Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Good morning! It’s Tuesday, April 6, 2021. I thought that Aaron Rodgers did a great job hosting yesterday, and can’t wait to see him improve as his two weeks go on. Yesterday, $26,224 was raised for the North Valley Community Foundation.

20th Century American History: A biography of him: “In a sweltering, dimly lit cabin, its window shades closed…his first presidential decisions were made”

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Today’s contestants:

Chris Hammer, an attorney from The Bronx, New York
Chris Hammer on Jeopardy!
Erin Merrill, a middle school social studies teacher from Woodbridge, Virginia
Erin Merrill on Jeopardy!
Brandon Deutsch, a student from Long Beach, California (1-day total: $23,224)
Brandon Deutsch on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Lyndon B. Johnson?

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This quote comes from Robert D. Caro’s biography The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. IV. From the introduction: “And in part this book is the story of a period that began during that flight, for it was on Air Force One, after he had sworn the oath of office with Jacqueline Kennedy standing beside him in a sweltering, dimly lit cabin, its window shades closed to foil would-be assassins, that his first presidential decisions were made: that the transition between the Kennedy Administration and that of Lyndon Baines Johnson began.”

I suspect that a lot of people are going to go down the Calvin Coolidge path—his initial swearing-in took place in his father’s house in Plymouth Notch, Vermont in August 1923—not thinking that a “sweltering, dimly lit cabin” would be the airplane cabin of Air Force One. The writers got tricky here, but it is a direct quote from Caro.

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Scores going into Final:
Brandon $18,600
Erin $12,200
Chris $7,800

Tonight’s results:
Chris $7,800 + $5,200 = $13,000 (Who is T. Roosevelt L. Johnson?)
Erin $12,200 – $6,401 = $5,799 (Who is Theodore Roosevelt)
Brandon $18,600 + $5,801 = $24,401 (Who is L.B. Johnson LBJ?) (2-day total: $47,625)

Brandon Deutsch, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 6, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Brandon $8,200
Erin $4,600
Chris -$200

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE WORLD IN 1900 $1000 (clue #3)
Brandon 1400 +1400 (Erin 0 Chris -800)
2) BEFORE & BAFTA $2000 (clue #16)
Erin 7000 +4000 (Brandon 16200 Chris 2200)
3) HAPPY TRAILS! $800 (clue #22, $10800 left on board)
Chris 4200 -2000 (Brandon 17400 Erin 11800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 110

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 169 (1.23 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Brandon $18,200 Coryat, 27 correct, 3 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Chris $9,800 Coryat, 10 correct, 5 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Erin $10,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 0 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,200
Lach Trash: $7,600 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,200

Brandon Deutsch, career statistics:
56 correct, 7 incorrect
6/7 on rebound attempts (on 12 rebound opportunities)
44.74% in first on buzzer (51/114)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,900)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,000

Erin Merrill, career statistics:
14 correct, 1 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,200

Chris Hammer, career statistics:
11 correct, 5 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,800

Brandon Deutsch, to win:
3 games: 61.627%
4: 37.979%
5: 23.405%
6: 14.424%
7: 8.889%
Avg. streak: 3.606 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Thus far, $53,625 has been donated to the North Valley Community Foundation.

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20 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, April 6, 2021"

  1. Because of ‘sweltering’, I wasn’t thinking of something that happened in November.

  2. Cabin threw me off, I knew it had to be after an assassination, so I was thinking Teddy Roosevelt. I thought of LBJ, but did not connect his airplane swearing in with a cabin.

    • I knew it wasn’t T.R. because we had visited the T.R. Inaugural National Historic Site in Buffalo a few years ago. Apparently he had been in the Adirondacks when McKinley had been shot in Buffalo, but made it there before McKinley died. The site is at the house where T.R. was staying when he took the oath after McKinley’s death.

  3. Like Andy said, this one is tricky. If contestants were given 5 minutes, they might come around to it, but most people’s first thought of a cabin is a small house, not an airplane cabin. There may be an advantage for anybody who saw the movie LBJ a few years ago, but I didn’t see it, so I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like more and more recently, Jeopardy seems to be tying historical events to movie/TV shows. The Kennedys visit to Buckingham Palace was covered on the The Crown. Just last week it was P.L. Travers. That clue favored anybody who had seen the movie Saving Mr Banks, which covered the negotiations between Travers and Walt Disney.

