Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Happy Wednesday! Today is Day 8 of Bill Whitaker hosting; $195,799 has been raised thus far for Media Fellowship House. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World’s Fairs) for Wednesday, May 12, 2021 (Season 37, Game 163):

The theme of Seattle’s 1962 World’s Fair was “Man in the” this era

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Dave Friedlander, a freelancer originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Dave Friedlander on Jeopardy!
Amanda Ganske, a product marketing manager from Austin, Texas
Amanda Ganske on Jeopardy!
Jeff Mitchum, a teacher from Dixon, California (1-day total: $31,200)
Jeff Mitchum on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Jeff doubled through a favorable Final Jeopardy! category for him (he posted on Reddit that he was a theology minor) to take victory yesterday. He was strong on the signalling device but did have some mistakes; he’ll need to stay strong and minimize those mistakes in order to take win #2.

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Correct response: What is the Space Age?

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The 1962 World’s Fair (officially titled the Century 21 Exposition), held from April 21-October 21, 1962 in Seattle, Washington, had the theme “Man in the Space Age”; it was also designed to show that the United States wasn’t as behind the Soviet Union in the Space Race as was perceived. The fair was originally conceived in 1955 to be held in 1959 (to mark the 50th anniversary of their 1909 fair), but it was quickly found to be too ambitious of a timeline, and it was pushed back to 1962; with the Space Race in full swing, the themes of space and science completely replaced the earlier thoughts of a festival celebrating the American West. The Space Needle in Seattle is the most lasting and iconic symbol of the fair.

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Scores going into Final:
Amanda $11,400
Dave $6,600
Jeff $3,200

Tonight’s results:
Jeff $3,200 + $3,195 = $6,395 (What is Space Age?)
Dave $6,600 – $6,000 = $600 (What is the Modern Era?)
Amanda $11,400 + $2,600 = $14,000 (What is the space age?) (1-day total: $14,000)

Amanda Ganske, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 12, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Dave $5,000
Amanda $4,000
Jeff $4,000


Opening break taken after: 14 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) NAPOLEON THE INNOVATOR $600 (clue #21)
Jeff 5600 -3600 (Amanda 1000 Dave 4000)
2) AMERICAN HISTORY $1600 (clue #13)
Jeff 7600 -4000 (Amanda 9600 Dave 6200)
3) BIRDS OF PRAY $2000 (clue #26, $5600 left on board)
Amanda 12800 -1000 (Jeff 3200 Dave 7800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -125

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 188 (1.15 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Amanda $12,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 4 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Jeff $10,800 Coryat, 20 correct, 5 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Dave $6,600 Coryat, 10 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $29,800
Lach Trash: $11,200 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,000

Jeff Mitchum, career statistics:
42 correct, 8 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
36.84% in first on buzzer (42/114)
1/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$6,600)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,300

Amanda Ganske, career statistics:
20 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,400

Dave Friedlander, career statistics:
10 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,600

Amanda Ganske, to win:
2 games: 35.484%
3: 12.591%
4: 4.468%
5: 1.585%
6: 0.563%
Avg. streak: 1.550 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Thus far, $212,799 has been donated by Jeopardy! to Media Fellowship House. $1,204,926 has been donated to all charities thus far.
  • As is always, Jeff picked first in Double Jeopardy! because his lectern is closest to the host.
  • There seemed to be a number of incorrect responses caused by contestants forgetting category names, i.e. “7-LETTER COUNTRIES” and “I’LL REPEAT MYSELF AGAIN, TOO” (responses in that category were repeated phrases).

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8 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, May 12, 2021"

  1. Galaxy, Cosmos, Universe….. So close yet so far away. Hopefully the contestants will do better. I think they will.

  2. “There seemed to be a number of incorrect responses caused by contestants forgetting category names…”

    I haven’t seen the episode yet, but I wonder if that is all on the contestants, or more on an incomplete explanation of the category by the guest host – at the start of the round and/or after incorrect responses in the category?

  3. One of those objectionable FJs that you know what it is about, but can you come up with the exact words of a proper name from a long time ago?

    • In my opinion, no more or less objectionable than a lot of FJs lately. Two out of three got it right; two out of three got last night’s FJ right, and I thought that required more specific knowledge.

  4. Sad to hear the “Stupid answers” category without Alex saying it in that manner of his 😞

  5. Ronnie Gambardella | May 12, 2021 at 8:20 pm |

    Jeopardy needs to get its act together. This revolving door of guest hosts and one and done contestants is making the show nearly unwatchable.

    • In the past month (since 4/15) there have been 4 three-time winners and 2 two-time winners, along with some very close and exciting games. How is the show becoming “unwatchable”?

  6. Can’t wait until next week when Buzzy Cohen and his bouncy personality takes over as guest host. A good news reporter/interviewer does not necessarily make a great game show host. Jeopardy is losing momentum.

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