Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Planned Cities) for Wednesday, December 1, 2021 (Season 38, Game 58):

A recent immigrant, Lady Denman, wife of the Governor-General, announced the name of this new national capital at a 1913 ceremony

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

David Miller, a communications director from Decatur, Georgia
David Miller on Jeopardy!
Jaimie Carlson, a robotics scientist from Boston, Massachusetts
Jaimie Carlson on Jeopardy!
Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California (10-day total: $380,200)
Amy Schneider on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Yesterday, Amy Schneider became the 12th ultra-champion in the history of the show when she won her 10th game; amazingly, she’s the third ultra-champion this season. How long will her streak go? The fact that she’s had 8 runaways in 10 games, and is 9-for-10 in Final Jeopardy!, will very much work in her favor, at least in terms of run longevity.

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Correct response: What is Canberra, Australia?

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The name of Canberra, Australia’s capital, was announced at the foundation ceremony, a few weeks after construction began on the planned city. Following a protracted dispute between Sydney and Melbourne, the site of Canberra was agreed to as it was more than 100km from Sydney. The Australian Minister of Home Affairs at the time, King O’Malley, oversaw the planning stage, and eventually took aspects of multiple plans that were submitted in a design contest. Construction of the capital took a significant amount of time, as both World Wars and the Great Depression took resources away from construction.

You can find a photograph of the naming of Canberra at the website of the National Archives of Australia.

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

Scores going into Final:
Amy $31,000
David $10,200
Jaimie $3,800

Tonight’s results:
Jaimie $3,800 – $1 = $3,799 (What is Cophenhagen? Oslo)
David $10,200 + $2,000 = $12,200 (What is Australia Canberra?)
Amy $31,000 + $10,000 = $41,000 (What is Canberra?) (11-day total: $421,200)

Amy Schneider, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 1, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Amy $4,600
David $3,400
Jaimie $1,400


Opening break taken after: 17 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES $800 (clue #17)
Amy 5600 -4000 (Jaimie 1000 David 1600)
2) WRITERS, WITH STYLE $1600 (clue #2)
Amy 6600 +3000 (Jaimie 1400 David 3400)
3) EUROPEAN HISTORY $1200 (clue #8, $25200 left on board)
Amy 15200 +5000 (Jaimie 1400 David 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: 8 (0.14 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Amy $29,800 Coryat, 32 correct, 2 incorrect, 50.88% in first on buzzer (29/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
David $10,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Jaimie $3,800 Coryat, 8 correct, 2 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,800
Lach Trash: $7,000 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,200

Amy Schneider, career statistics:
330 correct, 17 incorrect
21/23 on rebound attempts (on 46 rebound opportunities)
47.19% in first on buzzer (294/623)
16/19 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $44,600)
10/11 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,055

Jaimie Carlson, career statistics:
8 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,800

David Miller, career statistics:
14 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,200

Amy Schneider, to win:
12 games: 90.640%
13: 82.157%
14: 74.467%
15: 67.497%
16: 61.180%
Avg. streak: 20.684 games.

Today’s interviews:
David graduated from Michigan State and has a picture with Magic Johnson.
Jaimie put together a quiz bowl AI while in college.
Amy writes for a sketch comedy group in the Bay Area.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Today is the 179th known occasion of a player winning at least $40,000 in a game on Jeopardy!.
  • Amy moves to #7 in all-time regular play winnings, and #17 in all-time winnings (including tournaments).
  • At 330, Amy moves to 23rd all-time in terms of number of known correct responses given on the show, tied with Eric Newhouse.

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10 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, December 1, 2021"

  1. King O’Malley was probably born in the USA (though he sometimes said Canada, for reasons related to political eligibility in Australia) of Irish descent, he grew up in Kansas. He wrote about himself “I am an American,” and in a famous speech to Parliament on economic policy proclaimed, “I am the Alexander Hamilton of Australia. He was the greatest financial genius who ever walked the earth, and his plans have never been improved upon.”

  2. David reminds me a lot of Gabe Brison-Trezise from Season 36, and I really hope what happened with Gabe doesn’t happen again today…

  3. Hey Masterson, can you share more. Don’t know the story. Thanks

  4. Michael Johnston | December 1, 2021 at 4:20 pm |

    Amy’s back in typical game form today. She bets somewhat conservatively with DDs once she has a big lead, and (usually) somewhat conservatively in FJ. Yesterday may have been an overreaction to Pam’s strong play or to her fast-paced style (first game where someone else had the best first buzzer percentage) or she might just not know optimal betting strategy in close games :/

    • Debbie Stover | December 1, 2021 at 5:30 pm |

      Amy has strongly held views on Daily Double betting (which, best I can make out, are fairly consistent with many multi-game champions’ views) and a specific plan for FJ betting, all of which she has laid out in detail on her Twitter feed. You could check it out there if you’re interested.

      I have to say — not about you, Michael, but in general — that the idea of fans who have never been on the show giving advice to ultra champions is kind of amusing.

      • Michael Johnston | December 1, 2021 at 8:55 pm |

        No offense taken 🙂 Of course, I probably couldn’t offer any advice to any of the contestants, since the episodes I’m watching were filmed some weeks ago. And any typical contestant would likely trounce me, handily! But the probabilities are what they are, and Amy’s overly large bet hurt her chances yesterday.

  5. Tonight’s program preempted for Christmas at Rockefeller center. In the past, when we call NBC local station, they’ve added Jeopardy to the program grid very late at night to record. Now we’re re-directed to voicemail. Is this a ratings- money decision? Thanks for this site to review what transpired tonight. Fans of Amy

    • It’s because Jeopardy! is syndicated programming (local stations in the 200+ television markets in the United States purchase the local rights to air Jeopardy! from the show’s distributor) and Christmas at Rockefeller Center is network programming. The NBC national network has the right to cut into local programming; thus, Jeopardy would have been preempted in your local area.

    • Ima Trebeki | December 3, 2021 at 6:33 pm |

      I’ve never called and complained, but I’ve wanted to. What number do you call?

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