Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Mythology) for Wednesday, September 29, 2021 (Season 38, Game 13):

The Hippocrene Spring, sacred to the Muses, was so named because this offspring of Medusa brought it into being

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Adriana Granados, a student advisor from Fontana, California
Adriana Granados on Jeopardy!
Daniel Pecoraro, a nonprofit manager & tour guide from Brooklyn, New York
Daniel Pecoraro on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (30-day total: $1,107,401)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Matt picked up his 30th win yesterday; he’s just two wins behind James Holzhauer for #2 all-time. Tuesday and Wednesday are Matt’s strongest days of the week, and I would be absolutely shocked if Matt didn’t get to win #31 today.

One thing that I don’t understand about people: What do people have against excellence these days? You’re getting to watch one of the greatest players of all time play Jeopardy!, and your reaction is “Miss me with this”? No. Moreover, I have found that Matt has been one of the nicest champions, in the echelons of Buzzy Cohen in terms of just how great of a person he is. Just ask any of the people Matt has defeated; every single one of those players that I have spoken to have had nothing but kind things to say about Matt.

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Correct response: What is Pegasus?

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The Hippocrene Spring, in Greek mythology, was created by the hooves of Pegasus on Mt. Helicon; drinking its water was said to give the drinker poetic inspiration.

The Pegasus, one of the most famous creatuers in Greek myth, was the famed winged horse that, in some myths, was born when Perseus decapitated its mother Medusa. It has also been said that springs would generally burst forth whenever the Pegasus’ hooves struck ground.

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

Scores going into Final:
Matt $42,600
Daniel $15,000
Adriana $1,800

Tonight’s results:
Adriana $1,800 – $800 = $1,000 (What is)
Daniel $15,000 – $9,622 = $5,378 (What is a centaur?)
Matt $42,600 + $8,000 = $50,600 (What is Pegasus?) (31-day total: $1,158,001)

Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 29, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $12,400
Daniel $5,000
Adriana $600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE NON-COASTAL U.S. $600 (clue #8)
Matt 3800 +3800 (Daniel 1200 Adriana 0)
2) SOUTHERN LITERATURE $1600 (clue #4)
Matt 15200 +6000 (Daniel 5000 Adriana 2200)
3) I NOMINATE YOU FOR A NOBEL PRIZE! $1200 (clue #12, $18000 left on board)
Matt 26400 +5000 (Daniel 8600 Adriana 2200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 158

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, 36 correct, 1 incorrect, 57.89% in first on buzzer (33/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Daniel $15,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Adriana $1,800 Coryat, 4 correct, 1 incorrect, 8.77% in first on buzzer (5/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $48,000
Lach Trash: $3,600 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $2,400

Matt Amodio, career statistics:
1003 correct, 97 incorrect
49/56 on rebound attempts (on 109 rebound opportunities)
53.79% in first on buzzer (943/1753)
60/69 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $242,000)
23/31 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $27,032

Daniel Pecoraro, career statistics:
17 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,000

Adriana Granados, career statistics:
4 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
8.77% in first on buzzer (5/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $1,800

Matt Amodio, to win:
32 games: 91.983%
33: 84.851%
34: 78.473%
35: 73.190%
36: 69.282%
Avg. streak: 43.167 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $50,600 is the 48th-highest regular-play one-day total of all time. The full top 100 will be updated once the full country has had today’s episode air.
  • Another reminder to viewers who may not be aware of the show’s rules: Leading articles may be added, dropped, or changed with another article with impunity, unless ambiguity is created with another well-known work. Thus, with regards to today’s Daily Double in SOUTHERN LITERATURE, “The Color Purple”, “Color Purple” and “A Color Purple” are all considered equal (and equally correct) in the eyes of the show.

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38 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, September 29, 2021"

  1. When did being humble go out of style. Seems like a great person. I root for him every night and hope he breaks all records. What do people have against him? Smart, nice and seems to enjoy every moment he is on the show – and so do I.

  2. Andy, I completely share your bewilderment at many people’s reaction to Matt’s ongoing, towering achievement. As you said, he’s clearly one of the greatest ever to play this difficult game. Moreover, he’s mounted his run in the most distracting time in the game’s history, under a series of different hosts with different cadences. He was sent away one day because the host had been fired. He came back the next day and took up exactly where he’d left off.

