Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, October 29, 2021


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Songs & U.S. History) for Friday, October 29, 2021 (Season 38, Game 35):

Victory in 1805’s Battle of Derna on the coast of North Africa inspired a lyric in this song made official in 1929

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Wren Romero, a Ph.D candidate from Evanston, Illinois
Wren Romero on Jeopardy!
Emily Robinson, a political strategist from Brooklyn, New York
Emily Robinson on Jeopardy!
Tyler Rhode, a healthcare data specialist from New York, New York (2-day total: $35,301)
Tyler Rhode on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the Marines’ Hymn?


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The Marines’ Hymn has been the official hymn of the United States Marine Corps since 1929. The opening lines of the Marines’ Hymn are “From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli”, referencing the Battle of Chapultepec in the Mexican-American War and the Battle of Derna in the First Barbary War. The lyrics are set to music by Jacques Offenbach.

Canadian viewers will likely struggle with this one (I know that I certainly did!)


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

Scores going into Final:
Tyler $18,000
Wren $11,400
Emily $10,400


Tonight’s results:
Emily $10,400 – $10,398 = $2 (What is the Star Spangled Banner)
Wren $11,400 – $11,400 = $0 (What is the Battle Hymn of the R)
Tyler $18,000 + $5,000 = $23,000 (What is the Marines Hymn?) (3-day total: $58,301)


Tyler Rhode, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 29, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Tyler $9,600
Emily $4,000
Wren $800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) SKYSCRAPER CITY $800 (clue #24)
Emily 2000 +2000 (Tyler 8200 Wren 2000)
2) SATELLITES $1600 (clue #16)
Emily 3600 +2000 (Tyler 17600 Wren 4000)
3) WORDS FROM QUECHUA $1200 (clue #23, $9600 left on board)
Wren 9600 -3000 (Tyler 18000 Emily 5600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 124


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 $18,000 Coryat, 25 correct, 1 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Emily $8,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Wren $14,400 Coryat, 17 correct, 4 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $41,200
Lach Trash: $6,000 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,800

Tyler Rhode, career statistics:
68 correct, 5 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
39.41% in first on buzzer (67/170)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,600

Emily Robinson, career statistics:
12 correct, 4 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,800

Wren Romero, career statistics:
17 correct, 5 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,400

Tyler Rhode, to win:
4 games: 57.819%
5: 33.430%
6: 19.329%
7: 11.176%
8: 6.462%
Avg. streak: 4.371 games.

Today’s interviews:
Wren is writing her dissertation on ghosts in American literature.
Emily had an internship teaching English in Honduras after high school.
Tyler wrote a prize-winning thesis on Roman love elegy.

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, October 29, 2021"

  1. Unless the contestants have a Marine, specifically, as a close family member, I sense a Triple Stumper today. My Dad was an Army man, and I didn’t know this.

  2. Anybody who served in any branch of the US military will probably get this. In military ceremonies people tend to sing the words to the Service songs. On other occasions, like local 4th of July parades, you might hear the medley of Service songs played, but it’s just the music, not the words. Of course, contestants also have to be able to connect this clue to the words in the Marine’s Hymn. This one might be tough for a lot of people even if it had the word Tripoli in it.

  3. This shouldn’t be too difficult for American contestants, unless they don’t know that Tripoli lies on the North African coast. As a Boomer who served in the Army, however, I may find this clue easier than it really is.

  4. It probably doesn’t happen now, but 60 years ago in elementary school we learned many standard songs, such as America the Beautiful, Auld Lang Syne, Frere Jacques and the Marine Hymn among others.

    • I knew this answer immediately even though no one I know has ever served in the military. But as Jeff said, we kids learned the words to all of those songs in grade school. I can still sing them word for word all these decades later.

  5. Got this one right away. My dad was a Marine. I learned the words to the Marine Hymn at a young age. Semper Fi!

  6. I got this one right away because I always hear the marine hymn song even at a younger age. Although I am not in the marines, this was not that hard. America the beautiful and Frere Jacques are also my favorites especially My COuntry tis of thee

  7. My dad was in the army, but as a young kid, I remember my mom always singing the opening lines of this hymn all the time. Imagine never thinking that it was the “Marines Hymn”. So again, thank you Jeopardy! for teaching me something that I should have realized many years ago.

    So now we have a three day champion in Tyler. Can he actually make it to FIVE? We will see. One day at a time.

  8. Thomas Hoisington | October 29, 2021 at 2:15 pm |

    As soon as I read the clue I could hear the melody, but I couldn’t think what it’s called. I thought it had a more formal name than Marine Hymn.

  9. Ronnie Gambardella | October 29, 2021 at 3:13 pm |

    I knew the song immediately. My response would have been From the Halls of Montezuma. Might not have been accepted but it should have been

    • I’m with you and Jeff as to how much I knew the song and why, but I did not remember the name of it. I probably have heard it referred to by name before but as it doesn’t sound like a “hymn” to me, it’s no wonder I did not recall that. Jeff, was one of the other standard songs “Battle of New Orleans”? (It was for me, but then I grew up within 100 miles of Andrew Jackson’s ‘The Hermitage’.)

  10. Andy, does the “Today’s interviews” section replace “Andy’s Thoughts”? You haven’t posted any post-game thoughts since you started putting the day’s interviews in each overview.

  11. Jack Murray | October 29, 2021 at 6:10 pm |

    I learned this in grade school in the late 50’s.

  12. What if I just said the marine hymn?

  13. I add my voice to the chorus of us, ahem, older folks🙂…got it right away too…title and all. Very impressive that such a young man as Tyler nailed it.

  14. From the comments, it seems like this was familiar to Boomers and maybe early Gen-Xers. It would be interesting to hear from from people born in 1980 or later, who grew up in the US. If they are not familiar with the “patriotic” songs named here, that’s unfortunate.

  15. Gregory Bader | October 29, 2021 at 10:37 pm |

    Yeah, I have the same question Zach does. I knew the answer right away, but I thought it was the MARINE Hymn. I wonder if they would have counted that as correct? At first, I thought no, but,hey, isn’t it just a misspelling?

    • I would venture that being a title, you’d need “Marines Hymn” to get credit on the show.

      If you want to mark yourself easier playing at home? That’s your prerogative.

    • Ronnie Gambardella | October 30, 2021 at 10:27 am |

      If they didn’t and it cost you the game you would have as good a case as any to gain a return appearance.( considering the only ‘correct” answer was also technically wrong as well)

  16. Ronnie Gambardella | October 30, 2021 at 9:59 am |

    More trivia on the song:( per Wiki)

    John Philip Sousa once wrote:

    The melody of the ‘Halls of Montezuma’ is taken from Offenbach’s comic opera, ‘Genevieve de Brabant’ and is sung by two gendarmes.

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