Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, November 11, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Priceless Objects) for Thursday, November 11, 2021 (Season 38, Game 44):

It dates back to the “French Blue”, which was set in gold & suspended from a neck ribbon when Louis XIV wore it on ceremonial occasions

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Tucker Shope, a Ph.D student from Starkville, Mississippi
Tucker Shope on Jeopardy!
Willa Perlmutter, a lawyer from Portland, Oregon
Willa Perlmutter on Jeopardy!
Andrew He, a software developer from San Francisco, California (1-day total: $52,001)
Andrew He on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Yesterday’s game saw Andrew He break a record that not even James Holzhauer or Ken Jennings could break: the largest ever first victory on the show, at $52,001—breaking Myron Meyer’s record of $50,000 set back in 2002. The most recent Tournament of Champions winner, Sam Kavanaugh, mentioned on Twitter yesterday that Andrew had helped Sam prepare for the Tournament. This certainly explains why Andrew is such a strong player in his own right! Andrew’s first-game correct response numbers weren’t quite as eye-popping as Matt Amodio’s were a few months ago, but Andrew is certainly a strong enough player that I’d be shocked if he didn’t win a second game today.

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Correct response: What is the Hope Diamond?

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Jean Baptiste Tavernier sold what is now known as the Hope Diamond in 1668 to King Louis XIV; it lasted in French hands for over a century before being looted in the French Revolution. From there, it ended up in the hands of King George IV, who sold it in 1830 to pay off massive debts. About a decade later, it was recorded as being in the hands of the Hope family, from where it gets its current name. The diamond was donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 1958. Trace amounts of boron in the stone give the diamond its blue color. The stone currently is about 45 carats (the original stone in 1668 was 112 3/16 carats).

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

Scores going into Final:
Andrew $25,800
Tucker $9,600
Willa $9,200

Tonight’s results:
Willa $9,200 – $7,500 = $1,700 (What is Cordon bleu? Blue)
Tucker $9,600 – $9,599 = $1 (What is the Croix de Guerre?)
Andrew $25,800 – $5,500 = $20,300 (What is Mastercard?) (2-day total: $72,301)

Andrew He, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 11, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Andrew $18,600
Tucker $3,200
Willa $800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) BLOOD $600 (clue #13)
Andrew 7400 +7400 (Willa 400 Tucker 1400)
2) DIG THAT ARCHAEOLOGY $1600 (clue #10)
Andrew 24600 +2000 (Willa 3600 Tucker 4000)
3) FERRIES $1600 (clue #16, $15200 left on board)
Andrew 27000 -2000 (Willa 6000 Tucker 5200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 101

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 $20,600 Coryat, 26 correct, 2 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Willa $9,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Tucker $9,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,400
Lach Trash: $8,800 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800

Andrew He, career statistics:
55 correct, 7 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
44.74% in first on buzzer (51/114)
3/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $15,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,900

Willa Perlmutter, career statistics:
12 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,200

Tucker Shope, career statistics:
14 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,600

Andrew He, to win:
3 games: 84.905%
4: 72.089%
5: 61.207%
6: 51.968%
7: 44.124%
Avg. streak: 7.625 games.

Today’s interviews:
Tucker has been hosting trivia on Zoom for his family for 15 months.
Willa recently went river rafting on the Snake River for the first time.
Andrew recently planned a Valentine’s Day meal of Oklahoma’s official state meal.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Andrew becomes the 24th player to win at least $70,000 over their first 2 wins on the show; $72,301 is the 15th-best 2-day total.
  • $18,600 is tied for the 7th-highest score of all time after the Jeopardy! round (tied with Matt Amodio on September 21 and October 4). James Holzhauer holds the top 6 scores in this category.
  • Being that Andrew is 3-for-5 on Daily Doubles thus far, I think it’s a good idea for him to be more conservative in his bets on Daily Doubles; this takes a bit of variance out of play.

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25 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, November 11, 2021"

  1. This may have been asked before, but is there a reason why Ken is introduced with the phrase “And now, hosting Jeopardy–Ken Jennings”, rather than “Here is the host of Jeopardy”, like Alex was? I don’t believe Mayim was introduced that way, and to my mind, they are definitely different. “Hosting Jeopardy” makes it seem like the hosting job is a lot less permanent.

  2. Priceless objects and blue….Hope diamond was the only thing I could think of. I saw it at the Smithsonian in 1977 at which point I’d never heard of it before.

