Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, May 13, 2021

Happy Thursday! It is Day 9 of Bill Whitaker’s guest-host stint. Thus far, $212,799 has been donated by Jeopardy! to Media Fellowship House. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Children’s Books) for Thursday, May 13, 2021 (Season 37, Game 164):

The last book Dr. Seuss published in his lifetime, it climbs bestseller lists every spring

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Susan Schulman, a baker from Alexandria, Virginia
Susan Schulman on Jeopardy!
Matt McAndrews, a marketer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Matt McAndrews on Jeopardy!
Amanda Ganske, a product marketing manager from Austin, Texas (1-day total: $14,000)
Amanda Ganske on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Amanda won the lowest-scoring game of Bill Whitaker’s hosting tenure thus far, picking up only $14,000. But the wins all count the same on the scoreboard, and she goes up against Matt and Susan today. Amanda’s best chances at victory will come if she has fewer incorrect responses—she had 4 yesterday.


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Correct response: What is Oh, the Places You’ll Go!?


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Dr. Seuss’ 1990 book Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is very famously often gifted to graduates as inspirational material, with famous quotes such as “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”


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

Scores going into Final:
Susan $20,200
Matt $15,000
Amanda $9,800


Tonight’s results:
Amanda $9,800 + $9,799 = $19,599 (What is Oh the Places You’ll Go) (2-day total: $33,599)
Matt $15,000 – $5,201 = $9,799 (What is Oh the places you will go)
Susan $20,200 – $10,000 = $10,200 (What is The Lorax?)


Amanda Ganske, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 13, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $7,400
Susan $6,800
Amanda $3,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) NUMBERING THE NONFICTION BOOKS $600 (clue #21)
Matt 2800 +2800 (Amanda 2800 Susan 3400)
2) OPERA $1200 (clue #5)
Susan 8400 +3000 (Amanda 3400 Matt 8200)
3) THE TUNNEL $2000 (clue #17, $16800 left on board)
Matt 11800 -2000 (Amanda 2600 Susan 18200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 119


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 $9,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Susan $18,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Matt $14,800 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,000
Lach Trash: $6,200 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,800

Amanda Ganske, career statistics:
36 correct, 6 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (36/114)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,100

Matt McAndrews, career statistics:
19 correct, 3 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $800)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,800

Susan Schulman, career statistics:
19 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,400

Amanda Ganske, to win:
3 games: 30.292%
4: 9.176%
5: 2.780%
6: 0.842%
7: 0.255%
Avg. streak: 2.435 games.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Thus far, $235,398 has been donated by Jeopardy! to Media Fellowship House. $1,227,525 has been donated to all charities thus far.
  • Titles need to be exact; Matt’s title was not exact and was correctly ruled incorrect by the judges.

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20 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, May 13, 2021"

  1. I knew this just because I knew it was his last book. I had no idea it was a popular gift for graduates though it does make sense.

    • I also got it because it was his last book. I knew it was a popular gift for graduates, but not sure I would have made that connection if they hadn’t mentioned the last book part.

  2. I guessed this one correctly because one of teachers in high school actually read that book to our class the week before we graduated.

  3. Man, Jeopardy is pedantic sometimes. “You will” and “you’ll” are functionally identical and Matt clearly knew the book. They’re barely even distinguishable when spoken. And I say this as a professional writer and editor. Anyway, I’m not as pedantic as Jeopardy, so I’ll leave it at that.

    A rare Lazarus win for Amanda, who had less than half of Susan’s score going into FJ.

    • Matt:

      Your usage of the term “Lazarus” is incorrect in a Jeopardy! context; in the community, the term has been historically used (mostly by Keith Williams) to refer to a player whose victory chances were resurrected by an overly aggressive wager from a player ahead.

      This was not the case today.

    • Frank Borland | May 13, 2021 at 10:52 pm |

      Matt, you can’t use the he “clearly knew the book” excuse. If he clearly knew the book, he would have used the correct wording of the book. “We knew what he meant” means nothing to the judges.

      • I dunno, Frank. I’m sympathetic to your argument, but he demonstrated enough knowledge to me. We’re talking about a show that accepts “Jones” for “Marion Jones”, here.

  4. Thanks for the correction, Andy. I kind of thought that was the case but was looking for a way to signify an FJ with less than half the leader’s total going in. Someone should coin something!

  5. Michael R | May 13, 2021 at 4:52 pm |

    I remember a day not so long ago when the judges had a bit more leniency when it comes to certain peculiars of speech. I remember the correct response a few years back was “What is The Bridge on the River Kwai?” One contestant replied “Bridge OVER the River Kwai” and in that case, was ruled as a correct response. This seems like a similar nuance.

    • Michael:

      If there was a film called “Oh, The Places You Will Go”, then maybe you’d have a point here.

      However, in the specific case of …Kwai, the book is titled “Over” and the movie “On”. Thus, that would cause a specific exception to the normal rules.

      • Michael R | May 13, 2021 at 5:10 pm |

        Thanks for clearing that up, Andy…I looked up the Kwai example for my own reference, and sure enough the Category was “LITERARY & MOVIE TITLE OBJECTS” which opened the door to an either/or response. As a side note, this was the FJ that set the one day record at $77,000 for Roger Craig back in 2010.

  6. Brad (not Rutter) | May 13, 2021 at 5:01 pm |

    I really think Matt got screwed here! He knew the answer. Come on!

  7. Bill Whitaker did a good job. I don’t expect the host of Jeopardy! to be perky, just to keep the game moving. Art Linkletter once said that the main responsibility of a game show host is to make the audience feel involved in the contest.

  8. Brad (not Rutter):
    Ditto x 10!

  9. Clearly a correct ruling but I still can’t help but feel bad for Matt.

  10. During a taping a couple years ago a contestant gave the answer”The Watchmen” to a clue about the graphic novel by Alan Moore. I felt that he should have been ruled incorrect, but he was given credit for the answer. This was not during Final Jeopardy.

    • By the rules of the show, though, leading articles are explicitly allowed to be added (or removed) with impunity, unless ambiguity is created with another work.

  11. This is one of those know your airdate clues. If your tape day is in March, look up what’s coming up in May. (Grad season)

  12. Brian Rose | May 13, 2021 at 11:11 pm |

    Do you want the contestants to know the answer…or kind of the know the answer…???

  13. I understand that Matt’s answer was incorrect, but that FJ was painful to watch. You spend years taking the online test, get through multiple rounds of qualifying games. Then you finally get on national television and lose like that

    This game represented the second time in just a couple weeks that a contestant was a middle aged, dark haired woman who identified as a “baker”.

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