Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, August 9, 2021


Today is Joe Buck’s first day as guest host! This week’s charity is Kidsmart; all contestant winnings are being matched by the show and donated. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Beastly Eponyms) for Monday, August 9, 2021 (Season 37, Game 226):

A penguin species found in southern South America is named for this 16th C. man whose crew were the first from Europe to see them

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Brian Cordova-Brookey, an attorney from Pasadena, California
Brian Cordova-Brookey on Jeopardy!
Kristen Nagle, a public servant from El Paso, Texas
Kristen Nagle on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (13-day total: $430,200)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Coming into this final week of the season, Matt Amodio is sitting at 13 wins; his performances rank him amongst the game’s all-time greats. How long will the streak last? Let’s enjoy this positive part of the game for as long as it lasts.


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Correct response: Who is Ferdinand Magellan?


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Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan (sailing for Spain) is best known today for his early 16th century voyage in which his boats and crew circumnavigated the globe; Italian explorer Antonio Pigafetta is credited with actually sighting the penguin species in South America. Interestingly, Pigafetta was one of the few crew members who remained loyal to Magellan in the face of the mutiny that his crew faced on the trip.

Magellanic penguins are larger than African penguins or Humboldt penguins, species which they are often confused with. The species is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species; some studies have reported that the population of Magellanic penguins in the Falkland Islands has decreased by nearly 50 percent.


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

Scores going into Final:
Matt $44,400
Brian $5,000
Kristen $1,800


Tonight’s results:
Kristen $1,800 – $1,799 = $1 (Who is Empire?)
Brian $5,000 – $1,399 = $3,601 (Who is Admundsen?)
Matt $44,400 – $34,000 = $10,400 (Who is Drake Magellan?) (14-day total: $440,600)


Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 9, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $14,800
Brian $1,000
Kristen $200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) AROUND THE USA $1000 (clue #10)
Matt 4400 +4400 (Kristen 0 Brian -600)
2) DEM BONES $1600 (clue #4)
Matt 18400 +4000 (Kristen -200 Brian 1000)
3) “A” MOVIE $1600 (clue #6, $27600 left on board)
Matt 24000 +2000 (Kristen -200 Brian 1000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 130


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 209 (0.92 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Matt $38,200 Coryat, 40 correct, 2 incorrect, 60.71% in first on buzzer (34/56), 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Brian $5,000 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 17.86% in first on buzzer (10/56), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Kristen $1,800 Coryat, 4 correct, 2 incorrect, 10.71% in first on buzzer (6/56), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $45,000
Lach Trash: $5,200 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,800

Matt Amodio, career statistics:
446 correct, 53 incorrect
24/28 on rebound attempts (on 55 rebound opportunities)
54.07% in first on buzzer (425/786)
27/31 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $100,000)
9/14 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,857

Kristen Nagle, career statistics:
4 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
10.71% in first on buzzer (6/56)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $1,800

Brian Cordova-Brookey, career statistics:
9 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
17.86% in first on buzzer (10/56)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,000

Matt Amodio, to win:
15 games: 89.587%
16: 80.259%
17: 71.902%
18: 64.415%
19: 57.708%
Avg. streak: 22.604 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $13,400 has been donated thus far to Kidsmart; $2,828,026 has been donated on behalf of all hosts.
  • $38,200 is tied for the 3rd-highest known Coryat score of all time.
  • I personally didn’t mind Joe Buck’s hosting cadence; that being said, if there others who didn’t like it, I certainly won’t begrudge them.

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, August 9, 2021"

  1. I’m gonna be honest, I have NO IDEA WHATSOEVER how Joe Buck is gonna do. According to lots of sources, he’s extremely disliked in his own field of expertise (commentating sports). All of the other guest hosts I had some idea of how they would do, which tied in to the work they did in their real lives.

    However, I am willing to give Joe a chance. He might be absolutely terrible, but he could also be the best guest host we’ve seen. I guess I’ll wait to find out.

    As for Final Jeopardy, I got it pretty easily. I guess years of begging my mom for the latest edition of the Kid’s World Almanac finally payed off, since there was a ton of information about a ton of subjects, including penguins and famous explorers.

  2. Wow! He continues to amaze, adding the third (tied) highest Coryat’s of all-time to his second highest! Unfortunately, also adding the second greatest FJ loss all-time to his first! If he hadn’t crossed out the correct answer, he’d already be over $500K, and if he had gotten both right he’d be at $582K all alone in third all time, overtaking Jason Z by $50k for non-tournament earnings!

    Hopefully, he nails a BIG FJ soon!

  3. Wow, matt continues to amaze me even with the score he has right now. He hasn’t reached 500K but I am hoping he will at some point if he overtakes Jason. This is the second greatest loss that Matt had so far. If he didn’t cross out the right answer that would have been his biggest earning today.

  4. Marty Cunningham | August 9, 2021 at 3:46 pm |

    As i was discussing Final with a co-worker, i was reminded of an Animaniacs’ song about Magellan, something about “keep sailing, Magellan, you’ll find the East Indies, you just don’t know where.”

    Matt continues to amaze. Almost the “anti-James”, as in opposite, given his longer reaction times, and almost uncertainty or hesitancy about the answer sometimes, but he keeps building up the leads and staying in front. And,as i remember, the only rule is “all responses must be in the form of a question” so I would think “Isn’t it George Washington?” would still qualify, too. Robert Klein has an old comedy routine about when he played on Jeopardy! back in the 60’s or 70’s, where he brings that up.

  5. Matt cost Kidsmart 68,000 by changing a right a swerve to a wrong g answer. He is a classic contestant but no threat to Jane’s Holzhauer.

  6. Brad (not Rutter) | August 9, 2021 at 5:06 pm |

    Matt is reaching that comical level that James and Ken had where it feels like the other two contestants aren’t even playing. That said, he could have bought 3 new civics if he hadn’t crossed out Magellan. Buck was different, but good. A little more personality than most of the others.

  7. Zach Hicks | August 9, 2021 at 6:06 pm |

    I laugh at Joe Buck when he is doing the World Series, but I think he did a swell job on today’s episode.

  8. R. B. Smada | August 9, 2021 at 8:22 pm |

    Joe did great but I don’t like his voice. Been watching football for a decade now and still not used to it. One good thing a liking a bad team –he never calls your games lol

  9. Another cross out of a correct answer. Think long; think wrong.

  10. I would’ve liked Joe Buck hosting my game. It’d make me feel like I was in the NFL.

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