Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, February 3, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Famous Americans) for Thursday, February 3, 2022 (Season 38, Game 104):

He was buried in 1969 in one of the World War II uniform jackets named for him

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Zach Gozlan, a data analyst from Washington, DC
Zach Gozlan on Jeopardy!
Heather Brice, a retired flight attendant from Brooksville, Florida
Heather Brice on Jeopardy!
Emma Saltzberg, a consultant from Brooklyn, New York (1-day total: $22,200)
Emma Saltzberg on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Emma picked up $22,200 on 2/2/22 yesterday; a number of eagle-eyed viewers picked up on that coincidental piece of numerology yesterday. Heather and Zach take their places today in the hope that they unseat Emma and get to be named Jeopardy! champion themselves. Emma’s chances of defending her title will certainly be helped if she can keep the incorrect responses down; she had five yesterday.

Apropos of nothing: The challenger at the middle lectern hasn’t won since November 8th; the last 7 challengers to win have all come from the rightmost lectern.

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Correct response: Who is Dwight Eisenhower?

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The “Eisenhower jacket” (“Jacket, Field, Wool, Olive Drab”) was developed in the later stages of World War II and was quickly adopted as a layer of the standard combat uniform. Worn on its own, the jacket was also considered to be the Army’s dress and parade uniform. When the former President died in 1969, he was buried in one of his jackets. Eisenhower is currently interred at the Eisenhower Presidential Center in Abilene, Kansas.

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

Scores going into Final:
Emma $20,200
Zach $12,800
Heather $4,300

Tonight’s results:
Heather $4,300 – $4,000 = $300 (Who is Flak?)
Zach $12,800 – $7,401 = $5,399 (Who is Lindbergh)
Emma $20,200 – $5,401 = $14,799 (Who is Flak?) (2-day total: $36,999)

Emma Saltzberg, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 3, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Emma $6,000
Zach $5,200
Heather -$400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) IT’S A NATIONAL THING $400 (clue #12)
Emma 1000 +1000 (Heather -1000 Zach 1200)
2) IDIOMS & EXPRESSIONS $1200 (clue #3)
Emma 6800 +3000 (Heather -400 Zach 5600)
3) ROCKS & MINERALS $2000 (clue #20, $12000 left on board)
Heather 4400 -2500 (Emma 12200 Zach 13200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 87

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 $17,800 Coryat, 22 correct, 3 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Zach $12,800 Coryat, 23 correct, 3 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Heather $6,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,400
Lach Trash: $5,800 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,800

Emma Saltzberg, career statistics:
43 correct, 9 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
38.60% in first on buzzer (44/114)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,700

Heather Brice, career statistics:
9 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,800

Zach Gozlan, career statistics:
23 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,800

Emma Saltzberg, to win:
3 games: 52.228%
4: 27.278%
5: 14.247%
6: 7.441%
7: 3.886%
Avg. streak: 3.093 games.

Today’s interviews:
Zach spent four hours directing traffic on his own accord at a mall at Christmas.
Heather sang and played piano with Ray Charles in Atlanta.
Emma has cats named after children from The Sopranos.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • With regards to MASHED-UP BOOK TITLES $800: Because the book was originally published in Spanish, as Cien años de soledad, which could translate to “Hundred Years of Solitude”, the show’s leading article rule means that “One Hundred…”, “A Hundred…”, “The Hundred…”, and “Hundred…” are all considered to be equally acceptable per the rules of the show.
  • With regards to ROCKS & MINERALS $1600, Zircon, (zirconia), and zirconium are different.

Link to the box score: February 3, 2022 Box Score

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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, February 3, 2022"

  1. So according to the College Tournament bracket, there are 12 quarterfinal matches, moving to 4 semifinals, but the final is only 3 players… so how does that work? Is it the three highest scoring winners of the semifinals? And no wild card spots this tournament?

    Also, does this mean each “episode” is an hour and contains two full Jeopardy episodes?

    I am a bit lost here honestly, even with the reveal.

    • I now see the note at the bottom about “the three winners with the highest semifinal total will advance to final” – that seems like it’ll be interesting strategy, but could be very unfair based on Final Jeopardy difficulty variance.

      • I do not love the idea of someone winning two games of Jeopardy, losing zero, and going home. At all.

    • One thing I like about the concept is it gives 36 people a chance to play versus 15 in a normal college tournament. Also, networks have to decide what they will program against the Olympics. Hard to know if the format was decided before the time slot was determined, but it gives ABC several hours worth of specialty programming at a time that it is probably going to lose viewers to the Olympics.

  2. Mary A Rose | February 3, 2022 at 1:07 pm |

    Today’s FJ is a cinch for we oldies.

    • Michael Johnston | February 3, 2022 at 2:29 pm |

      I don’t feel that old 😅 I only vaguely remember the “Ike” jacket. I cued off the 1969 hint.
      I liked how Emma rebounded on her FJ wager strategy today, betting just enough to cover Zach if he went all-in. I never thought about it before, but maybe the strategy for non-leaders is not as intuitive.

    • When I first saw the clue this morning, I thought that, just like with John Denver last week, anybody over 60 would probably get it, but was afraid younger contestants might not.

      • I agree but due to the presumption that they took American History in high school (and possibly college) and that they’ve seen at least some “war movies”, I would have thought that at least one of them would have guessed General MacArthur or maybe even General Patton — even though the latter died long before 1969 and neither would make good “names” for clothing.

  3. Triple stumper wins for the FJ leader in a crush scenario make me happy.

    Nice to see strong FJ bets from all three players, too.

    • Michael Johnston | February 3, 2022 at 5:11 pm |

      Although the wagering calculator agrees with Zach’s bet, my first thought was to play to cover Heather (betting at least $2000 but less than $4200) and count on Emma to make the rational cover bet.

  4. I guess it depends on what is in one’s “wheelhouse”, but I thought this was a very easy FJ question. At the same time, I can think of many categories where I would be completely adrift 🙂

  5. Pam schultz | February 3, 2022 at 2:25 pm |

    Mary, I agree. As an oldie I got it right away.

  6. as an oldie I knew dwight D eisenhower as this was a very easy final. But Lindbergh? That was before world war 2. Not sure what Zach was thinking writing that down. but still emma made a good betting strategy today. I think she can still make a comeback for friday if she keeps this winning pace up

    • Well, Lindbergh did do WWII combat missions in the Pacific as a civilian contractor. I’m guessing that Zach may have been thinking of Lindbergh’s distinctive flight jacket look.

  7. Robert Chitwood | February 3, 2022 at 6:34 pm |

    Being both from Kansas and a WW2 buff, FJ was easy but I wish the others had known that

  8. After Scott’s incorrect FJ answer yesterday, the clue mentioning Bobby Fischer’s death in 2008 looked like an inside joke.

    • Matthew Yothers | February 3, 2022 at 7:29 pm |

      Wow, Scott wrote down Bobby Fischer yesterday, and now Bobby Fischer is a correct response in this game. What a coincidence.

  9. James Dalziel | February 3, 2022 at 8:38 pm |

    Emma had another bunch of 2s ($20,200) after Double Jeopardy today!

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