Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, August 19, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Historic Names) for Thursday, August 19, 2021 (Season 24, Game 42):

He is quoted as saying, “Another such victory over the Romans, and we are undone”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Craig Westphal, a paramedic from Tucson, Arizona
Craig Westphal on Jeopardy!
Nick Swezey, a publisher from Washington, D.C.
Nick Swezey on Jeopardy!
Celeste DiNucci, a recent graduate student from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Celeste DiNucci on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Pyrrhus?

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This quote was reported by Plutarch regarding the Greek victory at the Battle of Asculum; the Greeks did defeat the Romans at the battle, but Pyrrhus lost a significant portion of his forces. It gave rise to the term “Pyrrhic victory” to refer to a victory is came at such excessive cost that it was tantamount to defeat. Here’s more information from Merriam-Webster about Pyrrhic victories.

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Scores going into Final:
Craig $21,600
Celeste $15,800
Nick $6,600

Tonight’s results:
Nick $6,600 + $4,000 = $10,600 (Who is Pyrrus?)
Celeste $15,800 + $6,000 = $21,800 (Who is Pyrrhus?)
Craig $21,600 + $5,000 = $26,600 (Who is Pyrrhus?) (Semi-Finalist)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Craig $10,000
Celeste $5,000
Nick $1,800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
Craig 5000 +5000 (Celeste 3600 Nick 1800)
2) SCIENTISTS $800 (clue #13)
Craig 9600 +6000 (Celeste 10200 Nick 4600)
3) HISTORIC SUPREME COURT DECISIONS? $1200 (clue #28, $3600 left on board)
Craig 18000 +2000 (Celeste 15800 Nick 6600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 174

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

Game Stats:
Craig $11,600 Coryat, 21 correct, 4 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Celeste $15,800 Coryat, 21 correct, 3 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Nick $6,600 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,000
Lach Trash: $11,600 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,400

Celeste DiNucci, career statistics:
140 correct, 16 incorrect
9/14 on rebound attempts (on 38 rebound opportunities)
38.14% in first on buzzer (148/388)
4/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,000)
3/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,486

Nick Swezey, career statistics:
84 correct, 11 incorrect
8/9 on rebound attempts (on 25 rebound opportunities)
27.37% in first on buzzer (78/285)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,200)
5/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,680

Craig Westphal, career statistics:
170 correct, 20 incorrect
10/13 on rebound attempts (on 40 rebound opportunities)
5.26% in first on buzzer (21/399)
11/13 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $27,000)
6/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,543

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Nick ended up $800 short of the final wild card (claimed by Cliff Galiher); Cliff defeated Craig in the third semi-final. Celeste defeated Christian Haines in a tie-breaker in the second semi-final after both Celeste and Christian bet to pass Jeff Spoeri’s pre-Final Jeopardy! score by $1; Celeste went on to defeat Cliff (3rd) and Doug Hicton (2nd) to win this tournament. In 2014, Celeste lost in the opening round of the Battle of the Decades, finishing 2nd to Colby Burnett in her match.

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1 Comment on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, August 19, 2021"

  1. I noted a comment from BuzzerBlog about getting the next host of the show for half price, or something to that effect. In light of Claire McNear’s blockbuster last night and what she’s followed up with it today, today’s Final seems quite apropos to the situation Sony Pictures Television finds itself in, whether the studio wants to admit to it or not.

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