Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Capitals) for Tuesday, November 23, 2021 (Season 38, Game 52):

An annual event called Winterlude includes skating on the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in this city

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Matt King, an attorney from Lewisville, Texas
Matt King on Jeopardy!
Genesis Whitlock, a diversity & inclusion professional from Brooklyn, New York
Genesis Whitlock on Jeopardy!
Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California (4-day total: $155,600)
Amy Schneider on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Ottawa?

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Ottawa is probably my 2nd-favorite city in Canada to visit (after St. John’s, Newfoundland.) I’ve been to Ottawa during Winterlude. It’s very beautiful, and the ice sculptures in Confederation Park (just southeast of Parliament Hill) are absolutely stunning. I’ve never skated on the Rideau Canal, though. (That being said, that is more because of my inability to ice skate with any semblance of skill.)

The show will probably come under fire for what viewers perceive to be an easier Final clue. However, I have no issue with either this or other easier Final Jeopardy! clues. As I have said multiple times in the past, easier Final Jeopardy! clues keep the wagering “honest” and it keeps leaders betting for victory. If easy Final Jeopardy! clues did not exist, then leaders would have an incentive to play the round more conservatively, and that makes for a worse game overall. Moreover, a contestant might see World Capitals as a category and completely overlook Canada—I would venture that any contestant mistakes would come from this reason right here. I’m hoping that today goes 3-for-3 in Final. Considering Amy’s betting tendencies in Final, I’m also hoping that we get to see another big payday out of her, maybe even one that brings her over the $200,000 mark.

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Scores going into Final:
Amy $23,800
Genesis $6,600
Matt -$6,400

Tonight’s results:
Matt -$6,400 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Genesis $6,600 – $5,000 = $1,600 (What is Paris?)
Amy $23,800 – $9,000 = $14,800 (What is Amsterdam?) (5-day total: $170,400)

Amy Schneider, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 23, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Amy $7,800
Genesis $2,200
Matt $1,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) BLUE $600 (clue #18)
Genesis 1400 +1000 (Amy 5200 Matt 3000)
2) BUSINESS HISTORY $1200 (clue #10)
Amy 12200 +4000 (Genesis 5000 Matt -1600)
3) BOOK TITLE MATH $800 (clue #24, $3200 left on board)
Amy 24600 -2000 (Genesis 7000 Matt -6000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 96

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $2,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 8 (0.15 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Amy $23,000 Coryat, 27 correct, 3 incorrect, 47.17% in first on buzzer (25/53), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
Genesis $6,200 Coryat, 8 correct, 2 incorrect, 15.09% in first on buzzer (8/53), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
Matt -$6,400 Coryat, 8 correct, 10 incorrect, 30.19% in first on buzzer (16/53), 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $22,800
Lach Trash: $13,000 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $16,200

Amy Schneider, career statistics:
150 correct, 8 incorrect
10/10 on rebound attempts (on 25 rebound opportunities)
48.04% in first on buzzer (135/281)
7/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $19,400)
4/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,120

Genesis Whitlock, career statistics:
8 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
15.09% in first on buzzer (8/53)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,200

Matt King, career statistics:
8 correct, 10 incorrect
0/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
30.19% in first on buzzer (16/53)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: -$6,400

Amy Schneider, to win:
6 games: 85.068%
7: 72.366%
8: 61.561%
9: 52.369%
10: 44.549%
Avg. streak: 10.697 games.

Today’s interviews:
Matt is a 3rd-generation Notre Dame alumnus.
Genesis had an unusual job interview where the interviewer had the wrong resume.
Amy finds team managing better than writing code.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Amy is the 25th player to win at least $150,000 (or $75,000 before the dollar values were doubled)
    within their first 5 games, and only 8 players have won more than Amy has: James Holzhauer ($298,687), Frank Spangenberg (adjusted to $205,194), Roger Craig ($195,801), Jerome Vered (adjusted to $193,602), Austin Rogers ($188,700), Larissa Kelly ($179,797), David Siegel (adjusted to $172,400), and Doug Lach (adjusted to $170,800).
  • I would say the four unplayed clues today is due to the 10 combined incorrect responses in Double Jeopardy; it does take time to have all of the rebounds.
  • The last time we had 3 consecutive games with only 2 players in Final Jeopardy: Feb. 28–March 2, 2017.
  • Canadian media will not be particularly thrilled that this clue saw 0 correct responses.

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29 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, November 23, 2021"

  1. Never heard of Winterlude or that canal so when I saw world capitals and canals my first thought was Amsterdam and that’s what I would have guessed.

  2. Amy posted on Twitter last night how she knew FJ! She grew up in Ohio, Harding had gotten caught up in Teapot Dome and she wrote a paper about it, and he owned her hometown newspaper.

  3. Even though I knew this, I disagree with Andy’s assertion that viewers might view this as an easy FJ. Rideau obviously points to a locale with French origins…but I suspect someone might come up with Geneva or Brussels as a response.

