Today is the final day of David Faber’s hosting stint. Through 4 days, $115,400 has been donated to the Robin Hood Foundation. Next week, the final guest host, Joe Buck, hosts for Kidsmart. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Literature & The Animal Kingdom) for Friday, August 6, 2021 (Season 37, Game 225):
In 2020 scientists named Trimeresurus Salazar, a new species of this, after a character in a book series
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Madeline Birkner, a college access program coordinator from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
|Patrick Pacheco, a labor and employment specialist from Denver, Colorado
|Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (12-day total: $394,600)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Matt’s 12-game streak has been completely overshadowed the past few days by the leaked report on Wednesday that Mike Richards (who has been sued multiple times for harassment and discrimination, by the way) was in advanced negotiations to become the next host of Jeopardy. Yesterday, it came out that Richards lied to Jeopardy! fans about the circumstances behind him taking an “emergency” guest hosting spot. Mike Richards is a man who has lost my trust and my goodwill. He needs to be fired. There are plenty of people in the game show production sphere with show-running and hosting experience who could immediately step in and replace Richards and who don’t have these issues.
Meanwhile, Matt Amodio really shows no signs of stopping. Even when his opponents have run him closely, he’s been able to pull out a victory. If he wins today, he’ll be the first player to play under 4 different hosts.
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Correct response: What is a snake?
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.)
Trimeresurus Salazar is a species of pit viper recently discovered in western Arunachal Pradesh, India, and named after Salazar Slytherin from the Harry Potter series of books, authored by the transphobic JK Rowling. Slytherin was known in the novels for being a “parseltongue”, having the ability to talk to snakes.
(Relating this back to Jeopardy: Mike Richards would 100% be in Slytherin House if he were at Hogwarts.)
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Patrick $4,200 + $4,200 = $8,400 (What is a snake?)
Madeline $5,800 – $2,601 = $3,199 (What is Harry Potter?)
Matt $25,600 + $10,000 = $35,600 (What is snake?) (13-day total: $430,200)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) OCEANOGRAPHIC TERMS $1000 (clue #2)
Matt 1000 +1000 (Patrick 0 Madeline 0)
2) “G” I’D LIKE TO GO THERE $1200 (clue #1)
Madeline 1600 +1000 (Matt 10400 Patrick 2600)
3) ANCIENT SYMBOLS $1600 (clue #6, $28400 left on board)
Matt 10800 +2000 (Patrick 200 Madeline 5000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 169
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 $25,200 Coryat, 34 correct, 3 incorrect, 59.65% in first on buzzer (34/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Patrick $4,200 Coryat, 8 correct, 4 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Madeline $6,000 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,400
Lach Trash: $9,000 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,600
Matt Amodio, career statistics:
406 correct, 50 incorrect
20/24 on rebound attempts (on 51 rebound opportunities)
53.56% in first on buzzer (391/730)
24/28 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $89,600)
9/13 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,908
Patrick Pacheco, career statistics:
9 correct, 4 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,200
Madeline Birkner, career statistics:
11 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,000
Matt Amodio, to win:
14 games: 88.821%
Avg. streak: 20.946 games.
- $154,000 has been donated thus far to the Robin Hood Foundation; $2,814,626 has been donated on behalf of all hosts.
- I would like to reiterate this for those who are asking why I’m not willing to give Mike Richards a chance: He lied to us as fans. He took a guest hosting spot under false pretenses. That action killed all intellectual credibility that he might have going forward. Once again: If he is willing to lie about that, what else is he willing to lie about? Jeopardy! is ostensibly a bastion of truth; having a liar as host takes that away.
- Also: the worst decision of the guest hosting era was to allow Dr. Oz a hosting stint; ratings fell about 18% from Katie Couric’s two weeks and viewers didn’t return; ratings stayed at a very similar level post-Oz.
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