Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, October 1, 2021


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American History) for Friday, October 1, 2021 (Season 38, Game 15):

The April 26, 1906 edition of The Call, a newspaper in this city, reported on the heroic death of hoseman James O’Neil

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Samantha Wells, a graduate student from Urbana, Illinois
Samantha Wells on Jeopardy!
Thomas Dai, a Ph.D student from Cambridge, Massachusetts
Thomas Dai on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (32-day total: $1,212,401)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Matt Amodio could become only the 2nd person in Jeopardy! history today to win at least 33 regular season games. Ken Jennings won 74 in 2004; James Holzhauer lost going for #33 in 2019. Will Matt surpass James today? Not if Thomas or Samantha have anything to say about it. Interestingly, Mondays and Fridays have generally been Matt’s weakest days—it takes time to find buzzer timing at the start of the week, and he gets tired by the end of the week.


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Correct response: What is San Francisco?


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In April 1906, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck the city of San Francisco; the earthquake and the resulting fires levelled most of the city. According to The Call, O’Neil’s “body was found beneath the ruins of the engine house at the corner of Howard and Third streets.”


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

Scores going into Final:
Matt $35,400
Samantha $5,200
Thomas $2,200


Tonight’s results:
Thomas $2,200 – $2,199 = $1 (What is Pittsburgh?)
Samantha $5,200 – $500 = $4,700 (What is Boston?)
Matt $35,400 + $20,000 = $55,400 (What is San Francisco?) (33-day total: $1,267,801)


Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 1, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $10,400
Thomas $2,600
Samantha $2,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) 1871–150 YEARS AGO $1000 (clue #1)
Matt 0 +1000 (Thomas 0 Samantha 0)
2) THAT’S A BIG BOOK $800 (clue #11)
Matt 23600 +6000 (Thomas 4200 Samantha 2000)
3) NAME CALLING $1600 (clue #15, $16800 left on board)
Matt 30800 -5000 (Thomas 4200 Samantha 2800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 109


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 $35,200 Coryat, 41 correct, 3 incorrect, 70.18% in first on buzzer (40/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Samantha $5,200 Coryat, 6 correct, 0 incorrect, 8.77% in first on buzzer (5/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Thomas $2,200 Coryat, 6 correct, 3 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,600
Lach Trash: $6,600 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,800

Matt Amodio, career statistics:
1083 correct, 103 incorrect
50/57 on rebound attempts (on 113 rebound opportunities)
54.63% in first on buzzer (1020/1867)
65/75 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $256,600)
25/33 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $27,376

Thomas Dai, career statistics:
6 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $2,200

Samantha Wells, career statistics:
6 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
8.77% in first on buzzer (5/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,200

Matt Amodio, to win:
34 games: 92.484%
35: 86.258%
36: 81.652%
37: 76.266%
38: 71.383%
Avg. streak: 47.043 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • 33 games is the second-longest win streak of all time on Jeopardy!
  • $55,400 is the 35th-highest one-day total of all time on Jeopardy!
  • $35,200 is the 21st-highest Coryat score of all time.

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29 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, October 1, 2021"

  1. They announced on GMA today that Matt Amodio will appear live on their show Monday morning. Should we read anything into this?

    • I think Jeopardy is getting better at realizing how the fans read into things. So, no, I don’t think we should read into anything.

      • I hope they also realize that this applies to the clothing of contestants when being featured on the website.

      • Marty Cunningham | October 1, 2021 at 4:13 pm | Reply

        I think the only thing it may mean is that they are acknowledging that he surpassed James in games won, with today’s win, which is newsworthy, especially since James is part of ABC, being on The Chase now, and that he and Matt commented about each other this past week. And maybe they will also have James or even Ken on the GMA segment. Yes, Matt is still third in earnings behind Ken and James, but he is number 2 and only chasing Ken now for games won, and that could get interesting if Matt is still playing when Ken takes over as guest host in November. And, at his current rate, he could pass James and Ken in winnings before he passes Ken on games won.
        But this is the good kind of suspense that we want to see the show generating.

      • What I’d read into it is that if Matt was on GMA this morning, I believe that means he has lost but that that episode has yet to air (Jeopardy! is recorded about 3 months prior to airing).

    • I don’t think anything is worth reading into. Just enjoy the ride!

    • One of two things can be read into that. One, he beats James record of 32 wins, or two, he doesn’t.

  2. if their minds work like mine, when you think historical events in 1906, you think San Francisco earthquake and fire.

