Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American Cities) for Wednesday, February 9, 2022 (Season 38, Game 108):

Recorded on a visit to this California city, YouTube’s first video featured a man saying, “They have really, really, really long trunks”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

James Cantres, a historian & professor from Brooklyn, New York
James Cantres on Jeopardy!
Michelle Bemis, a high school history teacher from Allen Park, Michigan
Michelle Bemis on Jeopardy!
Lawrence Long, a nursing student & stay-at-home uncle from East Bend, North Carolina (2-day total: $43,591)
Lawrence Long on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Lawrence Long won his second game yesterday after a very competitive game; James Cantres and Michelle Bemis take to the stage today in an attempt to prevent Lawrence from reaching win number three.

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Correct response: What is San Diego?

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The very first video uploaded to YouTube could be watched and contestants could still have time to write down “What is San Diego?” on their screens; the video is only 19 seconds long. It was filmed near the elephants at the famous San Diego Zoo and was uploaded by the site’s founder, “jawed”, on April 23, 2005. The video was titled “Me at the zoo”.

The San Diego Zoo itself was founded in 1916 as a result of the animal exhibitions of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. A permanent tract of land in the city’s Balboa Park was set aside in 1921 for the zoo.

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

Scores going into Final:
Lawrence $18,000
Michelle $13,200
James $8,800

Tonight’s results:
James $8,800 – $8,000 = $800 (What is San Francisco?)
Michelle $13,200 + $4,401 = $17,601 (What is San Diego?)
Lawrence $18,000 + $13,201 = $31,201 (What is San Diego?) (3-day total: $74,792)

Lawrence Long, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 9, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Lawrence $5,200
Michelle $4,400
James $4,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) ISLE “B” $600 (clue #8)
Lawrence 800 +1000 (Michelle 0 James 2000)
2) VICE PRESIDENTS $1200 (clue #9)
Michelle 8400 +2000 (Lawrence 4800 James 5600)
3) IN AUTHORS’ FOOTSTEPS $1200 (clue #16, $19200 left on board)
Lawrence 6800 +6800 (Michelle 11200 James 7200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 224

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 21 (0.19 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Lawrence $12,000 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Michelle $12,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 2 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
James $8,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $33,200
Lach Trash: $15,800 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,000

Lawrence Long, career statistics:
57 correct, 9 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 12 rebound opportunities)
32.14% in first on buzzer (54/168)
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,400)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,200

Michelle Bemis, career statistics:
21 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,400

James Cantres, career statistics:
13 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,800

Lawrence Long, to win:
4 games: 45.137%
5: 20.374%
6: 9.196%
7: 4.151%
8: 1.874%
Avg. streak: 3.823 games.

Today’s interviews:
James became a father during the pandemic.
Michelle used “The Big Bang Theory” to help prepare for Jeopardy.
Lawrence had to retrieve a dinghy while sailing from the Bahamas to Florida.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • This was definitely a game that came down to the aggression on Daily Doubles. Lawrence bet much more aggressively than Michelle did, and that was your difference.

Link to the box score: February 9, 2022 Box Score

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26 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, February 9, 2022"

  1. I said Redwood City and have a feeling I may not be the only one.

    • Yeah, me, too

    • It probably helped me that I knew that “Me at the Zoo” was the first YouTube video—California + zoo = San Diego.

      In fact, it took me a significant amount of time to consider why Redwood City would be on anybody’s radar. (Clearly I need more coffee.)

      • As a rare visitor to California, and never having been to Redwood City, I immediately thought of the best-known zoo in that state. It’s very well-known to Animal Planet viewers as well as to many others outside of the state.

    • My first thought was “Thousand Palms??”, before remembering that “Me at the Zoo” was the first YouTube video and coming to the correct answer.

    • I did get this one but Redwood City is an answer that would be a good guess. I think that it is also funny that it is about a different type of trunk.

      • And yet a third type — I thought about redwoods and elephants, but also thought about surfing and swimsuit styles from years ago. So I went with Malibu.

