Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, August 2, 2021

Happy Monday, and Happy August! Jeopardy! still has two full weeks of new episodes to go this season, thanks to the two weeks of reruns around Christmas and New Years; today is David Faber’s first day as guest host. All contestant winnings this week are being matched and donated to the Robin Hood Foundation in New York City. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Historic Businessmen) for Monday, August 2, 2021 (Season 37, Game 221):

Born in the village of Waldorf, Germany, in 1763, he arrived in the U.S. in 1784

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Anna Hendrick, a private investigator from Queens, New York
Anna Hendrick on Jeopardy!
Kent Easter, a management consultant from San Diego, California
Kent Easter on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (8-day total: $291,200)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Today, Matt becomes the first player in Jeopardy! history to play under three different hosts. He certainly figured out LeVar Burton’s cadence; will he figure out David Faber’s? If he does, you’ll very likely see him take win #9. If not, our challengers today will have more of a chance.

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Correct response: Who is John Jacob Astor?

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America’s first multi-millionaire, John Jacob Astor moved to the United States after the American Revolution. Seeing the potential for the western expansion of the country, he became involved in (and rich through) both the fur trade and acquiring land in Manhattan just before New York City began its big 19th century expansion. New York City became one of the most important cities in the world and Astor became rich. New York City’s famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel is indirectly named for him and his birthplace (through the names of his descendants William Waldorf Astor and John Jacob Astor IV (the two hotels were originally separate, but later merged.)

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

Scores going into Final:
Matt $34,200
Kent $7,400
Anna $400

Tonight’s results:
Anna $400 – $400 = $0 (Who is Bayer?)
Kent $7,400 – $2,600 = $4,800 (Who is ?)
Matt $34,200 – $15,000 = $19,200 (Who is Morris?) (9-day total: $310,400)

Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 2, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $14,200
Kent $3,000
Anna $2,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) HILL & MOUNTAIN IDIOMS $600 (clue #18)
Matt 6400 +6400 (Kent 2000 Anna 800)
2) PLAYS $800 (clue #13)
Anna 2400 -2400 (Matt 20200 Kent 4600)
3) THRONE OUT $800 (clue #18, $10000 left on board)
Matt 23400 +4000 (Kent 4600 Anna 0)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 17

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 209 (0.95 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Matt $25,200 Coryat, 32 correct, 3 incorrect, 54.39% in first on buzzer (31/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Kent $7,400 Coryat, 11 correct, 1 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Anna $2,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 5 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,400
Lach Trash: $8,800 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,800

Matt Amodio, career statistics:
276 correct, 37 incorrect
11/14 on rebound attempts (on 32 rebound opportunities)
53.78% in first on buzzer (270/502)
17/20 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $57,600)
6/9 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,311

Kent Easter, career statistics:
11 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,400

Anna Hendrick, career statistics:
9 correct, 6 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,400)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $2,800

Matt Amodio, to win:
10 games: 87.819%
11: 77.122%
12: 67.728%
13: 59.479%
14: 52.234%
Avg. streak: 16.210 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $22,200 has been donated thus far to the Robin Hood Foundation; $2,682,826 has been donated on behalf of all hosts.
  • I thought that David Faber did a very good job as host.

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20 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, August 2, 2021"

  1. Matt is now playing in the winnings territory belonging to a very select group of contestants. I enjoy watching his opening ploy of scarfing up all the $1000 clues first. Here’s hoping he makes it over $300,000 today!

  2. I guessed ‘Astoria’. Duh.

  3. Connie Harrison | August 2, 2021 at 12:29 pm |

    David was an excellent host today. He’s the best since Mike Richards and definitely someone who would keep me looking forward to watching Jeopardy every day

  4. Hope Matt joins the elite “Ultra Champs” (10+ Wins ) and 300 correct responses clubs tomorrow!

  5. David was a great host today and has been the best as well. This wasn’t that hard of a final jeopardy. Think about Titanic, JJ astor did not survive the sinking. But sstill I hope Matt will be part of the ultra champs and win game 10.

  6. Good play by Matt (as usual). I hope to see him climb up the Hall of Fame rankings throughout the week.

    It might be a hot take, but David Faber had a great debut and, in my mind, a much stronger one than LeVar did last Monday.

  7. Brad (not Rutter) | August 2, 2021 at 5:01 pm |

    Wow, excellent job by the new host! And deceptively good performance by Matt, routinely dispatching two solid challengers.

  8. Today we think of Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk being the wealthiest men in the world at the $180-$200 Billion range. By comparison, I remember reading somewhere that adjusted for inflation, Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Astor would all have a net worth of $500+ Billion today, with Rockefeller coming in closer to $700-$800 Billion. (Pre-Sherman Anti-trust Act, naturally.)

  9. Chris Smith | August 2, 2021 at 6:01 pm |

    David Faber was an EXCELLENT host—on par with Mike Richards. I would definitely watch him if he got the job.
    I couldn’t believe nobody got the Final Jeopardy. The clue “Waldorf” was so obvious!

    • I was a little surprised too that nobody got it. I’m surprised when Matt misses anything you give him 30 seconds to come up with. I thought this might be relatively easy for Anna. As a private investigator in NY, she probably knows the major landmarks. Guess the Waldorf part of the clue just didn’t make her think Waldorf-Astoria.

      • I immediately thought of Waldorf-Astoria – and then assumed the guy was someone named Astoria.

  10. Matt may be good at this Jeopardy game.

    I know some people don’t like to watch dominant players (my best friend’s been texting me complaints about Matt all week), but I find this so much more interesting than fluky wins or a revolving door of 1-day winners. All good players lose eventually and there are countless mediocre slogs in our future. But great players only come around once in a while. Matt might be the best since Emma.

  11. I was also quite impressed with David Faber! I had no prior knowledge of his work – when you don’t have any investments you have no reason to watch CNBC. 🙂

    It certainly looked like he came prepared. The one touch that I REALLY liked was on Matt’s DD wagers when he said “…for $XXXXX if you are correct”. I can’t remember the last time I’d heard that phrase used on the show. It may be months, possibly back to Ken (or maybe even Alex).

    • Even when you do have investments there is no reason to watch CNBC 🙂
      But he was a good host.

  12. Richard Pacelli | August 2, 2021 at 9:08 pm |

    David Faber did an excellent job hosting today. He seemed more poised than most of the guest hosts. I’m looking forward to the rest of the week.

  13. center ice | August 3, 2021 at 2:12 am |

    A very smooth hosting job by David Faber –he’d be a GREAT full-time host (if he wants it, of course).

    Andy, perhaps you can clear up a question? I looked at to see where Matt places among all-time top winners, and only one 9-time winner is listed (Jason Keller). Didn’t Buzzy Cohen also win 9 games? Are there any other 9-time winners missing?


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