Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Paintings) for Wednesday, November 3, 2021 (Season 38, Game 38):

In 2021 experts in Oslo concluded that it was the artist who wrote on this painting, “Could only have been painted by a madman”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Julian Huerta, a hotel senior sales manager from Thornton, Colorado
Julian Huerta on Jeopardy!
Tony Freitas, a project director from Los Angeles, California
Tony Freitas on Jeopardy!
Tyler Rhode, a healthcare data specialist from New York, New York (5-day total: $105,901)
Tyler Rhode on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is “The Scream”?

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When Norwegian artist Edvard Munch first displayed his now-famous painting “The Scream” in Oslo in the mid-1890s, the public reaction—indignation and disgust towards the depiction of a figure with an angsty grimace—led to Munch writing the inscription “could only have been painted by a madman” on the painting itself in pencil. However, it took experts many years to realize that the inscription was made by Munch himself; it was long considered to be the work of a vandal. Infrared scans being taken of the painting in preparation for a 2022 exhibition of the painting at the National Museum of Norway determined the inscription to be Munch’s own; the revelation made major waves in the art world in 2021.

There are a couple of points here from a Jeopardy! gameplay perspective that should make this clue easier for the in-studio contestants than the home viewers. Firstly: it would not surprise me if a number of home viewers stumble over differentiating between “the artist” and “this painting” and answer Edvard Munch instead of “The Scream”. However, I would be very surprised if this happened in studio: there’s a procedure that happens every game and is thus very well known to contestants but not nearly as known to the home viewer. In order to prevent the ignominy of contestants failing to phrase their Final Jeopardy! response in the form of a question (an occurrence that happened multiple times in the 1980s to disastrous effect—video evidence of these is available on YouTube), the show decided many years ago that it was better to provide the contestants with the interrogative word (i.e. “Who” or “What”) of the Final Jeopardy! response during the commercial break before Final Jeopardy, allowing them to write that down on their screens. The effect of doing so on this clue is that having provided “What” and not “Who” will be a pointer to write down a thing—the painting’s title—and not a person.

Secondly, and this is a point that has come up often over the past few months: Leading articles—specifically, the words “The”, “A”, or “An”—are permitted to be added, removed, or changed with each other without it rendering a response incorrect, unless ambiguity is created with another major work in the same field. Thus, in this case, “The Scream”, “Scream”, and “A Scream” would all be considered as equivalent by the Jeopardy! judges. (Interestingly, for those who take an interest in the rules minutia of competitive trivia, this is one case where Jeopardy’s rules and the rules of NAQT quiz bowl differ—changing the leading article renders a response incorrect under NAQT rules.)

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

Scores going into Final:
Tyler $13,600
Tony $8,200
Julian $3,200

Tonight’s results:
Julian $3,200 – $3,200 = $0 (What ?)
Tony $8,200 + $8,000 = $16,200 (What is The Scream?) (1-day total: $16,200)
Tyler $13,600 – $3,000 = $10,600 (What is the Garden of Earthly Delights?)

Tony Freitas, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 3, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Julian $7,200
Tony $5,000
Tyler $3,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) COLOR, MY WORLD $800 (clue #16)
Julian 3600 +2000 (Tyler 2200 Tony 3000)
2) PHYSICS $1600 (clue #5)
Julian 9200 -3000 (Tyler 4800 Tony 3800)
3) SHAKESPEARE PLAY SETTINGS $1200 (clue #6, $27200 left on board)
Julian 6200 -1000 (Tyler 4800 Tony 3800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 7

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:
Tony $8,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Tyler $13,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Julian $6,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 5 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $27,800
Lach Trash: $12,000 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $14,200

Tyler Rhode, career statistics:
131 correct, 13 incorrect
7/8 on rebound attempts (on 18 rebound opportunities)
37.54% in first on buzzer (128/341)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
4/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,767

Tony Freitas, career statistics:
16 correct, 2 incorrect
0/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,200

Julian Huerta, career statistics:
15 correct, 6 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,000

Tony Freitas, to win:
2 games: 29.460%
3: 8.679%
4: 2.557%
5: 0.753%
6: 0.222%
Avg. streak: 1.418 games.

Today’s interviews:
Julian got his audition email on the same day his wife announced her pregnancy for twins Alex and Emma.
Tony is a 7th-generation Californian that works for a fountain-maker.
Tyler is a Philadelphia 76ers fan.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Today was the first game since July 9 where the leader going into Final Jeopardy! did not win. This ends a streak of 62 consecutive games. The record is 83 regular-play games, from May 20 through November 29, 2004.

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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, November 3, 2021"

  1. Oslo was the giveaway for me. Otherwise, I probably would not have gotten it.

    • Would have been tough without that datum, though it is maybe the world’s most famous painting and it is “crazy”.

  2. Oslo was a dead giveaway here and I would not have gotten it if it wasn’t for that. Also The Scream reminded me of that ride in Six Flags New England which immediately wanted me to go back there. But still, see you in the tournament of champions Tyler.

  3. I had a lot of trouble with the phrasing of this question and my at home answer was Munch, but I knew the painting to be “The Scream”. Thanks Andy for commenting on the ‘extra’ tip the contestants recieve. A side note: ‘The Scream’ was stolen in 2004 and recovered in 2006.

  4. Marty Cunningham | November 3, 2021 at 6:38 pm |

    Interesting observations about Tyler, Andy. And his per game earnings harken back to prior years, when the average was somewhere around $ 22k or $ 23k per game, not like the more recent averages of Matt and Jonathan.

  5. The daily doubles and final were all, to my mind, pretty easy. I expected all three to get the final. Physics shouldn’t be the killer category that it was.

  6. I appreciate the clarification on the answer. My guess was Munch because I misread the clue even though I guessed the painting was The Scream. Makes me feel a little less badly about misreading it.

  7. Pizza Face Fred | November 3, 2021 at 10:41 pm |

    I got it but like the ex-champ’s guess better. Hieronymus Bosch has always fascinated me. I can’t imagine what kind of personality, what kind of mind, could dream up that stuff . . .

  8. Great game! Been a long time since we had such a competitive game with the lead changing multiple times even in Final (where I also thought it was Munch, not The Scream) and all three leading at times during Double. Any stats on games with most lead changes?

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