Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Play Characters) for Wednesday, February 23, 2022 (Season 38, Game 118):

A 1949 review noted the “wrong formulas for success” of this character & “fatal misconceptions about his place in the scheme of things”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Christine Whelchel, a piano teacher & church organist from Spring Hill, Tennessee
Christine Whelchel on Jeopardy!
Patrick Byrnett, a school administrator from Alexandria, Virginia
Patrick Byrnett on Jeopardy!
Henry Rozycki, a physician & professor from Richmond, Virginia (2-day total: $27,301)
Henry Rozycki on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: After a smart wager in Final Jeopardy! yesterday, Henry Rozycki defended his Jeopardy! title. His attempt stats appear to be about average (in the 35-36 range), but he’s playing well enough to be a 2-day champion. Patrick and Christine are your challengers today, will either of them be able to take him down?

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Correct response: Who is Willy Loman?

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Willy Loman was the title salesman in Arthur Miller’s 1949 play Death of a Salesman. It opened at the Morosco Theatre in New York, and Brooks Atkinson’s glowing review also spoke of Lee J. Cobb’s “heroic performance”, directed by Elia Kazan. Atkinson also said “Mr. Cobb’s tragic portrait of the defeated salesman is acting of the first rank”.

Personally, I was able to get this clue correct. That being said: I also know that I’m very easily able to associate things with specific years—and I have associated Death of a Salesman with 1949. This might be more difficult for people who haven’t made that connection as easily.

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Scores going into Final:
Christine $19,000
Henry $17,000
Patrick $8,800

Tonight’s results:
Patrick $8,800 + $8,800 = $17,600 (Who is Willy Loman?)
Henry $17,000 + $17,000 = $34,000 (Who is Willy Loman?)
Christine $19,000 + $15,000 = $34,000 (1-day total: $34,000) (Who is Willy Loman?)

Tiebreaker round category: FLOWERS

Tiebreaker round clue: After its inclusion in a 1915 poem, this red flower became a symbol of fallen World War I soldiers

Tiebreaker round correct response: What is a poppy?

Christine Whelchel, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 23, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Christine $8,000
Henry $5,800
Patrick $2,000

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) HIGHWAYS & BYWAYS $800 (clue #26)
Henry 4400 +2000 (Patrick 2800 Christine 6000)
2) NOTABLE PEOPLE $1200 (clue #13)
Christine 14000 +3000 (Henry 9800 Patrick 2400)
3) COUNTRY NICKNAMES $1600 (clue #16, $18000 left on board)
Christine 18200 -2000 (Henry 9800 Patrick 2400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 56

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 25 (0.21 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Christine $19,200 Coryat, 27 correct, 2 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Henry $15,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Patrick $8,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,800
Lach Trash: $4,400 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800

Henry Rozycki, career statistics:
52 correct, 7 incorrect
6/7 on rebound attempts (on 17 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (45/171)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,400)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,200

Patrick Byrnett, career statistics:
13 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,800

Christine Whelchel, career statistics:
29 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
44.83% in first on buzzer (26/58)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,200

Christine Whelchel, to win:
2 games: 60.151%
3: 36.182%
4: 21.764%
5: 13.091%
6: 7.874%
Avg. streak: 2.509 games.

Today’s interviews:
Christine is a breast cancer survivor; she auditioned for Jeopardy the night before her surgery.
Patrick met his wife at graduate school; she was his TA.
Henry was on a quiz show in Montreal when he was very young. (I’m trying to determine which one.)

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Today’s game is the 13th known occurrence of a tiebreaker round in the history of Jeopardy!, and the fourth in regular play.
  • If you remember yesterday’s game, Henry bet $1 too much from second place. In light of that, I think that Christine’s bet was a good idea, just in case Henry had done the same thing today. Plus, it worked out for her.
  • Christine’s and Henry’s overall stats include the extra clue from the tiebreaker.

Link to the box score: February 23, 2022 Box Score

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35 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, February 23, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | February 23, 2022 at 10:31 am |

    I guessed Willy Loman, but only based on knowing ‘Salesman’ was from around that time. I didn’t know it was first staged in 1949.

  2. A game that ends in a tie breaker; how exciting!!! And Christine wins.

  3. Wow, that was a wild finish. To wildly overbet from second and find yourself in a tiebreaker… not sure if I’ve ever seen that.

    Hopefully Christine avoids hiccups like that moving forward. She played a nice game.

  4. Andy, the subject of paying attention to the prior day’s champions’ betting strategy comes up now and then, as it did today. Just out of curiosity, do the “Monday” contestants get shown the results from the “Friday” taping before their game? They obviously would not have been in attendance for the taping on that day.

