on his Daily Double since it was in the $400 row.

  11. Crap…wagering is a huge part of the game…if you can’t do this correctly, the rest does not matter!!!

  12. Sid Schipper | April 24, 2021 at 1:01 pm |

    I am thinking that maybe Dan thought Kelly was out of reach and therefore going for second place was his only choice. That is the only way to explain such a stupid bet that eventually cost him the game.

    Also I disagree that $1 is the optimum bet for first place. IF you bet $1 you must get it right to insure a win, if you bet $0 you have two ways to win, the other guy gets it wrong or you beat him in a tiebreaker, to me I’d rather take that chance unless of course the category is Mathematics or Computer Science (I have Master’s Degrees in both :-))

    • Sid:

      The chance of “opponent gets Final correct + beats you on the tiebreaker” is more frequent than the chance of “opponent gets Final correct + you get Final incorrect”, because there’s a correlation between how well you do on Final and how well your opponent does on Final (because incredibly easy Final Jeopardy! clues are a frequent thing.). Therefore, betting $1 means you lose less often.

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