Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Historic Calendars) for Wednesday, October 6, 2021 (Season 38, Game 18):

Following Messidor, this summer month in the 18th-century French Revolutionary calendar had a name meaning “heat gift”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Casey Brown, a marketing manager from Long Beach, California
Casey Brown on Jeopardy!
David Garcia, an IT communications strategy team lead from Troy, Michigan
David Garcia on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (35-day total: $1,400,801)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Thermidor?

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In 1793, during the French Revolution, as part of the overall decimalization of the country, saw the calendar separated into 12 30-day months and five or six extra days, and each month separated into 3 10-day weeks. The 12 months were Vendémiaire, Brumaire, Frimaire, Nivôse, Pluviôse, Ventôse, Germinal, Floréal, Prairial, Messidor, Thermidor, and Fructidor. The “new year” was considered to be the autumnal equinox.

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

Scores going into Final:
Matt $38,600
Casey $7,200
David $3,000

Tonight’s results:
David $3,000 – $0 = $3,000 (What is ??)
Casey $7,200 – $1,000 = $6,200 (What is August?)
Matt $38,600 – $22,000 = $16,600 (What is August?) (36-day total: $1,417,401)

Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 6, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $9,800
David $3,000
Casey $2,000


Opening break taken after: 16 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) 1800s U.S. HISTORY $1000 (clue #1)
Matt 0 +1000 (David 0 Casey 0)
2) BY A ONE-NAMED WRITER $800 (clue #4)
Casey 3200 +3200 (Matt 13000 David 3000)
3) PENINSULAS $2000 (clue #7, $26400 left on board)
Matt 15400 +6000 (David 3000 Casey 6400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 239

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 $34,600 Coryat, 41 correct, 4 incorrect, 75.44% in first on buzzer (43/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Casey $4,800 Coryat, 7 correct, 0 incorrect, 10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
David $3,000 Coryat, 6 correct, 0 incorrect, 8.77% in first on buzzer (5/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,400
Lach Trash: $7,800 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,800

Matt Amodio, career statistics:
1203 correct, 112 incorrect
54/62 on rebound attempts (on 120 rebound opportunities)
55.74% in first on buzzer (1136/2038)
70/80 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $285,200)
27/36 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $27,917

David Garcia, career statistics:
6 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
8.77% in first on buzzer (5/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,000

Casey Brown, career statistics:
7 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,200)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,800

Matt Amodio, to win:
37 games: 93.404%
38: 87.423%
39: 82.099%
40: 77.405%
41: 73.955%
Avg. streak: 50.973 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $34,600 is the 24th-best Coryat score of all time on the show.

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23 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, October 6, 2021"

  1. I’ll be impressed if anyone, including Matt, gets this right. I had Lobster Thermidor once in Quebec. It contained cheese, which has no business in a seafood dish.

    • A couple of unrelated points:
      – Thermidor is probably the most famous month from this calendar; I think at least Matt will put it down, at least from a “what else could it be?” perspective.
      – The recipe for lobster thermidor specifically calls for a cheese topping.

  2. Heat will lead one to say “thermidor” and this is an unmissable clue if one heard of the term at some point. I’d be shocked if a player of Matt’s caliber misses it.

  3. The French Revolutionary calendar is one of those obscure subjects that I studied for my own appearance on the show. I’ll be happy for anyone who gets this.

  4. I’m going to mark this clue as confusing because it doesn’t specifically ask you to state the month in French. I wouldn’t doubt someone wrote July or August.

    • So I was right. The clue made it seem as if you had to choose a specific Gregorian calendar month. Matt should have been up 60K today. I call foul on this FJ!

      • C’est ridicule! Matt getting a FJ! wrong is not confirmation that there was something wrong with the clue. It couldn’t have been more clear..they were looking for the month following Messidor…AND they gave the English translation of the response they were looking for! July or August certainly didn’t fit.

  5. This is one of the most arcane Final Jeopardy clues ever. For those that got it, good for you.

  6. I got Thermidoor as well since french was something I studied back in middle school. But still I would hope Matt had gotten this one.

  7. Debbie Stover | October 6, 2021 at 1:55 pm |

    A Mike Richards parting gift?

    Acroamatic to the extreme.

  8. Not surprised no one got it, I had no clue and would have guessed July or August. Unless one studied French or French culture, it does seem arcane.

    Matt’s 75 percent in first probably is his best to date, with 40 or more correct 3 of the last 4 games. He’s really getting the buzzer mojo down!

  9. I love how the picture after he won shows him not looking particularly happy because of the crappiness of the clue. I’m sure his competitors would have loved to have won $16K.

  10. Matt won 18 games Season 37 & now has won 18 in Season 38. How do they compare?

    WINNINGS: 1st 18 $575,801 2nd 18 $842,800

    RIGHT/WRONG: 1st 576R – 64W 2nd 627R – 48W

    AVG CORYAT: 1st $26,232 2nd $29,612

    FJ: 1st 12 of 18 2nd 15 of 18

    REBOUNDS 27 of 31 for both

    BUZZER:1st 54.35 (550 of 1012) 2nd 57.11 (586 of 1026)

    DAILY DOUBLES, 35 of 40 both; 1st net $122,000 2nd net $163,200

  11. I hope Matt ontinues to win so that he can play when Ken Jennings hosts again.

    Too bad Matt won’t play against Ken in a tournament but I don’t think Ken is eligible to play future Jeopardy tournaments because he has served as host. I remember reading that Buzzy is ineligible for that reason so it must apply to Ken, too.

    • Maybe GOAT tournament 2.0 can have Matt, James, and Brad with Ken as the host. I’d watch that.

  12. Chris Smith | October 6, 2021 at 6:08 pm |

    Although I did not know the answer to FJ, I thought it was clear that the answer had to be the French name of the month due to the reference of “Messidor” in the clue. I also noticed Matt’s lack of his usual smile at the end of the show. Maybe it was not that he was unhappy with the clue but rather that he was unhappy with his wager and wrong answer. (He doesn’t always get the FJ answer correct.)

  13. Myron Rushetzky | October 6, 2021 at 7:39 pm |

    Was Mayim a little too fast in accepting Matt’s response “What is Adams?” for the very last clue of the Jeopardy round?  ($200 clue in 1800s U.S. History)      There is more than one president named Adams. Shouldn’t Matt have been asked to be more specific?

  14. Gregory Bader | October 6, 2021 at 9:38 pm |

    To me, knowing just a bit about the French Revolution, I thought this answer was one of the easiest I’ve ever seen on Final Jeopardy. Really surprised nobody got it. And no, the answer was not confusing if you read it carefully. But, c’est la vie.

  15. A bit bonkers to consider that even if Casey had found the second DD immediately after the first and doubled up again, she still wouldn’t have had enough to catch Matt. Assuming everything else played out as it did, of course.

    • Frank Borland | October 7, 2021 at 12:18 am |

      Unfortunately, even if she was able to be catch up to Matt’s total by 50%, she was wrong with FJ and wouldn’t have won. It would have been more exciting to see if he would lose, I will admit, but nonetheless, that didn’t happen.

  16. Richard Rolwing | October 7, 2021 at 12:14 am |

    I looked at the FJ clue ahead of time here on JF as is my wont now and then and didn’t have the slightest idea–for some reason (something akin to indifference regarding the subject matter I guess) I didn’t immediately scroll down for the correct answer…I then decided to watch the show that evening and a second or two after they revealed the FJ “answer” (specifically “Messidor” staring at me) Thermidor popped into my head…I didn’t even know specifically it referred to the name of a month…)

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