  3. Immediately thought San Francisco.

    The battle of the best and brightest students, including another PHD candidate!

    • PhD from Harvard (or MIT) vs PhD from Yale should be an interesting matchup. Of course degrees don’t make a difference when it is really all about one’s general trivia knowledge, speed to the buzzer, board strategy, and double jeopardy betting strategy. If you have mastery of those skills, then you can have a high school education and still do well on Jeopardy.

  4. I don’t know, Andy. I know that’s been true in the past, but as I’ve watched Matt this week, to me it looks like he’s gone into overdrive. I know this was a three-day taping week, which should’ve been exhausting, but he looks like he’s getting stronger.

    Sure hope I’m not wrong about this.

  5. Not really thinking about the date my first thought was Chicago but then immediately remembered 1906 was the SF earthquake so got it in time yay hehe.

  6. He surpassed James Holzhauer for the second-longest winning streak. He beat John Carpenter in terms of Top 10 of American game show winnings records. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_game_show_winnings_records

  7. Yeah! So happy for Matt. His strongest two weeks of the run have been in the last three weeks. The week with Mike Richards his total was $251,000, and this weeks total was $263,800.

  8. Andy, thank you for this site as watching w/o knowing the winner is too stressful for me. I breathed a huge sigh of relieve seeing today’s results. I want Matt to keep winning forever. As for FJ, Chicago was a no-brainer for me. (Pun intended with the “no-brain” thing.) So I was a few years off …

  9. Was almost sure Matt would win, seems Fridays might no longer be a statistical disadvantage for him.

    If he had gotten the final DD his Coryat I believe would have been $38,400 (3rd all-time) and potentially finished with $75,000, tied for 2nd highest with Ken among non-James wins.

    Continue to be delighted with his ongoing success!

  10. Hooray for Matt! He is a joy to watch and I am thrilled for his success. I always check the daily results early since my blood pressure can’t stand the stress of waiting until showtime. Jeopardy! is the bright spot in this crazy world these days.

  11. San Francisco came to me because of the 1906 earthquake there. This was a no brainer. Also Congrats to matt on his win today and still his success today will mean he might have a shot at going after ken’s streak now. Although its a shame matt didn’t get the final daily double his average games are at 50K so far. I hope he gets to the 70K range next week

  12. Congratulations, Matt! Well done, sir!

  13. Very excited to see Matt win today! We all gasped when he got the first DD on the first clue just as James had done in his 33rd game. Might have even been in the same position on the board. Glad to see he still had a strong game!

  14. Just noticed that Matt today surpassed the halfway mark to being the all time regular winnings champ (Ken $2,520,700, Matt $1,267,801), which would take 66 games; surpassing James would take a game or two less. Of course, more easily said than done!

    If Matt can win all next week, he will be halfway to Ken’s 74 wins on Thursday and surpass halfway Friday. Would be great!

    Besides playing before six hosts, winning Friday would mean his second executive producer the following week. What a pleasant person and consummate player to help Jeopardy! successfully transition through a chaotic time!

  15. Did anyone happen to notice that Matt answered the incorrect answer in the category of Bands? Brenda Carlisle was part of THE Go-Go’s…he answered “WHATS Go-Go’s” making it an incorrect answer.

    • Cathy:

      You’ve misunderstood the rules of the show. As per the rules of the show (and all contestants are specifically briefed on this point): Removing a leading article from a response (i.e. a “the”) does not make the response incorrect. “Go-Gos” and “The Go-Gos” are considered the same.

    • Cathy, concerning The Go Go’s her name is BELINDA Carlisle.

  16. Ginny McShane | October 1, 2021 at 8:27 pm | Reply

    Congratulations Matt. You truly are “A Gentleman and a Scholar”!

  17. I like coming here to read the FJ answer and try to noodle out the question before the show airs. And I know that the clue writers like to hide a hint in the answers. But it is hard to figure which is a hint and which isn’t. So tonight which was the hint? 1906? The Call? Heroic Horseman? I was thinking Boston for one of the 1776 Paul Revere horsemen compatriots. But too long ago. Then I was thinking Gettysburg for some calvary charge. But no. Then I thought of the San Francisco earthquake and decided that was the correct answer. Maybe this guy rode a horse to rescue people in the earthquake. So San Francisco. It wasn’t until the host read the clue did I realize it was Hoseman not Horseman! Duh! That would have made it much easier knowing that it was about a fire. But who knows – I might have thought Chicago fire then.

  18. And easier if you happened to know there was a newspaper named the San Francisco Call.

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