Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, April 15, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Academy Award Winners) for Friday, April 15, 2022 (Season 38, Game 155):

In 2019 he won his first competitive Oscar, 36 years after a Student Academy Award for a film about a Brooklyn barbershop

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Allan Joseph, a fellow in pediatric critical care medicine from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Allan Joseph on Jeopardy!
Katie Teller, a dietitian from Seattle, Washington
Katie Teller on Jeopardy!
Mattea Roach, a tutor from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (8-day total: $182,801)
Mattea Roach on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: 8-game champion Mattea Roach sits 21st all-time in regular play winnings; with a win today, she’ll pass Tom Walsh to enter into the top 20. A fun fact is that it was Walsh who held the regular-play winnings record (for about five months) before Ken Jennings demolished it in 2004. Will Mattea have a good Friday and end the week as champion?

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Correct response: Who is Spike Lee?

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Renowned filmmaker Spike Lee won a Student Academy Award for 1983’s “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads.”, which was his master’s degree thesis at Tisch School of the Arts. His films include 1989’s Do the Right Thing, often considered to be one of the biggest Best Picture nomination snubs of all time. Lee finally won a competitive Oscar, for Best Adapted Screenplay, for the 2018 film BlacKkKlansman—the film itself received six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. One last point: Because I always say this, by saying “in 2019”, the clue is sufficiently pinned, as the award was presented to Lee in calendar year 2019 (in spite of the film being a 2018 film). Also, I enjoy the use of the term “competitive Oscar”, as this came four years after Lee was awarded an Honorary Academy Award.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: In the Zoom Room; 19th Century America; Handle with Air; A Country of Laws; Your TV Host with the Most; Homophonic Pairs

The opening 15 clues saw a good battle between Mattea and Katie, with Mattea holding a small lead (helped by both Allan and Katie taking a $1,000 neg at the bottom of IN THE ZOOM ROOM). The second half of the round saw Allan play very strong, going from -$1,000 to the lead at $4,800 (including $2,000 on a Daily Double.)

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Saintly Spots; Trios; Scientific Canadian; These Songs Really Move; Female Literary Characters; 5-Letter Wordles

It was Allan who found the first Daily Double, but he only bet $2,000 at the $800 level—a bigger bet might have been better for him. Meanwhile, Mattea, in spite of her strong play, seemed spooked by the SCIENTIFIC CANADIAN category; it might have been worth going there just to keep the Daily Double out of Katie’s hands! Katie doubled her $7,000 with only three clues left in order to prevent a runaway! Scores going into Final saw Mattea just in “crush game” territory at $21,800, Katie at $14,000, and Allan at $10,000.

Mattea and Allan got Final correct today to finish first and second; Mattea comes back on Monday to go for win #10!

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, April 15, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Mattea $21,800
Katie $14,000
Allan $10,000

Tonight’s results:
Allan $10,000 + $5,000 = $15,000 (Who is Spike Lee?)
Katie $14,000 – $8,000 = $6,000 (Who)
Mattea $21,800 + $6,201 = $28,001 (Who is Spike Lee) (9-day total: $210,802)

Mattea Roach, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 15, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Allan $4,800
Mattea $4,600
Katie $3,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) 19th CENTURY AMERICA $800 (clue #29)
Allan 2800 +2000 (Mattea 4600 Katie 3000)
2) SAINTLY SPOTS $800 (clue #4)
Allan 5600 +2000 (Mattea 5800 Katie 3000)
3) SCIENTIFIC CANADIAN $1200 (clue #27, $4000 left on board)
Katie 7000 +7000 (Mattea 21800 Allan 8000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 207

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 64 (0.41 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Mattea $21,800 Coryat, 22 correct, 1 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Allan $7,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Katie $8,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,600
Lach Trash: $9,200 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,200

Mattea Roach, career statistics:
246 correct, 19 incorrect
15/18 on rebound attempts (on 42 rebound opportunities)
44.97% in first on buzzer (228/507)
8/10 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $14,000)
7/9 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,000

Katie Teller, career statistics:
14 correct, 3 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,200

Allan Joseph, career statistics:
17 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,600

Mattea Roach, to win:
10 games: 70.915%
11: 50.289%
12: 35.663%
13: 25.290%
14: 17.935%
Avg. streak: 11.438 games.

