Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century British Authors) for Friday, December 10, 2021 (Season 38, Game 65):
She called herself “the daughter of two persons of distinguished literary celebrity” in an introduction to one of her novels
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Deborah Steinberger, an associate professor of French literature at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware
|Alisa Hove, a botany professor at Warren Wilson University in Asheville, North Carolina
|J.P. Allen, a professor of business and innovation at the University of San Francisco
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Today is the final quarterfinal; six players have already qualified, the four other winners and two wild cards. The last three spots will be determined today. Of course, none of these players know that $4,000 and $3,800 are holding down spots #3 and #4 right now—they’ve been sequestered and haven’t seen the first four matches.
One other note that’s been brought up a couple of times thus far: In what is a new development for this Jeopardy! tournament, while the players are still assigned their lecterns in alphabetical order by last name, they have drawn lots to determine who selects the first clue of the game. It’s confused some of the viewers, but it does makes sense from a fairness perspective.
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Correct response: Who is Mary Shelley?
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“It is not singular that, as the daughter of two persons of distinguished literary celebrity, I should very early in life have thought of writing.” leads off the second paragraph of the introduction to Mary Shelley’s famous work Frankenstein; she was the daughter of famed British writers Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin; Wollstonecraft herself died 11 days after giving birth.
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Deborah $14,800 – $5,000 = $9,800 (Who is George Eli)
Alisa $16,400 + $3,600 = $20,000 (Who is Shelley?) (Semi-Finalist)
J.P. $17,400 – $2,601 = $14,799 (Who is E. Brontë?)
Wild card standings:
Monday: Gary Hollis, $20,000
Tuesday: Marti Canipe, $13,400
Wednesday: Sam Buttrey, $22,400
Thursday: Ed Hashima, $32,100
Friday: Alisa Hove, $20,000
1. J.P. Allen, $14,799
2. Katie Reed, $12,000 ($14,000)
3. Hester Blum, $12,000 ($8,600)
4. Deborah Steinberger, $9,800
5. John Harkless, $4,000
6. Julia Williams, $3,800
7. Gautam Hans, $1
8. Lisa Dresner, $0 ($6,400)
9. Ashley Lawrence-Sanders, $0 ($3,200)
10. Ramón Guerra, $0 ($1,400)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) HEY SHAKESPEARE, WHO SAID THAT? $800 (clue #14)
Deborah 800 +800 (J.P. 4000 Alisa 1600)
2) ORGAN RECITAL $1600 (clue #19)
Alisa 9400 +3000 (J.P. 12600 Deborah 7800)
3) “EX”AM TIME $1200 (clue #26, $4800 left on board)
Deborah 10200 +3000 (J.P. 14600 Alisa 16000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 141
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 8 (0.12 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Alisa $15,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 0 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
J.P. $17,400 Coryat, 22 correct, 3 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Deborah $13,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $45,400
Lach Trash: $6,200 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $2,400
J.P. Allen, career statistics:
22 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,400
Alisa Hove, career statistics:
16 correct, 0 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,000
Deborah Steinberger, career statistics:
18 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,800)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,000
Deborah was a part of a French quiz where the prize was books.
Alisa wanted to be a doctor but an evolutionary biology class changed her mind.
J.P. has a hobby of visiting Cold War historic sites.
- Once again, Mayim failed to tell a player that they could bet up to $1,000 on a Daily Double. This has a negative effect on gameplay, and could become a gameplay fairness issue.
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