Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, May 7, 2021

Happy Friday! Today is Day #5 of Bill Whitaker hosting; thus far, $102,399 has been donated by Jeopardy! to Media Fellowship House, and $1,094,526 has been donated in total since the guest hosts began in March. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Shakespeare & History) for Friday, May 7, 2021 (Season 37, Game 160):

Macbeth has a vision of a line of 8 Scottish kings, the 8th holding a mirror to reflect this 9th in line who may have been in the audience

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Sara Biegler, a stay-at-home parent from Syracuse, New York
Sara Biegler on Jeopardy!
Juliet Mayer, a graduate student originally from The Plains, Virginia
Juliet Mayer on Jeopardy!
Jamie Logan, a writer & consultant from Augusta, Maine (2-day total: $50,200)
Jamie Logan on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Jamie has picked up two wins with some strong play and excellent work on the buzzer. She has her work cut out for her picking up win #3 today, as Juliet has quiz bowl experience and looks to be a very strong challenger today. Of course, quiz bowl experience definitely does not guarantee victory, but we should have a good game on our hands today.

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Correct response: Who is King James? (James I of England, James VI of Scotland)


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King James (James I in England, James VI in Scotland) was a major patron of Shakespeare, and the playwright very much was looking to please the King. The play is generally dated today to 1606, just after the Gunpowder Plot against the King; references to that are sprinkled in the play. Moreover, the line where the Weird Sisters tell Banquo “Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none” is a direct attempt to legitimize King James’ claim to the throne, as James claimed to be a descendant of Banquo.


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Scores going into Final:
Jamie $19,400
Juliet $15,800
Sara $9,800


Tonight’s results:
Sara $9,800 – $4,500 = $5,300 (Who is)
Juliet $15,800 + $8,000 = $23,800 (Who is James I?) (1-day total: $23,800)
Jamie $19,400 – $12,201 = $7,199 (Who is Macduff?)


Juliet Mayer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 7, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jamie $7,800
Juliet $5,000
Sara $2,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) AMERICANA $1000 (clue #7)
Jamie 1200 +1200 (Juliet 600 Sara 0)
2) MONKS $2000 (clue #10)
Sara 5200 -3500 (Jamie 10600 Juliet 9800)
3) A WHOPP”INGTON” OF A CITY $1600 (clue #15, $19600 left on board)
Sara 2900 +2900 (Jamie 10600 Juliet 11400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 133


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 187 (1.17 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Juliet $15,800 Coryat, 20 correct, 0 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Jamie $19,200 Coryat, 24 correct, 0 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Sara $12,000 Coryat, 11 correct, 1 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $47,000
Lach Trash: $5,200 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $1,800

Jamie Logan, career statistics:
70 correct, 9 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
38.69% in first on buzzer (65/168)
5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,200)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,133

Juliet Mayer, career statistics:
21 correct, 0 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,800

Sara Biegler, career statistics:
11 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,000

Juliet Mayer, to win:
2 games: 48.417%
3: 23.442%
4: 11.350%
5: 5.495%
6: 2.661%
Avg. streak: 1.939 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Thus far, $129,199 has been donated by Jeopardy! to Media Fellowship House. $1,121,326 has ben donated to all charities thus far.
  • Juliet’s response of “Black Sheep, Black Sheep” was accepted due to the L. Frank Baum work and nothing in the clue to differentiate that from Mother Goose.

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, May 7, 2021"

  1. James I seemed like the obvious answer, but that’s easy for me to say sitting at home.

    I don’t quite understand Juliet’s wager of $8000. If she had gotten it wrong and Sara had bet nothing, then Juliet would have wound up in third place. Perhaps she meant to wager $6000 instead.

    • Yeah, actually I think you meant 5,999 instead of 6,000 since that would’ve left her a dollar ahead of Sara had Sara bet naught. And, I don’t understand Sara’s wager. I think I would’ve wagered 6,001 in her shoes.

      • I believe that the tiebreaker between second and third place is the amount of money going into Final Jeopardy. Since Juliet was already ahead of Sara going in, she didn’t need to worry about the extra dollar. You are right, however, about Sara. She would have had to bet $6001 in order to overtake Juliet for second place if Juliet had bet nothing.

  2. Kevin S. | May 7, 2021 at 2:02 pm |

    As Andy’s response notes, the James referred to in the clue’s response had two regnal numbers, which means Juliet’s answer could bring out the pedants.

    Scottish King James I could not have been sitting in the audience, as he ruled Scotland something like a century and a half before Shakespeare. The mirror reflected James VI. He didn’t become James I, King of England, until he had reigned in Scotland for several decades.

    There’s enough ambiguity to rate a BMS in regular game play.

  3. Marty Cunningham | May 7, 2021 at 2:50 pm |

    Yes, should have picked up on when Macbeth was written, as Shakespeare liked to weave ‘current events’ into his play (an excellent read is “1596” about life in London and the four plays Shakespeare wrote during that year – a couple ‘biggies’ but i can’t remember them all, and the book does have a subtitle, too). I also just finished Ken Follett’s “Column of Fire” about Elizabethan England, although she is not featured too much. One of the protagonists is part of her spy network that the Cecils set up, and he is working against religious insurrectionists paralleling the religious wars in France, and the Spanish armada, and his archnemesis is credited with devising the Gunpowder plot and then letting Guy Fawkes take the blame. James is featured at the end, as he has succeeded Elizabeth and grants clemency to some who helped in thwarting the Gunpowder Plot, and there are also references to a “theater” where some of the spies meet, and it is obviously meant to be the Globe although the focus is not on Shakespeare.
    Back to the game, I do feel that Bill Whitaker has gotten better as the week has gone on, and he will probably be even better, but he seems to be a much more soft-spoken character than other hosts, and this is clearly outside of his environment. I don’t know that he is seriously considering becoming host, but was honored when he was asked (see his interview on the show’s website). Yes, this may not be the style Bill is used to but Anderson Cooper was great and he is also a 60 Minutes correspondent, so we should not be so down on the hosts who seem to have a similar background.

  4. 24 correct, 0 incorrect- tough loss when you put up those stats.

    • Yes, hard way to lose, but a very competitive match! Jamie’s 24-0 and Juliet’s 20-0 were first time two contestants got at least 20 right without missing any since Emma’s 21-0 and James’s 25-0 in their epic first match.

  5. Jamie must have been thinking that the 8th king mentioned in the clue was holding up the mirror to another character in the play. Otherwise, her answer of Macduff makes no sense. Apparently actors back then had no reservations about breaking the fourth wall between performer and audience.

  6. Juliet having success with Shakespeare? I like the symmetry.

  7. Juliet may be a player to keep an eye on.

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