Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, September 24, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category History of the 19-Teens) for Friday, September 24, 2021 (Season 38, Game 10):

Saying he ignored warnings of enemy vessels, the British Admiralty sought to blame William Turner, this ship’s last captain in 1915

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Rebecca Fox, an administrative assistant from Pasadena, California
Rebecca Fox on Jeopardy!
Troy Pozirekides, a written communications specialist from Santa Monica, California
Troy Pozirekides on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (27-day total: $955,201)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Matt Amodio comes into today needing $44,799 to surpass the $1 million mark. I’d be surprised if he got there today; this seems to have been a more tiring week for him. Friday is also Matt’s weakest day of the week.

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Correct response: What is the (RMS) Lusitania?

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The Cunard ship RMS Lusitania was travelling from New York to England when it was sunk by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland. Knowing that merchant ships had been sunk in the area, the Admiralty had warned captain William Turner to take an unpredictable course; however, Turner ignored the advice and was sunk on May 7, 1915. Nearly 1,200 people drowned. Turner, incredibly, did not go down with the ship. Moreover, Turner helmed the SS Ivernia which was also sunk by a U-Boat in 1917 (Turner did not go down with the Ivernia either.)

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Scores going into Final:
Matt $31,800
Troy $7,200
Rebecca -$4,000

Tonight’s results:
Rebecca -$4,000 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Troy $7,200 + $7,200 = $14,400 (What is the Luisitania?)
Matt $31,800 + $17,000 = $48,800 (What is Lusitania Titanic?) (28-day total: $1,004,001)

Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 24, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $6,600
Troy $5,600
Rebecca $400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) GET-TOGETHERS $1000 (clue #5)
Matt 3800 -3800 (Troy 0 Rebecca 0)
2) NOVELS BY QUOTE $1600 (clue #1)
Rebecca 400 -2000 (Matt 6600 Troy 5600)
3) NOTABLE ASIAN AMERICANS $1200 (clue #8, $23600 left on board)
Matt 12600 +6000 (Troy 4000 Rebecca -3200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -152

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 $30,800 Coryat, 38 correct, 2 incorrect, 66.67% in first on buzzer (38/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Troy $7,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Rebecca -$2,000 Coryat, 2 correct, 3 incorrect, 5.26% in first on buzzer (3/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,000
Lach Trash: $8,600 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,400

Matt Amodio, career statistics:
899 correct, 90 incorrect
46/53 on rebound attempts (on 100 rebound opportunities)
53.41% in first on buzzer (845/1582)
53/62 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $201,000)
20/28 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,864

Troy Pozirekides, career statistics:
13 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,200

Rebecca Fox, career statistics:
2 correct, 3 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
5.26% in first on buzzer (3/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: -$2,000

Matt Amodio, to win:
29 games: 93.138%
30: 85.286%
31: 79.594%
32: 73.213%
33: 67.536%
Avg streak: 39.750 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Mayim clearly explained why the judges accepted Troy’s misspelling of Lusitania. (the “ui” can be pronounced like in “cruise”.)

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38 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, September 24, 2021"

  1. Before I read the clue, I thought this category was about 19-year-olds. Everyone should get this right. I didn’t know, however, that the captain did not go down with his ship. Bad show.

  2. The Germans suspected the Lusitania was carrying munitions for the war effort and warned that they would sink her. Given the explosions after she was hit and the swiftness that she sunk, their suspicions were probably true.

  3. The ship sunk off of the coast of Kinsale and I went to a cliff overlooking where the ship sunk on a trip to Ireland in 1979.

  4. Charles Foster | September 24, 2021 at 11:25 am |

    Why is Mike Richards still listed as the Executive Producer of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. He was fired in disgrace. Get his name off the credits.

  5. Charles Foster | September 24, 2021 at 12:14 pm |

    He was only Executive Producer for the 5 shows he did the first week of the new season, I believe. He only did 1 day of taping which was the 5 shows for the first week of the new season.

  6. Debbie Stover | September 24, 2021 at 12:28 pm |

    If I’m not mistaken, today’s game completed the taping week at Jeopardy. So Matt should be coming back in six days or so refreshed and ready to start again — assuming, of course, that he wins today. I agree with Andy that it looks like he could use the break.

    • So, with the timing of Mike’s host resignation, this was the first day of a rare 3-day taping week for the show.

      • Missed this when I posted my comment earlier. Jeez, if Mike Richards being Mike Richards jeopardizes Matt’s streak, I won’t be a happy camper.

      • Thomas Hoisington | September 24, 2021 at 2:35 pm |

        Andy, could you elaborate on this? Do you mean that Mike Richards’ 5 episodes were filmed during one week, and then there was a break, and then fifteen episodes with the new host were taped during a subsequent week?

