Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category History) for Wednesday, April 13, 2022 (Season 38, Game 153):

Intimately familiar with World War I, Churchill considered this war from some 150 years before the “first World War”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Adam Wallick, an airline planning analyst from Chicago, Illinois
Adam Wallick on Jeopardy!
Rachel Skytt, a bookseller from Burbank, California
Rachel Skytt on Jeopardy!
Mattea Roach, a tutor from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (6-day total: $148,000)
Mattea Roach on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the Seven Years’ War?

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(Editorial note: I am going to be using the term generally used worldwide—and by Churchill—to refer to this war. It has different names, including one used to refer to the war’s American theatre. Quite frankly, I don’t like this clue, as I give pause to any clue that would ask contestants to potentially give the name of a slur. I should also point out that Mattea, being Canadian, would have learned in school the term that Churchill would have used.)

The Seven Years’ War was a worldwide conflict that chiefly took place between Great Britain and France between 1756 and 1763; the various European powers took sides—Prussia on the British side, Austria and Spain with the French. With theatres in North America, South America, India, and West Africa, the war saw no territorial change in Europe, but major colonial possessions, especially in North America, changing hands. One of the most famous battles in Canadian history, the Battle of the Plains of Abraham (a battle which saw the death of both generals, Wolfe on the British side, Montcalm on the French), took place near Quebec City in this war. As a result of the Treaty of Paris ending the war, France lost most of its North American holdings—keeping the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, and the Caribbean island colonies of Guadeloupe and Martinique (choosing the sugar that the Caribbean islands provided over the lands of New France).

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: A Reign of Error; Household Initials; A Number Between 2 & 115; Book ‘Em; At the Movies; Ends in Double Letters

While Adam got to the first Daily Double, it was Rachel who had the advantage early. However, Mattea rebounded after the break to jump into the lead after the opening round; Mattea picked up 8 correct in the 15 clues between the first and second break.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Around the USA; Oh Me of Little Faith; Catch the TV Musical Act; Bat Quiz; What the Letter Says; Sincerely Yours

Double Jeopardy! was very interesting—Adam picked up both Daily Doubles for a net $7,000, and that was just enough to pull him up to exactly 50% of Mattea’s score going into Final!

Final Jeopardy! saw the term for solely the American theatre not accepted (correctly, by the judges, in my opinion—see “Andy’s Thoughts” for why) and Mattea, who gave the term for the full war, picking up her seventh victory! She’ll go for the snowman 8 tomorrow!

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, April 13, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Mattea $20,400
Adam $10,200
Rachel $8,000

Tonight’s results:
Rachel $8,000 – $0 = $8,000 (What is the French and [redacted] War???)
Adam $10,200 – $10,200 = $0 (What is the French and [redacted] War?)
Mattea $20,400 + $1 = $20,401 (What is the Seven Years’ War?) (7-day total: $168,401)

Mattea Roach, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 13, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Mattea $7,200
Rachel $4,000
Adam $2,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) A NUMBER BETWEEN 2 & 115 $800 (clue #9)
Adam 400 +400 (Mattea 600 Rachel 200)
2) AROUND THE USA $2000 (clue #3)
Adam 1600 +2000 (Mattea 7200 Rachel 4000)
3) WHAT THE LETTER SAYS $800 (clue #26, $5200 left on board)
Adam 6000 +5000 (Mattea 19200 Rachel 6400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 223

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 64 (0.42 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Mattea $20,400 Coryat, 23 correct, 1 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Rachel $8,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 0 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Adam $6,400 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,800
Lach Trash: $14,400 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,800

Mattea Roach, career statistics:
191 correct, 13 incorrect
14/17 on rebound attempts (on 34 rebound opportunities)
43.77% in first on buzzer (172/393)
7/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $14,000)
6/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,714

Rachel Skytt, career statistics:
12 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,000

Adam Wallick, career statistics:
12 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,400)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,400

Mattea Roach, to win:
8 games: 69.243%
9: 47.946%
10: 33.199%
11: 22.988%
12: 15.918%
Avg. streak: 9.251 games.

Today’s interviews:
Adam got a traffic ticket and couldn’t take the Jeopardy! Test.
Rachel saw weird lights at a Liza Minelli concert.
Mattea has a nickname of “Porcelain Gorilla”.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • This website is making an editorial decision to redact a word in the response of two of today’s contestants.
  • I agree with the judges’ decision not to accept the term for solely the American theatre of the war. Winston Churchill would not have used that term, and the clue was referring to Churchill. Moreover, due to Mattea’s bet, it had no effect on the outcome of the game.
  • Viewers are reminded that ties after Final Jeopardy!, even in regular play, have been broken with a tiebreaker clue since 2014.
  • Link to the box score: April 13, 2022 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Mattea $20,400 Adam $10,200 Rachel $8,000)

Mattea: Bet $1. It also helps in case Adam underbets.

