Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, August 23, 2021


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Odd Titles) for Monday, August 23, 2021 (Season 26, Game 51):

Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Mikado”, not Milne, gave us this hyphenated title for a pompous functionary

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s editorial: As of right now, Mike Richards is still the Executive Producer of Jeopardy. After the comments of his revealed last week by The Ringer, in my opinion here at The Jeopardy! Fan, I do not believe that Richards is capable of properly serving as Executive Producer of Jeopardy!. After his prejudicial comments against many segments of the population, it will leave both Sony and Jeopardy liable to accusations of bias and prejudicial behaviour, especially if a member of one of those groups gets disadvantaged on or by the program.

To Tony Vinciquerra at Sony Pictures Television, who was so proud to take the credit for Mike Richards’ hiring: This is now as much on you as it is on Richards; you have the opportunity to fix this, and I expect you to do so. Jeopardy, and the hundreds of millions of dollars of profits it brings in, will be jeopardized if you do not remove Richards from his role.


Today’s contestants:

Patrick Pence, a GIS coordinator from Tallahassee, Florida
Patrick Pence on Jeopardy!
Cathy Sorge, an archivist from Silver Spring, Maryland
Cathy Sorge on Jeopardy!
Ben Davis, a law student from Chicago, Illinois (1-day total: $20,801)
Ben Davis on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Season 38 begins September 13 with the return of 18-day champion Matt Amodio; in the interim, Jeopardy! is running four weeks of reruns. The first two weeks will be the 10 “Alex Around the World” episodes that ran in his memory in late December; the 2021 Tournament of Champions, hosted by Buzzy Cohen, will air from August 30 through September 10. Today’s episode featured a category about Israel with Alex on location and originally aired November 23, 2011.


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Correct response: What is (grand) poo-bah?


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Derived from the character Pooh-Bah in The Mikado—the character in that work holds numerous high offices, including “Lord High Everything Else”—the term “Grand Poobah” is probably best known today from its recurring use on The Flintstones, as the head of the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes. It’s also generally used today in a mocking fashion of someone who has an inflated sense of self-regard and takes impressive titles for themself.


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

Scores going into Final:
Ben $20,800
Patrick $15,500
Cathy $6,600


Tonight’s results:
Cathy $6,600 – $6,600 = $0 (What is major general)
Patrick $15,500 – $2,000 = $13,500 (What is tigger?)
Ben $20,800 + $10,201 = $31,001 (What is a poo-bah?) (2-day total: $51,802)


Ben Davis, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 23, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Patrick $9,200
Ben $6,000
Cathy $600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) CURRENT BLACK PRESIDENTS $800 (clue #29)
Ben 5400 +600 (Cathy 600 Patrick 8200)
2) WORDS OF LOVE $1600 (clue #24)
Patrick 11600 +3000 (Ben 16000 Cathy 6200)
3) A JOURNEY THROUGH ISRAEL $1600 (clue #26, $5200 left on board)
Patrick 15800 -300 (Ben 16000 Cathy 6200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 35


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


Game Stats:
Ben $21,000 Coryat, 24 correct, 2 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Patrick $14,400 Coryat, 22 correct, 4 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Cathy $6,600 Coryat, 9 correct, 1 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,000
Lach Trash: $5,000 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,000

Ben Davis, career statistics:
46 correct, 4 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
36.84% in first on buzzer (42/114)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,800)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,800

Cathy Sorge, career statistics:
9 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,600

Patrick Pence, career statistics:
22 correct, 5 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,700)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,400

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3 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, August 23, 2021"

  1. Word on the street is that the next batch of episodes is taping today. Any chance you would be able to confirm, Andy? I wonder who they’ve brought in to host on such short notice (karma, right?). My guess would be Ken or somebody on the Clue Crew.

    • Replying to my own comment with an update with the new report from CNN…

      Mayim will reportedly host on an interim basis for the next three weeks.

    • brandon bennett | August 23, 2021 at 3:48 pm |

      Mayim but rumor mill says ken is the shows top choice for full time host

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