    • One exception would be if they were an alternate the prior taping week, in which case they would likely play either Monday or Tuesday, so they don’t have to wait around all tape day again. A hometown close to LA on a Monday/Tuesday game is usually a giveaway, since they use locals as alternates, wouldn’t want someone to fly in twice.

  5. aaronthecrystalclod | February 23, 2022 at 2:59 pm |

    Why, oh why, should you wager for a tie? It sounds counterintuitive when she’s the one in first place. She could’ve been even just one dollar more and she’d be the champion. But no, she had to earn it the hard way.

    • Alan Thomson | February 23, 2022 at 3:25 pm |

      There was no down side to betting a dollar more and avoiding a possible tie – right and she’s champion, wrong and she’s not unless the other two are both wrong AND bet wrongly.

    • Michael Johnston | February 23, 2022 at 4:57 pm |

      She should not have. The rational wager in her position was $15001 for the very reason that you WANT to avoid a tie where you give Henry another chance to beat you.
      It was a crazy finish 🤪 Hopefully Christine will have learned a lesson on playing for the win!

      • A lot of people in this comment section are acting much more viscerally towards tonight’s Final Jeopardy! wagering than I’m comfortable seeing.

        • you critique the wagering amounts of contestants all the time. I don’t see these critiques as being any different. (I suppose since it is your site, you can do whatever you want, though)

  6. Another tie breaker since the college championship and I am happy christine won today. A wild finish today and I read about the death of a salesmen in grade school so this is pretty easy. Furthermore, Christine has a good shot at the 3 or 4 game streak run to end february. We need a streaker in her to keep the game going.

  7. What was Henry’s response to the tie-breaker, to which the correct response was Poppy?

  8. There are few enough modern plays that come up with high frequency that knowing the exact years seems worthwhile. For example, I know through watching that Waiting for Godot is 1955.

  9. Wasn’t the type of broom mentioned in the curling clue in the Jeopardy round legislated out of existence, as you can no longer that particular type of broom?

  10. Mike:

    I have a 25 year history playing Reach for the Top, staffing tournaments, and now working for Reach; I assure you that the format that Henry described does not describe Reach’s format at any point in its history.

  11. Debbie Stover | February 23, 2022 at 9:23 pm |

    What do you know, Ken can pronounce both Edinburgh and genre correctly. I think he’s a keeper.

    • I was previously unsure about whether I preferred Ken or Mayim. But after seeing them both closely together, I now prefer Ken, primarily because he keeps things flowing better, with less unnecessary pauses between contestants’ responses and the decision announcements. I consider more correct pronunciations as just a bonus, because not everyone pronounces all words the same, so I don’t see that as always a black/white situation, “St. Augustine” being a good example.

  12. I wonder if they would have accepted “pokey” as a correct response to the “another word for prison” clue in the “from P to Y” category. It is a slang term, but it is used for jail/prison (or at least it used to be) and it meets the category criteria.

  13. Judith Squires | February 23, 2022 at 11:04 pm |

    Our Jeopardy was disrupted due to Putin’s unprovoked invasion. Checking here, I did correctly guess Willie Loman, largely because of the year and the utterly great performance the late Brian Dennehy gave in LA that we saw a few years ago–the best single stage performance I’ve ever seen.

  14. Hey, people, at least you were able to see tonight’s exciting show! Here in L.A., about halfway through it was interrupted for an up-to-the-minute on Russia/Ukraine. Not that that isn’t important, but they just finished the news a few minutes previous, and then there are all the news shows that follow. Surely, they could have afforded us a few more minutes to enjoy a break!

  15. Debbie Stover | February 23, 2022 at 11:23 pm |

    I think they would have. It’s possible they even had it down, with penitentiary, as one of two possibilities.

    If not, and if Ken had initially ruled against pokey, I think that would’ve been reversed very quickly.

  16. I love the presence of both “Patrick” and “Henry” on tonight’s show. I doubt anyone can point out another instance of a very famous historical character being so represented!

  17. Half of it on the West Coast was pre-empted for breaking news.

  18. Patrick and Henry, another P to Y. I thought the answer was pokey too and wondered if they would have accepted it. Watching the replay, you could see the look of panic on Christine’s face when she realized she should have wagered one more dollar. Glad it all worked out for her.

  19. Carol Gilbertson | February 24, 2022 at 4:07 pm |

    I was unable to see this broadcast since it was interrupted near the beginning with “breaking news” regarding Syria. How can I find out if and when it will be re-broadcast in the Los Angeles market? (KABC7)

  20. Apparently the show Henry is referring to is a show called Tween Set, which I watched in 1965 and 1966. There was a portion of the show called”Pop Up Quiz”.

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