Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, November 26, 2021

Happy Friday! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Fictional Languages) for Friday, November 26, 2021 (Season 38, Game 55):

Lapine is the name of the language created for this 1972 book beloved by children

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Greta Perel, a communications consultant from Overland Park, Kansas
Greta Perel on Jeopardy!
Chris Rayis, a composer & lyricist from Burlington, North Carolina
Chris Rayis on Jeopardy!
Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California (7-day total: $257,800)
Amy Schneider on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Watership Down?

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Lapine is the language used by the rabbits in Richard Adams’ famous 1972 novel Watership Down (as well as the 1996 sequel Tales from Watership Down. Adams basically created words as required for the narrative of the stories.

Knowing French will certainly help put people in the right direction here, as the French for “rabbit” is “lapin”. I’ll be interested to see how this plays after how Tuesday’s Final played.

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

Scores going into Final:
Amy $23,400
Chris $4,000
Greta $3,200

Tonight’s results:
Greta $3,200 + $3,200 = $6,400 (What is Watership Down)
Chris $4,000 + $2,400 = $6,400 (What is Watership Down?)
Amy $23,400 + $14,000 = $37,400 (What is Watership Down?) (8-day total: $295,200)

Amy Schneider, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 26, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Amy $9,000
Greta $5,200
Chris $2,000

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) STORY TIME $1000 (clue #2)
Greta 200 +1000 (Amy 0 Chris 0)
2) L’HISTOIRE FRANCAISE $1600 (clue #2)
Chris 4000 -4000 (Amy 9000 Greta 5200)
3) YOU CAN QUOTE ME $2000 (clue #11, $20800 left on board)
Greta 5600 -5600 (Amy 15400 Chris 1600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -100

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

Game Stats:
Amy $23,400 Coryat, 26 correct, 1 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer (26/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Greta $8,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Chris $8,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,200
Lach Trash: $7,400 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,400

Amy Schneider, career statistics:
242 correct, 12 incorrect
14/16 on rebound attempts (on 36 rebound opportunities)
48.23% in first on buzzer (218/452)
11/12 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $32,400)
7/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,575

Chris Rayis, career statistics:
13 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,000

Greta Perel, career statistics:
14 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,600)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,800

Amy Schneider, to win:
9 games: 88.062%
10: 77.548%
11: 68.290%
12: 60.137%
13: 52.958%
Avg. streak: 15.376 games.

Today’s interviews:
Greta worked at a cemetery in Kansas.
Chris is a big Manchester United fan.
Amy is a tarot reader.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Amy moves into 10th place all-time in regular-play winnings on the show, $2,000 behind Arthur Chu for 9th.
  • Ties for 2nd and 3rd place on Jeopardy! are broken in favor of the player leading going into Final Jeopardy, with the ties second tiebreaker being money after the Jeopardy! round.
  • Thanks to Eugene Byon for his assistance getting the KTRK Houston feed of today’s game.
  • Obviously, Chris and Greta would have preferred to get their Daily Doubles in Double Jeopardy! correct, but they absolutely made the correct bet for the situation (as Ken pointed out on the show.)
  • Much like Ken pointed out before Double Jeopardy!, I immediately noticed that Chris sounded incredibly similar to Brad Rutter.

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, November 26, 2021"

  1. Amy tweeted about filming day. They tape 2 shows and then go to lunch. They get a choice of 4 entrees and each contestant sits at a table by themselves.

  2. This is the platonic ideal of Final Jeopardy questions for me. Watership Down has been my favorite novel since I read it as a child in the fall of 1997. I could probably have solved it from either half of the clue (“Lapine is the name of the language” or “1972 book beloved by children”).

    I’ll be very interested to see how the contestants do! I have to imagine Amy won’t have much trouble with it, for one.

    • I was thrown off by the book being described as “beloved by children”. I haven’t read it in a while but remember it being very political, bloody, and quite disturbing, really. As well as the reading level being not “kid lit”, at least by 1970s standards. Or really any standards. I’m looking at my paperback copy, it’s 475 pages, with chapter quotations from Shakespeare, Blake, and some in foreign (not fictional) languages. This was a kid’s book?

  3. Michael Johnston | November 26, 2021 at 1:49 pm |

    I broke my two FJ losing streak with this one! I read that book just a couple years after it came out, so the date was what clued me in. I might not have gotten it just from “Lapine”.

  4. Kudos to Chris and Greta for their DD wagers; either of them nailing them in DJ! would have prevented Amy’s 7th consecutive lock game.

    Because of the tournament, we’ll wait/anticipate what Amy adds afterwards to the considerable accomplishments achieved already!

  5. It’s days like this that I’m thankful for this site. Jeopardy won’t be shown in Chicago as there’s a hockey game and it’s not a Blackhawks game.

  6. Brad (not Rutter) | November 26, 2021 at 3:30 pm |

    Stupid college football.

  7. Ginny McShane | November 26, 2021 at 4:23 pm |

    Amy is a pleasure to watch. She’s incredibly smart and is so nice.

  8. Amy is very fun to watch winning 8 games so far. She is very smart. Kudos to the opponents getting the final right. I remember reading watership down one time which helped me a lot today.

  9. Am I missing something? I have never heard of Watership Down and I am a child of the 1970’s. I’ve never heard it mentioned by my much younger siblings (born in the mid 1980s) or my own kids born in the late 1990s.

    Yet all three contestants got it. Maybe I’m alone here?

    • Frank Borland | November 26, 2021 at 10:55 pm |

      Tyler, you’re not alone. I never heard of Watership Down and was slightly surprised that all three did know that. But then, the contestants usually did know stuff that I didn’t know. You could have told me that the answer (question) was Watership “blank” and I still wouldn’t have known it. So, you’re not alone.

      • I was born in 1970 and I have heard of it but I’ve never read it or watched it. (With my allergies I’ve never been into animals.) I still feel bad about missing the difficult Final Jeopardy on my episode but this, not knowing something that “everyone” seems to know, would have made me feel much worse.

  10. That was a misleading question to me – I don’t think of Watership Down as a children a book.

    • Same thoughts here! I immediately thought of Watership Down, but dismissed it because it really isn’t a children’s book.

  11. My grandmother recommended Watership Down highly, and she was no slouch when it’s came to literature. I read it the first time shortly after it was published and enjoyed the classic ‘good guys vs bad guys’ surface story line. In the 1990’s, after marrying a former US Marine, I realized there was much more depth to this book and, beneath the surface (much like a rabbit warren), it was really about warfare and battle. This book is one I will not loan out for concern that I might not get it back.

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