Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, February 15, 2022


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)


Today’s contestants:

Lara Owens, a middle school teacher from Amesbury, Massachusetts
Lara Owens on Jeopardy!
Jimmy Rollins, an international economic development consultant from Washington, D.C.
Jimmy Rollins on Jeopardy!
Dave Rapp, a writer from Valley Village, California (2-day total: $47,200)
Dave Rapp on Jeopardy!

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.

Meanwhile: Quarterfinals #9 and #10 air tonight on the Jeopardy! National College Championship on ABC primetime. This will be at a different time than, and in addition to, the normal syndicated game. One problem that I’ve seen a little bit on Twitter is that a few viewers—especially if Jeopardy doesn’t air on ABC in their area—are confused about this point. They know when Jeopardy is supposed to air in their local area, and they assume that’s the only Jeopardy! episode happening that day. If an important tournament, like a Tournament of Champions, ends up moving to prime time, the show may need to work on making this point abundantly clear in its marketing.


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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.”

The entirety of the style guide can be found here.


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

Scores going into Final:
Dave $17,400
Jimmy $10,600
Lara -$2,200


Tonight’s results:
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)


Dave Rapp, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 15, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Dave $5,800
Jimmy $5,600
Lara $1,000


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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


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 $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%
5: 53.275%
6: 38.886%
7: 28.383%
8: 20.717%
Avg. streak: 5.702 games.

Today’s interviews:
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.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Nice.
  • 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

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, February 15, 2022"

  1. I second your comments about the Jeopardy! marketing folks needing to do a better job of publishing upcoming tournaments when they’re playing in addition to the regular shows. I was one who nearly missed this tournament for that very reason, since the regular show and the tournament are being shown on different channels, neither of which is our regular Jeopardy channel due to the Olympics!

  2. Mike W, Phoenix | February 15, 2022 at 11:58 am |

    Andy – with you man. Here in AZ, the Tournament airs at the same time as the syndicated show on different channel. Wonky. I suppose I can always catch up on demand but still a pain. If ABC does this again, I would advocate the 2nd hour of primetime (9ET/PT). Less conflicts with syndicated show. I’m sure that will get “my kids wanna watch but gotta go to bed” complaints but still.

    • I’d bet that ABC gets to decide when they want to air these primetime specials, not Jeopardy. And ABC probably doesn’t care if it conflicts with the airtimes of the syndicated shows in markets where it airs on a non-ABC station.

  3. Michael Johnston | February 15, 2022 at 1:24 pm |

    I’ve never heard that quoted bit before, but the description still made me think of Hemingway😅

  4. Your postgame thought was indeed a “nice” touch. 😀

  5. I see you’re a man of culture as well 🙂

    (Has there ever been a champion who at one point had exactly $69,420?)

  6. Hope Dave goes on a significant run. He seems relaxed and came to play. Glad Ken is back.

  7. Michael Johnston | February 15, 2022 at 2:13 pm |

    Jimmy had at least 2nd place locked, so he should have gone all in FJ. Dave’s wager looks like he was just thinking of getting to 22k. Since he knows he’s going to have to be right to win, he could probably afford to bet more than the minimum cover bet of $3801.
    I’m looking forward to seeing if he can get Win #4 tomorrow, which will put him in the running for the ToC.

  8. I hope Dave will get his fourth win tomorrow as he seems to be more relaxed today. Also the old man and the sea was the hint that pointed me to Ernest Hemingway since this final jeopardy clue came up in the past seasons. Dave is a possible contender for the toc.

  9. Michael Johnston | February 15, 2022 at 5:22 pm |

    “Dave got yelled at by Marcel Marceau in a hotel” LOL 🙂

  10. For the second time this season, WTEN in Albany, NY showed the incorrect game as they showed a game with Lawrence Long as the returning 1-day champion with Mayim hosting from last week.

  11. Pizza Face Fred | February 15, 2022 at 10:44 pm |

    “Style guide” led me to “The Elements of Style” and E.B. White. I was sure that was it . . .

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