Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 18th Century History) for Wednesday, February 16, 2022 (Season 38, Game 113):

The stated aim of this period was using violence to achieve political goals; its success aided in its demise in under a year

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Emily Budd, a customer service rep from Rochester, New York
Emily Budd on Jeopardy!
Charles Fogelman, a geographer from Champaign, Illinois
Charles Fogelman on Jeopardy!
Dave Rapp, a writer from Valley Village, California (3-day total: $69,200)
Dave Rapp on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Dave Rapp, with his third win yesterday, finds himself on the ToC Tracker, at least on this site. He’s not into the Top 15, though, unless he wins today. Charles and Emily will try to stop him. Dave’s performances have dropped off slightly since his very impressive debut on Friday. Is a rebound forthcoming?

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Correct response: What is the Reign of Terror?

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The Reign of Terror took place during the French Revolution between September 1793 and July 1794, where the Revolutionary government decided to take harsh measures against those seen to be enemies of the Revolution (nobles, priests, etc). During this period, 17,000 were killed—the period ended with the arrest and killing of its de facto leader, Maximilien de Robespierre.

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

Scores going into Final:
Charles $18,500
Emily $13,200
Dave $9,200

Tonight’s results:
Dave $9,200 – $800 = $8,400 (What is anarchism?)
Emily $13,200 – $9,999 = $3,201 (What is the French)
Charles $18,500 – $8,000 = $10,500 (What is the French Revolution?) (1-day total: $10,500)

Charles Fogelman, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 16, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Charles $6,400
Dave $4,400
Emily $3,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) NAVAL CONFLICT $800 (clue #29)
Charles 5200 +1200 (Dave 4400 Emily 3600)
2) 4 WORDS $800 (clue #4)
Charles 6000 +2500 (Dave 4000 Emily 3600)
3) LOST $1600 (clue #25, $7600 left on board)
Emily 9200 +2000 (Dave 7600 Charles 16500)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 86

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:
Charles $16,400 Coryat, 21 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Dave $9,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Emily $12,800 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,400
Lach Trash: $7,600 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,000

Dave Rapp, career statistics:
98 correct, 11 incorrect
6/6 on rebound attempts (on 15 rebound opportunities)
40.79% in first on buzzer (93/228)
4/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,700

Charles Fogelman, career statistics:
21 correct, 4 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,700)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,400

Emily Budd, career statistics:
17 correct, 4 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,800

Charles Fogelman, to win:
2 games: 58.722%
3: 34.483%
4: 20.249%
5: 11.891%
6: 6.982%
Avg. streak: 2.423 games.

Today’s interviews:
Emily is an award-winning baker.
Charles invited the Queen of Lesotho to dinner in New York.
Dave has been to 49 of the 50 states—Mississippi is his missing state.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • My favorite Jeopardy! truism: Contestants underbet Daily Doubles and overbet Final Jeopardy. Even had she not taken the lead with her bet, Emily should have listened to her “YOLO” instinct and bet more on the final Daily Double. At the very least, an extra couple of thousand would have taken her out of Stratton’s Dilemma, and would likely have led to a victory for her on this Triple Stumper.
  • Meanwhile, Dave didn’t bet enough in Final: he needed to bet at least $1,400 in order to have a chance at victory against Charles. Especially in a must-win game for his Tournament of Champions chances, this was a pretty egregious gameplay mistake. (Playing for second, which is what Dave does here, does absolutely nothing.)

Link to the box score: February 16, 2022 Box Score

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, February 16, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | February 16, 2022 at 1:06 pm |

    Crossing my fingers that my guess of “The Terror” would be accepted 🙂

  2. I’m pretty shocked that this was a triple stumper. My knowledge of history is not very strong, and I got it right away.

    Andy’s favourite Jeopardy truism is neither my favourite nor really a truism in my books. It’s painful to watch players make suboptimal plays, and enough of them do it that I wouldn’t call it a truism.

    Sad to see Dave bow out before ToC eligibility. Great player.

    • Michael Johnston | February 16, 2022 at 2:28 pm |

      Charles and Emily at least were keying on the right historical era, but seemed to not pick up on the hints in the clue, especially the “under a year” bit.

  3. Michael Johnston | February 16, 2022 at 2:04 pm |

    Dang 🙁 Dave is a couple of spots below the cutoff line for the ToC, which probably will keep him out. I wish he could have waited at least one more day before having a bad game.
    Yeah, Dave could have gone all-in in his position and hope shrug Emily did waste a chance on that final DD, but she still missed a play to go for the Triple Stumper (by betting less than 2600).

  4. History is also my strong suit as I knew right awway it was the reign of terror, But Dave should have gone for 1400 dollars if he did get this right to overtake charles. This was easy but stilll I know that Frankenstein’s monster unleashed a reign of terror when he was created in the Mary Shelley Book. And a tale of two cities between France and England also had a lot of chaotic fights and reign of terror.

  5. Ken’s first commercial break was nicely done.

  6. I did learn this in school, but it was an AP Euro class, I don’t know if it’d be covered in a typical Western Civ class.

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