Happy Thursday! Today is Joe Buck’s 4th day of guest hosting. Through 3 days, $84,000 has been donated to Kidsmart. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Blockbuster Movies) for Thursday, August 12, 2021 (Season 37, Game 229):
Based on a 1974 novel, this film has been described as combining “An Enemy of the People” & “Moby Dick”
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Ruth Reichard, a judicial educator from Indianapolis, Indiana
|Steve Spillman, a product manager from Los Angeles, California
|Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (16-day total: $505,200)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Matt Amodio passed a half-million dollars in winnings yesterday; it’s an absolute shame that this run is being completely overshadowed by the talk about who’ll be hosting come September. If he makes it through 2 more games, Matt will be moving onto his 5th host; his ability to pick up the cadence of multiple hosts quickly is one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen on the program.
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Correct response: What is Jaws?
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Jaws, before it became the archetype of a summer blockbuster film, was a 1974 novel by Peter Benchley. (An Enemy of the People was a 19th-century Henrik Ibsen play about a person who dared to speak an unpopular truth, and was punished for it.) Much like An Enemy of the People, Jaws had an unpopular truth: the shark. The mayor in Jaws was so afraid about the cratering of his town’s tourism economy that he refused to close down the beaches, saying that the death that set the events of Jaws in motion was a boat accident and not a shark. (Sounds familiar when it comes to certain politicians refusing to take action against COVID for the sake of the economy, doesn’t it? Economic spoiler alert: dead people can’t buy things.) The Moby Dick comparisons are much more apt. Interestingly, it’s been over a month since we’ve seen 3 correct responses in Final Jeopardy (the last time was July 6)—this could be the night to break that streak.
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Steve $200 – $99 = $101 (What is I had fun!)
Ruth $21,000 – $21,000 = $0 (What is —?)
Matt $30,400 + $12,000 = $42,400 (What is Jaws?) (17-day total: $547,600)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) UNUSUAL ISLANDS $1000 (clue #1)
Matt 0 +1000 (Steve 0 Ruth 0)
2) FEATURES OF THE MOON $2000 (clue #16)
Matt 22600 +1000 (Steve -1400 Ruth 8000)
3) CLASSIC BRITISH NOVELS $400 (clue #23, $6800 left on board)
Ruth 10000 +9000 (Matt 25600 Steve 1400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 194
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 211 (0.92 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles
Matt $31,400 Coryat, 34 correct, 0 incorrect, 52.63% in first on buzzer (30/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Steve $200 Coryat, 5 correct, 4 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Ruth $12,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $44,000
Lach Trash: $4,600 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,400
Matt Amodio, career statistics:
551 correct, 62 incorrect
26/30 on rebound attempts (on 63 rebound opportunities)
55.08% in first on buzzer (526/955)
34/39 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $114,200)
11/17 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,553
Steve Spillman, career statistics:
5 correct, 5 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $200
Ruth Reichard, career statistics:
16 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $9,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,400
Matt Amodio, to win:
18 games: 90.992%
Avg. streak: 27.102 games.
- $129,400 has been donated thus far to Kidsmart; $2,944,026 has been donated on behalf of all hosts.
- Interestingly, “guernsey” is also a correct response to the SHIRT SHORTS $200 clue; Guernsey is also a Channel Island and a “guernsey” is what is worn by players in Australian Rules football.
- This is the third Daily Double this season in the first row of the board. I would like to see the show do this more often than three times a season.
- Counting tournament play, Matt at $547,600 moves to #8 in all-time winnings. Roger Craig sits #7 at $555,200.
- $31,400 is the highest Coryat score in my dataset in a non-runaway game; Ken Jennings held the previous mark, $30,400, in his 5th game on June 8, 2004.
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