Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, October 4, 2021


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Renaissance Men) for Monday, October 4, 2021 (Season 38, Game 16):

10 years before a more famous work, he wrote in 1503 that the way to deal with rebels is to placate them or eliminate them

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Mike Howard, a retired ironworker & writer from Peculiar, Missouri
Mike Howard on Jeopardy!
Elizabeth Mitchell, a student & part-time engagement specialist from Rosemead, California
Elizabeth Mitchell on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (33-day total: $1,267,801)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Now that Matt is chasing Ken Jennings’ 74 wins (having passed James Holzhauer’s 32 on Friday), a lot of people are starting to wonder when (or even if) Matt will lose. On Jeopardy!, everybody loses eventually, it’s just a matter of when. When you reach a certain skill level (the skill level that players like Ken, Matt, or James are at), it’s really just a matter of when you catch the unlucky break. James happened to catch his unlucky break in his 33rd game. We don’t know yet when that will happen for Matt, but it will happen. I still think it is most likely to happen on a Monday (before he’s picked up his timing again) or a Friday (as he tires), but it could happen any day.


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Correct response: Who is Niccolò Machiavelli?


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Niccolò Machiavelli is an Italian diplomat and philosopher best known today for his 1513 work The Prince (Il Principe) which provides a controversial justification for using violence in state-building, becoming well-known for the saying “the ends justify the means” (namely, if the end result is seen as beneficial, the methods used to reach those ends should be seen as acceptable.) The adjective “Machiavellian” was coined to describe such a ruler.

The 1503 Macchiavelli work referred to in the clue was titled On the Method of Dealing with the Rebellious Peoples of Valdichiana.


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

Scores going into Final:
Matt $46,000
Mike $4,200
Elizabeth $2,200


Tonight’s results:
Elizabeth $2,200 – $2,000 = $200 (Who is Voltaire?)
Mike $4,200 + $201 = $4,401 (Who is Machiovelli)
Matt $46,000 + $37,000 = $83,000 (Who is Machiavelli?) (34-day total: $1,350,801)


Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 4, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $18,600
Elizabeth $600
Mike -$1,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) IF AT “FIRST” $800 (clue #9)
Matt 6600 +6600 (Elizabeth -1000 Mike -1000)
2) RIVERS OF ASIA $1600 (clue #2)
Mike 1000 +2000 (Matt 18600 Elizabeth 600)
3) MEDICAL TERMS $2000 (clue #9, $23200 left on board)
Matt 24600 +5000 (Elizabeth 600 Mike 4200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 220


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 $37,200 Coryat, 42 correct, 2 incorrect, 68.42% in first on buzzer (39/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Mike $3,800 Coryat, 6 correct, 2 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Elizabeth $2,200 Coryat, 7 correct, 2 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,200
Lach Trash: $4,000 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,800

Matt Amodio, career statistics:
1126 correct, 105 incorrect
52/60 on rebound attempts (on 117 rebound opportunities)
55.04% in first on buzzer (1059/1924)
67/77 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $268,200)
26/34 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $27,665

Elizabeth Mitchell, career statistics:
7 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $2,200

Mike Howard, career statistics:
7 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,800

Matt Amodio, to win:
35 games: 93.268%
36: 88.287%
37: 82.464%
38: 77.184%
39: 72.483%
Avg. streak: 48.483 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $83,000 is the 13th-highest one-day total of all time and the highest total of anyone not named James Holzhauer.
  • $37,200 is tied for the 8th-highest Coryat score of all time.

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25 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, October 4, 2021"

  1. If having to play for 6 different hosts hasn’t messed up Matt’s timing, I don’t think anything will. No contestant on any game show that’s had a long run as champion has ever gone through anything like that before. What Matt has done, and is still doing, is nothing short of historic!

  2. Matt Amodio says he’s on GMA today. Shouldn’t he be in CA winning Jeopardy episodes? It would appear Matt is not in CA anymore which implies he has lost at some point.

    • Contestants are only in CA when they need to be; otherwise contestants travel back and forth. It’s also very probable that the show is also focusing this week on getting as many taped episodes edited as possible before a potential IATSE strike (if that happens, all production and post-production stops immediately on the show.)

      • I seriously doubt Matt is still in production with jeopardy. With his rising fame, I think it would be pretty difficult for Matt to make runs to CT to CA now without attracting a lot of attention. (Unless Matt is taking a private jet or has hired his own security detail.)

