Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, July 27, 2021


Happy Tuesday! Today is Day #2 of LeVar Burton’s hosting stint. $24,000 was raised yesterday for Reading is Fundamental! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Mythological Animals) for Tuesday, July 27, 2021 (Season 37, Game 217):

After being born this creature would bring the remains of its forebear to Heliopolis & put them on the altar of the sun god

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Jon Waters, a contracts manager & political consultant from Mukilteo, Washington
Jon Waters on Jeopardy!
Barb Fecteau, a high school librarian from Beverly, Massachusetts
Barb Fecteau on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (4-day total: $122,400)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Matt survived a bit of an awkward game yesterday to pick up his 4th victory; I’d be very surprised if Matt didn’t qualify for the Tournament of Champions at this point. I thought that LeVar started out very nervous; I also think that he’ll very likely improve considerably from today onwards.

In terms of the permanent host search? About four hours after I reported on the Vegas sports books, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers appeared to have done a bit of an about-face. But, these are all just rumours.


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Correct response: What is the phoenix?


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The phoenix is a famed mythological bird well-known for consuming itself in flames at the end of its life, with a new phoenix rising from the ashes. Then, the new phoenix would embalm the previous one in an egg of myrrh, fly it to Heliopolis (the Egyptian City of the Sun), and deposit the egg on the temple of sun god Re. The Egyptians associated the phoenix with immortality—each phoenix was said to live for 500 years.


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

Scores going into Final:
Matt $24,400
Barb $12,400
Jon $7,200


Tonight’s results:
Jon $7,200 – $7,150 = $50 (What is Cyclops?)
Barb $12,400 + $12,210 = $24,610 (What is a phoenix?)
Matt $24,400 + $1,000 = $25,400 (What is phoenix?) (5-day total: $147,800)


Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 27, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $9,200
Barb $6,000
Jon $2,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) YOU’VE GOT SOME NERVE $800 (clue #13)
Matt 4400 +4400 (Barb 2800 Jon 1600)
2) SCIENCE FICTION $1600 (clue #8)
Matt 8400 +8400 (Barb 7600 Jon 5200)
3) WORLD OF JOBS $1200 (clue #10, $23600 left on board)
Matt 18000 -2000 (Barb 7600 Jon 5200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 189


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: WORLD OF JOBS $400
Total Left On Board: $400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 209 (0.96 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Matt $16,000 Coryat, 22 correct, 5 incorrect, 42.86% in first on buzzer (24/56), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Barb $12,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 32.14% in first on buzzer (18/56), 1/4 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Jon $7,200 Coryat, 10 correct, 1 incorrect, 16.07% in first on buzzer (9/56), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,600
Lach Trash: $9,600 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,400

Matt Amodio, career statistics:
131 correct, 21 incorrect
5/7 on rebound attempts (on 20 rebound opportunities)
47.45% in first on buzzer (130/274)
9/10 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $33,800)
4/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,720

Barb Fecteau, career statistics:
20 correct, 3 incorrect
1/4 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
32.14% in first on buzzer (18/56)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,400

Jon Waters, career statistics:
10 correct, 2 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
16.07% in first on buzzer (9/56)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,200

Matt Amodio, to win:
6 games: 80.304%
7: 64.487%
8: 51.785%
9: 41.586%
10: 33.395%
Avg. streak: 9.077 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $52,400 has been donated thus far to Reading is Fundamental; $2,508,226 has been donated on behalf of all hosts.
  • I would say that LeVar did a much better job today than yesterday, and I would not at all be upset if he was given the permanent hosting job. I would also say that the lack of seeing all 61 clues is a result of Matt’s more methodical play—all five of his games have seen unplayed clues—rather than anything to do with the host.
  • Taking doubled dollar values into account, $147,800 is the 25th-best 5-game total of all time on Jeopardy!

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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, July 27, 2021"

  1. Looks like my airing will be preempted by the hearing. I hope Matt continues his run.

    • Oh wow, they took a break and I got to watch the entire match. Good game once again and I guessed correctly on FJ yay hehe.

  2. Woohoo! Matt has finally gotten his fifth win! Congrats to the connecticut native! Keep it going Matt! New Haven is definitely proud of you! He has made it into the tournament of champions now.

    Good game by the opponents today

  3. Spud Muffin | July 27, 2021 at 2:24 pm |

    Looks like a great match to watch! I thought we were going to miss Lavar’s entire week, but luckily our local NBC station has moved the airing from 7:30 to 3:00, so I just record it and watch it at 7:30… it’s all good! Lavar was a bit nervous starting out yesterday, so it’s good to hear he’s improving today. There were a couple odd situations yesterday like with the late answer, but he handled them well.

    • I only came here to see the final question for this day but I somehow found myself here in the comments section and i am so glad to be here because your name has made my day! 🙂

  4. Alan Cohen | July 27, 2021 at 2:33 pm |

    Aaron Rodger’s ended his threatened hold-out with Green Bay today, and showed up for the first practice at training camp. Within the last 24 hours he has indicated he is now willing to re-sign with the Packers for at least another year. I don’t think the timing of this is a coincidence. I think he must have received some advance word in the last day or two that he will NOT be the new Jeopardy! host, thus his sudden about-face.

    • lol I saw that too and thought the same thing. He wasn’t one of my favorites so I’m fine with him going back to football.

    • center ice | July 28, 2021 at 1:46 am |

      Rodgers is reporting to camp because the Packers were not willing to trade him and he had three years remaining on his contract. He stood to lose millions of dollars had he not reported.

      Over the weekend, Rodgers’ agent and the Packers negotiated a new contract that binds him to the Packers for two years, though the second year could be voided under certain circumstance. The start of training camp)and the millions he’d lose) dictated his decision.

  5. Brad (not Rutter) | July 27, 2021 at 6:15 pm |

    Better from Burton today. Still a bit shaky but seems to be getting smoother. And a very gutsy game from Matt with those daily doubles.

  6. LeVar was much better today, but his excitement level every time a contestant answers a correct question needs to be brought down a few hundred levels. I know it’s not meant this way, but it comes across as his being completely flabbergasted that someone would know a particular question.

  7. God bless him, I know Mr. Burton is trying to be the best Alex replacement possible but he seemed so nervous and jumpy, I found myself wondering how many cups of coffee he had before taping this episode. No disrespect intended. Maybe tomorrow will be better.

    I’m happy that Matt has earned himself a place on the next ToC.

  8. Matt may not be James (though who would be?) but he’s pretty good. I liked that audacious Daily Double bet in Double Jeopardy. Hoping for a good long run!

  9. Based on the other comments I may be in the minority, but I thought LeVar was outstanding today. I’ll be the first to admit yesterday was shaky for him, but if this is what he can bring the rest of the week, he would be my top choice.

    • (Also, if we are looking to assign blame for the missing clues here, bear in mind the Minneapolis news category)

  10. Pamela Ross | July 28, 2021 at 12:48 am |

    What is the possible reason Matt will not say “Make it a true daily double” but gives the full monetary bet in numbers instead?

  11. Maybe because it’s a cliché? James didn’t say it either.

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