Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Today is Day #2 of Joe Buck’s hosting stint! Yesterday, $13,400 of winnings was matched for Kidsmart. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Fictional Places) for Tuesday, August 10, 2021 (Season 37, Game 227):

A savage people called Zapoletes are contrasted with the inhabitants of the title place of this 16th-century work

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Silpa Kovvali, a screenwriter from Los Angeles, California
Silpa Kovvali on Jeopardy!
Allie Lane, a technical editor from Rochester, New Hampshire
Allie Lane on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (14-day total: $440,600)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Matt Amodio moved to #4 on the all-time regular play money winnings list yesterday. Let’s look back to what I said going into his second game on July 22: “Matt knocked off a strong 3-day champion in Josh Saak yesterday, aided greatly by picking off 7 clues off the bottom of the board and another 5 off the fourth row. That sort of wide, deep knowledge is going to be difficult to beat.” Doing well on bottom of the board clues can be incredibly predictive of sustained success, as those are the most likely clues that only one of the three players knows the correct response to. Combine that with Matt’s dominance on the signalling device and you have the building blocks for a very long streak that does not show signs of stopping.

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Correct response: What is Utopia?

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Utopia was a work, published in 1516, by English polymath Thomas More; the word “Utopia” is now used to describe an imaginary community that has near-perfect qualities of its citizens.

Later in life, More became famous for opposing the divorce of Henry VIII and opposing the English break from the Catholic church; considering that one of the ideals in More’s Utopia was “easy divorce”, this ironic real-life about-face certainly led to More’s treason conviction and execution in 1535.

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

Scores going into Final:
Matt $33,000
Allie $12,800
Silpa $1,400

Tonight’s results:
Silpa $1,400 – $1,400 = $0 (What is Paradise Lost?)
Allie $12,800 + $5,800 = $18,600 (What is Utopia?)
Matt $33,000 + $2,000 = $35,000 (What is Utopia?) (15-day total: $475,600)

Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 10, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $10,600
Allie $4,400
Silpa $600

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
Matt 2200 +2200 (Allie 1000 Silpa 0)
2) 19th CENTURY MUSIC $1600 (clue #4)
Matt 13000 -4000 (Allie 6000 Silpa 600)
3) NATIONS $1600 (clue #5, $28800 left on board)
Matt 9000 +4000 (Allie 6000 Silpa 600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 114

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 209 (0.92 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Matt $33,200 Coryat, 33 correct, 3 incorrect, 57.89% in first on buzzer (33/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Allie $12,800 Coryat, 19 correct, 1 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Silpa $1,400 Coryat, 4 correct, 0 incorrect, 7.02% in first on buzzer (4/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $47,400
Lach Trash: $2,400 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,200

Matt Amodio, career statistics:
480 correct, 56 incorrect
24/28 on rebound attempts (on 55 rebound opportunities)
54.33% in first on buzzer (458/843)
29/34 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $102,200)
10/15 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,347

Allie Lane, career statistics:
20 correct, 1 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,800

Silpa Kovvali, career statistics:
4 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
7.02% in first on buzzer (4/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $1,400

Matt Amodio, to win:
16 games: 90.291%
17: 81.524%
18: 73.609%
19: 66.462%
20: 60.009%
Avg. streak: 24.299 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $51,400 has been donated thus far to Kidsmart; $2,866,026 has been donated on behalf of all hosts.
  • Counting tournament play, Matt at $475,600 moves to #12 in all-time winnings. Austin Rogers sits #11 at $486,000.

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26 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, August 10, 2021"

  1. Michael McGee | August 10, 2021 at 10:54 am |

    I love that he has the guts to try and break the single day non-james record. Sad he has failed twice so far.

  2. I think yesterday’s game was a big example of “don’t knock it ‘till you’ve tried it”. A large amount of people weren’t willing to give Joe a chance, but he did pretty well, and he’s actually kinda funny, too.

  3. Penny Klein | August 10, 2021 at 1:02 pm |

    I’ll be upset if Dr Oz is picked for permanent host

  4. Matt managed to make a comeback today despite that big loss from that tough final yesterday. I am pretty sure he is trying to reach Jason’s record since it has been months without a serial winner and now here we are five to six months later we got a possible super champ since James Holzhauer. Matt still continues to show true strength in this game. Keep it going!

