Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category International Friendship) for Tuesday, November 30, 2021 (Season 38, Game 57):

The organization these International was founded in 1956; they’re partner-städte in Germany & villes jumelées in France

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Krys Fischer, a retired substitute teacher from Mendota Heights, Minnesota
Krys Fischer on Jeopardy!
Pam Schoenberg, a dentist & entrepreneur from South Salem, New York
Pam Schoenberg on Jeopardy!
Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California (9-day total: $342,200)
Amy Schneider on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What are sister cities?

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Although town or city twinning dates back centuries—Toledo, Ohio has a longstanding agreement with Toledo, Spain—the modern concept of “sister cities”—a social agreement between two cities for the sake of solidarity, cultural ties, or commercial ties—began with Coventry, England in the 1940 feeling solidarity towards other cities that had been bombed heavily in World War II. Coventry’s first agreement was with Stalingrad in 1944. Sister Cities International was formed in the 1950s (originally as part of the National League of Cities) when Dwight Eisenhower proposed that the United States enter into these agreements. In another example of sister cities, Indianapolis, Indiana is a sister city with Monza, Italy, as both locales have a very lengthy history of auto racing.

That being said, today’s clue felt clunky to me. I know that the show wanted to ask about Sister Cities International, but I get the sense that “these International” is going to confuse a lot of home viewers. I’ve been wrong recently, though; maybe I’ll be wrong today as well.

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Scores going into Final:
Amy $25,000
Pam $16,600
Krys $5,400

Tonight’s results:
Krys $5,400 + $3,000 = $8,400 (What are twinned sister cities?)
Pam $16,600 – $300 = $16,300 (What)
Amy $25,000 + $13,000 = $38,000 (What are sister cities?) (10-day total: $380,200)

Amy Schneider, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 30, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Pam $11,200
Amy $3,800
Krys $2,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) A SWEET READ $1000 (clue #9)
Pam 2600 +2600 (Amy 600 Krys 1000)
2) THE CIVIL WAR $800 (clue #7)
Amy 7400 +6000 (Pam 14000 Krys 2600)
3) ENDS IN “EX” $1600 (clue #15, $19600 left on board)
Pam 16000 -3000 (Amy 15000 Krys 4600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 162

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 8 (0.14 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Amy $19,800 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Pam $18,000 Coryat, 24 correct, 1 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Krys $5,400 Coryat, 10 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,200
Lach Trash: $6,800 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,000

Amy Schneider, career statistics:
297 correct, 15 incorrect
19/21 on rebound attempts (on 43 rebound opportunities)
46.82% in first on buzzer (265/566)
14/16 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $40,600)
9/10 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,580

Pam Schoenberg, career statistics:
24 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$400)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,000

Krys Fischer, career statistics:
11 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,400

Amy Schneider, to win:
11 games: 89.555%
12: 80.201%
13: 71.825%
14: 64.323%
15: 57.604%
Avg. streak: 18.574 games.

Today’s interviews:
Krys was visiting South Africa at the time when Nelson Mandela was released from prison.
Pam plays competitive squash.
Amy got her pearls as a gift from her girlfriend.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Players with at least $11,200 at the end of the Jeopardy! round have only lost 9.8% of the time since October 4, 2004. The most recent time it happened was November 9, 2020.
  • Amy moves to #20 in all-time winnings (including tournaments).
  • Viewers need to be aware that editing can make it appear that a variable amount of time can be given on Daily Doubles. However, this is not the case. It is very clear that a number of cuts of extraneous dead air were made in order to ensure that all 61 clues were seen today.
  • If anyone’s using these games to learn betting strategy: It’s probably the best idea to bet between $8,201 and $8,399 from Amy’s position today.
  • It feels to me that Amy’s strategy at this point is probably most similar to Austin Rogers’ strategy from Austin’s original run of games.

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31 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, November 30, 2021"

  1. The New York Times clue is printed in all caps, which hides the distinction that International is capitalized. This loss makes it appear that a word is missing. This is a poorly-worded FJ.

  2. Even knowing the answer, after reading it on here, doesn’t really help me with how terribly this FJ is worded.

    • Just to add to my earlier comment: It helped a great deal to hear how Ken read the clue with the questioning emphasis on “these.”

  3. I had to think about what the question was asking. After thinking about it I got it, but it sure was poorly worded.

  4. I’ll readily admit I may not know all things Jeopardy but I can’t believe that Alex would allow such a poorly written clue. Who the heck is in charge?

