Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Poets) for Wednesday, April 27, 2022 (Season 38, Game 163):

In 1939 he was buried near his last residence in France, but his body arrived in Galway en route to final burial on Sept. 17, 1948

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Christina Clark, an elementary music teacher from De Pere, Wisconsin
Christina Clark on Jeopardy!
Ben Hsia, an R&D engineer from Fremont, California
Ben Hsia on Jeopardy!
Mattea Roach, a tutor from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (16-day total: $368,981)
Mattea Roach on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is William Butler Yeats?

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Famous Irish poet William Butler Yeats, the 1923 Nobel laureate in literature and was well known for poems like “Sailing to Byzantium”, part of his 1928 collection The Tower. When he died in France in 1939, he was buried there—he wished to be buried in France, and then have his body moved in time to County Sligo (which happened in 1948).

On a more personal note: Maybe literature just isn’t my strong point, but I really struggled with this Final to differentiate Yeats on this clue from any of the other Irish writers of that general time period (Shaw, Joyce, or even Beckett—who was really associated with France as well, even though Beckett didn’t die until half a century later.)

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: A Novel Look at the Novel; Finish the Old Proverb; The League MVP’s Team; Getting a “BA” in Botany; Which Comes First; The Chicken or the Egg

Mattea had a very strong start, running the botany category en route to a good lead after 15 clues. Meanwhile, the Daily Double didn’t come out until the final clue of the round—Mattea got to play it, but it was science-related and Mattea lost $2,000. She still held a lead after the opening round, though!

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Architects; Mountains & Hills; Miscellany; Celebrity Memoirs; The Ancient World; An Anatomy of Words

The fireworks came out in Double Jeopardy! today! Ben got the first five clues to take a commanding lead! But, Mattea stormed back and got the final Daily Double, for $8,000—she wished she’d bet more at the time, and that panned out, as she was just short of having a runaway! Scores going into Final were Mattea at exactly double Ben’s total—$27,200 to $13,600; Christina had $8,400.

In Final today, Ben and Mattea got Final, and Mattea made the correct play in betting $1; she’s now a 17-day champion!

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, April 27, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Mattea $27,200
Ben $13,600
Christina $8,400

Tonight’s results:
Christina $8,400 – $5,300 = $3,100 (Who is Keats?)
Ben $13,600 + $13,600 = $27,200 (Who is Yeats?)
Mattea $27,200 + $1 = $27,201 (Who is Yeats?) (17-day total: $396,182)

Mattea Roach, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 27, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Mattea $6,000
Christina $4,000
Ben $2,400

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) WHICH COMES FIRST $1000 (clue #30)
Mattea 8000 -2000 (Ben 2400 Christina 4000)
2) MOUNTAINS & HILLS $1200 (clue #5)
Ben 8800 +4000 (Mattea 6000 Christina 4000)
3) AN ANATOMY OF WORDS $1600 (clue #24, $8000 left on board)
Mattea 15600 +8000 (Ben 14400 Christina 7200)
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: 64 (0.39 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Mattea $22,800 Coryat, 30 correct, 3 incorrect, 50.88% in first on buzzer (29/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Ben $10,800 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Christina $8,400 Coryat, 12 correct, 0 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,000
Lach Trash: $8,400 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,600

Mattea Roach, career statistics:
470 correct, 43 incorrect
25/30 on rebound attempts (on 69 rebound opportunities)
45.79% in first on buzzer (441/963)
21/25 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $47,000)
11/17 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,341

Ben Hsia, career statistics:
12 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,800

Christina Clark, career statistics:
12 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,400

Mattea Roach, to win:
18 games: 77.105%
19: 59.452%
20: 45.840%
21: 35.345%
22: 27.253%
Avg. streak: 20.368 games.

Today’s interviews:
Christina has fostered numerous pets; 146 in total.
Ben works with lasers.
Mattea is roommates with a huge 007 fan.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Though this comes up less often these days, viewers are reminded that since November 2014, ties after Final Jeopardy! are broken with a tiebreaker clue.
  • Link to the box score: April 27, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Mattea $27,200 Ben $13,600 Christina $8,400)

Mattea: Your chances of winning are highest if you bet exactly $1, as you are more likely to lose in a tiebreaker by betting $0 than by betting $1 (and missing Final). Also, betting $1 is better than betting more than $1, as oftentimes second place doesn’t bet enough.

Ben: You have exactly one good bet: all in. Anything else significantly lowers your chances of winning.

Christina: Anything up to $8,399 is fine for you; you’ll take 2nd if Ben misses Final.

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39 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, April 27, 2022"

  1. FWIW, the reason I’d have gone for Yeats above any of the other people you mentioned is that the category was Poets, and I think of Yeats as primarily a poet more than I do someone like Shaw or Joyce, who may have done poetry as well but isn’t what I know them best for doing

    • Debbie Stover | April 27, 2022 at 11:29 am |

      Exactly. Yeats is the only one on your list, Andy, who was primarily a poet. And what a poet he was!

