Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, September 9, 2021


It’s Thursday, and it’s Day 1 of the Final of the 29th Tournament of Champions! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Music & Geography) for Thursday, September 9, 2021 (Season 37, Game 174):

In a British folk tune, the title lass Maggie May is sentenced to go way down south to this penal colony that rhymes with her name

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Sam Kavanaugh, a teacher originally from Carlton, Minnesota
Sam Kavanaugh on Jeopardy!
Jennifer Quail, a wine tasting consultant from Dowagiac, Michigan
Jennifer Quail on Jeopardy!
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, a librarian from Portland, Oregon
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan 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 first day of the final of the 2021 Tournament of Champions that originally aired on May 27, 2021.


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Correct response: What is Botany Bay?


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Botany Bay is the location where James Cook first landed the HMS Endeavour in Australia. Currently located near Sydney, the Sydney area became a British penal colony; regardless of whether the colony was located at Botany Bay itself or the nearby Sydney Cove, “Botany Bay” became the British colloquial term for the entire area.

Now, I was only partly adjacent to the TikTok sea shanty craze; did Maggie May show up as part of that?

Finally: I absolutely hate this clue. Botany Bay only shows up in alternate lyrics of the song, and certainly not the Beatles version of this tune. I think that the clue was too flimsy because “Botany Bay” doesn’t show up in every version of the song and is inappropriate for any level of the show, let alone a Tournament of Champions final.


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

Scores going into Final:
Sam $24,000
Jennifer $11,000
Veronica $8,200


Tonight’s results:
Veronica $8,200 – $1,800 = $6,400 (What is Doubleday?)
Jennifer $11,000 + $3,500 = $14,500 (What is Botany Botany Bay?)
Sam $24,000 + $14,000 = $38,000 (What is Botany Bay?)


Today's final Jeopardy! scores from the September 9, 2021 game.


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Sam $7,600
Veronica $5,000
Jennifer $1,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) SHAKESPEAREAN CHARACTER FOOTBALL TEAM $1000 (clue #18)
Sam 3400 +3400 (Veronica 4000 Jennifer -600)
2) HISTORY $800 (clue #11)
Jennifer 4400 +4400 (Veronica 5000 Sam 15600)
3) LAW SLAW $2000 (clue #12, $18000 left on board)
Jennifer 8800 -3000 (Veronica 5000 Sam 15600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 166


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 188 (1.08 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Sam $21,600 Coryat, 23 correct, 2 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Jennifer $10,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 5 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Veronica $8,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 0 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,200
Lach Trash: $6,200 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,600

Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, career statistics:
149 correct, 16 incorrect
10/14 on rebound attempts (on 41 rebound opportunities)
30.43% in first on buzzer (136/447)
5/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,200)
5/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,075

Jennifer Quail, career statistics:
317 correct, 35 incorrect
19/24 on rebound attempts (on 51 rebound opportunities)
44.08% in first on buzzer (298/676)
17/18 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $33,500)
11/12 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,717

Sam Kavanaugh, career statistics:
186 correct, 16 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 29 rebound opportunities)
34.32% in first on buzzer (174/507)
13/14 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $74,200)
7/9 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,933

Andy’s Thoughts

  • Sam’s “effective lead” is $11,750 over Jennifer and $15,800 over Veronica (as tomorrow’s scores can be doubled in Final Jeopardy!)

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4 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, September 9, 2021"

  1. I have to buzz in with, “Who is Buzzy Cohen as a great choice to take Jeopardy! into the next season and beyond.”

    • Everyone has their favorite for permanent host, but Buzzy is probably on most top 5 lists and just as importantly, on few if any lists of hosts they would not want! So if Buzzy’s chosen after the process plays out, it’s one virtually everyone could happily live with!

  2. I love it how he told the contestants how he finished Day 1 with $0 and still won. I like a host who can encourage the contestants.

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