Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, April 30, 2021

Happy Friday! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Books & Authors) for Friday, April 30, 2021 (Season 37, Game 155):

In books by him, the Kingdom of Noland, ruled by an orphan named Bud, borders a country called Ix, where Queen Zixi reigns

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Andy Goldstein, a customer support manager originally from Teaneck, New Jersey
Andy Goldstein on Jeopardy!
Sheila O’Donnell, an attorney from Euclid, Ohio
Sheila O'Donnell on Jeopardy!
Emily Sands, a vice president of operations from Chanhassen, Minnesota (1-day total: $36,600)
Emily Sands on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Emily knew what she had to do yesterday on a late-game Daily Double and she did it. Of course, there’s a lot of volatility in late-game Daily Doubles. Her buzzer skills were up to the task yesterday, if she can take matters more into her own hands today she has a very good chance of winning Game #2.

Now, onto other matters. It is my personal belief that those who support white supremacy should have no place in today’s society. It is no coincidence that those who do support white supremacy have felt oddly empowered over the past 72 hours in their interactions with the Jeopardy! fan community, almost as if they were spurred on by some sort of dog whistle that they saw on a recent program. You can bet that I will have more to say on this in the coming days. While I’m here, though, another piece of advice: If someone tells you that something is offensive to them, you listen to them. You don’t decry about how everything has somehow become offensive and that people are looking to find offence everywhere, you take their offence into account and you don’t act that way in the future. This isn’t rocket science.


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Correct response: Who is L. Frank Baum?


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Noland and Ix are two lands that border Oz in the famous book series about the Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Other surrounding territories include the Land of Ev, Mifkets, Boboland, and the Country of the Gargoyles.


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

Scores going into Final:
Emily $15,400
Sheila $8,400
Andy $3,400


Tonight’s results:
Andy $3,400 – $3,400 = $0 (Who is And)
Sheila $8,400 – $1,500 = $6,900 (Who is Roald Dahl?)
Emily $15,400 + $1,401 = $16,801 (Who is Baum?) (2-day total: $53,401)


Emily Sands, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 30, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Emily $7,800
Sheila $2,800
Andy -$600


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Opening break taken after: 16 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) AFRICAN AMERICAN MEMOIRS $400 (clue #8)
Emily 1800 +1800 (Sheila 0 Andy 1400)
2) SACRED BOOKS $800 (clue #14)
Emily 14200 -8000 (Sheila 5200 Andy 1400)
3) LIGHTHOUSES $1600 (clue #22, $10800 left on board)
Emily 7800 +4000 (Sheila 6400 Andy 5000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 95


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: AROUND LOS ANGELES $1000
DJ! Round: LIGHTHOUSES $800
Total Left On Board: $1,800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 182 (1.17 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Emily $19,600 Coryat, 26 correct, 4 incorrect, 41.82% in first on buzzer (23/55), 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
Sheila $8,400 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 18.18% in first on buzzer (10/55), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
Andy $3,400 Coryat, 12 correct, 8 incorrect, 36.36% in first on buzzer (20/55), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $31,400
Lach Trash: $8,000 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,800

Emily Sands, career statistics:
47 correct, 6 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
37.50% in first on buzzer (42/112)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,800)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,400

Sheila O’Donnell, career statistics:
11 correct, 3 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
18.18% in first on buzzer (10/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,400

Andy Goldstein, career statistics:
12 correct, 9 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
36.36% in first on buzzer (20/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,400

Emily Sands, to win:
3 games: 51.058%
4: 26.069%
5: 13.311%
6: 6.796%
7: 3.470%
Avg. streak: 3.043 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $138,197 will be donated by Jeopardy! for Justice Defenders.
  • Sheila’s minimum bet needed to be $5,600 to have any reasonable chance of winning.
  • It felt as though Emily was really having fun during the game. I enjoyed watching that.
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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, April 30, 2021"

  1. Wow..tough one..can’t see how you could piece this together with logic…the best I could do was Far Lands + Orphan…I suspect Kipling and/or Burroughs will come up as responses…

  2. Danny Anderson | April 30, 2021 at 1:05 pm | Reply

    Wow, tough clue. You really must have been exposed to his works a lot to remember such obscure bits.

