Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, September 7, 2021


Happy Tuesday! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Nobel-Winning Novelists) for Tuesday, September 7, 2021 (Season 37, Game 172):

Falsely accused of murder, a character in his 1948 novel becomes “tyrant over the whole county’s white conscience”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Kevin Walsh, a story analyst originally from Williamstown, New Jersey
Kevin Walsh on Jeopardy!
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, a librarian from Portland, Oregon
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan on Jeopardy!
Ryan Bilger, a graduate student from Macungie, Pennslyvania
Ryan Bilger 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 second semifinal of the 2021 Tournament of Champions that originally aired on May 25, 2021.

I would also like to remind readers of this site: the actions of some so-called “fans” during this tournament, towards both Ryan and other fans, have been completely inappropriate. Once again: you do not need to post every single last thought that comes into your head on the Internet for all to see.


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Correct response: Who is William Faulkner?


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The passage comes from William Faulkner’s late-1940s work Intruder in the Dust, which details a murder of a white man (and the wealthy African-American farmer accused of the murder). Many of the race relations issues brought forth in the book have still not been resolved in 2021; judging by what I have read about this book online, it seems to be a book that a number of people need to read.

In 1949, Clarence Brown adapted the book into a film, a film reviewed by Ralph Ellison as “the only film that could be shown in Harlem without arousing unintended laughter, for it is the only one of the four [major 1949 films that were set in Jim Crow America—Pinky, Home of the Brave, and Lost Boundaries were the other three] in which Negroes can make complete identification with their screen image.”


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

Scores going into Final:
Veronica $16,000
Ryan $13,600
Kevin $3,000


Tonight’s results:
Kevin $3,000 – $3,000 = $0 (Who is Baldwin?)
Ryan $13,600 + $2,402 = $16,002 (Who is Faulkner?)
Veronica $16,000 + $15,400 = $31,400 (Who is Faulkner?) (Finalist)


Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 7, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ryan $7,400
Veronica $2,600
Kevin -$1,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) CAPITAL HILLS $1000 (clue #17)
Ryan 2000 +2000 (Veronica 2200 Kevin -1200)
2) THE FINEST OF FINE ARTS $1200 (clue #2)
Veronica 4200 +4200 (Ryan 7400 Kevin -1400)
3) MEDICAL MILESTONES $1200 (clue #11, $19200 left on board)
Ryan 11000 -5000 (Veronica 11600 Kevin -200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 155


Game Stats:
Veronica $13,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Ryan $17,600 Coryat, 25 correct, 2 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Kevin $3,000 Coryat, 7 correct, 5 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $33,600
Lach Trash: $13,400 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,000

Ryan Bilger, career statistics:
175 correct, 13 incorrect
6/10 on rebound attempts (on 26 rebound opportunities)
40.71% in first on buzzer (160/393)
10/11 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $42,600)
6/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,600

Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, career statistics:
137 correct, 15 incorrect
8/12 on rebound attempts (on 36 rebound opportunities)
32.31% in first on buzzer (126/390)
5/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,200)
5/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,914

Kevin Walsh, career statistics:
159 correct, 27 incorrect
5/8 on rebound attempts (on 29 rebound opportunities)
36.38% in first on buzzer (163/448)
6/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $13,400)
3/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,650

Andy’s Thoughts

  • This was a game with multiple turning points. Clue #16 of the Jeopardy! round was the first, when Veronica said “Palantine” and not “Palatine” for the Roman hill. The other two were the two Daily Doubles in Double Jeopardy!
  • Remember the following two considerations as well: firstly, Veronica is a librarian; secondly, the highest semifinal total gets to pick first in both games of the final. That certainly explains Veronica’s Final Jeopardy! bet.

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1 Comment on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, September 7, 2021"

  1. I guessed Richard Wright (“Native Son”).

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