Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, September 21, 2021


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Children’s Books) for Tuesday, September 21, 2021 (Season 38, Game 7):

A book by her says, “It is said that the effect of eating too much lettuce is ‘soporific’…but then I am not a rabbit”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

John Klass, a logistics manager from Huntington Beach, California
John Klass on Jeopardy!
Melissa John-Guisti, a corporate attorney from Salisbury, Massachusetts
Melissa John-Guisti on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (24-day total: $857,001)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Matt Amodio is now at 24 wins. I’m really glad to see that the topic of conversation has drifted away from the hosting question over to the fact that we’re currently watching one of the all-time greats do their thing. I’d like to see Matt extend his streak today.

One thing that I noticed yesterday: People who are encountering Matt for the first time—potentially because they tuned in to watch Mayim Bialik—are still mad about how Matt chooses to respond in the form of a question. And, I would like to say: Matt is just fine. There is nothing wrong with what he’s doing, and there’s never been anything wrong with what he’s doing. The fans online who are invoking Alex’s name—or worse, Merv Griffin—are deluding themselves. Alex would not have ruled any differently.


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Correct response: Who is Beatrix Potter?


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This specific story comes from “The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies”, one of Beatrix Potter’s stories about Peter Rabbit. According to the stories, bunnies who ate too much lettuce would fall asleep (“soporific” means “sleep-inducing”). That being said, “rabbit” + “Children’s” directs me immediately to the stories of Beatrix Potter, who wrote children’s stories about animals in the early 20th century.


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

Scores going into Final:
Matt $23,200
Melissa $3,600
John $2,000


Tonight’s results:
John $2,000 + $1,000 = $3,000 (Who is Potter)
Melissa $3,600 + $3,000 = $6,600 (Who is Potter?)
Matt $23,200 + $13,000 = $36,200 (Who is Potter?) (25-day total: $893,201)


Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 21, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $18,600
Melissa $1,200
John $800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) COLOR ME GOOD $600 (clue #16)
Matt 7400 +7400 (Melissa 0 John -600)
2) ABDICATION NATION $2000 (clue #4)
John 2000 -2000 (Matt 21800 Melissa 1200)
3) AWARDS & PRIZES $2000 (clue #19, $8400 left on board)
Matt 36200 -15000 (Melissa 2000 John 1600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -41


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 $31,400 Coryat, 38 correct, 3 incorrect, 66.67% in first on buzzer (38/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Melissa $3,600 Coryat, 7 correct, 1 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
John $4,000 Coryat, 7 correct, 3 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,000
Lach Trash: $7,000 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,000

Matt Amodio, career statistics:
803 correct, 82 incorrect
41/48 on rebound attempts (on 88 rebound opportunities)
53.51% in first on buzzer (755/1411)
49/56 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $181,600)
18/25 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,952

Melissa John-Guisti, career statistics:
8 correct, 1 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,600

John Klass, career statistics:
8 correct, 3 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,000

Matt Amodio, to win:
26 games: 92.774%
27: 85.724%
28: 77.798%
29: 72.460%
30: 66.351%
Average streak: 36.167 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $15,000 is the largest amount lost on a single Daily Double in regular play in my dataset that dates back to October 4, 2004.

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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, September 21, 2021"

  1. John McCleary | September 21, 2021 at 9:38 am |

    Is there a reason why Melissa’s photo isn’t on the Jeopardy website?

  2. Seems like a pretty guessable FJ. Richard Adams of Watership Down fame is, of course, a man.

  3. I have a friend who named her son, Benjamin, because of Benjamin Bunny.

  4. I wonder if we have found the next g.o.a.t.?

  5. Benjamin bunny was a favorite childhood book, of mine so I got Beatrix Potter. Overall matt has been playing like a pro these days without missing a beat. What is up with jeopardy making a simple photo mistake for a jeopardy contestant?

  6. Ronnie Gambardella | September 21, 2021 at 1:50 pm |

    Two rabbit FJs in a row.