        • I don’t want to call anyone out, but these kinds of observations feel like such a bummer to me. Yeah, Matt’s probably already lost, and yeah, there are probably ways you can slice and dice his online comments or the show’s behaviour or what-have-you to feel more confident in that assessment, but why not just enjoy the ride?

        • I would imagine that the Jeopardy producers probably gave him some guidance on going through airports. 1. Take night flights (fewer people at the airports 2. Wear a baseball cap. Plus wearing a mask on the plane and the airport. If his curly hair is covered and 80% of his face is obscured by a mask, he can go between JFK or Bradley Airports undetected.

    • Marty Cunningham | October 4, 2021 at 2:15 pm | Reply

      Shows have usually been taped on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so Matt would have time to be in New York over the weekend and do GMA this morning then fly out to L.A. later today, if he still needed to. Plus, he would be at home in Connecticut, so the first part of that trip would be easier for him, than say, flying up from Atlanta, then to LA.

      • Debbie Stover | October 4, 2021 at 6:44 pm | Reply

        Or, he could break Ken’s record.

        By the way, he’s mentioned more than once that he’s been staying in Medina, Ohio, not New Haven, during the pandemic. So presumably he’s been flying out of Cleveland, not from the east coast.

  3. The non-James “record”! Wow! I bet Matt gets a nice shout-out from Roger tonight.

  4. I am enjoyiong Matt’s run every night. It will end at some point so I just enjoy his intelligence and humbleness each show.

  5. A big payday today which passed Roger craig’s one day record. I enjoy watching Matt having so much intelligence and knowledge so far. Machiavelli reminded me of prince machiavelli in the game prince of persia and the sequels. That name sounded so familiar to me today.

  6. Thomas Hoisington | October 4, 2021 at 1:43 pm | Reply

    It seems like just yesterday that Matt crossed the One Million mark, and now he’s nearing 1.5 million. I used to think it a long shot that he’d ever match the regular season totals of Ken and James, but now it looks within range!

  7. Matt W., I remember getting that from my parents last Thursday when they have had enough of me wanting Matt Amodio to lose, so that I can do a made up tournament that I’ve been wanting to do ever since he won his 3rd Game & over $100,000 on that day.

    • I can definitely understand getting tired of a contestant and wanting to see some new players win, but Matt actually has a non-zero chance of breaking the most untouchable record in modern game show history. I don’t know how that doesn’t excite even the most curmudgeonly Jeopardy fan!

      • Debbie Stover | October 4, 2021 at 6:47 pm | Reply

        Completely agree, Matt W. (What I don’t understand, at all, is people who want Matt to lose. Would these same people have rooted for Joe DiMaggio not to get a hit?)

        • I’m almost sure Ken would be so thrilled if Matt was still playing when he hosts with a chance to break his record.

  8. And an E-ticket ride it is.

  9. Was Machi-O-velli considered problematic?
    Berry/Barry/Bury?

  10. Finally Matt’s big FJ payoff after losing FJ wagers of $37K and $34k! Don’t know or care if he’s lost already, but enjoying the ride! On the extremely optimistic side Matt’s now over a third of the way to 100 wins and $3 million!

    His recent Newsweek interview gave his ultimate goal as winning $1 more than Ken. Is that too conservative? We’ll find out soon enough!

    • Correction:Matt’s now more than a third of the way to 100 wins and 4 million! If he “just” does 3/4th that good he’ll get 75 wins and 3 million!

  11. From the Chasing Ken post with the statistics against Ken and Matt, shows how good James Holzhauer was. In the 33 games comparison the most correct answers but really impressive how few wrong answers he gave.

  12. There should be a special tournament. For one week. 9 of the contestants who lost to Matt should play. They deserve a second chance because some of them could’ve been Jeopardy champions if they didn’t have to facebMatt.

    • I feel bad for the talented contestants who end up playing against Matt, Ken and James. In the James-Emma game the third contestant was very good but had the misfortune of playing two very strong players.

  13. Awful final jeopardy. Literally every part of the clue could only have referred to one man.

  14. Brad (not Rutter) | October 4, 2021 at 8:39 pm | Reply

    Couldn’t watch today. Looks like I missed a special performance. Easy to get cocky now, but remember, the next Emma could be lurking around the corner.

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