    • Ronnie Gambardella | November 11, 2021 at 2:28 pm |

      I was also thinking of the Star of India which is definitely blue

    • Hey, MarkO, that was about the same time I saw it! I was sure the Hope Diamond was it by the time the “answer” got to “set in gold”. I really thought it was one of the “easy FJs” that Jeopardy! occasionally purposefully throws in (which Andy recently explained how the possibility of that has a good effect on betting strategy). I was so shocked that NONE of the contestants knew it!

  3. Bialik was introduced as “the host of Jeopardy’ and Jennings was introduced as “hosting jeopardy’. There is definitely a message there.

  4. Nancy Garrett | November 11, 2021 at 1:26 pm |

    Mayim Bialik is the host of Jeopardy!’s special shows — i.e., tournament of champions, etc.

    She is a host of Jeopardy! because she was selected along with Mike Richards to replace Alex Trebek. Ken Jennings is hosting as a fill in (along with Mayim Bialik who is already a host of certain shows) until a permanent host for the nightly episodes is chosen.

    • Nancy: You are also incorrect.

      Officially, Mayim is the host of any primetime specials that the show gets greenlit. Currently, this is the National College Championship, set for broadcast in ABC primetime in early 2022.

      Any syndicated tournaments—the Professor’s Tournament, Tournament of Champions, etc.—are different.

      • Debbie Stover | November 11, 2021 at 6:37 pm |

        I think Nancy’s correct. Mayim is indeed “the host of Jeopardy,” and so long as the introduction doesn’t specify which version, that statement is absolutely correct.

        Moreover, the same language has been used for decades in introducing the host. It’s been, “the host of Jeopardy, [name]” or, over the many months of interim hosts, “the guest Jeopardy, [name].” Never have we heard anyone introduced as, “Hosting Jeopardy, [name]…”

        This is a show that focuses on using words precisely. I think they’re doing exactly that here.

    • Thomas Hoisington | November 11, 2021 at 1:57 pm |

      Thank you, Nancy, for clarifying the matter. Your explanation is greatly appreciated.

  5. The hope diamond was the only gem I could think of as I have seen it at the Smithsonian previously. But still though one triple stumper in final will not hamper Andrew’s streak. I think he can definitely make a strong comeback tomorrow. Besides he has strong knowledge in all the subjects.

  6. Marty Cunningham | November 11, 2021 at 2:06 pm |

    Maybe the whole “hosting” issue just comes down to preference on Ken’s part. He is also a consulting producer on the show, and maybe he did not wish to be seen as the definitive host of the show, as that decision still seems to be pending for the tapings to be aired in 2022.
    And, Alex himself, had stated that he preferred to be introduced as the “host” of the show, and not the “star” (look at sister production “Wheel”) because he felt the contestants and the clues were the real ‘stars’ of the show. And, Alex did project that host-like quality when you saw him in person, welcoming you to the show, and doing his best to make each contestant look good and feel like they had a good time on the show. It was about you as the contestant, not about him.

  7. I think 5 Daily Doubles is much too small a sample size to start adjusting one’s strategy. Andrew seems like a pretty savvy guy, and I suspect he realizes that. Unless he thinks there’s some reason he would be weaker than average on Daily Doubles (additional pressure). The Mexico City miss was pretty rough.

    I don’t know what up with the “Hosting Jeopardy” thing, but I, too, found it weird. I’m so done with the hosting stuff, though. It’s almost certainly going to be Mayim. She was a poor pick. Most people will still watch. Long-term the show will be fine.

  8. It seems obvious to me now that Ken should be the permanent -and only- host.

  9. Juanita Uccello | November 11, 2021 at 7:37 pm |

    Our local station is now showing a rerun with Matt Amodio. What happened?!

  10. Vasilios Vasilounis | November 11, 2021 at 8:59 pm |

    I think anybody else but Ken Jennings would be a good choice to host the game. Ken may be knowledgeable and a good champion (as far as I’m concerned, James Holzhauer is the best to ever play the game), but a poor hosting choice. I would have liked to see Neil deGrasse Tyson host the show, but I’m sure the producers will make an uninspired choice.

  11. Brad (not Rutter) | November 11, 2021 at 9:28 pm |

    Ken is a natural and just keeps getting better.

  12. As I recall, Don Pardo used to introduce Art Fleming as “the star of Jeopardy!” It seems as if the producers in 1984 opted out of that – possibly at Alex’s urging. As to current hosts, I like Mayim, but Ken just seems a natural in the job. He’s also subtly channeling Alex’s comment when a Daily Double pops up: “The answer is, the Daily Double!” In the early days, Alex said “The answer is…” before every clue. It evolved to where he only said that when it was a Daily Double.

  13. Another triple stumper that I knew. The display at the Smithsonian tells the story.

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