Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Population) for Wednesday, November 10, 2021 (Season 38, Game 43):

This Asian nation is the world’s most populous country that lies mostly in the Southern Hemisphere

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Andrew He, a software developer from San Francisco, California
Andrew He on Jeopardy!
Mary Kamela, a school librarian from Buffalo, New York
Mary Kamela on Jeopardy!
Dane Reighard, an editor from Los Angeles, California (2-day total: $34,799)
Dane Reighard on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Dane Reighard has picked up two wins so far and almost $35,000. Will he get Win #3 today? I’ve yet to figure out his Final Jeopardy betting strategy so far (and I don’t think any other home viewers have either).

Meanwhile, I would like to say: I read an article yesterday in what I believed to be a reputable magazine—the publication was founded in the 1880s—that claims that Mayim Bialik was no longer going to be hosting syndicated episodes. That claim is 100% incorrect; even a cursory search of the Jeopardy! website itself would have immediately debunked that claim. To entertainment editors: If you feel you need the clickbait articles, fine. I get that. But to put outright incorrect information? That’s where I draw the line. You’re not a tabloid. Do better—you’re outright confusing and misinforming Jeopardy! fans—and I have to deal with the fallout when fans show up here confused a month from now.

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Correct response: What is Indonesia?

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At over 270 million, Indonesia is the world’s 4th-most populous country, and the most populous whose land is located mostly in the Southern Hemisphere. Brazil is the 6th-most populous overall and the second-most populous mostly-Southern Hemisphere country – the northern reaches of both Indonesia and Brazil do extend north of the Equator.

I know personally that geography is a strong point of mine, but I’m also at a loss to determine what any incorrect responses to this clue might be from a player. There aren’t that many Asian countries whose land is mostly south of the Equator in the first place, and certainly not any with any sort of population. I feel as though adding the continent nerfed this clue. On the flip side, this is the exact sort of clue that I talk about when it comes to “keeping the Final Jeopardy! wagers honest” (i.e. that there needs to be easy Final Jeopardy! clues in order to prevent players from betting too conservatively as a rule). Considering Dane’s choice on Monday not to bet to completely cover second place, this is the sort of clue that could prove to be his undoing—especially if a more strategically minded player took note of what happened.

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Scores going into Final:
Andrew $30,000
Dane $26,000
Mary $4,800

Tonight’s results:
Mary $4,800 – $0 = $4,800 (What is India?)
Dane $26,000 + $25,999 = $51,999 (What is Indonesia?)
Andrew $30,000 + $22,001 = $52,001 (What is Indonesia?) (1-day total: $52,001)

Andrew He, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 10, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Dane $4,600
Andrew $4,000
Mary -$800


Opening break taken after: 17 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) LAKES & RIVERS $600 (clue #13)
Andrew 4800 -4800 (Dane 2200 Mary -1400)
2) SCIENCE & NATURE $800 (clue #20)
Andrew 12400 +12400 (Dane 13400 Mary 3200)
3) WORD ORIGINS $1200 (clue #25, $5200 left on board)
Dane 13800 +13800 (Mary 4800 Andrew 25200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 100

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 4 (0.09 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Andrew $23,200 Coryat, 28 correct, 4 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer (26/57), 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Dane $13,400 Coryat, 21 correct, 3 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Mary $4,800 Coryat, 5 correct, 3 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $41,400
Lach Trash: $5,600 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,000

Dane Reighard, career statistics:
67 correct, 9 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
39.77% in first on buzzer (68/171)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $17,800)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,867

Mary Kamela, career statistics:
5 correct, 4 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,800

Andrew He, career statistics:
29 correct, 4 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
45.61% in first on buzzer (26/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,600)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $23,200

Andrew He, to win:
2 games: 82.571%
3: 68.180%
4: 56.297%
5: 46.485%
6: 38.383%
Avg. streak: 5.738 games.

Today’s interviews:
Andrew lived downstairs from the cofounder of Instagram as a sophomore.
Mary had a first word of “Book”.
Dane had a yacht party for his 30th birthday; him and his friends got seasick.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Andrew’s score today is the 43rd-best one-day total on the show, and the highest amount ever won in a player’s first win. The previous first-win record of $50,000 was set by Myron Meyer on September 5, 2002.
  • $26,000 is the second-highest non-leading score going into Final Jeopardy! in the history of the show, behind only Adam Levin on April 29, 2019.

