Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, January 20, 2022


Happy Thursday! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Words in American History) for Thursday, January 20, 2022 (Season 38, Game 94):

The 1890 Census reported that “the unsettled area has been so broken into…that there can hardly be said to be a” this

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Brittany Love, a trial attorney from Concord, North Carolina
Brittany Love on Jeopardy!
Patrick Lackey, a biochemistry professor from New Wilmington, Pennsylvania
Patrick Lackey on Jeopardy!
Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California (36-day total: $1,181,800)
Amy Schneider on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Yesterday, Amy won her 36th game, moving to 2 wins behind Matt Amodio for 2nd all-time. How long will this streak last? We’re at the point of the streak where the unlucky result could come any day. Looking into the historical record, though, of the 11 previous players to have won 10 or more games, 4 of them have lost on a Monday (Matt Amodio, James Holzhauer, Julia Collins, and David Madden), 2 on Tuesday (Ken Jennings and Jonathan Fisher), 3 on Wednesday (Matt Jackson, Seth Wilson, and Arthur Chu), and 2 on Thursday (Jason Zuffranieri and Austin Rogers). No 10+ game winner has ever lost on a Friday.

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Correct response: What is a frontier?


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In 1890, the Superintendent of the U.S. Census declared that there was no longer a frontier line, as the United States had so many pockets of settled areas that a frontier line was no longer said to exist, and that the United States had expanded to occupy from Atlantic to Pacific. The U.S. Census Bureau has a data visualization of population density from 1790 to 1890 at its website.


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

Scores going into Final:
Amy $46,400
Patrick $3,000
Brittany -$2,800


Tonight’s results:
Brittany -$2,800 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Patrick $3,000 + $2,000 = $5,000 (What is a the West Frontier)
Amy $46,400 + $25,000 = $71,400 (What is frontier?) (37-day total: $1,253,200)


Amy Schneider, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 20, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Amy $10,800
Patrick $4,200
Brittany -$400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) ALSO KNOWN AS $1000 (clue #12)
Amy 4400 +2000 (Patrick 400 Brittany 0)
2) SOUTH ASIA $1200 (clue #12)
Amy 20400 +5000 (Patrick 3400 Brittany -1600)
3) INTERNATIONAL MEN OF MYSTERY $800 (clue #16, $17200 left on board)
Amy 29400 +5000 (Patrick 3400 Brittany -1600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 87


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 $37,400 Coryat, 39 correct, 0 incorrect, 56.14% in first on buzzer (32/57), 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
Patrick $3,000 Coryat, 9 correct, 4 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Brittany -$2,800 Coryat, 6 correct, 6 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,600
Lach Trash: $7,000 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,400

Amy Schneider, career statistics:
1200 correct, 70 incorrect
58/64 on rebound attempts (on 140 rebound opportunities)
52.31% in first on buzzer (1100/2103)
59/69 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $183,800)
26/37 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,611

Patrick Lackey, career statistics:
10 correct, 4 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,000

Brittany Love, career statistics:
6 correct, 6 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: -$2,800

Amy Schneider, to win:
38 games: 91.683%
39: 85.033%
40: 76.562%
41: 68.160%
42: 62.264%
Avg. streak: 46.207 games.

Today’s interviews:
Brittany took a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains and encountered a bear.
Patrick has a New Year’s tradition of growing mustaches.
Amy thinks Jeopardy! is her Olympics.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $71,400 is the 25th-best single-game regular play total of all time, and the 5th-best not belonging to James Holzhauer.
  • I don’t know where the show got 1,164 correct responses for Amy going into today’s show; both here and J! Archive has the total through yesterday at 1,160.
  • $37,400 is the 9th-best Coryat score of all time on the show.

Link to the box score: January 20, 2022 Box Score

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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, January 20, 2022"

  1. Do you have any idea why the video of James Holzhauer’s last Final Jeopardy (in his streak) was moved to yesterday?

  2. I wonder if they would accept ‘new frontier,’ which is the first thing I thought of. I guess not if it was a direct quote ….

  3. Ken starting to look a little nervous. I’m getting a little nervous for him. I think after game 73 he should be allowed to stop out from behind the lectern and grab a signaling device.

    • Myron Rushetzky | January 20, 2022 at 3:38 pm |

      Actually, I think Ken is looking more and more comfortable behind and in front of the lectern.

      • Actually, I think Ken is getting too comfortable being in charge. I’m hearing some condescension in some of his comments relative to vanquished contestants. I understand he’s not known for his empathy, but a few times he’s come close to crossing the line. In my opinion.

  4. aaronthecrystalclod | January 20, 2022 at 1:42 pm |

    Okay, guess I was wrong about what I said yesterday. I guess it was just bad luck with the other FJs, but she seemed to rebound quite nicely here. Hopefully this is a return to form.

  5. Michael Johnston | January 20, 2022 at 1:49 pm |

    Huh… Kinda tricksy phrasing. I couldn’t think of a single word answer I did pick up on the implication that it was a single word
    It looked like Amy hedged on her FJ wager. I hope she gets over that, as going big should pay off better for players like her.

  6. Congrats to Amy on her largest payday and Coryat to date! While she could have topped Matt’s $83k for most money won by someone not named James, it’s understandable limiting FJ wagers considering recent results.

    With Matt’s 38 (streak began 7/21/21) and Amy’s 37 (as of 1/20/22) totaling 75 in 6 months, combined it’s more than Ken’s 74 win streak. Yes, by two people, but still amazing, regardless if Amy loses tomorrow or goes onto greater feats.

  7. This was quite a dominant performance. On the “James Holzhauer betting scale”, Amy should have ended up with $150,000+.

    James would have bet 15,000 min on the second DD leaving him with 39,400 for the third DD where he would have bet 30,000 min leaving him with 80,000+ at the end with a possible 70,000 bet. (This calculation doesn’t even include the extra 2400 he would have bet on the first DD)

    I’m not saying everyone (or anyone else for that matter) should be betting like James (he got 32/33 FJ’s) or would even feel confident enough to do so. But with the way Amy has been going with FJ recently, I feel that the 25,000 bet was really really bold (i.e. Holzhauer-esque).

    I think Matt would possibly have hit 100,000 but he didn’t bet as consistently risky as James to be really sure of that.

  8. Such a dominant performance from Amy today after a few unlucky final jeopardy games for her, But still though 71000 dollars is a new record. The last one was set by Roger Craig and then James. At this point, Amy could have at least 115000 dollars or so. But she can be a bit of a risk taker. Frontier came to me the moment the clue came to me.

  9. Did anyone notice that yesterday Ken stated Washington’s birthday, February 21! Everyone knows George was born on February 22! Even those born on the 22nd!!! LOL

    • Presidents’ Day—officially known as Washington’s Birthday—is observed on the third Monday in February, which is the 21st in 2022, regardless of when Washington’s actual birthday is.

  10. Yes, that Billy Batson impression yelling Shazam was not impressive.

  11. Matthew Yothers | January 30, 2022 at 2:33 pm |

    Wow, $71,400! That’s a new 1-day record for a female champion.

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