Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Modern War) for Monday, February 28, 2022 (Season 38, Game 121):
Called the longest siege of a capital in modern history, the assault on this city lasted from 1992 to 1996
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Ellen Pratt, a strategic projects director from Boston, Massachusetts
|Joe Choo, a student from Las Vegas, Nevada
|Christine Whelchel, a piano teacher & church organist from Spring Hill, Tennessee (3-day total: $59,601)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: After winning three times last week, Christine Whelchel returns this week as a 3-day champion, which puts her onto our Tournament of Champions Tracker here at The Jeopardy! Fan. The way the field is shaping up, with very few spots left in the field and 110 episodes still to go this season, it’s looking like Christine may need two victories to cement her spot in the next Tournament of Champions. Starting out the week as challengers: Joe Choo and Ellen Pratt, as Ken Jennings stays hosting this week’s games.
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Correct response: What is Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina?
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Shortly after Bosnia and Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia early in 1992, a group of Serbians located in Bosnia, aiming to create a Bosnian Serb state, began a siege of the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, in April 1992. The siege lasted until the end of February, 1996, a total of 1,425 days. (The siege ended on Leap Day in 1996). Four the commanders of the siege were convicted of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the years following and imprisoned.
Jeopardy! Round categories: American History, Sports By Their Honors, Small Adjectives, 2-Word Book Titles, Kickin’ It, Old School
Christine got out to a fast start, including finding the Daily Double on the 2nd clue. By the opening break, though, Ellen got back close to the lead, buoyed by going 3/5 in the sports category.
Coming out of the break, a major turning point was a clue about McGill University in the OLD SCHOOL category—Ellen got it incorrect and Christine picked up the rebound for a major swing, leading to Christine holding a commanding lead after Single Jeopardy. (Yes, I’m trying to normalize this term.)
Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Colors in Nature, Around the World, The Pickle Barrel, Letters From Famous People, Backing Bands, Homophones to the Letter
Ellen went a little bit conservative on her Daily Double betting, only going clue value on the first one. Christine, however, went hunting and found the final one, going slightly more aggressive for $3,000, but getting her poets mixed up, and falling back slightly. The final 19 clues saw a number of incorrect responses, with the three players combining for 9 in total over the entire round.
Moving on to Final, Christine was the only one to get Final correct today, which makes her the first 4-time champion since Amy Schneider. Will her total be enough for the Tournament of Champions if she doesn’t win tomorrow? Only time will tell.
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, February 28, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:
Scores going into Final:
Joe -$1,400 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Ellen $7,000 – $5,500 = $1,500 (What is Kuwait City?)
Christine $11,800 + $2,201 = $14,001 (What is Sarajevo?) (4-day total: $73,602)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) AMERICAN HISTORY $400 (clue #2)
Christine 200 +1000 (Joe 0 Ellen 0)
2) AROUND THE WORLD $1600 (clue #7)
Ellen 4600 +1600 (Christine 8800 Joe -1000)
3) LETTERS FROM FAMOUS PEOPLE $1200 (clue #11, $25200 left on board)
Christine 10000 -3000 (Joe -1000 Ellen 4200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 105
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
Christine $14,200 Coryat, 23 correct, 3 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
Ellen $7,000 Coryat, 13 correct, 5 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Joe -$1,400 Coryat, 6 correct, 5 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $19,800
Lach Trash: $20,200 (on 17 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $14,000
Christine Whelchel, career statistics:
95 correct, 11 incorrect
7/8 on rebound attempts (on 21 rebound opportunities)
37.99% in first on buzzer (87/229)
2/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$8,500)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,250
Joe Choo, career statistics:
6 correct, 5 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: -$1,400
Ellen Pratt, career statistics:
13 correct, 6 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,000
Christine Whelchel, to win:
5 games: 42.437%
Avg. streak: 4.737 games.
Ellen has had many major life milestones take place in the form of crossword puzzles.
Joe is an NCAA Division 1 fencer.
Christine wants to normalize cancer recovery and is without her wig.
- Along the premise of “if I thought this, I’m sure someone else likely will too”, I originally read the HOMOPHONES TO THE LETTER $1600 clue as “4-letter palindromic female flock member” and not the actual clue, “4-legged palindromic female flock member”, and I was very confused.
Link to the box score: February 28, 2022 Box Score
Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
Ellen: You need to bet at least $2,600, but you might as well bet all $7,000, as you can’t be passed from behind.
Christine: Just in case Ellen doesn’t bet $2,600 (which happens often enough to take into account), bet $2,201. You could go up to $4,799 if you really like the category, but I don’t really recommend it at this point.
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