Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, October 26, 2021


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Authors) for Tuesday, October 26, 2021 (Season 38, Game 32):

These 2 men who both died in Boston in the mid-20th century each won 4 Pulitzers, one man for Poetry & the other for Drama

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Mandela Namaste, a writer from Williamsville, New York
Mandela Namaste on Jeopardy!
Nancy Donehower, a retired college admissions counselor from Portland, Oregon
Nancy Donehower on Jeopardy!
Jonathan Fisher, an actor originally from Coral Gables, Florida (11-day total: $246,100)
Jonathan Fisher on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Last night, Jonathan Fisher became the 11th person to win 11 games on Jeopardy!. If you count Sports Jeopardy!, however, that number is 12; Vinny Varadarajan won 15 games on Season 2 of Sports Jeopardy! back in 2015 and 2016. I chose today to bring up Vinny as one of Vinny’s opponents during his run was none other than Mandela Namaste, who I would dare say has the worst luck when it comes to Jeopardy! opponents in the history of the show. Mandela was one of the players in Vinny’s 14th win; Mandela now has to face Jonathan with Jonathan on a win streak of 11. Jonathan has a lot at stake today as well, a win today equals him with Seth Wilson and Austin Rogers, and 16 correct responses puts Jonathan at the 300 mark.


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Correct response: Who are Eugene O’Neill & Robert Frost?


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Eugene O’Neill’s four Pulitzer Prizes came in 1920 (for 1918’s Beyond the Horizon), 1922 (for 1920’s Anna Christie), 1928 (for Strange Interlude) and in 1957 (for Long Day’s Journey into Night). O’Neill also won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1936 (at which point he only had 3 of his 4 Pulitzers).

Robert Frost won his four Pulitzers in 1924 (for New Hampshire: A Poem With Notes and Grace Notes), 1931 (for Collected Poems), 1937 (for A Further Range) and 1943 (for A Witness Tree). Frost never won a Nobel Prize, though, in spite of being nominated 31 times for the award.


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Scores going into Final:
Nancy $10,400
Jonathan $9,200
Mandela $6,000


Tonight’s results:
Mandela $6,000 + $5,000 = $11,000 (Who are Frost and O’Neill)
Jonathan $9,200 + $9,200 = $18,400 (Who are Frost + O’Neill?)
Nancy $10,400 + $9,000 = $19,400 (Who are O’Neill and Frost?) (1-day total: $19,400)


Nancy Donehower, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 26, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Nancy $5,200
Mandela $3,400
Jonathan $2,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) FILL OUT YOUR “W”2 $800 (clue #15)
Jonathan 4600 -2000 (Nancy 2200 Mandela 1000)
2) BOREDOM $2000 (clue #20)
Mandela 5400 -3000 (Jonathan 11200 Nancy 8800)
3) BIBLE NUMBERS $2000 (clue #30, $0 left on board)
Nancy 12400 -2000 (Jonathan 9200 Mandela 6000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -115


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 3 (0.09 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Nancy $12,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Jonathan $11,200 Coryat, 21 correct, 6 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Mandela $9,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,600
Lach Trash: $9,000 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,400

Jonathan Fisher, career statistics:
306 correct, 38 incorrect
12/14 on rebound attempts (on 45 rebound opportunities)
44.05% in first on buzzer (300/681)
12/18 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $12,400)
8/12 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,167

Nancy Donehower, career statistics:
15 correct, 1 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,400

Mandela Namaste, career statistics:
15 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,000

Nancy Donehower, to win:
2 games: 34.891%
3: 12.174%
4: 4.248%
5: 1.482%
6: 0.517%
Avg. streak: 1.536 games.

Today’s interviews:
Mandela is named for Nelson Mandela; his sister is named Justice.
Nancy lived in St. Andrew’s, Scotland but never played one round of golf.
Jonathan had a Latin teacher who did the New York Times crossword with his students.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • The last time back-to-back regular play games saw the Daily Doubles go 0-for-3: December 23-24, 2019.

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, October 26, 2021"

  1. Could be right up Mandela’s alley…but maybe not 🤷‍♀️

  2. Jonathan certainly gave it a good run.

  3. Ronnie Gambardella | October 26, 2021 at 1:42 pm |

    6 wiffs, It’s hard to win with 6 swings and misses

  4. John had a great 11 day run and now he has qualified for the toc. We congratulate him for a great game. Oneill and Frost were my guesses But still a second triple solve is good enough. Congrats to all the players today

  5. John McCleary | October 26, 2021 at 1:45 pm |

    I wonder if Nancy will win a second game. It’s crazy to think that the last 1-day champion was Nikole Villanueva!

    • First congrats to Jonathan for a great 11 day run. While wishing I also wonder if Nancy will win a second game to keep the streak since Nicole. Nicole beat 7 day champ Courtney Shah on July 7, then two weeks later Matt Amodio emerged.

    • If she does, she’s really going to have to improve on the buzzer. She isn’t going to last long at under 20% in first.

  6. Assuming I read the dates right, is Jonathan the first 10+ regular game winner to lose on a Tuesday episode since Ken?

  7. Thought someone might try Arthur Miller.

  8. Jonathan had a very good run. He was eminently more beatable than Matt Amodio because he didn’t play as strategically (i.e. hunting for DDs, big bets on lower dollar value clues). Of course being top 11 for his 11 game streak out of 17 years of unlimited game play is by no means an easy feat, it’s just hard to compare when we witnessed such a great champion in Matt only a few weeks ago.

  9. Congratulations to Jonathan! Nice run. I look forward to seeing him in the Tournament of Champions. These multi-day winners have been super … and fun.

  10. Brad (not Rutter) | October 26, 2021 at 5:07 pm |

    Jonathan missed his last three daily doubles. It bit him in the rear today and made the difference.

  11. Myron Rushetzky | October 26, 2021 at 5:15 pm |

    Looks like Jeopardy! is preempted tonight on WABC-TV in New York for the New York City Mayoral Debate.

  12. Richard Richman | October 26, 2021 at 7:06 pm |

    Due to coverage of the NYC Mayoral debate, tonight’s (Tuesday’s) “Jeopardy” will air at
    3:05 A.M. (Wednesday morning) on WABC TV Channel 7…immediately followed by “Wheel of Fortune”. Info is per the program grid on my cable TV.

  13. “The last time back-to-back regular play games saw the Daily Doubles go 0-for-3: December 23-24, 2019.”
    Those were my first two games. Thanks for the reminder, Andy 😂 (I can only claim responsibility for missing 1 of the 3 in the 12/23 game though!)

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