  5. Andy – you mentioned Matt moved into #12 all-time including tournament play. The Jeopardy Hall of Fame linked though the show’s web page has him now in Top 10 passing Austin with today’s winnings. Is there a tournament being counted somewhere that the show is not counting?

    • Jeopardy! seems to have counted winnings in the Ultimate Tournament of Champions and the All-Star Games for some players and not others, and frankly, I can’t figure out why.

      • OK, I thought it was just me. And the minder of that Hall of Fame page has so far neglected to add Matt to the most games won column of the standings where he passed Matt Jackson and is now 6th highest chasing five more victories to pass Dave Madden and Jason Zuffranieri’s 19 wins and tie Julia Collins for third place.

      • Also I notice that Jason Zuffranieri has the same amount of winnings in both individual and combined columns when he certainly picked up additional winnings for making it to the Semi-Finals of the 2021 tournament. I’m sure there’s other oversights like this as well.

  6. As long as Matt can continue having runaway games, he should easily reach $500k.

    I think he will finish this week and be the first champion for Mike Richard’s.

    Will “The Mike and Matt Show” be a success?

  7. Do you plan to hold off on adding Matt’s game-by-game statistics to the ultrachamps section of the site until he loses or the season ends, whichever comes first?

  8. I know that I must be assuredly in the minority here, but I am really longing for somebody to give Matt some serious competition. He is super smart and has an impressively broad range of knowledge, but… I am just starting to find the runaways more than a little boring. My kingdom for another Emma Boettcher! 🙂

    • Marylou M Bondi | August 10, 2021 at 7:58 pm |

      I didn’t find Ken Jennings’ 74 game runaways boring or James boring and I don’t find Matt’s incredible streak anything but fascinating. I’n rooting for him to keep going.

    • I find watching Matt much more exciting, especially with runaway games, than the revolving door of one and two day champs who win $7K a game. Matt’s depth and breadth of knowledge is so deep that it’s a pleasure to watch him, especially at his relatively young age.

    • I agree with you Randy. All credit to Matt for shutting down his competition, but just for entertainment value I like to see FJ be about more than the final score. The DD in the Jeopardy round was under a 1000 clue three days in a row. It was under an 800 today, but I was beginning to wonder if the show was putting them where Matt would hit them before he had built up a really large amount.

    • Not ready yet for another Emma! I’d like Matt to top $1 million, make the top ten best games list, and post the top Coryat of all time. He’s certainly capable of all these. But like you I hope whoever eventually beats him is strong like Emma, not a one-and-done contestant like most who’ve beaten the Ultra Champs.

      • Michael McGee | August 11, 2021 at 2:25 am |

        Another Emma won’t be happening. He will lose to dumb luck over us seeing another Emma. Emma is a toc winner type of player and you rarely see more then 2 of them in a season.

  9. Brad (not Rutter) | August 10, 2021 at 5:00 pm |

    Allie was one of those Matt casualties who might have been a multigame champ.

  10. David John Craven | August 10, 2021 at 5:01 pm |

    I feel bad for our players today. Allie could easily have had 25K, more than enough in most games to win. I think if she had drawn at least one more of the daily doubles it could have been even closer. But yeah, this guy’s gonna be hard to take out.

  11. Bravo to Matt who rebounded to a more Amodio-like final total today. I couldn’t imagine being a contestant waiting in the wings watching him crush his opponents in runaway fashion game after game.

    And a potential hot take… Joe Buck would (gulp) arguably be better than Mike Richards at this job. He seems more personable and authentic, and he is a better arbiter of the game. He’s far from my first choice, and he could tone it down a bit while reading the clues, but he’s undeniably doing a good job.

  12. So, I know the new host is still up in the air, but when would the next new show possibly air? Is this even possible to know? Excuse my ignorance…thanks, Jane

  13. It’s amazing to me that Brad Rutter won almost $4.7 million overall, but didn’t even get to $300K in regular play winnings, and isn’t even in the top 10. I know dollar values were lesser then, but still……

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