Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, October 20, 2021


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century Supreme Court Decisions) for Wednesday, October 20, 2021 (Season 38, Game 28):

The first “self-evident” truth in the Declaration of Independence was quoted & found not to apply to this plaintiff

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Anjolie Chidambaram, a financial writer from San Francisco, California
Anjolie Chidambaram on Jeopardy!
Jack Hodges, a hotel loyalty analyst from Bethesda, Maryland
Jack Hodges on Jeopardy!
Jonathan Fisher, an actor originally from Coral Gables, Florida (7-day total: $156,100)
Jonathan Fisher on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Jonathan is now at 7 wins after beating Matt Amodio last Monday. Will he make it to 8? He’ll need to make it past Anjolie and Jack.

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Correct response: Who is Dred Scott?


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Widely considered the worst decision in the entire history of the U.S. Supreme Court, Dred Scott was an African-American who had been enslaved in Missouri, but felt that because his owners had taken him into free Illinois and Wisconsin, that he should be considered free upon his return to Missouri. Roger B. Taney wrote an incredibly racist justification for his decision based on an outdated worldview in both denying Scott his freedom and striking down the Missouri Compromise as unconstitutional.

Meanwhile, after the case, Scott was transferred to new owners, who emancipated him in 1857. The decision also caused widespread economic panic over fears that slavery would be permitted in Western territories. Abraham Lincoln refused to issue a statement after Taney—who became a Confederate sympathizer after the onset of the Civil War—died in 1864.


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

Scores going into Final:
Jonathan $27,200
Anjolie $18,800
Jack $2,600


Tonight’s results:
Jack $2,600 + $2,600 = $5,200 (Who is Scott?)
Anjolie $18,800 – $18,000 = $800 (Who is Madison?)
Jonathan $27,200 + $10,500 = $37,700 (Who is Dred Scott?) (8-day total: $193,800)


Jonathan Fisher, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 20, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jonathan $6,400
Anjolie $3,200
Jack $600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) BOATS & SHIPS $600 (clue #22)
Jonathan 6600 -1600 (Jack 400 Anjolie 3200)
2) MYTHOLOGY $1600 (clue #8)
Jonathan 13200 +3200 (Jack 2200 Anjolie 3200)
3) THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE $1200 (clue #22, $10000 left on board)
Anjolie 9200 +8000 (Jonathan 21600 Jack 1800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 87


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 $27,200 Coryat, 32 correct, 1 incorrect, 54.39% in first on buzzer (31/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Jack $2,600 Coryat, 7 correct, 2 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Anjolie $12,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 0 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $41,800
Lach Trash: $9,200 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,000

Jonathan Fisher, career statistics:
211 correct, 23 incorrect
10/10 on rebound attempts (on 33 rebound opportunities)
44.59% in first on buzzer (202/453)
11/14 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $18,000)
5/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,175

Jack Hodges, career statistics:
8 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $2,600

Anjolie Chidambaram, career statistics:
12 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,000

Jonathan Fisher, to win:
9 games: 72.663%
10: 52.799%
11: 38.365%
12: 27.877%
13: 20.256%
Avg. streak: 10.658 games.

Today’s interviews:
Anjolie sleeps with her eyes open.
Jack didn’t qualify for his high school quiz bowl team as a sophomore.
Jonathan is a huge fan of LEGO.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Jonathan’s choice to avoid all-out Daily Double hunting, like today, is going to leave him vulnerable to being defeated in spite of otherwise being dominant during the game.

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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, October 20, 2021"

  1. I know it’s random but seems like a few dark FJs lately. Nazi Germany, Dred Scott. But it’s J so those will be interlarded with kiddie lit.

  2. Growing up in St. Louis, we would take field trips down to the old court house and learned about him and his case.

  3. Really impressive work by Jonathan–running a tape day is an incredible feat that many super-champions never pull off. And he’s still going! That said, it really feels like Matt would be cruising through the 40s at this point. 🙁

    Re: a possible ToC rematch, if Jeopardy continues its policy of not scheduling re-matches until the Finals, both the Brian-Zach and Matt-Jonathan rematches couldn’t happen. I suspect they break this rule for good television, though. Personally I’m more interested in Brian-Zach than Matt-Jonathan.

    The way Matt got squeezed by two strong players last Monday makes me a little nervous for him in the ToC, but as others have pointed out, Jonathan and Jessica seemed to have fairly complementary bases of knowledge, so perhaps it was something of a perfect storm.

    • Matt, my best guess is all four are in different quarterfinals, and if they all qualify Brian-Zach play in a semifinal, while Matt and Jonathan play in separate semifinal rounds.

  4. Now THAT’S how to bet on a Daily Double! Shame it didn’t work out 🙁

    • Pizza Face Fred | October 20, 2021 at 10:39 pm |

      Why wouldn’t all contestants in a similar situation? If that’s their only chance of winning the game, why be conservative. The difference between coming in second or third is only $1,000. Chump change . . .

  5. Jonathan is now an 8 time champ, something few have done. While 6 wins is a Super Champ and 10 is an Ultra Champ, are there any other designations?

  6. Dred Scott case has been on my mind for years since high school so I had learned a lot about him in US history. With the 8th win, John seems to be well prepared for his next win despite the fact he had a very strong opponent in Anjolie. He has the playing style of Jennifer Quail and Mackenzie Jones since they all had 8 wins. This was a match that Jack couldn’t catch up to.

  7. Ronnie Gambardella | October 20, 2021 at 2:08 pm |

    Tricky question because of ” life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” liberty is second listed which would seem to apply here.

    • “We hold these truths to be self evident. That all men are created equal.” Then goes on with life liberty etc so created equal is first and certainly applies to the argument of the case.

  8. David John Craven | October 20, 2021 at 5:08 pm |

    Huh. I saw the category and I said “Dred Scott”. This seems to me to be way too easy for a fJ question. I was stunned that someone missed it. (Yes, I guess it could be Marbury v. Madison, but that had nothing to do with liberty, Plessy v. Ferguson could also be on-point in that it created the principle of Separate but Equal, but that’s after the 14th amendment and its not as obvious to the public.)

    • She may have thought it was Scott, but guessed Madison cause she assumed Jonathon would guess Scott, and guessing the same thing is a guaranteed loss

      • David John Craven | October 21, 2021 at 4:36 pm |

        I guess. But Madison was wrong on every level. The plaintiff was Marbury. A better “I will guess differently” answer would have been Plessy, which at least dealt with the evident truth that all men are created equal.

  9. As Andy pointed out, history has (appropriately in my estimation) not been kind to Taney and the Dred Scott decision. But there are other awful decisions of the Supremes, some announced during the lifetimes of even the youngest among us. As has often been said, the Supreme Court is “right” because it is “final”, and not “final” because it is “right”.

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