Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Publishing) for Tuesday, October 12, 2021 (Season 38, Game 22):

Last name of brothers James, John, Joseph & Fletcher, whose co. published magazines with their name as well as books

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Robinson-Gissette Cruz, an art assistant from The Bronx, New York
Robinson-Gissette Cruz on Jeopardy!
Brittany Iburg, a stay-at-home mom from Roswell, Georgia
Brittany Iburg on Jeopardy!
Jonathan Fisher, an actor originally from Coral Gables, Florida (1-day total: $29,200)
Jonathan Fisher on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: A brief but exciting era ended yesterday, as the world learned just how important momentum and confidence can be when it comes to this game called Jeopardy!. Matt Amodio held his usual commanding lead after the opening round yesterday, but lost momentum and confidence when his buzzer timing deserted him at a crucial moment early in Double Jeopardy. He just was not able to recover and the second-longest winning streak in the history of the show came to an end. Now, Jonathan Fisher gets to defend his title today as I expect more regular strategy and gameplay to return quickly to the show.

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Correct response: What is Harper?

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James and John Harper, printers, founded J & J Harper in New York City in 1817. Joseph and Fletcher joined the company in the 1820s and the company was renamed Harper & Brothers in 1833. The company became known on the book side for publishing works such as Moby-Dick, Ben-Hur, and many other books, and likely even better known for its 19th century magazines such as Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, Harper’s Weekly, and Harper’s Bazaar. The company merged with Row, Peterson & Company to become Harper & Row in 1962, and, after a purchase by NewsCorp in 1987, merged with William Collins, Sons in 1990 to become HarperCollins.

In the world of board games, HarperCollins is known for having the publishing rights outside of North America for the official worldwide Scrabble word list, due to the bifurcation of the publishing rights to the game itself (Hasbro has the North American rights and partners with Merriam-Webster; Mattel has the rights in the rest of the world and partnered with Collins Dictionary.)

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

Scores going into Final:
Jonathan $30,000
Brittany $5,200
Robinson-Gissette $3,600

Tonight’s results:
Robinson-Gissette $3,600 – $3,600 = $0 (What is Pilii (Pulitzer))
Brittany $5,200 + $2,001 = $7,201 (What is Harper?)
Jonathan $30,000 – $7,500 = $22,500 (What is Penguin?) (2-day total: $51,700)

Jonathan Fisher, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 12, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jonathan $9,000
Brittany $4,400
Robinson-Gissette $400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) & PLAYING TRIANGLE $400 (clue #17)
Brittany 1400 +1400 (Jonathan 6200 Robinson-Gissette -1000)
2) EUROPEAN HISTORY $2000 (clue #9)
Robinson-Gissette -400 +2000 (Jonathan 17000 Brittany 4400)
3) EDUCATION FIRSTS $2000 (clue #29, $1200 left on board)
Jonathan 29000 +1000 (Brittany 5200 Robinson-Gissette 3600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 203

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: IN- IS OUT $1200
Total Left On Board: $1,200
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 1 (0.05 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Jonathan $31,000 Coryat, 32 correct, 0 incorrect, 46.43% in first on buzzer (26/56), 5/5 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Brittany $4,200 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 17.86% in first on buzzer (10/56), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Robinson-Gissette $3,600 Coryat, 10 correct, 6 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer (14/56), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,800
Lach Trash: $7,200 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,800

Jonathan Fisher, career statistics:
49 correct, 3 incorrect
6/6 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
35.40% in first on buzzer (40/113)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,600)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $22,200

Brittany Iburg, career statistics:
12 correct, 2 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
17.86% in first on buzzer (10/56)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,400)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,200

Robinson-Gissette Cruz, career statistics:
10 correct, 7 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
25.00% in first on buzzer (14/56)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,600

Jonathan Fisher, to win:
3 games: 71.147%
4: 50.619%
5: 36.014%
6: 25.623%
7: 18.230%
Avg. streak: 4.466 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Today ends a 23-game streak where we saw all 61 clues; the longest since 2002. The last time a clue went unplayed was August 11.
  • Kudos to the writers for the WHO DIRECTED IT? category being all women directors without putting it in the category name.
  • Part of me feels like the EUROPEAN HISTORY $400 clue about the Guelphs and the Ghibellines was a bit of a callback to my comments back in July.
  • Robinson-Gissette spoke in their interview about having tetragametic chimerism.

