Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, August 5, 2021

Today is Day #4 of David Faber’s hosting stint; through 3, $86,400 has been donated thus far to the Robin Hood Foundation. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 1930s America) for Thursday, August 5, 2021 (Season 37, Game 224):

Unpopular at the time, the man for whom it is named wasn’t invited to the September 30, 1935 dedication of this landmark

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

James Weldon, an emerging markets investor from Cambridge, Massachusetts
James Weldon on Jeopardy!
Ashley Rayner, a librarian from Chicago, Illinois
Ashley Rayner on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (11-day total: $368,600)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Matt lost $37,000 in Final Jeopardy! yesterday; I think the most interesting thing about that will be if there are any knock-on effects from having done so. If Matt is able to avoid dwelling on what happened, he should be just as dominant. However, if that loss in yesterday’s episode affects his play today, he could be at risk of being taken down by one of today’s challengers.

PSA: The best way to keep COVID-19 at bay (and keep Jeopardy! producing new episodes) is for everybody to get their vaccinations as soon as they are able to. When wearing a mask, ensure that your mask covers both your nose and your mouth.

Are you going on the show and looking for information about how to bet in Final Jeopardy? Check out my new Betting Strategy 101 page!

I recently updated my tournament wildcard models with as much tournament data that I’ve been able to find! If you’re playing in a tournament, you’ll want to check this out!


(Content continues below)

If you appreciate the work I do here on The Jeopardy! Fan and would like to make a one-time contribution to the site, you may do so here!

Correct response: What is the Hoover Dam?

Did you know that you can now find game-by-game stats of everyone, now including Jason Zuffranieri and James Holzhauer, who has won 10 or more games on Jeopardy!, here on the site?

More information about Final Jeopardy: (The following write-up is original content and is copyright 2021 The Jeopardy! Fan. It may not be copied without linked attribution back to this page.)

Oh, the irony of Jeopardy! talking about something unpopular the day after Variety leaked a potentially unpopular decision from the show.

Onto the subject of this Final: The dam now known as the Hoover Dam was originally named after the sitting president, Herbert Hoover, at the beginning of its construction in 1930. However, before its completion in 1935, it was renamed to Boulder Dam. Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes, who was behind the name change, was not a fan of the previous President, especially as Hoover had shouldered most of the blame for the Great Depression. The name “Hoover Dam” was restored to the structure in Black Canyon in 1947.

We have many new offerings at The Jeopardy! Fan Online Store! Proceeds from the sale of the “Doctor Oz’s Fast-Acting Snake Oil Elixir” T-shirt are being donated to The Trevor Project:

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

Scores going into Final:
Matt $23,000
Ashley $9,000
James $6,000

Tonight’s results:
James $6,000 – $6,000 = $0 (What is Mt. Rushmore?)
Ashley $9,000 – $3,001 = $5,999 (What is Washington)
Matt $23,000 + $3,000 = $26,000 (What is Mt. Rushmore? Hoover Dam) (12-day total: $394,600)

Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 5, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $6,600
Ashley $4,200
James $2,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) ETYMOLOGY $1000 (clue #3)
Matt 1000 +1000 (Ashley 0 James 0)
2) A POET LAUREATE $1200 (clue #3)
Matt 8600 -4000 (Ashley 4200 James 2400)
3) AROUND THE WORLD $1600 (clue #4, $29600 left on board)
Matt 4600 +4000 (Ashley 4200 James 2400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 140

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 209 (0.93 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Matt $24,600 Coryat, 28 correct, 4 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer (26/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Ashley $9,000 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
James $6,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,600
Lach Trash: $6,400 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,000

Matt Amodio, career statistics:
371 correct, 47 incorrect
19/23 on rebound attempts (on 46 rebound opportunities)
53.05% in first on buzzer (357/673)
22/26 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $86,600)
8/12 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,883

Ashley Rayner, career statistics:
13 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,000

James Weldon, career statistics:
12 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,000

Matt Amodio, to win:
13 games: 88.917%
14: 79.062%
15: 70.299%
16: 62.508%
17: 55.580%
Avg. streak: 20.023 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $115,400 has been donated thus far to the Robin Hood Foundation; $2,776,026 has been donated on behalf of all hosts.

Contestant photo credit:

When commenting, please note that all comments on The Jeopardy! Fan must be in compliance with the Site Comment Policy.

