Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, February 11, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category International Playwrights) for Friday, February 11, 2022 (Season 38, Game 110):

A piece of writing advice from this man who died in 1904 concludes, “Otherwise don’t put it there”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Dave Rapp, a writer from Valley Village, California
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Gillian Cruz, a student at the University of Kansas from Kansas City, Missouri
Gillian Cruz on Jeopardy!
Nick Heise, a technical services engineer from Madison, Wisconsin (1-day total: $25,900)
Nick Heise on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Anton Chekhov?


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Anton Chekhov was a Russian playwright very famous for a theatre trope known as “Chekhov’s Gun”, basically the principle that every element in a story must be necessary, and irrelevant elements should be removed. Per his letters, “If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise, don’t put it there.”


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

Scores going into Final:
Dave $29,800
Nick $13,600
Gillian $4,000


Tonight’s results:
Gillian $4,000 – $4,000 = $0 (Who is Twain?)
Nick $13,600 – $5,300 = $8,300 (Who is Ibsen??)
Dave $29,800 + $200 = $30,000 (Who is Chekov?) (1-day total: $30,000)


Dave Rapp, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 11, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Dave $7,200
Nick $1,200
Gillian -$400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) BOATS & SHIPS $800 (clue #23)
Nick 3400 -3400 (Gillian -400 Dave 6000)
2) FLOWER NAMES $2000 (clue #20)
Dave 14800 +4000 (Nick 10400 Gillian 4000)
3) AUTOBIOGRAPHIES $1200 (clue #28, $3600 left on board)
Dave 22800 +5000 (Nick 13600 Gillian 4000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -51


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 21 (0.19 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Dave $24,000 Coryat, 30 correct, 1 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Nick $17,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Gillian $4,000 Coryat, 5 correct, 2 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $45,000
Lach Trash: $6,400 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $2,600

Nick Heise, career statistics:
33 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (30/114)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,400)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,600

Gillian Cruz, career statistics:
5 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,000

Dave Rapp, career statistics:
31 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $9,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,000

Dave Rapp, to win:
2 games: 82.290%
3: 67.717%
4: 55.724%
5: 45.856%
6: 37.735%
Avg. streak: 5.647 games.

Today’s interviews:
Dave has a Mohawk, but isn’t in a band.
Gillian wants to do government work with her myriad degrees.
Nick played clarinet and contrabass clarinet.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • It’s too bad the Gillian forgot the category on a couple of occasions; both of her incorrect responses were of the “failed to fit the category” variety. It wouldn’t surprise me if that had an effect on her confidence in the game itself.
  • Dave had 10 correct responses in the bottom two rows of the board; that bodes well for him as we move into next week.

Link to the box score: February 11, 2022 Box Score

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, February 11, 2022"

  1. Heard of “Chekhov’s Gun”? Then write down the answer before the host finishes reading the clue…else, stand and stare with no hope.

    • Yes, unless you know enough about Chekhov to attribute that statement to him, then you’re left with just guessing between the most famous foreign playwrights from that time period. In that case, Henrik Ibsen, Oscar Wilde, and probably some others would also be good guesses.

    • I’ve guessed Chekhov before the clue was revealed!

  2. Michael Johnston | February 11, 2022 at 12:25 pm |

    Ha! I knew about the “gun” quote, which is good because the DOD didn’t mean anything to me.

  3. Debbie Stover | February 11, 2022 at 12:35 pm |

    Chekhov! The gun! I guess there’s a philosophical difference, so to speak, among Chekhov and, say, Agatha Christie, who was a master of misdirection via red herrings (yes, including plays; The Mousetrap) and Alfred Hitchcock and his MacGuffins (where the gun might as well have been anything else and wasn’t heard from again).

    Amy, with her background in theatre, would’ve known this one for sure.

    • Didn’t

      Didn’t Schneider miss two FJ questions on theater/movies?

      • Debbie Stover | February 11, 2022 at 1:56 pm |

        This particular directive from Chekhov is very famous in the theater world. It would almost be like not knowing that the title of Macbeth is never pronounced, that the play is instead referred to as “the Scottish Play.”

        • I’m far from a theater expert but ” The Scottish Play” term is in far more circulation than the Chekhov saying. Still, maybe Dave’s writing experience helped him on this clue.

  4. In Stephen King’s last novel “billy summers” Chekhov’s gun comes up on a few occasions.

  5. Dave had an impressive first game. Big winners like Matt, Jonathan, and Amy were terrific champions but none of them had a runaway for their FIRST win.

  6. Chekov was what I thoight of as well since the scottish play hint helped here. A big congrats to David. He definitely seems to have that streak of wins for next week with a high percentage rate. Ibsen wrote a dolls house so he is ruled out.

  7. Andy, was “International playwrights” a clue that it was NOT an American or just a potential red herring?

  8. Debbie Stover | February 11, 2022 at 9:33 pm |

    I’ve wanted all along to look like Mayim Bialik, but she continues to struggle with some of the basic of her hosting duties. Dave misspelled Chekhov in Final. She needed to point out that his answer was acceptable because the pronunciation was the same with or without the missing H. But she didn’t.

    It’s not on a level with neglecting to tell players with low scores that they can bet up to the maximum value of the highest clue on the board. I guess it’s just one more example of things that are second nature to Ken and anything but for a host to whom the game itself is still relatively new.

    • if the misspelling isn’t bad enough to disqualify the response from being accepted as correct, then there isn’t really a NEED to point it out.

  9. Pizza Face Fred | February 14, 2022 at 5:10 pm |

    Troupe, not “trope.” You’re welcome . . .

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