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14 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, November 10, 2021"

  1. The only place that I’ve been to that’s south of the equator is Bali, Indonesia.

  2. I’ve never seen ‘nerf’ used as a verb, but I definitely agree, Andy, that adding Asia made the clue easier by removing Brasil from the options.

  3. As someone who was a working journalist for decades, I wondered what happened, so I checked out the article. It struck me as more stupidity than clickbait. I suspect the reporter was assigned to write about what people thought of Mayim as she ended her first big run, but the reporter didn’t understand that Mayim and Ken were always scheduled to share duties in November and December. So instead of Mayim’s temporary bow-out being the hook for the story, Mayim leaving became the story.

    As I said, stupidity (and laziness). Somebody needs to email the writer and tell her she’s got it wrong, I guess. I scanned the comments and didn’t see anybody there cluing her in.

  4. “Nerf” as a verb is an MMO thing. It refers to the developers reducing the power on something (usually player equipment or abilities, but can also be applied to encounters or individual monsters), similar to trading out your Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker with a nerf version. It’s usually a response to data indicating that something is overpowered.

    As for potential wrong answers, India is a plausible trap if you’re not clear on the relative positioning of it versus Indonesia. I can also see someone going for Malaysia.

    • I, too, thought Malaysia might be the most likely wrong response, but really expected them all to get it right with Indonesia — or get it right with Malaysia if I was wrong about it being Indonesia. I doubt that Mary deliberately wrote down a country that she was almost certain was wrong, but as she had little chance to win unless both of the others were wrong, she might have decided to put a long-shot answer in hopes it was a trick question and the other two would put a wrong response that had seemed as obvious as Indonesia — perhaps thinking maybe it didn’t have enough population and that India might be further south than she thought. [Also, I’ve noticed contestants on this and other game shows sometimes get focused on their decision-making about other specific comparative clues (like population here) and forget about another clue (often “does vs. doesn’t” or “lacks” vs “has”) like “lies mostly in” rather than just “is partially in” the Southern Hemisphere.]

  5. Indonesia was the first response that I have gotten so far and more so because of the Bali location. Still though 50K is very impressive for Andrew today so I am definitely thinking he could score a streak and become a mega champ hopefully. His chances are looking good so far.

  6. Marty Cunningham | November 10, 2021 at 2:14 pm | Reply

    I could see someone possibly being misled to answer “India” if the term ‘Asian nation’ is taken literally to mean a nation specifically on the continent and not including all the islands that reach between Asia and Australia, which is mostly Indonesia; actually, India lies completely north of the Equator.

    • In fact, the entire Asian mainland is north of the Equator; only the islands are south. The southernmost point attached to the Asian mainland is Sentosa Beach in Singapore, which is about 85 miles north of the equator. (Even Singapore is, technically, an island, although it’s connected by a causeway to the mainland.)

      Not that I’d expect people to know that information off the tops of their heads, of course!

  7. Love the Daily Double bets!! Final score aside, it looks like Andrew played a strategic, aggressive game and beat a strong player in Dane, as well. Looking forward to watching this. Always love seeing records get broken!

    India was definitely the trap, but I’d call this an easy FJ, for sure.

  8. Pretty impressive Daily Double wagering in Double Jeopardy! I’m guessing it’s the first time two different contestants had true DDs both over $10,000 and both correct in a non tournament setting. I know James Holzhauer successfully wagered well over $10,000 twice in Double Jeopardy DDs at least a few times but pretty sure never went “all in” twice in DJ!

    In the GOAT tournament all the DDs we’re true DDs, but unfortunately many were missed, mostly by Brad.

    • Checked the GOAT tournament stats and except for Ken’s final DD (match 4, game 2, wagering $5,000 of $8,800) all DDs were true DDs. Still, the GOAT tournament never had two successful $10,000 or more wagers in the same game And while James had 9 regular games by my count with two correct DDs > $10k, he never risked letting a won game be lost by going all-in. A wise sports gambler!

      In the duel Andy referenced James waged with Adam Levin, James wagered and won $10,017 of $15,000, while Adam $12,000 of $13,000.

  9. I had to comment on this one. Just like Kathy, I’ve been to Bali and spent a week there, and that was in association with a four-week trip to Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Linda Hunt would have been very disappointed with me 😊 if I hadn’t known the answer, although Brazil is a good guess.

  10. Was that the highest losing score ever?



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