Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, June 16, 2021


Happy Wednesday, Day 3 of Savannah Guthrie’s hosting stint! Through 2 games, $33,900 has been donated to the Bowery Mission! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Movie Characters) for Wednesday, June 16, 2021 (Season 37, Game 188):

A character who was going to be called Lunar Larry became him, inspired by the name of a real person

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Sarah Reza, a museum program manager from Hyattsville, Maryland
Sarah Reza on Jeopardy!
Evan Williams, an associate broker from North Hollywood, California
Evan Williams on Jeopardy!
Katie Sekelsky, a graphic designer from Kent, Ohio (3-day total: $35,899)
Katie Sekelsky on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Ultimately, you win a game of Jeopardy! by having more money at the end of the game than your opponents do. Katie has done this three times. Katie has also very aptly demonstrated that Jeopardy! has strategic considerations that are more than “respond correctly to clues” and is an utterly deserving 3-day champion. She did a much better job yesterday at limiting her incorrect responses; doing that again will increase her chances of winning an all-important fourth game!

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Correct response: Who is Buzz Lightyear?


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Buzz Lightyear, one of the main characters of the Toy Story series of films, was originally going to be named Lunar Larry, but was renamed Buzz Lightyear after famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Disney and Pixar posted some of the concept art to Facebook last year.

Here’s hoping that Katie’s streak keeps on going “to infinity and beyond!”


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

Scores going into Final:
Katie $16,600
Sarah $11,200
Evan $4,800


Tonight’s results:
Evan $4,800 + $4,800 = $9,600 (Who is Buzz Lightyear?)
Sarah $11,200 + $1,601 = $12,801 (Who is Buzz Lightyear?) (1-day total: $12,801)
Katie $16,600 – $5,801 = $10,799 (Who is Osmosis Jones?)


Sarah Reza, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 16, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Katie $5,200
Sarah $4,000
Evan $4,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) SCIENTISTS $600 (clue #3)
Evan 400 +1000 (Katie 200 Sarah -200)
2) DESERT ISLAND READS $1200 (clue #14)
Katie 8800 +3000 (Evan 4400 Sarah 7600)
3) COUNTRY NAME ORIGINS $1200 (clue #16, $19200 left on board)
Evan 5200 -4000 (Katie 11800 Sarah 7600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 57


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 192 (1.02 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Sarah $11,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Katie $14,800 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Evan $8,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,400
Lach Trash: $12,200 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,400

Katie Sekelsky, career statistics:
76 correct, 16 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 17 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (80/228)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
1/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,200

Evan Williams, career statistics:
16 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,400

Sarah Reza, career statistics:
14 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200

Sarah Reza, to win:
2 games: 37.740%
3: 14.243%
4: 5.375%
5: 2.029%
6: 0.766%
Avg. streak: 1.606 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $49,701 has been donated to the Bowery Mission through 3 games. $1,744,677 has been donated from all guest hosts.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, June 16, 2021"

  1. Are we ever gonna get a streak that goes “to infinity and beyond”?

  2. John McCleary | June 16, 2021 at 1:14 pm |

    And the 3 day curse continues………. 😞😞

  3. Ronnie Gambardella | June 16, 2021 at 1:40 pm |

    One of the dumbest FJ clue I’ve seen in years.

    • Wondering if you could elaborate? I thought it was a good clue, one if you thought ‘lunar’ and then led you to moon landing, and you thought of Buzz Aldrin – which took you to Buzz Lightyear. It’s one of those clues that you don’t need to have known the answer previously, you can reason it out.

  4. No, it wasn’t, Matt. I really meant it.

  5. Fortunately for Sarah she got FJ correct, but had she missed it she also would have lost the win to Evan by $1! So she should have bid a maximum of $1,599, rather than $1601.

    • Indeed. Can only assume she ‘miscalculated’ since the $1600 bet certainly indicated she ‘knew’ she was trying to shut out third place but mistakenly added $1 to that amount instead of subtracting $1.

      • and in theory, she’d be safe wagering $1,600 since for 2nd and 3rd, a tie goes to the person leading going into final jeopardy.

  6. Hey Danny, Katie would have won in that case! Sarah’s best bet was probably $400 or less to stay ahead of a missed cover bet by Katie.

    • 👍 absolutely right! You identified the best strategy for both first or second place.

  7. Brad (not Rutter) | June 16, 2021 at 5:04 pm |

    Toy story fan here, and didn’t get it. Sad to see Katie bite the dust.

  8. Zach Hicks | June 16, 2021 at 6:00 pm |

    Buzz Buzz Buzz Lightyear, to the rescue!

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