Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, January 3, 2022


Happy New Year and welcome to 2022! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Sculptors) for Monday, January 3, 2022 (Season 38, Game 81):

Los Angeles artist George Stanley sculpted this, first handed out at a private banquet on May 16, 1929

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Kate Woomer-Deters, a legal services attorney from Raleigh, North Carolina
Kate Woomer-Deters on Jeopardy!
Harsh Daga, an analyst from Brooklyn, New York
Harsh Daga on Jeopardy!
Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California (23-day total: $855,600)
Amy Schneider on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Amy Schneider enters 2022 as a 23-day champion, and less than $145,000 from the $1 million mark. With a good week, she’ll make the $1 million mark by the end of it!

If you’ve been through my Ultrachampion statistics section, you’ll have seen a statistic called “Dominance”. I may write up more about it later, but it’s a statistic I devised; it’s basically a logarithmic calculation of how dominant a player was compared to second place (or, if they were behind, the leader). It’s a stat that can be taken for an individual game and on aggregate. I am also being deliberately coy at this time about it, because it could turn into an effective copytrap against someone who might otherwise want to lift statistics wholesale without realizing the context.


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Correct response: What is the Oscar (statuette)?


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Today’s Final Jeopardy! clue is the epitome of why I believe that contestants should only take the category into account as an absolute final consideration when determining their wager. Here at the Jeopardy! Fan, I’d like to acknowledge that yes, this clue is ostensibly a sculptor clue, but in reality it’s a movie clue. The writers do this all of the time, and it’s a tactic in order in order to make sure that the contestants keep betting to win. By the way, some fun facts about the Oscar statuette: it’s 13.5 inches tall and weighs 8.5 pounds.

Moreover, it seems like the only way I can keep my thoughts from ending up on YouTube is by reminding everyone that there is someone who is copying information from one of the various Jeopardy! recapping areas, this site included, and posting them as YouTube comments. A couple of months ago, there was a user who was taunting me in my comments section about the idea of copyright, and I suspect that this user might be the culprit. (No, the comments were not made public, and I obviously do not have concrete proof. There are multiple people who it could be in my eyes) I do appreciate all of the users who are calling the person out on YouTube, though.


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

Scores going into Final:
Amy $31,000
Kate $8,000
Harsh $3,200


Tonight’s results:
Harsh $3,200 + $3,000 = $6,200 (What is Oscar)
Kate $8,000 + $1,000 = $9,000 (What is the Oscar statue?)
Amy $31,000 + $11,000 = $42,000 (What is the Oscar?) (24-day total: $897,600)


Amy Schneider, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 3, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Amy $11,800
Kate $2,400
Harsh $1,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) WORLD GEOGRAPHY $600 (clue #7)
Kate -400 +1000 (Amy 2000 Harsh 1000)
2) SUBTITLES $800 (clue #6)
Harsh 2000 -2000 (Amy 11000 Kate 2800)
3) HISTORY PLAYS $1200 (clue #7, $30400 left on board)
Harsh 0 +2000 (Amy 11000 Kate 2800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 100


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 11 (0.14 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Amy $31,000 Coryat, 35 correct, 1 incorrect, 61.40% in first on buzzer (35/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Kate $7,600 Coryat, 13 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Harsh $4,400 Coryat, 5 correct, 1 incorrect, 5.26% in first on buzzer (3/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,000
Lach Trash: $7,400 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,600

Amy Schneider, career statistics:
765 correct, 44 incorrect
38/43 on rebound attempts (on 88 rebound opportunities)
51.25% in first on buzzer (699/1364)
37/43 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $120,600)
20/24 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,533

Harsh Daga, career statistics:
6 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
5.26% in first on buzzer (3/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,400

Kate Woomer-Deters, career statistics:
14 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,600

Amy Schneider, to win:
25 games: 91.097%
26: 82.987%
27: 75.599%
28: 68.869%
29: 62.737%
Avg. streak: 34.232 games.

Today’s interviews:
Kate had a bear encounter at Grand Teton National Park.
Harsh had a stingray encounter on a dive in Columbia.
Amy enjoys singing karaoke, especially Radiohead’s “Creep”.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Today’s episode was taped less than a week after the superchampion/ultrachampion flap that I was in on Twitter; I feel as though Ken used the term “superchampion” a lot, considering.
  • Both the $31,000 Coryat and $42,000 final score make it onto my top Coryats list and my top one-day totals list.

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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, January 3, 2022"

  1. Unless one is able to connect either “L.A.” and 1929 (and the specific date, indicating an event) to Hollywood immediately, good luck in weaning oneself away from the category title in 30 seconds.

  2. For me this one was pretty easy to get given how the clue is written. Including the “first handed out…” part helped me think that it was an award of some sort and it being an L.A. artist led me to the Oscar. It will be interesting to see how the contestants do but I wouldn’t be surprised if all three get it correct.

  3. Marvin Gregory “Greg” Fuller | January 3, 2022 at 1:44 pm | Reply

    It’ll be very interesting how Amy does against Matt in the T of C. Any idea when the T of C will be?

    • They have to get at least fifteen 4+ game winners (or winners from special tournaments like the Prof tourney). They currently have 10

  4. The date and Los Angeles was a big hint, 1929 would’ve been fresh in mind b/c every best picture winner ever was one of those things I tried to memorize for the show. Category amnesia is a benefit on this one!

  5. Los angeles was a big hint because the oscar winniner for best picture has been seen on television yearly. Very easy final jeopardy as I have watched the oscars for a long time

  6. Have I misheard, or has Harsh indeed said “Olso” instead of “Oslo” for “History Plays” for 800?

  7. Cheryl Siegel | January 3, 2022 at 7:26 pm | Reply

    Easy FJ tonight!

  8. Circling back to the comments on the FJ category, I have a slightly different opinion. To me, the FJ category should be descriptive of the correct response. If the writers are not going to do that, then why bother giving the category title before the wagers are made. It’s not really relevant if the goal is to get people to bet to win. Today’s category could have been Awards, Sculptures, or Movie Trivia. The correct response fits all of those. The correct response was not the name of a Sculptor.

  9. Michael Johnston | January 3, 2022 at 8:58 pm | Reply

    Amy’s gotta up her game… She needs some kind of wild animal encounter story for the next interview. 😀
    Other than that, she looked solid today.

  10. FYI – Amy posted on Instagram that her ID, credit card and phone were stolen yesterday. She’s shaken up by it.

  11. wow incredible run my Amy! i hope she hits the 1M mark because then we will have had Matt and Amy to hit the million

  12. Pizza Face Fred | January 3, 2022 at 11:04 pm | Reply

    Like the clue answers that ended up being Arno and Scott (I went with Seine and Leakey), this time I thought Oscar was too obvious, so trying to outsmart the writers this time, I went with something more obscure, the Heisman Trophy. I couldn’t imagine Oscars being handed out at a “private banquet.” Amy makes me look like a chimp . . .

    • But “private banquet” was what confirmed it as ‘Oscar’ for me since I’d heard several times that the Academy Awards began that way.

  13. Kind of statistically outrageous that Harsh hit both DJ daily doubles with a overall first-in rate of 5.26%. And conversely that Amy hit none with a first-in rate of 61.4%, and 35 correct responses. Amy was always winning this game of course, but had a couple daily doubles gone her way she could have set a new personal best for daily winnings.

  14. Please note that questions posted to the wrong game thread get removed, as it is a spoiler for those who haven’t seen the episode in question.

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