Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, April 29, 2021

Happy Thursday! Thus far this week, $78,796 has been raised for Justice Defenders through Anderson Cooper’s guest-hosting. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Odd Words) for Thursday, April 29, 2021 (Season 37, Game 154):

A homophone of a letter in the alphabet, this 5-letter word sounds the same if you remove its last 4 vowels

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Emily Sands, a vice president of operations from Chanhassen, Minnesota
Emily Sands on Jeopardy!
Colin Beazley, a private investment professional from West Palm Beach, Florida
Colin Beazley on Jeopardy!
Leah Caglio, a product manager originally from Phoenix, Arizona (1-day total: $17,595)
Leah Caglio on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is queue?


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“Queue” is a term most often used in Britain to refer to a line (generally of people, but data can be queued as well in computing). Obviously, it’s a homophone for the letter Q.

One thing I find interesting about line terminology: in New York City, you don’t say “I’m in line”; “I’m on line” is said instead.


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

Scores going into Final:
Emily $18,600
Leah $17,200
Colin $17,200


Tonight’s results:
Colin $17,200 + $7,000 = $24,200 (What is queue?)
Leah $17,200 + $13,000 = $30,200 (What is queue?)
Emily $18,600 + $18,000 = $36,600 (What is queue?) (1-day total: $36,600)


Emily Sands, today's Jeopardy! winner for the April 29, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Emily $8,000
Colin $5,200
Leah $4,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) GEOGRAPHIC TOP 10s $400 (clue #7)
Colin 1000 +1000 (Leah 1400 Emily 800)
2) POP CULTURE PRIESTS $1600 (clue #19)
Leah 13000 +2200 (Colin 11600 Emily 8800)
3) HISTORIC GOVERNORS $1600 (clue #28, $3200 left on board)
Emily 9600 +9000 (Leah 17200 Colin 14000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 211


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 180 (1.17 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Emily $11,200 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Leah $16,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 0 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Colin $16,600 Coryat, 21 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $44,400
Lach Trash: $6,600 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,000

Leah Caglio, career statistics:
34 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
28.18% in first on buzzer (31/110)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,200)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,200

Colin Beazley, career statistics:
22 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,600

Emily Sands, career statistics:
20 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $9,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200

Emily Sands, to win:
2 games: 55.523%
3: 30.828%
4: 17.117%
5: 9.504%
6: 5.277%
Avg. streak: 2.248 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Thus far, $118,396 has been raised for Justice Defenders.

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27 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, April 29, 2021"

  1. The question is how quickly you can get to the letter Q if you start going through the alphabet (assuming it doesn’t come to you right off).

  2. Frank Borland | April 29, 2021 at 10:09 am | Reply

    I know that people claim that certain FJ clues are “the easiest “, but this one has to be in the top two! Whoever is in first going into FJ will be relieved knowing that they will win…barring any miswagering.

  3. I didn’t want to be the 1st to say it but this one is so easy I had the answer before I finished reading the clue. Even if they need to race thru the alphabet, they only need time to write down 5 letters.
    I hate to think that tomorrow is Anderson’s last day as guest host. He really kept up a good pace – so much so that on several days the theme song at the end kept going on and on, noticeably longer than usual.

  4. Letter homophones–reminds me of the Scripps National Spelling Bee several years back, when one of the words given was pronounced, “H”.

    Definition? “The letter ‘H'”.

    Language of origin? English (duh), from French, and Latin before that.

    The kid got it wrong. Correct spelling: “AITCH”.

    • Yeah I actually remember that moment. It was like a little over twenty years ago. She asked for a definition and the it was of no help at all. The kid knew her day was over when she heard the definition of that word.

  5. Andy, a couple questions about your write-up today…

    ““Queue” is a term most often used in Britain…” I was surprised by this, as I hear it regularly used to describe the lines which form at amusement parks, stadiums, theaters, restrooms, etc. How do the Brits use it, that is more frequent than what the Americans do?

    “in New York City, you don’t say ‘I’m in line’; ‘I’m on line’ is said instead.” As a non-New Yorker, I have to ask–isn’t that confusing in modern usage? Especially when it’s possible to be online (internet), while standing in line (queue). Or to be in line online (web-based queue)? If someone is standing in a line in NYC, while using a handheld electronic device, and they say, “I’m online”–which are they referring to?

    • Growing up (born in 1966), I never remember anyone saying queue. Only when I got into computer science at university and learning about queueing systems. Now it does seem I hear queue much more.

