Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, July 6, 2021


Happy Tuesday! Today is Day #7 of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s hosting stint. $114,958 has been donated through 6 games to Odyssey Atlanta. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Colleges & Universities) for Tuesday, July 6, 2021 (Season 37, Game 202):

In 2019 this public university attempted to trademark the word “the” for use on clothing & hats

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Laura Hatcher, a communication consultant from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Laura Hatcher on Jeopardy!
Alex Stubblefield, a PhD candidate in economics from Montgomery, Texas
Alex Stubblefield on Jeopardy!
Courtney Shah, a community college instructor from Portland, Oregon (6-day total: $96,958)
Courtney Shah on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Last night, Courtney Shah became the 53rd player to win at least 6 regular play games; 29 of the past 52 have won at least 7. Courtney is the sort of champion that the prediction model isn’t great with dealing with. However, on a show that has had over 8,000 episodes and has aired for 35 years, we will get instances such as this. That’s one reason why this game can be so fun: the inherent randomness baked into the game. There are fans who want to diminish Courtney’s accomplishments online, and I don’t see why people feel the need to do this. The point of the game is to win, and Courtney has done that better than all but 29 others at this point. So, enjoy what we’re seeing. It’s great watching to see if Courtney can keep her streak going.

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Correct response: What is The Ohio State University?


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The Columbus school’s alumni and fans are always quick to point out—especially on social media when the article is left out—that the full name of the school is The Ohio State University. Fun fact, though: the rules of Jeopardy! generally consider leading articles to be superfluous unless there also exists an additional work that requires the article to disambiguate. Thus, in most cases, the show generally considers “The Ohio State University” and “Ohio State University” to be equivalent. (Whether the fact that this specific clue hinges on the word “The” will require its inclusion in a correct response is definitely still to be seen, though. I could definitely see the judges going either way on this.)

Interestingly, The Ohio State University’s trademark issues didn’t come because of the genericness of the word “the” itself, but because fashion company Marc Jacobs also attempted to trademark the word with the USPTO. Additionally, in the time since this episode would have taped and its airing, the two groups reached an agreement that would allow both groups to split the trademark if permitted.


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

Scores going into Final:
Courtney $17,600
Alex $2,600
Laura $800


Tonight’s results:
Laura $800 + $0 = $800 (What is (the) Ohio State University?)
Alex $2,600 + $999 = $3,599 (What is Ohio State University?)
Courtney $17,600 + $4,000 = $21,600 (What is THE Ohio State University?) (7-day total: $118,558)


Courtney Shah, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 6, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Courtney $7,600
Alex $2,600
Laura $1,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) AMERICANA $800 (clue #18)
Alex 800 -1000 (Courtney 5200 Laura 1400)
2) A WORLD TO KISS $1600 (clue #18)
Alex 5400 -4000 (Courtney 15200 Laura 2600)
3) THE HUMAN BODY $2000 (clue #28, $2800 left on board)
Laura 5800 -5000 (Courtney 17600 Alex 1800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -260


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 198 (0.98 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Courtney $17,600 Coryat, 21 correct, 0 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Alex $7,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 4 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Laura $5,800 Coryat, 10 correct, 3 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $31,000
Lach Trash: $13,800 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,200

Courtney Shah, career statistics:
126 correct, 14 incorrect
8/13 on rebound attempts (on 26 rebound opportunities)
29.04% in first on buzzer (115/396)
2/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,200)
5/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,429

Alex Stubblefield, career statistics:
16 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$5,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,600

Laura Hatcher, career statistics:
11 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$5,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,800

Courtney Shah, to win:
8 games: 35.928%
9: 12.909%
10: 4.638%
11: 1.666%
12: 0.599%
Avg. streak: 7.561 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • The judges clearly decided that even in this case, the leading article rule–in which leading articles are generally considered unnecessary—applied in this case.
  • Through Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s hosting stint, $139,558 has been donated to Odyssey Atlanta. $2,052,519 has been donated in total through all hosts.

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20 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, July 6, 2021"

  1. Easy peasy…or is it because I’m an Ohioan?! Not an OSU alum though, go BG Falcons 😁😁

  2. Jamie Schmidt | July 6, 2021 at 11:44 am |

    I got FJ right away because it was mentioned on the sitcom “Last Man Standing”. Nancy Travis’ character Vanessa Baxter was an OSU alum!

  3. When they had a contestant on the Jeopardy College Tournament, she made sure it was called “The” Ohio State University.

  4. Would have missed it. They did specify public university but I would have said U of Miami since it’s known as The U.

  5. Congrats to Courtney! Having done what only 29 have done is a great accomplishment. Here’s to 8!

  6. Congrats to Courtney once again winning game 7! Very easy final jeopardy but still Go Falcons! I watched Last Man Standing since Vanessa Baxter was an alum from OSU!

  7. As a proud alum of THE Ohio State University, I knew this immediately. Go, Buckeyes!!

  8. You go, Courtney!!!
    With no DDs, and the stats working against you, you did it again!!!
    Best of luck for #8 tomorrow!!

  9. Brad (not Rutter) | July 6, 2021 at 5:02 pm |

    The legend grows….
    and this fan is glad to see a runaway for a change. Looking to enter Jennifer/Karen/ McKenzie territory tomorrow.

  10. Denise B. | July 6, 2021 at 5:31 pm |

    As a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, I find this entire topic absurd! 😛

  11. Darlene Jackson | July 6, 2021 at 8:52 pm |

    Can you provide the topics of the 7/6/21 show, I had a category of African Americans before a specific date. I was so delighted and astonished, THANK YOU!! I was so PROUD!! as if my history was REAL not made up!! I THANK YOU< THANK YOU!! I must see this again!! I got to Post this!! please do more, help America realize we have to address the past to provide justice roads towards America’s Future!! THANK YOU< THANK YOU!!

  12. I hope any chatter about Courtney being a “lucky” champion can be firmly put to rest.

  13. Diane Bagüés | July 6, 2021 at 10:13 pm |

    The University of California system as well. Though I can’t imagine Cal even thinking about copyrighting the “The.” It’s always The University of California, or it’s “Cal.”

    Cal Berkeley’65

  14. Hannah Starr | July 6, 2021 at 10:38 pm |

    I need to find a recording of tonight’s episode. Our ABC affiliate is showing the NBA finals with no listed time to air it later. Maybe they will, maybe they won’t. Just says TBA after the game. So maybe they will show it. Ugh!

    Go Courtney!!!
    -Hannah in Oregon

  15. We were surprised that they accepted the answer “The Coronado” for the Hotel del Coronado, because no one in San Diego would say that, and possible not even connect it with the hotel. It’s nicknamed “The Del” or “The Hotel Del”.

    • Ima Trebeki | July 7, 2021 at 11:05 pm |

      I was surprised about that, too. I’m from S.D. as well. I’ve never heard it called that.

  16. Hannah Starr | July 7, 2021 at 12:51 am |

    OK, the affiliate is promising Jeopardy at 10 pm. Which is only fair since it’s a Portland station and Courtney is from… Portland. Now I don’t have to be worried that she’ll win.

  17. Not such an easy FJ if you are not a sports fan……

  18. While it has been an unusual run for Courtney, I would hardly call anyone that diminishes her accomplishments online a “fan” of J!. “Troll” would be more appropriate.
    Any person that can make it as far as a taped show, or indeed even an in-person audition, is a winner in my eyes, regardless if they are a “One and Done” champion (that so many others also like to disparage)or a zero-money winning runner-up.

    Congrats, Courtney, and good luck in the TOC!

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