Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, May 3, 2021

Happy Monday! Today is Bill Whitaker’s first day as guest host. All of the winnings for this week and next will be matched and donated to Media Fellowship House. Now, here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century Americans) for Monday, May 3, 2021 (Season 37, Game 156):

His book “An Overland Journey from New York to San Francisco in the Summer of 1859” shows he heeded his own famous advice

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

César del Peral, an attorney originally from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
César del Peral on Jeopardy!
Eliza Eaton-Stern, a middle school history teacher from Aurora, Colorado
Eliza Eaton-Stern on Jeopardy!
Emily Sands, a vice president of operations from Chanhassen, Minnesota (2-day total: $53,401)
Emily Sands on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Emily has played very strongly over her first two wins; she was much better at finding Daily Doubles, and she has been betting very aggressively. If she can go 3-for-3 on the big clues today, she should have no problem taking a third victory.


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Correct response: Who is Horace Greeley?


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Horace Greeley is the famous founder of the New York Tribune, famous for the quote “Go West, young man”, from an editorial in that paper on July 13, 1865. The full quote: “Washington is not a place to live in. The rents are high, the food is bad, the dust is disgusting and the morals are deplorable. Go West, young man, go West and grow up with the country.” The book mentioned in the clue is also known for having one of the first descriptions of Yosemite National Park distributed outside of California.


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

Scores going into Final:
Emily $17,200
Eliza $7,400
César $4,000


Tonight’s results:
César $4,000 – $3,401 = $599 (Who is Frost?)
Eliza $7,400 – $7,400 = $0 (Who was Mark Twain?)
Emily $17,200 + $2,399 = $19,599 (Who is Greely?) (3-day total: $73,000)


Emily Sands, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 3, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Emily $5,400
Eliza $3,800
César $1,600


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Opening break taken after: 16 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) “E”! $1000 (clue #23)
Emily 2000 +2000 (Eliza 3000 César 1200)
2) THE ARTS $1200 (clue #5)
Emily 6600 +6600 (Eliza 2200 César 1200)
3) YE OLDE SCIENCE $800 (clue #7, $28400 left on board)
César 1600 -2000 (Emily 13200 Eliza 2200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 100


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 182 (1.17 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Emily $10,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 5 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
César $6,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Eliza $7,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $24,200
Lach Trash: $15,600 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $14,200

Emily Sands, career statistics:
66 correct, 11 incorrect
4/7 on rebound attempts (on 15 rebound opportunities)
36.09% in first on buzzer (61/169)
5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $15,400)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,867

Eliza Eaton-Stern, career statistics:
16 correct, 5 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,400

César del Peral, career statistics:
12 correct, 4 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,000

Emily Sands, to win:
4 games: 51.592%
5: 26.617%
6: 13.732%
7: 7.085%
8: 3.655%
Avg. streak: 4.066 games.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Thus far, $22,599 has been donated by Jeopardy! for Media Fellowship House.

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24 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, May 3, 2021"

  1. Pretty easy, but it wouldn’t surprise me if one of the contestants added an “r” in for Greerley instead of Greeley.

  2. I could see a Russian dog response here. Who is the “Go West Young Man” guy?

    • That would have included me. I immediately knew it was related to “Go West Young Man”, but I had no idea who said it.

  3. Great job today, Emily! I think we have a strong contender for next year’s ToC!

    Also, I think the consolation prizes should be seriously increased. Take for example, Adam Levin. He lost his game by $18, but he finished Final Jeopardy with nearly $54,000 to his name, which I’m pretty sure is the highest non-winning score in Jeopardy history. Last time I checked, the difference between 53,999 and 2,000 wasn’t 18. Plus, I think he deserves some extra rewards for being one of few players to give Jeopardy James a run for his money (literally)

    • I’ve long felt the small 2d and 3d place money is just a little kick-in to the costs of going to Jeopardy, since I think you have to pay your own hotel and transportation costs if you make the show. But the tiny amounts are really cheesy IMHO, and they should increase them – but don’t forget, its possible for 2 contestants to finish with zero as their score, and the winner only has $1.

