Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, September 30, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Children’s Literature) for Thursday, September 30, 2021 (Season 38, Game 14):

A 2000 Library of Congress exhibit called this 1900 work “America’s greatest and best-loved homegrown fairy tale”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Andrew Fox, a museum web & interactive developer from Novato, California
Andrew Fox on Jeopardy!
Abigail Noy, a screen printer from New York, New York
Abigail Noy on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (31-day total: $1,158,001)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Matt has matched the Baskin-Robbins total of 31 wins and is now 1 win away from tying James Holzhauer for #2 on the all-time wins list.

One thing that I’ve found to be very disturbing recently: the number of people who believe that Matt’s opponents are subpar. This could not be further from the truth. (In fact, Daniel yesterday had stats equal to that of an average champion on the show). Matt, last night, on Twitter, said: “All of my competitors are extremely smart people, and those people saying otherwise are probably the only things that actually bother me on here. Insult me, hate me, I don’t care. But uninformed trolls insulting the other contestants is just the lowest of the low”. It’s great to see Matt stand up for his fellow players like this.

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Correct response: What is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz? (also reprinted as The Wizard of Oz)

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is L. Frank Baum’s famous 1900 work of literature, the basis of the very famous 1939 MGM film The Wizard of Oz. An important note here is that this work has been reprinted using the shortened The Wizard of Oz title (and even the Library of Congress, in the title of its centenary exhibit in 2000, used the abbreviated title). If you’re going to comment on this aspect of today’s Final Jeopardy! without having read this section today, know that my patience for your arguments will very likely be very thin.

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

Scores going into Final:
Matt $39,400
Andrew $9,000
Abigail $7,000

Tonight’s results:
Abigail $7,000 – $2,001 = $4,999 (What is Shrek?)
Andrew $9,000 + $1,000 = $10,000 (What is The Wizard of Oz?)
Matt $39,400 + $15,000 = $54,400 (What is Wizard of Oz?) (32-day total: $1,212,401)

Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 30, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $10,200
Andrew $3,000
Abigail $2,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) HOMOPHONES $1000 (clue #8)
Matt 2600 +2600 (Abigail 0 Andrew 2000)
2) THE GEOGRAPHY $1600 (clue #5)
Matt 13000 +7000 (Abigail 5800 Andrew 3000)
3) OLD-SCHOOL SELFIES $800 (clue #20, $7200 left on board)
Matt 30400 +3000 (Abigail 5800 Andrew 9000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 164

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 $30,200 Coryat, 37 correct, 3 incorrect, 64.91% in first on buzzer (37/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Andrew $9,000 Coryat, 8 correct, 0 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Abigail $7,000 Coryat, 11 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $46,200
Lach Trash: $4,000 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,800

Matt Amodio, career statistics:
1041 correct, 100 incorrect
49/56 on rebound attempts (on 110 rebound opportunities)
54.14% in first on buzzer (980/1810)
63/72 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $254,600)
24/32 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $27,131

Abigail Noy, career statistics:
11 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,000

Andrew Fox, career statistics:
9 correct, 0 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,000

Matt Amodio, to win:
33 games: 92.246%
34: 85.313%
35: 79.570%
36: 75.321%
37: 70.352%
Avg. streak: 46.987 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $54,400 is the 37th-best one-day total of all time in regular play on Jeopardy!; the top 100 will be updated once the game has aired in all markets.

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25 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, September 30, 2021"

  1. People are really, really bad at controlling for quality of competition. Obviously Matt Amodio is going to make very good players look average and average players look poor. James did it, Ken did it, lots of other greats like Alex Jacob did it.

    I think people might be comparing some of Matt’s competitors to Josh Saak, which seems a bit unfair. Josh was clearly ToC-calibre and that was also Matt’s first game, when he had very little buzzer experience. Now the tables have turned and Matt’s had 30 games of practice. That’s a tough road to hoe for any new player.

    Honestly, I think Matt’s faced some pretty stiff competition. I’ll be quite surprised it he makes in through the rest of this awful three-taping-day week.

    Side note: Andy, I’d be curious to know what length of streak your model would predict for Matt, Ken, and James if they were allowed to “play again”, so to speak.

  2. Once again, Matt has proven himself a real class act, as seen in his recent Twitter post defending the caliber of his opponents.

    With all the negativity surrounding the whole Richards fiasco, and the sadness of losing Alex, Matt Amodio has been the best thing to happen to Jeopardy! since the pandemic came along.

    As for your patience with argumentative characters, Andy, don’t worry, your tolerance for such tomfoolery is still much higher than my own.

  3. Andy, thank you for confirming statistically what we suspected about Daniel from yesterday’s game. In any non-matt game, he would have probably been an impressive winner

    • I always “cheat” and look at the results on Jeopardy Fan before each episode airs in my city at 7:30PM. I’m glad I do, because I would have been very nervous during yesterday’s game. Daniel was an excellent player and good on the buzzer.

  4. Speaking of today’s FJ response, I came over here as I often do to see your thoughts on possible variations in the answer and whether or not they might be ruled incorrect. To include “Wonderful” or not to include it. It made me wonder and you answered it quite succinctly. Thanks.

