Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category European Rivers) for Tuesday, December 28, 2021 (Season 38, Game 77):

The flooding of this river in 1966 destroyed or damaged some 14,000 works of art, many of them priceless

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Chas Abdel-Nabi, a learning developer from Decatur, Georgia
Chas Abdel-Nabi on Jeopardy!
Josette Curtis, a registered dietitian from Anacortes, Washington
Josette Curtis on Jeopardy!
Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California (19-day total: $745,200)
Amy Schneider on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the Arno?

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After significant rainfall in the fall of 1966, the Arno River overflowed its banks as it went through Florence on November 4 of that year, causing widespread damage to both the city and its priceless cultural items. Works such as Ghiberti’s “Doors of Paradise” were damaged, and thousands of manuscripts had to be rescued from the city’s Uffizi museum.

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

Scores going into Final:
Amy $23,400
Josette $11,200
Chas $8,400

Tonight’s results:
Chas $8,400 – $8,400 = $0 (What is the Seine?)
Josette $11,200 – $5,601 = $5,599 (What is the Seine?)
Amy $23,400 + $0 = $23,400 (What is the Arno?) (20-day total: $768,600)

Amy Schneider, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 28, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Amy $12,400
Josette $4,400
Chas $1,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE SPACE PROGRAM $600 (clue #4)
Amy 400 +1000 (Josette 200 Chas 200)
2) THAT’S BOGUS $1600 (clue #13)
Amy 20800 -6000 (Josette 4400 Chas 4800)
3) ASIAN HISTORY $800 (clue #29, $400 left on board)
Amy 23200 +200 (Josette 11200 Chas 8000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 72

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 11 (0.14 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Amy $29,600 Coryat, 34 correct, 1 incorrect, 56.14% in first on buzzer (32/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Josette $11,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Chas $8,400 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $49,200
Lach Trash: $1,600 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,200

Amy Schneider, career statistics:
635 correct, 36 incorrect
33/37 on rebound attempts (on 75 rebound opportunities)
50.62% in first on buzzer (575/1136)
33/39 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $101,600)
17/20 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,590

Josette Curtis, career statistics:
12 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200

Chas Abdel-Nabi, career statistics:
10 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,400

Amy Schneider, to win:
21 games: 91.957%
22: 84.561%
23: 77.759%
24: 71.505%
25: 65.754%
Avg. streak: 31.433 games.

Today’s interviews:
Chas ran away to join the circus after college, as a fire eater.
Josette saw very little of her husband in her first year of marriage due to Navy service.
Amy is wearing a sweater in honor of Julia Collins.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I think Amy was in a tough betting spot here on the final Daily Double. With the way the scores were, she wins on any correct response. Here at TJF, I’m OK with the small bet, as it gave her a back door into regaining the runaway on clue #30.
  • Amy moves to #5 all-time, behind Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer, Matt Amodio, and Brad Rutter, in terms of number of correct responses on the show (635), passing Jason Zuffranieri.
  • In contrast to Mayim in the Professors Tournament, Ken did point out that Amy was able to bet up to $1,000 on the first Daily Double. This sort of attention to detail makes me here at TJF feel that Ken is a better host than Mayim.
  • I know my Thoughts are weirded oddly; it’s because there’s a user on YouTube who’s been copying things verbatim and putting them as comments.

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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, December 28, 2021"

  1. This is a tough FJ as it requires deep knowledge of art history and there is nothing in the wording to suggest Florence or Arno (Seine is an obvious go-to). Am very curious to see Amy’s response.

    • I was thinking Italy, but my knowledge of rivers in Italy was nil. Now, at least I know ‘Arno’.

      • In same boat — I figured Italy would be the European country with the most valuable “art per acre” (condensed within cities, which are usually sited on rivers), but couldn’t think of any river names. [Read “most” as quantity of valuable art, not how valuable.]

  2. David John Craven | December 28, 2021 at 10:54 am |

    Interesting. Unlike some other responses, I thought this was very very easy. If you were born before 1960, it would be hard to forget all of the front page news about the flooding in Florence and the threats to all of the great works of Art. It was also discussed, in some detail, in National Geographic, which from the time that I was six onward was monthly reading material. If you have been to Florence and see the Arno, its hard to imagine that this tiny little stream could actually create serious flooding. My guess is that this is an easy correct FJ for the Champion.

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      • Hi Andy – Zev form Scrabble here: I taped the show and each time I listen to Amy’s answer , I hear : PERVARICATION , NOT PREVARICATION. If she said the former , like it sounds to me, it is wrong because it requires the PRE- prefix to fit the clue. What do you hear her say ??

        • I heard PRE-, Zev.

          Also, note that the judges have access to isolated audio for each contestant, with the ability to listen during stoppages if need be. If they felt that she said “Per”, then they would have announced a scoring change.

        • Depending on either (or both) the region one is from or individual mouth structure, one might pronounce it “prEvarication” or “pruhvarication” (both correctly beginning with “pr”), but I feel the latter is more likely to be miss-heard as “pervarication”.

  3. Andy, if I’m reading the scores correctly (and you transcribed them accurately), it looks like betting small was the safe and only bet on DD3. Anything less than $800 (locking the game except for a wrong DD from Amy and a correct answer on Clue #30 for Josette) seems like an excellent bet here.

    Even though I think it would be foolish to bet for a tie, this is one case where Jeopardy’s dumb “you must be $5” rule hurts the bettor. (That rule is pretty clearly in order to generate stakes for the DD.)

    • If you acknowledge that any incorrect response risks losing the runaway and any correct response cements the game, you could go as high as $5,800.

    • Michael Johnston | December 28, 2021 at 3:39 pm |

      Well, my FJ streak ended at 3 🙁 After getting “Waiting for Godot” yesterday, I had no clue about this one.
      The small bet IS the safe one, but not the only one. It seems like it would be out of character for Amy to play that way in this situation, but someone aggressive could go for a larger bet like Andy proposes, where you still would have a Crush game even if you’re wrong.

  4. Matthew Leasure | December 28, 2021 at 3:31 pm |

    As someone who’s currently taking AP Art History, I feel this is still a tough clue. Also rooting for Amy to the the record for most regular-season wins for any woman! As a matter of fact, I’ve also gotten my friends to start watching J! because of Amy!

  5. I haven’t studied much art history but I know about the Arno river. It’s a tough clue though I am happy to see Amy getting it. With 20 wins she now has surpassed Julia Collins. I think we are going to enjoy seeing Amy continuing her win to ring in the New year

  6. I was thinking the Nile for the aswan dam. Or flooding of a river in China. Yangtze or yellow river.
    Shows what I don’t know.

  7. How come Amy has not figured out “Forgery” in a DD? I have, and English is not my first language.
    I’m glad that mistake was not the end of her.

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