Rachel: You can’t win unless Mattea overbets, and Adam should bet it all. Bet anything between $0 and $7,998.

Adam: You’ve got one good bet here: all in.

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25 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, April 13, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | April 13, 2022 at 9:30 am |

    Sure, I remember that 🙂 ‘course, back in grade school they didn’t teach us much about the larger conflict, but concentrated on the NA campaign (and the name we shall not use here).

    Current FJ streak: 2W

  2. aaronthecrystalclod | April 13, 2022 at 1:39 pm |

    Been a long time since we’ve had a lock-tie game.

  3. James Booker | April 13, 2022 at 2:20 pm |

    it asked for 7 letter track and field moment

    baton pass is 9 letters whereas hand off is 7 letters

  4. Michael Johnston | April 13, 2022 at 2:21 pm |

    Andy – Funny that you mentioned the tiebreaker. I went to the J!Archive Wagering Calculator to get its opinion on the FJ bets, and apparently it doesn’t know about the tiebreaker rule either 😕

  5. As a former Haligonian myself, I’m thrilled for Mattea to see the streak continue, but that was a pretty rough FJ.

    I’ve seen the two names for that war used interchangeably my entire life, with Americans almost universally favouring the one ruled incorrect. It always confuses me for a split-second why they use a front to describe the whole war, but it is just one of those trivia translations we do from American to Canadian. I was taught “Seven Years’ War” in school, and I even took a class largely dedicated to it in university, but even I would have been momentarily tempted to use the response ruled incorrect due to Jeopardy being an American TV show.

  6. My formal education ended in the mid seventies. My only exposure to this war was under the name now deemed inappropriate. I thought this clue was terrible, and to justify it by requiring the contestants to know “Churchill would not have used that term” is a pretty big leap.

    • I agree with you that it is unrealistic to expect the contestants to essentially be mind readers. Terrible clue.

  7. I feel like I’ve seen “F and I War” accepted in the past for the entire war, but I probably have no prayer of tracking that down. Nonetheless, I agree with the decision not to accept it.

  8. Brad (not Rutter) | April 13, 2022 at 5:04 pm |

    Mattea is so smart! And young! Great champion. Hope she is around for a long time.

  9. Mattea is very smart anf i hope she keeps that win going. I also learned about the 7 years war in grade school and the history of it. It was a good topic in social studies.

  10. I’m American and was taught the American theater name for the war, and even I said “Seven Years’ War.” Because one professor I had only accepted the latter. Them not accepting that response did change the outcome of 2nd place, however.

  11. Andy, in your explanation about Final, you state that at the end of the war, France lost most of it’s North American holdings. What about the huge swath of North America that would later become known as the Louisiana Purchase?

  12. Robert Fawkes | April 13, 2022 at 7:35 pm |

    Interestingly enough, I learned the NA term in U.S. History class and the broader term in World History class. I’m not sure if most people had to take both kinds of history class but they were both required in my all male high school. Since Churchill was involved in the clue, I would have used the broader term. I don’t see what’s wrong with using the term “French” though. jk

    • Same. The North American theater actually preceded the greater conflict (and lasted for 9 years) and was in some ways independent of the European fighting. So to call what happened in NA between 1754-1763 as its own war is not historically inaccurate and it makes sense that a course taught specifically on US history would focus on the conflict that directly impacted the colonies and not on something in the rest of the world. But of course Churchill would be referring to the 7 Years War as the ‘first world war.’

  13. Most of what I know about the war is from Michael Mann’s “Last of the Mohicans” with Daniel Day Lewis.

  14. Roy Ashley | April 13, 2022 at 9:04 pm |

    Why is $1 Mattea’s best Final Jeopardy wager? Why not bet zero? Then, the worst she can do is a playoff with Adam. And, if he bets less than everything or answers incorrectly, she wins. But, if he got final right and she didn’t, she would lose by $1.

    • Because the chances of her losing in a tiebreaker, if she bets $0, are greater than her chances of losing by $1 if she misses Final and Adam gets it.

      There’s a link in the suggestion explaining why in more words.

      • Michael Johnston | April 13, 2022 at 9:56 pm |

        Yeah. I thought of it as: If you bet a dollar, you have three ways to win [1 – you’re both right, 2 – you’re both wrong, 3 – you’re right and he’s wrong] vs. one way to lose [he’s right and you’re wrong]. IF it goes to a tiebreak, he has upped his chance to something closer to 50%, which makes it better for you to try to avoid one.

  15. So since Adam and Rachel both ending with $0 on final Jeopardy,did Adam get the second place prize since he was in second place going in to final Jeopardy? How is that determined?

  16. My mistake..guess I was tired. I seen the two zeroes and was thinking they both went all in. Thanks for replying

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