If you are going to quote any information from this page or this website, attribution is required.

Have you had a chance to listen to our podcast game show, Complete The List, yet? Check it out! It’s also available on Apple Podcasts.

24 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, August 5, 2021"

  1. I saw a documentary about Hoover Dam and the first person to die during its construction and the last person to die during the construction were father and son.

  2. Wow, that FJ is a syntactic mess. Is no one in the writers’ room an actual writer? Good grief.

  3. “Though he was unpopular…..”

    Could have been easily improved.

  4. Mike Richards?

    • He’s the executive producer so he would be biased toward himself as host

    • Appears to me that was his plan all along. Shame. He wasn’t the worst, but clearly not the top (personal opinion). I think my days of watching are over.

    • It’s not Mike Richards’ call … rather the bosses at Sony.

  5. Reminds me of the country western song “The Highwayman”…in Waylon Jennings segment…

    I was a dam builder
    Across the river deep and wide
    Where steel and water did collide
    A place called Boulder on the wild Colorado
    I slipped and fell into the wet concrete below
    They buried me in that great tomb that knows no sound
    But I am still around….

    I remember reading that’s just the way it was…construction stopped for no man…if you fell, you became part of the dam and work continued.

    • RadioMattM | August 5, 2021 at 1:18 pm |

      I saw a documentary about the dam years ago. It explained that had someone fallen in, they would have retrieved him — not out of humanity for him but rather because that could have been the cause of a fatal flaw in the structure had they left him.

  6. Considering he basically gestured “Ah well, what can you do” after his bet was revealed I don’t know if that’ll affect his game today. It’s a shame, though – Robin Hood Foundation could have gotten a massive check.

  7. About $17K more and Matt moves up two places on the all-time regular play winners list to #6. I’m looking forward to that.

  8. Hoover dam was also my response, but what were the writers thinking here? Shame though that Robin Hood foundation would have gotten a massive payday here. Oh well, congrats to Matt on his win today so I am hoping he gets to 400K tomorrow. This final was a mess I tell you.

  9. Brad (not Rutter) | August 5, 2021 at 5:09 pm |

    I was worried that Matt was doomed to lose competing against a Chicago librarian and a guy named James.

    • Nice catch! Had he, he’d have followed the fly-on-the-wall roles of Jay Sexton and Francois Barcomb, who participated in but primarily witnessed dramatic Jeopardy! performances by a Chicago librarian and a guy named James! But Matt is making his own history…

  10. Regarding the posters who noted about the prospect of a large check for Robin Hood Foundation: I agree it’s too bad FJ for Matt didn’t work out yesterday for a phenomenal payout. But, given Ashley’s 2nd place score today compared to Matt’s lead, he had a lot less wiggle room today and couldn’t wager as much and still cover Ashley. Being at under 46% in first on buzzer is one of his lower scores in that stat during his run, plus hitting the DDs relatively early limited what he could wager on them, particularly the one in the Jeopardy! round so he had a harder time building up his score.

  11. I wonder if perhaps Mike Richards and the team could actually make a rule that forces the players to work their way down the board in the category they choose. If Matt would actually do this, he could build his score before getting the DDs. It actually makes me crazy that the people losing don’t choose the bottom of the board in Double J because you can tell their only chance is to get the DDs before the strongest player.

    • I hope not. Please don’t give him any ideas.

    • oh, heavens no. one of the advantages of controlling the board is you can keep your opponents on their toes since they don’t know what clue you are going to choose next.

  12. Also it would be hilarious if the lad who minimizes his answers would say “Hoover Dam” and then the host goes….”Sorry Matt, the correct answer is Hoover”.

  13. Ginny McShane | August 5, 2021 at 8:30 pm |

    Matt is more quick witted than James H. Matt may be able to beat Ken Jennings.

  14. Brad (not Rutter) | August 5, 2021 at 9:31 pm |

    Let’s not get carried away. Matt has a lot of work to do just to catch Jason. (Streak-wise).

  15. Thomas Gazdayka | August 5, 2021 at 10:11 pm |

    …Mike Richards the choice? …but not Ken Jennings nor Buzzy Cohen as possibilities? They did so well.

  16. BETTY JOHNSON | August 6, 2021 at 8:08 am |


Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: