Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, September 16, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The 21st Century) for Thursday, September 16, 2021 (Season 38, Game 4):

In 2009 this 11-year-old started posting on BBC’s Urdu language website under the screen name Gul Makai

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Keisha Virtue, a senior retail research analyst from Boca Raton, Florida
Keisha Virtue on Jeopardy!
Emily Sharp-Kellar, a medical school director of admissions from Chicago, Illinois
Emily Sharp-Kellar on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (21-day total: $740,001)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Thus far in his run, Matt Amodio’s performances have tailed off slightly near the end of a week (compared to the beginning of a week); I would venture that he is slightly more likely to lose on a Thursday or a Friday as he starts to tire.

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Correct response: Who is Malala Yousafzai?

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Malala Yousafzai (known worldwide mononymously as Malala) is a Pakistani activist and winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Malala is best known for her advocacy regarding the education of women worldwide; the Taliban in Pakistan at times barred her and others from receiving education, going as far as to have her shot at and nearly killed on a school bus in 2012. Her blog was started in 2009 to talk about her life during the Taliban’s occupation of the Swat district in Pakistan.

Gul Makai is also the name of a 2020 biopic about Malala’s life so far.

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

Scores going into Final:
Matt $30,400
Emily $11,800
Keisha $5,800

Tonight’s results:
Keisha $5,800 + $5,700 = $11,500 (Who is Malala?)
Emily $11,800 + $0 = $11,800 (Who is Malala?)
Matt $30,400 + $5,000 = $35,400 (Who is Malala?) (22-day total: $775,401)

Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 16, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Emily $4,600
Keisha $2,200
Matt -$600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) MOTORCYCLES $800 (clue #20)
Matt 5400 -5400 (Emily 2600 Keisha 1400)
2) LET’S VISIT CENTRAL EUROPE $800 (clue #12)
Matt 10600 +10600 (Emily 7000 Keisha 5000)
3) THE FIRST NAME THEIR MOM CHOSE $1600 (clue #21, $6000 left on board)
Matt 27200 +2000 (Emily 10200 Keisha 6200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 7

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 $25,600 Coryat, 29 correct, 6 incorrect, 52.63% in first on buzzer (30/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Emily $11,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Keisha $5,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,200
Lach Trash: $4,800 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,000

Matt Amodio, career statistics:
701 correct, 75 incorrect
35/40 on rebound attempts (on 77 rebound opportunities)
53.47% in first on buzzer (663/1240)
44/50 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $167,600)
16/22 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,673

Emily Sharp-Kellar, career statistics:
16 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,800

Keisha Virtue, career statistics:
10 correct, 2 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,800

Matt Amodio, to win:
23 games: 92.443%
24: 85.457%
25: 78.999%
26: 73.029%
27: 67.510%
Avg. streak: 34.233 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Matt becomes the 31st player since October 2004 to win a regular-play game after being below $0 going into Double Jeopardy; the most recent before him was Zach Newkirk on June 9, 2020.
  • I was worried about today’s game when I saw that Good Morning America had done a piece about Matt.
  • Matt has now passed David Madden for 4th in all-time winnings on the program.

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, September 16, 2021"

  1. I read ‘I am Malala’ so this was easy for me.

  2. Her name has become mononymous…so I’m guessing “Malala” alone will be ruled as correct.

  3. I’m guessing at least one (and possibly all) contestants will only reply with her first name, “Who is Malala?”, and that this will be deemed a correct response, considering the degree to which it’s become a mononym.

  4. Andy stealing my (free) content from yesterday’s comments section. 😉

    This is another one of those puzzle FJs, where most people (I imagine) wouldn’t know the actual piece of trivia but would be able to deduce it by thinking about notable Urdu speakers who were 11 in 2009. We’ve seen Matt second-guess himself in FJ a couple times previously (side note: I am a second-guess defender). I wonder if this is the kind of question where his deeper knowledge base might cause him to pull out a lesser-known, incorrect answer.

    I have to imagine “Malala” alone, despite being a first name, would be acceptable in FJ, and I look forward to the inevitable Reddit conversation about Cher and Madonna.

  5. I read about Malala so I got this one since she was in the news many years ago after being injured by a gun. A very easy final today. Even though Matt’s first daily double didn’t work out for him he still won today. Overall It is good to see a triple solve by all the players.

  6. Debbie Stover | September 16, 2021 at 1:36 pm |

    Andy, didn’t you tell us fairly recently when the last time was that the winner was in the red going into Double Jeopardy? I don’t remember and would love a reminder on that question.


  7. Actually, if you count the extra $2,000 that David got for finishing in 2nd place in his 20th game, Matt is $332 shy of David Madden’s total, but whatever he does tomorrow, he will exceed that total.

  8. Thomas Hoisington | September 16, 2021 at 1:45 pm |

    Matt came back from being in the hole at the end of the first round to win the game with more than $35,000? That’s got to be a milestone of sorts for his run on the show, one which can only in the long-term boost his confidence in his ability to prevail. Should we just go ahead and start calling Matt “Watson 2.0”?

    • It’s most likely a milestone of sorts, not just for his run on the show, but the highest score after DJ! and FJ! for the 31 champs finishing the J! round negative.

  9. Great second half after Matt matched his career high of 6 misses, undoubtedly mostly, if not all in the Jeopardy! round. But the GOAT (Ken) once missed nine (8 plus FJ!)!

  10. Well, if he didn’t lose with today’s circumstances he may get to add Ken to his host lists. You could see him not wanting to bet on a motorcycle category. He’d lose at poker to James, lol.

  11. Wondering if anyone has analyzed what seems to be a recent trend of daily doubles occurring higher up the board as players target the bottom rows. It seems that long ago, they were always down in the bottom two rows. But like in tonight’s game there was a second row DD.
    It would be cool to see a chart of the weekly row average. Would that line be flat?

  12. Just realized had Matt missed the second DD, he’d have entered FJ with $9,200, second to Emily’s $11,800 – and the streak would been over! Not that I want it to end, but this was skating on thin ice!

    • You assume that he would’ve still only wagered $2,000 on the third DD. My assumption is that he would have wagered more.

  13. Pizza Face Fred | September 22, 2021 at 7:43 pm |

    “Mononymously,” love that word! Hope I can remember it . . .

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