  3. I didn’t know the answer for sure but I guessed Baum, because I do know that he wrote tons of stuff about Oz. Much more than was covered in the movie Wizard of Oz.

  4. My guess was baum also, but still a very challenging clue as I haven’t heard of the Kingdom of Noland or Zixi. Roald Dahl was not even close. Overall Emily played a great game today despite that 8K daily double not paying off for her. I still think she has a high chance of getting her third win.

  5. Emily is my favourite contestant in a very, very long time. Maybe since the GOAT (who is obviously Alan Lin, I could watch him count the number of clues left on the board all day). She knows how to wager and she’s just delightful to watch.

    I had no idea on this one, and I’ve read about a dozen of the Oz books (everything I could find at the library as a kid). I guess that’s why I’ve never been on Jeopardy!

    Andy, very nicely said about the importance of listening to others about what’s offensive to them. I’m Canadian like you, and I recognize that notions of “freedom” are part of the American ethos in a way they aren’t up here. We have hate speech laws, and our rights and freedoms are clearly subject to “reasonable limits” per the preamble to the charter. But Land of the Free or not, no one’s rights are being abrogated by the obligation to treat others around them with decency and respect. And yes, this applies equally to smug liberals. 😉

    Have a great weekend, everyone.

  6. An easy final for me. I grew up reading my mom’s collection of Baum’s books with the wonderful illustrations by Neill and Denslow, which no doubt guided me to my future career. The names given in the clue were so Baum-esque, the answer couldn’t have been anyone else.

  7. The problem with this FJ is that the movie is far more well-known than Baum’s books. I mean, seriously, who reads or has read his oeuvre? Baum is no H. G. Wells, Agatha Christie, or Dickens.

  8. I’ve read a bit of Baum, but not these characters. Nevertheless, I thought it was easy. Those names just scream Baum and not Burroughs, for example.

  9. Am I the only one who thought Andy wrote his name like the toys from Toy Story?

  10. I’m sorry, let’s please call out Sheila’s FJ
    bet as amazingly brutal…in any regard…she was obviously not trying to win!! WHY???

  11. Thomas Gazdayka | April 30, 2021 at 11:54 pm | Reply

    Sheila had the wrong response anyway.

  12. The question tonight (4-30) in movies category, with answer “Field of Dreams”,
    stated the date of the movie incorrectly. Of course it didn’t affect a correct answer.
    Yet surprisingly, it was quite sloppily off. We’ve watched for years and don’t recall many such glaring errors. I enjoy checking in here often, though this a first comment.

    • What do you mean it had the wrong date? It said part of the plot was Kevin Costner being sent to 1972 to talk with Burt Lancaster, which is correct. It wasn’t saying when the movie came out

    • Jim Cardillo | May 3, 2021 at 7:31 am | Reply

      Not wrong. Ray travels back to 1972 when he runs into “Moonlight” Graham.

  13. Let the white supremacists come. Maybe a light bulb or two will go on. Maybe they will learn something, rather than wallowing in ignorance and barbarism.

  14. Andy, I’m guessing that this will not be posted because you seem to block comments from anyone who has ever posted anything you don’t like, which is of course your right.

    I recently saw your comment on the Jeopardy Reddit that said you recently experienced a nervous breakdown, I assume from the fallout of this alleged white supremacist nonsense. I honestly hope that you remain in good health and that you are able to continue your normal work, despite any differences you may have with some of the followers of this website. The care that you put into this site, as well as your other contributions to the Jeopardy! community, are invaluable, and I hope you can find a way to maintain your mental health.

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