Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, November 2, 2021


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Scientists) for Tuesday, November 2, 2021 (Season 38, Game 37):

Galileo thanked this astronomer “because you were…practically the only one, to have complete faith in my assertions”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Chuck McKeever, a community college instructor from Seattle, Washington
Chuck McKeever on Jeopardy!
Abby Haddican, a graphic designer from St. Paul, Minnesota
Abby Haddican on Jeopardy!
Tyler Rhode, a healthcare data specialist from New York, New York (4-day total: $78,301)
Tyler Rhode on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Johannes Kepler?


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In 1610, Galileo published Sidereus Nuncius in which he detailed his findings of the night sky (which he had observed through newly-developed telescopes). The news was generally regarded with hostility, disbelief, and even an accusation of heresy by the Catholic church (because he had dared to question the geocentric viewpoint of the church). In April 1610, Kepler became the first astronomer to publicly support Galileo’s findings; Galileo responded to Kepler’s findings with “I thank you because you were the first one, and practically the only one, to have complete faith in my assertions.”


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

Scores going into Final:
Tyler $17,600
Chuck $12,700
Abby $3,400


Tonight’s results:
Abby $3,400 – $3,400 = $0 (Who is Copernicus?)
Chuck $12,700 – $5,899 = $6,801 (Who is Copernicus?)
Tyler $17,600 + $10,000 = $27,600 (Who is Kepler?) (5-day total: $105,901)


Tyler Rhode, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 2, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Tyler $10,800
Chuck $5,200
Abby $2,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) AMERICA IN THE 19-AUGHTS $400 (clue #27)
Tyler 7600 +3000 (Abby 2000 Chuck 5000)
2) UNPACK YOUR ADJECTIVES $2000 (clue #7)
Chuck 8800 -4100 (Tyler 12800 Abby 2200)
3) THE MIDDLE EAST $1600 (clue #21, $9600 left on board)
Chuck 8300 +4000 (Tyler 16800 Abby 5000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 41


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 3 (0.08 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Tyler $15,000 Coryat, 24 correct, 2 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Chuck $14,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Abby $3,400 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,800
Lach Trash: $14,400 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,800

Tyler Rhode, career statistics:
112 correct, 9 incorrect
6/6 on rebound attempts (on 15 rebound opportunities)
38.03% in first on buzzer (108/284)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
4/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,200

Abby Haddican, career statistics:
9 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,400

Chuck McKeever, career statistics:
16 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$100)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,400

Tyler Rhode, to win:
6 games: 57.517%
7: 33.082%
8: 19.028%
9: 10.944%
10: 6.295%
Avg. streak: 6.354 games.

Today’s interviews:
Chuck went backpacking from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail.
Abby sometimes works in the abstract and the various interpretations are intriguing.
Tyler fell off a playground carousel at the age of 8 and broke his femur.

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, November 2, 2021"

  1. Jay Rosenberg | November 2, 2021 at 9:54 am |

    This could be tricky – Copernicus died before Galileo was born and Newton was born the same year that Galileo died – so they can’t be right – but that requires the contestants to know these facts. That leaves 3 main possibilities – Brahe, Bruno and Kepler. Brahe promoted his own Geocentric model (every planet revolving around the sun except Earth and that entire system revolving around the Earth), the only 2 that remain did support a Heliocentric model – so they could be possible – Bruno was burned at the stake, some believe in part because of his views on this, if some of the plays about Galileo are to be believed, Bruno’s painful death caused great distress to Galileo about suffering the same fate – so that would be a strong contender – but I went with Kepler because he is more well known than Bruno and J! tends not to not go for the more obscure answer unless they provided even more clues to narrow it down to the more obscure figure.

    • Noumon Munir | November 2, 2021 at 7:55 pm |

      I went on a whim and associated Galileo with Kepler with no justification. probably not a smart idea .

  2. People were highly skeptical of scientists back then. Fortunately those days are gone.

  3. So if Tyler wins today, that all but guarantees him a spot in the Tournament of Champions, right?

  4. FJ reminds me of seeing Berthold Brecht’s one man play ‘Galileo’ at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. The late Brian Dennehy was superb in that role.

  5. I also went with kepler because of what Galileo said to him about his findings of the Geocentric model. That is a crucial fact that contestants must know if they want to get this one even if it is science related. Kepler was well known than brahe so it was the most obvious choice.

  6. Congrats to Tyler for making TOC! He’s now the 3rd out of the last 4 champs to make TOC, certainly unprecedented. We know the first two were Ultrachamps, so maybe more’s to come!

  7. Is Mayim’s last day of this run this Friday 11/5? Thx.

  8. BrushWithIntellectualism | November 2, 2021 at 8:05 pm |

    Unfortunately denial of science seems to be on the uptick, at least certainly if our governor down here in Florida is any indication…

  9. I really think Tyler is going to have to adjust his strategy if he is going to compete with the heavy hitters in the TOC, and maybe he will. Toward the end of the Jeopardy round today, all six $200 clues were on the board and one $400 clue. The DD had not been found. It had to be under the $400 clue, yet Tyler went for a $200. Even more maddening, Abby proceeded to select two other $200 clues before Tyler got the board and hit the DD. It’s not the first time Tyler has gone to a top line clue with DDs still out. It hasn’t hurt him in regular play, but it will in the TOC.

  10. The contestants’ ignorance of Broadway theatre was appalling. Of the five Tony award winning plays, the only one they knew was The Miracle Worker.

    • Why is that “appalling” to you? Not everyone is in to the same things you are. I’m sure there are categories where you get four out of five wrong while others know them all. Unless you know everything. If so, congratulations.

      • OK,sorry, “appalling” was too strong a word. I should have said “surprising”. I realize that Drama is a hard category, but this was “Tony-Award Winning Plays,” something the contestants could have easily prepared for. The list is shorter than the list of Oscar-winning Best Pictures. The fact that none of the three came prepared for this category was the real surprise.

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