Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, December 2, 2021


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Journalists in History) for Thursday, December 2, 2021 (Season 38, Game 59):

Bismarck Tribune correspondent Mark Kellogg died June 25, 1876 while on a field assignment covering this man

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Jessica Morgan, a writer from Pasadena, California
Jessica Morgan on Jeopardy!
Sinnott Martin, an attorney from New Orleans, Louisiana
Sinnott Martin on Jeopardy!
Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California (11-day total: $421,200)
Amy Schneider on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is George Armstrong Custer?


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Mark Kellogg was writing for the Bismarck Tribune (and the Associated Press) alongside George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn (an 1876 military engagement in Montana against the Lakota, Dakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho) when Custer’s forces suffered an overwhelming defeat. Custer and Kellogg were both killed in the engagement; Kellogg is seen today as the first Associated Press journalist to be killed in the line of duty.

As someone who has watched a lot of Jeopardy! over the years, the date in late June of 1876 should immediately point you in the direction of the Battle of the Little Bighorn; from there, it’s a quick matter of ascertaining what the clue in this case wants (in this case, “this man” points you in the direction of Custer.)


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

Scores going into Final:
Amy $36,800
Sinnott $4,800
Jessica $3,000


Tonight’s results:
Jessica $3,000 – $1,900 = $1,100 (Who is ?)
Sinnott $4,800 + $4,000 = $8,800 (Who is Gen. Custer?)
Amy $36,800 + $25,000 = $61,800 (Who is Custer?) (12-day total: $483,000)


Amy Schneider, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 2, 2021.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Amy $7,800
Jessica $3,800
Sinnott $3,200


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Opening break taken after: 16 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) FICTION $600 (clue #8)
Amy 1600 +1600 (Sinnott -1000 Jessica 0)
2) SAILING THE BLACK SEA $1600 (clue #9)
Sinnott 4400 -4400 (Amy 13400 Jessica 3800)
3) WORDS IN ELEMENTS $2000 (clue #15, $18000 left on board)
Amy 19400 +9000 (Sinnott 0 Jessica 3800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 46


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 $28,800 Coryat, 33 correct, 1 incorrect, 54.39% in first on buzzer (31/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Sinnott $9,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 4 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Jessica $3,000 Coryat, 7 correct, 2 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $41,000
Lach Trash: $6,800 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,200

Amy Schneider, career statistics:
364 correct, 18 incorrect
22/24 on rebound attempts (on 49 rebound opportunities)
47.79% in first on buzzer (325/680)
18/21 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $55,200)
11/12 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,367

Sinnott Martin, career statistics:
14 correct, 4 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,400)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,200

Jessica Morgan, career statistics:
7 correct, 3 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,000

Amy Schneider, to win:
13 games: 91.245%
14: 83.257%
15: 75.968%
16: 69.318%
17: 63.249%
Avg. streak: 22.423 games.

Today’s interviews:
Jessica is a pop culture and fashion reporter that also writes novels.
Sinnott got to ride in a Mardi Gras parade.
Amy had a treasured childhood possession of a Care Bear made by her mother.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Amy’s single-game score today is #33 all-time in regular play, and the 12th-best not that does not belong to James Holzhauer.
  • Amy moves to #5 in all-time regular play winnings, and #13 in all-time winnings (including tournaments).
  • At 364, Amy moves to 16th all-time in terms of number of known correct responses given on the show. Chuck Forrest sits 15th at 374.

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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, December 2, 2021"

  1. Matthew Leasure | December 2, 2021 at 10:11 am |

    Rooting for Amy yet again today. I completely agree with you, though; this clue does seem like a slam dunk for any long-time Jeopardy! watcher.

    • Michael Johnston | December 3, 2021 at 8:20 am |

      tch I didn’t know it 🙁 And I didn’t know Wednesday’s FJ either… Hoping I can get off the schneid Friday.

  2. Interesting. I never knew there was any kind of reporter at Little Big Horn….. Live and learn on Jeopardy…..

  3. The reporter, Mr. Kellogg, would probably have begun his dispatch back to the Bismarck Tribune: “Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows (especially the arrows) of outrageous fortune, or take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them. General George Armstrong Custer (and this reporter) did just that today in a windswept prairie at Little Big Horn in Montana today. The result: Indians 1 Custer 0.”

  4. aaronthecrystalclod2002 | December 2, 2021 at 1:46 pm |

    That has to be the highest one day amount a female has won on Jeopardy… she may be James Holzhauer in female form, at least when it comes to Final Jeopardy wagers.

  5. Debbie Stover | December 2, 2021 at 1:47 pm |

    Wow. Amy is kicking some serious — you know. If you had to guess today who would win in a face-off between her and Matt Amodio, where would you put your money? I think I’d have to lean toward Amy, because of her near infallibility in Final (92 percent correct, vs. Matt’s 74 percent), although Matt was a bit better on the buzzer (56 percent vs. Amy’s 48). I certainly hope the TOC ends with them pitted against each other. Perhaps we shouldn’t count Jonathan out, although I would. His stats are just not as good in company this elite — 67 percent correct in FJ, 44 percent on the buzzer.

    What an exciting time to be watching Jeopardy.

    • aaronthecrystalclod2002 | December 2, 2021 at 1:54 pm |

      I predict this – Matt Amodio, Amy Schneider, and Brian Chang in the TOC finals. Book it.

    • Debbie Stover | December 2, 2021 at 1:58 pm |

      I should have said, too, that Amy’s incorrect response rate is only around 5 percent, vs. Matt’s 10. I love Matt, but I think Amy’s better.

      It’s kind of funny when you think about it. Jeopardy held its GOAT tournament less than two years ago, and this year we’ve had two players who make a strong case for organizing round 2. (I know; Ken couldn’t defend that title.)

    • I think you can throw that stat out on Final Jeopardy. I’ve been getting most of the recent ones, something I wasn’t doing on Matt’s streak.

  6. 483 thousand dollars definitely is a big amount. Amy is kicking some serious butt today. She is definitely closing in on Matt Jackson’s 13 day total. This final jeopardy was a slam dunk since I heard of Custer and his last stand thing. Definitely an easy battle if you know the Big Horn event.

  7. Brad (not Rutter) | December 2, 2021 at 5:01 pm |

    Total annihilation.

  8. Roy Kellerman | December 2, 2021 at 5:30 pm |

    If Amy wins tonight and passes Julia Collins, is she now the leading woman on the all-time list?

  9. I knew the answer by the date of the occurrence, because I attended high school about 15 miles north of where the battle occurred!

  10. Pizza Face Fred | December 2, 2021 at 10:51 pm |

    Custer). Alternatively, as a parenthetical expression standing on its own: (In this case, “this man” points you in the direction of Custer.) When a complete, independent sentence is entirely enclosed by parentheses, the period goes inside the closing parenthesis.

  11. Andy can probably chime in here. I don’t believe Jessica participated in DJ at all (didn’t ring in even once) I assume this has happened before? Are there statistics on such a shutout?

    • She did participate, though not too well. She had $3800 at the end of the Jeopardy round and $3000 going into the final (see stats above).

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