Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century Fiction) for Tuesday, February 8, 2022 (Season 38, Game 107):

The author’s foreword to this novel says, “When I read it now I feel myself back again on the steamer from Aswan to Wadi Halfa”

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(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Andrés Quijano, a student at Cornell University originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico
Andrés Quijano on Jeopardy!
Krystle Valerio, an executive assistant from Norristown, Pennsylvania
Krystle Valerio on Jeopardy!
Lawrence Long, a nursing student & stay-at-home uncle from East Bend, North Carolina (1-day total: $23,201)
Lawrence Long on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Lawrence Long, unseated 3-day champion Emma Saltzberg yesterday; today, he attempts to defend his title against Krystle and Andrés. Andrés is the second person introduced as originally from Puerto Rico to compete in the last two seasons, with Puerto Rico unrepresented in J! Archive otherwise.

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Correct response: What is Death on the Nile?

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Death on the Nile is Agatha Christie’s famous 1937 work of detective fiction featuring the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot on a Nile River steamship tour, touring the Nile between Shellal to Wadi Haifa.

Interestingly, there is a Kenneth Branagh-directed adaptation of the film opening on Friday, with Branagh starring as Hercule Poirot, in spite of Armie Hammer remaining in the film’s cast despite 2021 abuse allegations.

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

Scores going into Final:
Krystle $10,600
Lawrence $10,200
Andrés $800

Tonight’s results:
Andrés $800 – $799 = $1 (What is 1001 Arabian Nights?)
Lawrence $10,200 + $10,190 = $20,390 (What is Death on the Nile?) (2-day total: $43,591)
Krystle $10,600 – $10,201 = $399 (What is Murder on the Orient Express?)

Lawrence Long, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 8, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Krystle $7,000
Lawrence $5,800
Andrés -$200


Opening break taken after: 16 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE LAST THOUSAND YEARS $1000 (clue #7)
Lawrence 1200 +1000 (Krystle 2000 Andrés 0)
2) SOUTH AMERICAN CAPITALS $1600 (clue #4)
Andrés 200 -1000 (Lawrence 6200 Krystle 7000)
3) READ THE ROOM! $1600 (clue #9, $26000 left on board)
Krystle 8200 -1200 (Lawrence 6600 Andrés -2800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 19

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $2,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 21 (0.20 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Lawrence $10,200 Coryat, 20 correct, 3 incorrect, 38.18% in first on buzzer (21/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Krystle $11,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 32.73% in first on buzzer (18/55), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Andrés $1,800 Coryat, 6 correct, 5 incorrect, 16.36% in first on buzzer (9/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $23,800
Lach Trash: $15,600 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,600

Lawrence Long, career statistics:
40 correct, 8 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
36.04% in first on buzzer (40/111)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,600)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,300

Krystle Valerio, career statistics:
18 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
32.73% in first on buzzer (18/55)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,200)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,800

Andrés Quijano, career statistics:
6 correct, 6 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
16.36% in first on buzzer (9/55)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $1,800

Lawrence Long, to win:
3 games: 39.133%
4: 15.314%
5: 5.993%
6: 2.345%
7: 0.918%
Avg. streak: 2.643 games.

Today’s interviews:
Andrés wanted world domination, eternal life, and a trip to McDonald’s for his fifth birthday.
Krystle found out that her and her twin sister were identical twins, not fraternal.
Lawrence has promised his niece a trip to Hawaii for learning her state capitals.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • A rules reminder for viewers: With regards to THE LAST THOUSAND YEARS $400, failing to phrase in the form of a question in the opening round is a warning offense, not a penalty. Mayim correctly warned Lawrence for his failing to phrase. This has always been the case.
  • All 3 of our players today overbet Final Jeopardy. Krystle should have bet $9,801, Lawrence no more than $8,599, and Andrés should have bet $0.
  • Because this somehow needs to be said: The starred city on the map on the SOUTH AMERICAN CAPITALS $400 clue—also clearly stated in the clue as the northernmost capital in South America—was very clearly Caracas, Venezuela.