  4. I pictured Truman in a rustic cabin on a hot Missouri April day. And I was so wrong. It didn’t even occur to me that an airplane cabin wouldn’t have a/c.

  5. Seems to be a deliberately tricky, misleading clue. Come on, FJ!

  6. I guessed Calvin Coolidge, since I knew that Harding died in August. Kudos to those who came up with LBJ in thirty seconds.

  7. Brad (not Rutter) | April 6, 2021 at 2:02 pm |

    Great fj. Challenging but fair.

  8. Way to GO, BRANDON!! Tearin’ up the stats and stompin’ on a tricky FJ!
    Congrats and…do it again tomorrow, ok?

  9. Sweltering?
    Didn’t the plane have air conditioning?

    • I thought that as well, but maybe AC wasn’t a thing? In the 60s I mean. I honestly don’t know. The clues “20th century” and “window shades” did immediately make me think of an airplane but like a lot of others, the word “sweltering” fooled me into thinking it was summertime.

  10. Just came across this via the google machine:

    Re LBJ Inauguration: for the inauguration twenty-seven people squeezed into the sixteen-foot square stateroom of Air Force One for the proceedings. Adding to the discomfort was the lack of air conditioning as the aircraft had been disconnected from the external power supply, in order to take off promptly.

    • I was going to make that point, but you already did. With people coming and going, the plane’s engines wouldn’t be on. I’m pretty sure the plane’s a/c wouldn’t work without the engines being on. When planes are at the terminal, they use external power. If you’ve ever been on a plane that had to park away from the terminal for some reason, it can be miserable on a hot day. About all they can do is open the door.

  11. By the way, that plane is at the Air Force History Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH. There are plaques showing where everything took place. The plane, of course, was not retired just because of the history surrounding it. I think it was eventually replaced with a 747 when Reagan was President.

  12. Libby Brown | April 6, 2021 at 8:07 pm |

    I’m honestly not sure how but I knew it immediately.

  13. center ice | April 6, 2021 at 9:52 pm |

    LMuch coverage on ESPN, both yesterday and today, of Aaron’s debut show. He received great reviews, and there was talk (generated by Rodgers) that he would consider being a full-time host. He certainly has the name recognition and is gaining the experience, but trying to win another Super Bowl is probably first on his to-do list, it would seem. Lots of quarterbacks have won one Super Bowl, but another would elevate his status to even greater heights.

    One of the funnier comments came from Pardon the Interruption; co-host Tony Kronheiser said that Aaron could host for a few years, and then Jordan Love could replace him on Jeopardy! (Love, a quarterback, was drafted last year by the Packers, a move that famously ticked off Rodgers, who had four years remaining on his contract.

    Sports and Jeopardy! — sometimes they do mix!

    • I liked how Rodgers started Tuesday’s show by mentioning that he has a lot of experience taking over for a legend. I wonder how many J! fans had no clue what he was talking about. LOL (For those of you who don’t follow football at all, Rodgers is a clinch to be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame shortly after he retires. He was drafted while another Hall of Famer, Brett Favre, was the starting QB, and took over that job a few years later.)

  14. Randy Skretvedt | April 6, 2021 at 10:46 pm |

    I thought for sure it was going to be Coolidge. I’ve seen a picture of his father (a retired judge) swearing him in, in August 1923 just after the news of Harding’s death had been relayed. From what I remember, it looks like it’s taking place in a cabin, and the only source of light is a kerosene lamp. I would never think of a “cabin” as being the seating area of an airliner, although I guess techincally that’s correct. But it’s sneaky.

    • TOD MONROE | April 7, 2021 at 5:21 pm |

      “Prepare the cabin for takeoff” is something I hear before every flight but I didn’t think of that in this case.

  15. Randy Skretvedt | April 6, 2021 at 10:50 pm |

    Correction — Coolidge’s father was still a notary public and justice of the peace, not retired.

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