Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, December 10, 2021

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)

Today’s contestants:

Deborah Steinberger, an associate professor of French literature at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware
Deborah Steinberger on Jeopardy!
Alisa Hove, a botany professor at Warren Wilson University in Asheville, North Carolina
Alisa Hove on Jeopardy!
J.P. Allen, a professor of business and innovation at the University of San Francisco
J.P. Allen on Jeopardy!

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.

You can find the full text of Frankenstein, which includes this introduction, at the Gutenberg Project

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

Scores going into Final:
J.P. $17,400
Alisa $16,400
Deborah $14,800

Tonight’s results:
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?)

Alisa Hove, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 10, 2021 game.)

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:
Deborah $6,200
J.P. $4,200
Alisa $3,000


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

Unplayed clues:
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

Game Stats:
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

Today’s interviews:
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.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • 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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20 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, December 10, 2021"

  1. Debbie Stover | December 10, 2021 at 10:37 am |

    I like Mayim Bialik fine, but one thing about her performance is driving me nuts – her insistence on saying, “That’s him” or “That’s her” after a correct response involving a person’s name.

    That’s grammatically incorrect, and it’s like nails on a chalkboard to listen to her say this, which she reliably does once or twice a game.

    I know it would be pedantic to ask her to say, correctly, “That’s he” or “That’s she,” but she doesn’t need to use that locution at all. She could say, “He’s the one” or “She’s the one,” and it would serve her purpose fine without driving the writers and English teachers among us around the bend.

    Jeopardy obviously doesn’t hang on grammatical matters, but it does purport to care about getting things right. Someone at the show needs to ask her to stop going out of her way to get this wrong.

  2. I’m not trying to be pedantic here, but it makes no sense for the contestants to be assigned lecterns by alphabetical order. Just draw lots for podiums and keep the rules for selecting first in each round the same as always (left lectern selects first for SJ, ties going into DJ are resolved based on who’s closest to the host). I feel like I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but this stuff does not have to be hard.

    • I agree. With my last name coming closest to the beginning of the alphabet back in my high school class, I was often selected for various tasks that should have been randomly assigned. It may seem trivial, except for those most often affected.

    • Debbie Stover | December 10, 2021 at 11:35 am |

      That makes sense to me!

    • I remember being on Wheel of Fortune wwwaaayyyy back in 1993…Looking back on the day, most of it went so fast, it was like a blur, but one thing I do remember was the way we selected our placement on stage. After we were done with makeup and “miked up” someone brings out a bottle that looked like a prop from “I Dream of Jeannie” that had three numbered marbles, we each drew a marble, and that’s how we were placed.

  3. I understand that Mayim, acting as host, should remind the players that they can wager up to $1000 SJ or $2000 DJ but don’t the players need to understand all the rules prior to them appearing? I realize it should be said but honestly if you play you know the rules! Am I right?

  4. Michael Johnston | December 10, 2021 at 1:46 pm |

    Well, I missed yesterday’s FJ so I was glad to get one today that seemed easy to me. I’m surprised that only Alisa got it right :/ At least it was a close game, so all three contestants had a chance to win which led to people being cagey with their bets. Congratulations to Alisa on the win and to JP and Deborah for qualifying for the semis. Should be some good matches next week!

  5. I bought the Dr Oz Tee shirt and I highly recommend it. Fits as described and of course says what I think of him

  6. Not surprised that alisa got this final but i am happy that the other two players secured their wild card spots for the semifinals. Looking forward to seeing some good matches next week. I remember reading Frankenstein my Shelley as that was a good book

  7. Debbie’s comment about Mayim’s grammatical errors and Andy’s statement about her failure to remind contestants of maximum Daily Double wagers reminds me of my dislike of the way Mayim pauses after correct answers. As a viewer, I find it distracting. As a contestant, it might find it throws off my game play.

    While Mayim has improved as a host since her first go-round, Ken has become nearly “Alex-like” in his ability. I think he would do much better as host, but according to Andy’s editorial comment, it sounds as if the powers-that-be really want Mayim. I guess I should hope that her sitcom is a big success and keeps her too tied up to be anything more than a host for the tournaments.

  8. Nice competitive game to end the week. I’m looking forward to seeing these three again next week. Hopefully all the semifinal matches will be very competitive.

  9. What a well played game by all three. Hard to remember the last time, if ever, 3rd place going into Final had as much as $14,800. And the clues weren’t all that easy, at least to me. I thought Deborah bet too much in FJ though. She should have figured $14,800 would be enough but $9,800 might not be so maybe she should have bet zero. Glad she made still made it.

  10. What was the clue about Damascus?

  11. Pizza Face Fred | December 10, 2021 at 10:48 pm |

    . . . writing,” leads off . . .

  12. Thanks for pointing out the fact that Bialik fails to inform players of the $1,000 and $2,000 bets allowed in Double Jeopardy.

    Today’s professor J.P. Allen demonstrated exactly why Matt Amodio began every response with “What is…?” when he wasted precious seconds trying to figure out whether he was going to say “Who is” or “What is.” Matt’s strategy was to not even think about it.

  13. I am of the opinion that a player should know they can wager up to $1,000 in the Jeopardy round and $2,000 in Double Jeopardy. If they forgot, it is reviewed during the morning orientation. I’ve always thought the host’s explanation was for the viewers at home. It’s kind of like a tie in pro football, the players should know that stuff!

  14. Again tonight Mayim Bialik doesn’t tell contestants they can bet up to $1000 if they get the daily double square and they have less in their account. How long are the producers going to let this go?

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