    • Lucas Hatfield | May 3, 2021 at 3:10 pm | Reply

      They are increasing to $3,000 and $5,000 next season

      • Someone fell for an April Fool’s joke.

        • I do recall your April Fool’s joke, but I think an increase in the payouts is due. As a local contestant, I had no airfare and was able to stay nearby in a hotel on points, so the consolation prizes were all upside for myself and my CA/NV/AZ competitors. Now that the show is expanding their reach beyond driving distance, I think it’s a change that could be made for Season 38, if only to $1,500 and $3,000. I do not expect airlines to get any kinder post-pandemic!
          There would be more incentive for players to go for the win and risk 3rd place, which they should do anyway. I especially have sympathy for the player who lost the tiebreaker to Brian Chang during his streak, and went from >$30K to $2K based on buzzer speed on one clue.

  4. Eliza gave Cesar $1000 because of poor betting. She should not have bet it all because Emily had a runaway game. She should not have bet more than $601 to hope to secure 2nd place over Cesar. Cesar’s bet was fine because he was too far behind for his bet to really matter. Eliza’s foolish bet put herself in 3rd place.

    • Eliza was betting that Emily might screw up her math and bet a dollar too much, though very rare, but I guess she’d rather miss out on that extra thousand than be the woman who didn’t take advantage of someone else’s bad math.

  5. We’ve seen recent instances of players going for a second-place finish when they had a shot at winning. The current amounts of $1000 and $2000 go a long way toward defraying the cost of travel. Increasing the amounts would only encourage timid betting.

    In the original Jeopardy! with Art Fleming every player kept his winnings, although the amounts were much smaller back then. Often a player would end up with something like $5, in which case Art would quip, “Myrtle saves five dollars for carfare.”

  6. Zach Hicks | May 3, 2021 at 6:05 pm | Reply

    I think Bill Whitaker did a great job hosting today.

  7. Bill whitaker definitely did a great job hosting today and also, a pretty easy final today though I was hoping the other two will get it. Definitely thinking Emily will be a strong contender for the TOC if she keeps winning like this. Eliza should have just stayed with her original bet and not risk everything at all. Id defintely think it was bad betting on her part here.

  8. Was there a mistake tonight (May 3 2021)? EPIC was answered, the correct response was EPOCH.

  9. Nobody knew Mike Nichols and Elaine May or “From Here to Eternity.” Too young I suppose.

    • Aaron Birnbaum | May 3, 2021 at 11:50 pm | Reply

      I knew it (as a 25 year old) only because of a reference to their act in Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which led me down a rabbit hole, they were truly hilarious!

      • Thanks for replying. I wasn’t aware of the Maisel reference, but I’ll check it out. BTW, if you’re interested, the Mark Harris biography of Mike Nichols — published just this year — is a terrific read. Six hundred pages but worth the effort.

  10. Hahaha the consolation prize thing was an April Fool’s joke? That is hysterical I have believed it all month.🤣

  11. Seriously??? The increase in consolation prizes was – an April Fool’s joke???
    It seemed like a plausible thing. I believed it. I spread it around to friends and they spread it further. Now they won’t believe anything I say re this blog. Not funny. ☹ Please say it isn’t so…

    • “More information about this change can be found in the leftmost category of the Jeopardy! round of today’s episode. Failing that, a check of the the dateline of this article should provide more information.”

      (The April 1 game had a category of “April Fool!”)

  12. I hope Emily keeps winning, but her continued success seems tied to continued success in finding and getting DD’s correct, as well as nailing her FJ’s. Fortunately $37K, over half of her $73K has been from DD’s and FJ.

  13. Epoch is often pronounced like epic, though I would typically say it more like “epuck”.

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