Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, July 8, 2021


Today is Day #9 of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s host stint. Through 8, $165,858 has been raised for Odyssey Atlanta. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Musical Landmarks) for Thursday, July 8, 2021 (Season 37, Game 204):

A cleft of limestone in England sheltered Rev. Augustus Toplady from a storm & inspired this popular hymn

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Jen Jazwinski, an early literacy librarian from Algonquin, Illinois
Jen Jazwinski on Jeopardy!
Ellen McKeeman, a retired nursing staffing coordinator from Newport, Oregon
Ellen McKeeman on Jeopardy!
Nikole Villanueva, a direct service provider from Cedar Rapids, Iowa (1-day total: $23,300)
Nikole Villanueva on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Nikole took down a 7-day champion yesterday in Courtney Shah. The best way for Nikole to improve her win chances would likely be to keep the incorrect responses down—any more than three might make things more difficult for her.


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Correct response: What is “Rock of Ages”?


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A popular Anglican hymn, “Rock of Ages” was written in 1763 after Rev. Toplady was caught in a storm and took refuge at Burrington Combe in North Somerset. The rock is generally known today as “Rock of Ages” due to the hymn.

After a hymn book was left in their recording studio by a choir member, Def Leppard was inspired by the title to write their own 1983 song with the same title.


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Scores going into Final:
Jen $26,600
Nikole $16,000
Ellen $5,800


Tonight’s results:
Ellen $5,800 + $5,799 = $11,599 (What is Rock of Ages?)
Nikole $16,000 – $4,000 = $12,000 (What is Amazing Grace?)
Jen $26,600 + $15,401 = $42,001 (What is The Solid Rock Rock of Ages?) (1-day total: $42,001)


Jen Jazwinski, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 8, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jen $10,600
Nikole $5,200
Ellen $1,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) STATE LICENCE PLATES $800 (clue #9)
Jen 3400 +3400 (Nikole 400 Ellen 400)
2) FIRST NOVELS $2000 (clue #7)
Jen 13000 +5000 (Nikole 5600 Ellen 1800)
3) THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION $1600 (clue #27, $5600 left on board)
Jen 25600 +3000 (Nikole 16000 Ellen 3800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 150


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 198 (0.97 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Jen $19,600 Coryat, 28 correct, 3 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Nikole $16,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 0 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Ellen $5,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 1 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $41,400
Lach Trash: $7,400 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,200

Nikole Villanueva, career statistics:
36 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (36/114)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,700

Ellen McKeeman, career statistics:
10 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,800

Jen Jazwinski, career statistics:
29 correct, 3 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $11,400)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,600

Jen Jazwinski, to win:
2 games: 80.196%
3: 64.314%
4: 51.577%
5: 41.362%
6: 33.171%
Avg. streak: 5.049 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Through Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s hosting stint, $210,859 has been donated to Odyssey Atlanta. $2,123,820 has been donated in total through all hosts.
  • That was definitely a math error; $16,000 doubled is $32,000, not $42,000. Moreover, Nikole definitely underbet Final Jeopardy; one more reason that leaders should not bet any more than absolutely necessary. Nikole needed to bet at least $5,200.

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8 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, July 8, 2021"

  1. Ronnie Gambardella | July 8, 2021 at 10:20 am |

    Looking forward to another all-female show! I like the new post-Alex format with more women and other diverse contestants.

    • Ima Trebeki | July 8, 2021 at 10:47 pm |

      There were diverse contestants when Alex hosted. How contestants are chosen hasn’t changed, and the host doesn’t choose the contestants anyway.

  2. Jen played well for her first game with her big win today; She definitely can become the next streaker as long as she builds up on her correct responses. Also congrats to Ellen on getting final right. Rock of Ages definitely was my favorite in the old days

  3. Debbie Stover | July 8, 2021 at 1:59 pm |

    Great point, Andy; if Jen had missed FJ (as it seems she nearly did), that arithmetic error would needlessly have cost her the game.

    That said, I’m glad it worked out the way it did. It feels like there have been so many low-scoring wins lately, it’s terrific to see a couple of new champions clean up.

    Librarians seem to do very well on Jeopardy. Here’s hoping Jen gets on a roll.

  4. Brad (not Rutter) | July 8, 2021 at 5:08 pm |

    Jen is awesome! Not just skill-wise, but I love the reactions. But wow, if she had missed FJ, that math error would have haunted her.

  5. Wow! How long has it been since anybody won with THAT much $$$ in one game !!!
    Congratulations Jen!!!

  6. Denise B. | July 9, 2021 at 6:35 am |

    Much easier than the “Ohio River” FJ.

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