Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, December 9, 2021


It’s Day #4 of the Professors Tournament! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 1950s Public Works) for Thursday, December 9, 2021 (Season 38, Game 64):

Dubbed “The Greatest Construction Show on Earth”, when completed it connected Minnesota to Montreal

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Julia Williams, an English professor at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terra Haute, Indiana
Julia Williams on Jeopardy!
Ed Hashima, a history professor at American River College in Sacramento, California
Ed Hashima on Jeopardy!
Ramón Guerra, an associate professor of English, American Literature and Latino Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Ramón Guerra on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Today is Quarterfinal #4, and at the end of today we’ll know three more semifinalists: the four quarterfinal winners automatically qualify, and the top 2 wildcards will also have clinched their spot at the end of today’s game. Currently, those spots are held by Katie Reed and Hester Blum.

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Correct response: What is the Saint Lawrence Seaway?


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The St. Lawrence Seaway is a series of locks and channels that was built in the 1950s to permit ships to travel from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to Duluth, Minnesota, on the western edge of Lake Superior. It includes the Welland Canal, which very famously bypasses Niagara Falls. At the time, it was the largest waterway and hydro dam project ever undertaken by two nations, leading it to be dubbed “The Greatest Construction Show on Earth”. (The Cecil B. DeMille film The Greatest Show on Earth had been released two years before construction began on the Seaway.)


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

Scores going into Final:
Ed $27,400
Julia $5,800
Ramón $1,400


Tonight’s results:
Ramón $1,400 – $1,400 = $0 (What is ?)
Julia $5,800 – $2,000 = $3,800 (What is interstate highway system?)
Ed $27,400 + $4,700 = $32,100 (What is the St. Lawrence Seaway?) (Semi-Finalist)


Ed Hashima, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 9, 2021 game.)


Wild card standings:
Monday: Gary Hollis, $20,000
Tuesday: Marti Canipe, $13,400
Wednesday: Sam Buttrey, $22,400
Thursday: Ed Hashima, $32,100
1. Katie Reed, $12,000 ($14,000), 100% to advance
2. Hester Blum, $12,000 ($8,600), 100% to advance
3. John Harkless, $4,000, 48.352% to advance
4. Julia Williams, $3,800, 7.368% to advance
5. Gautam Hans, $1
6. Lisa Dresner, $0 ($6,400)
7. Ashley Lawrence-Sanders, $0 ($3,200)
8. Ramón Guerra, $0 ($1,400)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ed $8,200
Ramón $3,800
Julia $1,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) AROUND THE MEDITERRANEAN $800 (clue #24)
Ed 6000 -1200 (Ramón 3600 Julia 1400)
2) YIDDISH THEATER $800 (clue #7)
Ed 10600 +2400 (Ramón 1800 Julia 3800)
3) SCIENCE VOCABULARY $1200 (clue #28, $3600 left on board)
Ed 26200 +1200 (Ramón 1400 Julia 5800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 7


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:
Ed $27,000 Coryat, 30 correct, 2 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Julia $5,800 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Ramón $1,400 Coryat, 10 correct, 3 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,200
Lach Trash: $13,400 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,400

Ramón Guerra, career statistics:
10 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $1,400

Ed Hashima, career statistics:
31 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,400)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $27,000

Julia Williams, career statistics:
10 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,800

Today’s interviews:
Julia is part of a department that offers no English degrees.
Ed was mentored by teachers and professors that all wore bow ties.
Ramón was given a recording of his great-grandfather to help with his dissertation.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $32,100 is the highest-ever post-Final Jeopardy! score in a Teachers or Professors Tournament.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, December 9, 2021"

  1. Michael Johnston | December 9, 2021 at 1:49 pm |

    Ed looks a strong contender for the finals. Congratulations to Katie and Hester for both qualifying. John’s chances of qualifying are as high as they are because he only needs to beat one of the non-winners from tomorrow’s game, not both!

  2. Some very strong performances in this tournament so far! It’s great to see, since we know what a gauntlet awaits the winner in the ToC.

    One caveat, of course: Ed, Sam, and Gary put up these scores in games without returning champions. Teachers/Professors Tournament quarterfinals provide arguably the easiest opportunity to win a game on Jeopardy.

  3. Marvin Gregory “Greg” Fuller | December 9, 2021 at 5:45 pm |

    Why did Julia go first at the start of the game as she was standing in the third slot?

  4. Juanita Uccello | December 9, 2021 at 7:36 pm |

    Our jeopardy game is a repeat of last night’s game. Someone screwed up!

  5. Brad (not Rutter) | December 9, 2021 at 7:42 pm |

    Not sure if anyone else feels this way, but this tournament feels flat to me.

  6. I’m confused about accepting “Winston” for the character Winston Smith in the novel 1984. Last names only, sure, but just the first name of a non one-name-only character?

    Was another character in the novel referred to only by their first name? What is the typical ruling in a case like this?

    • In general, accepting first names only for fictional characters is very much standard practice in competitive trivia contexts.

      • Ah! Good stuff; thanks.

        (I shoulda remembered that from my College Bowl days.)

      • Extra reply from my wife, Oz fan extraordinaire:

        “When they want to know who in the movie wanted to get back to Kansas, people have always succeeded with ‘Dorothy’, and very few add ‘Gale’ .”

  7. Sharon Sims | December 9, 2021 at 9:50 pm |

    What was the answer for the question, “What is ABD?”

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