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)
|James Weldon, an emerging markets investor from Cambridge, Massachusetts
|Ashley Rayner, a librarian from Chicago, Illinois
|Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (11-day total: $368,600)
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Correct response: What is the Hoover Dam?
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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.
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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
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)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
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
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
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%
Avg. streak: 20.023 games.
- $115,400 has been donated thus far to the Robin Hood Foundation; $2,776,026 has been donated on behalf of all hosts.
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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.
Wow, that FJ is a syntactic mess. Is no one in the writers’ room an actual writer? Good grief.
Yeah, I wasn’t sure whether the dam or Hoover (or both) were unpopular.
“Though he was unpopular…..”
Could have been easily improved.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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”.
Matt is more quick witted than James H. Matt may be able to beat Ken Jennings.
Let’s not get carried away. Matt has a lot of work to do just to catch Jason. (Streak-wise).
…Mike Richards the choice? …but not Ken Jennings nor Buzzy Cohen as possibilities? They did so well.
I LOVE “Matt Amodio” I THINK HE HAS A QUICK WIT…I BLESS HIM EVERY NITE AND HOPE HE OUT WINS ALL THE PREVIOUS WINNERS.