Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Happy Tuesday! Today is David Faber’s second day as host; yesterday, $22,400 in total winnings was matched for the Robin Hood Foundation to alleviate poverty in New York City. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Asia) for Tuesday, August 3, 2021 (Season 37, Game 222):

This country became independent in 1946; in 1964 it officially switched its independence day from July 4 to June 12

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Harry Hannigan, a writer from Los Angeles, California
Harry Hannigan on Jeopardy!
Christina Leone, an operations assistant from East Hartford, Connecticut
Christina Leone on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (9-day total: $310,400)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Even though he dropped $15,000 in Final Jeopardy!, Matt had another very dominating victory. His incorrect response per-game average is still over 4; that could prove to be his undoing. With just 24 correct today, though, Matt would pass the 300 correct response milestone on the show.

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Correct response: What is (the Republic of the) Philippines?

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Between the end of the Spanish-American War and shortly after World War II, the Philippines was an American territory (Spain ceded the land to the United States); thus, their “Independence Day” was celebrated on July 4. The U.S. completed granted independence to the Philippines in 1946; in 1964, June 12 was selected as the country’s Independence Day, in recognition of Emilio Aguinaldo’s 1898 Declaration of Independence.

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Scores going into Final:
Matt $36,000
Christina $9,600
Harry $7,200

Tonight’s results:
Harry $7,200 – $7,200 = $0 (What is Japan?)
Christina $9,600 + $9,600 = $19,200 (What are the Philippines?)
Matt $36,000 + $16,000 = $52,000 (What is Philippines?) (10-day total: $362,400)

Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 3, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $8,600
Christina $8,400
Harry $2,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) RELIGION $600 (clue #10)
Christina 3600 +3600 (Matt 3600 Harry 1000)
Harry 2400 +2400 (Matt 9400 Christina 10400)
3) AUSTRALIAN HISTORY $1200 (clue #9, $22800 left on board)
Matt 13000 +13000 (Christina 10400 Harry 4800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 300

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 209 (0.94 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Matt $24,200 Coryat, 31 correct, 2 incorrect, 52.63% in first on buzzer (30/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Christina $6,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 4 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Harry $6,000 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,800
Lach Trash: $6,800 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,400

Matt Amodio, career statistics:
308 correct, 39 incorrect
12/16 on rebound attempts (on 37 rebound opportunities)
53.67% in first on buzzer (300/559)
18/21 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $70,600)
7/10 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,300

Christina Leone, career statistics:
16 correct, 4 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,600)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,600

Harry Hannigan, career statistics:
9 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,400)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,000

Matt Amodio, to win:
11 games: 88.965%
12: 79.148%
13: 70.415%
14: 62.645%
15: 55.732%
Avg. streak: 18.062 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $77,200 has been donated thus far to the Robin Hood Foundation; $2,737,826 has been donated on behalf of all hosts.
  • Even had Matt missed the final Daily Double, he still would have scored enough over the final 21 clues to retake the lead going info Final Jeopardy.

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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, August 3, 2021"

  1. I must say, David is probably the first host since Dr. Sanjay Gupta where I don’t have to pretend to the public that he was anything short of excellent. Robin pleasantly surprised me as well.

  2. Andy, in regards to your comment that even if Matt had gotten the Daily Double incorrect, he would’ve overtaken Christina. She had $10,400 at the point of the Daily Double. He got $10,000 after the Daily Double. She ended up with a net negative from that point. Your assertion assumes she would’ve still rung in on clues that she ended up getting incorrect. It’s possible if she had a big lead she would’ve rung in more conservatively than she did being way behind. But yeah – we’ll never know.

  3. The rare 300 Daily Double efficiency game! Props to all three contestants.

  4. A clean sweep on all the daily doubles by all three players today. Even if Matt missed that final daily double he still would overtake the lead. But congrats to matt on his victory today. If this keeps up he could likely achieve 400K. Contra to Christina on getting final right

  5. I hope Matt keeps it going at least through the end of the guest host games.

  6. If Matt was “warming up” his first 5 games, after 10 he looks pretty hot!: first 5, 131 correct responses, last 5, 177 correct; first 5, $147,800 won, last 5, $214,600; first 5, Coryat $19,720, last 5 $28,880; first 5, 47.45% first in, last 5, 59.65%!

  7. Brad (not Rutter) | August 3, 2021 at 5:16 pm |

    Holy cow! Matt has more guts than Holzhauer! I have a feeling this trait will eventually lead to his demise, but one thing’s for sure- Jeopardy is once again must see TV.

  8. I can imagine what the contestants who were waiting their turn were thinking. Probably the same thing as when they knew they were going to go up against James: “After years of waiting, I finally get to be on Jeopardy, and I have to go up against this guy!!”.

  9. I just realized that I have been telling all my friends and family to watch Jeopardy! When they ask what Matt is like I just say that he is “Holzhauer-ish”. I have told them that I think he will win $100,000 in one show, but I now just realized that James did that 6 times! I personally love Matt’s minimalist approach to answering questions, never saying more that is necessary. Perhaps he could at least say “Who is” instead of “What is” when the answer is person. 🙂

    • He cuts down on thinking clutter by always saying “What is.” It is an excellent strategy. A contestant does not lose points in Jeopardy by choosing the incorrect interrogative pronoun, so why expend the energy?

      • I totally agree with Nancy. With such a short time to answer, is he really going to think “this is a person so I need to say ‘who'”? Saying “what’s” for everything gives him more time to focus on his answer. There are no extra credits given for grammatical answers. People who have issues with this need to worry about something actually important.

        • This is especially true when the response is tricky, such as “the Queen of Soul.” The correct pronoun was What, as the clue referenced a given title, not the person to whom it was given.

  10. Juanita Uccello | August 3, 2021 at 6:27 pm |

    Unfortunately, we are unable to watch Jeopardy at this time due to the summer olympics.

    • Same problem. Hopefully, Matt keeps winning past the end of the Olympics!

    • I was happy to see last week that my station would be starting the Olympics coverage immediately after Jeopardy. Bummer for Wheel fans, though. That is being preempted.

  11. Brad (not Rutter) | August 3, 2021 at 6:28 pm |

    What’s interesting is he seems so hesitant before he speaks, like he’s still trying to figure out the answer. That’s very unjameslike.

  12. I noticed the challengers picking up on the method of starting at the bottom, which made for a tight game until Matt’s big bet. It’ll be interesting to see if they continue to do so.

    • It is a good idea to use this strategy as they know from his games won and total winnings that he will be very tough to beat. Getting the higher valued clues amd daily doubles are pivotal in knocking him off.

  13. Wow, this is the first ultra high adrenaline match since Brayden Smith’s 5th victory where he prevailed after the game show equivalent of a bare knuckled bar fist fight with David Kaye. Props to Christina for making Matt work for it this time. She kept it exciting right up to the last Daily Double. And Harry managed to sneak up nicely too. I was torn but yes, I’m fully on the Matt train.

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