Today’s Wednesday! It’s Day #3 of David Faber’s hosting stint, and Matt Amodio’s streak continued yesterday with another big total for the Robin Hood Foundation; $77,200 is the current running total for the foundation through 2 days. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Declaration of Independence) for Wednesday, August 4, 2021 (Season 37, Game 223):
The first published announcement of the Declaration was by a Philadelphia paper that reported it in this foreign language
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Nicole Yuen, an environmental scientist from Berkeley, California
|Kevin Blum, an attorney originally from Boca Raton, Florida
|Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (10-day total: $362,400)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Matt needed to double through a late Daily Double after Christina Leone had a strong start to the proceedings yesterday; challengers still have their work quite cut out for them. No 10-time champion has ever lost going for win #11. (I hope I haven’t jinxed proceedings here with that statistic.)
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Correct response: What is German?
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There are going to be a lot of confused viewers today. However, I would like to state one thing up front: the clue is correct.
This clue is not asking about the newspaper that published the entire Declaration’s text first. (That was unambiguously the Pennsylvania Evening Post, on July 6, 1776.) What this clue is asking about is the first newspaper to publish about the existence of the Declaration of Independence. One day before, on July 5th—by virtue of being the only Philadelphia-area paper at the time to publish on Fridays—the German-language Pennsylvanischer Staatsbote had learned that Congress had drafted and signed an official declaration renouncing British rule. Thus, that paper (published by Heinrich Miller) was the first to report on the existence of the Declaration. (The news was able to fit on Page 2 of the July 5 paper.) The translated news item: “Yesterday, the honorable Congress of these Western Lands, declared the United Colonies free and independent states. The Declaration is in English and is now at the Press; it is dated July 4, 1776, and will be published either today or tomorrow.” The following week, Miller skillfully translated the Declaration from English into German for the Staatsbote.
Why did Philadelphia have a German-language paper? There was a very significant German-speaking community in Southeast Pennsylvania at the time—many of their descendants still live in that area of the country today, especially in areas near Lancaster.
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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Nicole $400 – $400 = $0 (What is
Kevin $600 – $201 = $399 (What is Dutch?)
Matt $43,200 – $37,000 = $6,200 (What is French?) (11-day total: $368,600)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) THE 16th CENTURY $800 (clue #5)
Nicole 1000 -1000 (Matt 2000 Kevin 0)
2) ANTON CHEKHOV $800 (clue #12)
Matt 20200 +10000 (Kevin -600 Nicole -400)
3) “C” IN SCIENCE $2000 (clue #16, $14000 left on board)
Matt 33400 +5000 (Kevin -600 Nicole -400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -36
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
Matt $31,000 Coryat, 34 correct, 3 incorrect, 54.39% in first on buzzer (31/57), 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Kevin $600 Coryat, 11 correct, 4 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Nicole $1,400 Coryat, 5 correct, 2 incorrect, 10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $33,000
Lach Trash: $10,800 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,200
Matt Amodio, career statistics:
342 correct, 43 incorrect
16/20 on rebound attempts (on 42 rebound opportunities)
53.73% in first on buzzer (331/616)
20/23 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $85,600)
7/11 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,909
Kevin Blum, career statistics:
11 correct, 5 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $600
Nicole Yuen, career statistics:
5 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $1,400
Matt Amodio, to win:
12 games: 89.749%
Avg. streak: 19.755 games.
- $86,400 has been donated thus far to the Robin Hood Foundation; $2,747,026 has been donated on behalf of all hosts.
- $37,000 is the most ever lost on a single Final Jeopardy! wager; this breaks a longstanding record held by Jack Lechner (who lost a pre-doubled $15,000 on December 2, 1988.)
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