Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, October 5, 2021


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Popular Phrases) for Tuesday, October 5, 2021 (Season 38, Game 17):

This phrase relating nutrition & health was popularized by fruit scientist J.T. Stinson at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Anthony Christopher-Smith, a social worker from Newark, New Jersey
Anthony Christopher-Smith on Jeopardy!
Angie Vroom Givant, a writer from La Crescenta, California
Angie Vroom Givant on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (34-day total: $1,350,801)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Matt had one of his strongest performances of his entire run yesterday and his highest single-game total, picking up a staggering $83,000. Tuesday’s been a strong day for Matt historically; we may well see more fireworks today. On the flip side, Matt is always in jeopardy of being defeated. Will today be the day Matt catches an unlucky break?


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Correct response: What is “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”?


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The phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” was adapted from a Welsh proverb from the mid-1860s: “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread”. In the early 1900s, the apple, needing a new method of consumption after the burgeoning temperance movement threatened its use as the main ingredient of alcoholic cider, got new life after “an apple a day…” was popularized; fruit being marketed as a healthy eating choice led to apples remaining an American staple. Stinson was director of the Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station when he gave the address at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.


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

Scores going into Final:
Matt $39,000
Anthony $11,200
Angie $2,400


Tonight’s results:
Angie $2,400 + $2,400 = $4,800 (What is an apple a day keeps the doctor away?)
Anthony $11,200 + $6,000 = $17,200 (What is an apple a day keeps the doctor away?)
Matt $39,000 + $11,000 = $50,000 (What is an apple a day keeps the doctor away?) (35-day total: $1,400,801)


Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 5, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $12,600
Anthony $5,200
Angie $600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) IT’S A PROCESS $600 (clue #5)
Anthony 1800 +1400 (Matt 2000 Angie 0)
2) THAT’S GRAND! $1600 (clue #5)
Angie 2200 +2200 (Matt 17400 Anthony 5200)
3) HERE COMES THE SONNET $800 (clue #15, $12400 left on board)
Matt 24600 +10000 (Angie 2800 Anthony 9600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 218


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 $29,800 Coryat, 35 correct, 2 incorrect, 59.65% in first on buzzer (34/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Anthony $10,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Angie $1,800 Coryat, 6 correct, 5 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,000
Lach Trash: $5,600 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,400

Matt Amodio, career statistics:
1162 correct, 107 incorrect
54/62 on rebound attempts (on 120 rebound opportunities)
55.17% in first on buzzer (1093/1981)
68/78 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $278,200)
27/35 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $27,726

Angie Vroom Givant, career statistics:
7 correct, 5 incorrect
0/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,200)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $1,800

Anthony Christopher-Smith, career statistics:
16 correct, 2 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,400)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,400

Matt Amodio, to win:
36 games: 94.660%
37: 88.416%
38: 82.755%
39: 77.715%
40: 73.271%
Avg. streak: 50.807 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $50,000 is tied for the 53rd-best one-day total of all time on the show.
  • Not that it ended up mattering, but I was disappointed by Anthony not making his first Daily Double a True Daily Double. Leaving money on the table is not how you beat Matt.

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, October 5, 2021"

  1. Again, I question the word use in this clue. The question/answer is a sentence/statement, not a phrase, per se.

  2. There have been enough clues this season with pretty reasonable alternate answers that it can’t be a coincidence. Today, “you are what you eat” would be hard to rule out, if not for the word “fruit” in the clue.

    • This was my guess. Very much a puzzle FJ rather than true trivia, but the clue was there… if you could find it and write the whole answer out in time.

    • Ronnie Gambardella | October 5, 2021 at 7:26 pm | Reply

      If the same fruit scientist mentioned in the clue A) also popularized the phrase ” you are what you eat” and B) did so at the 1904 Worlds Fair in St Louis a good case could be made to accept it.

  3. That’s a lot to write if you don’t think of it right away. I wonder if they’d accept “an apple a day…”?

  4. This is a pretty common phrase used daily since Apple is very useful for the body if you want to avoid constant check ups in the doctors office. No coincidence here but Anthony should have made a true daily double bet if he wanted to defeat Matt but it never happened. But well played by everyone.

  5. Debbie Stover | October 5, 2021 at 6:33 pm | Reply

    I absolutely love Matt, but in any other universe I would’ve given a lot to see Anthony win.

  6. How do you know the daily results so early in each day? Jeopardy is on tv here in Florida @ 7:30 pm.
    Posting results so early might ruin the suspense for viewers.

    • It airs as early as noon ET in some markets.

      The results are also buried deep in a page. You have to really be sure you want the information to get it.

      Also note that many viewers don’t like having result anxiety and like to know the result before they watch.

  7. Given just about any other recent Jeopardy champion, I think Anthony would have won. He was the real deal.

    • One of the big keys to winning against a multiple time champion is beating them on the buzzer. At the start, it looked like Anthony might be able to do that, but Matt’s just too good at ringing in first. It must be kind of frustrating to somebody who knows the correct response to clue after clue, but just can’t win on the buzzer timing.

      • Richard Rolwing | October 5, 2021 at 9:21 pm | Reply

        Don’t remember any two players openly showing such frustration at getting bested when ringing in…

        • There was a kids tournament a few years back where the thing I remember most is the reaction of one of the kids in the finals. He was from Tennessee or Kentucky I think, and every time he pressed the buzzer and it didn’t ring in (maybe he was too early) his whole body would sag and he had a dejected look on his face. It happened time and time again. I felt sorry for him.

  8. I noticed tonight that Wheel of Fortune doesn’t show the name of the executive producer in the credits. It was shown all last week. It still shows in the Jeopardy credits.

  9. Michael Falkner | October 5, 2021 at 10:46 pm | Reply

    For the first time, Andy’s algorithm, based on Matt’s current average, has Matt winning at least two million dollars.

    • What’s more Matt’s chance to reach 75 wins at Andy’s current 94.66 percent per game I calculate about 11 percent, an improvement on the 1.6 percent he posted several games ago.

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