  6. Continuing the oddness of “queue”…
    –as the clue states, it’s a homophone of Q, so it sounds the same if you remove it’s last four vowels
    –If you remove only its last two vowels, you have “que”, which some dictionaries say is yet another homophone of Q (short for “barbeque”)
    –Also, if you remove only its last two vowels, you have “que”, a Spanish word which is a homophone for the English pronunciation of “K”.

  7. Today’s stats will be delayed.

  8. This one was definitely a piece of cake and I am glad all got this one. And big congratulations to Emily on winning big too. Overall, everyone played extremely well too. So let’s hope emily can pick up another big win tomorrow.

    Jeopardy and Wheel will not be in the regular 7 or 7 30 pm time slot due to the NFL draft as they will be airing at around 2 am EST. Whenever I think of the Queue line, it reminded me of the fairgrounds, amusement parks, and stadiums.

    • Lou – are you saying the Friday 4-30-21 Jeopardy has been bumped and will air at 2 a.m. Sat. 5-1-21 ?

      • Lou, Howard, Jeopardy air times vary greatly from market to market. Both of your responses depend on which market(s) you are in.

  9. The sheer joy on Emily’s face after winning is classic!

  10. Marty Cunningham | April 29, 2021 at 2:45 pm | Reply

    One of my favorite jokes, or puns, is that everyone in line waiting to use a restroom, or toilet, like at concerts or sporting events, is “queueing to pee.” I remember first hearing the word in British programs, but then it caught on more with computer usage, too. Basically, if you remove four letters from a five letter word, you only have one letter to work with, and homophones narrows the list even more. Pretty easy, at least to me. The New York usage, of course, has to be said with a certain attitude, maybe even yelling “Hey!” first when someone tries to cut in ahead of you.

  11. An admirable trait of Brits is that they always respect a queue. My French tutor, who was from Paris, told me that the French do not respect a queue. So beware of line jumpers when visiting France.

    Anderson Cooper has been the best guest host yet. Perhaps he would accept the job of permanent host if offered. He may be interesting in leaving the political circus behind, and who could blame him for that?

  12. Very impressive correct/incorrect ratios today for all three contestants…
    Emily 19/2
    Leah 16/0
    Colin 21/1

  13. very easy….. not exactly sure why… didn’t even have to go through the alphabet.

    I think maybe it’s something they’ve featured in non-FJ many times……….. and this doesn’t have to do with this particular FJ, I think they repeat correct responses too much. Susan B Anthony, Rachel Carson, Liberia come to mind. or maybe it’s the same thing as tonight’s FJ, they do that response so much in non-FJ that we all know it right away.

  14. First of all, instant classic game. Tight match, few wrong answers/triple stumpers, and three very likeable contestants. I loved Emily from her first response, she was just so happy to be there!

    Second, the Daily Double betting. Early DJ wagers are hard and I’m not going to fault Leah for underbetting there–“Pop Culture Priests” is a bit of an oddball category, even if it did ultimately cost her the game. But Cooper calling Emily’s bet at the end of the game “gutsy” when it was the clear percentage play drove me crazy. Alex often did the same. I get that they’re catering to the folks at home, but there are lots of other ways to emphasize a big bet without being misleading. (“For the lead…”, “An aggressive move…”)

    Re: FJ, that’s a fun word fact (kind of like how “bookkeeper” has three double letters in a row, or “strengths” is the longest word in English with only one vowel) but too easy to work out in 30 seconds (reminiscent of the “What is -40F in Celsius?” question on Millionaire years back. Nice to see a wordplay FJ, but probably not the best choice here.

  15. That may well be the best episode of Jeopardy that I have ever seen. It was so fast and furious, with three very likable and bright contestants. It’s a shame that two of them will not be back. I was somewhat surprised that none of the three knew “Papal Nuncio,” but then perhaps my parochial school education helped with that.

    The show was well worth waiting for (at 10:30 p.m. here in the L.A. area).

    • Yes, I was also surprised that no one got “Nuncio”; but, like you, I have a Catholic background. That’s got to be the difference.

  16. Pizza Face Fred | April 30, 2021 at 12:46 pm | Reply

    I think Anderson is a natural. He’s easy to understand, has great cadence, or whatever you guys are calling it, is witty, and gets a nice rapport going with the contestants. If I was to have a problem, it would be that there’s sometimes a little delay when he’s letting the contestants know if they’re right or wrong.

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