Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, October 25, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Notable Women) for Monday, October 25, 2021 (Season 38, Game 31):

Of the 3 pioneering women in their field to be dubbed the “Trimates”, this one got her Ph.D from Cambridge in 1966

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Hilary Bouxsein, a visiting assistant professor from Northfield, Minnesota
Hilary Bouxsein on Jeopardy!
Stephen Son, a business operations professional from Los Angeles, California
Stephen Son on Jeopardy!
Jonathan Fisher, an actor originally from Coral Gables, Florida (10-day total: $230,100)
Jonathan Fisher on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Jonathan, after defeating Matt Amodio, has now gone on himself to win 10 games. How much further will Jonathan go? Jonathan’s just $34,902 from reaching Seth Wilson’s 12-game total; a big win will surpass that mark today!

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Correct response: Who is Jane Goodall?

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The Trimates were a group of three women—Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birutė Galdikas—who were chosen by Louis Leakey to study many of the great apes in their natural environments. Goodall studied chimpanzees, Fossey gorillas, and Galdikas orangutans. Goodall was over a decade into her career studying chimpanzees before she received her Ph.D at Cambridge and was a very rare case of being allowed to study for a Ph.D at Cambridge before having obtained a BA or BSc.

Note that I severely dislike this clue: both Goodall and Fossey both did studies at Cambridge. Having this clue come down to when specifically Goodall and Fossey were awarded their Ph.D—especially when Fossey’s studies in Africa began in 1967—is incredibly misleading pinning at best. It’s very disappointing to see that these very poor, tenuous, clues haven’t stopped with the departure of Mike Richards. The show’s writing has really gone downhill since Harry Friedman left.

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

Scores going into Final:
Jonathan $16,000
Hilary $7,800
Stephen $5,000

Tonight’s results:
Stephen $5,000 + $2,801 = $7,801 (Who is Goodall?)
Hilary $7,800 + $2,201 = $10,001 (Who is Jane Goodall)
Jonathan $16,000 + $0 = $16,000 (Who is Jane Goodall?) (11-day total: $246,100)

Jonathan Fisher, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 25, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jonathan $5,400
Stephen $4,200
Hilary $2,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE LANDLOCKED NATION $800 (clue #3)
Stephen 800 -1000 (Jonathan -600 Hilary 0)
2) WHAT HAPPENED WHEN $1600 (clue #17)
Jonathan 17800 -4200 (Stephen 3000 Hilary 5800)
3) WRITTEN IN THE DUST $800 (clue #24, $6800 left on board)
Jonathan 16800 -2000 (Stephen 3000 Hilary 7000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -136

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 $22,200 Coryat, 27 correct, 3 incorrect, 50.00% in first on buzzer (28/56), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Hilary $7,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 0 incorrect, 12.50% in first on buzzer (7/56), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Stephen $6,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 23.21% in first on buzzer (13/56), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,000
Lach Trash: $11,400 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,600

Jonathan Fisher, career statistics:
284 correct, 32 incorrect
12/13 on rebound attempts (on 43 rebound opportunities)
44.14% in first on buzzer (275/623)
12/17 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $14,400)
7/11 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,982

Stephen Son, career statistics:
13 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
23.21% in first on buzzer (13/56)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,000

Hilary Bouxsein, career statistics:
10 correct, 0 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
12.50% in first on buzzer (7/56)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,800

Jonathan Fisher, to win:
12 games: 71.311%
13: 50.853%
14: 36.264%
15: 25.860%
16: 18.441%
Avg. streak: 13.486 games.

Today’s interviews:
Hilary teaches classical studies (Greek & Latin language and culture).
Stephen was a light sleeper as a kid and is now a heavy sleeper.
Jonathan is looking to support his girlfriend’s adaptation of “The Winter’s Tale”.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • This was the first game since July 6 where the contestants went 0-for-3 on the Daily Doubles.
  • Even though all three players got today’s Final, I don’t think that this makes the clue any less problematic, in my opinion.

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, October 25, 2021"

  1. Ronnie Gambardella | October 25, 2021 at 10:05 am |

    This could be a pitfall for Jon because if he didn’t know the exact years of their respective educations, the actor in him will probably go with Fossey and the better known movie “Gorillas in the Mist’ Hopefully he as a lock game.

  2. aaron the crystal clod | October 25, 2021 at 11:46 am |

    A big win today will put Jonathan Fisher in the top 10 spot of highest winnings in regular season play.

  3. Jonathan now has > 25% chance to make it through this week and play under a second host. If Matt had beat Jonathan we’d be super excited about the nearness of him playing under a seventh host, Ken, with great theater because of the chance to break his record

    Regardless, Jonathan’s current streak was beyond inconceivable when he beat Matt and remains a great accomplishment no matter when it ends.

  4. Myron Rushetzky | October 25, 2021 at 3:14 pm |

    Andy, I like the addition of the contestant interviews.

  5. Brad (not Rutter) | October 25, 2021 at 5:02 pm |

    Stephen did a nice job boxing out Hilary on those last few clues.

  6. Ronnie Gambardella | October 25, 2021 at 5:39 pm |

    Northfield Minnesota. Why does that town sound familiar to me?

  7. In a funny coincidence, Jane Goodall is on tonight’s Jimmy Fallon rerun.

    • Karen A Hoover | October 26, 2021 at 9:14 am |

      There was also a segment about Jane Goodall on this past Sunday’s CBS morning news program.

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