Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, February 2, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Recent TV) for Wednesday, February 2, 2022 (Season 38, Game 103):

The credits on “The Queen’s Gambit” included this man as “special consultant”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Emma Saltzberg, a consultant from Brooklyn, New York
Emma Saltzberg on Jeopardy!
Ben Sloat, an artist & art professor from Brookline, Massachusetts
Ben Sloat on Jeopardy!
Scott Plummer, a software developer from Golden, Colorado (1-day total: $28,800)
Scott Plummer on Jeopardy!

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Meanwhile, we are less than a week from the start of the prime time (on ABC) National College Championship, and the community is still begging ABC to release more promotional materials, namely, the names of all of the competing contestants and the actual format of the event.


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Correct response: Who is Garry Kasparov? (or Bruce Pandolfini—see below for my thoughts as to why)


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Having looked at a credit roll this morning for The Queen’s Gambit (as I’m always about trying to find primary sources as much as I can), there are two people credited as “Special Consultant”. I have to assume that the show is looking for Garry Kasparov here, as he is the more famous name—having battled IBM’s Deep Blue in the 1990s—but noted American chess teacher Bruce Pandolfini was the chess consultant for Walter Tevis, who wrote the 1983 novel that the Netflix series is based on—and Pandolfini also received Special Consultant credit on The Queen’s Gambit. There are certainly plenty of extra characters available—it would have been incredibly easy to pin this clue further by stating “grandmaster”, or “former World Champion”—titles that were held by Kasparov and not Pandolfini. The best case scenario is that the show receives a significant amount of unnecessary viewer feedback from those wondering why there may have been two possible correct responses here.


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

Scores going into Final:
Scott $17,000
Emma $12,200
Ben $6,800


Tonight’s results:
Ben $6,800 + $0 = $6,800 (Who is Kasparov?)
Emma $12,200 + $10,000 = $22,200 (Who is Kasparov? Kasparov?) (1-day total: $22,200)
Scott $17,000 – $7,401 = $9,599 (Who is Bobby Fisher?)


Emma Saltzberg, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 2, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Scott $5,800
Emma $5,000
Ben $1,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) AGAIN $400 (clue #23)
Emma 1000 +1000 (Scott 5000 Ben 1800)
2) POETRY $1200 (clue #9)
Ben 1400 -1400 (Scott 9800 Emma 7400)
3) ALLITERATIVE GEOGRAPHY $1600 (clue #14, $21200 left on board)
Ben 800 +2000 (Scott 12200 Emma 7400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 130


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 18 (0.17 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Emma $11,600 Coryat, 20 correct, 5 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Scott $17,000 Coryat, 22 correct, 1 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Ben $7,800 Coryat, 8 correct, 3 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,400
Lach Trash: $9,400 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,200

Scott Plummer, career statistics:
41 correct, 6 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
35.96% in first on buzzer (41/114)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,400

Ben Sloat, career statistics:
9 correct, 3 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $600)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,800

Emma Saltzberg, career statistics:
21 correct, 5 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,600

Emma Saltzberg, to win:
2 games: 39.858%
3: 15.887%
4: 6.332%
5: 2.524%
6: 1.006%
Avg. streak: 1.663 games.

Today’s interviews:
Emma has seen the world’s largest cedar bucket in Murfreesboro, TN.
Ben met his wife on a study abroad program in the Hall of Antique Clocks.
Scott plays bagpipes with Centennial State Pipes and Drums.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • It is getting infuriating watching multiple hosts fail to prompt contestants to be more specific when there are multiple people in the same field with the same last name. There are multiple Harrison presidents (much like with Johnson, Bush, and Adams). There are multiple Manning NFL quarterbacks. There are multiple famous actors last name Hoffman and Wahlberg. All of those—and others—need to be prompted. If this means that the writers need to be proactive about this and place prompts on the host’s sheet, then I guess that means they have to do a little bit more work. But this accepting of responses that absolutely should be prompted needs to be changed. (I would like to be clear, this is not Mayim’s fault, nor is it Ken’s. This is on the writers.)
  • Ben’s Final Jeopardy! wager was less than ideal, as it ultimately gave him zero chance of winning the game (and cost him $1,000).

Link to the box score: February 2, 2022 Box Score

Link to the box score: February 2, 2022 Box Score

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29 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, February 2, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | February 2, 2022 at 9:55 am |

    Ha! I lucky guessed it 😀 I didn’t see the series, but I guessed Kasparov just because I follow him on Twitter LOL I imagine that if I got it, so would most other people (presumably many of whom did watch the series and paid attention to the credits).

  2. Admin note: Improperly accusing the show of product placement is against the comment policy here.

    “The Queen’s Gambit” is one of the biggest shows in media right now; any mention of any media property is not necessarily product placement. TV and movie trivia has always been fair game on the show.

