Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, September 10, 2021


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category European Borders) for Friday, September 10, 2021 (Season 37, Game 175):

It’s still there, but none of the countries that bordered this country at the beginning of 1990 exist anymore

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Sam Kavanaugh, a substitute teacher originally from Carlton, Minnesota (yesterday’s total: $38,000)
Sam Kavanaugh on Jeopardy!
Jennifer Quail, a wine tasting consultant from Dowagiac, Michigan (yesterday’s total: $14,500)
Jennifer Quail on Jeopardy!
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, a librarian from Portland, Oregon (yesterday’s total: $6,400)
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Season 38 begins September 13 with the return of 18-day champion Matt Amodio; in the interim, Jeopardy! is running four weeks of reruns. The first two weeks were the 10 “Alex Around the World” episodes that ran in his memory in late December; the 2021 Tournament of Champions, hosted by Buzzy Cohen, will air from August 30 through September 10. Today’s episode was the second day of the final of the 2021 Tournament of Champions that originally aired on May 28, 2021.


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Correct response: What is Poland?


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On January 1, 1990, Poland bordered East Germany (which reunified with West Germany in October of that year), Czechoslovakia (which split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993), and the Soviet Union (which dissolved December 26, 1991). Unlike yesterday’s clue, I thought that this was an excellent clue. A+ to the writers on this one; it is very fitting for a tournament final.


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

Scores going into Final:
Sam $20,400
Jennifer $19,000
Veronica $9,200


Tonight’s results:
Veronica $9,200 – $0 = $9,200 + $6,400 = $15,600 ($50,000) (What is Albania?)
Jennifer $19,000 + $8,500 = $27,500 + $14,500 = $42,000 ($100,000) (What is Poland?)
Sam $20,400 – $12 = $20,388 + $38,000 = $58,388 ($250,000) (What is Hungary?)


Sam Kavanaugh, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 10, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Sam $6,600
Jennifer $6,400
Veronica $3,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) GEOGRAPHY $600 (clue #10)
Sam 2000 +2000 (Veronica 1000 Jennifer 2600)
2) THE 18th CENTURY $2000 (clue #5)
Jennifer 10400 +2200 (Veronica 3200 Sam 6600)
3) MATH CHAMPS $1200 (clue #13, $16000 left on board)
Sam 7800 +7800 (Veronica 5600 Jennifer 13800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 221


Game Stats:
Jennifer $18,800 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Sam $12,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 0 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Veronica $9,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,400
Lach Trash: $9,600 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,000

Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, career statistics:
162 correct, 18 incorrect
10/14 on rebound attempts (on 42 rebound opportunities)
29.76% in first on buzzer (150/504)
5/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,200)
5/9 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,533

Jennifer Quail, career statistics:
340 correct, 37 incorrect
19/25 on rebound attempts (on 52 rebound opportunities)
43.66% in first on buzzer (320/733)
18/19 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $35,700)
12/13 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,646

Sam Kavanaugh, career statistics:
202 correct, 17 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 31 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (188/564)
15/16 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $84,000)
7/10 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,580

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I was disappointed that there were no BEFORE, DURING & AFTER or INITIALS TO ROMAN NUMERALS TO NUMBERS categories in this tournament.
  • Sam is a very deserving champion of this tournament; he has cemented his reputation as one of the top Daily Double players in the history of the show.

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