Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, April 8, 2021

Good morning! It’s Thursday, April 8, 2021 (Season 37, Game 139). I’ve thought that Aaron Rodgers’ hosting has improved over the first three days of his stint. I also think that LeVar Burton needs to be given a guest hosting spot. (Though, if Rodgers were to retire from the Packers, Aaron Rodgers as permanent host would check the vast majority of Sony’s boxes.)

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category South America):

2 of the 3 national capitals on the continent whose metro areas have more than 10 million people

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Abbey Copeland, a professor & scenic designer from North Haven, Connecticut
Abbey Copeland on Jeopardy!
Pasquale Palumbo, a financial services professional from Hawthorne, New York
Pasquale Palumbo on Jeopardy!
Brandon Deutsch, a student from Long Beach, California (3-day total: $70,026)
Brandon Deutsch on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What are Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lima, Peru, and Bogotá, Colombia?


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Interestingly, this question could not be written even six years ago; both the Lima and Bogotá metro areas only passed the 10 million mark in the last five years. Neither São Paulo nor Rio de Janeiro are the capital of Brazil; Brasilia’s population is just over 4 million.


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

Scores going into Final:
Pasquale $14,200
Brandon $13,200
Abbey $10,800


Tonight’s results:
Abbey $10,800 – $10,500 = $300 (What are Buenos Aires + Montevideo?)
Brandon $13,200 – $13,198 = $2 (What are Buenos Aires and Santiago?)
Pasquale $14,200 – $7,401 = $6,799 (What are Rio Sao Paolo + Buenos Aires?) (1-day total: $6,799)


Pasquale Palumbo, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 8, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Pasquale $8,800
Brandon $5,800
Abbey $3,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) PLACES IN TEXAS $600 (clue #11)
Brandon 3200 +3000 (Pasquale 2600 Abbey 0)
2) IT HAPPENED IN EUROPE! $1600 (clue #17)
Brandon 5400 +5000 (Pasquale 18000 Abbey 5200)
3) BOOKS BY NUMBER $1600 (clue #27, $2800 left on board)
Pasquale 18800 -5000 (Brandon 13200 Abbey 10800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 160


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: FUNNY TV SONGS $400
Total Left On Board: $400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 170 (1.22 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Pasquale $19,200 Coryat, 26 correct, 5 incorrect, 50.00% in first on buzzer (28/56), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Abbey $10,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.79% in first on buzzer (15/56), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Brandon $7,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.64% in first on buzzer (11/56), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,400
Lach Trash: $7,200 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,000

Brandon Deutsch, career statistics:
89 correct, 14 incorrect
13/15 on rebound attempts (on 24 rebound opportunities)
34.36% in first on buzzer (78/227)
6/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $18,900)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,300

Pasquale Palumbo, career statistics:
26 correct, 6 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
50.00% in first on buzzer (28/56)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$5,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,200

Abbey Copeland, career statistics:
13 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
26.79% in first on buzzer (15/56)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,800

Pasquale Palumbo, to win:
2 games: 42.984%
3: 18.476%
4: 7.942%
5: 3.414%
6: 1.467%
Avg. streak: 1.754 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Yes, North Haven is a suburb northeast of New Haven, Connecticut.
  • Betting to cover 3rd place’s score by $1 from the lead is a good way to risk an unneccessary tiebreaker.
  • Thus far, $88,825 has been donated to the North Valley Community Foundation.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, April 8, 2021"

  1. dick cardozo | April 8, 2021 at 10:02 am | Reply

    Aaron is great !!!

  2. Danielle Cox | April 8, 2021 at 11:04 am | Reply

    I fell for Rio. I thought for sure it was, but forgot it wasn’t the capital. What is funny is that I wasn’t sure which of the three correct answers to put for my other one.

    • Funny, I also fell for Brasil….I thought Buenos Aires and Bogota and Brasilia….so I don’t know if I would have put in the correct 2.

  3. I had Buenos Aires pegged for certain, but was struggling between Lima, Bogota, and Santiago for my second answer. I think I would have gone with Santiago, and been incorrect.

  4. Those are some… odd wagers. In particular, it’s odd that Pasquale bet to cover Abbey but not Brandon, since he just saw Brandon reel off three straight Final Jeopardy pulls. If you really don’t want to bet to cover, bet a couple hundred bucks to avoid the first + $1/2 bet from third and play for the triple stumper.

    As for Brandon, if he had made the standard cover bet of Abbey, he would had Pasquale covered on a double stumper (though he wouldn’t have won with Pasquale’s wager today). I usually like when players bet on themselves, but that seemed needlessly risky, particularly with a ToC bid potentially on the line.

    Abbey’s bid was a pretty typical overbid from third, not much to say there. Again, nice to see contestants betting on themselves, but she didn’t put herself in the best position to win.

    It’s tough under the lights! As for the question, I flirted with Bogota but ultimately guessed Caracas.

  5. I think Brandon just ran out of steam on his 4th game – and Pasquale really swatted him badly in “first on buzzer”.
    How often does it happen that a contestant achieves 50% in that statistic? I’m guessing it’s pretty rare.

    • As far as I know, I don’t think any contestant on Jeopardy has ever gotten a 60% in the statistic. Even the two GOATS – Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer (by the way, I still think the second place prize should’ve been $500K) – barely got over the 57% mark, so I don’t think we’ll see a 60% contestant anytime soon.

  6. Bogota and Lima were my two out of the three. Buenos Aires well I didn’t get so I took Santiago as my option. Only a 50 percent Chance of a fourth win for Brandon which is average. Abbie was in a tough position but this wasn’t a tough Geography final.

    As a Connecticut native I would not have bet almost everything and just stand at zero if I was on the show.

  7. I felt confident in Lima because I had a co-worker in college with it as his hometown, so I was aware that it’s massive.

  8. Perhaps they are overfeeding the returning champion at the lunch break that takes place between the Wednesday and Thursday tapings.

  9. Danielle Cox | April 8, 2021 at 7:36 pm | Reply

    Hey, he quoted one of your T-shirt’s!

  10. Bummer. I thought at least one of them would get it and the charity would get over $20K again. Brandon had been pretty good with geography, but I guess this wasn’t in his wheelhouse.

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