Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, July 21, 2021


Happy Wednesday! Today’s Day 3 of Robin Roberts’ host stint. Through 2 days, $54,010 has been donated to Be The Match. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category African Monarchs) for Wednesday, July 21, 2021 (Season 37, Game 213):

Some devotees of this emperor who died in 1975 trace his lineage to King Solomon & the Queen of Sheba

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!
Elizabeth Devereaux, a middle school teacher from Lawrence, Kansas
Elizabeth Devereaux on Jeopardy!
Josh Saak, a traffic engineer from Boise, Idaho (3-day total: $66,405)
Josh Saak on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Josh has bet conservatively on the final Daily Double in all three games and has ended up just missing a runaway three times. This might provide the small opening that either Matt or Elizabeth would need to end Josh’s streak. If Josh can keep going, though, he’s definitely showed that he’s a Tournament of Champions-level player.


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Correct response: Who is Haile Selassie?


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Haile Selassie was Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974, and traced his lineage to Emperor Menelik I, the son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba from the Bible, as part of the House of Solomon. The dynasty ruled Ethiopia with rare interruption from 1270 until Haile Selassie was deposed in 1974. Selassie is also considered to be the Messiah by many members of the Rastafari movement.


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

Scores going into Final:
Matt $20,200
Josh $19,800
Elizabeth $12,400


Tonight’s results:
Elizabeth $12,400 – $12,130 = $270 (Who is Emperor?)
Josh $19,800 + $5,005 = $24,805 (Who is Haile Selasie?)
Matt $20,200 + $20,200 = $40,400 (Who is Selassie?) (1-day total: $40,400)


Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 21, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $7,400
Josh $5,000
Elizabeth $3,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) EXODUS TELLS US… $800 (clue #11)
Matt 1800 +1800 (Josh 1600 Elizabeth 1600)
2) EUROPEAN PENINSULAS $1200 (clue #1)
Elizabeth 3400 +3400 (Josh 5000 Matt 7400)
3) MATH IN THE OLD DAYS $1200 (clue #6, $29600 left on board)
Josh 9000 +6000 (Elizabeth 6800 Matt 7400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 267


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: YOU “PIC” IT $400
Total Left On Board: $400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 199 (0.93 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Matt $19,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 33.93% in first on buzzer (19/56), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Josh $15,000 Coryat, 19 correct, 4 incorrect, 37.50% in first on buzzer (21/56), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Elizabeth $10,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 23.21% in first on buzzer (13/56), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $44,400
Lach Trash: $5,000 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,200

Josh Saak, career statistics:
95 correct, 14 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 16 rebound opportunities)
41.41% in first on buzzer (94/227)
6/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $19,600)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,350

Elizabeth Devereaux, career statistics:
15 correct, 3 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
23.21% in first on buzzer (13/56)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,400)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,200

Matt Amodio, career statistics:
19 correct, 4 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
33.93% in first on buzzer (19/56)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,800)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,200

Matt Amodio, to win:
2 games: 64.647%
3: 41.793%
4: 27.018%
5: 17.466%
6: 11.292%
Avg. streak: 2.829 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Through Robin Roberts’ hosting stint, $97,410 has been donated to Be The Match. $2,388,826 has been donated in total through all hosts.
  • The quality of the closed captioning used by Jeopardy! has decreased significantly over the past few years. Does the captioner even sanity-check? It’s getting so bad—”what is Euro” instead of “what is zero”, to give one example from today’s game—that I might even go so far as to say that it may even fall afoul of Canada’s regulations regarding the quality of closed captions. Jeopardy! needs to do better before its affiliates north of the border (and potentially even south of it) fall into legal trouble.

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, July 21, 2021"

  1. Is there any Jeopardy contestant who wouldn’t know this name?!

    • There’s a big difference between knowing the name and being able to attach the name to the parts of the clue given.

      • 1975 + Monarch + Africa = Haile Selassie
        All other rulers I can think of from this era, and even to this point in time, have all been dictators/war lords, not monarchs. The only other monarchs I can even think of from Africa (at all points in history) are the pharaohs of Egypt, and Mansa Musa of Mali from 1300s.

        • That might be a connection that you have made in your head, but it’s a bit of a stretch and an assumption to think that everyone has made that same connection in their brain.

    • Most have probably heard of him, but 30 seconds goes REALLY FAST. “Oh maybe it’s that guy from Ethiopia…” “NOOOO”

  2. Nancy Miller | July 21, 2021 at 11:07 am |

    The answer was easy–but the spelling was difficult for me!

  3. Making his DD wager a “true daily double” may have saved the game for Josh.
    Andy, would his misspelling of “Selassie” in FJ have gone against him?

    Congratulations to Matt – $40,400 is a GREAT beginning!

  4. Congrats to Matt. Connecticut is rooting for you to win more games on jeopardy! keep it going. The answer was pretty easy for me. Besides 40000 dollars is a great start!

  5. Brad (not Rutter) | July 21, 2021 at 5:03 pm |

    That is a HUGE heartbreaker for Josh and his fans. Tie score, two more clues, and then he rings in with wrong answer on a 400. And then time runs out before the final question (a 400).

  6. Pizza Face Fred | July 21, 2021 at 10:37 pm |

    Who is Shaka Zulu? I just like saying Shaka Zulu . . .

  7. Denise B. | July 22, 2021 at 9:48 am |

    To clarify: I meant “know this name AS THE ANSWER with the King Solomon ancestry clue.” Sorry if my wording was poor.

    I know the 30 seconds goes fast. I was once a contestant.

  8. Denise B. | July 22, 2021 at 9:50 am |

    To clarify: I meant “know this name AS THE ANSWER.” Sorry if my wording was poor.

    I know the 30 seconds goes fast. I was once a contestant.

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