Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Happy Star Wars Day! (May the 4th be with you). Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Literature) for Tuesday, May 4, 2021 (Season 37, Game 157):

This 1970s memoir told of harsh places that metaphorically were like an island chain “from the Bering Strait almost to the Bosporus”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Brittany Eltman, a baker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Brittany Eltman on Jeopardy!
Hanna Howard, an editor from New York, New York
Hanna Howard on Jeopardy!
Emily Sands, a vice president of operations from Chanhassen, Minnesota (3-day total: $73,000)
Emily Sands on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Emily got herself to three wins on yesterday’s game and has been doing well, but she might have difficulty getting to win number four. Reports were that yesterday’s game took two hours to tape; that may affect Emily’s ability to keep her run going.

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Correct response: What is The Gulag Archipelago?

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago was a non-fiction text, first published in 1973, written during the 1950s and 1960s and that told of the conditions within the Soviet Union’s Gulags, or prison camps. Solzhenitsyn himself spent eight years as a Gulag prisoner for criticizing Stalin while serving in the Red Army. Solzhenitsyn’s time in the Gulag empowered him to expose the countless human rights abuses committed by the Soviet dictatorship. Because the work, even while being written, was considered contraband, Solzhenitsyn completed parts of the work in different locations; the finished microfilm was smuggled out of the Soviet Union to Zurich, Switzerland. The work, which was viewed as a major challenge to the Soviet dictatorship, sold tens of millions of copies worldwide.

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Scores going into Final:
Hanna $20,800
Emily $5,200
Brittany $2,200

Tonight’s results:
Brittany $2,200 – $2,200 = $0 (What is —)
Emily $5,200 + $799 = $5,999 (What is Gulag Archipeligo?)
Hanna $20,800 – $200 = $20,600 (What is ?) (1-day total: $20,600)

Hanna Howard, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 4, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Emily $8,200
Hanna $6,000
Brittany $5,800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) READING MATERIAL $800 (clue #25)
Emily 3800 +3800 (Hanna 3800 Brittany 4800)
2) PLAYING POPE $1200 (clue #11)
Hanna 12000 +4000 (Emily 6200 Brittany 4200)
3) FACTS ABOUT COUNTRIES $1600 (clue #15, $18400 left on board)
Emily 6200 -6200 (Hanna 16000 Brittany 2200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 33

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $2,400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 184 (1.17 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Hanna $18,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 30.91% in first on buzzer (17/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Emily $8,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 5 incorrect, 41.82% in first on buzzer (23/55), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Brittany $2,200 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 20.00% in first on buzzer (11/55), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $28,600
Lach Trash: $11,400 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,600

Emily Sands, career statistics:
87 correct, 16 incorrect
4/7 on rebound attempts (on 17 rebound opportunities)
37.50% in first on buzzer (84/224)
6/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $13,000)
4/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,500

Hanna Howard, career statistics:
18 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
30.91% in first on buzzer (17/55)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,000

Brittany Eltman, career statistics:
10 correct, 3 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
20.00% in first on buzzer (11/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $2,200

Hanna Howard, to win:
2 games: 62.055%
3: 38.508%
4: 23.896%
5: 14.829%
6: 9.202%
Avg. streak: 2.635 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Thus far, $46,199 has been donated by Jeopardy! to Media Fellowship House.
  • I know a lot of viewers will want to blame the guest host for unplayed clues. However, there were 8 combined incorrect responses and 8 Triple Stumpers in Double Jeopardy; to me, I thought Bill did well to keep things to just 2 clues unplayed.
  • I was very happy to see Jeopardy! include a clue about Sam Smith’s 2019 announcement of their using they/them pronouns. I would love to see Jeopardy! ask for, and include, each contestant’s pronouns going forward.

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33 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, May 4, 2021"

  1. Andy – Is there any indication as to why yesterday’s game took an amazing 2 hours to tape? Is that a record?

  2. I, too, am curious as to why it took 2 hours to tape Bill Whitaker’s first show. What is the normal taping time?

  3. Emily Sands | May 4, 2021 at 11:54 am |

    Emily Sands here!
    The first game we taped on Bill Whitaker’s first day hosting did indeed take about 2 hours to tape. We re-recorded “Pick-Ups” where Bill mis-spoke while reading a clue, or struggled with the transitions into and out of commercial breaks. We also re-taped our contestant interviews to make them quicker. Then after the game was over we contestants had to re-record a few of our responses and clue selections.
    It all looks so smooth on TV but behind the scenes there’s a lot of work to get the perfect 22-minute show.

    • I guess you can’t (yet) say if you won a 4th game. Will you be a female James Holzhauer?

      I think you can safely say that a woman won today’s show.

    • Thank you, Emily, for telling us about the 2 hour taping. That’s amazing.

    • Thank you emily for telling us about that taping on monday, you played very well so far. That’s really amazing!

    • Kevin S. | May 4, 2021 at 2:10 pm |

      Emily, thanks for the joining the discussion and providing some background info. Hope you’ll feel comfortable sharing more about your experiences.

      And congrats on being a three-time champ!

    • Clearly showing that Whittaker is a complete dud as a guest host……

  4. I’m not at all surprised by Emily’s description of Monday show’s taping. I could even sense the issues peeking through the final product.

  5. I guessed Gulag Archipelago, but then I was worried that I might have been ruled incorrect for omitting the “The” from the title. Apparently not, based on the above transcript of Emily’s response.