  5. Debbie Stover | September 30, 2021 at 1:35 pm |

    Outstanding, Matt Amodio. Long may you reign.

  6. With all the negativity around Matt, I think he has proven himself to be a great jeopardy player with the ratings going up and all. After the whole richards fiasco and the passing of alex. I am just happy that Matt is standing up for the players that he faced so far. Any of the haters for matt and other players are not necessary as we are here to enjoy watching Matt compete to keep his streak alive.

    Anwyay the wonderful wizard of oz was a great movie that I watched when I was younger and still it brings back great memories to hear the wicked witch saying I will get you and your little dog too!

  7. Francine Pilon | September 30, 2021 at 1:41 pm |

    He did it again! Got all 3 DD’s right. He’s awesome.

  8. Matt will soon beat James Holzhauer’s 32 day win record. I hadn’t noticed it because at this stage, James had 2.4 million while Matt only has 1.2
    James couldve won more but his opponent Emma found the Daily Doubles and went into FJ with the lead. It was the ONLY time James didn’t have the lead in FJ and he lost.

    As long as Matt has runaway games, he will continue to win.

    • Don’t forget, what contributed to Holzhauer’s eventual defeat was that he hit the first DD at the first clue. He was limited to only a $1K gain, whereas in other games he was accustomed to earning north of $5000 before hitting a DD, then he would wager it all. I hardly recall any game where James didn’t have well over $10,000 going into DD. If that first DD was the 10th clue, or beyond, James might’ve kept his streak going.

      • In Holzhauer’s defeat , the third player was very good also. The three players set a record coryat score. Having to play two strong players limited his ability to dominate the board and made the Daily Doubles an even bigger factor than usual.

  9. Matt’s depth and breadth of knowledge is truly incredible (even in the pop culture categories, which he said are his weakest). What’s even more impressive is that he has all this knowledge at a relatively young age.
    Most of the time, I’m still trying to figure out the clue, and he’s already on his next correct response.

  10. Man, if that Matt keeps winning like this, HE’LL be the new G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time)!
    And another thing that amazes me is he almost always wins with a runaway total where even if the other contestants bet ALL of their money and got Final Jeopardy right, they STILL couldn’t beat him! He’s a very good player.

  11. Way to go Matt!! I have been trying to find out why people don’t like you. How could someone not like you? Not a clue.

  12. Marty Cunningham | September 30, 2021 at 3:28 pm |

    I enjoy Matt’s style of play. Again, he seems perhaps even more surprised when he keeps winning than all his fans do. And it is nice to hear that he is helpful and encouraging to the other contestants. That is the mark of a true champion. When you complete a week of taping and greet a new group of contestants on the next taping day, you are part of the production team at that point; you have been there before, and any insight you can offer to other contestants, especially calming or reassuring words to nervous contestants, is helpful and appreciated. Everyone has to be smart just to take the test, but luck plays a big factor after that, from getting called to an audition, then getting invited to a taping, and even when you are drawn to play a game, and even the podium order, plus the categories that come up for each show, so do not disparage the other contestants because they can’t seem to beat Matt. But, comfort and familiarity are factors, too, and Matt is now very much at ease on the set. He knows how and when to ring in, he even knows the best way, for him, to hold the signaling device (and that is more important than most people realize) and, as Maggie Speak, a former producer, used to say, “play YOUR game” (your unique way of ringing in, giving the answer and selecting the next clue), and Matt is clearly playing “his game”, and the other contestants may have trouble if they try to play his way, too, and not their own way.
    One more win, then he can pass James, at least for total games won, and then he can keep working on catching James and Ken on the other records after that.
    Keep it up, Matt!

  13. Brad (not Rutter) | September 30, 2021 at 5:05 pm |

    In my book, Jeopardy clearly has a “big 4” and Matt has moved up to #3.

    1) Ken
    2) James
    3) Matt
    4) Brad

  14. Matt is the best! Not only is he an excellent player, but he is also an excellent person. I look forward to his winning tomorrow and beating James’s record of consecutive wins. I never thought I’d ever see anyone beat Ken’s record, but it would not surprise me in the least if Matt did it.

  15. Ginny McShane | September 30, 2021 at 8:27 pm |

    We love Matt. He is brillant. I know Alex looking down from Heaven is smiling.

  16. I hope Matt is aware that the overwhelming majority of true Jeopardy! Fans support, enjoy and root for him. This site is so positive its hard to believe there is such negativity toward him on other venues.

  17. Not sure if anyone else noticed it but Matt’s answer to FJ was revealed on his podium before Mayim cut to him.

  18. Matt’s certainly the best post-Alex contestant so far. Only wish Alex were here to see him; he would be proud.

  19. People don’t get on Jeopardy by being “subpar.” There have been several that would have won on a “normal” show and a few times it wasn’t a runaway.

    Some people are miserable individuals who can’t find joy in anything so they have to complain about Matt or other contestants. I hope he continues to win.

    Alex would have been so proud of him.

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