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14 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, October 12, 2021"

  1. Looking forward to hearing Mayim call on Robinson-Gissette. If they don’t finish the boards, we’ll know why :).

    • And you are spot on! (Although their deliberate choice of clues on those occasions when they did get a correct response likely also contributed). It seemed as if TPTB were trying to keep the streak going but DJ just took too long.

    • Just to be clear, my point was merely jesting as to how long it takes to say Robinson-Gissette. I didn’t anticipate the issue with Mayim calling on R-G whilst R-G was calling out the answer, the two speaking simultaneously, and other issues. Come to think of it, I might just go by R-G on Jeopardy! and especially near any open wells. 😉

  2. Judy A Hinman | October 12, 2021 at 1:09 pm |

    Dang it I am so sad matt lost out. He was the best!! So very unassuming..all around nice young man. I wish him well!

  3. Pleasantly surprised that Jonathan did so well, a Coryat of $31K typical of Matt, after ending Matt’s streak yesterday. Even Emma after defeating James never had that high of a Coryat.
    Seriously, thought he might be another one and done giant killer.

  4. I heard an interesting story about chimerism. There was a lady with a couple kids going through a divorce and custody, etc. So, the father asked for a paternity test. Sure enough, he was the father, BUT the mother did NOT match the children. This raised a bunch of red flags with the legal system…who’s kids are these, were they kidnapped, etc. So, the woman also happened to be pregnant at the time, so the court ordered a witness to present at the birth, and to take an immediate blood sample of the child. Once again, even though the court-appointed witness saw this child come out of her body, the child did not match her DNA. As I remember the story, her lawyer was smart enough to find out about chimerism, and how this could explain everything. So they sent the woman for various tissue sampling and finally found a match. While the children did not match her DNA from a blood analysis, they did match the DNA sample from her pap test. I’ve also heard of people having differing DNA in the blood and tears.

  5. A bit disappointed but not surprised that we’ve gone back to starting at the top row. I can understand it from a momentum-building standpoint, but there’s a lot to be said for getting as much money as quickly as possible to deliver the knockout blow. I would think starting big would be an attractive strategy regardless of who’s at the podiums, right?

    • Having the higher value clues take place when your buzzer familiarity advantage is greatest is an advantage for the champion. Hunting the Daily Doubles is an effective strategy for everyone.

      There are some nuances in Double Jeopardy! for players trying to overcome a large deficit, but not having much money to wager: finding the DD early can limit your comeback opportunity, but the leader finding them does as well. It’s part of why Matt’s strategy (and execution) was so successful.

  6. Laura Stewart | October 12, 2021 at 11:30 pm |

    Why did Brittany Iburg hold a sign saying “Final Jeopardy” in today’s game, Tuesday October 12th 2021? My 90 year old father thinks it is the end of Jeopardy. Thank you.

    Laura Stewart
    Calgary, Canada

    • I have no idea what you’re talking about. Nobody anywhere else on the Internet has brought this up, either. All I can think of is that the contestants are given backup cards to write on in case their light pen fails and Brittany was just holding one of those up, maybe? Again, nobody anywhere else on the Internet has said anything about this.

  7. Elliot Smith | October 13, 2021 at 3:11 am |

    I was on J! in 1986, third show of the third season. Since they tape 5 shows a day–or at least did so back then–all 11 of us first spent 5 hours in short practice games, so they could work on the monitors, sound systems, lighting, etc. as it was the first taping after the long summer break.
    By the time they taped the first show of the day it was 5pm, and we had shown up at about 10:30 am. We were so tired, the universal feeling by then was “Let’s just get this over with!!!”

    Alex was just as you saw him for the next 34 years: friendly, courteous, extremely knowledgeable, curious, and most of all, had a playful and sly sense of humor!

    Yes, the winner of the previous game usually DOES have an edge at the beginning of a game due to less “nerves” than the 2 new contestants. We were told that is why they take that first break. It’s just partly to introduce the new players, but that really could be done at the beginning of a show. No, they explained, it’s so the staff can talk to manly the two new contestant, and let them know if they are “buzzing in” too soon, or too late, or to just chill out and enjoy themselves. You will noticed all three contestants do in fact get much more “into” the game after the first break.

    Long live the memory of Alex!

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