    And he’s done it all with grace and humility.

    How could anyone possibly call that boring? It’s the very antithesis of that. It’s watching a young man compete at an incredibly high level of sustained excellence, and checking in day by day to see just how long he can sustain it.

    He’s a marvel, and he appears to be a genuinely good guy, and we are privileged to watch him.

  3. Glad I am not reading all the hate towards him. He is brilliant and seems so likable. I saw a TV trivia game he was on in high school and he was raving about a new guitar he just received and it just made me smile! He’s great 👍 👌 oh did I mention a fellow Ohioan?! 😉

  4. Thomas Hoisington | September 29, 2021 at 11:19 am | Reply

    I couldn’t think of the correct answer to Final Jeopardy, but after reading Andy’s explainer remembered that in Greek “hippo” means “horse” (as in a hippodrome = horse race course, and a hippopotamus = “river horse”).

  5. Yeah, the dislike of Matt is weird. 98% of Jeopardy games do not feature an ultra-champion. We’ll get back to one-and-dones and poor daily double betting and top-down play and all the other hallmarks of Jeopardy as usual in the next few weeks.

    Surely people should at least be cheering for him to pass James? I like James and even I can’t wait to see Matt wipe that smug smile off his face!

    That said, the Internet sucks and Jeopardy fans in particular seem to be extraordinarily resistant to change, so I guess it’s not that surprisingly that there’s a vocal minority out there who don’t like Matt?

    I dunno, I’m pretty exhausted with the whole J! ecosystem, to be honest.

    • Thomas Hoisington | September 29, 2021 at 1:45 pm | Reply

      When Matt passes James’ record for number of wins, James’ smug smile will not disappear. He will simply point out that he has earned more money per game than Matt (which is certainly true, and to James’ credit) and that his total regular season winnings still surpass Matt’s total winnings.

      • Marty Cunningham | September 29, 2021 at 2:40 pm | Reply

        I believe Matt can pass James’ days of winning by the end of this week. I like Matt’s style better than James (enough said, i am trying to be nice, like Andy always urges. James still comes off as smug and aloof (like, “well, of course I won…”) and I enjoyed watching him give up $ 660,000 to a team on The Chase not long ago ($ 220,000 for each player!) Now, enough said.
        Most people seem delighted just to get on the show in the first place, let alone possibly win one game, and it is nice to see that same kind of surprise from Matt, even for over a month now.
        If he plays into October then he will be chasing Ken for the longest streak, and total, too, and if he is still playing into November he will even get to meet Ken in person.
        This is what Alex would have wanted – the show is about the players, not the host, and the good players don’t even want to make it about themselves. Nice also to hear how helpful Matt has been with the new contestants that show up every week. It seems to come through when you see him on camera.

    • One thing about the Jeopardy champions that seems to be true is that they really appreciate other good players. I think James is probably impressed by Matt and looks forward to getting a chance to have another GOAT tournament.

      • Great idea! I wonder what another GOAT tournament would look like, to include Ken (unless he becomes a Jeopardy! host), James, Brad and Matt. Picking the top three for GOAT is no longer a slam dunk. Qualifying rounds perhaps?

        • Ken (and Buzzy) are ineligible for any future tournaments by virtue of their switching to the host side. Because of this, I don’t see any crossover being possible between the Trebek and post-Trebek eras.

  6. I love Matt’s run. He got all 3 DD’s right again today. Awesome.

  7. I look so forward to watching Matt play. He’s extraordinary and makes it look so easy. How wonderful to see him on action.

  8. So very happy to see him win again. He is absolutely genuine – the jealous people who don’t like him should get a life or find a new game show. I heard Bitter Beach Biddies needs a few more viewers.

  9. I was genuinely surprised by James Holzhauer’s throwing shade on Matt. Wow! I had thought (wrongly) that James had a little more class than that. Sad….

  10. I dont get why there are so many people hating on Matt or finding his run boring but honestly i seem to enjoy his streak so far this week. I alao got Pegasus because it reminded me of that novel Pegasus in space.

