Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, December 31, 2021


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Music Legends) for Friday, December 31, 2021 (Season 38, Game 80):

Of their July 1957 first meeting at a church fair, one of this pair recalled: “I was a fat schoolboy and… he was drunk”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Arjun Sivakumar, an attorney from Costa Mesa, California
Arjun Sivakumar on Jeopardy!
Dan Patton, a retired cybersecurity specialist from Washington, DC
Dan Patton on Jeopardy!
Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California (22-day total: $831,600)
Amy Schneider on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who are John Lennon & Paul McCartney?


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The July 6, 1957 meeting of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the two main songwriters of The Beatles, took place at St Peter’s Church in Woolton, Liverpool, England. Lennon was a member of the Quarrymen skiffle group at the time. The group’s bassist, Ivan Vaughan, was classmates with McCartney and introduced the two. McCartney showed Lennon how to tune a guitar and Lennon was quickly impressed.


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Scores going into Final:
Amy $42,000
Arjun $11,200
Dan $2,100


Tonight’s results:
Dan $2,100 – $2,000 = $100 (Who are Simon Simon + Garfunkel?)
Arjun $11,200 – $6,999 = $4,201 (Who are Simon & Garfunkel?)
Amy $42,000 – $18,000 = $24,000 (Who are Simon and Garfunkel?) (23-day total: $855,600)


Amy Schneider, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 31, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Amy $16,000
Arjun $4,800
Dan -$400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) NEW YORK-SET FICTION $600 (clue #24)
Amy 10400 +4000 (Dan -400 Arjun 3400)
2) MODERN FOLK HEROES $2000 (clue #9)
Amy 24000 +8000 (Dan 400 Arjun 5600)
3) PLANTS & ANIMALS $1200 (clue #17, $13600 left on board)
Dan 2000 -1500 (Amy 35200 Arjun 8000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -3


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 $32,600 Coryat, 36 correct, 0 incorrect, 59.65% in first on buzzer (34/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Arjun $11,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Dan $3,600 Coryat, 5 correct, 2 incorrect, 10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $47,400
Lach Trash: $3,200 (on 2 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,400

Amy Schneider, career statistics:
729 correct, 43 incorrect
37/42 on rebound attempts (on 86 rebound opportunities)
50.80% in first on buzzer (664/1307)
37/43 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $120,600)
19/23 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,296

Dan Patton, career statistics:
5 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,600

Arjun Sivakumar, career statistics:
16 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200

Amy Schneider, to win:
24 games: 90.779%
25: 82.408%
26: 74.809%
27: 67.911%
28: 61.649%
Avg. streak: 32.845 games.

Today’s interviews:
Arjun missed the last shuttle bus at Yosemite Valley by 15 minutes.
Dan got to see a feeding at a shark zoo at the Great Barrier Reef.
Amy is a fan of watching online marble races.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Thanks to Eugene Byon for his help in watching today’s episode, from KTRK Houston.
  • $32,600 is tied for the 44th-best known Coryat score of all time.
  • Props to Amy for having the foresight to try to find the Daily Double in NEW YORK-SET FICTION, immediately going to $600.

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29 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, December 31, 2021"

  1. Marvin Gregory “Greg” Fuller | December 31, 2021 at 9:59 am | Reply

    I guessed Simon and Garfunkel.

    • It’s definitely a 50-50 here to those who are just guessing, but 1957 is a pretty important year in the mind of a Beatles fan.

      • The clue said ‘this pair’ led me to think of a duo so my first thought was Jan and Dean.

      • It almost seems like this week, the writers are on a mission to make FJs as misleading as possible. “pair” = 2 out of 4? Then you have to guess which two? Come on.

        A well-written clue gives you something to latch onto without having to know minutiae about the subject matter. These this week have not been that.

        • I’m sorry, but John Lennon & Paul McCartney are on another level legendarily than George Harrison & Ringo Starr are, and their initial meeting is a major part of music history.

          This was a perfectly cromulent clue.

          • And what is there to lead one from “pair” to a group consisting of four members and away from an actual pair? When all three contestants, including one of the all-time greats, give the same incorrect response, I think it’s fair to look at the clue as potentially not quite cromulent.

          • Sometimes, it’s incumbent upon the viewer to know things — in this case, the fact that Lennon & McCartney have joint songwriting credit on the significant majority of the group’s discography.

            I also don’t think I’m using hyperbole when I say that The Beatles are the most important musical act of all time.

          • I’ll also add that mentioning a fair seemed to be a red flashing light for S&G…

    • I had to look up cromulent 🙂 That may be my last new word of the year. Thanks, Andy.

  2. Simon and Garfunkel were 2 Jewish boys from Queens. Highly doubtful they would have been at a church fair. I believe they were friends in high school.

  3. “Schoolboy” seems more like a British than an American term, narrowing the choices considerably.

    • Good observation. It’s a combination of little clues like that which generally lead to the elimination of most wrong choices. Like the fact that one of them was drunk…

  4. I did guess this one correctly with 1957 tending to be Lennon-McCartney but the fat comment sort of threw me off as Lennon reacted very much to being called the fat Beatle by a reporter and I never thought of McCartney ever being fat. Lennon being drunk wouldn’t surprise me.

  5. Being an avid Beatles fan since 1964
    helped with this FJ.

  6. Personally, I would have preferred “this pair” replaced with “the two”. I think that is way more honest than pair. That said, I have watched Jeopardy forever so I always defer to the experts and professionals running the show.

  7. I am a huge fan of the Beatles as I have listened to their songs time and time again. John Lennon’s imagine was my favorite. But still Simon and garfunkle not really

  8. I think when people here the term “pair” they immediately went to musical acts that were duos.
    Here, I feel they were referring to them as the famous songwriting duo, and not two of the four Beatles, per se.

    In this case, don’t forget the clue…”Music Legends.” Many “music legends” exist on the other side of the recording booth. Take Berry Gordy, for example. He and Smokey Robinson also met in 1957.

    The red herring that really through me off here was the reference to the fat schoolboy, having seen hundreds of pics of Lennon and Mccartney, young and old, I would never have deemed either as fat.

    • BTW…for any Beatle and/or S+G fan…this video is a must watch…

      I can say, with confidence, that this was probably the greatest musical performance EVER on Saturday Night Live…Just two guys with guitars.

  9. Matthew Yothers | December 31, 2021 at 7:19 pm | Reply

    WOW! Amy enjoys watching the Marble League as well! Count me in!

  10. I immediately thought Lennon/McCartney even forgetting to look at the category. Somehow I can just picture them as a fat schoolboy and a (teenage) drunk.

  11. Oh Wow! Amy is a fan of a sport that was on the Ocho in 2020!

  12. I am a big Beatles fan and got the final question right. I know that the quote from McCartney is correct, but I think that he must have been joking with the fat part of the statement. In none of the pictures of him does he appear to be fat. So it is no wonder that all three contestants muffed this one.

  13. I was born in 1960, raised on Beatles music. I got today’s final with only one second thought.

  14. Andy,
    I would imagine it’s happened before but pretty rare: an FJ triple stumper where all three contestants give the same answer – any stats?

    • Michael Johnston | January 1, 2022 at 9:38 am | Reply

      I thought that was unusual as well.
      I had no clue, so I closed the week, month and year out with a two-game losing streak ;p Glad to see Amy doing better, first response time up, no incorrect responses in regular play and a cromulent FJ wager that just happened to not work out this time.

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