Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, April 26, 2021

Hello! Today is Monday, April 26, 2021 (Season 37, Game 151). It’s Day 6 of Anderson Cooper’s guest hosting stint. Last week’s games raised $118,000 for the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti. This week’s winnings are being matched by the show and being donated to Justice Defenders. On with the show, here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category City Origin Stories):

The mythical founder Byzas consulted the Oracle of Delphi before establishing what’s now known as this city

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Nick Arciero, a writers’ assistant originally from Mounds View, Minnesota
Nick Arciero on Jeopardy!
Lyrka Lawler, a digital media specialist from Big Rock, Illinois
Lyrka Lawler on Jeopardy!
Kelly Donohue, a bank examiner from Winthrop, Massachusetts (2-day total: $48,000)
Kelly Donohue on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Kelly has played two very strong games, but was very fortunate to escape with victory on Friday, after his nearest opponent failed to bet enough in Final Jeopardy! to take advantage of Kelly’s missing the clue. It’s a new week, though, and it’s never easy to reclaim a previous week’s momentum.


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Correct response: What is Istanbul, Turkey?


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When consulting the Oracle, Byzas was told to find “the land opposite the city of the blind” in searching for a place to set up a colony for the city-state of Megara (near Athens). When he arrived at the current location of Istanbul, where the Sea of Marmara meats the Bosporus, he found the colony of Chalcedon on one shore, and then realized that Chalcedon was “blind” for not taking advantage of what was seen even at that time as the more advantageous half—what is now seen as the European side of the city. The new city was named Byzantion (Byzantium); it was renamed to Constantinople in 330 and Istanbul in 1930.


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

Scores going into Final:
Kelly $19,800
Lyrka $15,800
Nick $2,400


Tonight’s results:
Nick $2,400 – $2,400 = $0 (What is Byzantium?)
Lyrka $15,800 + $7,000 = $22,800 (What is Istanbul?)
Kelly $19,800 + $11,801 = $31,601 (What is Istanbul?) (3-day total: $79,601)


Kelly Donohue, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 26, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Kelly $7,600
Lyrka $2,600
Nick $600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) 18th CENTURY STUFF $800 (clue #21)
Nick 3200 -1600 (Kelly 4800 Lyrka 1400)
2) HARD SCIENCE $1200 (clue #8)
Kelly 8400 +3000 (Lyrka 5000 Nick 1000)
3) THE CABINET $1200 (clue #11, $25200 left on board)
Nick 1800 -1800 (Kelly 11400 Lyrka 5400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -104


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 $18,000 Coryat, 24 correct, 2 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Lyrka $15,800 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Nick $5,800 Coryat, 10 correct, 4 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,600
Lach Trash: $8,200 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,200

Kelly Donohue, career statistics:
68 correct, 9 incorrect
2/4 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
38.60% in first on buzzer (66/171)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $15,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,600

Lyrka Lawler, career statistics:
18 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,800

Nick Arciero, career statistics:
10 correct, 5 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,400)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,800

Kelly Donohue, to win:
4 games: 61.187%
5: 37.438%
6: 22.907%
7: 14.016%
8: 8.576%
Avg. streak: 4.576 games.

Andy’s Thoughts

  • That was a classic RTQ error (Read the Question) for Nick in Final Jeopardy; a mistake commonplace in trivia. It’s obvious that he didn’t pay enough attention to “what’s now known as”.
  • $34,601 has been raised thus far for Justice Defenders.

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, April 26, 2021"

  1. Lyrka Lawler is from Big Rock, IL. Big Rock is about 10 miles from my house. The population might be 500 or less.

    • How is Big Rock smaller than Little Rock????

      • I stand corrected, it has a population of 1,236 according to Wikipedia.

      • Little Rock is one of only two state capitals with an adjective in it’s name.

        • Ronnie Gambardella | April 26, 2021 at 2:51 pm | Reply

          Santa Fe, Baton Rouge?

        • Why not Santa Fe (Holy Faith) as well? Doesn’t ‘holy’ qualify as an adjective?

          • You could say “Oklahoma City”, “Jefferson City”, and “Saint Paul” all have adjectives as well, as “Oklahoma” and “Jefferson” both describe “City”, and “Saint” describes “Paul”. You might say those are all proper nouns, but so are “Santa Fe”, “Baton Rouge”, and “Little Rock”, really.

            I’d say “Which state capitals have an adjective in their name?” is not necessarily a cut and dry question.

          • I stand corrected on Santa Fe. Ain’t buying those others – they are not adjectives.

  2. Tom Bergeron just announced he has a new hosting gig…and it’s not “Dancing With The Stars”…he seems pretty coy about it…could it be he’s headed for J!?

    • As much as I’d like to think so, he has said that it is “reminiscent of a show he’s previously hosted”. Being that his host credits are Dancing With the Stars, America’s Funniest Home Videos, and Hollywood Squares, I don’t think that Jeopardy! fits into any of those three categories.

    • I would bet it’s The Bachelor.

  3. This FJ! topic doesn’t seem to be stirring much interest in the comments today.
    I am prepared to humbly stand corrected but I am thinking a triple miss.

    • Really? I’m guessing at least two out of three will get it right. Who knows? As Kathie Lee used to say, easy when you know the answer and hard when you don’t.

    • I stand corrected.
      Rock on, Kelly – with a 61% chance to win a 4th game!!!

    • I didn’t care for the sloppiness of the clue. It’s a moot point, since neither Kelly nor Lyrka wagered enough to let Nick back into the game, but if it had affected game results I believe Nick could have grounds for appeal.

      Istanbul is undeniable “a” correct answer and the obvious answer they were going for. However, when used in a historical context, Byzantium is still known today as … Byzantium!

      For example, Justinium did not reign from Constantinople, and did not reign from Istanbul. His seat of government was in a city that is today known as and referred to Byzantium.

      My opinion is that this is another example of some recent sloppy writing leading to ambiguities that would have been caught and prevented in a previous era.

  4. Keep rocking kelly! He definitely has a chance to win his fourth game. I think Nick didn’t even understand that there was a keyword in that clue and made a bad guess today. Glad that two out of the three got this one. This is more of a middle eastern civilization clue or so.

  5. Isn’t the term “Gypsy” now considered inappopriate?

    • I agree. The crew should have expected that someone would slip up by saying that instead of “Roma”.

  6. Pizza Face Fred | April 26, 2021 at 10:38 pm | Reply

    I’m surprised I missed it. People from my culture are very fond of “Marmara meats” . . .

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