Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 21, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Mountains) for Friday, January 21, 2022 (Season 38, Game 95):

First scaled in 1829, this 17,000-foot mountain has caused excitement by the supposed discovery of wood high up on it

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Koré Carey, an office manager from Avondale Estates, Georgia
Koré Carey on Jeopardy!
Avinash Rajendra, a PhD student from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Avinash Rajendra on Jeopardy!
Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California (37-day total: $1,253,200)
Amy Schneider on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Yesterday, Amy won her 37th game with her highest one-day total yet at $71,400, moving to 1 win behind Matt Amodio for 2nd all-time. As I mentioned yesterday, nobody who has won 10 or more games on Jeopardy! has ever had their winning streak end on a Friday.

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Correct response: What is Mt. Ararat?

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Mount Ararat, in far eastern Turkey near its borders with Armenia, Iran, and Azerbaijan, is famous to Biblical scholars as the supposed final resting place of Noah’s Ark. Thus, many Biblical archaeological teams over the years have made claims about the discovery of wood on the mountain. The most recent excitement appears to have occured in 2010, when a group discovered wood about 13,000 feet up the mountain and claimed that carbon-dating placed the wood at the time of the Ark’s existence. However, most archaeological experts that work in the area immediately dismissed the claims, as it would have been hydrologically impossible to flood Turkey to the extent required.

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

Scores going into Final:
Amy $34,000
Avinash $5,400
Koré $4,200

Tonight’s results:
Koré $4,200 – $4,000 = $200 (What is the Matterhorn?)
Avinash $5,400 – $3,001 = $2,399 (What is Kilimanjaro?)
Amy $34,000 + $20,000 = $54,000 (What is Mount Ararat?) (38-day total: $1,307,200)

Amy Schneider, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 21, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Amy $8,400
Avinash $3,800
Koré $3,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) WHO “E” $800 (clue #28)
Avinash 2800 +1000 (Amy 6800 Koré 3400)
2) EXPLORERS $1200 (clue #2)
Amy 9200 +2000 (Avinash 3800 Koré 3400)
3) PHILOSOPHIC & RELIGIOUS -ISMS $1600 (clue #11, $21200 left on board)
Amy 17600 +4000 (Avinash 3800 Koré 3400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 80

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 $30,800 Coryat, 35 correct, 2 incorrect, 61.40% in first on buzzer (35/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Avinash $5,200 Coryat, 10 correct, 1 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Koré $4,200 Coryat, 7 correct, 0 incorrect, 10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,200
Lach Trash: $11,600 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $2,200

Amy Schneider, career statistics:
1236 correct, 72 incorrect
58/64 on rebound attempts (on 141 rebound opportunities)
52.55% in first on buzzer (1135/2160)
61/71 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $189,800)
27/38 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,721

Avinash Rajendra, career statistics:
10 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,200

Koré Carey, career statistics:
7 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,200

Amy Schneider, to win:
39 games: 92.747%
40: 83.508%
41: 74.343%
42: 67.913%
43: 63.045%
Avg. streak: 48.010 games.

Today’s interviews:
Koré got to attend the Grammies one year with her father.
Avinash is a self-taught chess expert.
Amy had an older sister, Katie, who died a few days after birth, but Amy thinks Katie’s still looking out for her.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Amy ties Matt Amodio for #2 in terms of consecutive games won on the show.
  • The strategy where Amy’s been starting at $800 in Double Jeopardy! (until the Daily Doubles are found) is a strategy that has been encouraged by 2014 Tournament of Champions winner Ben Ingram for a very long time.

Link to the box score: January 21, 2022 Box Score

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

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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 21, 2022"

  1. This question has been asked before, but I just don’t recall the answer: Do the contestants playing against Amy (or any superchampion) know about their streak beforehand? It would be deflating to hear about it at all, but I would hate to hear about it for the first time when I’m actually at the podium getting ready to play against her.

    • I’m not specifically sure when they find out (as COVID protocols have changed the timing and location of the contestant briefing), but I believe these days the contestants do find out during the practice session before the first game of the week tapes. So, all of the contestants this week would have been aware before play starts.

      • Thank you!

        • Myron Rushetzky | January 21, 2022 at 11:34 am |

          Contestant Mike Parks answered that question in the January 5, 2022 Comments.

          ABC is promoting that Amy will be on Monday’s Good Morning America.
          Did she lose?
          She is now #2?

          • Myron:

            Those are both equally valid reasons to have someone on GMA, to be honest.

          • Well, the contestant from Milwaukee has Matt Amodio credentials – PHD student in Artificial Intelligence.

          • Amy has to win tonight and Monday night to move ahead of Matt (?)

          • whoops – i meant to add that GMA airs Monday morning

          • Or, more likely, it signifies absolutely nothing at all. It’s not like Amy has to fly to France to appear on “Bonjour, Paris”. It’s a short five hour flight to NYC, which she could do on any non-taping day. Matt appeared on GMA when he still had many winning games yet to go.

    • Marty Cunningham | January 21, 2022 at 3:49 pm |

      Usually, once all the contestants have gathered at the studio on the day of taping, they are usually brought together in the greenroom, and usually the current champ, to start Monday taping, is introduced. This may have changed with COVID, and maybe the are introduced during rehearsals on set, but the new contestants do know who the returning champ is, and how much they have won, before taping begins. Once taping begins, all contestants not in play must watch the tapings in a sequestered area of the audience until they are called to tape a game, this allows them to get a feel for the clues, the pacing and the competition. Once a contestant has finished playing, they are free to go or can stay and watch the remaining tapings for that session (morning or afternoon).

  2. Might have needed a better category on this one (the Bible or Biblical Geography maybe) but hilariously unhelpful FJ categories are kind of a running joke on the show.

  3. My response to this FJ was correct in a matter of seconds as “Mt. Ararat” before I scrolled down to read the answer. To me this was very easy. “The discovery of wood high up on it”…was the key to “Mt. Ararat”. I’ve been in many discussions on this at church, so nothing is IMPOSSIBLE!

  4. Mt. Ararat was the obvious response here because of the key phrase wood high up. Pretty easy if you know noahs ark was caught up in a flood which most of his animals were killed. Bible scholars and geography whiz people will get this one

  5. As a person from New Haven, I feel for Matt Amodio since his #2 spot looks likely to fall just a few months after his last show. At least James Holzhauer had a few years before he got overtaken by Matt. I don’t think anyone will ever beat James for the shear number of highest single day win amounts because that requires a combination of intelligence, buzzer speed, and gambling prowess that is hard to maintain.

  6. On Sunday of the weekend after Matt Amodio’s 38th win, thus surpassing 50% of Ken Jennings’s streak, I told about that momentous event to a friend who is not a Jeopardy fan. Matt lost the very next day. Now I’ll be silent lest I jinx it.

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