Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Word Origins) for Tuesday, January 4, 2022 (Season 38, Game 82):

From the Greek for “ring”, the first ones were built by the Romans, including one that could hold 250,000

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Gregg Morrow, a writer from Tiverton, Rhode Island
Gregg Morrow on Jeopardy!
George Adesanya, a consultant from Washington, DC
George Adesanya on Jeopardy!
Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California (24-day total: $897,600)
Amy Schneider on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is “circus”?

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The Latin word “circus” is of itself a Latinization of the Homeric Greek word “krikos”, which means “ring”. The largest Roman one, holding 250,000, is the massive Circus Maximus, located in the valley between Rome’s Aventine and Palatine hills. I’m never the biggest fan of “Word Origin” finals, because there are always viewers who take the clue too literally and get sidetracked, but the clue always makes general sense in hindsight, at least to me.

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

Scores going into Final:
Amy $27,400
George $9,600
Gregg $1,700

Tonight’s results:
Gregg $1,700 – $1,699 = $1 (What is an ampitheater?)
George $9,600 – $6,199 = $3,401 (What is arena?)
Amy $27,400 – $7,000 = $20,400 (What is Arena?) (25-day total: $918,000)

Amy Schneider, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 4, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Amy $9,400
Gregg $4,600
George $1,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) EURO-POURRI $600 (clue #2)
Gregg 200 +1000 (Amy 0 George 0)
2) GIVING YOU THE THIRD DEGREE $1600 (clue #20)
Gregg 5000 -4500 (Amy 23800 George 6800)
3) FAMOUS AMERICANS ON STAGE $1200 (clue #25, $3200 left on board)
Amy 24200 +2000 (George 8800 Gregg 500)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 18

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 11 (0.13 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Amy $26,600 Coryat, 31 correct, 1 incorrect, 52.63% in first on buzzer (30/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
George $9,600 Coryat, 10 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Gregg $5,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,000
Lach Trash: $7,800 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,200

Amy Schneider, career statistics:
796 correct, 46 incorrect
39/44 on rebound attempts (on 90 rebound opportunities)
51.30% in first on buzzer (729/1421)
38/44 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $122,600)
20/25 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,576

George Adesanya, career statistics:
10 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,600

Gregg Morrow, career statistics:
12 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,800

Amy Schneider, to win:
26 games: 91.225%
27: 83.221%
28: 75.918%
29: 69.257%
30: 63.180%
Avg. streak: 35.396 games.

Today’s interviews:
Gregg has climbed Mt. Washington at least 15 times.
George collects rum and wants to open a distillery.
Amy is a Warriors fan and wants to emphasize that she’s not a bandwagon fan.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Amy passes Brad Rutter and moves up my list (linked here) of the contestants with the most correct responses on the show.
  • It seemed to me that George was swallowing the opening of his responses early. I assume that the producers and contestant co-ordinators told him to enunciate better after the first commercial break, as it seemed to clear up. (I’m not prepared to entertain debates here at TJF as to whether or not his responses should be accepted.)

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, January 4, 2022"

  1. Straightforward clue – ring/circa to circus (with “Circus Maximus” clinching it for the big arena), unless one somehow tries to make “Colosseum” work.

  2. Arena means sand (in Latin), same word in Spanish.

  3. Circus was actually my response as in the circus maximus to be a big arena. I still remember the New Haven colosseum used to be an arena before it was torn down. I also studied a bit of latin back in elementary school so this was an easy one.

  4. A news story about Amy being robbed is coming up on ABC’s World News Tonight.

    • Apparently this robbery happened this passed weekend. How horrible. We all need to stand my Amy.

  5. Shaun Edward Monroe | January 4, 2022 at 6:56 pm |

    I hope she keeps winning. With the robbery and transphobic comments she’s getting it’s disgusting. Leave her alone.

  6. Chuck Pierce | January 4, 2022 at 8:33 pm |

    But circus is a Latin word — not Greek…

    • Chuck:

      Had you actually read the post that you were commenting on—as opposed to just leaving a comment—you would have learned that “circus” is the Latinization of a Greek word. Ergo, its origin is Greek.

  7. Michael Johnston | January 5, 2022 at 11:57 am |

    I immediately thought of “circus” because of the Circus Maximus, although I did not know the Greek origin of the word :/. A tad surprised that it turned out to be Triple Stumper, but it looks like the contestants were thrown by the Greek origin as well. Glad that Amy had a lock game in her favor.

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