Link to the box score: February 8, 2022 Box Score

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, February 8, 2022"

  1. Even a nominal subscription to the pop culture/entertainment zeitgeist makes this an instaget final. Great clue to get if you are in the lead.

    • Michael Johnston | February 8, 2022 at 4:16 pm |

      Dang, missed another one :p Never read the story (or anything by Agatha Christie), never saw the older film and couldn’t make a connection to the new one

  2. I think this one may be easier for viewers than the contestants since currently there are previews out everywhere for Death on the Nile so it was fresh in my head (probably been 40 years since I’ve read the book and never seen a movie version of it). If Lawrence wins today, he should fiddle with his mustache as a tribute to Poirot. And speaking of Poirot, he once was the answer to a final jeopardy asking about a fictional character whose obituary was in the New York Times.

  3. There would not have been previews 2 months ago, so a little more difficult for the contestants than the viewers. Although they’re more likely to know Agatha Christie than the general public. 🙂

  4. Oh yes, I have certainly noticed Mayim saying “…single Jeopardy…”. I have not given it a thought except to think “Oh that is so novel of her to say”. And leave it at that. Why be angry about it?

  5. Death on the nule had a movie preview based on the book by christie. This should be an Easy final as i am planning to play the pc adventure games from agatha Christie later on. Although orient express was close but 1001 Arabian nights was not a novel by Christie.

    • The big problem with ‘1001 Arabian nights’ is it being written long before the 20th Century. My immediate thought was “it’s probably either ‘The African Queen’ or ‘Death on the Nile’ but perhaps ‘The African Queen’ was written in the late 1800s or was named differently than the film or was on a different river,” so I correctly chose ‘Death on the Nile’. But despite my having been an Agatha Christie fan in my teens and twenties, I am not sure I would have remembered the title fast enough were it not for current promotional work for the new movie.

      [It would not have surprised me if it had turned out to be from a Hemingway book since not liking the ones I have read has kept me from noting others of his, but I have found that ‘The African Queen’ WAS the name of the book the movie was based on and it WAS written in the 1900s, so even though it was the wrong river for the clue, I think it would have made a more reasonable wrong answer than ‘1001 Arabian Nights’.]

  6. David John Craven | February 8, 2022 at 5:44 pm |

    My issue with the African Queen is that it was set in WWI in what is today Tanzania (it was a German colony at the time) and is involved with the Lake Campaign. So it is really too far from the listed locations (which are in Egypt). It was readily apparent it was a book involving Egypt. And the other candidates would be excluded for other reasons. (For example, Alan Quartermain is in the wrong part of Africa and the book is pre-1900.) Mind you, I didn’t get it, but it shouldn’t have been that hard.

    • I don’t see why being set in WWI would rule out ‘The African Queen’ and I already said it was “on the wrong river” by which I meant “not on the Nile”, whereas I knew Aswan WAS on the Nile, though I did not know where Wadi Halfa was. That’s why my response (within 30 seconds) had been ‘Death on the Nile’.

      [Andy called ‘Death on the Nile’ a 1937 work, but that wasn’t part of the original answer/clue. In fact, write-ups about ‘Death on the Nile’ say it has no indication of time period and could even have been in the 19th Century.]

  7. It’s a shame that Ken didn’t get to deliver that rake clue.

  8. Thank you for speaking up about Mayim. While I personally prefer Ken as a host, the odious rhetoric I have seen online is sickening. She is not a bad host and is working hard to improve.

  9. I wonder if anyone has ever refused to phrase any of the Single Jeopardy responses in the form of a question, since by rule that is not penalized in that first round. Of course, if someone tried that they’d probably get a stern talking to by the producers after the first few responses.

    • Surely they would not want to risk it becoming a habit and accidentally doing that in Double Jeopardy, too. (Besides my being in disbelief that ANYONE who could make it on to Jeopardy — which often takes years of trying — would then disrespect the show in that way.) [Though I suppose that someone finding themselves up against a 40X champ could conceivably desperately try that as a distraction to the champ.]

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