    • Re: Above…

      If anything, promoting chess is like promoting Jeopardy!…and IMHO, anything that expands your mind and/or promotes critical thinking is a good thing!

      • What a great game tonight. Congrats Emma! She has a wide range of knowledge. I hope she’s out next super champ.

        I really like Mayim as host. She’s a natural. Upbeat and friendly and really keeps it moving along.

  3. Kasparov apparently identified the final match for them from a game 25+ years earlier from memory. Sort of like how I remember random sports games.

    Andy, Kasparov holds those titles currently (“former” is forever and so is Grandmaster).

  4. It was a good match. It would be interesting to hear what Ben was thinking with that FJ non-wager. He should have at least wagered enough to cover what Scott would (and did) end up with with an incorrect response.

  5. I was torn between Fischer and Kasparov as well, but settled on Kasparov as I thought I remembered Fischer was dead (and also that he consulted on the show).

    I own one of Pandolfini’s books, he’s a chess genius. Nice to see him recognized in the credits.

    • Michael Johnston | February 2, 2022 at 2:26 pm |

      I don’t remember this, having read it when it was just published, but apparently Tevis had a special thank you note to Pandolfini in the book.

      Regarding the FJ wagers: Scott’s was the only correct one, I think. Emma took a big chance by betting so large.

    • Even if Fischer wasn’t dead, I doubt he would have been available for consultation. He was a most unpleasant fellow.

    • And Bruce Pandolfini of course played by Ben KIngsley in the film Searching for Bobby Fischer

  6. I think the written quality of the clues has deteriorated over the past couple of years. I also agree that only a last name should not be accepted as a correct response when there are multiple first names that could be paired with it contextually. While a writers’ prompt would be helpful, isn’t it up to “the judges” to insist the contestant “be more specific”?

    • The judges and the writers are the same people, and the host, as moderator, is essentially the first judge.

      • Thank you for that information. I’ve always assumed the judges were separate from the writers, and that the current host had no judging responsibilities. Alex had the ability and experience to judge in most situations, but, other than Ken or Buzzy, I don’t get the sense of confidence from other guest hosts as to what’s acceptable and what’s not. Thanks again.

    • I think this is where Ken being a former contestant would help, he knows that just Harrison is unacceptable in the category.

      • Yet there are plenty of instances where Ken failed to ask for more specificity (i.e. allowing just “Manning” in a football category when Peyton, Eli and Archie were all well-known players)

  7. Question: since Ben lost all his money on the second Daily Double, why is the DD Efficiency 130 instead of 100? (This is probably a really obvious answer that I’m overlooking.)

  8. Well bobby fisher wasn’t a bad guess but I also got Kasparov as well since I have played chess before but still getting better at it. If Only Ben had increased his chances on the daily double he would have won the game. Emma did well today but her chances of a streak isn’t looking too good. But still I have watched a lot of chess competition on television many times. Definitely wanting to see Kasparaov playing other competitiors later on.

  9. If anyone here has seen the large sheets containing the game material (and I’m sure a few of you have; certainly Andy is familiar), underneath the correct response when appropriate, there can either be a list of alternative responses or a request for the host to prompt a player to provide a more specific response. The person or people in charge of that seem to have been slacking for the past 1.5 seasons, and it’s become more noticeable in recent weeks. It is reflecting poorly on the on-air talent.

    • Jim Cardillo | February 3, 2022 at 9:12 am |

      This is a great observation and I believe Andy alluded to it earlier when the game resumed after lockdown. The lack of a collaborative writing room during pandemic precautions can make for a hastily prepared match.

  10. I thought this was an easy Final- since Fischer died many years ago Kasparov was the obvious answer. One only had to know Queens Gambit was about chess, not too difficult given its popularity and the name.

    Yeah, as others have mentioned Emma bet too much. She could have covered Ben betting it all and still beat Scott if he and Emma were both wrong (assuming Scott covered Emma betting it all).

    I find Mayim’s slight delay in confirming an answer is correct really annoying. It throws off the rhythm of the game. I know others have mentioned it before. Looking forward to Ken’s return.

  11. I don’t have an issue with there being a possible 2nd correct response. It would only become an issue if someone responded with “Pandolfini” and it was ruled “incorrect”

  12. More info on the college tournament, including a list of contestant names (and their colleges), and the matchups and dates for the 12 quarterfinal games can be found here:
    http://www.jeopardy.com/contestant-zone/national-college-championship
    but no info on how the semifinals or finals will work

    • nevermind. There is a link to the “bracket”, which explains that the winners of the 12 quarterfinal games will form 4 semifinal games, but only the 3 semifinal winners with the highest scores will advance to the final (meaning the lowest scoring semifinal winner is eliminated)

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