Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, December 7, 2021


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Old Geographic Names) for Tuesday, December 7, 2021 (Season 38, Game 62):

This term once used for western North Africa is still used today in the name of a primate from that region

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Katie Reed, an associate professor of musicology at Cal State Fullerton
Katie Reed on Jeopardy!
John Harkless, an associate professor of chemistry at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
John Harkless on Jeopardy!
Marti Canipe, an elementary science education professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona
Marti Canipe on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Barbary?


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The term “Barbary” was historically used in the terms “Barbary Coast”, referring to parts of the Mediterranean coast of Africa, usually northern Libya westward, as well as the “Barbary pirates”, groups of pirates who operated in the area and disrupted Mediterranean shipping. The primate referred to in the clue is the Barbary macaque (a species which may be better known to viewers as the Barbary ape), which inhabits the Atlas Mountains of northwest Africa and the Rock of Gibraltar. The name comes from “Berber”, the indigenous peoples of the region.


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

Scores going into Final:
Katie $14,000
John $12,000
Marti $10,400


Tonight’s results:
Marti $10,400 + $3,000 = $13,400 (What is Barbary?) (1-day total: $13,400)
John $12,000 – $8,000 = $4,000 (What is bur rhesus?)
Katie $14,000 – $2,000 = $12,000 (What is Bonobo?)


Marti Canipe, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 7, 2021 game.)


Wild card standings:
Monday: Gary Hollis, $20,000
Tuesday: Marti Canipe, $13,400
1. Katie Reed, $12,000 ($14,000), 94.924% to advance
2. Hester Blum, $12,000 ($8,600), 79.340% to advance
3. John Harkless, $4,000, 0.810% to advance
4. Gautam Hans, $1, 0.0003% to advance


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Marti $4,800
Katie $4,400
John $2,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) NONFICTION $400 (clue #16)
Marti 1400 +1000 (John 2400 Katie 2800)
2) I’VE GOT A THEORY $2000 (clue #5)
John 5600 +2000 (Marti 5600 Katie 4400)
3) RUSSIAN HISTORY & CULTURE $1600 (clue #29, $2000 left on board)
Katie 13600 -1600 (Marti 10400 John 12000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 95


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:
Marti $9,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Katie $15,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
John $12,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,400
Lach Trash: $10,800 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800

Marti Canipe, career statistics:
17 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,800

John Harkless, career statistics:
15 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,000

Katie Reed, career statistics:
18 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,600

Today’s interviews:
Katie had the power go out in the middle of a lecture.
John did a doctorate without any actual chemicals.
Marti once went to Greenland and stayed in an “Arctic oven” tent.

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10 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, December 7, 2021"

  1. What are the odds of someone advancing as a wild card with $5,200, considering that’s where Hester would’ve been had they been wrong?

  2. Phillip Blackmon | December 7, 2021 at 2:06 pm |

    What are the rules if there is a tie for the final wild card spot?

  3. Looks like this one would have been a fun, tight regular game. As is, interesting to see how the different players approached the final wager.

    Nice to see some positive scuttlebutt about the competitors as educators around the Jeopardy-verse. As mentioned yesterday, I really like the idea for this tournament!

    I do miss Amy, but she’ll be around for awhile, I think. 😉

  4. Good to see more positive scores but i would love to see a triple solve in final I hope for the professors tournament. Not surprised only one knew today’s final.

  5. I was thinking of Maghreb, and indeed, “Maghreb macaque” apparently exists as a (fairly rare) synonym for Barbary macaque, so it must have been acceptable as well.

  6. I’ve often thought that in two week tournaments like this one of the wild cards should go to the non-winner across the five days who had the highest score after DJ. It would also be somebody who did not qualify for one of the other three wild cards. So far, the FJs have been tough, but somebody was able to get them. In other tournaments there have been quarterfinal rounds where FJs were a triple miss, or ones that were relatively easy and everybody got them. It puts those who got a killer FJ at a disadvantage when competing for a wild card against those who got an easy one. It may be gimmicky, but wild cards are gimmicky anyway,

    • It’s too difficult for the average viewer to understand.

      Even the concept of wild cards themselves will confound viewers who wonder why players haven’t “bet to win” this week.

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