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)
|Sri Kompella, a corporate strategy professional from Frisco, Texas
|Cindy Zhang, a user experience designer from New York, New York
|Tony Freitas, a project director from Los Angeles, California (1-day total: $16,200)
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.
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
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)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
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
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: THAT’S OUR FACTORY $400
Total Left On Board: $400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 4 (0.10 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
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%
Avg. streak: 2.103 games.
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.
- 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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