Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Welcome to Season 37’s final Wednesday; it is Day 3 of Joe Buck’s hosting stint. $51,400 has been donated thus far to Kidsmart thus far. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Flags) for Wednesday, August 11, 2021 (Season 37, Game 228):

The use of red, yellow & green as Pan-African colors began with the flag of this nation, the continent’s oldest independent country

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Max Wagner, a musician originally from Chicago, Illinois
Max Wagner on Jeopardy!
Brianna Weck, a community engagement manager from Arlington, Virginia
Brianna Weck on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (15-day total: $475,600)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: When a streak gets this long, the #1 question going into every episode: will today be the day that the champion gets defeated? Our challengers are going to need to do better on the Daily Doubles than Matt does in order to have a chance.

Interestingly, Mike Richards did put a minor spoiler in his recent email to the Jeopardy! staff (the one that was nearly immediately leaked and reported on by the media), making reference to an end total donated to charity that has yet to be announced.

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Correct response: What is Ethiopia?

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Ethiopia has long been admired by the rest of Africa for its generally being able to avoid lengthy stretches of being occupied by colonial powers (as Italy was only able to occupy it for a few years in the late 1930s). Its tricolor of green, gold, and red horizontal bands have become the pan-African colors and have been used on the flags of numerous African countries. Ghana was the first country outside of Ethiopia to incorporate the colors into its own flag, doing so in 1957.

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

Scores going into Final:
Matt $31,600
Brianna $8,800
Max $5,400

Tonight’s results:
Max $5,400 – $5,400 = $0 (What is Zimbabwe)
Brianna $8,800 – $2,001 = $6,799 (What is Liberia?)
Matt $31,600 – $2,000 = $29,600 (What is Ethiopia Egypt?) (16-day total: $505,200)

Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 11, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $15,600
Brianna $4,000
Max $3,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) AN AUGUST CATEGORY $800 (clue #14)
Matt 6000 +6000 (Brianna 2800 Max 1000)
Matt 21200 +2000 (Brianna 7200 Max 3000)
3) MATH $800 (clue #20, $7200 left on board)
Matt 25200 +2000 (Brianna 8800 Max 4200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 117

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 211 (0.93 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Matt $24,800 Coryat, 36 correct, 5 incorrect, 69.09% in first on buzzer (38/55), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Brianna $8,800 Coryat, 10 correct, 1 incorrect, 14.55% in first on buzzer (8/55), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Max $5,400 Coryat, 10 correct, 1 incorrect, 14.55% in first on buzzer (8/55), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,000
Lach Trash: $4,800 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,400

Matt Amodio, career statistics:
516 correct, 62 incorrect
24/28 on rebound attempts (on 57 rebound opportunities)
55.23% in first on buzzer (496/898)
32/37 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $112,200)
10/16 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,250

Brianna Weck, career statistics:
10 correct, 2 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
14.55% in first on buzzer (8/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,800

Max Wagner, career statistics:
10 correct, 2 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
14.55% in first on buzzer (8/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,400

Matt Amodio, to win:
17 games: 90.733%
18: 82.324%
19: 74.695%
20: 67.773%
21: 61.492%
Avg. streak: 25.791 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $84,000 has been donated thus far to Kidsmart; $2,898,626 has been donated on behalf of all hosts.
  • Counting tournament play, Matt at $505,200 moves to #9 in all-time winnings. Jason Zuffranieri sits #8 at $542,496.

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, August 11, 2021"

  1. Lou Rubinfield | August 11, 2021 at 11:08 am |

    How is it that those episodes that are already recorded don’t get leaked about who the winner is?

    • These days: Because everyone who knows the outcome has financial incentive (loss of employment or prize money) not to leak it. Because of COVID, these shows do not have the general public in the audience.

      Moreover: it’s actually a breach of the show’s copyright. It’s just that reporting on the outcome after it’s aired is universally considered to be fair use as you’re reporting on events that have been made known to the public. (If it hasn’t been made available to the general public, that case can’t be made.)

      • I had the same question linger for a long time. I believe the contestants as well sign a contract where other than immediate family members, they are never allowed to leak who the winner is. I remember Ken Jennings mention he would only ever tell his wife the outcome after every episode

        • I knew about a month before Ken lost that he would lose on his 75th show. It was on the Internet somewhere.

  2. When there is a live audience, how do they keep those folks from talking? The honor system?

  3. well Matt is sitting pretty at number 9 in total winnings, but he is closer to Jason’s big 500K total. even though Matt should not have second guessed himself by crossing out the right response for the wrong one. A win is a win when matt cleans out the daily doubles. If our current champion can win tomorrow, Jason will be very impressed. This guy just never stops winning.

  4. I thought Egypt at first but then thought I bet it’s Ethiopia – Kush is mentioned in the old testament before Mitzrayim.

  5. Thomas Gazdayka | August 11, 2021 at 3:47 pm |

    First off, congratulations on Matt for winning his 16th game. Secondly, apparently its official now…that Mike Richards has been named Jeopardy’s! new permanent host. Also Mayim Bialik has been named to host Jeopardy! spinoffs. So congratulations on both, whether or not anyone agrees with the decision of the new host. Nonetheless September 13th is 5 weeks away so the new taping schedule should resume very soon for Season 38.

  6. Welcome to the half-a-million club, Matt Amodio!

  7. Matt needs to stop second-guessing himself in Final Jeopardy. That’s twice this week he crossed out his first, correct response. Obviously, his first instincts are correct, but he may be thinking TOO much.

  8. I love the image chosen for his 16th day as champ. I would use that for my passport and DMV just for kicks.

  9. One thing’s for sure. Matt has figured out a great way to pay for grad school.

  10. I finally found my favorite host. Joe Buck is perfect sorry to see your choices they just are not natural at all. They try too hard. Hopefully, you can still bring in Joe.

  11. With a little bit of luck, maybe Matt can outlast Mike…

  12. Unimportant in the big picture but there was a minor mistake where Joe Buck accepted “Xiaoping” as the response for “Deng Xiaoping”. That’s his given name, not his family name. I’m not sure if he should have prompted for more information or ruled it wrong.

    • I’ve seen them accept given names before…Oprah and Elvis come to mind.

      • Oprah and Elvis are known by their first names. Deng is not commonly known by Xiaoping. In Jeopardy rules a surname has precedence over a given name unless there is a need to distinguish such as What’s President Bush or What’s Fonda?

        • Agree with 148jules. He should have been prompted for more information or his answer should have been deemed incorrect. If the question were about Mao, would Zedong have been deemed acceptable? I doubt it.

    • Debbie Stover | August 12, 2021 at 3:52 pm |

      I had the same thought. It didn’t necessarily surprise me that the host wouldn’t know that, but why didn’t the judges step in and ask for more specific information?

  13. I’m enjoying Joe Buck way more than I thought I would. He just needs to tone down the volume of his voice a bit but at this point in his sports announcer career he probably can’t 😊.

    Should have been Buzzy or Ken. This whole thing has been very slimy and underhanded.

  14. Joe Buck is definitely growing on me. There are so many hosts that clearly outshine MR! Oh well, hopefully , he will grow into the job over time.

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