Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, June 11, 2021


Today is Friday, and it’s the final day of Mayim Bialik’s hosting stint! Thus far, $183,852 has been raised through 9 days for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Geography Words) for Friday, June 11, 2021 (Season 37, Game 185):

From the Latin for “key”, this word for a type of isolated country applies to Vatican City, which has keys on its flag

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Katie Sekelsky, a graphic designer from Kent, Ohio
Katie Sekelsky on Jeopardy!
Mike Goldstein, a copywriter originally from Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Mike Goldstein on Jeopardy!
Ankit Gupta, a product manager from Somerville, Massachusetts (1-day total: $13,600)
Ankit Gupta on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Ankit won from a distant second yesterday after Final Jeopardy! fell favorably for him. After being in first on the signalling device only 12 times yesterday, that’s a number that will need to improve for him to have a better chance at winning today.


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Correct response: What is enclave?


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The word “enclave” comes from “clavis”, Latin for “key”. It is a term used to describe land (or a country) that is completely surrounded by another country—in the case of Vatican City (or San Marino), they are completely surrounded by Italy.

Unrelatedly, this is something that I thought of this morning because today’s Jeopardy! Clue of the Day was rendered differently in the New York Times and on Jeopardy!‘s website (the Times version had the comma inside the quotation marks, the website version had the comma outside): Jeopardy!‘s in-house style guide calls for punctuation outside of the quotation marks—the British way—for two reasons. Firstly, the show’s original editorial producer was the product of a British education; secondly (and much more importantly): punctuation marks outside of quotation marks were seen as much easier to read at the distance, font, and screen size of the 1980s Jeopardy! set. Frankly, having seen (and been very much thrown off by) the typesetting of the clue in this morning’s New York Times, I would 100% agree: American grammatical convention be damned, having punctuation outside of the quotation marks makes sense for Jeopardy!.


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Scores going into Final:
Mike $12,800
Katie $11,200
Ankit $1,800


Tonight’s results:
Ankit $1,800 + $0 = $1,800 (What is an enclave?)
Katie $11,200 – $3,201 = $7,999 (What is a see?) (1-day total: $7,999)
Mike $12,800 – $10,000 = $2,800 (What is a principality?)


Katie Sekelsky, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 11, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Mike $7,000
Katie $4,000
Ankit $2,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) VOLCANO CITY USA $1000 (clue #26)
Mike 3400 +3400 (Ankit 2600 Katie 3400)
2) 1930s LITERATURE $1600 (clue #2)
Mike 8600 -5000 (Ankit 1200 Katie 4000)
3) SKILLFUL WORDS & PHRASES $1600 (clue #16, $14400 left on board)
Ankit 5600 -5000 (Mike 10400 Katie 6400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -47


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 192 (1.04 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Katie $11,200 Coryat, 21 correct, 5 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Mike $15,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 4 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Ankit $6,800 Coryat, 11 correct, 3 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $33,400
Lach Trash: $5,400 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $15,200

Ankit Gupta, career statistics:
25 correct, 5 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 16 rebound opportunities)
18.42% in first on buzzer (21/114)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$6,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,700

Mike Goldstein, career statistics:
20 correct, 5 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,400

Katie Sekelsky, career statistics:
21 correct, 6 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200

Katie Sekelsky, to win:
2 games: 36.926%
3: 13.636%
4: 5.035%
5: 1.859%
6: 0.687%
Avg. streak: 1.585 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $194,851 has been donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness through 10 games. $1,694,976 has been donated from all guest hosts.
  • Katie made the perfect conservative wager as suggested by J! Archive’s wagering calculator for a four-fifths game.

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, June 11, 2021"

  1. Tough FJ today. It would help if you knew the Spanish word for key, but I don’t see any Latinx contestants.

    • I’m a Jew from New York who happens to be fluent in French in which the word for key is cle (pronounced clay due to the aigu accent on the e). That led me to enclave.

    • I see it as more of a geography question than a language question. The correct answer is not an obscure term.

  2. Denise E. Bodey | June 11, 2021 at 10:55 am | Reply

    Knowledge of a Romance language doesn’t depend on one’s ethnicity.

  3. I’m with you, Andy, on quotation marks and punctuation. Rules be damned, I put a punctuation mark (a period, question mark, exclamation point) inside quotation marks only if the quotation itself is a complete sentence.

  4. With most contestants gone in a day or two over the past 2 weeks, Mayim Bialik was the shining light throughout. Her bright smile, her wit, her comfortable manner with contestants, and especially her clear enunciation at all times made her a most enjoyable guest host. I hope she receives serious consideration for permanent Jeopardy host. She would make Alex proud.

  5. This was a rather difficult final as I haven’t been to Italy yet. But since I am planning to brush up on my Italian, it would not hurt to know the basics and understand what other locations uses enclave. Furthermore those costly daily doubles were brutal to ankit and Mike today but I am happy that our champ got final right. He had some difficulty getting momentum.

  6. Congrats and kudos to Mayim, who did very well…..

  7. I always put punctuation outside of quotation marks. It makes more sense to me. I don’t care if it “breaks” American rules.

  8. Today is the third consecutive day that the player in first place for FJ lost to the second place. I don’t know if that is a record. The contestant in first place for FJ usually wins.

    • It’s not a record; March 8-15, 2012 had a trailing player win in Final Jeopardy! in 6 straight games.

    • Considering how Jeopardy is set up to have a dramatic final, it is not surprising that first place would lose. Ankit won Thursday’s game on one question. He was being outplayed but had over 50% of Mara’s total.

  9. Should I be embarrassed that the only reason I knew Johnny Get Your Gun is because Metallica used some of the movie footage in a music video?

    One vote here for Mayim as permanent host if the producers decide to go outside the family. (Ken and Buzzy being family)

  10. I felt sorry for Ankit, who dropped out of contention when he missed his Daily Double. This clue was tricky, because it said the word in question was derived from the French word for right. I immediately thought of “raison” as in “tu as raison” (you are right), but they meant the direction right (the opposite of left). In this case, “droite” => adroit. Don’t say “the word for right” without specifying which English meaning of right you are talking about.

  11. I was disappointed in Mike’s not knowing “Lost Horizon” by James Hilton. It’s a wonderful novel, which you can read in one sitting. It is the origin of the fictional place Shangri-La.

  12. Ronnie Gambardella | June 13, 2021 at 9:21 am | Reply

    “From the Latin for “key”, this word for a type of isolated country applies to Vatican City, which has keys on its flag”

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but, as most people know, the “keys” on its flag have nothing to do with its geography.

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