Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, October 8, 2021


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)


Today’s contestants:

Max Godnick, a producer originally from New York, New York
Max Godnick on Jeopardy!
Claire Lyon, an engineer originally from Ashland, Kentucky
Claire Lyon on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (37-day total: $1,467,801)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

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.


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

Scores going into Final:
Matt $43,800
Max $7,600
Claire $5,600


Tonight’s results:
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)


Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 8, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $14,200
Max $3,600
Claire $0


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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


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 $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%
40: 88.540%
41: 84.594%
42: 79.941%
43: 75.403%
Avg. streak: 54.420 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • 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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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, October 8, 2021"

  1. Happy to say I figured this one out almost instantly. The platypus is my favorite animal, simply because of how Frankenstein-ian it is.

  2. I think it is funny that one of today’s tossed clues which found itself on the J6 page deals with the Biathlon again.

  3. My thoughts instantly went to Zebra…anyone else?

    • No, I and my two family members all said platypus and then when I told them one contestant said zebra, they couldn’t imagine why. But one of them couldn’t understand why the zoologist suspected stitches until I reminded them about P.T. Barnum’s mermaid.

    • Me too!

  4. Amen, Amen, and Amen that Richard’s is gone. Like so many, I’m just simply a fan and root for all the players. Of course when you get players like Ken, Brad, James, and Matt I love the winning streaks. Miss Alex, who doesn’t, I think Mayim is doing a suburb job and hat’s off to her. When I watch Matt’s streak, I still can’t believe James lost. I thought he was extraordinary. Thanks Andy for all you do for us fans.

    • I think James was a better overall Jeopardy player based on clue answering, especially on FJs, but he was bound to get into trouble eventually because of his big bets. I think Matt has been a bit more strategic, like betting only big in categories he is comfortable in or if the DJ is less than 1K in value. Plus he has won the game before FJ in the vast majority of his wins. Interestingly, women stopped Ken and James’s runs. I’d be curious if that happens to Matt.

  5. Andy, I spent all yesterday afternoon and evening thinking about “biathAlon,” and I couldn’t make up my mind. That extra syllable Tyler added is called an intrusive schwa, and it is indeed the product of a regional dialect, or maybe even the inability of some speakers from those regions to link those two sounds without adding the — well, the intrusive schwa.

    I was undecided because it seemed to me that if one truly knew the word and simply couldn’t pronounce it correctly, that would be fine. But adding that extra letter in writing to me suggested that they didn’t truly know the word, which would mean the response should’ve been ruled incorrect.

    But you have settled the matter quite nicely by citing clear and convincing precedent. For what it’s worth, I hope Tyler sees this so he can respond in good conscious, when someone asks him if he got Final Jeopardy right, “Yes, I did, but the judges screwed up and ruled me incorrect.”

    • I grew up in the Midwest and everyone I know pronounces school with 2 syllables: schoo ul. I worked with a woman who pronounced it correctly and laughed at us Midwesterners.

  6. And by “in good conscious” of course I mean “in good conscience.”

  7. I also got this one since the platypus is my favorite animal. Matt is winning humbly so far. With only one triple stumper this week I think it wont slow him down anytime soon given how far he has come. We do need a triple solve hopefully next week.

  8. I too found it a bit amusing that Max pronounced “triathlon” with the extra “a” in the middle and it wasn’t an issue. It’s ok when saying it but not ok when writing it hehe.

    • You ignored one important detail from tonight’s show. Max answered, “Ironman” and then paused; Mayim accepted that response before Max also said, “triathalon”. Given the “metal” hint in the clue, I’m confident that “Ironman” by itself was an acceptable response to the clue.

      • lol no I didn’t ignore anything. My comment was more of a joke but I will say that you can’t include something that is incorrect in your response so if he had said Ironman gymnastics they would have ruled him incorrect so they did let his added “a” slide. 🙂

        • Ironman is a registered trademark and refers to the full or half triathlon event. There is no mistaking an Ironman to gymnastics or any other athletic activity.

        • LOL. The tell-tale is that you said “a bit amusing”. Anyone who noticed that Mayim had already acknowledged the correctness of Max’s response of “Ironman” wouldn’t have that reaction. Anything Max said after Mayim’s acknowledgment was irrelevant. This discussion of the episode should accurately represent what actually happened.

          “I will say that you can’t include something that is incorrect in your response”
          Mayim had already acknowledged the correctness of the response before any other word was said. “Include” is not an appropriate word to use to describe what happened. That’s the point.

  9. Brad (not Rutter) | October 8, 2021 at 5:02 pm | Reply

    Has anyone ever gotten 40 or more responses correct and none incorrect?

    Matt is making smart people look not so smart.

  10. Was this the last episode of the week with 3 tapings?

  11. Ronnie Gambardella | October 9, 2021 at 8:15 am | Reply

    The Flubadub came immediately to mind

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