Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, February 7, 2022

Welcome to the start of a new week of episodes! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Toys & Games) for Monday, February 7, 2022 (Season 38, Game 106):

Its co-creator said adding an “L” to the end of the 1st word in the original title of this board game invented in 1979 “made it”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Jennifer Kronenberger, a social worker from Metairie, Louisiana
Jennifer Kronenberger on Jeopardy!
Lawrence Long, a nursing student & stay-at-home uncle from East Bend, North Carolina
Lawrence Long on Jeopardy!
Emma Saltzberg, a consultant from Brooklyn, New York (3-day total: $54,199)
Emma Saltzberg on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: In what is the start of a busy two and a half weeks on the show, Emma Saltzberg returns as a 3-day champion; she’ll face Lawrence Long and Jennifer Kronenberger in a game absolutely crucial to her Tournament of Champions chances. Emma’s a strong champion—on her best days she’s at Amy Schneider-levels—but the variance levels remain to be seen at this point.

On another note, the primetime Jeopardy! National College Championship begins tomorrow night on ABC prime time (8:00 Eastern and Pacific, 7:00 Central and Mountain). These episodes are above and beyond the normal syndicated episodes. So, you’ll get an extra hour of Jeopardy! Tuesday through Friday between tomorrow and the final of Jeopardy! National College Championship on February 22. One interesting wrinkle to this is that Jeopardy! will be airing opposite itself in Phoenix—the show airs in Phoenix at 7:30 local time on independent station KTVK, while Jeopardy! National College Championship airs on KNXV (ABC) from 7:00 to 8:00 local time.

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Correct response: What is Trivial Pursuit?

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After the frustration of having to keep buying Scrabble sets because they weren’t positive their previous sets still had all of the tiles, Montreal-based newspaper reporters Chris Haney and Scott Abbott decided to invent their own game, as they figured there was a lot of money in board games. They settled on a trivia game, eventually titled Trivial Pursuit, in 1979. By 1984, the game was a North American phenomenon. The Trivial Pursuit phenomenon reached a point where television stations in the United States were more than willing to take a chance on the syndicated revival of a Merv Griffin network trivia game whose heyday was in the 1960s and 1970s. You might have heard of it. Something called Jeopardy?

(And yes, there was a significant amount of money in board games for both Abbott & Haney; both became rich due to the game.)

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

Scores going into Final:
Lawrence $14,800
Emma $11,600
Jennifer $5,600

Tonight’s results:
Jennifer $5,600 – $5,000 = $600 (What is ?)
Emma $11,600 – $2,000 = $9,600 (What is the)
Lawrence $14,800 + $8,401 = $23,201 (What is Trivial Pursuit?) (1-day total: $23,201)

Lawrence Long, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 7, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Emma $3,200
Lawrence $1,600
Jennifer $1,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) & THEN TO THE OPERA HOUSE! $1000 (clue #13)
Lawrence 2000 -2000 (Emma 2400 Jennifer 800)
2) CANNES $1200 (clue #4)
Lawrence 3600 +3600 (Emma 3200 Jennifer 1200)
3) PROSE $800 (clue #12, $22800 left on board)
Emma 8800 -4000 (Lawrence 8800 Jennifer 800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -45

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: THE WRATH OF KHAN $800
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 19 (0.18 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Lawrence $14,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 5 incorrect, 33.93% in first on buzzer (19/56), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Emma $15,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 30.36% in first on buzzer (17/56), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Jennifer $5,600 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 17.86% in first on buzzer (10/56), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,600
Lach Trash: $10,000 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,600

Emma Saltzberg, career statistics:
83 correct, 14 incorrect
5/6 on rebound attempts (on 20 rebound opportunities)
35.68% in first on buzzer (81/227)
5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,400)
1/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,200

Lawrence Long, career statistics:
19 correct, 5 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
33.93% in first on buzzer (19/56)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,600)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,400

Jennifer Kronenberger, career statistics:
9 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
17.86% in first on buzzer (10/56)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,600

Lawrence Long, to win:
2 games: 47.590%
3: 22.649%
4: 10.779%
5: 5.130%
6: 2.441%
Avg. streak: 1.908 games.

Today’s interviews:
Jennifer spent 3 years doing volunteer work in Alaska, Maryland, and Ireland.
Lawrence got to play a conch at a beach wedding.
Emma had a great-aunt who won a college scholarship on a radio quiz in the 40s.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I’ve seen a lot of people on Twitter as of late mentioning Mayim Bialik with their criticisms, or worse, abuse. This really puts Jeopardy! fans in a really bad light. Is it really that much of a struggle to practice kindness?

