Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, April 1, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Countries of the World) for Friday, April 1, 2022 (Season 38, Game 145):

Some of this country’s indigenous people want its name officially changed from its Dutch-based name to Aotearoa

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Nell Klugman, a museum educator from Brooklyn, New York
Nell Klugman on Jeopardy!
Yian Chen, an anesthesiologist from Menlo Park, California
Yian Chen on Jeopardy!
Evan Roberts, a chemistry teacher from Louisville, Kentucky (1-day total: $20,400)
Evan Roberts on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is New Zealand?

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Aotearoa is the Maori name for the country that was named New Zealand by its European colonizers. British sovereignty was granted to the islands by the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi (generally regarded now as the founding document of New Zealand).

Interestingly, the “Dutch-based” name might be a red herring for those who have some knowledge of the name but not enough knowledge. The name “Zealand” comes from the name of the westernmost province of The Netherlands, as the first European to sight the islands was a Dutch explorer—Abel Tasman (doing so in 1642).

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: Thank You, the Internet; History is Circular; Birth Month FLowers; Close Capitals; Musicals by Song Lyrics; Madjectives

Evan got off to a very strong start, getting 7 of the first 10 clues correct. Nell clawed some of that back going into a one-clue-later first break. Coming out of the break, Nell had the strongest round—even though she dropped $4,000 on a missed Daily Double. Evan still had a lead after Single Jeopardy.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Hood Ornaments; Books & Authors; Historic Homes; Setting the Periodic Table; Acting Presidents; Stately Overlaps

The round mostly belonged to Nell, but the Daily Doubles came out very late. Nell got them both on clues 28 and 29, but she also failed to bet enough money to secure her runaway—in fact, she needed to attempt clue #30, which she was incorrect on.

Going into Final, Nell was just short of a runaway over Evan at $24,000, with Evan at $12,200 and Yian at $1,200.

In Final, Nell was the only correct response today, and she’ll go into the weekend as Jeopardy! champion!

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, April 1, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Nell $24,000
Evan $12,200
Yian $1,200

Tonight’s results:
Yian $1,200 – $1,200 = $0 (What is ?)
Evan $12,200 – $12,000 = $200 (What is Curacao)
Nell $24,000 + $401 = $24,401 (What is New Zealand?) (1-day total: $24,401)

Nell Klugman, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 1, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Evan $5,800
Nell $3,600
Yian $2,400

Opening break taken after: 16 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) HISTORY IS CIRCULAR $800 (clue #22)
Nell 4400 -4000 (Evan 5000 Yian 1000)
2) HISTORIC HOMES $2000 (clue #28)
Nell 20400 +2000 (Evan 12200 Yian 1600)
3) HOOD ORNAMENTS $800 (clue #29, $400 left on board)
Nell 22400 +2000 (Evan 12200 Yian 1600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -72

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 55 (0.38 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Nell $26,800 Coryat, 30 correct, 4 incorrect, 49.12% in first on buzzer (28/57), 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Evan $12,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Yian $1,200 Coryat, 7 correct, 3 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,200
Lach Trash: $7,000 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,800

Evan Roberts, career statistics:
33 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 12 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (30/114)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,700

Yian Chen, career statistics:
7 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $1,200

Nell Klugman, career statistics:
31 correct, 4 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
49.12% in first on buzzer (28/57)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,800

Nell Klugman, to win:
2 games: 72.714%
3: 52.873%
4: 38.446%
5: 27.955%
6: 20.327%
Avg. streak: 3.665 games.

Today’s interviews:
Nell was on a flight that had to make an emergency stop in Newfoundland.
Yian is really good at claw games.
Evan has been on the cover of a journal of bacteriology.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • It was very clear that a tape stoppage occurred on HISTORIC HOMES $1200 to judge as to whether or not Yian began his response in time—when that happens, other players are forbidden from rebounding, as too much time is judged to have elapsed.
  • Link to the box score: April 1, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Scores: Nell $24,000 Evan $12,200 Yian $1,200)

Nell: Minimum cover bet here is $401.

Evan: You really need to go all-in here. (I’d say the absolute minimum here is $11,400.)

Yian: I’d bet $0, as Evan should go all-in here, and you could still get second place. If you really want to bet, you can safely bet up to $399.

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23 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, April 1, 2022"

  1. “Dutch-based” threw me for a loop. I had no idea of the origin of “Zealand” due to yet another apparent gap in my knowledge of geographic history . . . 🙄

    • “Dutch-based” also threw me for a loop. If the question/answer framework had been approached from a direction that included saying New Zealand, I think I would have thought Dutch due to knowing about ZuiderZee in the Netherlands (not knowing that is spelled ZEE rather than ZEA) but “Dutch” tossed me into thinking about South Africa and I forgot I was to think of the country to be re-named, rather than what indigenous people themselves want to be called something “native”.

  2. My wild guess was Aruba thinking of the Netherlands Antilles.

    • Mary A Rose | April 1, 2022 at 12:34 pm |

      And my wild guess was New Zealand. Often those guesses are wrong, but every once in a while… . (“Aotearoa” helped a bit.)

