Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, September 3, 2021

Happy Friday! Six of the nine spots in the semifinals have been claimed. Who will claim the final three? Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American Authors) for Friday, September 3, 2021 (Season 37, Game 170):

The year before his 1809 birth, his parents acted in “King Lear”, leading scholars to believe he was named for a “Lear” character

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, a librarian from Portland, Oregon
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan on Jeopardy!
Andy Wood, a writer originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan
Andy Wood on Jeopardy!
Sam Kavanaugh, a teacher originally from Carlton, Minnesota
Sam Kavanaugh on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Season 38 begins September 13 with the return of 18-day champion Matt Amodio; in the interim, Jeopardy! is running four weeks of reruns. The first two weeks were the 10 “Alex Around the World” episodes that ran in his memory in late December; the 2021 Tournament of Champions, hosted by Buzzy Cohen, will air from August 30 through September 10. Today’s episode was the fifth quarterfinal of the 2021 Tournament of Champions that originally aired on May 21, 2021.

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Correct response: Who is Edgar Allan Poe?

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In Shakespeare’s King Lear, Edgar was the Earl of Gloucester’s first-born son; Edgar Allan Poe is one of 19th century American literature’s best-known authors. While he is best known for living in the Baltimore area, he was born in Boston to actors Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe and David Poe, Jr.; David abandoned the family a year after Edgar’s birth and Elizabeth died of tuberculosis; Edgar was raised by Virginia merchant John Allan.

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Scores going into Final:
Veronica $22,800
Sam $20,400
Andy $7,400

Tonight’s results:
Andy $7,400 – $7,300 = $100 (Who was Dickens?)
Sam $20,400 + $2,401 = $22,801 (Who is Poe?) (Semi-Finalist)
Veronica $22,800 – $340 = $22,460 (Who is Hawthorne?)

Sam Kavanaugh, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 3, 2021 game.)

Wild card standings:
Monday: Ryan Bilger, $32,405
Tuesday: Karen Farrell, $16,200
Wednesday: Jennifer Quail, $20,650
Thursday: Kevin Walsh, $16,000
Friday: Sam Kavanaugh, $22,801
1. Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, $22,460
2. Jason Zuffranieri, $18,800
3. Nibir Sarma, $12,199
4. Ryan Hemmel, $11,600
5. MacKenzie Jones, $9,000
6. Steve Moulds, $4,800
7. Andy Wood, $100 ($7,400)
8. Paul Trifiletti, $100 ($5,800)
9. Sarah Jett Rayburn, $0 ($9,800)
10. Ben Henri, $0 ($2,800)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Andy $7,000
Veronica $6,400
Sam $2,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) PREFIXES $800 (clue #11)
Veronica 600 +1000 (Sam 1400 Andy 4600)
2) 2-WORD COUNTRIES $2000 (clue #2)
Sam 3600 +3600 (Andy 7000 Veronica 6400)
3) MYTHOLOGY $1200 (clue #4, $29600 left on board)
Sam 8800 +4000 (Andy 7000 Veronica 6400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 245

Game Stats:
Sam $16,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 2 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Veronica $22,600 Coryat, 23 correct, 0 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Andy $7,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $46,000
Lach Trash: $3,400 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,600

Sam Kavanaugh, career statistics:
138 correct, 13 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 24 rebound opportunities)
32.32% in first on buzzer (127/393)
11/12 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $62,800)
5/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,286

Andy Wood, career statistics:
120 correct, 12 incorrect
8/9 on rebound attempts (on 24 rebound opportunities)
32.45% in first on buzzer (110/339)
6/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $22,800)
5/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,667

Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, career statistics:
121 correct, 14 incorrect
8/12 on rebound attempts (on 31 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (111/333)
4/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
4/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,233

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Buzzy acknowledged the death of Brayden Smith during this episode. If you missed it, Jeopardy has posted the video on its YouTube channel.
  • Without adjusting for doubled dollar values, $22,460 is the highest-ever non-winning score in a Tournament of Champions quarterfinal. It is the 9th-highest score when adjusting for doubled dollar values, and the highest since Babu Srinivasan ($11,500) in 2001.

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