Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, July 15, 2021


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Book Characters) for Thursday, July 15, 2021 (Season 37, Game 209):

Trying to emulate the title character, he fails & is told “You lack a set of spinnerets, & you lack know-how”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Andre Golovchenko, a human resources specialist from Damascus, Oregon
Andre Golovchenko on Jeopardy!
Judith Pond, an attorney originally from The Bronx, New York
Judith Pond on Jeopardy!
Tyler Vandenberg, a Marine officer from Washington, D.C. (1-day total: $30,000)
Tyler Vandenberg on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Tyler picked up $30,000 in his first win yesterday, buoyed by betting the maximum on both of the first two Daily Doubles that he saw. He did miss the third, though. Tyler was also unheard from in three different categories yesterday, and while knowledge of Canadian geography is important to have, it also doesn’t show up every day. I wouldn’t be particularly surprised if yesterday was the outlier game for him.


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Correct response: Who is Wilbur?


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Wilbur the pig is the main protagonist of E.B. White’s famous book Charlotte’s Web; at one point in the story, he attempts to spin a web himself, but fails, clearly lacking the spinnerets and know how that Charlotte the spider has.

I’m curious to see how this Final Jeopardy! will play; I didn’t get it playing at home (even though I read Charlotte’s Web many years ago), thinking that it was a reference to Sancho Panza and Don Quixote.


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Scores going into Final:
Tyler $17,400
Judith $10,800
Andre $100


Tonight’s results:
Andre $100 – $97 = $3 (Who is ???)
Judith $10,800 – $10,800 = $0 (Who is Pancho Villa?)
Tyler $17,400 – $6,000 = $11,400 (Who is Oliver Twist?) (2-day total: $41,400)


Tyler Vandenberg, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 15, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Tyler $6,000
Andre $4,500
Judith $400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) IT’S LIGHTS OUT $800 (clue #10)
Andre 4800 -1500 (Tyler 800 Judith -200)
2) ARCHITECTS $800 (clue #6)
Tyler 10000 +3000 (Judith 400 Andre 2100)
3) BROADWAY MUSICALS BY SETTING $1600 (clue #22, $10000 left on board)
Judith 6400 +3200 (Tyler 13800 Andre 2100)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 49


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 198 (0.95 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Tyler $15,200 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Andre $1,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 6 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Judith $9,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $26,000
Lach Trash: $16,400 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,600

Tyler Vandenberg, career statistics:
45 correct, 6 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
35.96% in first on buzzer (41/114)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,600)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,800

Judith Pond, career statistics:
12 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,200)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,200

Andre Golovchenko, career statistics:
14 correct, 7 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $1,600

Tyler Vandenberg, to win:
3 games: 66.490%
4: 44.209%
5: 29.395%
6: 19.545%
7: 12.995%
Avg. streak: 3.984 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I was pleasantly surprised to see IT’S LIGHTS OUT / & AWAY WE GO! were categories today, just showing how much Formula 1 is growing in the United States. For the uninitiated, that phrase is British commentator David Croft’s catchphrase at the start of each race.
  • Through George Stephanopoulos’ hosting stint, $126,001 has been donated to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign. $2,270,021 has been donated in total through all hosts.
  • I’m going to assume that Judith got Sancho Panza and Pancho Villa confused.

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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, July 15, 2021"

  1. If you know spiders have spinnerets, and you weren’t one of the few who didn’t read/see “Charlotte’s Web” as a child, I’m guessing you (like me) will get this one.

  2. My answer was a character from “Charlotte’s Web” who is not Charlotte.

  3. I too went with Sancho Panza so at least I’m in good company hehe.

  4. I’ve read and watched Charlotte’s web on cartoon network so many times and even I know Wilbur pretty well. These contestants either haven’t read the clue well or just made bad guesses. Either way, a very easy final jeopardy for me.Congrats to Tyler on his second win

  5. Looks like “the few” unfamiliar with “Charlotte’s Web” were “the many”.

    Congrats once again to Tyler!

  6. Marty Cunningham | July 15, 2021 at 2:15 pm |

    “Spinnerets” was the key for me. The first, and only time, i remember encountering that word was in “Charlotte’s Web” and wondering if that was a real word or something that E.B.White coined for the novel. The other key is to read the clue carefully and not go for the title character, like the wording could indicate. “Some Pig” .

    Good job, Marine!

  7. If the category had been the narrower “children’s literature” I think there would have been at least one correct response.

  8. As a retired elementary school librarian, I would have been shamed if I didn’t think ‘Wilbur’ immediately!

  9. Joseph Mach | July 15, 2021 at 6:53 pm |

    It’s interesting to see how different age groups (we’re in our 70’s) have different knowledge bases. Our children probably saw our VCR of the 1973 Charlotte’s Web movie 100 times. A very easy question for us: of course it was Wilbur. On the other hand, last week there was a question regarding a public university that tried to get a copyright on “THE”. We thought it was an impossible question: how could anyone possibly know that? Yet bloggers described the question as one of the easiest ever, and not worthy of Final Jeopardy. Strange.

  10. I’m embarrassed to ask, but what prompted the Don Quixote connection? I’m not that familiar with it.

  11. Pizza Face Fred | July 15, 2021 at 10:38 pm |

    Who is Rumplestiltskin?

  12. Enos Williams | July 16, 2021 at 12:05 am |

    It took me all of two seconds. I’ve seen the movie (70s version) more times than I can count. “It says ‘crunchy’.”

    I do not watch Formula 1, though, so on that I had no clue.

  13. We immediately recognized and loved the F1 reference! It’s been fun to see more autoracing clues pop up here and there.
    Sometimes when the Final Jeopardy category pops up, we shout out what we think could be plausible answers. Back in the fall, my dad got one right before the clue was even revealed (Magna Carta). My daughter did that with this Final and called out Wilbur, and then we all busted out laughing when the clue was revealed. Charlotte’s Web is a book dear to our family, so it was an easy one for us. 🙂

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