Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, December 20, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Fictional Characters) for Monday, December 20, 2021 (Season 38, Game 71):

Introduced in 1938 & inspired by movie character Torchy Blane of the Morning Herald, she has since gone on to win a fictional Pulitzer

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Do Park, a sportswriter from Minneapolis. Minnesota
Do Park on Jeopardy!
Erin Creed, a middle school teacher from Williams Bay, Wisconsin
Erin Creed on Jeopardy!
Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California (13-day total: $536,400)
Amy Schneider on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: The Professors Tournament is done, and Amy Schneider gets to resume her run as a 13-day champion, having won $536,400. Will she make it 14 wins tonight? Erin and Do will have something to say about it. The show was running promos for tonight’s game last week, which means that tonight’s game may well be an interesting one!

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Correct response: Who is Lois Lane?

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Not only was Torchy Blane the inspiration for the character Lois Lane, famously Clark Kent (Superman)’s co-worker at the Daily Planet in the DC Comics series, the name Lois Lane comes from the name of the actress Lola Lane, who portrayed Blane in the 1938 film Torchy Blane in Panama.

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

Scores going into Final:
Amy $23,800
Do $17,200
Erin $3,600

Tonight’s results:
Erin $3,600 + $3,600 = $7,200 (Who is Lois Lane?)
Do $17,200 – $3,999 = $13,201 (Who is Ms. Mrs. Marpole?)
Amy $23,800 + $11,000 = $34,800 (Who is Lois Lane?) (14-day total: $571,200)

Amy Schneider, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 20, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Amy $9,400
Do $3,200
Erin $2,000

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) JOY TO THE WORLD $800 (clue #9)
Erin 1000 -1000 (Amy 3200 Do 0)
2) THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE $1600 (clue #4)
Do 4400 +4400 (Amy 10200 Erin 2400)
3) SKIING AROUND THE WORLD $2000 (clue #21, $9600 left on board)
Amy 19000 +4000 (Erin 2800 Do 11200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 21

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 11 (0.15 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Amy $21,800 Coryat, 30 correct, 3 incorrect, 52.63% in first on buzzer (30/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Do $14,400 Coryat, 17 correct, 0 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Erin $4,600 Coryat, 8 correct, 3 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,800
Lach Trash: $6,200 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,000

Amy Schneider, career statistics:
432 correct, 26 incorrect
24/27 on rebound attempts (on 53 rebound opportunities)
49.50% in first on buzzer (393/794)
21/24 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $68,200)
13/14 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,229

Erin Creed, career statistics:
9 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,600

Do Park, career statistics:
17 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,400)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,400

Amy Schneider, to win:
15 games: 91.539%
16: 83.795%
17: 76.705%
18: 70.215%
19: 64.275%
Avg. streak: 24.820 games.

Today’s interviews:
Do has never been to a hockey or football game.
Erin is a 5th-generation teacher.
Amy has a tattoo of Ozma of Oz (Ozma was in the sequels).

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Amy surpasses Jason Zuffranieri and Roger Craig for #8 on the all-time winnings list (including tournaments). Matt Jackson sits #7 at $611,612.
  • At 432, Amy passes Jerome Vered for #10 all time in terms of the number of correct responses given on the show.
  • Daily Double wagering is much harder than Final Jeopardy wagering, and DD3 was in a tricky situation today, especially with it being at the $2000 level. Hindsight is also 20-20.

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, December 20, 2021"

  1. Michael Johnston | December 20, 2021 at 2:07 pm |

    Yeah, I don’t see a big problem with Amy’s final DD wager. She made a good FJ wager, which I was glad to see (no big deal if you just round up to the nearest 200 dollars). I was glad for myself after whiffing on the last three FJs! :/ I think I recall reading about Torchy Blane in a Superman history before, but it was the ‘1938’ clue drop that cued me.

  2. So happy to see Amy back and continuing on. Am I the only one who guessed Brenda Starr?

  3. Your concern is that Amy lost the crush, Andy? Her FJ correct percentage is so high, and the DD was on the $2000 level. Plus she locked the lead heading into FJ (barring any wrong answers on her part). I quite like that wager, actually. Do and Erin wagered nicely as well. The rare well-wagered game!

  4. I like the wagers today made by all the players. Furthermore, speaking of Lois Lane I have seen so much superman movies and cartoons lately that I think there should be more of Lois Lane appearances in the near future. As a fan of Superman, I am hoping everyone will get this one.

  5. Jim Cardillo | December 20, 2021 at 3:34 pm |

    Darn, I wasn’t thinking of the rhyme (Blane/Lane) and instantly thought of Brenda Starr.

  6. I also thought Brenda Starr.

    • Michael Johnston | December 20, 2021 at 8:28 pm |

      1940! I had no idea that Brenda Starr was that old 😲 I always had the idea it started in the 50s :/

  7. Myron Rushetzky | December 20, 2021 at 7:34 pm |

    Mayim Bialik is introduced as “the host of Jeopardy!” and Ken Jennings is introduced as “hosting Jeopardy!” Why the difference?

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