Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Landmarks) for Wednesday, September 22, 2021 (Season 38, Game 8):

96 miles in total during its 3-decade existence, the most well-known part of this was about the same length as an Olympic marathon

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Christopher Stucky, a communications specialist from Bloomington, Illinois
Christopher Stucky on Jeopardy!
Paula Scheider, an ROI trainer from Tulsa, Oklahoma
Paula Scheider on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (25-day total: $893,201)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Jeopardy! is a capricious game. Trying to predict when the nearly unpredictable will happen is difficult, but fun. At this point, per my prediction model, Matt has about a 1.6% chance of breaking Ken Jennings’ record and winning 75 games. He also has about a 7% chance of losing today. However, the prediction model does think that the two likeliest times for Matt to lose are either at the end of a taping week, when has become more tired from already taping four games, or at the start of the week, before he’s had a chance to fully regain his buzzer timing. The unpredictability of when the streak will end, though, is one reason why so many fans get invested in these streaks and make sure to watch every day.

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Correct response: What is the Berlin Wall?

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The Berlin Wall, which was standing for most of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, spanned 96 miles around the outer border of what was West Berlin in Germany (the half of the city given to the UK, US, and France following World War II. The most famous part of the wall, the easternmost, separated West Berlin from East Berlin and was between 26 and 27 miles—nearly the same distance as an Olympic marathon (26 miles, 385 yards).

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

Scores going into Final:
Matt $33,200
Christopher $13,800
Paula $3,000

Tonight’s results:
Paula $3,000 – $2,999 = $1 (What is the Appian Way?)
Christopher $13,800 – $5,000 = $8,800 (What is the Appian Way?)
Matt $33,200 + $3,000 = $36,200 (What is the Berlin Wall?) (26-day total: $929,401)

Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 22, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Christopher $3,400
Matt $3,200
Paula $600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) ACRONYMS & ABBREVIATIONS $800 (clue #16)
Matt 8000 -8000 (Paula -400 Christopher 1600)
2) INSPIRED CHARACTERS $1600 (clue #2)
Matt 4800 +4800 (Paula 600 Christopher 3400)
3) THE FACT OF THE MATTER $1600 (clue #13, $16400 left on board)
Matt 17200 +10000 (Paula 600 Christopher 8600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 58

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 $29,600 Coryat, 32 correct, 2 incorrect, 50.88% in first on buzzer (29/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Christopher $13,800 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Paula $3,000 Coryat, 8 correct, 2 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $46,400
Lach Trash: $2,800 (on 2 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,800

Matt Amodio, career statistics:
836 correct, 84 incorrect
43/50 on rebound attempts (on 91 rebound opportunities)
53.41% in first on buzzer (784/1468)
51/59 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $188,400)
19/26 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $27,054

Paula Scheider, career statistics:
8 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,000

Christopher Stucky, career statistics:
17 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,800

Matt Amodio, to win:
27 games: 92.401%
28: 83.858%
29: 78.103%
30: 71.519%
31: 66.746%
Average streak: 38.060 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Both Chris and Paula were doing a lot of self-promotional work on social media before today’s game. After the Jeopardy! round, I get the sense that a lot of people will be thinking mid-match that tonight will be the night that Matt loses.

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14 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, September 22, 2021"

  1. I’m ashamed to say this one took me a few seconds. Not sure I would have gotten it written down in time.

    Seems like a fairly easy set of FJs this week so far. (Though for the record I said Batman on Monday, despite the fact that it was 1989, thinking of the vat of chemicals the Joker falls into at the beginning of the movie. Not the best guess, but better than Matt’s and Tracey’s, anyway.)

  2. Debbie Stover | September 22, 2021 at 1:42 pm |

    I knew it immediately, and was certain all three contestants would know it as well. On the other hand, I was in Germany when the wall came down, so it may enjoy a more prominent place in my memory than it does for most people. Still, I thought it was pretty obvious.

    In any case, I’m thrilled that Matt won again. He seems fairly impervious to psychological falloff from an incorrect high-stakes answer.

  3. Barbara Epstein | September 22, 2021 at 1:48 pm |

    Matt is amazing.And a nice person ad well.not arrogant.I am routing for him to beat James Holzauer record of 32 wins

  4. I remember reading the news about the fall of the berlin wall so this wasn’t tough. But I was expecting Chris and Tracy to get this as well. I am happy to see Matt racking up another win today despite him not hitting that first daily double. I think he could definitely hit 32 wins or more if he gets that one million mark.

