Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, October 19, 2021


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Contemporary Authors) for Tuesday, October 19, 2021 (Season 38, Game 27):

He has studied Cordon Bleu cooking, but is known for his 1981 creation of a character with unconventional taste in cuisine

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Olivia Cammisa-Frost, a museum professional from Saratoga Springs, New York
Olivia Cammisa-Frost on Jeopardy!
Katy Buckner, a teacher from Los Angeles, California
Katy Buckner on Jeopardy!
Jonathan Fisher, an actor originally from Coral Gables, Florida (6-day total: $142,900)
Jonathan Fisher on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Jonathan Fisher is now a superchampion himself after defeating Matt Amodio, setting up a potential rematch in the next Tournament of Champions; Jonathan definitely leaves more openings than Matt does; Jonathan plays a much more conventional gameplay style and is very conservative on the Daily Doubles. Being that Jonathan is 10 for 11 on Daily Doubles right now, Jonathan could probably stand to bet more confidently in his abilities.


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Correct response: Who is Thomas Harris?


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Thomas Harris is best known as the author of works featuring Hannibal Lecter, including Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs; in the books and the movies based on them, Lecter is a serial killer who eats his victims. While Harris tends to be a more reclusive type, Harris’ agent has said in interviews that Harris has taken the exams of the famed French cooking school Le Cordon Bleu.


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

Scores going into Final:
Jonathan $11,600
Katy $4,600
Olivia $900


Tonight’s results:
Olivia $900 – $0 = $900 (Who Ian Fleming?)
Katy $4,600 – $2,998 = $1,602 (Who is Michael Chabon)
Jonathan $11,600 + $1,600 = $13,200 (Who is Thomas Harris?) (7-day total: $156,100)


Jonathan Fisher, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 19, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jonathan $5,200
Katy $3,400
Olivia $1,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) ANNUS HORRIBILIS $800 (clue #8)
Jonathan 2200 -2200 (Katy 1000 Olivia 200)
2) 20th CENTURY ENGLISH $800 (clue #9)
Olivia 1000 +1500 (Jonathan 10800 Katy 5400)
3) DID I MISS ANYTHING? $1600 (clue #18, $16000 left on board)
Olivia 3700 -2000 (Jonathan 12800 Katy 2600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -79


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 3 (0.11 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Jonathan $13,800 Coryat, 26 correct, 4 incorrect, 50.88% in first on buzzer (29/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Katy $4,600 Coryat, 10 correct, 3 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Olivia $2,200 Coryat, 7 correct, 3 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $20,600
Lach Trash: $19,600 (on 15 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,800

Jonathan Fisher, career statistics:
178 correct, 22 incorrect
10/10 on rebound attempts (on 31 rebound opportunities)
43.18% in first on buzzer (171/396)
10/12 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $16,400)
4/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,314

Katy Buckner, career statistics:
10 correct, 4 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,600

Olivia Cammisa-Frost, career statistics:
7 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $2,200

Jonathan Fisher, to win:
8 games: 69.851%
9: 48.791%
10: 34.081%
11: 23.806%
12: 16.628%
Avg. streak: 9.317 games.

Today’s contestant interviews:
Olivia has taught her cat to fist bump and hula hoop.
Katy temped for the CIA—the Culinary Institute of America.
Jonathan was taught stage combat by Qui Nguyen.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I was very disappointed by some of the strategy that I saw in this game. Contestants need to be prepared to bet aggressively on Daily Doubles, especially when facing a superchampion. Plus, it makes the game more exciting in general.

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22 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, October 19, 2021"

  1. This FJ clue seems tough. I doubt that most people are aware of Harris’ culinary background. It’s one of those clues where the added information confuses more than helps. Unless you think to equate “unconventional” with “cannibalistic,” it’s pretty hopeless. That said, it wouldn’t surprise me if Jonathan got this, since he seems to know a lot about movies and writers.

    • To me figuring out the character was easy. The hard part was the author which I didn’t get.

    • Kevin Shrum | October 19, 2021 at 3:46 pm |

      I got as far as “the author of the Hannibal Lecter books” but didn’t know the name of the author. Even knowing the answer doesn’t help — I don’t think I ever knew who Thomas Harris is.

  2. Debbie Stover | October 19, 2021 at 11:26 am |

    I knew the book, but couldn’t recall the author’s last name. If I’d written, “Who is the ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ author?” would the judges have accepted that? How could they say it was wrong?

  3. An easy FJ for me, I’ve read all the Harris books. While I don’t know anything about Harris himself, the clue description of the character he created made this simple, especially because of the movies made from the books. I’m guessing all the players get this one.

  4. This was an easy final for me although I don’t know much about Harris himself, but still I remember another culinary novelist and chef Anthony Bourdain since he also wrote cooking novels himself. I hope all will get this one because as far as I know John has strong knowledge in movies and writers.

  5. Francine Pilon | October 19, 2021 at 1:37 pm |

    15 Triple Stumpers! That’s one quarter of the clues!

    • Not one of the more stellar episodes. I was very surprised nobody got GM as the maker of the Chevy Bolt (and every other Chevy). Congrats to Jonathan for another good win, though.

  6. very boring with the lack of aggressive betting. nothing against Jonathan compared to Matt both superchamos but the latters games were so much more exciting.

    • aaron the crystal clod | October 19, 2021 at 1:58 pm |

      Ironically, some people have also said that seeing Matt Amodio win game after game got boring as well. I don’t know why, though.

  7. Does anyone remember that back in the good ole days that you could BUZZ in on any question BEFORE it was revealed and before the host finished reading the clue.
    When was this changed. Does anyone know?

  8. That was a tough Final Jeopardy today. I had no clue. Congratulations to Jonathan who is very knowledgeable and jovial. Seems like a nice guy. I look forward to watching his games. And then an impending rematch with Matt.

  9. Chris Smith | October 19, 2021 at 4:10 pm |

    I appreciate the addition of the section on “Contestant Interviews”. It’s nice to know something about the contestants other than their name, hometown and job for those days that I cannot watch the show.

  10. The name “Thomas Harris” as an author isn’t that well-known.

    But I’ll bet all 3 players figured out “Hannibal Lecter.”

  11. I agree with Andy’s comments that it is disappointing when players up against an excellent champion bet so timidly on daily doubles which is obviously their best chance to upset such a champion. It really seems as if some contestants are pretty much satisfied to get on the show, and that’s it. I guess it wouldn’t be kosher for the producers to get in their faces during a break and tell them to “let’s play to win, why don’cha!” 😉

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