Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Good morning! Today is Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Aaron Rodgers wasn’t trolled yesterday like he was on Monday; the North Valley Community Foundation has received $53,625 through Aaron’s first two games as guest host. Meanwhile, the LeVar Burton petition has gained a second wind — there are going to be a very large number of angry fans if LeVar isn’t given a chance to host (as I said a few months ago). Anyway, here’s today’s Final Jeopardy:

Notorious: In 1897 she was accused of a much lesser crime, shoplifting in Rhode Island

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Sebastián Martínez Valdivia, a public radio reporter from Columbia, Missouri
Sebastián Martínez Valdivia on Jeopardy!
Amy Rey, a market researcher from Lawrenceville, New Jersey
Amy Rey on Jeopardy!
Brandon Deutsch, a student from Long Beach, California (2-day total: $47,625)
Brandon Deutsch on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Brandon is two wins in, and his wins have been strong. Aaron Rodgers’ hosting (much cleaner in-studio than some of his predecessors) may lead to the so-called “two-game curse” ending. We haven’t had a 3-game champion since early February. Will today be the day that ends?

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Correct response: Who is Lizzie Borden?

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Four years after she was acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother, Lizzie Borden was accused of theft at the Tilden-Thurber art gallery in Providence, Rhode Island. The owners of the gallery decided to use the threat of negative publicity to blackmail Borden into confessing to the murders. Details of this were not released until the 1950s.

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Scores going into Final:
Brandon $17,800
Sebastián $11,200
Amy $9,900

Tonight’s results:
Amy $9,900 + $0 = $9,900 (Who is Lizzy Borden?)
Sebastián $11,200 + $11,199 = $22,399 (Who is Lizzie Borden?)
Brandon $17,800 + $4,601 = $22,401 (Who is Lizzie Borden?) (3-day total: $70,026)

Brandon Deutsch, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 7, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Sebastián $4,400
Brandon $1,800
Amy $1,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) BROADWAY BOUND $400 (clue #7)
Amy 1200 -1200 (Brandon -400 Sebastián 1200)
2) STARTS & ENDS WITH “L” $800 (clue #2)
Amy 2000 +1500 (Brandon 1800 Sebastián 4400)
3) 5-LETTER CAPITALS $2000 (clue #10, $24000 left on board)
Brandon 4600 +4000 (Amy 3500 Sebastián 7600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 62

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 169 (1.22 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Brandon $15,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 4/5 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Sebastián $11,200 Coryat, 19 correct, 5 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Amy $10,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,400
Lach Trash: $7,600 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,000

Brandon Deutsch, career statistics:
75 correct, 11 incorrect
10/12 on rebound attempts (on 18 rebound opportunities)
39.18% in first on buzzer (67/171)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,900)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,933

Amy Rey, career statistics:
15 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $300)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,400

Sebastián Martínez Valdivia, career statistics:
20 correct, 5 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200

Brandon Deutsch, to win:
4 games: 59.699%
5: 35.640%
6: 21.277%
7: 12.702%
8: 7.583%
Avg. streak: 4.481 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • By not betting at least $3,300, Amy put her chances of victory at effectively zero before even starting Final Jeopardy.
  • Thus far, $79,026 has been donated to the North Valley Community Foundation.

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, April 7, 2021"

  1. Ronnie Gambardella | April 7, 2021 at 10:16 am |

    A question I’ve never heard axed: Are Final Jeopardy questions set in stone prior to each show or can the producers select any question on file after the Double Jeopardy round?

    • They are absolutely set in stone – changing it would certainly be seen as a serious Standards & Practices violation.

      • Marty Cunningham | April 7, 2021 at 3:20 pm |

        Yes, indeed, the whole weeks’ worth of games is set in place, before taping begins. The writers prepare several day’s worth of shows each week, all categories for both rounds, plus FJ, and the Standards & Practices rep on the set, says, basically, “Play these 5 boards” for each day’s taping, then the crews work on setting up the clues. Furthermore, the next contestants are selected randomly before each show is taped, and even further, the next two who are up draw numbers at random, to see which of them gets the middle lectern, so there is a lot of work to keep things as random as possible, but there are times when a lot of things coincidentally fall into place for a contestant. One of the shows before i taped mine happened to have a final about state flags, and the clue was about the flag of New York, and two of the contestants on stage for that round happened to be from New York! Of course, they both got the correct response.

        And did Ronnie really intend to “axe” a question about this FJ, given the subject matter? I think so. Well done!

  2. This doesn’t seem too hard based on the category, the time period, and the area of the country. Rodgers’ charity should do well today. I hope the players rack up a lot of money before FJ.

  3. 3 games at last!!! Congrats, Brandon!!!
    You had a formidable opponent in Sebastian to keep you on your toes, and your gutsy DD wager/win kept your confidence high.
    I think by FJ, Amy had just given up, and Brandon’s FJ wager was just right.
    What a game!!!

