Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category African Surnames) for Tuesday, April 26, 2022 (Season 38, Game 162):

Adetokunbo, “the crown has returned from overseas”, is fitting for the Adetokunbo family who left Nigeria for this country in 1991

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Reya Sehgal, a cultural strategist & performer from Brooklyn, New York
Reya Sehgal on Jeopardy!
Nicky Smith, a debate instructor from San Francisco, California
Nicky Smith on Jeopardy!
Mattea Roach, a tutor from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (15-day total: $352,781)
Mattea Roach on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Mattea Roach picked up her 15th win in yesterday’s game and has cleared the $350,000 mark in winnings. (in US dollars!) That is just over $450,000 Canadian.

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Correct response: What is Greece?

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The Adetokumbo family emigrated from Nigeria to Greece in 1991; three years later, their son Giannis was born. Due to Greek citizenship law, Giannis was effectively stateless for many years, unable to obtain Greek citizenship, nor having papers to return to Nigeria. He was only able to obtain citizenship in 2013, two weeks before travelling to that year’s NBA draft. His passport shows the Greek transliteration of Adetokumbo—Antetokounmpo. In his NBA career, the “Greek Freak” has become a 2-time NBA MVP, NBA Finals MVP, and an NBA champion in 2021 with the Milwaukee Bucks.

In the words of Antonis Samaras, Prime Minister of Greece at the time, who had come under criticism by the fascists in that country: “Giannis didn’t become Greek in ‘papers.’ He fought for it. He went to school. He learned to speak Greek better than many people. Nobody asked him to do it, but he was baptized as an Orthodox Christian. We started from the playgrounds of Athens to find himself in the NBA. He chose to be Greek. He fought for it and he deserves it. He is one of us. He makes us all proud. He is more Greek than those who talk bad about him because of the colour of his skin and then burn our flag. Those people disgrace our country.'”

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: General Knowledge; The Middle Ages; I Learned It in the Comic Books; Italian Cuisine; Let’s Talk Science; Mini-“Me”

Mattea got off to a hot start, running THE MIDDLE AGES (including a Daily Double) to start the game; Reya picked up 4 herself in MINI-“ME” and ITALIAN CUISINE to jump into second place. Coming out of the break, Nicky continued their struggle on the signalling device, while Mattea built up her lead.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Colonel Knowledge; TV Shows by Setting; On the Mediterranean; One Big Family; 1870s Literature; ____, ____ & ____

Mattea ran her second category of the game—ON THE MEDITERRANEAN—in this round, and split the Daily Doubles. Unfortunately for Nicky, they didn’t qualify for Final, but they battled to the end and had fun while doing it! The scores going into Final were Mattea at $23,200, Reya at $5,000, and Nicky at -$800.

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, April 26, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Mattea $23,200
Reya $5,000
Nicky -$800

Tonight’s results:
Nicky -$800 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Reya $5,000 + $4,900 = $9,900 (What is Greece?!)
Mattea $23,200 – $7,000 = $16,200 (What is the United Kingdom?) (16-day total: $368,981)

Mattea Roach, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 26, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Mattea $8,000
Reya $3,800
Nicky -$400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE MIDDLE AGES $400 (clue #2)
Mattea 200 +1000 (Nicky 0 Reya 0)
2) ____, ____ & ____ $1600 (clue #15)
Mattea 18800 -4000 (Nicky -2400 Reya 4200)
3) ONE BIG FAMILY $1200 (clue #25, $7200 left on board)
Mattea 21200 +2000 (Nicky -2000 Reya 5000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 88

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 64 (0.40 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Mattea $25,800 Coryat, 33 correct, 4 incorrect, 56.14% in first on buzzer (32/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Reya $5,000 Coryat, 9 correct, 1 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Nicky -$800 Coryat, 5 correct, 4 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $30,000
Lach Trash: $13,400 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,600

Mattea Roach, career statistics:
439 correct, 40 incorrect
23/28 on rebound attempts (on 67 rebound opportunities)
45.47% in first on buzzer (412/906)
20/23 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $41,000)
10/16 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,188

Nicky Smith, career statistics:
5 correct, 4 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: -$800

Reya Sehgal, career statistics:
10 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,000

Mattea Roach, to win:
17 games: 75.985%
18: 57.738%
19: 43.872%
20: 33.337%
21: 25.331%
Avg. streak: 19.164 games.

