Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Southern Hemisphere) for Friday, October 8, 2021 (Season 38, Game 20):
British zoologist George Shaw looked for stitches when he first saw this mammal in 1799, thinking he was being tricked
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Max Godnick, a producer originally from New York, New York
|Claire Lyon, an engineer originally from Ashland, Kentucky
|Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (37-day total: $1,467,801)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Today is the final era of the Mike Richards era of Jeopardy!; he was fired as Executive Producer a few days after the taping of this episode. After yesterday’s judging debacle in Final Jeopardy—the judges accepted “triathalon” in 1999 and “pentathalon” in 2013—I’m glad to see this era end. In better news, Matt Amodio picked up win #37 yesterday, bringing him to exactly half of Ken Jennings’ record of 74 wins. Moreover, we’re also in the midst of an incredibly long streak of episodes where we haven’t seen any clues left on the board, with yesterday being the 21st consecutive game where we’ve seen every clue. We haven’t seen a streak this long in regular play since there were 40 straight games between May 31 and September 6 of 2002.
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Correct response: What is the platypus?
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Thinking that someone might have been trying to trick him with a creature put together like Frankenstein’s monster, George Shaw was very befuddled by the platypus with its combination of avian, reptilian, and mammalian features. Shaw described it as “of all the Mammalia yet known it seems the most extra-ordinary in its conformation; exhibiting the perfect resemblance of the beak of a Duck engrafted on the head of a quadruped.”
Interestingly, researchers in January presented the platypus’ genome in Nature along with its fellow monotreme, the echidna.
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Claire $5,600 + $1,691 = $7,291 (What is platypus?)
Max $7,600 – $3,601 = $3,999 (What is a zebra?)
Matt $43,800 + $7,000 = $50,800 (What is duckbill platypus?) (38-day total: $1,518,601)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) OCTOBER $1000 (clue #3)
Matt 2000 +2000 (Claire -1000 Max 0)
2) NOT YOUR AVERAGE GEMSTONE! $1200 (clue #4)
Matt 18600 +6000 (Claire 0 Max 3600)
3) I’D LIKE A WORD WITH “U” $2000 (clue #11, $19200 left on board)
Matt 31800 +2000 (Claire 0 Max 5600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 139
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
Matt $38,000 Coryat, 40 correct, 0 incorrect, 63.16% in first on buzzer (36/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Claire $5,600 Coryat, 7 correct, 2 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Max $7,600 Coryat, 11 correct, 0 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $51,200
Lach Trash: $1,000 (on 2 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $1,800
Matt Amodio, career statistics:
1282 correct, 116 incorrect
55/63 on rebound attempts (on 124 rebound opportunities)
56.23% in first on buzzer (1210/2152)
76/86 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $304,200)
29/38 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $28,368
Claire Lyon, career statistics:
8 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,600
Max Godnick, career statistics:
11 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,600
Matt Amodio, to win:
39 games: 93.910%
Avg. streak: 54.420 games.
- Considering that Max was granted a correct response today for a response that appeared to be pronounced “triathalon”, my point regarding yesterday’s Final Jeopardy! stands.
- $50,800 is tied for the 50th-best one-day total of all time on the show.
- $38,000 is the 5th-best Coryat score of all time on the show. Matt now has 3 of the top 5 Coryat scores of all time.
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