Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, February 28, 2022

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)

Today’s contestants:

Ellen Pratt, a strategic projects director from Boston, Massachusetts
Ellen Pratt on Jeopardy!
Joe Choo, a student from Las Vegas, Nevada
Joe Choo on Jeopardy!
Christine Whelchel, a piano teacher & church organist from Spring Hill, Tennessee (3-day total: $59,601)
Christine Whelchel on Jeopardy!

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.

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Game Recap:

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:
Christine $11,800
Ellen $7,000
Joe -$1,400

Tonight’s results:
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)

Christine Whelchel, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 28, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Christine $8,400
Ellen $2,600
Joe $200

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

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 $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%
6: 18.009%
7: 7.642%
8: 3.243%
9: 1.376%
Avg. streak: 4.737 games.

Today’s interviews:
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.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • 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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24 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, February 28, 2022"

  1. Oh I was way off, thinking of Mogadishu in that era.

  2. Lone Biker Of The Apacolypse | February 28, 2022 at 11:21 am |

    Got it. I was part of USAF’s effort to protect the city in late ’95.

    Pray for the people of Ukraine.

  3. Michael Johnston | February 28, 2022 at 11:25 am |

    Yeah, there was a lot of coverage back then, particularly the atrocities 🙁

  4. Christine looks so different today compared to the first couple of days. I missed the chat with her every day so I don’t know but I’m wondering if she’s a cancer survivor

    • Yes, Christine is trying to normalize cancer recovery — she’s spoken about this at least twice now in her contestant interviews.

      (This is probably why it’s never a good idea to just fast-forward through the interviews, for what it’s worth.)

      • Lone Biker Of The Apacolypse | February 28, 2022 at 8:57 pm |

        Beautiful with or without wig. Most importantly, we are thankful you are here, Christine!

    • I didn’t fast forward through anything. I was getting ready for work and simply missed that part.
      I’m happy to hear she’s in recovery.
      I applaud her.

  5. I love your posting of the game recap Andy.

  6. Trying to think through the dilemma of early taping. This makes twice in the recent past (Betty White post passing question, and war today) when Jeopardy could be perceived as insensitive. I know that is not the case. Could there be a visual disclaimer with taping date, or “taped earlier “ at the beginning of the episode? Would that be TMI or helpful? Just thinking on my would not happen often. Go Christine, happy for your 4th win. Keep going and going!

    • I don’t see anything in this episode that is “insensitive” (nor do I recall anything insensitive re: Betty White). Are you saying that the mere mention of “war” today, or “Betty White” earlier is insensitive?

      • I think the reasoning for a disclaimer is because some people ignorant of the taping/airing lag would be likely to think the show was capitalizing on current events (and likely making waves on social media with their negative opinions about that).

        • For reference, Wheel of Fortune did have a “THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O’BRIEN” puzzle in one episode. They had to add a disclaimer stating that it was shot before the Leno v. Conan late-night feud. Undoubtedly lots of people knew what the solution was before the puzzle was even revealed.

          But I agree that there’s nothing insensitive about either clue.

  7. I remember when Sarajevo hosted the winter games. If the viewers at home still had the witer olympics on their mind especially with the paralympics starting this week, it may have been easier from the couch than on stage.

  8. Was my comment deemed inappropriate, Andy ?

  9. I remember when Sarajevo was the sight of Temple Prime in Tiberium Wars for Command and Conquer and for Kane’s Wrath. Furthermore, this wasn’t hard. I am happy we finally see Christine breaking the three game curse and ending a three week leader curse to win her 4th game. keep it going!

    • I don’t know what relevance the Russian invasion of Ukraine has to this Final Jeopardy. It hasn’t been going on for four years, but more like five days, so what would be the confusion? Even if the program WERE “live,” I think the contestants would know that Kiev-Kyiv is not the answer.

  10. Michael Johnston | February 28, 2022 at 8:17 pm |

    Christine’s win puts her in 12th place by the ToC Tracker. It’s better than being below the cutoff line, but it would obviously be ideal to get win #5 tomorrow.

  11. Mike W, Phoenix | February 28, 2022 at 8:24 pm |

    Andy as a look ahead help for you given that I’m certain that many stations will either pre-empt or re-schedule the show due to President Biden’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. Here is Phoenix, Tuesday ‘s episode will air at 330 AM on Wednesday morning. Wont that be a treat???

  12. Andy, I was hanging laundry and misheard that clue the same way you did and had the same confused reaction until I realized what it must’ve said.

  13. Brad (not Rutter) | February 28, 2022 at 10:43 pm |

    Appreciate the detailed game recap and betting suggestions.

  14. It happened to me as well with “ewe”; I had to rewind to re-verify.

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