Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, February 17, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Long-Running TV Show Characters) for Thursday, February 17, 2022 (Season 38, Game 114):

This character who has been on the air for more than 50 years is only 6 1/2 years old

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Linda Sellars, a retired archivist from Durham, North Carolina
Linda Sellars on Jeopardy!
Matt Takimoto, an elementary school teacher from Moraga, California
Matt Takimoto on Jeopardy!
Charles Fogelman, a geographer from Champaign, Illinois (1-day total: $10,500)
Charles Fogelman on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: The very popular Dave Rapp lost yesterday after three victories. Champaign, Illinois geographer Charles Fogelman is your new champion after a strong game on the signalling device; Matt Takimoto and Linda Sellars are your two challengers today.

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Correct response: Who is Big Bird?


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Big Bird is the famed 8’2″-tall yellow bird from Sesame Street, first appearing on November 10, 1969. He is canonically six and a half years old, as evidenced by this tweet. Big Bird was inexplicably in the news in 2021 as he found himself in the cross-hairs of Republican Senator Ted Cruz (and others) for having the audacity to promote COVID vaccines for children.


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

Scores going into Final:
Charles $14,400
Matt $11,400
Linda $10,600


Tonight’s results:
Linda $10,600 – $1,000 = $9,600 (Who is Charlie Brown?)
Matt $11,400 + $10,000 = $21,400 (Who… is Big Bird?) (1-day total: $21,400)
Charles $14,400 – $8,403 = $5,997 (Who is Daniel Tiger?)


Matt Takimoto, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 17, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Linda $3,200
Charles $2,400
Matt $1,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) DESSERT $1000 (clue #18)
Matt 4000 -4000 (Charles 1200 Linda 1600)
2) BRITISH TERRITORIES & DEPENDENCIES $1600 (clue #15)
Linda 9600 -3000 (Charles 10400 Matt 2200)
3) A HARD CATEGORY $1200 (clue #21, $10800 left on board)
Matt 4600 +4000 (Charles 12800 Linda 6600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -44


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: MIDAS $200 $400 $1000
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $1,600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 24 (0.21 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Matt $12,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.19% in first on buzzer (19/54), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Linda $13,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 22.22% in first on buzzer (12/54), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Charles $14,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 2 incorrect, 37.04% in first on buzzer (20/54), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,600
Lach Trash: $6,200 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,600

Charles Fogelman, career statistics:
39 correct, 7 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
36.04% in first on buzzer (40/111)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,700)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,400

Matt Takimoto, career statistics:
19 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
35.19% in first on buzzer (19/54)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,600

Linda Sellars, career statistics:
12 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
22.22% in first on buzzer (12/54)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,600

Matt Takimoto, to win:
2 games: 37.633%
3: 14.162%
4: 5.330%
5: 2.006%
6: 0.755%
Avg. streak: 1.603 games.

Today’s interviews:
Linda plays the J!6 clues with her grandkids.
Matt had to get a tuba for a bandmate’s wedding.
Charles had a mother that was a seventh-grade teacher.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I enjoyed that the PLUS $400 clue was a clue about plus-fours pants.
  • Viewers who enjoy finding new things to complain to Jeopardy! about are reminded that sponsored categories have existed on Jeopardy! for at least twenty years. This is not a new phenomenon and complaints otherwise are completely out of order.

Link to the box score: February 17, 2022 Box Score

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24 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, February 17, 2022"

  1. Well, I blew this one! I thought it was “Dennis the Menace” who was always aged about 6-1/2 (?) and was first on TV in 1959. But his appearances have been sporadic at best over the years, and I don’t think his age was ever disclosed exactly.

  2. Christopher Denault | February 17, 2022 at 11:56 am |

    I figured it had to have been someone from Sesame Street (it debuted the same year I did 🙂 ), but picked Kermit the Frog instead. What IS Kermie’s age, anyway?

    • Michael Johnston | February 17, 2022 at 11:03 pm |

      I guessed Big Bird just because that character is the one I think people most associate with Sesame Street. Kermit appeared a few years before SS but his speech patterns mark him as older, unlike the childish speech of BB.