    • Correction…Bern, Switzerland.

      • BTW…has anyone else heard the news that Dr. Oz is considering a run for US Senate (R-PA)?

      • Interesting strategy by Matt tonight: Amy Schneider is a machine who gets on rolls – so I will be hyper-aggressive on the buzzer and play the percentages. Obviously this strategy backfired but it could work with a couple of more correct answers.

    • I reasoned that the name Winterlude suggests a primarily English language city, which also has French influences because of Rideau.

      • Sure, but “winter” in both German and Dutch is also “winter”. This is actually one of those situations where knowing either language (particularly the latter) could bite you.

  4. Thinking capital and canal, my guess was Amsterdam.

    • That was my guess also, but I really had no idea. I usually don’t do very well in geography type clues.

  5. It looks like Matt may have more competition than we originally thought.

    However, I still do feel like there’s one factor that will work very well in his favor, and that’s intimidation factor. Since there’s gonna be at least two individual people that Matt will face in the Tournament, they’re obviously going to be at least a little intimidated by him. I mean, come on – this guy has won 38 games in a row, has the highest one-day and average total of anyone not named James Holzhauer, has the second-highest individual Coryat score of all time, et cetera, et cetera. My point is, along with his knowledge and buzzer speed, his accolades might be enough to make even the most confident contender shake a little bit, and we all know what lack of confidence means for playing ability.

  6. Although I’ve never been to Ottawa, but I have seen the ice skating thing on television once. I would have thought of amsterdam but the hint winterlude lead me to Canada.

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    • There was a -$7,400 during Matt Amodio’s run.

    • Lou, often (tho not always) a final score deep in the negatives can be the combination of a buzzer-dominate opponent and an unfavourable board. If you can’t ring in on most of the clues that both you and the buzzer-dominate opponent know, then your best strategy may be to take a guess on the lower probability clues that would otherwise be a triple stumper, because those may be all that are available to you.

      I haven’t yet watched this game so I don’t know if that’s the case here, but that is my suspicion given the high number of triple stumpers

  7. I think your Canadian was showing on this FJ, Andy. 🙂 Not that 0/2 means much (it’s a tiny sample), but I didn’t see much there to help out the Americans among us. (It was probably the easiest get of the season for this Canadian, though.)

    Tougher game for Amy but she got it done. I thought Andy’s thoughts yesterday about the significance of a trans super champion (I know we’re not quite there yet) were on point. I think it’s really difficult for us cis folk to appreciate how historic this is (and I don’t mean to downplay past trans players’ successes by any stretch–I enjoyed watching Kate’s win last year as well). Representation matters.

    As for the ToC, it’s shaping up to be an all-timer. I’m seeing calls to admit a bunch of 3-time winners, though, which seems premature and… against Jeopardy’s policy as articulated on their website, where it says 4 games is the eligibility line. Anyway, Matt will likely be the favorite, but I’m not sure he’ll be over 50% to win the way James was. Heaven help us if he loses to Jonathan again, though. The Jonathan > Matt hot takes will be killer.

  8. I’m glad that it wasn’t curtains for Amy today.

  9. The TOC will feature an unprecedented three pairs of strong champions who have faced each, with one pair a rarity. I’d still favor Matt if he plays his normal game, that he did for 38.5 games, not taking anything away from Jonathan Fisher. But even the quarterfinals, most probably the semifinals will be competitive, and definitely the finals. Wouldn’t be surprised if Amy became this TOC’s third Ultra Champ.

  10. I guessed Brussels.

  11. For me and my wife, just about the easiest final Jeopardy ever but that could be because we live just over the border in America from Ottawa and have skated on the canal many times. I will agree with the host of this website that Ottawa is a fantastic City and I encourage everyone to visit whether during the winter or summer.

  12. Bring back the Rough Riders!

  13. I’m kind of stunned that no one got this. English name for the event + French name for the canal kind of screams Canada. Maybe it just seemed too obvious? Anyway, nice to see Amy seal the TOC. Promises to be an exciting one. Alex would have loved it.

    • Jackie, your comment about Alex is exactly what I was thinking, though I was also thinking that his being Canadian (and graduating from the University of Ottawa) could have prevented the players from ignoring Ottawa had he been the host. On the other hand, I’m wondering if a Jeopardy! showrunner would have ruled that out as a FJ! caliber question had Alex been the host.

      I may have fallen into Andy’s assumption about some not even thinking about Canada, but I had just zoned in on Europe because of the “World Heritage Site” — I tend to think of those as being way over 200 years old! I guessed Copenhagen since it is further north than Amsterdam (knowing there was interaction between the Vikings and the French, so a Scandinavian place could possibly have a French name and The Netherlands is not Scandinavian).

  14. I only knew this one because I’ve been to Epcot and watched the O Canada show many times.

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