Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, June 24, 2021

Happy Thursday! Today is Savannah Guthrie’s ninth day as guest host; through eight, $179,880 has been raised for the Bowery Mission! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American Authors) for Thursday, June 24, 2021 (Season 37, Game 194):

“Camelot”, “The Pilgrims” & “A Postscript by Clarence” are chapters in a classic novel by this author

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Kirsten Haas, a nonprofit executive director from Reading, Pennsylvania
Kirsten Haas on Jeopardy!
Arman Ramnath, a law student from Columbus, Ohio
Arman Ramnath on Jeopardy!
Sandy Olive, a high school English teacher from St. Louis, Missouri (2-day total: $52,200)
Sandy Olive on Jeopardy!

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Final Jeopardy! correct response: Who is Mark Twain?

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These are all chapters in Mark Twain’s famed 1889 work of early science fiction A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. (I’m glad they’re asking for just the author and not the work; I guess the writers do have a reasonable streak from time to time.) In the work, a 19th-century engineer named Hank Morgan gets transported back into the past to the time of King Arthur, and uses his knowledge of the future to make people believe that he is a very powerful magician.

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Scores going into Final:
Sandy $19,200
Arman $14,000
Kirsten $3,400

Tonight’s results:
Kirsten $3,400 – $3,399 = $1 (Who is Harriet Beecher Stowe)
Arman $14,000 + $5,205 = $19,205 (Who is Twain) (1-day total: $19,205)
Sandy $19,200 – $9,000 = $10,200 (Who is Nathaniel Hawthorne?)

Arman Ramnath, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 24, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Sandy $8,800
Arman $7,000
Kirsten $2,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) REAL PEOPLE ON FILM $1000 (clue #6)
Arman 1400 +1000 (Sandy 400 Kirsten 400)
2) CHURCHILL SPEAKS $1200 (clue #21)
Arman 7400 +5000 (Sandy 16800 Kirsten 7800)
3) OFFICIAL STATE FOSSILS $2000 (clue #30, $0 left on board)
Sandy 17200 +2000 (Arman 14000 Kirsten 3400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 151

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 195 (1.01 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Arman $10,200 Coryat, 20 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Sandy $19,200 Coryat, 25 correct, 2 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Kirsten $3,400 Coryat, 10 correct, 5 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,800
Lach Trash: $7,600 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,600

Sandy Olive, career statistics:
77 correct, 6 incorrect
4/6 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
41.52% in first on buzzer (71/171)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,000

Arman Ramnath, career statistics:
21 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,200

Kirsten Haas, career statistics:
10 correct, 6 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,400

Arman Ramnath, to win:
2 games: 46.537%
3: 21.657%
4: 10.079%
5: 4.690%
6: 2.183%
Avg. streak: 1.870 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Thank you to Jay Johnson for his assistance getting the last three clues of Double, as well as Final, after KTRK in Houston was pre-empted mid-game.
  • Through 9 days, $202,085 has been donated to the Bowery Mission. $1,897,061 has been donated to all charities.
  • Even at the $2,000 level, a Daily Double, on average, plays easier than the average Final Jeopardy. It’s usually in a player’s best interest to bank one’s win chances on the Daily Double instead, even at risk of the game otherwise. It would have worked out for Sandy today.
  • Oftentimes, subject matter experts (like a high school English teacher for example in a literature category) will suffer from knowing too much about a given category and won’t have the time in 30 seconds to filter out the “noise” of what they know about other things from the “signal” of the correct response.

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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, June 24, 2021"

  1. I predict a triple stumper!

  2. I think Sandy will get this!

    • I sure hope so. A high school English teacher from Missouri is likely very familiar with Mark Twain’s works. The word Camelot should give it away to anybody who is remotely familiar with that book.

      • I thought the same thing that it would be easy for Sandy. Bummer.

      • And that’s why I’m not a gambler. I would be wrong all the time. It does surprise me that as knowledgeable as Sandy was on a wide range of subjects, she got tripped up on two of her three FJs. It happens. Congrats to Arman. Maybe he will get a streak going.

        • Ronnie Gambardella | June 24, 2021 at 10:13 pm |

          The two FJ clues the HS English teacher missed were in a literature category. She also mistook the Jabberwock with the Hullabaloo, whatever that was.

          • She’ll probably get a ribbing from her friends about the literature clues, but how many people could have named that female cosmonaut. I sure couldn’t. Sandy seemed like a very sharp contestant, but it just shows how hard it is to have a long run. She was ahead going into the Final in all three games, but if you draw a blank in FJ, it can end quickly. In any case, she made a lot more money than I did that week.

  3. Just to expound a bit further on Andy’s point, unless you really don’t like the category, the best strategy is absolutely to bet for the lock on the last DD in that situation. At $17,200 vs. $14,000, you can’t try to get into a crush scenario ($21,001) without risking the lead. Below a crush, you MUST get Final right in order to win assuming rational betting from second place (never a given, mind you), especially since third is locked out.

    So it becomes a question of whether you feel more comfortable with a random category in Final or the listed category at $2000, and as Andy said, even $2000-level questions, on average, typically play easier than Final Jeopardy.

    No slight on Sandy–it’s tough on that stage. But you can bet Alan Lin would have played for the lock. 😉

    As for final, I forgot the category and was busy trying to remember who wrote The Sword in the Stone (after sliding past Thomas Malory) before Connecticut Yankee clicked and I got Twain. You American folks could better assess its familiarity/popularity but to me it’s one of Twain’s weaker and lesser-known works. Nice FJ, but I wouldn’t call it easy.

    Side note, I can’t wait for this ridiculous hosting carousel to end. Guthrie’s fine, but I’m just done with the whole schtick.

    • I agree with your side note.
      We still have 6 more guest hosts at 2 weeks each. August 13th is the season finale.
      Hang in there – all things do eventually, come to an end. So they say. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.🤞

      • Frank Borland | June 24, 2021 at 11:43 pm |

        Howard, just a small correction with something you wrote. Only Dr. Gupta will be hosting for two weeks. The other five will be hosting for just one week, to bring the season to a close on Aug 13th.

    • A good analogy is the football team that scores to get within one point in the last seconds of a game, and has the option of going for one point and the tie or two points and the win. Nearly all coaches go for the tie, figuring it’s best to fight another day (i.e., overtime). But the odds show that you actually have a better chance of winning if you go for the two points right away, even with the risk of losing if you fail.

  4. With no more clues on the board when Sandy lucked into the last DD, she did herself a great disservice in betting only her habitual $2000. She lost the game.

    Congratulations Arman

  5. Brad (not Rutter) | June 24, 2021 at 5:06 pm |

    Time for a pay cut for Sandy. Just joking of course. Oh well, another player with the potential for a long streak flushed down the toilet.

    • Yup! Sandy’s final Coryat of exactly 20,000 is better than the median TOC Coryat. Obviously well prepared material wise, but with better betting strategy might have managed a long streak.

      • However, by Sandy wagered $10,801 on her DD to get a lock entering FJ if correct, had she missed it Arman would have had a lock entering FJ. Not an easy choice!

        • A loss is a loss, though—regardless of how it happens.

        • Agreed Danny. Lots of Monday morning quarterbacking going on here. If she had answered the DD wrong and got FJ correct, her betting strategy of maintaining her lead would have been lauded.

          • I disagree. The best decision is the best decision, regardless of the outcome on this trial.

          • I suspect Andy and many others were proverbially yelling at their TV about the wager before the clue was revealed. The fact that he doesn’t publish this until later doesn’t make it Monday morning quarterbacking. I’d also note that Andy does it to educate the audience and future contestants, not to criticize the contestant.

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