Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, May 6, 2021

Happy Thursday! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Countries’ National Anthems) for Thursday, May 6, 2021 (Season 37, Game 159):

With words written by a Bishop of Urgell, its anthem praises Charlemagne & says it “was born a princess…between two nations”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Steve Bright, an attorney from Norwell, Massachusetts
Steve Bright on Jeopardy!
Kalee Hernandez, a musician, food vendor & optician from Iron River, Michigan
Kalee Hernandez on Jeopardy!
Jamie Logan, a writer & consultant from Augusta, Maine (1-day total: $32,200)
Jamie Logan on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Jamie picked up over $30,000 yesterday thanks to her knowledge of 1970s music and an aggressive bet in Final Jeopardy!; today she faces Kalee and Steve. Jamie did have the buzzer timing reasonably locked in, getting in first 20 times yesterday, that should serve her well today.

One further note: A couple of days ago, I made a comment in my Andy’s Thoughts section calling on the show to ask for and release contestants’ pronouns. I have since heard from multiple contestants on this point; this season, the show has begun asking for pronouns — this is an excellent first step. I would like to see pronouns released by the show going forward in their Contestant Zone section.

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Correct response: What is Andorra?

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Andorra is a co-principality in the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France; the co-princes are the Bishop of Urgell and the President of France. Andorra itself claims to be the last of the “Marca Hispanica” buffer states created by Charlemagne to keep the Moors from advancing into France. The anthem itself is titled “El Gran Carlemany”.

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

Scores going into Final:
Jamie $18,400
Steve $200
Kalee -$200

Tonight’s results:
Kalee -$200 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Steve $200 – $106 = $94 (What is Italy?)
Jamie $18,400 – $400 = $18,000 (What is Turkey?) (2-day total: $50,200)

Jamie Logan, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 6, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jamie $8,500
Steve $1,400
Kalee -$600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) 12-LETTER WORDS $800 (clue #11)
Jamie 3800 +1500 (Kalee 600 Steve 200)
2) SAINTLY NAMED $1600 (clue #5)
Jamie 9300 +2700 (Kalee -1400 Steve 1000)
3) ON SPEAKING $1600 (clue #28, $4000 left on board)
Steve 4600 -4400 (Jamie 18400 Kalee -200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -27

Unplayed clues:
DJ! Round: ON SPEAKING $2000 TERMS $2000
Total Left On Board: $5,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 187 (1.18 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Jamie $16,600 Coryat, 25 correct, 4 incorrect, 42.59% in first on buzzer (23/54), 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Steve $4,600 Coryat, 11 correct, 6 incorrect, 29.63% in first on buzzer (16/54), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Kalee -$200 Coryat, 4 correct, 3 incorrect, 11.11% in first on buzzer (6/54), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $21,000
Lach Trash: $16,600 (on 16 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,400

Jamie Logan, career statistics:
46 correct, 8 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
38.74% in first on buzzer (43/111)
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,100

Kalee Hernandez, career statistics:
4 correct, 3 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
11.11% in first on buzzer (6/54)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: -$200

Steve Bright, career statistics:
11 correct, 7 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
29.63% in first on buzzer (16/54)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,400)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,600

Jamie Logan, to win:
3 games: 52.917%
4: 28.002%
5: 14.818%
6: 7.841%
7: 4.149%
Avg. streak: 3.124 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Thus far, $102,399 has been donated by Jeopardy! to Media Fellowship House. $1,094,526 has been donated to all charities thus far.
  • While it risks not being able to play Final Jeopardy, there was exactly one good bet in Steve’s position on the final Daily Double, that being “bet everything”. To me, still having a chance to win the game greatly outweighs being able to play Final Jeopardy.

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26 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, May 6, 2021"

  1. Ronnie Gambardella | May 6, 2021 at 9:48 am |

    For the benefit of the many non-woke J! fans , someone please explain what is meant by releasing contestant’s pronouns. And if this is only a “first step” what would be the 2nd or 3rd step?

    • By “releasing contestant pronouns”, I mean, on the contestant page on the show’s website, put (he/him), (she/her), (they/them), etc. after a contestant’s name.

      The “first step”, in my opinion, is collecting the pronouns for internal use. The “second step” would be sharing those pronouns with the fans so that we, the fans, know which pronouns the contestant prefers, so that we can use the contestant’s preferred pronouns.

      Also, please note that your use of “woke” in this context borders incredibly close to being a pejorative, in my opinion, and comes across to me as mocking those who just want to treat others with respect.