      • That helped me also. We had a trip to Sumatra, Indonesia which had been Dutch at one point in time but Aotearoa isn’t any Indonesian word.

    • Aruba was my guess too. I had no idea there was a Dutch connection to New Zealand.

    • Aruba isn’t a country, and the name is very clearly Pacific Islander of some variety.

      I personally went with Timor Leste because Indonesia already rebranded from “Dutch East Indies” in the 50s and didn’t know about New Zealand having a Dutch connection. I’d thought it was mainly British with a Danish name (since Zealand with an A is a major island of Denmark; Zeeland with an “E” is the Dutch province Mayim referred to). Danish never made sense to me since I don’t recall the Danes ever having any land claims south of the Equator, just Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland. So now I understand it.

      Is it painfully obvious how much time I spend on Sporcle?

  3. Billi dale | April 1, 2022 at 2:22 pm |

    Having a Kiwi son in law helped me. Aotearoa seemed like a Maori word immediately.

  4. When the show started I thought we were getting a surprise Celebrity Jeopardy with Zoey Deschanel playing. The resemblance is uncanny.

  5. If you look on the dots on the podium, you can visually tell that Yian didn’t answer in time, and any controversy over this point strikes me as needless. The judges made the right decision.

  6. Impressive performance by Nell; both her knowledge and buzzer timing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a board like at the end of DJ where there are three clues left, two of which have DDs, and you know where they are. Buzzer timing is where I’m not as confident as you Andy, on what Jackie Kelly might do in a TOC. I know her buzz % got better in her later games, but in a TOC where everybody else has equally broad knowledge and superb buzzer skills, it just seems like she may have trouble ringing in first.

  7. I was surprised Nell wagered so conservatively on those 2 Daily Doubles. She needed to make sure she had more than double Evan’s score even if he got the last clue. It didn’t matter anyway but would have made FJ less stressful for her.

  8. Debbie Stover | April 1, 2022 at 10:04 pm |

    The judges made a mistake today on one of Nell’s responses in the state overlay category. The answer should’ve been Safar-Izona, and she said Safar-Erizona.

    There’s no question she put an extra syllable in there. She even said immediately that it didn’t sound right.

    I will never understand how the judges can be so persnickety on some responses and miss others altogether.

    I love Nell’s style of play and was pleased to see her win. I’m just glad this error didn’t affect the outcome.

    • “safarizona” may have been what the writers had in mind. but her answer of “safar-arizona” still meets the required overlap structure requirement of the category and contains both elements (safari and arizona). So her response was NOT wrong and the judges were correct in accepting it as a correct response.

      • I agree with Debbie, her answer of “safar-arizona” duplicates a syllable “ar” and should have been disallowed. Otherwise someone could have said “trade mar-arkinsas” instead of “trade mar-kinsas” or “vitamin-Minnesota instead of “vitamin-esota” etc.

        • Gregory Bader | April 3, 2022 at 10:18 pm |

          I got this one in about one second, because I knew what the Maori name for New Zealand is. Never thought much about where “Zealand,” came from, didn’t need to, but figured, because I knew “Zealand” is Dutch, I figured that some Dutch sea explorer named the place. Never thought of Abel Tasman, however, even though it’s obvious in retrospect , since Tasmania was named for him.

          If someone could just have figured out that the original name proposed by the Maoris is obviously Polynesian, that might also have given it away.

          If you couldn’t figure that out, then I think Curaçao was a fairly decent answer.

        • Doesn’t “someone could have said” say it all — perhaps if they HAD said those they would have been ruled acceptable, too? This is not ‘Wheel of Fortune’ ‘Before & After’. The category was called ‘State Overlaps’ so why wouldn’t they accept responses emphasizing the “overlap”. Also, the last syllable of SAFARI is pronounced completely differently than the first syllable of ARIZONA, so if you are going to make the correct response a tongue-twister, it is appropriate to accept a tongue-twisted response.

          Personally, I think the people who make up the items on the board should have discarded this proposed “answer” and made up one whose overlapping syllables are pronounced the same.

  9. I live near Raleigh,NC and the show was preempted for a Duke-Carolina Final Four special. I am a NC State fan and can’t stand either school,but dislike Carolina more.Anyway,I wasn’t happy I didn’t get to see Jeopardy

  10. Michael Johnston | April 2, 2022 at 9:51 am |

    tch I would never have gone to the Pacific, I was thinking Caribbean :/ It was good to see such a strong all-round first game from Nell!

    Current FJ streak – 1L

  11. The paper that Evan Roberts noted — “Isolation and Characterization of the Prochlorococcus Carboxysome Reveal the Presence of the Novel Shell Protein CsoS1D” — was published in the Journal of Bacteriology Volume 194 • Number 4 • February 2012. You can see a thumbnail image of the icosahedral structure published on the cover of that edition: . Sorry, I couldn’t find a higher-resolution image of the cover. The paper is available by chasing the article link on that page; it has an image of the structures.

  12. I knew the response right away as, during the pandemic, the New Zealand based Super Rugby teams played a competition amongst themselves, calling it Super Rugby Aotearoa.

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