Today’s interviews:
Allan got to visit space camp for his 10th birthday.
Katie went to the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD.
Mattea got to work at the Parliament of Canada as a tour guide.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • It shouldn’t come as a surprise after his low Daily Double bets, but Allan didn’t bet enough in Final to give him any chance whatsoever at victory.
  • Mattea moves into 18th place in all-time regular play winnings.
  • Link to the box score: April 15, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Mattea $21,800 Katie $14,000 Allan $10,000)

Mattea: Standard cover bet today is $6,201.

Katie: You’re safe to just cover Allan; bet $6,001.

Allan: Your only chance of winning is a single-get Final and a sufficiently large bet. Go all-in—but your absolute minimum is $5,600.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, April 15, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | April 15, 2022 at 9:19 am |

    I got it, but it was mostly a lucky guess because I knew nothing about the films referred to by the clue. I just knew he had been overlooked by the Academy for many years.

    Current FJ streak: 1W

  2. This one was easy for me too…I love the Wordle idea 💡 😀

  3. For such a good player, Mattea is terrible at finding daily doubles.

    • Michael Johnston | April 15, 2022 at 3:16 pm |

      I’ve been thinking she should adjust her style and try to actively hunt for them.

    • I’ve thought that about her and many of her challengers, especially when there’s one left near the end of the round and they keep going for the top of the board. On the plus side, Mattea’s so strong without them that it hasn’t come back to haunt her yet.

  4. freddie leonard | April 15, 2022 at 5:59 pm |

    That would’ve been some break for Mattea had she missed FJ.

    • Robert Fawkes | April 15, 2022 at 6:32 pm |

      Totally perplexed by Allan’s wager in FJ, smh. Knowing that Mattea had to risk $6201 to cover twice $14,000, he had to know that if Mattea had gotten it wrong, she would have been at $15,599. Simple math would have told him he had to risk $5,600 to cover that. Risking only $5,000 would have left him well short of Mattea at $15,599. I guess the pressure of being on stage can affect one’s thinking. How much time are contestants given to work out their wagers? Can they use pencil and paper or do they have to do the math in their heads? That could account for errors in wagering, I suppose.

      Love seeing Mattea’s style of play. Even without hitting daily doubles, she does incredibly well. I agree with Lisa that Mattea displayed great sportsmanship by avoiding the Scientific Canadian category. She is a worthy super champion in my book and I hope she continues to do well as she climbs the top 20 list. 🙂

      • Robert Fawkes | April 15, 2022 at 8:05 pm |

        Upon further review and having now seen the episode, I am more inclined to agree with Andy that Mattea was intentionally avoiding the Scientific Canadian category, perhaps, more because of the Scientific aspect than the Canadian aspect. Mattea is still among my four favorite Jeopardy! contestants along with James H., Ken J. and Brad R.

  5. Might Mattea have been being a quintessential polite Canadian, avoiding the SCIENTIFIC CANADIAN category to keep from having an unfair advantage (or at least a perceived advantage)?

  6. I never imagined I’d see a Gideon the Ninth clue, but it was a pleasant surprise. That is a highly entertaining book and series.

  7. Mattea seems to be playing good and it has served her well Not to aggressive, but she is smart and bets good.i think He was scared of scientific Canadians and didn’t want to fall to low going in to final Jeopardy if she got some wrong. I enjoy her mannerisms and beautiful smile. Hope the ‘porcelain gorilla’ goes long,but I have seen some chink’s in her armor.porcelain gorilla was what she thought her mom was calling her growing up instead of poor Cinderella she told us. Not knocking her at all just some may not have seen that interview

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