  2. I think the category “Poets” was what separated Yeats from the others you listed. Joyce was my initial reaction reading the clue before the category, as I knew for sure that he died in the WW2 era and was a star of the Paris scene back when all of the cool writers lived there. The category flipped me over to Yeats though, because I know he and Joyce were contemporaries, and though I didn’t know when Yeats died, Joyce is not generally remembered as a “required reading in first year English” poet the way Yeats is. (Even though I think both dabbled in many fiction styles.) Now if the category was the more generic “Writers”, I would have confidently bet and lost it all on Joyce, haha.

  3. Michael Johnston | April 27, 2022 at 9:42 am |

    Dang 🙁 Got me with poetry again! I consider myself lucky to recall a line or two from a given poet’s best known works and know generally when they lived. Details about where they lived or when they died are arcane to me.

    Current FJ streak: 2L

  4. Shaw and Joyce were writers. Yeats was a great poet. The other thing that had me select WBY was location. He was from an adjoining county to Galway, Co. Sligo. Joyce and Shaw were Dubliners

  5. aaronthecrystalclod | April 27, 2022 at 1:32 pm |

    Another lock-tie game… and with the same champion as well.

  6. Pam Schultz | April 27, 2022 at 2:01 pm |

    The good time vibes made the episode really fun to watch. I think Ken does a good job encouraging good humor. I have been stumped so many times on FJ of late that I have become content just knowing a few of the game questions. I am enjoying watching Mattea and am amazed that she is only 23 years old.

    • I remember Chuck Forrest still after 36 seasons as he apparently played in Season 2. Chuck still is my most favorite J! Champion/player of all time. I just wonder how far he could have gone if there were no 5 game limit back then.

      And Mattea is tearing up the game right now. I think that today is her second lock/tie game. and just think, from this season 38 alone, there are THREE contestants in the top ten of “Regular Play only” Jeopardy winnings.

      • Chuck Forrest was an extraordinary player. He looked like a kid, and the way he would come trotting out to his podium just enhanced that image.

    • That was my intuition as to why younger players do better. It was nice to hear that from someone with the experience.

    • Robert Fawkes | April 27, 2022 at 6:45 pm |

      This was really great insight, Mike. Two players that don’t quite fit into that group of 20-somethings were Ken at about age 30 and James Holzhauer at 34/35. They weren’t in their 20’s but I’d still consider them to be on the younger side. I still recall the Final Jeopardy answer of a more senior contestant who did not win his game. He wrote, “Who is too old and slow?” This always makes me think that reflexes play a good part in determining the outcome just as you described.

      As for today’s FJ, I’m with Andy in literature not being my strong suit. Because the FJ category was Poets rather than Literature, I was able to come up with Yeats because he was the only one of the ones mentioned by Andy that I associate with poetry rather than prose. This was a case where my weakness sort of helped because I didn’t think of the others as primarily poets.

    • Don’t forget Amy.

  7. Another big lock tie game but glad Mattea survived this one with a 1 dollar bet. Ben and mattea were quick on the buzzer today. I also remembered reading about yeats previously. His poems just brings back great memories

  8. What a game! Mattea really is a heck of a player. Early in her run it seemed like she had a few games with weaker competition, but she’s beaten some darn good players lately.

  9. What’s game!! Intense #nailbiter. Good luck tomorrow Mattea!

  10. Noumon Munir | April 27, 2022 at 7:16 pm |

    i don’t get why contestants bet single digit amounts. i feel like if she was confident enough she could have bet more

  11. Dave Toffen | April 27, 2022 at 8:54 pm |

    oh my
    I was rather unsettled when Ken said “chomping at the bit.” A grave error for an educated man.We all know it’s “champing at the bit”…good grief

  12. Gregory Bader | April 27, 2022 at 10:18 pm |

    I’ll join most of the other commentators on here in saying that there is only one logical answer, given the name of the category. I didn’t have to wait two seconds to get it.

    By the way, I’m over 65, and I give any “Jeopardy!” contestant a run for their money. It’s not that younger players are sharper or faster on the buzzer; it’s that the questions in such a “here today, gone tomorrow” culture very often pertain to more or less “People” content. (Interestingly to me, at least, I was a member of the championship trivia team my third year at a very-well-known law school that I will not name. My team won on my answer to the question of what was the capital of Malawi. I named the brand-new one, and I was called incorrect, until the game was stopped and the answer was looked up. Fun night!)

    By the way, speaking of older people, when is there going to be a tournament for people over 55? They have one for almost every other age group or occupational group in the country.

    • The show did have a “Seniors Tournament” from 1987 through 1995; it was ended when the show realized it wasn’t garnering the ratings they wanted. Additionally, the show realized that these contestants were more than capable of handling the normal games. So, the tournament was relegated to the history books.

    • “I give any ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant a run for their money”
      And how many J! contestants have you actually faced?
      sitting at home yelling responses at the TV is much different than actually being in the competition.

