Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, December 15, 2021


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Awards) for Wednesday, December 15, 2021 (Season 38, Game 68):

The Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award honors influential people from this state, including Western author Louis L’Amour

(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!
Gary Hollis, a chemistry professor at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia
Gary Hollis on Jeopardy!
Ed Hashima, a history professor at American River College in Sacramento, California
Ed Hashima on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Today’s game should see fireworks—Ed, Gary, and Deborah were all very strong in their respective quarterfinals, though Ed was the strongest of the three on the buzzer. Ed should probably be the favorite to make the finals, but Final Jeopardy can always derail someone who’s been dominating—much like Lewis Hamilton got derailed at the end on Sunday after dominating most of the proceedings in the Formula 1 race.


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Correct response: What is North Dakota?


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The Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award is awarded in North Dakota as the 26th President spent many of his formative years in the state; Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the North Dakota Badlands was also named for him.

You can find a full list of recipients at the North Dakota governor’s website.


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

Scores going into Final:
Ed $15,600
Gary $10,200
Deborah $4,200


Tonight’s results:
Deborah $4,200 – $0 = $4,200 (What is Texas?)
Gary $10,200 – $8,000 = $2,200 (What is New Mexico?)
Ed $15,600 – $5,000 = $10,600 (What is Wyoming?) (Finalist)


Ed Hashima, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 15, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ed $6,000
Gary $1,400
Deborah $1,000


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Opening break taken after: 14 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) PREQUELS & SEQUELS $800 (clue #14)
Gary 800 +800 (Ed 3600 Deborah -400)
2) WORLD CITIES $1600 (clue #11)
Deborah 3400 -2000 (Ed 6000 Gary 8200)
3) CZECHS $1200 (clue #18, $12400 left on board)
Ed 12400 +1200 (Gary 7000 Deborah 1800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 31


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 11 (0.16 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Ed $15,600 Coryat, 23 correct, 5 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 5/6 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Deborah $6,200 Coryat, 10 correct, 3 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
Gary $10,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 6 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,000
Lach Trash: $9,600 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,400

Ed Hashima, career statistics:
54 correct, 8 incorrect
7/8 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
42.11% in first on buzzer (48/114)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,600)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,300

Gary Hollis, career statistics:
41 correct, 8 incorrect
6/6 on rebound attempts (on 16 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (38/114)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,600

Deborah Steinberger, career statistics:
28 correct, 6 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (24/114)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,800)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,600

Today’s interviews:
Deborah teaches at Joe Biden’s alma mater and also teaches at the first US school with a study abroad program.
Gary has been coaching Roanoke’s quiz bowl team since 1995.
Ed owns a pair of Beatles records with great personal significance.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Ed should have bet no more than $4,801.
  • I understand that contestants are briefed on the rules, but it’s stressful under the lights. I believe that the host should remind players that they can bet up to maximum value on the board. Mayim has failed to do so for the third time this tournament. Not only that, an extra $200 for Gary would have taken this game from a “crush” game to a “two-thirds” game.

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, December 15, 2021"

  1. To me, clues about the Dakotas, and to some extent the Carolinas, are always tricky. Even if you know it’s one of the two states, you have to try to figure out which one.

    • True…I would’ve guessed South Dakota…

      BTW…the famous “Frontiersman” photos of Teddy (https://www.masshist.org/database/viewer.php?item_id=3251&mode=large&img_step=1&amp😉 were largely staged to build an image for TR as a rough and tumble kind of guy, knowing it would favorably pave the way towards the White House. At the time, TR had not spent much time outside of NY…and one other little tidbit that tell-tales his aristocratic roots in NY, the knife on his belt, it’s from Tiffany & Co.

    • It’s challenging but a good clue I think. Probably if you know that Teddy National Park is in ND you will get it, if not you can still make a good guess.

  2. I think two stronger players actually make things easier for the third place player – since first and second place will more than likely be within super close range and bet everything, or close to it, allowing for third place to usurp the both of them and win with the proper bet.

  3. I have heard about the rough riders and Teddy Roosevelt so its obvious to me that the park is in North Dakota. I would not have gone for south dakota because that is where Mount Rushmore is and it has the face of Roosevelt but no rough riders there.

  4. Getting a crush is so important.

    What was wrong with Ed’s bet, Andy? Stayed ahead of Gary’s pre-FJ total.

  5. Badlands are in South Dakota not North Dakota per Mayim’s comment on final answer

  6. $4801 would have put him $1 over David if he had bet everything. Best to leave yourself with as much as possible.

  7. Final Jeopardys have been killers all tournament- no more than 1 correct answer in 8 games and several zero correct. Should this influence FJ betting strategy in the finals?

    • I think it should influence whoever decides what FJ clues to use. In 24 tries, there have been 6 correct responses. I would certainly hope Jeopardy producers are not proud of that. Most of he FJs seem more appropriate for a TOC.

  8. This was another question I knew right off the bat, since I’ve been to the place after going to high school in Montana only about 200 miles west of it. Yep, and as I said, where I went to high school is only 15 miles north of where Custer met his demise. The area where Montana, the Dakotas, and Wyoming come together is obviously chock full of the history of the Wild West.

  9. Well, like a good Jeopardy fan, I checked my comment, and “it” should be “chock-full,” with the hyphen.

  10. Agreed about Mayim’s repeated failure to remind a contestant whose score is less than the Daily Double that they can bet up to 1000 (2000 in the Double Jeopardy round). It’s really poor form for the host to say nothing in that situation.

  11. Correct me if I’m wrong, but weren’t the Ottawa Rough Riders named because of Teddy Roosevelt? It’s a shame that Rough Riders can’t be used in Ottawa, and having to be stuck with a ballsy name like REDBLACKS.

  12. lol – second day in a row I GUESSED the SAME wrong answer as the winner did.

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