Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Films of the 2000s) for Wednesday, January 19, 2022 (Season 38, Game 93):

One of the screenwriters of this 2001 film described it as “‘Clueless’ meets ‘The Paper Chase'”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Dimitri Apessos, an 8th grade math teacher from New Orleans, Louisiana
Dimitri Apessos on Jeopardy!
Ashley Chow, a corporate lawyer from Santa Clara, California
Ashley Chow on Jeopardy!
Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California (35-day total: $1,164,000)
Amy Schneider on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Amy is now on 35 victories; however, she’s only been able to get 2 of the last 7 Final Jeopardy! clues correct; her average earnings over those 7 days has only been just over $20,000.

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Correct response: What is Legally Blonde?

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A 2021 oral history published in The New York Times was the origin of this specific quote, from screenwriter Kirsten Smith. Legally Blonde was originally a much raunchier script, in the vein of American Pie, but it underwent a transformation before it became the movie we’re more familiar with, with Reese Witherspoon portraying Harvard Law student Elle Woods.

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

Scores going into Final:
Amy $32,800
Ashley $6,800
Dimitri $6,200

Tonight’s results:
Dimitri $6,200 + $6,000 = $12,200 (What is Legally Blonde?)
Ashley $6,800 + $5,601 = $12,401 (What is Legally Blonde?)
Amy $32,800 – $15,000 = $17,800 (What is Never Been Kissed?) (36-day total: $1,181,800)

Amy Schneider, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 19, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Amy $9,000
Dimitri $5,400
Ashley $800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) WORLD LEADERS $600 (clue #2)
Dimitri 200 +200 (Amy 0 Ashley 0)
2) “BIG” TALK $2000 (clue #13)
Amy 17800 +3000 (Ashley 5200 Dimitri 7400)
3) CEMETERIES $1200 (clue #22, $6400 left on board)
Amy 24800 +2000 (Ashley 6800 Dimitri 5800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 45

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 $31,000 Coryat, 34 correct, 1 incorrect, 57.89% in first on buzzer (33/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Ashley $6,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 1 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Dimitri $6,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $44,400
Lach Trash: $6,600 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,000

Amy Schneider, career statistics:
1160 correct, 70 incorrect
54/60 on rebound attempts (on 131 rebound opportunities)
52.20% in first on buzzer (1068/2046)
56/66 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $171,800)
25/36 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,311

Ashley Chow, career statistics:
10 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,800

Dimitri Apessos, career statistics:
15 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $200)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,600

Amy Schneider, to win:
37 games: 90.441%
38: 82.919%
39: 76.905%
40: 69.244%
41: 61.645%
Avg. streak: 44.953 games.

Today’s interviews:
Dimitri’s mother was on a Greek game show in the 1960s.
Ashley went to the Great Wall of China for a music festival.
Amy recites “Lose Yourself” by Eminem to get into Jeopardy! headspace.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Today’s game is the 100th known instance in the show’s history of a Coryat score above $30,000.

Link to the box score: January 19, 2022 Box Score

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, January 19, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | January 19, 2022 at 2:00 pm |

    It took me many seconds, but I finally remembered Legally Blonde. I can’t wrap my head around Amy missing this one. If her regular game was flagging, I might guess fatigue, but… shrug

  2. While Amy continues to win, with a 77% probability of breaking Matt’s 38 game streak, her former forte of FJ (winning 14 of her first 15) could be her Kryptonite, if she enters FJ without a lock, as she is just 11 of 21 since.

    But since game 1 versus Andrew He, Amy has always been in the lead entering FJ and most always with a lock, but without a lock today Ashley or Dimitri would have won.

  3. aaronthecrystalclod | January 19, 2022 at 2:23 pm |

    The big wagers may cost Amy the game in Final Jeopardy if she’s not careful. She should have to think about a rather conservative strategy going ahead.

    However, it’s just a minor quibble from me, as I’ve seen from before that Amy is strategic in her wagers.

  4. Is Amy freezing in FJ?

  5. Amy needs to have a conservative weagering for final jeopardy. So it is likely the big losing wagers will cost her the game in the long run. Furthermore I immediately came to the conclusion about legally Blonde movie since it has been seen many times. But still This was an easy final and how did Amy miss this one?

  6. Amy’s only wagering what she can afford to lose when she has a lock on the game. I’m too lazy to look up what her wrong Final answers in the last week or so have cost her, but it’s a chunk of dough. I guess if I’d already banked a million two I’d be more willing to bet more.

    • She mentioned $61,000 in Jeopardy Overheard. Yes, she only bets lots when she will still has enough to win and I guess if she feels good about the category. Those previous commentors are completely incorrect to say she will lose on these big bets. She has won a lot of money betting large on locked games.

  7. I think Amy is betting sensibly on final jeopardy even though she has been losing a lot recently. She already has over $1 million and has been unbeatable in final jeopardy almost every time. She’s trying to run up her score. I wish she were less conservative on the daily double clues.

  8. Amy’s betting strategy for Final Jeopardy is fine. As long as she is covering what levels the others can get to, betting a lot of money is not going to cost her a game. As Ken said last week, referencing James Holzhauer’s strategy for Final Jeopardy wagering, it’s just house money, you shouldn’t worry about a big or small wager when you are in a runaway situation.

  9. Yeah, not knowing that movie is precisely why I didn’t get it until Ken mentioned law school. Then I knew instantly.

  10. My local channel preempted today’s Jeopardy for Breaking News of Pres. Biden updating us on the same old stuff. No opportunity to see the show. Reminds me of the NY Jets/Heidi debacle but in reverse. Just glad I found your site so I could get an update.

  11. Give credit where credit is due. Amy Schneider did come this far by mistake. She is well read and even though she missed a few FJ questions, she out performed her competitors during the regular and double J rounds to secure her Wins.

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