Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, September 13, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The 13 Colonies) for Monday, September 13, 2021 (Season 38, Game 1):

Founded by an advocate of religious freedom, it was the site of America’s first Baptist church & oldest synagogue

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Gabbie Kim, a mother of two & doula from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Gabbie Kim on Jeopardy!
Amdé Mengistu, a legal recruiter from Brooklyn, New York
Amdé Mengistu on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (18-day total: $574,801)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Today is the opening day of Season 38, and, it will be interesting. Matt Amodio returns as an 18-day champion. Unfortunately, his entire run has been overshadowed by the Mike Richards saga; Richards will be hosting this week’s episodes. It will be interesting to see what comes out in the edit. One reference in today’s game that will certainly have aged like milk: the leftmost category in Double Jeopardy! today is FIRST DAY ON THE JOB. Back to our champion, if Matt can regain the buzzer mojo that he had near the end of Season 37, his long run will continue. If he can’t though—things will be wide open this week. There’s nothing to say that he can’t, though: one of the hallmarks of Matt’s first 18 games was his ability to successfully have the perfect timing under multiple hosts.

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Correct response: What is Rhode Island?

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Rhode Island itself was founded by Roger Williams in 1636 after being exiled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony; Williams was a staunch proponent of the separation of church and state and fair dealings with Native Americans, going as far as to question colonial charters that failed to acknowledge the fair purchase of indigenous lands.

Williams himself founded the First Baptist Church in 1638 in Providence after holding services in his own home for two years prior. The Touro Synagogue lays claim to being America’s oldest synagogue, with its building in Newport, Rhode Island built in 1763.

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Scores going into Final:
Matt $42,800
Gabbie $7,200
Amdé $5,400

Tonight’s results:
Amdé $5,400 – $5,400 = $0 (What is Providence, Rhode Island?)
Gabbie $7,200 + $1,799 = $8,999 (What is Rhode Island?)
Matt $42,800 + $25,000 = $67,800 (What is Rhode Island?) (19-day total: $642,601)

Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 13, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $14,800
Gabbie $2,400
Amdé $1,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) IS AN ISLAND $600 (clue #11)
Matt 5400 +5400 (Amdé 0 Gabbie 1600)
2) AUTHORS NOT AUTHORING $2000 (clue #12)
Matt 22000 +6000 (Amdé 3400 Gabbie 4400)
3) FACTS ABOUT ANIMALS $1200 (clue #13, $18400 left on board)
Matt 28000 +4000 (Amdé 3400 Gabbie 4400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 142

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 0 (0.00 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Matt $31,200 Coryat, 30 correct, 1 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 5/5 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Gabbie $7,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 5 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Amdé $5,400 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,800
Lach Trash: $3,000 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,200

Matt Amodio, career statistics:
607 correct, 65 incorrect
32/36 on rebound attempts (on 72 rebound opportunities)
53.60% in first on buzzer (573/1069)
38/43 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $137,400)
13/19 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,484

Amdé Mengistu, career statistics:
10 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,400

Gabbie Kim, career statistics:
16 correct, 5 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,200

Matt Amodio, to win:
20 games: 91.479%
21: 83.684%
22: 76.553%
23: 70.030%
24: 64.062%
Avg. streak: 29.735 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $67,800 is the 26th-highest one-day total of all time and the 5th-highest that does not belong to James Holzhauer.
  • The studio was renamed before this taping in Alex Trebek’s honor. You can find the video at Jeopardy’s YouTube channel.
  • Had both places in the clue been in Providence (the synagogue is in Newport), Amdé would have been ruled correct.
  • Please note that today’s game will be a few days before it gets into J! Archive due to technical difficulties during a recent database backend upgrade.
  • Thanks to Mark Barrett for his assistance getting today’s statistics.

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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, September 13, 2021"

  1. Oldest synagogue was the giveaway for me. It appeared on a US stamp, and I’ve been there.

    • The “advocate of religious freedom” part did it for me. Somewhere years ago I had read that about Mr. Williams and it stuck. Now if I could just remember where I put my car keys. 😀

  2. Not a fan of this question. A synagogue CAN refer to the building….but also can refer to the congregation….and the oldest Jewish congregation is not in RI….but rather in NYC.

  3. Rhode Island was a dead giveaway here given the synagogue as part of the clue here. As a frequent traveler to rhode island and the newport beaches, this was pretty easy and once again Matt has proven himself to be reaching the rank of the superchamp status. He has cleaned up the daily doubles today.

  4. Wow, that new set look is…ummm…that’s a lot of blue… 😐

  5. I’m sitting here in Providence chuckling. 😂

  6. Like the way they added the category onscreen above the clue in final Jeopardy. A bit sad they took the Alex Tribute “slide” off at the end, but I guess they couldn’t leave it there forever.

  7. Good to see that Ken Jennings is still listed in the credits.

  8. Frank Borland | September 13, 2021 at 8:55 pm |

    I didn’t get FJ correct, but I did figure out why Adme’s response was incorrect when reading the recap prior to reading Andy’s comments and prior to watching the end of the show.

  9. So happy for this Ohio guy!😀 I missed the Jeopardy! night at the Rubberducks he mentioned, so saddened 😔

  10. My initial answer was Newport, RI. Would I have been given a correct response?

  11. I’ve known for a while that one could hypothetically respond with “Is it … ?” since it still is a question, but I personally had never heard someone use it until Amde did it on the $400 Canadian entertainment clue.

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