      • I would have no problem at all with pronouns being listed alongside names, hometowns, and professions. But I also wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for it — after all, we’re now at ten days since “the gesture,” and still silence from Sony Pictures.

        What I would be interested to know is: what if a player declines to provide pronouns? Because if that position is not respected by the show, it’s no longer a request — it then becomes a demand for them. And while one can take the position that anyone who declines to so provide has no business contesting the game in the first place, I don’t think that’s the stance the show will take, nor should it.

  2. She had style, she had flair, she was there! That’s how she became… the champion! (Hopefully.)

    No disrespect to Steve or Jamie intended. 😉

  3. Jamie was pretty much in the zone today after dominating on the buzzer since her opponents didn’t have much of a chance to overtake her as champion. Despite that, Jamie seems to be getting her groove on today though I hope she can keep this up and continue her win. This is probably the second dismissal in jeopardy so far this year.

  4. Jim Wood | May 6, 2021 at 1:59 pm |

    What are “contestants’ pronouns” ?

  5. Ah, rough go for Kalee. 🙁 Still, looking forward to watching her tonight.

    When I saw Steve’s DD3 bet I had the same reaction as Andy. Betting it all gets you out of the lock. You absolutely have to bet everything there.

  6. Tough one. I misread Urgell as Urquell and immediately thought of the Czech beer, which put me in the wrong part of Europe.

    I for one would like to see every player participate in Final Jeopardy, even if they have no money. Wouldn’t it have been great if Kalee had known Andorra. Bill Whitaker could have said, “Nice going, Kalee. Too bad you have no money.”

  7. I’ve always thought that the rules for FJ should be the same as for a DD – allow some minimal bet even for those at or below 0. But it’s a long-standing tradition.

    • In general, if a contestant has an amount less than the maximum value of a question in the round, he/she may bet up to that value. This is true even if the score is negative

      For example, in the Jeopardy round, if a contestant has a score less than $1000, he may wager up to $1000 (even though that is more than he/she has). In the DJ round, he/she can wager up to $2000 if his score is less than that.

      For FJ, it is not possible to wager if you have a negative score.

    • Good idea, maybe $3000. It seems cruel to make someone wait offstage during the Final Jeopardy round. Let them play just for fun.

  8. Respecting and prioritizing people’s pronouns is not political.

  9. Kevin Gauthier | May 6, 2021 at 8:24 pm |

    Though it was pretty much a no contest tonight, I’m proud to have played Scrabble with a 2-time champion in Jamie. I’m hoping she continues her run tomorrow.

  10. Can’t say I’d be brave enough to try one, but I’d be curious to see an 800-degree calzone that wasn’t a charred lump.

  11. I don’t know if there is a record for the number of clues that nobody answered correctly, but this game may have come close to setting it. I guess toward the end, with such a significant lead, Jamie may have decided not to ring in unless she was absolutely sure. For the sake of the charities, it is really nice to have a more competitive game like yesterday where somebody is compelled to bet big in FJ and gets it right. There have been some of those lately, but not a lot.

  12. Frank Swanson | May 6, 2021 at 8:54 pm |

    Why don’t contestants who decide to bet it all (and if they miss, go to ZERO), bet one dollar short? This way if they miss, they still have $1, get to play Final Jeopardy and not have to stand off-stage at the end.

    • Frank:

      In this specific situation, where Steve had exactly one-quarter of Jamie’s score, any bet that was not every last dollar he has is equally poor, in that it does not break Jamie’s runaway.

  13. Richard Rolwing | May 6, 2021 at 10:04 pm |

    Is there any rule regarding the need to specify “Jr.” or “Sr.” when the clue involves fathers and sons with the same name? Seems if you just give “Oliver Wendell Holmes” as the solution you could be meaning OWH Jr….

    • Richard Rolwing | May 6, 2021 at 10:12 pm |

      …Just looked at the clue again and it specifies “poet,” so I guess that automatically specifies “OWH, Sr.” It doesn’t seem inconceivable, however, that OWH, Jr. would have made a few attempts at poetry…??

  14. Pamela Ross | May 7, 2021 at 3:15 am |

    I thought the clue saying “this” and “them” was ambiguous. The correct answer was what were “bakers” but it was hard to tell if the answer was calling for the THIS or for the Them (what they made).

    • The show has always operated on the assumption that what they are looking for follows “This” (or, in this case, “these workers”.)

    • The question is not ambiguous and Jamie just misinterpreted it. If you read it, it is quite clear what answer they want.

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