  13. I thought they usually acknowledged when a contestant “ran a category”, with applause or a mention by the host. Especially when they did them in the traditional fashion of working from the top (lowest point value clue) down.
    yet nothing was said today

    • My guess is that they just got out of the habit of doing that when going straight through [down, up, or occasionally even out of order] a category became so uncommon.

      I had actually kind of forgotten about that. I used to enjoy that happening — the applause for it, not just the accomplishment itself.

      It seems that is rarely tried anymore except when one category has been left for last because everyone is leery of it. That would probably make it less likely for one contestant to get them all correct, but sometimes the name of the category was misleading (or so broad that it COULD contain some very difficult clues, but doesn’t after all) and someone could get them all correct. For example, I’m pretty sure I remember when a category was essentially just ‘SPORTS’ and all three contestants were just not into sports, but it turned out that all the clues concerned terms anyone who had attended an elementary school would know and/or some MAJOR sports figures that anyone who had not been living under a rock for the prior decade would have heard about. [That category might not have been “run” by anyone, but contained no Triple Stumpers.]

      • that’s all the more reason to keep the applause tradition. a bit of encouragement to do the category in the natural order, which makes for a smoother show than jumping around hunting DDs

        • I would like that better, too, as it also kind of makes DDs be rewards for maintaining command of the board by successfully buzzing and correctly “answering” sequential clues. However, I cannot begrudge contestants the ability to jump around on the board in order to get a split second advantage over the other two by knowing what category you are going to say while they can’t get into that mindset until you have said it. My point being that “searching for DDs” is really just a subset of that style of play (combined with going for mid-level clues early to try to get the most money you can ahead of possibly hitting a DD, while initially avoiding the highest $ clues for likely being the most difficult to get correct).

  14. Pizza Face Fred | April 27, 2022 at 11:40 pm |

    Wasn’t Jennings considerably older than Holzhauer when they squared off? I don’t know if that “younger players being better” theory has any validity, but I’m pretty sure that, when it comes to Triple Stumpers, age favors older contestants. When the contestants all look under 40 (to me), I seem to clean up. I’ve been getting three or four every night. Only six Triple Stumpers tonight (one and a Daily Double for me). That’s the fewest during her reign so far. I’m old and gray and have lost my way. All my tomorrows were yesterday . . .

    • There are always exceptions to “generally” and “on average”. That doesn’t mean the reasoning as to what caused that generality is necessarily wrong.

      I’m not sure the logic is correct for “when it comes to Triple Stumpers, age favors older contestants”. Since the average age of contestants is not all that old (especially when the current champ is particularly young), wouldn’t that mean the actual logic is more like “clues skewed toward the knowledge base of older people often lead to Triple Stumpers”?

      • Pizza Face Fred | April 28, 2022 at 10:55 pm |

        I’ve lived through a lot of the Triple Stumpers I get, stuff that’s not necessarily learnable in traditional ways, I guess, Lisa. I’m not sure if I’m understanding you, but I can certainly see that maybe some clues may be skewed toward us older folks (practical business decision?). Seems there’s a lot of us on this site, and a lot of us that grew up with Jeopardy! . . .

    • Ken is 10 years (and 2 months) older than James. They were 45 and 35 respectively at the time of the GoAT tournament. (and Brad was 41 at the time)

  15. She can be in the top 6 of Regular Highest Total Winnings, beating David Madden’s regular winnings, if she could win at least $34,219 in the next game.

  16. Your explanation about the $1 did not make sense. You said it was better than “more,” but how is it better than $2? Or $10?

    • I think it is because if 2nd place had NOT bet it all, then got FJ right and the leader (with exactly twice as much) had bet more than $1 and got FJ wrong, they could possibly drop their total below 2nd’s.

      Yes, that scenario is also what would happen if 2nd place had bet it all and got it right while the leader bet $1 and got it wrong, but Andy is saying that is a bit less likely to happen than the chance of them coming out equal and the former leader becoming the winner of the tie-breaker.

  17. Can anyone give me a reason Ben would have bet less than 100% of his money? There is NO reason he would have done that, and Mattea would have known that (these are people, and pretty smart ones). Ben was playing to win, not to come in second or third. Unless Mattea bet foolishly and also failed on FJ, Ben had no chance to win UNLESS he bet all his money. We know Mattea was not going to bet foolishly (and it was a near certainty she would get the clue right). Ben knew that unless he won, he wasn’t going to keep that money. I can’t think of any reason he would be less than 100% of it, and I believe Mattea couldn’t imagine one either (well, I suppose Ben could have panicked and written down transposed numbers or something).

    • “I want to make sure I win $2,000 for second, because $1,000 for third doesn’t cover the trip” is probably the biggest reason why anyone would fail to go all in here.

      But the history of the show is littered with bad wagers in situations that seem apparent to the home viewer but not the contestant in studio.

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