  5. To Andy’s point about Christopher and Paula being active on social, the endless attempts at tea leaf-reading among the commentariat get pretty tiresome. (And I say that as someone who generally doesn’t like to complain about people being annoying on the Internet.) Contestants are contractually bound not to reveal what happened on the show before it airs, and trying to psychoanalyze their behaviour to determine whether they won or lost feels like it’s really in bad taste.

    I know people will always do it, but that’s my two cents.

  6. Christopher Stucky | September 22, 2021 at 3:23 pm |

    Interesting comment about social. I haven’t paid attention before to contestant postings prior to the games. They kind of encouraged us to be active within the scope of what we could say before the game and to promote our appearance, so I didn’t feel like I was going super overboard or anything. Anyway, no intent to be misleading so I hope that wasn’t the effect.

  7. Matt could top $1M this week, but his losing $8k on the first Daily Double made me wonder if he set another dubious record –the largest J! round DD loss, after losing the largest DD wager ($15k) during DJ! a few games ago, and having lost the two largest amounts in FJ previously.

    Well, no – James lost $8,400 4/15/19 on a DD during the J! round. Amazingly, he was 72 of 76, with all 4 misses during the J! round, meaning he was perfect over 33 games with DD’s during DJ!

    • You know…it makes anyone wonder if he’s just toying with the fanbase by slowly creating dramatic tension with his DD betting?

      In his run as Jeopardy! champ, he finished the first round in 3rd place…once. (And was in the red on that one time!)

      He finished the first round in 2nd place…twice, I think.

      But the rest, he always finished in the first round in 1st place with a comfortable, solid, or very large lead.

      On average when Matt had led his competition after the 1st round in games, the average in those games from 2nd place averaged about $7,654 ahead while 3rd place difference was around $9,423.

      Strangely enough, there were some players Matt had that actually put up a fight and made it a competitive game.

      Josh Saak, Elizabeth Devereaux, Kathleen McHugh, Barb Fecteau, Ruth Reichard, Nicole Neulist, and Tracy Pitzel all gave Matt a challenge. The difference was…that in FJs right, they went 3/7. Tracy’s was a doozy, as that could have been a difference-maker to dethroning him on a somewhat, easy FJ!. But the fact she missed it cost that opportunity because Matt missed it too. Guess it goes to show anyone that on game shows, anything can happen. It feels as if it’s purely on luck.

      • I agree at times “it feels as if it’s purely on luck”. No doubt Matt is very good, but the prediction model only has him winning about 92-93÷ of the time, meaning he could have lost an average 2 times already. A long winning streak usually takes both superior skill plus luck, and Matt’s had both!

        • I think people have been a bit hard on Matt with the whole luck thing. He nearly had the runaway against Tracy (and probably should have, he arguably underbet on DD3). Reading some recaps of the match, it almost sounds like she outplayed him! Ditto Nicole–great player, but ultimately Matt had her lock-tied, which is a dominant position.

          Handily besting your opponents in Coryat, nearly locking them out, and winning on a double or triple stumper isn’t luck, it’s domination! I’d argue the real (bad) luck comes in losing those games. The larger point that he’s needed some luck to win is of course well heeded, though. The same applies for Ken. James… well, that guy was something else. Although James had his close calls as well, I’d argue he was almost unlucky against Emma.

          All this is to mean no disrespect to Nicole, Tracy, or anyone else. Matt’s faced off against some excellent players in his run (although I don’t think he’s played a Nate Scheffey or an Adam Levin yet).

  8. I can tell Mayim has been listening to and incorporating feedback about her hosting. I wasn’t a fan during her first go around but I have no problem with the job she’s done this week.

  9. Brad (not Rutter) | September 22, 2021 at 8:57 pm |

    Agree Dan. She’s been solid.

  10. Re: Mayim, I have what appears to be a minority opinion and think that her Big Bang Theory acting experience, rather than anything else in her history, should have been disqualifying. You can’t play a significant role on a television show that mocks intelligence and then move on to host a game show that celebrates it.

    As a host, though, she seems fine. Of course, like everyone else, I have my favourite (Faber) that appears out of the running, so I’m a bit disappointed with the decision. I can’t believe Mike Richards thought the ridiculous hosting carousel was a good idea.

    It’s apparent now that Richards didn’t want to let any other game show hosts guest host because he was rigging the competition for himself, but that was awfully shortsighted as well. I would have loved to see Brooke Burns take a stab, or Meredith Vieira.

    • I totally disagree that The Big Bang Theory was a television show that mocked intelligence! It most mocked those who were not that intelligent — mostly Penny’s other boyfriends and to some degree Penny herself. I guess you could say that it mocked the very human foibles of some people who happened to be very intelligent, but that just showed that we are all human. Many, if not most, people considered that show to be a rare scripted show that celebrated intelligence.

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