    Off topic. Who would win- Holzhauer, Amodio or the 2013 version of Watson?

    • I think the biggest question is…would the Watson that beat both Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter be able to CONTEND with Matt Amodio and James Holzhauer?

      I think James would have a pretty good advantage if he builds a high enough lead, one where Watson wouldn’t be able to overcome and Matt Amodio in some way, struggles to get rhythm.

      Matt Amodio has had a few tendencies where he’s hesitant and gets unforced negs despite a large lead. Amodio in games, averages 3 wrong per game. James on the other hand, averages 1 wrong per game.

      In hindsight, I feel like it’s going to come down to who builds a good enough lead and goes aggressive on the DDs. Overall, deciding from beginning to end, I feel like James Holzhauer might win outright, especially if Matt Amodio makes one bad slip-up on a DD and costs him a win.

      • Ronnie Gambardella | September 21, 2021 at 4:00 pm |

        One things for sure. Matt and James would both have a decided advantage on any questions related to people or events since 2013 unless Watson was given the answers prior to the show by the programers.

  7. “The fans online who are invoking Alex’s name—or worse, Merv Griffin—are deluding themselves. Alex would not have ruled any differently.”

    True, but I think Alex might have jokingly said something to Matt about it, or even brought it up to him during the chat segment one day.

    • Ronnie Gambardella | September 21, 2021 at 3:54 pm |

      I’ve noticed that Matt responds “Who is …?”in FJ not” What is…?”

      • Before Final Jeopardy, the producers make sure that the phrase “What is” or “Who is” is written down on the answer card thingy. I’m pretty sure it came from a contestant getting the correct answer but failing to provide her response in the form of a question, costing her the win.

  8. Matt’s still betting high in FJ! If he hadn’t missed his final DD while wagering $15k, I have a strong hunch he’d have added the net $30k gain to his FJ! wager, finishing with $96,200 and easily cracking the top 10 list that’s been dominated by James.

    As it is, Matt now has another milestone being 3rd all-time in total correct responses, exceeding the 777 by the great Brad Rutter, though James and Ken won’t be caught for a long, long time!

  9. I have 3 things to say.

    Firstly, it’s incredible how, as long as Matt doesn’t goof up big time tomorrow, he’s guaranteed to hit $900,000 before he’s done playing ($893,000 + $2,000 2nd place prize + $5,000 minimum from ToC). That’s nuts.

    Secondly, the Andy’s Thoughts section is only counting regular-play games. Thus, the $15,600 bet flubbed by Alex Jacob during the All-Star Games does not count.

    Lastly, it would be interesting to see categories that required you to answer with a certain phrase. Not to thwart Matt, but I think it would be interesting.

    Go Matt!

  10. Ironic that Matt’s daily double error was a computer science question, given he is completing his doctorate in that subject! His colleagues will probably have something to say about it.

  11. I enjoy all jeopardy champions. They are all different people, play different styles, but are all so smart at trivia. Admire Matt for still doing great at the remaining clues after missing the big daily double. Wasn’t rattled bad enough to lose his mojo. I wonder if there has ever been a final jeopardy with only one contestant?

  12. Matt also joins the more than $18,000 in the Jeopardy round club. (More than total value of clues on the board in Jeopardy round)
    Not sure who else has done that in regular season play other than James.
    Thanks to Andy for continuing to maintain this site! Jeopardy wouldn’t be the same without checking out TJF immediately after viewing.

  13. Charlette Mellor | September 21, 2021 at 9:28 pm |

    Thanks for having this site – it is very interesting. Matt is wonderful and the fact that he says “What’s” before the answer does not matter – what matters is the answer. Period. He is a joy to watch. How his mind holds all these answers is a mystery. I am 77 years old and have been watching Jeopardy ever since I can remember. Watching Matt is exciting!

  14. I’m going to have to rewatch the episode but there was actually a clue that I knew right away while ALL THREE contestants guessed incorrectly. Quite a rarity compared to an average game with Matt where I’m typically only able to blurt out five or six correct questions before he does.

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