Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, October 28, 2021


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Cities) for Thursday, October 28, 2021 (Season 38, Game 34):

From Sydney, Australia go 7,000 miles east & less than 1/2 degree of latitude north to this capital also near the Pacific

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Judi Dimund, a management consultant from Fairfax, Virginia
Judi Dimund on Jeopardy!
Peter Stein, a documentary filmmaker from San Francisco, California
Peter Stein on Jeopardy!
Tyler Rhode, a healthcare data specialist from New York, New York (1-day total: $12,500)
Tyler Rhode on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Santiago, Chile?


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Sydney, Australia can be found at 33.87°S; Santiago, Chile can be found at 33.45°S; the two cities are separated by many thousand miles of ocean. The only issue I can potentially foresee a contestant having with this clue is being hung up on how far 7,000 miles is (and potentially going for Wellington, New Zealand instead.)


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

Scores going into Final:
Tyler $22,400
Peter $11,400
Judi $4,200


Tonight’s results:
Judi $4,200 – $0 = $4,200 (What is Queensland?)
Peter $11,400 – $11,300 = $100 (What is Wellington?)
Tyler $22,400 + $401 = $22,801 (What is Santiago?) (2-day total: $35,301)


Tyler Rhode, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 28, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Tyler $5,200
Peter $3,800
Judi $1,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) U.S. GEOGRAPHY $800 (clue #16)
Peter 600 +1000 (Tyler 4400 Judi -600)
2) SCIENCE $1200 (clue #20)
Judi 5800 -2000 (Tyler 11600 Peter 9400)
3) THE VIKINGS $800 (clue #27, $4800 left on board)
Tyler 15600 +4000 (Peter 11400 Judi 4200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 91


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:
Tyler $19,200 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Judi $6,200 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Peter $11,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,600
Lach Trash: $14,400 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,000

Tyler Rhode, career statistics:
42 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
38.05% in first on buzzer (43/113)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,900

Peter Stein, career statistics:
16 correct, 2 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200

Judi Dimund, career statistics:
11 correct, 3 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,200

Tyler Rhode, to win:
3 games: 56.620%
4: 32.058%
5: 18.151%
6: 10.277%
7: 5.819%
Avg. streak: 3.305 games.

Today’s interviews:
Judi went to a voodoo market in Togo.
Peter constructed a New York Times Wednesday crossword.
Tyler commissioned art of his cat.

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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, October 28, 2021"

  1. I was stuck three ways between Santiago, Lima, and Quito…

    • I too thought about Lima as a possibility, but dismissed it in favor of Santiago, thinking that Lima was not that far south of the equator but Sydney and Santiago are.

  2. It’s worth remembering that the reason the Forrest Bounce is considered such a strong strategy is that it puts other players off their game. So it shouldn’t really be surprising that many players prefer to play top-down. And of course everything is many times more difficult under the lights.

    That said, I think it’s pretty clear that quite a few players just don’t do their homework on betting strategy, or see Daily Doubles as a stressor to be managed rather than an opportunity to be capitalized on. I certainly wouldn’t call anyone out on Twitter about it, but I understand the viewers’ frustration.

    • I preferred to stay within the same category but to go bottom up, except for the top row. I put the odds of finding a Daily Double evenly across the bottom 24 clues. Didn’t work out for me.

      • Mary A Rose | October 28, 2021 at 8:45 pm |

        As a viewer, I have to say that I love the challenge presented by players who jump all around the board. It keeps everyone on their toes, contestants and viewers alike, although I will concede a player may be at a disadvantage with some categories. Nevertheless, I find the top-to-bottom approach boring. Now, bottom to top might be interesting!

  3. I would think Montevideo would be acceptable. It meets the requirements, unless you want to debate the meaning of Near).

  4. Santiago was what I had gotten as well since it is very close to the pacific ocean. I can see that Tyler might also just make a big streak to close out October and hopefully continue into November. At first I would have chosen quito but that area is a little too far north. Good play today and congrats to tyler

  5. We will miss or have missed all but one game this week due to baseball and football. Ah, well. Thanks for these updates, Andy!

    This was a good final Jeopardy! I guessed Santiago.

  6. Marty Cunningham | October 28, 2021 at 2:16 pm |

    Great comments, Andy! Maggie Speak, a former producer on the show, always used to tell contestants to “play your game” during the warm-up time in the green room. By this, she meant, play the style you are comfortable with, and don’t try to copy the champion’s style in an attempt to beat them. And, not a lot of people think about how daunting it can seem when you are the first one to select a topic in either round to start that round, it gets a bit easier as you answer more clues or find a category that you are good in. Playing at home you are obviously subject to play whatever category gets called next. And, during breaks, the contestants would sometimes talk about how tough a category was, or which ones they did not want to go near. This is another aspect that is totally different to experience when you are on the set.

  7. Thomas Hoisington | October 28, 2021 at 2:18 pm |

    How could someone think Queensland to be the correct answer? 7000 miles east clearly indicates South America.

  8. Andy, you were so prescient in thinking a contestant might guess Wellington! It has been a LONG time since I studied geography, so I thought it might be Buenos Aires — that “near” was a bit of a stretch but if Buenos Aires was further south in Argentina than I remembered then the country being pretty narrow in the southern parts makes it even more “near” the Pacific. (Also, I thought Santiago was further north in Chile than it is.)

  9. The earth’s circumference is about 25,000 miles at the equator, so 7,000 miles at that latitude would take you across the Pacific to South America. Now, do you know the capital of Chile ?

  10. Fairly easy FJ if you think of 7,000 miles in terms of time zones. The world is about 25,000 miles in circumference. which means every time zone is approximately 1,050 miles in the aggregate (obviously countries play around with this within their own countries (or nearby), and it depends on the latitude you are at, but in general when going a long distance calculating distance, just use +/-1,000 miles. Therefore, 7,000 miles equals 7 time zones. This clearly eliminates New Zealand and then I thought which capital is it in South America? The clue says near the Pacific and the Andes which separate the rest of South America from Chile would make the question confusing if the capital was on the other side (i.e Brasilia). Additionally, with the country of Ecuador (Equator), it is easy to surmise that the answer is none of the northern group of countries.

  11. Quito can be ruled out if you know where the equator is in relation to Australia.

  12. Gregory Bader | October 29, 2021 at 11:43 pm |

    The clue uses the term “near the Pacific,” so it couldn’t be Montevideo. The only other nearby possibility would’ve been Buenos Aires, but BA is also not near the Pacific.

    I think one reason I got the answer immediately is because I have been in Argentina, and spent a month in the country and five days in Buenos Aires at the beginning of its fall. I hung out for a couple of afternoons in “the Big Apple” at a very well-known local pub and restaurant, and I had an opportunity to meet many Australians and New Zealanders. One reason I got the answer immediately is just because I was there.

    I was touring an area a bit southwest of Buenos Aires, the wine-producing area around Mendoza, and discovered that Santiago was only about 95 miles over the Andes; yet, I never got a Chilean visa.

    Anyone with any knowledge of geography should know that New Zealand is not 7000 miles from Australia. That seems basic. I agree that Lima is a good guess, the only other logical one besides the correct answer.

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