    Matt broke records again with all the daily doubles nailed. But still some jeopardy Matt haters need a chill pill

  11. Way to go (again) Matt! He’s a great champion.

    Alas, I missed Final today. I guessed Pandora. I thought she would be a logical offspring of Medusa. Oh, well. I guess I looked into the wrong box. I’ll try again tomorrow. Hope Matt wins then, too.

  12. So glad Matt won! I celebrate his excellence and a breath of fresh air as one of the nicest people we’ll see on tv. Those who aren’t celebrating him are perhaps jealous.

  13. I’m surprised to find myself defending James H., never been much of a fan, team Ken atw here, but it might be his way of welcoming Matt to the club. Having watched The Chase a few times, the backstage insults they throw around at each other seem to be all in good fun, but that sort of roasting never translates on social media.

  14. Brad (not Rutter) | September 29, 2021 at 5:02 pm | Reply

    If you don’t like Matt, there’s something wrong with you. Watching him play every day is a joy, and it will be a very sad when he loses.

    • I’m not a psychiatrist, but I think the reason some people don’t like him is because they don’t like seeing anyone more intelligent than them. Forget the fact that 99.99999999% of people couldn’t even come close to passing a Jeopardy test, let alone become a multi-week champ. So it makes them feel better to say nasty things about someone so intelligent, yet I notice they continue to watch.
      This is the current state of our country. It can’t be a win-win (Matt wins, and everyone enjoys watching him win). It’s got a be a lose-win, so the only time these people can “win”, or feel good, is if Matt loses. Sad.

  15. Being fairly new to this site, i love all the statistics, however, can someone enlighten me as to why Brad Rutter is not #1 on the All Time Jeopardy! Winnings, Regular Play Only list ?

    • He won three different tournaments where his prize was either $1 million or $2 million.

      His regular run took place when contestants were still limited to 5 games, so a very small amount of his winnings came in regular play.

  16. I love Jeopardy and enjoy following/cheering for Matt. He is humble, sweet, fun, happy…what’s not to like. I hope he continues his long run. I’m sure we’ve not send the last of him. I certainly hope not. And to those who are negative, your loss if you can’t see it.

  17. Fun clue fact: Clue answer “Wind Beneath My Wings” was the main song off of the Beaches soundtrack performed by lead actress Bette Midler, who was portrayed in the movie as a young girl by Jeopardy interim host Mayim Bialik.

  18. Watching Matt operate on this show is richly entertaining, just as it was when James was on his streak. You don’t win 30+ games by accident. You’ve got to be really, really good.

  19. I enjoy reading this site’s final jeopardy answer and thinking about the correct question. Thank you posting it in a way to not give anything away. I didn’t figure out the correct question until about a minute before they said it. Pretty hard. I think Matt is great. Enjoy watching him. Enjoy watching anyone who can win 5 days in a row.

  20. Hadn’t heard about Holzhauer’s tweet about Amodio. It was funny and clearly intended to be so. Matt fired back and his tweet was also really funny. This is not bad sportsmanship, this is welcoming to the club.

  21. As long as Matt is on, “do not call me at 7:00”. Amazing how one can be so knowledgeable and humble at the same time. So enjoyable to watch.

  22. And, with that win (depending on how you view John Carpenter’s $250,000 half-to-charity Tournament of Champions Millionaire win, Amodio is now the 10th highest winner in all of game shows.

  23. Interestingly, I think this question was easier for the contestants than us at home. I got it quickly, but I could see “this offspring of Medusa” having people not well versed in Myth thinking of people and names rather than creatures. The contestant however get to know “who is” or “what is” before final, and so by knowing it’s not a “who” that helps narrow things down or change thinking, which the audience playing along doesn’t get.

    I’m curious if this has really happened before with knowing the “who” or “what” changing the difficulty of a clue, and how often that happens.

  24. I look forward to watching Jeopardy every night. Matt Amodio is my absolute favorite contestant of all times. His vast knowledge is amazing and makes the game so exciting. His humble attitude only makes him more of a champion. I hope he breaks all the records that have ever been set.

  25. It seems some would rather try to find fault with excellence that appreciate it.

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