Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, July 26, 2021


Happy Monday! Today is the first day of LeVar Burton’s hosting stint; all of this week’s winnings will be matched and donated to Reading is Fundamental. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Notable Names) for Monday, July 26, 2021 (Season 37, Game 216):

Following his death in 2018, his ashes were interred at Westminster Abbey between the remains of fellow scientists Darwin & Newton

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Important note: Due to Olympics coverage on many local stations, Jeopardy! has had its air times changed in many markets. You can find a list of affected stations on Jeopardy!’s website.


Today’s contestants:

Kathleen McHugh, a retired legal assistant originally from Detroit, Michigan
Kathleen McHugh on Jeopardy!
Patrick Pearce, a product specialist from Fountain Valley, California
Patrick Pearce on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (3-day total: $101,400)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Matt has been incredibly dominant, especially at the bottom of the board, over his first three wins, and has been the first player in a few seasons to crack the $100,000 mark over his first three wins. One thing that concerns me slightly: Matt has averaged 4 incorrect responses over his first three games. If one of those incorrect responses comes at the wrong time, it could be curtains for him.

One thing that I will expect to see over the next week from uninformed viewers: I expect that some viewers will accuse NBC of an underhanded conspiracy for preempting LeVar Burton’s episodes during the Olympics. This is absolutely false. Jeopardy! is not an NBC property, and has not been since 1975. It is what is known in the United States as syndicated television, in that the local broadcast rights in each of the United States’ 230 local broadcast areas are sold independently. Meaning, the show airs on various local affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, or even some independent stations, depending on where one lives. Thus, Jeopardy! has no control over NBC’s Olympic schedule and NBC is not deliberately trying to undercut Jeopardy!.

Meanwhile, an interesting development in the permanent host search came from the world of sports very late on Friday: A number of Las Vegas sports books are no longer allowing bets on Green Bay’s win-loss record in the 2021 NFL season, expecting that Aaron Rodgers’ retirement is likely. To me, it’s at least a possibility that Rodgers’ retirement and his future plans (including a distinct possibility that he will be hosting next season) are going to be announced in the next week or two. It would not surprise me if this news was to break either this weekend, or very early next week.


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Correct response: Who is Stephen Hawking?


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English theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking was one of popular science’s most preeminent names in the late 20th and early 21st centuries; his book A Brief History of Time, about his theories on cosmology (the origin and chronology of the universe), was a worldwide bestseller. For the last 50 years of his life, Hawking lived with slow-progressing motor neurone disease; his original prognosis was that he would only live two. Hawking was one of the world’s most prominent users of a speech generating device due to this.


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

Scores going into Final:
Matt $17,000
Kathleen $10,200
Patrick -$7,400


Tonight’s results:
Patrick -$7,400 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Kathleen $10,200 + $7,000 = $17,200 (Who is Stephen Hawking?)
Matt $17,000 + $4,000 = $21,000 (Who is Hawking?) (4-day total: $122,400)


Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 26, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $13,000
Kathleen $1,600
Patrick -$200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE $800 (clue #12)
Matt 4200 +4200 (Patrick -800 Kathleen 0)
2) ARABIA $2000 (clue #7)
Patrick -1000 -2000 (Matt 12200 Kathleen 3600)
3) OSCAR ACCEPTANCE SPEECHES $800 (clue #11, $20800 left on board)
Kathleen 6400 -3000 (Matt 12200 Patrick -5000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -47


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: NAMES IN LITERATURE $400 TOUGH 3-LETTER WORDS $800 U.S. GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS $400 $800
Total Left On Board: $2,400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 208 (0.96 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Matt $13,600 Coryat, 25 correct, 4 incorrect, 43.40% in first on buzzer (23/53), 4/5 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
Kathleen $13,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 2 incorrect, 20.75% in first on buzzer (11/53), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
Patrick -$5,400 Coryat, 10 correct, 11 incorrect, 33.96% in first on buzzer (18/53), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $21,400
Lach Trash: $9,400 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $20,800

Matt Amodio, career statistics:
108 correct, 16 incorrect
5/7 on rebound attempts (on 20 rebound opportunities)
48.62% in first on buzzer (106/218)
7/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $23,000)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,650