Link to the box score: February 7, 2022 Box Score

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24 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, February 7, 2022"

  1. Very cool backstory on today’s FJ, Andy. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for the reminder about “Jeopardy! National College Championship.” Here in South Carolina, regular Jeopardy! games run on our local NBC station! But since they are currently carrying the Olympic Games, I found the College Championship along with regular Jeopardy! on their second channel, which doesn’t normally show up on our cable guide. So I might well have missed it if I hadn’t known to go look for it.

  3. Michael Johnston | February 7, 2022 at 1:02 pm |

    Dang 🙁 Usually Toys and Games is a good category for me. I’d guess that the 1979 hint wouldn’t help many people.

    • Christopher Denault | February 7, 2022 at 2:35 pm |

      That 1979 hint is precisely why I did figure it out, as it locked me right away onto board games from that time period that were popular. Once the answer popped into my head in 10 seconds, I knew that was it.

    • I’d think the 1979 hint is extremely helpful to people who were 7 y/o or older at the time, but not very helpful to anyone born after. I presume this is why Emma blanked while Lawrence got it. I should have known this – I just blanked as I went through board games in my head – but being a Millennial, I’m more blaming myself for the “L” thing than I am the year.

    • Judy Lichtman | February 7, 2022 at 8:13 pm |

      The date was helpful to me. I remember some relatives visiting us and they brought it with them. My mom called all the local stores looking for it. It was hard to find but she got one. I think it’s in my basement.

  4. Add me to the list of headslappers who blanked on this. So obvious in hindsight.

  5. Debbie Stover | February 7, 2022 at 1:43 pm |

    I agree, Andy. But Jeopardy shouldn’t have set it up this way — with a man and a woman seeming to be in direct competition with each other for the permanent hosting job. In what universe has that ever NOT resulted in a misogynistic response?

  6. Michael Johnston | February 7, 2022 at 1:53 pm |

    Yeah, it does look harder for players to figure their best wager when they are in 2nd. If Emma wanted to ensure she stayed ahead of Jennifer, she should have wagered no more than $400, but the calculator suggests a wager of $3201 to keep Lawrence honest (and hope he’s wrong).

  7. Ive heard of trivial pursuit but still 1979 was way bavk then. Furthermore Hasbro interactive made two cd games of trivial pursuit and they added a 2009 version of that game. An obvioys easy clue for anyone who is a fan of trivial pursuit. Think about categories like sports wildcard arts and entertainment science and nature history and so forth

  8. Is this the first center lectern winner we’ve had in a while? It feels like it…

    It is unfortunate to hear that twitter trolls are abusive towards Mayim. I personally prefer Ken as a host (honestly by several orders of magnitude at this point) but nobody—absolutely nobody—deserves to be at the receiving end of abuse. It is disgraceful.

  9. I knew immediately because I’m Canadian and there was a lot of publicity around the inventors. Also I’m old and everyone I knew bought this game and it was played in many homes in the early 80s.

  10. My spouse and I still have our original Trivial Pursuit game and play it regularly, prefacing many of the questions with, “In 1980….” because a LOT has changed since then.

    Our kids got one of the specialty versions of Trivial Pursuit (Star Wars or LOTR or something we knew little about). So we played together on one board but they got the specialty questions and we got the “original” questions. Good times!

  11. Hoping for an Emma win if for no other reason than to get another 4 win qualifier for the ToC

    • Michael Johnston | February 7, 2022 at 8:55 pm |

      tch I was pulling for her too 🙁 Her 3 Day win total doesn’t look like it will make the cut.

  12. It’s often said that certain contestants on Jeopardy look like someone famous. Lawrence sounds like someone and I can’t quite place it. At least I’ll get one more night to try to figure it out!

  13. “stay-at-home uncle”?!?
    does that mean he looks after his sibling’s kids for them or something?

    Also, Emma’s story about her relative winning a full scholarship to college back in the 40s… college tuition was quite cheap back then compared to what it is these days. (even after adjusting for inflation)

    • What you said about college tuition is true, even just adjusted for inflation (for which $1,000 in fall of 1945 supposedly would be $15,114.20 in fall of 2021), but weren’t there also fewer colleges then and lots of competition from men on the G.I.bill? However, I am thinking that the main point was that the great-aunt had also been a winner on a quiz-show.

  14. Took me about 30 seconds but I got it. Basically the clue gives you the following:

    -well-known board game
    -At least 2 words in the name
    -First word likely ends in “al” (because it is rare to add an “l” to anything else and have it make a word)

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