Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, January 5, 2022


Welcome to the first Wednesday of 2022! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The 1950s) for Wednesday, January 5, 2022 (Season 38, Game 83):

The first TV debate between presidential candidates of the same party involved him & future running mate Estes Kefauver

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Chantal Nguyen, a biophysicist from Boulder, Colorado
Chantal Nguyen on Jeopardy!
Mike Parks, a software engineer from Golden Valley, Minnesota
Mike Parks on Jeopardy!
Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California (25-day total: $918,000)
Amy Schneider on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Amy Schneider is now a 5-time champion five times over, having won five games on each day of the week. Even though she missed Final Jeopardy! yesterday, I still think that she is very likely to pass the $1 million mark by the end of the week.


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Correct response: Who is Adlai Stevenson?


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On May 21, 1956, Tennessee senator Estes Kefauver was challenging for the Democratic nomination for President, and debated Adlai Stevenson on television in Florida. Stevenson ended up obtaining the Democratic nomination for the second successive election, and the convention selected Kefauver over John F. Kennedy as Stevenson’s running mate. To me, as long as the players can parse the clue quickly enough to realize that all this clue is truly asking is “Who was the Democratic Presidential candidate in the 1950s”, this should be a relatively simple clue to answer.


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

Scores going into Final:
Amy $31,000
Mike $14,399
Chantal $5,400


Tonight’s results:
Chantal $5,400 – $5,399 = $1 (Who is Dewey?)
Mike $14,399 – $20 = $14,379 (Who is Landon)
Amy $31,000 + $1,000 = $32,000 (Who is Adlai Stevenson?) (26-day total: $950,000)


Amy Schneider, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 5, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Amy $11,000
Chantal $2,600
Mike $2,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) YOUR PARADE $600 (clue #24)
Amy 7200 +3000 (Mike 2200 Chantal 1600)
2) “A”NTONYMS $1200 (clue #11)
Chantal 5400 -2000 (Amy 20600 Mike 5200)
3) ECONOMY SIZE $800 (clue #21, $4800 left on board)
Mike 6800 +6799 (Amy 27800 Chantal 5000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 105


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 $28,600 Coryat, 30 correct, 1 incorrect, 50.88% in first on buzzer (29/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Mike $8,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Chantal $7,400 Coryat, 10 correct, 3 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $44,400
Lach Trash: $5,800 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,800

Amy Schneider, career statistics:
827 correct, 47 incorrect
40/45 on rebound attempts (on 93 rebound opportunities)
51.29% in first on buzzer (758/1478)
39/45 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $125,600)
21/26 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,692

Mike Parks, career statistics:
15 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,799)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,400

Chantal Nguyen, career statistics:
10 correct, 4 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,400

Amy Schneider, to win:
27 games: 90.287%
28: 80.991%
29: 75.190%
30: 64.589%
31: 56.795%
Avg. streak: 34.783 games.

Today’s interviews:
Chantal gets asked to determine ingredients in cooking.
Mike has a 200,000 subscriber YouTube channel.
Amy went an entire season without winning a game in Little League.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Going forward, because I feel as though I have enough data per day, I’ll be using that data in the prediction model.
  • I’m OK with Mike holding back $1 for Final Jeopardy, just in case.

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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, January 5, 2022"

  1. My parents knew Adlai Stevenson III so this was easy for me.

    • Straightforward one. You either know who the big Democrat hopeful against Ike in the 50s was or you don’t.

      • He ran both times against Ike, and I knew the answer wasn’t Ike, so that only left Stevenson. I’m guessing all three get this one

  2. Michael Johnston | January 5, 2022 at 11:47 am |

    I got Adlai Stevenson, but I’d just call it a lucky guess :/ I figured the first televised debate was probably in the 50s so… Stevenson.

  3. Nancy Hirsh | January 5, 2022 at 11:55 am |

    Why is Ken Jennings introduced as “hosted by” instead of “the host” as Mayim Baylik was introduced?

  4. Don’t forget to take the contestant’s ages into consideration. This is an easy one for people of a certain generation…Chantal and Mike seem to be on the younger side (under 40), and well, Amy…Amy’s scope of knowledge knows no bounds…

  5. I also got adlai stevenson but still though that televised debate back in the 50s was worth watching so Stevenson was the obvious choice here as the democratic hopeful.

  6. Michael Johnston | January 5, 2022 at 2:07 pm |

    Amy keeps on truckin’ , that’s good 🙂
    Andy – Regarding Mike’s wager on the last DD: It’s only a dollar, so it’s not a big deal 🙂 Still, isn’t the better play to just go all in, since you’re almost certainly relegated to 3rd place if you’re wrong either way? If you want to have a chance to move into a lock-tie or even a crush game, you ought to be fighting for dollars right?

    • I had to make sure I could stick around for final!

      It’s late enough in the game that I’m not guaranteed to get another answer right, so I’m keeping back a dollar.

      • Myron Rushetzky | January 5, 2022 at 7:33 pm |

        Hey Mike. Congratulations on your appearance on Jeopardy!
        When you taped your show, had any of Amy’s shows already aired?
        Did you know about the streak she was on?

        • Nope, zero clue. Going in I was relieved that Matt Amodio wasn’t still on, lol. Intros in the practice games were the first time we had any idea who we were dealing with.

      • If you ask me, “ambivalent” should not have been allowed, and at least the producers should have anticipated this answer so that Ken could rule right away. I wonder if that scoring change made you panic a bit? At least Amy was the only one to get Stevenson so I guess it’s a moot point.

        • Yeah, there was a pause in taping while they figured out how they were going to rule, and it was right on the edge of being a total runaway depending on how it was gonna go. Very nerve-wracking, especially in a situation where I pretty much had to play perfect from there on to have a chance.

        • Hey Mike congrats on your Jeopardy appearance. What’s your YouTube channel?

          • Design Doc! Also of note, I’m on episode 83 of Andy’s Complete The List from July 2018.

      • That was a good bet against a player with Amy’s buzzer speed. Always nice to be able to say Hi Mom if it doesn’t work out.

  7. Mike’s aggressive Daily Double hunting showed he knew what he would have to do to win.

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