Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, November 12, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Contemporary Playwrights) for Friday, November 12, 2021 (Season 38, Game 45):

“The Murder of Gonzago” is used as a play within a 1966 play by this man who was inspired by Shakespeare

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Brennan Harkin, a business analyst from Cambridge, Massachusetts
Brennan Harkin on Jeopardy!
Dorothy Lam Frey, a radiologist from Chicago, Illinois
Dorothy Lam Frey on Jeopardy!
Andrew He, a software developer from San Francisco, California (2-day total: $72,301)
Andrew He on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Andrew He has had a very strong first two games; the Jeopardy! round yesterday definitely had shades of Matt Amodio or James Holzhauer. Andrew has missed a pair of Daily Doubles in his first two games, though, which will introduce more variance into the proceedings.

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Correct response: Who is Tom Stoppard?

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“The Murder of Gonzaga” is well-known as the play with in a play from Act 2, Scene 2 of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the basis of Tom Stoppard’s absurdist 1966 play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead; the Stoppard play focuses on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s messenger trip to England with Hamlet himself from Hamlet.

A reminder to the viewers at home: The thing that the writers are looking for with each clue is what comes after the “this”, in this case Stoppard (as opposed to the actual play’s title).

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

Scores going into Final:
Andrew $24,800
Brennan $1,800
Dorothy $1,600

Tonight’s results:
Dorothy $1,600 – $1,000 = $600 (Who is Miller?)
Brennan $1,800 – $1,700 = $100 (Who Arthur Miller)
Andrew $24,800 + $10,000 = $34,800 (Who is Stoppard?) (3-day total: $107,101)

Andrew He, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 12, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Andrew $10,000
Dorothy $800
Brennan -$1,400


Opening break taken after: 16 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) 20th CENTURY FICTION $400 (clue #6)
Dorothy 200 -1000 (Andrew 2000 Brennan -2000)
2) TRAIN STATIONS $1600 (clue #2)
Andrew 12000 -6000 (Dorothy 800 Brennan -1400)
3) SYNONYMS $1600 (clue #10, $20400 left on board)
Andrew 12800 +4000 (Dorothy -400 Brennan 200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -119

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 $28,400 Coryat, 31 correct, 1 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57), 5/5 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Dorothy $2,600 Coryat, 7 correct, 3 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Brennan $1,800 Coryat, 7 correct, 4 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,800
Lach Trash: $14,000 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,200

Andrew He, career statistics:
87 correct, 8 incorrect
9/9 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
44.44% in first on buzzer (76/171)
4/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $13,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,067

Dorothy Lam Frey, career statistics:
7 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $2,600

Brennan Harkin, career statistics:
7 correct, 5 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $1,800

Andrew He, to win:
4 games: 85.518%
5: 73.134%
6: 62.543%
7: 53.486%
8: 45.740%
Avg. streak: 8.905 games.

Today’s interviews:
Brennan is very interested in genealogy and has traced his family history back to the 19th century.
Dorothy got to be an extra in an MC Hammer biopic.
Andrew is not the Andrew He of competitive programming.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Andrew becomes the 16th player to win at least $100,000 over their first 3 wins on the show; $107,101 is the 8th-best 3-day total. (Roger Craig, at $138,401, has the best 3-day total.)
  • Andrew’s average score going into Final Jeopardy: $26,867; Andrew’s average Coryat: $24,067. It appears as though there isn’t as much of a difference between his average score and his Coryat as some have perceived.

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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, November 12, 2021"

  1. If Andrew He ends up winning at least five games or more and winds up qualifying for the Tournament of Champions, he could end up possibly facing Matt Amodio in the Finals.

  2. I have a question – how does the host immediately know how much money a multi-day champ has won at the end of the game? I imagine it would already take a while to add it all up normally if you bet to end in 0 or 1, and especially if you bet like James Holzhauer… yeah.

  3. Any of the finalists could end up facing Matt Amodio in the Finals. But remember Jason Zuffranieri? He won 19 games. But did not make it to the Finals in the ToC. So Matt winning 38 games does not mean anything. The ToC is another matter entirely. Sorry to say.

  4. “He” continues to impress! Yes He could be a TOC contender or even winner, but he hasn’t qualified–yet. For now the next TOC is shaping up to be one of, if not, the most competitive ever.

    Thomas G: Too bad Jason Zuffranieri faced Jennifer Quail in a TOC semifinal this year, unfair based on them having two of the best regular game stats ever by TOC qualifiers, which should have had greater weight in seeding than quarterfinal results IMHO.

  5. Andrew’s third win will definitely make him a contender for the toc since he still needs two more games to qualify for the event. This should be a good one if he ends up facing Matt in the finals and Johnathan fisher. Furthermore, I got Tom Stoppard as well since I have been a fan of plays by shakespeare ever since high school. But we need more female contenders for the toc as well.

  6. Just checking… must win 5 games AND earn 100K to qualify for the TOC. Is that correct. Thank you.

    • No.

      College/Teachers/Professors Tournament winners qualify. Then, all players are ranked by wins and then money won, with enough qualifiers to make a field of 15 players.

      That being said, every 5 time champion in the history of the show has qualified, barring death or personal misconduct.

      • OK Andy, without mentioning names and pointing fingers, please share what you know about “personal misconduct” if you can. Curious minds are wondering.

        • There are two cases—one contestant deemed retroactively ineligible due to playing under an assumed name to circumvent having been on other game shows, and another arrested between his run and the Tournament—that saw 5-time champions disinvited.

  7. Andrew is another James-type buzzsaw

    • I guess I don’t see that – at least not yet. He’s certainly a very good player – and his willingness to bet big has “Holzhauer-sequel” qualities – but his performance on daily doubles has not been stellar and that combined with large bets does not auger well for a long run. I’m also not sure his day 2 & 3 competition has been the best. I could certainly be wrong. We shall see.

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