Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, December 17, 2021


Happy Friday! Today’s the final day of the Professors Tournament; Amy Schneider returns on Monday in search of her 14th victory. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category French Artists) for Friday, December 17, 2021 (Season 38, Game 70):

The catalog of MOMA’s first exhibition called this artist who died in 1891 a “man of science” & “inventor of a method”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Alisa Hove, a botany professor at Warren Wilson University in Asheville, North Carolina (yesterday’s total: $3,800)
Alisa Hove on Jeopardy!
Ed Hashima, a history professor at American River College in Sacramento, California (yesterday’s total: $4,600)
Ed Hashima on Jeopardy!
Sam Buttrey, an associate professor of operations research at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California (yesterday’s total: $20,000)
Sam Buttrey on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Sam Buttrey had an excellent game yesterday, picking up $20,000 and holding a bit of a lead over Ed and Alisa. However, in order to make sure that he holds the lead today going into Final Jeopardy! (as today’s pre-Final scores can be doubled), Sam’s going to need to be $7,700 ahead of Ed and $8,100 ahead of Alisa.

Meanwhile, it just occurred to me this morning that the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey is just a stone’s throw away from both Pebble Beach (one of the gems of American golf) and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (one of the gems of American motorsport).


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Correct response: Who is Georges Seurat?


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Georges Seurat shared the MOMA’s first exhibition—taking place from Nov. 7-Dec. 7, 1929—with Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent Van Gogh, four of the preeminent European Post-Impressionist painters; Seurat was selected due to his use of pointillism, the painting technique where small distinct dots of color are applied to form an image; Seurat and Paul Signac developed that style. (interestingly, that basic principle is still used today by inkjet printers.) A Sunday on La Grande Jatte is Seurat’s best-known work.

The MOMA website still contains the catalog from the initial 1929 exhibition.


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

Scores going into Final:
Ed $15,400
Sam $13,600
Alisa -$1,800


Tonight’s results:
Alisa -$1,800 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy) (Final score: $3,800 = $25,000)
Sam $13,600 + $2,000 = $15,600 + $20,000 = $35,600 ($100,000) (Who is Seurat?)
Ed $15,400 – $13,700 = $1,700 + $4,600 = $6,300 ($50,000) (Who is Claude Mone)


Sam Buttrey, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 17, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Sam $6,800
Ed $5,200
Alisa $3,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND $600 (clue #3)
Ed 600 +600 (Sam 0 Alisa 0)
2) LATIN MOTTOES & PHRASES $1600 (clue #7)
Sam 8800 +2000 (Ed 6400 Alisa 2600)
3) POETIC OBJECTS $800 (clue #16, $20400 left on board)
Ed 12800 -2200 (Sam 12000 Alisa -200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 66


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:
Sam $13,200 Coryat, 22 correct, 3 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Ed $17,600 Coryat, 22 correct, 4 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Alisa -$1,800 Coryat, 8 correct, 5 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $29,000
Lach Trash: $9,400 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $15,600

Sam Buttrey, career statistics:
101 correct, 6 incorrect
5/6 on rebound attempts (on 16 rebound opportunities)
41.67% in first on buzzer (95/228)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,400)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,250

Ed Hashima, career statistics:
90 correct, 16 incorrect
12/13 on rebound attempts (on 23 rebound opportunities)
35.96% in first on buzzer (82/228)
5/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,800)
1/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,500

Alisa Hove, career statistics:
46 correct, 13 incorrect
2/4 on rebound attempts (on 18 rebound opportunities)
21.78% in first on buzzer (49/225)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,600)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,500

Today’s interviews:
Alisa wants to credit many of her past mentors.
Ed was most influenced by his mother-in-law to take the Jeopardy! test.
Sam thinks his wife is really good at Jeopardy!

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I thought that the professors played the Daily Doubles much too conservatively, especially Ed today—he was still losing significantly when he found the final Daily Double. Sam may need to get comfortable with more aggressive play to be competitive in the Tournament of Champions.
  • On LATIN MOTTOES & PHRASES $2000, Sam was ruled incorrect because he said “Civius” instead of “Citius”, not because of “Fortibus”/”Fortius”. I missed that on first watch myself.

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14 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, December 17, 2021"

  1. Well, excussse me. How can you not connect the dots pointing to the correct question today?

  2. Could this be a triple stumper waiting to happen?

    • Michael Johnston | December 17, 2021 at 1:44 pm |

      :p I didn’t get it, but I’m not astonished that Sam did, his knowledge breadth is marked. As Andy says, he’s probably going to need to adjust his style to do well in the ToC. He did make a good wager in FJ.

  3. I got seurat as well but I am not surprised that Alisa ended up not being able to participate in the finals after a disappointing game yesterday but still congrats to Sam on winning the 100k. He will need to play more aggressively in the tournament of Champions later on.

  4. I really enjoyed watching Sam in this tournament, but it may be tough for him to make it out of the quarters in the TOC. It will be interesting to see if he can ring in quickly enough to beat the exceptional buzzer timers he will face in that.

  5. Sam was slightly better than Ed, so perhaps it’s great that he won. I can see Sam as the 3-seed, but at worst the 4-seed in the TOC. I think he knows things that Amy and Matt don’t know, so it should be interesting. I especially loved his knowledge of words that are not used any more.

  6. I enjoyed this event tremendously. I thought the clues were appreciably harder, and I think that both Sam and Ed (and on the right day, Alisa) would have made a lot of money in regular play.

  7. Pizza Face Fred | December 17, 2021 at 10:48 pm |

    Six correct Final responses all tournament. Last week I got two when there were four; this week, when there were only two, I got none but guessed a contestant wrong answer in four games. Today my second guess was Seurat. I must be professor material . . .

  8. With a $15400 lead over Ed from yesterday, for Sam to be a lock before Final Jeopardy: S + 15400 >= 2E. Or S/2 + 7700 >= E. Since he wasn’t quite there it wasn’t quite a lock. 13600/2 = 6800 , + 7700 = 14500 < 15400.

  9. I understand that, by rule, Alisa could not play Final Jeopardy. And, her score was low enough from the first day to be in third place no matter what. My question: if Sam had been negative (never) but, if so… his first day score might have been enough for the win, right?

  10. George Brett | December 18, 2021 at 7:53 pm |

    How many times has there been a negative score in a tournament final game?

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