Today’s interviews:
Reya got hired to sit inside an art vending machine at the Guggenheim.
Nicky wants to use their winnings to donate to a fund that helps people treat dizziness migraines.
Mattea had her first kiss because she was the lead for Singin’ In the Rain.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • At 439, Mattea moves to 10th all-time in terms of correct responses on the show; Matt Jackson sits 9th at 514.
  • Link to the box score: April 26, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Scores: Mattea $23,200 Reya $5,000 Nicky -$800)

Mattea: Bet no more than $13,199 and enjoy win #16!

Reya: You might as well bet it all, just in case Mattea overbets.

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25 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, April 26, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | April 26, 2022 at 9:30 am |

    tch Another weak spot in my game. I don’t follow the NBA at all, which is where I suppose you’d make the name connection.

    Current FJ streak: 1L

    • Yeah, I really don’t like when the categories are essentially misnamed. This one should have been called ‘Sports Trivia’. The given title is NOT WRONG, just HIGHLY UNLIKELY to have given anyone a reasonable idea on how likely they were to know it (in order to bet wisely).

      • but the clue isn’t about sports. It is about an AFRICAN SURNAME whose (perhaps) most well-known example happens to be a sports figure.

  2. If any of the contestants gets this, I’ll eat my hat.

    • Would you like ketchup with that? Giannis was the correct response to a previous Jeopardy clue not too long ago. AT least one of them is going to recognize that name.

    • If any of them are basketball fans, I think this is a pretty quick solve, even if the difference in spelling might introduce a moment of doubt. I also think Mattea has a decent shot even if she doesn’t follow basketball. The possibility of Giannis going to Toronto was the obsession of Canadian sports media/Twitter for a few years. She might have absorbed “Greek Freak” = Antetokounmpo just by living in Toronto.

    • Matthew Yothers | April 26, 2022 at 1:31 pm |

      Now didn’t you say you were gonna eat your hat? (snatches it) Well, here you go. (rubs it on tummy)
      Mmm, yum yum.

    • Do you want it prepared medium, medium-rare, rare, or well done?

    • Do you want mustard on that?

  3. It’s a shame so many people can’t accept Jeopardy! for what it is, and accept all the brilliant contestants for who they are. There are far too many myopic and prejudiced people around these days.

    • One of my favorite quotes, by Alan King: “The world is full of little dictators trying to run your life.”

  4. Jim Peterson | April 26, 2022 at 12:06 pm |

    As a sports fan, one of the quickest final jeopardies I’ve gotten

  5. I am a huge fan of the NBA and that name Giannis has been prtty famous throughout his career. This was a pretty easy final since his last name was a dead giveaway. Another successful win for Mattea today.

  6. The name is fitting because he brought an NBA crown back to Nigeria? Seems like a real stretch to me.

  7. I always wondered if I’d be able to say or spell that name if I got on the show… the writers found a way!

  8. Pizza Face Fred | April 26, 2022 at 10:37 pm |

    I’ve got it figured out. Fortune favors the old when it comes to Triple Stumpers, though the champ is great at anything to do with history. This time traveler has been cleaning up!

  9. As I’ve said before, I’m a Wisconsin guy. I got this one instantly. You don’t need to even follow the NBA to know who Giannis is here and from where he hails. (Spelling his last name, however, is not easy, especially considering adding the correct spelling broke my spell checker).

    I particularly liked Nicky trying to claw out of the hole at endgame. Many a time I’ve seen someone sitting with a negative score just accept fate and not try to at least get to Final, but they is an example of how you do it… and they was entertaining to boot.

  10. Enos Williams | April 27, 2022 at 12:09 am |

    I don’t know how often this happens to other people, but I got all 30 clues in the J! round (at least for the first time I’ve ever noticed). I’m starting to think I might be halfway decent at this game.

  11. L. A. Watson-Haley | April 27, 2022 at 1:13 am |

    I don’t understand why there are objections to the NBC article! What? Now they’re afraid of the very mention of non-traditional life styles? Wait until they find out about nudists!

    And I think it was great of Ken to use ‘they/they’re’ pronouns for all of the players! Do all three of today’s contestants identify as being on the GLIB spectrum ?

  12. Mattea is doing us Canadians PROUD! Humble, poised and every so quick as a whip! Keep it up and you may be in the top five of all time! Maybe even be a regular on THE CHASE with Ken.

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