    • But why would Amy give up when a correct answer and wrong by the two other contestants probably assure a win with a strategic wager? She was still very much in the game.

      • All Brandon needed to bet was $4601, which he did, to cover Sebastian’s highest wager. If Brandon would have gotten it wrong, he would have only gone down to $13,199. At that amount, Amy still wouldn’t have won.

        • She would have, if she had $3300 or more. Which I believe is MarkO’s point. Brandon’s wager was very predictable. She could have put herself in a position where she could have won if Brandon had responded incorrectly, but her wager eliminated that possibility.

  4. I thought yesterday we would hear Aaron Rodgers’ mastery of French and the French accent. No such luck, as the clues were worded in such a way as to make it unnecessary. Darn. Overall, Mr. Rodgers is doing perfectly fine.

  5. Jimbo in KS | April 7, 2021 at 6:15 pm |

    Monday my wife didn’t know who Aaron Rodgers was. Now she thinks he’s the next permanent host. I agree.

    • Michael R | April 7, 2021 at 8:40 pm |

      IMHO, the PERFECT Jeopardy! host, well two candidates…first, why not Neil Patrick Harris? He was Doogie Howser, boy genius, after all…and if his real personality is anything like Barney Stinson, I rest my case. And how about Ryan Reynolds…in character…as Deadpool? JK…or am I?

    • I agree. I think he’s doing quite well–honestly better than I had anticipated. In my opinion, he’s middle of the pack right now of the guest hosts to date–not quite as good as Ken or Mike, but slightly better than Katie. (I can’t comment on how he compares to guest-host-who-shall-not-be-named, as I participated in the boycott those two weeks.)

      As to who I would want to become the permanent host, though–that’s a different question entirely. I definitely don’t want Rodgers as the permanent host next season, as I’m a Packers fan/owner, and it’s a higher priority that he be our QB a few more years than the Jeopardy host. And I also definitely don’t want Ken Jennings as permanent host, because as much as I liked him, my wife can’t stand him for some reason she can’t articulate, so if he were to become host, I’d have to listen to my wife complain about him every episode until either he retired or I quit watching to avoid the complaining. So I guess, for now, my first choice is Mike Richards–he did well, and maybe if he’s hosting, he’ll be less involved in producing the show, and thus eliminate some of the questionable calls he’s made recently and will likely continue to do.

      • Jim Breed | April 8, 2021 at 4:13 pm |

        I don’t get all the hateration on Dr. Oz. He was a friend to Alex and not really a bad host. Is there something I’m missing?

  6. While ultimately immaterial to the outcome of the game, I absolutely think Brandon’s response on clue 20 of the Double Jeopardy round (UNIFORMITY $400) should have been reversed in his favor.

    The metonym “Annapolis” for the United States Naval Academy has been accepted by the show on multiple occasions, most recently on March 23, 2020 (no. 8186). As J! Archive properly represents, and was clearly audible on the telecast, Brandon’s “Annapolis” was clearly fully out before Aaron ruled against him.

    Do you agree that a reversal is warranted there?

    IMO, the hits from the writers just keep on coming in Season 37.

    • wasn’t his initial response United States Naval and then something other than academy (which may be why it was wrong).

      • Matt’s point is that Brandon said “Annapolis” before Aaron said “No.” Furthermore, his point is that “Annapolis” could be considered a changed response, which means that everything prior should have been disregarded by the judges, and he should have been ruled correct. (As per past show precedent.)

  7. Since today’s episode won’t air locally until 1am tonight (Chauvin trial preemption), could someone let me know if Amy’s FJ response–“Who is Lizzy Borden?” was ruled correct? Since she wagered $0, it’s a little hard to tell on this site. And seeing some of the crazy rulings being made by judges this season, I thought one of them may have ruled that in some obscure regional dialect, “Lizzy” is pronounced differently than “Lizzie”, and is therefore incorrect.

    (Yes, there’s a lot of sarcasm in this comment–but not entirely. In much–I suspect most–of the country, the difference between the pronunciations of “Lizzy” and “Lizzie” is just as great as that between “Barry” and “Berry”.)

    • It was ruled correct. Rodgers specifically mentioned that despite the misspelling, that it was correct. And you can tell that she got it correct from above because it’s “+ 0” as opposed to “- 0”

  8. Loved Aaron Rodger’s quip about how smoky Willie Nelson’s bus must have been.


  9. I’m surprised Rodgers’ charity is the North Valley Community Foundation. Absolutely nothing wrong with that choice–but I’ve seen him associated with the MACC Fund a lot in the past, including for his appearance on Celebrity Jeopardy!. (“MACC” Fund is an acronym for Midwest Athletes against Childhood Cancer.)

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