Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, November 4, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Official Languages) for Thursday, November 4, 2021 (Season 38, Game 39):

It’s the only U.N. member state outside Europe with Dutch as an official language

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Sri Kompella, a corporate strategy professional from Frisco, Texas
Sri Kompella on Jeopardy!
Cindy Zhang, a user experience designer from New York, New York
Cindy Zhang on Jeopardy!
Tony Freitas, a project director from Los Angeles, California (1-day total: $16,200)
Tony Freitas on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Assisted by a Final Jeopardy! yesterday where he was the only contestant to give a correct response, Tony Freitas unseated 5-time champion Tyler Rhode. (We’ll be seeing Tyler again in the Tournament of Champions, though.) With only $8,200 going into Final Jeopardy!, though, the prediction model isn’t feeling particularly good about Tony’s chances going forward. I’m sure those viewers who bemoaned the foregone conclusions of the “Amodio Rodeo” will be looking forward to the close, competitive match that today shapes up to be.

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Correct response: What is Suriname?

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Dutch, chiefly the official language in the Netherlands, is also an official language in Belgium (chiefly the Flanders region, which borders the Netherlands), Suriname, Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten—the latter three not being U.N. member states, all still being constituent countries of The Netherlands. Suriname declared its independence from the Netherlands in 1975 but still maintains close economic and cultural ties to its former colonial power. Suriname is also the smallest independent country in South America.

An interesting neg-bait for someone with too much knowledge here might be Indonesia, with the Dutch being Indonesia’s foremost colonial power. However, Dutch is not an official language in Indonesia, only Indonesian.

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Scores going into Final:
Sri $16,400
Cindy $16,200
Tony $7,800

Tonight’s results:
Tony $7,800 – $7,500 = $300 (What Indones)
Cindy $16,200 + $400 = $16,600 (What is Suriname?)
Sri $16,400 + $13,600 = $30,000 (What is Suriname?) (1-day total: $30,000)

Sri Kompella, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 4, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Cindy $8,200
Tony $5,000
Sri $1,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) CHARTED $400 (clue #12)
Cindy 3000 +3000 (Tony 2200 Sri 1400)
2) DARK MATTER $1200 (clue #7)
Tony 8200 -4000 (Cindy 10600 Sri 3800)
3) EPONYMOUS -ISMs $800 (clue #23, $3200 left on board)
Sri 9800 +5000 (Tony 7800 Cindy 15400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 102

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 4 (0.10 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Sri $12,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer (14/56), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Cindy $13,600 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 39.29% in first on buzzer (22/56), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Tony $11,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer (16/56), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,600
Lach Trash: $9,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,200

Tony Freitas, career statistics:
31 correct, 6 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
27.43% in first on buzzer (31/113)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,000

Cindy Zhang, career statistics:
22 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
39.29% in first on buzzer (22/56)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,600

Sri Kompella, career statistics:
15 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
25.00% in first on buzzer (14/56)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,200

Sri Kompella, to win:
2 games: 52.440%
3: 27.499%
4: 14.421%
5: 7.562%
6: 3.966%
Avg. streak: 2.103 games.

Today’s interviews:
Sri was voluntold by his wife to do a freefall ride at a theme park.
Cindy collects Kit Kat bars from all over the world; her favorite is Okinawan sweet potato.
Tony had a trip planned to Japan and eloped before leaving.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Reversing Tony’s response of “depreciation” in REGULAR VERBS $1000 was a slam dunk. Reversing Sri’s response of “a whip” in REGULAR VERBS $600 I can accept, because adding an article—usually disregarded—creates an ambiguity between the noun and verb forms of a word, which does not fit the constraints of a category that specifically asks for verbs. I’m glad that it didn’t affect the outcome of the game.
  • Cindy’s bet is ordinarily the best bet for the circumstances here in Final Jeopardy, as it keeps Tony from having a chance to win. It’s unfortunate for her that Sri chose not to make a cover bet. Tomorrow’s contestants should make note of this and adjust their strategy accordingly.

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, November 4, 2021"

  1. Suriname popped into my head immediately. I hope all three contestants get this one.

    Congratulations to Mayim Bialik for a solid stint as host. She has been in control, knowledgeable and witty. The past month’s maelstrom with the Executive Producer’s foibles have been put aside. Mayim righted the ship. A very needed and competent performance.

    I’m looking forward to Ken Jennings next week to see if he can match Mayim’s work.

  2. Francine Pilon | November 4, 2021 at 1:47 pm |

    I don’t understand Sri’s FJ bet. What if Cindy had bet it all?

    • Then he would have lost.

      (I’ve watched enough Jeopardy to realize that there are going to be players who do not realize, or do not care to realize, that betting strategy exists and choose to just bet randomly. And that makes the game more entertaining as a whole, as there’s always the possibility that a leader won’t make the standard cover bet.)

      • I agree with you on both counts (about not using strategy and being more entertaining), but I wonder if it doesn’t sometimes have to do with the fact that not everyone who is very smart and knowledgeable is also good at math. I don’t mean that they try to calculate how much they should wager and make a subtraction error, but that doing so quickly “in their head” is too intimidating to them and they just make a bet more based on their knowledge of the category like they do for daily doubles. As I recall [since I don’t currently have a way to watch newly airing episodes], They make their FJ bets during a commercial break — how long do they actually have make their FJ bets?

  3. Suriname came to me as well and I hope all of them will get this one. And I also want to give a nice round of applause for Mayim on her seven week guesting hosting stint. We appreciate her hard work and her strong performance. Definitely looking forward to seeing Ken hosting jeopardy next week

    • I immediately thought Indonesia. When Tony got it wrong I immediately thought South Africa. I never would have guessed Suriname.

  4. Challenging. Think I would have guessed South Africa (seemed like high % guess especially since they have 39847 languages).

    • I had no idea. I guessed South Africa too just because I knew a little something about the Boer Wars and the Dutch settlers there.

  5. Like others have said, Suriname just came to me. How… I have no idea.

    Like Andy alluded to, I did a country report on Indonesia back in elementary school, and I couldn’t decide between Borneo (which isn’t a country but has three different countries located upon) and Suriname and Guyana. I ruled out Guyana (don’t know why) but did a toss-up between Indonesia and Suriname. Unfortunately for me, I landed on Indonesia because I couldn’t figure out why Suriname was popping up in my head… the old filing cabinet of memory shouldn’t be mistrusted.

  6. If anyone remembers the famous Roger Craig, back-to-back all-in Daily Doubles in the ToC, this clue would have been easy because Roger got a clue on the second of those Daily Doubles that was very similar to this.

  7. Would have the judges accepted “Surinam” spelling ?

  8. I agree with others that Mayim has done a wonderful job, but I didn’t think tonight was one of her better episodes. I think sometimes she tries to keep the pace going to the point of not fully listening to a contestants response. She should have picked up on Tony saying “depreciation.” I heard it immediately, and I’m sure others did too. By not ruling against Tony, it didn’t give one of the other contestants a chance at a $1000 clue. It seemed like she might have tried to be a little more deliberate in DJ and paused a bit on some clues before she ruled. It’s not an easy game show to do. Alex just made it look easy.

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