    • Michael Johnston | February 10, 2022 at 2:04 pm |

      :/ Like James, I thought of San Francisco. That’s the way it goes in a slump… Counting the College games last night, that’s 6 wrong FJ in a row!
      Lawrence is looking good from a knowledge perspective. This win puts him in contention for a ToC spot. He’ll probably need to improve his buzzer timing some.

  2. I got this one, ironically because I got lost in that zoo, telling my husband, “If we can’t find the elephants, we are lost! And we’re gonna miss the bus if we can’t figure it out, like, now.”

  3. This clicked for me, too. Trunks=elephants=zoo=San Diego!

  4. Redwood City? I live near there, so I knew the response was not that city. And since I have seen the very first You Tube video many times, the long trunks, and the elephants and so the San Diego zoo came to mind. But Redwood City!!!!

    As a matter of fact, Redwood City lost its’ Marine World many, many years ago. So if that had a zoo, I have long since forgotten.

  5. And with that, any chance of a Josh Saak / Matt Amodio rematch in the ToC is snuffed out. Oh well. Congrats to Lawrence!

  6. Never having been to California and not being much of a YouTube watcher [in fact, I always want to spell it U-Tube] my first thought was Los Angeles or Hollywood because whenever that is shown on TV or in movies, the trunks of the palm trees are amazingly long [tall]. Palm trees in the Southeast are relatively short and even ones on tropical island scenes are more a medium height and usually lean or arc over (perhaps due to hurricanes). However, once the correct response was revealed and explained, I remembered that “what the first You-Tube video was” was a question on another game show I saw within the last six months.

  7. Trunks = Elephants = San Diego Zoo definitely what I got as well. It clicked for me the moment that the clue was revealed as it was not redwood city.

  8. I would like to publicly apologize to Andy and all readers on this website. I made some negative comments regarding Mayim Bialik. Although the comments were not over the top or even personal, I still should not have posted them. Andy has consistently asked us readers to be fair with our comments and mine were out of bounds. I’ll be more careful in the future. Thanks for your time.

  9. Yes Kevin S.!!!Trunk definition #3. Are there more?

    • Steamer trunks, I guess. But I can’t imagine how short trunk vs. long trunk might figure into packing for a trip…

  10. One more vote for Redwood City. Otherwise I had no clue

  11. Great game today and gutsy DD bet by Lawrence. All three players were strong.

    I wish Jeopardy would give 2nd and third the money they win or at the very least increase it to, say, 5k, 2.5k.

    And I saw there’s going to be a 2nd chances tournament! ( for this year’s contestants only) where those who played well but lost get to try again. Jenifer? who lost to Jonathan Fisher when they both beat Matt Amodio is a shoe-in, and today’s losers – especially Michelle – would also be worthy.
    Great idea!

  12. 2nd chances sounds like a great idea- maybe it will be a yearly thing?

    I have enjoyed both the hosts so far, each has their own strengths and weaknesses but they have done a nice job. I think I remember reading that Ken didn’t really want to become a full-time host, but I am glad he is willing to step in until the permanent one is hired. Whoever gets the job will not be Alex, but neither was he at the beginning. I hope the viewers will give the host(s) time to settle in and grow into their roles.

    • I still hope Ken will change his mind after experiencing it for a while. I read that Alex only had to record something like 46 days a year. On the other hand, it could convince him he was right all along.

  13. Yakov Baylis | February 9, 2022 at 11:15 pm |

    Lawrence wagered too much in final. The optimal wager is 8401-9199 to maximize his chances of winning.

  14. Easy clue for me for a couple reasons. First, my fiancee, who is legally blind, was given a four hour tour of the San Diego Zoo several years ago while in town for a conference. She said that San Diego is her favourite zoo. Secondly, although Animal Planet has a show called The Zoo: San Diego, the zoo was made famous by Joan Embrey making many appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

  15. Michelle Bemis | February 10, 2022 at 6:15 pm |

    Michelle Bemis here. I agree it was a matter of wagering conservatively vs aggressively. In hindsight I should have bet more, especially on the DD. For the final, I knew from Jarchive to double +$1 James, but I neglected to wager enough to cover Lawrence if he wagered $0. Whoops!
    Amazing experience all around, fingers crossed for the second chance tournament!
    Thank you for hosting this site! I’ve been following for years

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