    • A leading article can be omitted from the title of a work so long as doing so doesn’t cause it to become the title of another work that could plausibly be the response. (In green room briefings, the example given is “The Invisible Man” by H. G. Wells, vice “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison).

      No such confusion introduced here by Emily leaving “The” out of her response.

  6. I’m not a fan of Thatcher in any way but that clue about her was a bit harsh to me to be included on the show.

    • The clue was just a statement of fact about how some saw her, and I actually think Thatcher was the right person for that time in the UK.

      • Yes, I know it was a fact and I was well aware of the reaction of many when it happened. Heck, I even thought something similar. Jeopardy just doesn’t often include those types of facts in its clues which is why it stood out to me.

        • Ronnie Gambardella | May 4, 2021 at 7:59 pm |

          When Jeopardy has a clue in US Presidential Nicknames along the lines of ” This former US President was widely known as “Slick Willie” to a broad section of the country”…now that would be shocking.

          • Kevin S. | May 5, 2021 at 4:50 pm |

            The only “Slick Willie” reference I could find in the archive referred to bank robber Willie Sutton as “the original.” But “Tricky Dick” has appeared nine times on Jeopardy.

    • Regardless of whether it was in poor taste, I thought the song “Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead” was sung by the Munchkins, not by Judy Garland. At least in the movie.

  7. Marty Cunningham | May 4, 2021 at 2:46 pm |

    Great to read Emily’s comments about Monday’s games. Yes, those things would contribute to extra time for the show. Also just saw Bill Whitaker’s interview on the Jeopardy! site. Yes, as many of the other guest hosts have admitted, Alex was very good at his job and, amazingly, he always worked to make the contestants look good, feel at ease and, hopefully, have some fun playing the game, and he got it all done in ‘real time’ about half an hour for each taping. Congrats to Emily, too, on your play so far. And you have a great smile (a little reminiscent of Ree Drummond, the “Pioneer Woman” from the cooking channels). Also, the stage manager goes unheralded many times, and often unnoticed during taping, but he also worked tightly with Alex to keep the game on track and on schedule. I think it is still John Lauderdale. Great work, John!

    • I believe today is John Lauderdale’s last day in studio.

      • Marty Cunningham | May 5, 2021 at 3:21 pm |

        Thanks, Andy, for the update! He is probaly “retiring” like so many people have whom i remember from just over three years ago. John was amazing. You never got a big introduction to him, but if you played more than one game, you became very aware of his presence on set and his skill at keeping things running like a well-oiled machine. I remember how he quickly and quietly would flash Alex a signal about time remaining in a round, which you often heard Alex pick up to prompt contestants. And when there was a ‘glitch’ in filming, John was usually the first one to catch it, and he was always good at picking up on what needed to be done to get the game running again. I wonder if there has been someone new shadowing him through the last several weeks, which might also explain why the shows seem to be taking longer to tape than before. Best of luck to John. Thanks for the hard work.

  8. I suspect Emily’s DD3 bet will come in for criticism as it was the difference between her staying alive in FJ and Hannah having the lock. But even with her Ben Ingram-esque FJ answer rate, I think she made the right play.

    I am really going to miss her, though. 4/4 in FJ! Three straight single solves! Making aggressive DD wagers win it called for it! Just generally being delightful!

    Also, this was a great FJ.

    • I liked her DD3 bet. If she had got it right, she would have had a turnaround almost as dramatic as her game 1 win. Hanna and her would have been about a 1,000 apart and because she got FJ correct and Hanna did not, Emily would have been a 4 time champ! But best of favor for Hanna going forward!

  9. Then after the game was over we contestants had to re-record a few of our responses and clue selections.
    What does that mean?

    It all looks so smooth on TV but behind the scenes there’s a lot of work to get the perfect 22-minute show.
    Did Alex have all these problems?

    • Alex certainly made mistakes reading the clues, esp. toward the end when he was reading without his glasses due to the chemo. The longest game I saw took an extra 15 minutes to review a questionable response on a Daily Double. I had chosen not to use the restroom before lunch. Big mistake!

  10. great final jeopardy… i had no clue.

    thought the book was older than that.

  11. Doug Bowden | May 4, 2021 at 7:40 pm |

    I’ve noticed that almost all the guest hosts have needed two or three shows before that get into a comfortable rhythm on just about all aspects of the hosting process. I suspect that by week’s end Bill will be doing much better behind the lectern.

  12. Let’s hope so.

  13. I just found this site! This is amazing because my grandma usually has questions and we do not have a DVR to record the show nor rewind it. Does anyone know who the other African American women Jeopardy champions are? I watch this show almost daily and I am stretching my brain and my google search to remember. Thanks in advance!

    • I’m afraid I’m going to forget a large number of them, but I immediately thought of Claudia Perry, LaKedra Pam, Donna Brown, and I’m sure there are plenty of others…

  14. Bill Whitaker is doing fine, at least in the edited versions we are seeing. Someone from “60 Minutes” seems like an odd choice for guest host, because that whole show is severely edited. What is wanted here is someone with live television experience, like Katie Couric.

  15. In “The Jeopardy! Book”, from 1990, there was a line about having to stop taping, and the book said, “Alex really hates to stop taping”. That was for a question reshoot, for example.

    What struck me about the game was the stark dichotomy between the first and second rounds. No missed clues in the first round, and $20k total between all 3 contestants at the end. Then, after double, $28,200. Noticeably, it looked like the players were off their games. The fatigue is real!

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