Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, July 1, 2021

Today is Day 4 of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s hosting stint. Through 3 days, $67,100 has been donated to Odyssey Atlanta. Moreover, if the winning score today is $16,939 or higher, Jeopardy! will have surpassed $2 million donated to chartiy on behalf of all of the guest hosts this season.

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Rivers) for Thursday, July 1, 2021 (Season 37, Game 199):

In “Notes on the State of Virginia”, Thomas Jefferson said the most beautiful river on Earth is this one no longer in Virginia

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Leanne Zobrist, a law clerk from Boyds, Maryland
Leanne Zobrist on Jeopardy!
Marciano Lopez, a bartender from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Marciano Lopez on Jeopardy!
Courtney Shah, a community college instructor from Portland, Oregon (3-day total: $58,100)
Courtney Shah on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Courtney has been the only player to get Final Jeopardy! three games in a row, now winning from first, second, and third. The prediction model only puts her chances of 35% to break the recent string where we haven’t had any 4-day champions. I’d certainly like to see more Tournament of Champions qualifiers.

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Correct response: What is the Ohio River?

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In his “Notes on the State of Virginia”, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The Ohio is the most beautiful river on earth. Its current gentle, waters clear, and bosom smooth, and unbroken by rocks and rapids, a single instance only excepted.” Running from Pittsburgh in the northeast to the Mississippi River at Cairo, IL in the southwest, it served as the northwestern border of colonial Virginia; since then, both Kentucky and West Virginia have been carved out of Virginia territory, taking the state’s claim to the Ohio River with it.

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

Scores going into Final:
Courtney $14,000
Marciano $4,800
Leanne $4,600

Tonight’s results:
Leanne $4,600 – $4,599 = $1 (What is the Manongahela?)
Marciano $4,800 – $4,401 = $399 (What is the Potomac?)
Courtney $14,000 – $42 = $13,958 (What is the Shenandoah?) (4-day total: $72,058)

Courtney Shah, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 1, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Courtney $5,000
Leanne $3,800
Marciano $0


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) NONFICTION $1000 (clue #18)
Marciano 1000 -1000 (Courtney 4000 Leanne 2400)
2) INNOVATIVE WOMEN $800 (clue #4)
Courtney 5800 -2800 (Marciano 400 Leanne 3800)
3) ‘TIS SHAKESPEARE $2000 (clue #18, $17600 left on board)
Courtney 9400 -1000 (Marciano 4000 Leanne 6600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -159

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: THE FIRST OF JULY $1600
Total Left On Board: $1,600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 198 (0.99 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Courtney $17,800 Coryat, 20 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.93% in first on buzzer (19/56), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Marciano $5,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 5 incorrect, 26.79% in first on buzzer (15/56), 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Leanne $4,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer (14/56), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $28,200
Lach Trash: $11,200 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,000

Courtney Shah, career statistics:
75 correct, 9 incorrect
4/6 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
31.11% in first on buzzer (70/225)
1/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,200)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,200

Marciano Lopez, career statistics:
13 correct, 6 incorrect
0/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
26.79% in first on buzzer (15/56)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,800

Leanne Zobrist, career statistics:
12 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
25.00% in first on buzzer (14/56)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,600

Courtney Shah, to win:
5 games: 37.190%
6: 13.831%
7: 5.144%
8: 1.913%
9: 0.711%
Avg. streak: 4.592 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Through 4 days, $84,058 has been donated to Odyssey Atlanta. $1,997,019 has been donated to all charities.
  • The streak of 88 regular-play games since our last 4-time champion is finally over. The previous record was 80 games, from December-May 2006-07.

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23 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, July 1, 2021"

  1. Like you, I’d like to see more Tournament of Champions qualifiers.

  2. Dr. Sanjay Gupta has impressed me to date. Charming and personable, without coming off as cloying and/or condescending, and certainly not dry and/or boring.

  3. Not surprised FJ was a triple-stumper. When I first read the clue, I never thought of the Ohio. To me, the Ohio once bordered Virginia, it wasn’t in it. I thought it might be the river with the new National Park in WV, which I realized later is actually the New River, but it flows through southwestern current-day Virginia.

    Congrats to Courtney on her 4th win.

    • Yes, the New is one of the unusual rivers in the U.S. that flows north. It begins in NC, then goes through VA to WV. The New and the Gauley then form the Kanawha. The New and the Gauley flow through some really beautiful scenery, but it’s hard to know from the clue what Jefferson meant by a beautiful river.

  4. I am not surprised to see this as a triple stumper though I have thought of the Ohio river since it goes into Kentucky and then back to Ohio. Although that state bordered Virginia once, I think west virginia also shares a border with Virginia.

    Congrats to Courtney on her 4th win! After a 4 month wait we finally have another potential TOC qualifier as we would like to see more of soon.

  5. If there could be such a thing as a clueless clue, this would be it. I mean, where, in less than 30 seconds, do you go in your thought process, with so little information to work with…

    Congratulations Courtney! Best of luck for a 5th win tomorrow!

  6. Glad to finally see another 4 game winner! But hopefully she gets a 5th, as the other 4 game winner (John Focht) earned > $100k and she’s still some $30 less, which may not be enough to make TOC. Her first lock and first FJ miss came at a good time, as tough FJ clue.

  7. Odd one. Probably would have guessed Potomac. Mention of a Founder and president made me think they were going for the idea that the river in question was in VA territory before DC was carved out.

  8. Michael R | July 1, 2021 at 4:04 pm |

    Surprised it was a triple stumper, having contestants from both Philly and Maryland…I thought a Northeasterner would have an advantage here.

  9. Brad (not Rutter) | July 1, 2021 at 5:07 pm |

    Finally a streak! And I agree that Gupta is great.

  10. Courtney has done it all. Winning from 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place then winning a runaway game. I don’t think anyone has experienced this much variety.

  11. Interestingly, in 8 tries, none of Courtney’s opponents have gotten a FJ. It says something about her that she has gotten 3 of the 4.

  12. I suspect he’s in the “happy with current job” category, but I would be perfectly happy if they offered Dr. Gupta the full time job.

    Congratulations to Courtney.

  13. Aaron Rodgers and Dr. Gupta are the best hosts yet!…not counting the producer of the show who was terrific, too!
    Have been rooting for Aaron since he appeared…

  14. Anyone else think the first question of the game was poorly written? “Young” Johnny Depp was 30 years old and Leonardo DiCaprio was 11 years younger…



  15. I would like to reiterate:

    There is only one river that Thomas Jefferson called the most beautiful river on Earth in “Notes on the State of Virginia”. That river is the Ohio.

    One of the major rules of Jeopardy—and I quote—is “Correct responses must satisfy the demands of both the clue and the category.” Only the Ohio fits that part of the clue.

    Moreover, “no longer part of Virginia” is a separate clause that means—very clearly, in my opinion—that the river is currently not part of the state, and that it was part of Virginia in Jefferson’s time—both of which are true for the Ohio.

    Any misunderstandings here are not the fault of the writers, and are, quite frankly, issues with reading comprehension on the part of the viewer.

  16. A lot to suss out in 30 seconds.

  17. Additionally, there is no need to repost parts of the above post yourself in the comment section.

  18. Thomas Gazdayka | July 2, 2021 at 2:45 am |

    What we need are 13 more people for the next TOC. And Courtney just might be able to enter it now at 4 games won if she does not win on the Friday game. We shall see.

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