Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, October 22, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 1970s Top 40 Hits) for Friday, October 22, 2021 (Season 38, Game 30):

Seeing a poster for a production of “Cyrano de Bergerac” in a seedy Paris hotel & ladies of the evening nearby inspired this hit

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Rudy Fernàndez-Dieppa, an investment manager from Tampa, Florida
Rudy Fernàndez-Dieppa on Jeopardy!
Lea Zaric, a graduate student from Vista, California
Lea Zaric on Jeopardy!
Jonathan Fisher, an actor originally from Coral Gables, Florida (9-day total: $215,900)
Jonathan Fisher on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is “Roxanne” (by the Police)?

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“Roxanne” was The Police’s debut single, released in the late 1970s. The BBC refused to play it because of its subject matter (Roxanne was a prostitute; her name was given because Roxanne was Cyrano de Bergerac’s unrequited lover in that well-known Edmond Rostand play). It didn’t gain traction until it began getting airplay in the United States (due to the band beginning to tour the US) and peaked at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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

Scores going into Final:
Jonathan $19,600
Lea $4,800
Rudy $3,800

Tonight’s results:
Rudy $3,800 + $3,800 = $7,600 (What is Roxanne?)
Lea $4,800 + $0 = $4,800 (What is Roxanne?)
Jonathan $19,600 – $5,400 = $14,200 (What is “Honky Tonk Women”?) (10-day total: $230,100)

Jonathan Fisher, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 22, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Lea $6,000
Jonathan $4,800
Rudy $4,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) WHAT’S IN A GEOGRAPHIC NAME $1000 (clue #22)
Rudy 2600 +1000 (Jonathan 3600 Lea 5200)
2) ACTORS & ACCENTS $800 (clue #4)
Lea 7600 -5000 (Jonathan 8000 Rudy 2200)
3) YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION $1600 (clue #7, $27200 left on board)
Lea 3800 +1800 (Jonathan 8000 Rudy 1400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 20

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 3 (0.10 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Jonathan $19,600 Coryat, 20 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Rudy $3,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 4 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Lea $9,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $33,000
Lach Trash: $9,600 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,400

Jonathan Fisher, career statistics:
256 correct, 29 incorrect
12/13 on rebound attempts (on 41 rebound opportunities)
43.56% in first on buzzer (247/567)
12/15 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $20,600)
6/10 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,860

Lea Zaric, career statistics:
19 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,200)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,600

Rudy Fernàndez-Dieppa, career statistics:
14 correct, 4 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,800

Jonathan Fisher, to win:
11 games: 72.840%
12: 53.057%
13: 38.647%
14: 28.150%
15: 20.505%
Avg. streak: 12.682 games.

Today’s interviews:
Rudy met his wife while as a bouncer in college.
Lea is going to be studying in Munich.
Jonathan failed while trying to carry his current girlfriend over ice.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Jonathan becomes the first player to defeat an ultra-champion and become one himself.

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, October 22, 2021"

  1. As someone who tends to be terrible with music questions, I instantly got this one. Wonder how this will fare for the players?

    Looking forward to seeing if Jonathan can pull out the second week for the 10!

  2. Jim Cardillo | October 22, 2021 at 1:23 pm |

    I wasn’t thinking that was a song from the 1970s, so I was thinking of “Lady Marmalade”.

  3. Cyrano instantly fell for Roxanne so I got this one. It just reminded me of them trying to make their love official. But that other guy christian didn’t get a chance to show his feelings for Roxanne either after he died. So now, I think music questions are my forte. Good job to John for winning today and becoming the new ultra champ himself.

  4. Jonathan’s response was from The Rolling Stone’s smash #1 song from late summer of 1969, so he was a decade off and of course with the wrong group and wrong song. But nonetheless, he became an ultra champ. I had long forgotten however that The Police had broken into this country in the late 1970’s. Thanks Jeopardy for reminding me.

  5. I’ve gotten so comfortable with Mayim as host that I really don’t want to see any other guest host return at this point. I wish she wouldn’t clutch the Final Jeopardy card at the end of the show, but that may be a security blanket for her.

  6. Noumon Munir | October 22, 2021 at 7:53 pm |

    roxanne is also a song on tik tok!

  7. Brad (not Rutter) | October 22, 2021 at 8:19 pm |

    When is Ken hosting? I though Mayim was just hosting for three weeks?

  8. This just proves how quickly a streak can come to an end. If Lea had gotten her daily double and done everything else the same, she’d go into final with 14,800 to Jonathan’s 19,600. Had she bet to beat him, she would have won the game.

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