Patrick Pearce, career statistics:
10 correct, 11 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
33.96% in first on buzzer (18/53)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: -$5,400

Kathleen McHugh, career statistics:
14 correct, 2 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
20.75% in first on buzzer (11/53)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,200

Matt Amodio, to win:
5 games: 79.028%
6: 62.454%
7: 49.357%
8: 39.006%
9: 30.825%
Avg. streak: 7.768 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $24,000 has been donated thus far to Reading is Fundamental; $2,479,826 has been donated on behalf of all hosts.
  • -$7,400 is believed to be the lowest score recorded on the show. However, Joan Kantor did finish a Season 1 game at -$5,100; taking doubled dollar values into account, that would be -$10,200 and still holds the outright record.
  • $122,400 is the 13th-highest 4-game total since dollar values wre doubled in November 2001.
  • LeVar did say in interviews that he struggled at the start of the week. I’m going to wait until the end of the week to judge his performance.

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30 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, July 26, 2021"

  1. I’m guessing all three will get this. I was glad that he allowed himself to be used as an occasional character in ‘The Big Bang Theory’.

  2. Ah yes the good old stephen hawking and his book a brief history of time will definitely be remembered forever! I am glad the remaining two contestants got it.

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  3. Feel bad for Patrick, who was only -200 after Jeopardy round. Hope Matt wins his 5th tomorrow, but $122,400 should be enough for TOC. Don’t believe anyone winning that much has failed to qualify.

    • I remembered what Matt Jackson said in regards to his performance on Jeopardy! saying specifically that he “wanted to win the (traditional way) 5 games” to get to the ToC, which he did, and just to be sure that he did in fact ‘make it in’ there.

      And…going to your part where someone has won 4 games and over $100,000+, there actually was one contestant that didn’t do that.

      Mike Lewis, 4-day champ from Bloomington, MN. $102,800; Alternate to the 2014 ToC.

      But yeah, Patrick just beat Heather’s -$6,200 when Dan Pawson was on his 7th game (and won), and Christy’s -$6,400 when Stephanie Fonatine won her 3rd game. That’s gotta smart if you’re Patrick.

  4. Marty Cunningham | July 26, 2021 at 2:39 pm |

    Thanks, Andy, for your insights on the scheduling of this week’s shows. I did not remember seeing that many NBC affiliates that carry the show; i know more of ABC and FOX stations, and in Denver, and other FOX markets, we seem to have more issues with missing shows, and occasionally even tournaments, that are pre-empted in the fall due to baseball playoffs and Thursday night football games that FOX carries.

    I, too have felt that they may be waiting until Levar’s week finishes airing before announcing the new host, mainly because they have to start production on season 38 very soon if they want to stay with the traditional start date in early September, usually the first full week after Labor Day, and they try to have at least a month’s worth of shows in the can by that date.

    Living in Denver, we have been hearing about Aaron Rodgers more in connection with whether he may come and play for the Broncos and his possible retirement has been talked about more as a bargaining chip or ‘poison pill’ to get out of continuing to play for Green Bay, but then sign with another team. So far, it seems like he and Levar have been the strongest campaigners to become the host, but we will have to see what the producers decide. So many of the other guest hosts seem to have been fulfilling a wish or daydream, or even just a chance to honor Alex, more than giving up their current jobs to take on hosting Jeopardy! I have gotten that feeling, too, from looking at who else is left to guest host after Levar. For right or wrong, this is going to be the next big decision for Mike Richards, and the one he may be most remembered for, and it will also always be weighted against Drew Carey replacing Bob Barker.

    • CBS and NBC are tied for most stations airing the show, with 71 each. ABC only has 51, but they include 13 of the 25 largest markets and seven of the biggest nine, so 41 percent of the US sees Jeopardy! on an ABC station. Fox only carries the show in 12 markets, of which Denver is the largest.

      NB: there are 210 Nielsen markets in the United States, not 230.

  5. When it comes down to the wire, and a final decision must be made as to who becomes permanent host on the show, who has the exposure to the show and the experience- let us not forget Ken Jennings and Buzzy Cohen.

