Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, January 17, 2022


Happy Martin Luther King Day! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Scientific Names) for Monday, January 17, 2022 (Season 38, Game 91):

The 1905 paper that gave this its name also referred to it as “Dynamosaurus Imperiosus”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Jorge Quiñones, a front-end web developer from Boston, Massachusetts
Jorge Quinones on Jeopardy!
Frances Garrison, a high school English teacher from Hemet, California
Frances Garrison on Jeopardy!
Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California (33-day total: $1,111,800)
Amy Schneider on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Even though today is a holiday, Jeopardy! still airs today. Also note that there are pre-emptions in a number of major Western markets tonight, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland, as the Cardinals–Rams game kicks off on ABC at 8:15 PM Eastern (5:15 PM Pacific). Make sure you check your local listings to find the rescheduled airtime. As per my sources: Reno, Fresno, and Sacramento are planning on 9:00 PM (PT), Los Angeles and Seattle at 9:30 PM, Portland at 10:00 PM, and San Francisco at 10:30 PM.

In terms of the game: Amy returns to the studio as a 33-day champion. Ken in the past has made a bit of a deal about “the Monday Curse”—a lot of long-running champions have lost on a Monday. However, the first taping of the day has also been Amy’s strongest thus far. It’ll be interesting to see what happens today!

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Correct response: What is Tyrannosaurus Rex?


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In 1905, Henry Fairfield Osborn, then the president of the American Museum of Natural History, was tasked with naming a pair of dinosaur skeletons that were found in eastern Wyoming and in the Hell Creek Formation in Montana. Osborn named the two skeletons Tyrannosaurus Rex amd Dynamosaurus Imperiosus before realizing a year later that the different skeletons actually belonged to the same species, and selected Tyrannosaurus Rex as the preferred name of the species. Today, T. Rex is probably the best-known dinosaur species, with numerous depictions throughout popular culture.


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

Scores going into Final:
Amy $26,800
Frances $7,800
Jorge $400


Tonight’s results:
Jorge $400 + $400 = $800 (What is a T-Rex?)
Frances $7,800 + $5,000 = $12,800 (What is Tyranosaurus Rex?)
Amy $26,800 + $10,000 = $36,800 (What is Tyrannosarus Rex?) (34-day total: $1,148,600)


Amy Schneider, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 17, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Amy $6,400
Jorge $1,600
Frances $1,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) WEIGHTS & MEASURES $600 (clue #13)
Amy 1800 -1800 (Frances 1600 Jorge 600)
2) PALACES $1200 (clue #17)
Amy 16400 +4000 (Frances 5000 Jorge 3200)
3) ILLUSTRATORS $1600 (clue #25, $4000 left on board)
Jorge 4400 -4000 (Amy 23600 Frances 7000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -167


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 13 (0.14 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Amy $25,800 Coryat, 33 correct, 3 incorrect, 59.65% in first on buzzer (34/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Frances $7,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 3 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Jorge $4,400 Coryat, 7 correct, 2 incorrect, 8.77% in first on buzzer (5/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,000
Lach Trash: $8,200 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,800

Amy Schneider, career statistics:
1086 correct, 65 incorrect
52/58 on rebound attempts (on 124 rebound opportunities)
51.66% in first on buzzer (998/1932)
52/61 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $162,800)
25/34 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,941

Frances Garrison, career statistics:
10 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,800

Jorge Quiñones, career statistics:
8 correct, 2 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
8.77% in first on buzzer (5/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,400

Amy Schneider, to win:
35 games: 88.185%
36: 76.961%
37: 69.604%
38: 63.815%
39: 59.187%
Avg. streak: 43.560 games.

Today’s interviews:
Jorge played 1-on-1 basketball against Magic Johnson.
Frances had a child on the exact same day as her best friend.
Amy has been to the Olympics, the US Open (golf), and a US-Mexico World Cup qualifier.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • A friendly reminder to viewers that the show’s pronunciation rules are such that if a mispronunciation could reasonably be spelled the same way as a correct response, the mispronunciation is accepted. This is so as not to penalize those who learn by reading. The converse is also true—misspellings in Final Jeopardy are accepted as long as the misspelling could reasonably be pronounced the same way. (And yes, speaking of the number of people who get Sanders vs. Saunders mixed up in terms of spelling pronunciation, I would say that Amy’s spelling, missing a U, is perfectly acceptable to me.)

Link to the box score: January 17, 2022 Box Score

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, January 17, 2022"

  1. I used to have a Sue t-shirt from Chicago’s Field Museum.

  2. Got this one; the clue “dynamosaurus imperiosus” immediately made me think Tyrannosaurus Rex.

  3. wonder if they’d accept t-rex

  4. Matthew Yothers | January 17, 2022 at 11:52 am |

    And is Jeopardy gonna do a category about Betty White as well? Today is her 100th birthday. RIP Betty White

  5. It was awkward enough in 2020, with Alex wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving and later a Merry Christmas, knowing he had died in early November. 🙁

  6. That “Tyrannosarus” spelling is actually on the line for me, but it’s been more than a decade since I last studied linguistics. I’ll defer to the experts.

    Plus, it’s the show’s money, and I’d rather Amy have more of it!

  7. I overthought this one, that maybe the imperial “saurus” could have been referencing the automobile, since I think Ford debuted around the same time. Then I reread the part about “gave this its name” and realized it had to be a dinosaur and given the second word of the term, it was like T. rex.

  8. T rex was also my response with the imperial as the hint here. They are quite fierce. Bjt still glad this was a triple solve for the players.

  9. Jayme Fraser | January 17, 2022 at 7:26 pm |

    The final category of scientific names is NOT displayed as an option on the Alaska Sweepstakes category listing !?

  10. I do not believe Amy correctly answered the question where she said the persons name was Moyer (2 syllables) but should have said the correct name of Muir (1 syllable).

  11. I understand the rule, but I don’t confuse 1 syllabol from 2, and based on what I heard, Amy said a 2 syllabol last name where it is only 1 syllabol. so that gives anyone a green light to be close, like saying Ball is the same as bayall

    • Bob:

      You’ve completely missed the point. As long as the pronounced response could reasonably be spelled that way — and I contend “Muy-yer” could be spelled M-U-I-R, especially if the “Muy” is the M-U-I, the judges were correct in their ruling. Once again, if you have never heard the name “Muir” pronounced, requiring a correct pronunciation would effectively penalize those who learn by reading. And, quite frankly, that’s not what this show is about.

  12. Betty Jean Dodds | January 17, 2022 at 9:40 pm |

    Tried entering the Jeopardy contest for Alaska – the choices are not related to today’s game. Do you have to enter immediately after the show?

    • While the show has not acknowledged any issues, there appear to have been technical issues tonight. I personally believe that they are the result of the server assigned to collect the entries being set to an incorrect time zone.

      That being said, this is just a fan site and I am in no way able to troubleshoot any issues that people are having.

      (Edit: The site is now apparently working.)

  13. Pizza Face Fred | January 17, 2022 at 10:50 pm |

    Another Final answer that seemed too easy, like “Oscar” recently, to be correct. Fortunately, I went with what I thought was the “obvious” choice this time, instead of thinking the writers were trying be tricky . . .

  14. Michael Johnston | January 18, 2022 at 1:38 pm |

    I guessed Tyrannosaurus Rex right away just based on the name similarity.

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