Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century Authors) for Tuesday, February 15, 2022 (Season 38, Game 112):
Early in his career he worked for a newspaper whose style guide said, “use short sentences” & “use vigorous English”
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Lara Owens, a middle school teacher from Amesbury, Massachusetts
|Jimmy Rollins, an international economic development consultant from Washington, D.C.
|Dave Rapp, a writer from Valley Village, California (2-day total: $47,200)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Dave Rapp won his second game yesterday after a performance that wasn’t quite as strong as his first one, at least in terms of buzzer attempts. He only had 36 (as opposed to 45 on Friday.) That being said, when he wanted to get in, he was usually able to do so, getting in on 75% of his attempts in yesterday’s match. It’ll be interesting to see how things go if the categories are better suited to him today. Jimmy Rollins (no, not the former MLB player) and Lara Owens are the challengers.
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Correct response: Who is Ernest Hemingway?
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“Use short sentences. Use short first paragraphs. Use vigorous English. Be positive, not negative.” That was the opening paragraph of the copy style guide for the Kansas City Star. (Yes, I know that Hemingway also wrote for the Toronto Star, but this style guide was Kansas City’s.) This style guide influenced Hemingway’s writing, to the point where William Faulkner mocked him, saying Hemingway “has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary”. Hemingway’s reply: “Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don’t know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use.”
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Lara -$2,200 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Jimmy $10,600 + $8,000 = $18,600 (Who is Hemingway?)
Dave $17,400 + $4,600 = $22,000 (Who is Hemingway?) (3-day total: $69,200)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) 6-LETTER VERBS $600 (clue #8)
Dave 1600 +1600 (Jimmy 2000 Lara -400)
2) THE HUMAN BODY $1200 (clue #12)
Jimmy 9600 -3600 (Dave 7800 Lara -2200)
3) U.N. RESOLUTIONS $800 (clue #17, $16800 left on board)
Jimmy 6800 -3000 (Dave 9000 Lara -2200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 18
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
Dave $16,400 Coryat, 23 correct, 3 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Jimmy $17,200 Coryat, 20 correct, 5 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 4/5 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Lara -$2,200 Coryat, 4 correct, 4 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $31,400
Lach Trash: $10,400 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,200
Dave Rapp, career statistics:
82 correct, 8 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
45.03% in first on buzzer (77/171)
4/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,867
Jimmy Rollins, career statistics:
21 correct, 5 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$6,600)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,200
Lara Owens, career statistics:
4 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: -$2,200
Dave Rapp, to win:
4 games: 72.990%
Avg. streak: 5.702 games.
Lara always loses in chess to her 13-year-old son.
Jimmy taught English in Albania as part of the Peace Corps.
Dave got yelled at by Marcel Marceau in a hotel.
- Per J! Archive, this is the 13th time Ernest Hemingway has come up as the correct response with Final Jeopardy, tying Hemingway with Benjamin Franklin and Canada. (At least, as per correct responses currently in J! Archive—there are about 1,000 or so early-season games not in.)
Link to the box score: February 15, 2022 Box Score
Contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com
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