Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, November 19, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century American Authors) for Friday, November 19, 2021 (Season 38, Game 50):

The old courthouse in Monroeville, Alabama has exhibits devoted to these 2 authors & childhood friends

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Chi-Nhan Vo, a Catholic seminarian from Portland, Oregon
Chi-Nhan Vo on Jeopardy!
Gordon Spates, a poster librarian from Los Angeles, California
Gordon Spates on Jeopardy!
Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California (2-day total: $65,600)
Amy Schneider on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who are Harper Lee & Truman Capote?

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Harper Lee, famous as the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, was childhood friends with Truman Capote, who is most famous for 1958’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s and 1966’s In Cold Blood. Lee, in fact, aided Capote with much of the research for In Cold Blood.

The old courthouse in Monroeville, Alabama has been turned into the Monroe County Museum; its courtroom is set up as it was in the 1930s (the era when To Kill a Mockingbird was set).

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Scores going into Final:
Amy $29,800
Gordon $4,800
Chi-Nhan -$2,000

Tonight’s results:
Chi-Nhan -$2,000 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Gordon $4,800 + $4,000 = $8,800 (Who are Harper Lee + Truman Capote?)
Amy $29,800 + $15,000 = $44,800 (Who are Lee and Capote Capote?) (3-day total: $110,400)

Amy Schneider, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 19, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Amy $12,200
Chi-Nhan $5,200
Gordon $1,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
Amy 6200 +3000 (Gordon 1400 Chi-Nhan 5600)
2) BARRIERS IN LIFE $1600 (clue #14)
Amy 20200 +2000 (Gordon 4000 Chi-Nhan 3600)
3) 19th CENTURY STUFF $2000 (clue #20, $12000 left on board)
Chi-Nhan 4400 -4400 (Amy 25000 Gordon 5200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -42

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 4 (0.08 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Amy $27,000 Coryat, 32 correct, 1 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57), 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Gordon $4,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Chi-Nhan $2,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 7 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,200
Lach Trash: $5,800 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $14,000

Amy Schneider, career statistics:
85 correct, 3 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
45.03% in first on buzzer (77/171)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,000)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $22,467

Gordon Spates, career statistics:
10 correct, 2 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,800

Chi-Nhan Vo, career statistics:
14 correct, 7 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,400)
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $2,400

Amy Schneider, to win:
4 games: 79.159%
5: 62.661%
6: 49.602%
7: 39.264%
8: 31.081%
Avg. streak: 6.798 games.

Today’s interviews:
Chi-Nhan does saintly rap battles as part of his seminary talent show.
Gordon was also a Shakespearean actor as a child.
Amy started a high school debate club, but showed up once.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • A reminder that the first airing of the show is at 11:00 AM Central in Tyler (TX), Jackson (TN), and Meridian (MS).
  • Not counting pre-doubled dollar values, $44,800 is the 85th-best winning score in the history of the show. (Including pre-doubled dollar values, $44,800 is the 111th-highest, with the caveat that there may be higher totals unknown to J! Archive or others.)
  • Amy is the 17th player to win at least $100,000 over their first three wins on Jeopardy!; $110,200 is the 6th-highest total. Kevin Joyce, Roger Craig, Mark Runsvold, Joon Pahk, and James Holzhauer are the five who have won more.
  • Both Amy and Andrew He (the player Amy defeated) won $100,000 over their respective first three games. This is the first occurrence of two consecutive champions winning at least $100,000 over their first three victories.
  • The Jeopardy! curse strikes again with Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello breaking up, yet being featured in a clue in the category THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS.
  • One thing that will work to Amy’s advantage coming back to defend her title next week: Living in the Pacific Time Zone, she doesn’t have to deal with jet lag travelling to Los Angeles.

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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, November 19, 2021"

  1. It’s not too hard to come up with Harper Lee from the clue, but unless you know about her friendship with Truman Capote, he’s a little more difficult to name. “To Kill a Mockingbird” takes you inside an Alabama courthouse, so it’s easy to associate that with her. The crime Capote writes about in “In Cold Blood” took place in Kansas. You would have to know more about Capote than just his most famous works to get him.

    • Right, there are a couple of educated guesses I could see here. Prominent 20th c southern writers, you might think about Tennessee Williams or Faulkner, though they were older. Or maybe Flannery O’Connor, Lee’s contemporary.

    • I knew it right away, but I think only because I’d seen the movie “Capote” with Philip Seymour Hoffman (before that movie, I did not know he was friend’s with Lee). I recommend the movie. It’s good.

    • Marty Cunningham | November 19, 2021 at 2:05 pm |

      It also helps to know that Capote was the basis for the character of Dill, a childhood friend of Jem and Scout in “Mockingbird”.

  2. Debbie Stover | November 19, 2021 at 11:43 am |

    They’ve had some relatively easy ones lately, but good lord. For anybody with any liberal arts background or sensibility — or who goes to the movies — this one should be like falling off a log.

    On the other hand, people are different. Not too long ago Andy said a geography question was essentially that easy, and I had no idea. I’m about as bad as geography as it’s possible to be.

    But I will be stunned if all three do not get this.

    • I feel like you might be blinded by your own area of expertise here, as I had no clue of what to even guess and thought “no way in hell could I have ever gotten that” upon seeing the answer.

    • Two English degrees and have seen Capote, and I only got Lee. (I should have gotten Capote too, though.) It’s tough to assess a clue’s “true” difficulty with a sample of one. 🙂

      Amy looking good! I wish she’d wager more in single Jeopardy, though. Leaving herself vulnerable to an aggressive player like Andrew (that aid, there aren’t many players as aggressive as Andrew…).

  3. as a fan of the movie to kill a mockingbird, I also came up with Harper Lee but I never read Capote’s book In Cold Blood before. although I do know capote by name since he was a good childhood friend of Harper Lee. These are 20th Century writers that a lot of literature readers have to know in grade school. This was a relatively easy final. But I am happy to see Amy winning 100000 dollars in 3 games. I really think she can pull off a fourth win on monday given her fast buzzer mojo.

  4. Michael Johnston | November 19, 2021 at 3:36 pm |

    I never would have gotten it :/ I was thinking “Yeah, it’s probably the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, whose name I can never remember, and some other person?”

    • That was my guess as well. Hard to imagine figuring it out, in 30 seconds, under the lights, in front of a camera and audience.

  5. Moonyeen Hoopet | November 19, 2021 at 7:31 pm |

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  6. Jay Rosenberg | November 20, 2021 at 2:46 pm |

    I remember reading Truman Capote’s “Other Voices, Other Rooms” long before I knew about his connection to Harper Lee, and in reading his description of himself as a boy, I said to myself, he sounds just like Dill from To Kill A Mockingbird. It wasn’t until much later that I found out that the character Dill was indeed based on Truman Capote – it was sort of fun to spot that on my own without foreknowledge, obviously the FJ was, for me, obvious.

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