Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, August 30, 2021


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Ancient Greeks) for Monday, August 30, 2021 (Season 37, Game 166):

Plutarch quotes this man who sentenced many to death: “Small ones deserve that, and I have no higher for the greater crimes”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Sarah Jett Rayburn, a writer & stay-at-home mom from Hutto, Texas
Sarah Jett Rayburn on Jeopardy!
Ryan Bilger, a graduate student from Macungie, Pennslyvania
Ryan Bilger on Jeopardy!
Jason Zuffranieri, a math teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jason Zuffranieri 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 were 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 was the first quarterfinal of the 2021 Tournament of Champions that originally aired on May 17, 2021.


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Correct response: Who is Draco?


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Draco was an early Athenian lawmaker, believed to be the first recorded legislator in Athenian history. He is best known today as giving his name to the adjective “draconian”, referring to harsh or unforgiving rules or punishments; in Draco’s code, many offences, large or small, were punishable by death.


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

Scores going into Final:
Ryan $32,400
Sarah $9,800
Jason $9,400


Tonight’s results:
Jason $9,400 + $9,400 = $18,800 (Who is Draco?)
Sarah $9,800 – $9,800 = $0 (Who is Crito?)
Ryan $32,400 + $5 = $32,405 (Who is Draco?) (Semi-Finalist)


Ryan Bilger, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 30, 2021 game.)


Wild card standings:
Monday: Ryan Bilger, $32,405
1. Jason Zuffranieri, $18,800 (99.794% to advance)
2. Sarah Jett Rayburn, $0 (0.020% to advance)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ryan $9,200
Sarah $5,000
Jason $4,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) AMERICAN HISTORY $600 (clue #15)
Ryan 3800 +3800 (Jason 3400 Sarah 2400)
2) TIME MAGAZINE PERSON OF THE YEAR $800 (clue #7)
Ryan 16000 +6000 (Jason 5400 Sarah 3400)
3) ESSAYS $1200 (clue #22, $4800 left on board)
Sarah 5800 +4000 (Jason 8200 Ryan 29200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 206


Game Stats:
Ryan $24,000 Coryat, 28 correct, 2 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Jason $9,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Sarah $7,000 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,400
Lach Trash: $5,600 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,000

Jason Zuffranieri, career statistics:
593 correct, 45 incorrect
37/40 on rebound attempts (on 77 rebound opportunities)
46.64% in first on buzzer (535/1147)
34/42 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $101,305)
12/21 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $23,695

Ryan Bilger, career statistics:
149 correct, 11 incorrect
4/7 on rebound attempts (on 20 rebound opportunities)
41.07% in first on buzzer (138/336)
9/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $45,600)
5/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,933

Sarah Jett Rayburn, career statistics:
92 correct, 16 incorrect
11/12 on rebound attempts (on 31 rebound opportunities)
26.13% in first on buzzer (87/333)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,700)
3/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,500

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • The actions of Jeopardy! “fans” when it came to reactions towards Ryan when this game originally aired back in May on the Internet were reprehensible, and a number of you need to chill out quite a bit. The Tournament of Champions is a higher-stakes, more intense version of the regular games and the visceral reactions seen by some of these so-called Jeopardy! fans at contestants for matching that intensity is completely inappropriate and uncalled for. If I may make a suggestion that may serve a number of people well: you do not need to post every single last thought that comes into your head on the Internet for all to see. There are some things much better left said where only one or two people at maximum can hear them, and some of your thoughts on Jeopardy! contestants would definitely fall into that category.
  • I agree with both Sarah and Jason’s bets; being that an incorrect response likely eliminates them anyway, the best play would be to go all-in in this situation.

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3 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, August 30, 2021"

  1. Randy Skretvedt | August 30, 2021 at 10:36 pm |

    I enjoyed seeing Buzzy again tonight. Since Ken Jennings also appears to be out of the running thanks to regrettable postings on the internet, I vote for Buzzy. He’s colorful, he’s telegenic, and he remembers that this is supposed to be a fun, lively quiz show. Some of the guest hosts have been awfully reverent, which is a nice tribute to Alex, but it’s not the tone that I would want to see permanently.

    • Jim Cardillo | August 31, 2021 at 9:34 am |

      To add to this, Buzzy still keeps the focus on the contestants, encouraging them and cheering their successes, while injecting a little personality here and there. Just what you want in a host, in my opinion.

  2. Terri Pease | August 31, 2021 at 2:40 pm |

    I just discovered this website, although my fandom predates Alex Trebek’s host. Would like to throw my support behind the idea of Buzzy Cohen becoming the permanent host of Jeopardy. He’s a natural!

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