Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, December 6, 2021

Hello, friends! Today is Day #1 of the 2021 Professors Tournament! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Aesthetic Movements) for Monday, December 6, 2021 (Season 38, Game 61):

This turn-of-the-century movement was alternately known around the world as Nieuwe Kunst & Modernista

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Gary Hollis, a chemistry professor at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia
Gary Hollis on Jeopardy!
Gautam Hans, an associate clinical professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tennessee
Gautam Hans on Jeopardy!
Hester Blum, an English professor at Penn State University in University Park, Pennsylvania
Hester Blum on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Today is the first day of a new tournament, the first-ever Professors Tournament. I commend Jeopardy! for trying new things within the confines of its usual format. This Professors Tournament was definitely the brainchild of Mike Richards; Amy Schneider’s run continues December 20. As with every tournament, I’ll be using my wild card prediction model to predict wild cards. I also will be using Teachers Tournament data for this; I figure that the Teachers Tournament is the most similar previous tournament set to this one.

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Correct response: What is Art Nouveau?

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Art Nouveau—known as Nieuwe Kunst in the Netherlands and Modernista in Spain—was an internationally popular style of art and architecture that flourished between the later Victorian era of the 1890s and the start of World War I. The style was used very famously in the decorative entrances of the Paris Métro rapid transit system—built at the time when Art Nouveau was flourishing—and in the works of American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany (who was also the first design director of his father’s company, Tiffany & Co.) American architect Louis Sullivan, a pioneer of American modern architecture, was also prominent in the movement, designing the Art Nouveau entrance of the Transportation Building at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.

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Scores going into Final:
Gary $21,000
Hester $8,600
Gautam $5,400

Tonight’s results:
Gautam $5,400 – $5,399 = $1 (What is avant-garde?)
Hester $8,600 + $3,400 = $12,000 (What is Art Neuveau)
Gary $21,000 – $1,000 = $20,000 (What is Art Deco?) (Semi-Finalist)

Gary Hollis, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 6, 2021 game.)

Wild card standings:
Monday: Gary Hollis, $20,000
1. Hester Blum, $12,000, 85.270% to advance
2. Gautam Hans, $1, 0.007% to advance

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Gary $7,900
Gautam $2,200
Hester $1,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) POPE-POURRI $1000 (clue #25)
Gary 5000 +1500 (Hester 2600 Gautam 3200)
2) LANGUAGES $1600 (clue #15)
Hester 5000 +2000 (Gautam 3000 Gary 12700)
3) WE GET LETTERS $1200 (clue #23, $3600 left on board)
Gary 18700 +700 (Hester 7000 Gautam 5000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 74

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 8 (0.13 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Gary $21,000 Coryat, 23 correct, 0 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
Hester $8,200 Coryat, 20 correct, 9 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57), 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Gautam $5,400 Coryat, 11 correct, 3 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,600
Lach Trash: $7,400 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,000

Hester Blum, career statistics:
21 correct, 9 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,200

Gautam Hans, career statistics:
11 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,400

Gary Hollis, career statistics:
23 correct, 1 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,200)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,000

Today’s interviews:
Gary plays a whodunit in his class every year for National Chemistry Week.
Gautam answers questions with questions in his classes.
Hester is a scholar of Herman Melville.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • In a tournament quarterfinal such as this, conservative Daily Double wagering is perfectly cromulent, especially when you’re scoring as well as Gary is. There’s no need to try to take a big risk when you’re already well past qualifying numbers.
  • An interesting statistic: In the Teachers Tournament, players who advanced are 68.9% (62-for-90) in Final Jeopardy!; players who did not were 19.3% (11-for-57) in Final Jeopardy!

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14 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, December 6, 2021"

  1. What’s the difference between this and a regular teachers tournaments. Only thing different I know of are they all are college professors over teachers but they are basically the same. Is the tournament formula different or the same 10 days 5 regular play 4 wild cards formula.

  2. Anthony McCormick | December 6, 2021 at 12:42 pm |

    I’m excited for this tournament; I’m sure Mayim will be an outstanding host for this- after all, she has the degree that can challenge the contestants. Good luck to all.

  3. Andy, wouldn’t the amount of Teacher’s Tournament contestants be a multiple of 15?

  4. Andy’s outlined one reason why tournaments aren’t my favourite. The first round is closer to What’s the Question? than Jeopardy!, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but is definitely not my cup of tea.

    I do like that the show did something different with the professors’ tournament, though. Full marks to Unpleasant Person Mike Richards for that one.

  5. Paul Clauder | December 6, 2021 at 2:07 pm |

    Love that you used the word “cromulent” Andy. Had to look that one up.

  6. I learned a new word today (Thanks to Andy)….

    cro·mu·lent /ˈkrämyələnt/ adjective
    Definition: acceptable or adequate.
    “the continental breakfast was perfectly cromulent”
    Definitions from Oxford Languages

  7. Myron Rushetzky | December 6, 2021 at 7:25 pm |

    I thought it was a nice touch replaying the graphics with the contestants’ name, affiliation and position during the interview segment.

  8. We’ll see, but Hester may have made a big mistake with her FJ bet. The $8,600 she had going into FJ was unlikely to get a wild card, but you sure didn’t want to wind up with anything less than that. The logical play would be to either bet nothing or bet it all. Her $12,000 may get a wild card, but $17,200 would give her a much better chance.

    • Teachers Tournaments in the past have also had some really low cutoffs.

      • Fair enough, but were any as low as $5,200? I realize $5,200 means there’s still a chance, but it just seems like a better risk to try to get to $17,200 than to think $5,200 would qualify for a wild card.

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