  6. Really tough break for Patrick unfortunately. It looked like he was about to pull back at the end of the first round but was too flustered in the next. Probably didn’t help that he’s playing one of the most dominant contestants the show has seen since James.

    On the hosting front, I’d have to give it a few days before I can make a decision about LeVar, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel a little underwhelmed considering all fascination with him on the internet and the Twitter fans. Only up from here I suppose, but if he wants the full-time job he’s going to have to go “twice as high” (see what I did there?).

  7. Funny coincidence, not just that LB’s first FJ as host was about a “space guy” but that it was about Hawking, who actually appeared on TNG.

  8. Andy, there are only three more weeks of games to be aired with guest hosts. Shouldn’t they already be recording games with the new permanent host (whoever that may be) ?

  9. Brad (not Rutter) | July 26, 2021 at 5:52 pm |

    That was shaky.

  10. Ronnie Gambardella | July 26, 2021 at 6:42 pm |

    I don’t knpw much about astrophysics, but is Hawking in the same rare either as Newton and Darwin is in their own respective fields of science?

  11. Far be it for me to go against our host, who I respect and enjoy immensely, but the reason Vegas has removed betting on the Packers has nothing to do with Jeopardy. Rodgers has been demanding a trade and threatening to hold out. Moreover, I believe I read today that he intends to report to training camp with the Packers. .

    Also, although Hawking is a giant, compared to Newton and Darwin, he is a gnat (my opinion).

    I too will wait until the end of the week to judge LaVar.

  12. It seems to me that Bialik and Burton are probably the guest hosts stepping the most out of their comfort zone. They are mostly known for doing scripted TV shows. The other hosts have been Jeopardy/game show veterans, or are very experienced at doing live TV, usually as interviewer or interviewee. I know Jeopardy isn’t live, but the host has to make split second decisions like you do on live TV.

  13. It’s a shame Patrick didn’t do so good but I am glad to see Matt rack up another win. I hope this kind of tradition keeps up.

  14. Darkstar7646 | July 26, 2021 at 10:32 pm |

    Rodgers: It now appears that he and the Packers are going to get together for at least this season — things have definitely changed course in the last 72 hours.

    Burton: If that’s “struggling”, I’d like to know better…

    Patrick: Ouch. That’s all I have to say on that.

    Champ: Might we finally have someone who could, at the very least, win several hundred thousand here?

  15. Chris Smith | July 26, 2021 at 10:58 pm |

    I thought LB did a fine job today. He was obviously thrown by Matt’s answer about Noriega coming after time was up, but I think that would have been the same for anyone but Alex (and maybe Mike Richards). His nuanced reading of the questions was evidenced by the fact that he is a professional “reader” on his podcast and that he is a long-time actor. I think by the end of the week, he will be considered as good as Mike Richards and Buzzy Cohen, the best hosts so far.

  16. Levar Burton did fine. And people forget that Alex Trebek wasn’t perfect in his early days either.

  17. Interesting tidbit… Stephen Hawking made a brief cameo in the Star Trek: TNG episode “Descent”. Levar Burton was a main character of that show, playing Geordi La Forge.

  18. As someone who set a record at the time for losing the most money ever on a Final Jeopardy wager ($15,000, pre-doubling), I feel for poor Patrick Pearce! But this got me wondering: Do I still have that dubious record? If anyone would know, it’s you folks!

    • Jack:

      Two weeks ago, Alex Lamb missed Final Jeopardy! after a $22,200 wager. That’s the record for “most money lost in Final Jeopardy” if you don’t take the doubling of dollar values into account. If you do take doubling of dollar values into account, I believe the record is still yours.

  19. Kathleen McHugh | August 16, 2021 at 3:45 pm |

    Interesting Fact: I appealed the Noriega/Somoza decision during the first commercial break. (We were encouraged to speak up if we felt anything wasn’t handled correctly.) My thought was that I shouldn’t be penalized because Mr. Burton didn’t indicate that Matt was wrong because of timing, not that the answer was wrong. The producers had a short meeting and said that they agreed with me — so I got the money back. Guess all those years working for lawyers paid off. Kathleen McHugh

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