        • Frank Borland | September 25, 2021 at 12:15 am |

          Thomas, you are absolutely correct. From what I read, Mike was supposed to tape two weeks worth of shows on a Thursday and Friday. However, he stepped down after the first day of taping, so there was no taping on Friday. Because of the missed taping day, they had to make up that day by having Mayim host her three weeks of shows in one week.

  7. Nice job Matt crossing the wrong answer out this time! Maybe this will make the gut-truthers think twice about second-guessing his second-guessing. 😉

    Interesting note about “Luisitania”. Seems a bit generous but I generally think Jeopardy could be a bit more generous on this point anyway.

    Matt with 5 tape days swept now. Phenomenal. Andy, do you know if Jeopardy taped three days in a row due to Richardsghazi?

  8. Thomas Hoisington | September 24, 2021 at 1:44 pm |

    He’s passed the One Million mark! Congratulations to Matt! What a joy to watch his success!!

  9. I think a better explanation for allowing the “ui” spelling would have referred to “nuisance” as an example, since it has an “s” sound (like Lusitania) whereas “cruise” has a “z” sound.

  10. Matt has finally passed the one million dollar mark congrats to him. The luistania was in teh news since world war 1 and the germans misttakened that ship for a munitions boat and sank it killing the 1198 people on board. I read about that disaster in grade school and it still interests me today.

  11. Glad to see Matt cross the 1M barrier–and in 2 games less than his hero Ken! While of course James took much fewer games to exceed 1M, he has a 67 percent chance to beat his 32 games streak next week🙂.

  12. Brian Stoodley | September 24, 2021 at 3:27 pm |

    Matt’s style and brilliance are amazing! I hope he keeps winning 👏👏

  13. To Lou, that’s what they told us in school, but now it’s known that the ship was indeed carrying munitions, which apparently the Germans already knew. Maybe if the captain had been tipped off, he would have taken evasive action.

  14. Has a contestant ever gotten zero correct responses?

    • I don’t believe so, but Andy can likely access the J! Archive to confirm.
      I simply cannot believe, given the well-known Jeopardy! vetting process that Rebecca was both unable to come up with many answers or unable to figure out how to use the buzzer. My guess (it’s only a guess) is that she just became so dispirited as DJ wore on that she quit trying.

  15. Turner actually did go “down with the ship” — he stayed at his post until she sank and was rescued from the water.

  16. Regardless of the amounts that Matt is wagering (i.e. not enough to surpass Holzhauer in the same number of regular season games), there’s a really good chance of him becoming the number #2 all-time regular season winner by next Friday. Next week is going to be fun to watch!

  17. I liked the way Mayim handled the explanation of the decision to accept Troy’s answer. It was clever.

  18. Has spelling always counted on Final Jeopardy? I see why there has to be some rule, but I don’t remember it being a “thing” in the past.

    • Spelling does not count as long as the misspelling can still be pronounced the same way as the proper spelling.

    • There was a Tournament of Champions participant fairly recently who misspelled three or four different Final Jeopardy answers during their original run, but was not penalized for any of them.

  19. Why do they not penalize contestants for answering with “what is Jane Doe?” instead of “who is Jane Doe?” I can understand that occasional slip, but the constant use of it is driving me nuts.

    • Debbie Stover | September 25, 2021 at 12:14 am |

      I can’t understand why people are so wedded to the “who is”/“what is” response format. No matter which of those you use, the question you ask is virtually never responsive to the actual clue.

      Take today’s Final Jeopardy. The clue was, “Saying he ignored warnings of enemy vessels, the British Admiralty sought to blame William Turner, this ship’s last captain in 1915.”

      Now, how is, “What is the Lusitania?” responsive to that clue? It’s not. A clue that could properly be answered, “What is [was] the Lusitania?” would be something like, “A British ship that was sunk in 1915 in a wartime disaster that killed nearly 1,200 people.”

      The Jeopardy question format is the gimmick that gives the show its hook. That’s all it is. It was never meant to be accurate. (As I recall, Merv Griffin originally wanted question responses to be appropriate to the clues, but was quickly persuaded that enforcing that would be terribly unwieldy and would slow the program to a painful crawl.)

      All this being the case, I can’t fathom why people care if Matt uses “who is” or “what’s” to formulate his responses.

  20. It’s possible that Rebecca got caught up watching Matt rather than playing against him. She’s certainly not the first to freeze the last few weeks.
    There were golfers who watched Tiger Woods and basketball players who watched Michael Jordan.

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