  5. I can’t figure out what the clue is asking. I thought it was a misprint. How could people answer this correctly?

  6. Michael Davies is in charge for the time being. But I’m getting the impression that Alex and Harry (and Merv Griffin before) were the ones keeping the writers in check. When Harry retired and Alex died, suddenly we see all these poor clues (both in the main game and in Final) that sometimes even affect the outcomes of the games. You’d think the clue quality would go back up after Richards’ firing…

  7. I groaned when I read the clue.

  8. Thirty seconds to answer means twenty seconds to figure out the confusing wording and only ten seconds to think of and write down the response.

  9. Michael Johnston | November 30, 2021 at 1:37 pm |

    I guessed the answer from the French and German phrases but was unsure I was right. I’ve never heard of Sister Cities International before.

    • Michael Johnston | November 30, 2021 at 1:57 pm |

      Pam made a good FJ wager, while Amy over bet by $4800. Something to keep an eye on.

      • Amy should’ve bet $8201 but she probably thought that, if she was correct she would win and if she was incorrect she would lose so she might as well bet big.

        Pam was a good contestant who had a chance to beat Amy. This is the only game Amy played as champion that was not a runaway for her.

        As long as Amy can secure runaways and get FJ right, she has potential to win over $1 million. She is NOT invincible even though she looks that way in her runaway games.

  10. This clue was a bit poorly worded here even though I got Sister Cities but I have not heard of it. I mean why would alex allow this poorly worded clue for final jeopardy?

  11. I’m surprised at seeing the confusion caused by this question. I understood what it was asking right away. But if this many people are having a hard time with the question, I concede it should have been rewritten.

  12. Ugh, I do not like either the DD1 or DD2 bets.

    Congrats to Amy on becoming an ultra-champ, though!

    And yes, that was a particularly bad FJ. Did Sister Cities International sponsor it, or something?

  13. You know how, in Season 35, there was no Tournament of Champions because nobody was winning enough games?

    Well, now we might have the opposite problem!

  14. Am I the only one thought this clue was referring to Doctors Without Borders?

    • Doctors Without Borders was all I could think of, though I doubted that was it. I figured anyone who knows French or German (especially both) would probably fairly easily know what it was.

  15. I’m glad that Krys was able to correct herself in time (apparently the awkward phrasing was intended to require the formal name of the organization, making the descriptive “twin cities” incorrect). Curiously, interactive Google translate, when translating from Russian “города-побратимы” (lit. “blood brother cities”), displays “sister cities” starting with “города-побр” until the last letter (the second plural marker), after which it becomes “twin cities”. Go figure.

  16. Only Ken’s inflection of the word “these” clarified the ridiculously awkward wording of this clue.

  17. Brad (not Rutter) | November 30, 2021 at 8:59 pm |

    Wow,what a huge bullet dodged by Amy! Pam was a GREAT player and Krys wasn’t bad either.

  18. In the “ends in ex” category, Amy answered perplexed. Isn’t that wrong? Maybe I just misunderstood.

  19. Very poorly constructed. At a minimum,the word “these” should have been as just shown, with quotation marks, to make clear that the answer would refer to “these.”

  20. Very badly worded FJ clue. If it is taken literally, one might conclude that the name of the organization is “THESE INTERNATIONAL.”

  21. A separate quibble. No, not a quibble, a clue I would actually have challenged if it had come up when I was on the show!
    Pam’s Daily Double for ENDS IN “EX” $1600 is outright wrong! A vertex is any point where line segments or solid shape edges meet, not just “the top point”, so it cannot be used interchangeably with apex. I can’t help but think this is why Pam gave no second response. I would have lobbied hard for my money back, plus some.

    • Jeff:

      I disagree.

      “Vertex” is a less specific form of “apex”. Because of that, the word “vertex” could be used to describe the top part of a cone. That means that because either of the two terms could be used to describe the top point of a cone, you could say that the two terms could be used interchangeably. Thus, the clue is correct as worded.

      • I still disagree. It depends on a specific reading of the clue which I think it not the only correct reading, or how you interpret “interchangeably”. The two words do not identify the point in the same way, so I don’t consider them interchangeable. And for other figures (and the clue only said “like a cone”) the distinction is even greater.
        Alas, we’ll never know, but I dislike a lot of things about this clue.

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