Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, October 15, 2021


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Literature for Children) for Friday, October 15, 2021 (Season 38, Game 25):

These stories got their collective title because little Josephine Kipling insisted they be told exactly the same way each time

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Connie Smith, a mechanical engineer from Oviedo, Florida
Connie Smith on Jeopardy!
Nima Aghili, a lawyer & legal recruiter from Overland Park, Kansas
Nima Aghili on Jeopardy!
Jonathan Fisher, an actor originally from Coral Gables, Florida (4-day total: $94,000)
Jonathan Fisher on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: In case anyone is wondering, the longest streak for anyone who has taken down a super-champion (anyone who has won 6 or more games) is Buzzy Cohen, who won 9 games in 2016 after defeating 6-game champion Andrew Pau. While Jonathan is still a week away from tying that, he has won 4 games and is going for win #5 today.

On a slightly more personal note: From October 16-23, there will be a 168-hour charity live-streaming relay on Twitch to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada; more information can be found at gamersvsms.ca. 1 in 385 Canadians live with MS. I’ll be doing my shift as part of the relay on Thursday, October 21 from 2:00 AM to 8:00 AM EDT on my own Twitch channel, twitch.tv/andythequizzer/.

I’d also like to thank everyone for their well-wishes in yesterday’s game thread; as I alluded to in the recap, I had a stone-passing incident yesterday that was incredibly painful. I feel much better today.


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Correct response: What is Just So Stories?


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Just So Stories is a collection of stories published in 1902 by Rudyard Kipling; the name came because Josephine insisted on her father telling the first three stories “just so” at bed, i.e. with the exact same words she was used to, or she would wake up and correct him. The book is a collection of “origin stories”, or, how animals (or other parts of our world) came to be. Stories in the book include “How the Leopard Got His Spots”, “How the Camel Got His Hump”, and “How the Alphabet Was Made”.


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

Scores going into Final:
Jonathan $24,100
Connie $11,200
Nima $7,800


Tonight’s results:
Nima $7,800 – $3,401 = $4,399 (What is the oft-repeated)
Connie $11,200 – $11,000 = $200 (What are The Jungle Books?)
Jonathan $24,100 – $400 = $23,700 (What are Twice Told Tales?) (5-day total: $117,700)


Jonathan Fisher, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 15, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Connie $5,200
Jonathan $4,000
Nima $1,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) NOW READ THIS! $400 (clue #11)
Connie -200 +1000 (Jonathan 2800 Nima 1600)
2) HISTORIC POTPOURRI $2000 (clue #10)
Jonathan 8800 +2500 (Nima 3000 Connie 7600)
3) HIGH/LOW $1200 (clue #21, $9200 left on board)
Jonathan 17300 +2000 (Nima 5800 Connie 8800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 140


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 3 (0.12 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Jonathan $22,800 Coryat, 28 correct, 3 incorrect, 49.12% in first on buzzer (28/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Nima $7,800 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Connie $10,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $41,200
Lach Trash: $6,600 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,200

Jonathan Fisher, career statistics:
123 correct, 15 incorrect
9/9 on rebound attempts (on 25 rebound opportunities)
41.13% in first on buzzer (116/282)
7/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $13,600)
3/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,440

Nima Aghili, career statistics:
10 correct, 3 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,800

Connie Smith, career statistics:
16 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,600

Jonathan Fisher, to win:
6 games: 71.779%
7: 51.523%
8: 36.983%
9: 26.546%
10: 19.054%
Avg. streak: 7.543 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I was disappointed that Connie kept on going to $400 clues in Double Jeopardy, instead of hunting for Daily Doubles like Jonathan was. The outcome may have been different today had Connie found the last two betting clues.

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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, October 15, 2021"

  1. I’m glad you’re better, Andy.

  2. Jim Cardillo | October 15, 2021 at 10:18 am |

    Happy to hear you are on the mend. Thank you for your great site management and information.

  3. Glad you’re feeling better! I had that Kipling collection when I was a child. Wish I’d kept it. Lovely memories now. Great site, so thank you.

  4. I forgot that Buzzy took down Andrew. Talk about a guy who comes to play against top competition. It’s too bad we won’t see him behind the player’s lectern again.

    With Matt gone I’ve been pretty unengaged by Jeopardy this week. I’m coming to realize that while I think her hosting is adequate and her past comments and behavior aren’t disqualifying, I just don’t want to hang out with Mayim Bialik every night.

    Looking forward to Ken. Maybe Jonathan can make it all the way there. 😉

    • Looked up that epic Andrew Pau vs Buzzy Cohen clash. The combined Coryat was a whopping $51,400. The unfortunate third person, Jeanne Roper also played great, with 16 right, 0 wrong and $27,995 after FJ. Andrew was 19 right, 0 wrong with $28,001, while Buzzy was 23 right, 1 wrong and $33,601. Biggest difference was Buzzy landing all 3 DDs.

      DDs often plays a big role! I noticed that in Matt’s loss he got 0 of the DD’s, the ONLY time in his 39 games he didn’t hit a DD and get at least 1 correct!

  5. aaron the crystal clod | October 15, 2021 at 1:33 pm |

    Now his place is fully assured in the Tournament of Champions. We have a potential Matt Amodio vs. Jonathan Fisher rematch!

  6. So glad you are feeling better andy and also we thank you for the recaps of jeopardy. This is great information to keep us updated. John has now secured his spot in the tournament of champions and a possible rematch with Matt. This is the first that I have heard of just so stories since I haven’t read them yet. A good game today for John so I hope he gets game 6 on monday

    • Ronnie Gambardella | October 15, 2021 at 5:36 pm |

      Some of them were incorporated in a song in Disney’s Song of the South. I didn’t realize Kipling and Joel C. Harris were acquaintances

  7. This may have been answered previously, but why not give the actual clues for the three daily doubles in addition to the categories and wagers? Does Jeopardy! forbid the publication of game clues other than the one for Final Jeopardy?

  8. Glad you’re better Andy.

    We’ll see Matt and Jonathan for sure in the next TOC and hopefully Jonathan becomes a super champ tomorrow.

  9. It’s great that Jonathan won his 5th game today. Hopefully he’ll win his 6th game on Monday and eventually become a superchamp. And hopefully he and Matt will battle it out together in the ToC next year.

    Andy, I’m glad that you are feeling a lot better.

  10. Jonathan kept his wager low to assure win #5 and ToC. He is now the biggest winner to defeat a millionaire champion.

  11. I knew it right away thanks to my mom introducing the stories to me at a young age, although it’s been many, many years since I’ve heard anyone say anything about them so I figured this one would be tough.

  12. 2 nights in a row with no Jeopardy! due to football last night and baseball tonight. So glad I can catch the results here. Thank you!

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