Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, May 24, 2021


It’s Semifinal Monday at the 2021 Tournament of Champions! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century Artwork) for Monday, May 24, 2021 (Season 37, Game 171):

The artist’s wife described the scene of this 1942 painting as “Brilliant interior of cheap restaurant”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Ryan Hemmel, a legal technology professional from Los Angeles, California
Ryan Hemmel on Jeopardy!
Karen Farrell, a political consultant from Chesapeake, Virginia
Karen Farrell on Jeopardy!
Sam Kavanaugh, a teacher originally from Carlton, Minnesota
Sam Kavanaugh on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Of the three semifinals, this is probably the most evenly-matched three-way match of the round. All 3 players have a good chance of winning, per the prediction model; this game will definitely come down to who can best convert the four big clues. I’d almost put this match in the “too close to call” box.


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Correct response: What is “Nighthawks”?


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Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks", as asked about during Final Jeopardy! on May 24, 2021.

Edward Hopper’s famous 1942 painting “Nighthawks” depicts three people sitting around a diner late at night, and is one of the most recognizable paintings in American art. Shortly after its completion, it was sold to the Art Institute of Chicago.


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Scores going into Final:
Sam $28,600
Karen $11,400
Ryan $3,800


Tonight’s results:
Ryan $3,800 + $107 = $3,907 (What is Nighthawks?)
Karen $11,400 + $1,119 = $12,519 (What is Nighthawks?)
Sam $28,600 + $0 = $28,600 (What is Nighthawks?) (Finalist)


Sam Kavanaugh, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 24, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Sam $6,600
Karen $4,200
Ryan $600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) STARTS WITH SOMETHING YOU CAN RIDE $800 (clue #17)
Ryan 3200 -3200 (Sam 3400 Karen 3400)
2) ELEMENT”IUM” $1600 (clue #1)
Ryan 600 +2000 (Sam 6600 Karen 4200)
3) NON-ITALIAN ROMAN EMPERORS $1200 (clue #7, $25200 left on board)
Sam 13000 +8000 (Karen 4200 Ryan 4200)
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: 188 (1.10 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Sam $21,800 Coryat, 23 correct, 1 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Karen $11,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Ryan $6,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,800
Lach Trash: $7,800 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,400

Sam Kavanaugh, career statistics:
162 correct, 14 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 26 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (150/450)
12/13 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $70,800)
6/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,225

Karen Farrell, career statistics:
243 correct, 26 incorrect
15/20 on rebound attempts (on 52 rebound opportunities)
37.88% in first on buzzer (225/594)
8/13 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,900)
9/11 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,491

Ryan Hemmel, career statistics:
129 correct, 12 incorrect
6/8 on rebound attempts (on 28 rebound opportunities)
29.07% in first on buzzer (116/399)
7/10 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $18,000)
6/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,400

Andy’s Thoughts

  • The prediction model’s favoring Sam in this match was definitely predicated on him being able to convert Daily Doubles. He certainly did that today.

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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, May 24, 2021"

  1. This is one of those, ‘oh, I know it’ clues…but can you remember the name.

  2. I have a print that’s a parody of Nighthawks with James Dean as the soda jerk and Marilyn Munroe and Humphrey Bogart as customers.

  3. I saw the painting in my brain, in detail. And I remembered the artist as Hopper, but I thought “Thomas”. Couldn’t remember the name of the painting for the life of me. Not my best 30 seconds.

  4. Same, I remember one called “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”

    The customers were James Dean, Bogey and Marilyn Monroe. The soda jerk was Elvis.

    New the original but couldn’t come up with the name.

  5. The possibility of a Ryan Bilger – Sam Kavanaugh rematch just went up!

    • Sam’s success certainly has come from converting Daily Doubles, as Andy highlighted! Compare his net of $70,800 from 13 DD’s to Karen, who’s also had 13 DD’s, but netting just $6,900, less than a tenth.

    • Sam won the original meeting with daily doubles. Finding all three and betting $16,000 and getting them all right.

  6. Ah yes the good old days of Bogart and Monroe plus Dean as customers while Elvis was the soda jerk. Great memories. I can possibly see a sam and Ryan rematch in the finals later. Nighthawks came to me directly but still though. Sam definitely showed he has strong knowledge here today. Great play by all 3.

  7. When I saw the matchups, I thought that Sam got in a good seeding for him. Match 2 has Ryan and Veronica who had fantastic quarterfinal games and match 3 has Jennifer and Jason, two of the early favourites.

  8. Congratulations to Sam for defeating 2 pretty tough opponents, and the fact that he made it a runaway makes it all the more impressive!

    Also, who was the substitute for Brayden Smith in this Tournament Of Champions? (i.e. if he had survived long enough to play in the tournament, who would he have replaced, assuming the replaced gets to come back for the next one)

    • Steve Moulds was the substitute, and given when he played it is unlikely he would’ve been in the following TOC.

    • Steve Moulds was the substitute and he won three games and a total of $86,603 including his third place finish in game 4. Yes, it is unlikely that he would have been chosen in the next TOC. He played in October 2019.

  9. Brad (not Rutter) | May 24, 2021 at 5:04 pm |

    Well, that was anticlimactic. Sam was a beast on the buzzer and his bravery on the dd was rewarded.

  10. Robert Young | May 24, 2021 at 7:34 pm |

    There was a clue in Jeopardy round with the words Gipsy Moth. Isn’t it [redacted]?

  11. What was the question about a flag? The Kansas flag?

    • There was a clue about the Wichita flag.

      A domed dwelling of Southwest Native Americans, it’s represented on Wichita’s flag as a symbol of home

      (What is a hogan?)

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