Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, August 16, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Famous Americans) for Monday, August 16, 2021 (Season 21, Game 29):

After his public comments were criticized by FDR, he resigned his Air Corps Reserve commission in April 1941

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

K.C. Backer, a graduate student from Bloomington, Indiana
K.C. Backer on Jeopardy!
Graham House, a musician from Lincoln, Nebraska
Graham House on Jeopardy!
Ken Jennings, a software engineer from Salt Lake City, Utah (56-day total: $1,906,400)
Ken Jennings on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Charles Lindbergh?

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Charles Lindbergh, who rose to international fame in 1927 for being the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, had become the foremost spokesperson in the United States for non-intervention in World War II by the early 1940s. Lindbergh’s viewpoints were also very pro-eugenics and very similar to those of the Nazis, to the point where many in America viewed him as a Nazi sympathizer. After Lindbergh publicly suggested that America negotiate a neutrality pact with Hitler, FDR declared Lindbergh to be a “defeatist and appeaser”, leading to Lindbergh resigning his commission.

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

Scores going into Final:
Ken $24,800
Graham $6,800
K.C. $6,600

Tonight’s results:
K.C. $6,600 – $6,600 = $0 (Who is NO CLUE)
Graham $6,800 – $6,401 = $399 (Who is Mitchell?)
Ken $24,800 + $5,100 = $29,900 (Who is Lindbergh?) (57-day total: $1,936,300)

Ken Jennings, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 16, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ken $11,300
K.C. $1,800
Graham $1,600


Opening break taken after: 14 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD $800 (clue #14)
Ken 5400 +2100 (Graham 600 K.C. 200)
2) THE HOLE TRUTH $1200 (clue #18)
Ken 17700 +2300 (Graham 4800 K.C. 1000)
3) LAKE CITY $1200 (clue #28, $3600 left on board)
K.C. 4600 +2000 (Ken 21200 Graham 6800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 95

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0

Game Stats:
Ken $22,400 Coryat, 35 correct, 5 incorrect, 64.91% in first on buzzer (37/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Graham $6,800 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
K.C. $5,800 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,000
Lach Trash: $10,200 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,800

Ken Jennings, career statistics:
2069 correct, 204 incorrect
61.36% in first on buzzer (1979/3225)
103/121 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $323,199)
38/57 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $28,140

Graham House, career statistics:
8 correct, 2 incorrect
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,800

K.C. Backer, career statistics:
8 correct, 2 incorrect
10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,800

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14 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, August 16, 2021"

  1. A Gimme.

  2. Seeing Ken win his 57th makes me realize how incredible his 74 win streak was, likely unbreakable, and arguably one of the greatest streaks in all sports.

    Matt Amodilo’s 18 win streak is impressive, yet my best case scenario sees him surpass James’s 32 wins streak, but nowhere near 74. Maybe no one will, since the signaling device practice contestants get now wasn’t standard during Ken’s streak, as I understand, a definite advantage now gone.

    • Besides the signaling device practice, except for the Covid 19 protocols, contestants come from a larger pool of candidates now then when Ken had his run.

  3. Ken had many runaway games but he didn’t win as much per game as James Holzhaeur.

    If James had won 75 games, his total would’ve been over $5 million.

    Too bad Ken didn’t become host.

  4. David John Craven | August 16, 2021 at 5:00 pm |

    The host decision is not set in stone. If they decide they made a mistake, they can make a change… like when Conan was “dumped” and Leno brought back. If the ratings “tank”, you could easily see Mike Richards gone within 6 months.

  5. If you looked at the stats alone here, Ken was not that impressive in this game…5 incorrect answers and 9 triple stumpers…10% incorrect overall up to this point in his run. If I looked at these stats, with no names attached, I would never guess this is the GOAT!

  6. Thanks to this site, I was able to compare and contrast Ken’s stats through 57 games vs. Matt’s stats through 18. Very similar, Matt is just a tad below Ken, but the algorithm has his over/under at 28 games. The 74-game streak was incredible! Competition is better these days.

  7. Randy Skretvedt | August 16, 2021 at 10:43 pm |

    Re-running shows with Ken Jennings will just emphasize what an idiotic decision it was not to choose him as the new permanent host.

  8. Thomas Gazdayka | August 16, 2021 at 11:44 pm |

    Their must have been a reason why the announcer did not mention Ken’s winning games at the beginning of the show. Maybe not to jinx him. Nor was his new game wins shown at the end.

    And yes, I agree, it was idiotic not to choose Ken as the permanent new host of the show.

    • Yes. A month prior, news of Ken’s impending defeat was leaked to unsavoury press.

      So, to keep viewers from being able to predict when the loss might be, the show just announced $ winnings and not games won.

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