  3. Debbie Stover | February 17, 2022 at 1:44 pm |

    Whack-a-Mole Jeopardy is back in full. Not to disparage any of these competitors, who deserve applause for their perseverance and achievement, but I miss the sheer exhilaration of watching this game played by masterly players.

    • From things my papa taught me-
      When a remark is preceded by “not to(fill in the blank)… what’s being conveyed is (fill in the blank).

      • Debbie Stover | February 17, 2022 at 9:26 pm |

        No. They’re there, and that’s a terrific accomplishment. But it’s not in the same universe as Ken, James, Matt, Amy.

        Look, AAA players are highly accomplished. But they pale in comparison to the ‘27 Yankees.

    • I much prefer the games we’ve seen over the last two days with close 5-digit scores to runaways by one contestant.

      • I’m so with you Sara… a competitive game with 3 excellent scores going into final is way more interesting to me too!

      • Amen! Competitive games are so much more enjoyable than only one person monopolizing the entire half hour with the other 2 just standing there.

    • At the end of Double Jeopardy, Ken expressed his appreciation to the 3 players for each getting into 5 digits. This is both good instruction to the audience and a reflection of Ken’s authentic enthusiasm for the game. I liked it.

      • Lone Biker Of The Apacolypse | February 17, 2022 at 10:12 pm |

        Love Ken. He is just as good a host as he was a player.

        The other Ken plus is; when he gives the answer, we believe Ken knew the answer before it was given to him.

  4. Charlie brown is only two years younger than big bird. I watched sesame street since i was little but peanuts comic was on the air for 70 years so that was a good guess but daniel tiger? That only has been on the air since 2012 so that was like 10 years? Not even close.

    • Mark A. Murphy | February 17, 2022 at 3:07 pm |

      Daniel tiger, isn’t that a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood puppet?

    • I don’t think it was a bad guess. Daniel Tiger has only had is own show for a few years, but the character originated on Mister Roger’s Neighborhood in the 1960s.

    • “Peanuts” was a newspaper comic strip beginning in 1950 but it never a regular TV series. It was adapted into TV specials, movies and a stage production beginning in 1965.

  5. Mark A. Murphy | February 17, 2022 at 3:04 pm |

    Two days in a row the center rostrum has emerged victorious. The streak has ended.

  6. I thought someone might go for Bart Simpson, but he premiered in 1989.

    • I was thinking along the same lines but Bart is older than 6 1/2 and the show, as you noted, hasn’t been on for that many years. Whiffed the answer…

  7. I don’t know how I got that FJ right, but I did. I knew instantly it had to be Sesame Street but spent the rest of the time debating which character to put. I simply went with the most massive one, and lo and behold. I think the clue could have been a little more specific, such as adding “Despite his appearance” to preface it. Other characters on the show could be 6.5 y/o as well (and probably are) so it ended up being a shot in the dark between Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Count von Count, and Grover. I found Elmo doubtful as he’s clearly a kid (“only” would not apply) and didn’t think they’d do one of Bert or Ernie without discreetly referencing the other.

    Second day in a row with a fun, contested match, so I enjoyed it. I also need to catch up on the primetime games…

    • Lone Biker Of The Apacolypse | February 17, 2022 at 10:18 pm |

      Oscar too grouchy to be young. Count is hundreds of years old, being a vampire. Bert and Ernie are independent adults. Elmo was introduced in the 90s. Kermit drives a car. Grover… maybe.

      • What I’m saying is that it would be a surprising bit of trivia if one of the others was the answer – just as surprising as Big Bird, but for the reasons you stated. (Except Bert/Ernie and Kermit. Which were ones I didn’t consider.)

        Did not know Elmo was a more recent addition. That surprises me.

  8. Mike W, Phoenix | February 17, 2022 at 9:31 pm |

    I knew it had to be someone from Sesame Street but I guessed Ernie. I guess Bert and Oscar the Grouch would be ticked at me.

  9. I don’t mind the occasional sponsored category.
    but I do think that any of those “guest reader” categories have a drawback of taking more airtime than a normal category, thus an increased probability of clues being left on the board due to running short on time. (hence today’s 3 unrevealed clues that round)

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