Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, April 28, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Books of the 1970s) for Thursday, April 28, 2022 (Season 38, Game 164):

Aptly, members of a Black family in this novel have Biblical names: Pilate, Hagar & the title one, an ancestor of the protagonist

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Manav Jain, an undergraduate student from Clemson, South Carolina
Manav Jain on Jeopardy!
Renée Russell, a branch office administrator from Baltimore, Maryland
Renée Russell on Jeopardy!
Mattea Roach, a tutor from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (17-day total: $396,182)
Mattea Roach on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Last night, Mattea Roach won her 17th game, surviving another scare in the process—second place Ben had exactly half of her score going into Final! As she goes for her 18th win today, Renée and Manav are hoping to become giant killers!

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Correct response: What is Song of Solomon?

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Song of Solomon was the third novel of Nobel Prize-winning African-American author Toni Morrison, and it follows the life of “Milkman” Dead III, whose ancestor, named Solomon, was Milkman’s great-grandfather. From the Nobel Prize’s press release in 1993 honoring Morrison, “The Solomon of the title, the southern ancestor, was to be found in the songs of childhood games. His inner intensity had borne him back, like Icarus, through the air to the Africa of his roots.”

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: Old York; Movies”!”; Poets & Poetry; Iron; Landmarks; Rhymes with These

Mattea got off to another very strong start, picking up 9 correct and $5,000 before the first break; Manav sat second after 15 clues. After the break, Mattea picked up another 9, but it was Renée who nearly doubled through the Daily Double. Mattea still held a commanding lead after Single Jeopardy.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Philosophy; Celebrity Sibling Surnames; Double Double-Letter Words; North America; Catching You Short; Ballet & Opera

More fireworks came out during today’s Double Jeopardy! round. Mattea only bet $2,000 on her Daily Double, and a rare first-row Daily Double met Renée on the 26th clue of the round! Renée only bet $5,000 to take a small lead, but Mattea regained the lead before the end of the round. Scores going into Final were Mattea at $22,600, with Renée at $21,000 and Manav at $600.

In Final, Mattea came in clutch with the only correct response; she’s now an 18-day champion!

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Thursday, April 28, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Mattea $22,600
Renée $21,000
Manav $600

Tonight’s results:
Manav $600 – $100 = $500 (What is ???)
Renée $21,000 – $19,799 = $1,201 (What is Roots?)
Mattea $22,600 + $19,401 = $42,001 (What is Song of Solomon?) (18-day total: $438,183)

Mattea Roach, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 28, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Mattea $9,800
Renée $5,200
Manav $3,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) IRON $600 (clue #27)
Renée 2400 +2000 (Mattea 8600 Manav 3000)
2) PHILOSOPHY $1600 (clue #5)
Mattea 12200 +2000 (Renée 5200 Manav 2200)
3) BALLET & OPERA $400 (clue #26, $5600 left on board)
Renée 16000 +5000 (Mattea 20600 Manav 600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 131

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 $22,200 Coryat, 30 correct, 2 incorrect, 52.63% in first on buzzer (30/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Renée $15,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 0 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Manav $600 Coryat, 4 correct, 2 incorrect, 8.77% in first on buzzer (5/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,800
Lach Trash: $12,600 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,600

Mattea Roach, career statistics:
501 correct, 45 incorrect
26/31 on rebound attempts (on 70 rebound opportunities)
46.18% in first on buzzer (471/1020)
22/26 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $49,000)
12/18 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,444

Renée Russell, career statistics:
17 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,000

Manav Jain, career statistics:
4 correct, 3 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
8.77% in first on buzzer (5/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $600

Mattea Roach, to win:
19 games: 77.561%
20: 60.157%
21: 46.658%
22: 36.189%
23: 28.068%
Avg. streak: 21.457 games.

Today’s interviews:
Manav ate at Waffle House with friends every Saturday pre-pandemic.
Renée went from teaching middle schoolers to working in a casino.
Mattea got set up on a date to play a RuPaul’s Drag Race-themed trivia.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • This is the first game with a Daily Double in the first row this season, and the first game with one since August 12, 2021.
  • $438,183 moves to #6 all-time in regular-play winnings and #16 if tournaments are included.
  • $42,001 is the 143rd-best regular-play total of all time (including pre-doubled dollar values).
  • Link to the box score: April 28, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Mattea $22,600 Renée $21,000 Manav $600)

Mattea: Standard cover bet today is $19,401.

Renée: You need to stay above $3,200; I’d bet between $3,201 and $17,799.

Manav: There’s not really much you can do today; bet whatever you like.

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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, April 28, 2022"

  1. Without knowing too much of the content of these works, and working solely with the clue itself, when I hear “1970’s” and “Black Family,” I instantly think of Roots.

    • but Roots doesn’t have a “title character” (let alone one with a Biblical name)

      • Right. For “1970s” and “Black Family,” I instantly thought of Roots, but also immediately ruled it out for not being a “title character” (let alone one with a Biblical name).

  2. As much as anything, I’m looking forward to Ken’s recital of trivia concerning the number 17. His number 16 facts certainly got everyone starting off in a good mood last night, although I suspect he’ll have less to say about this prime number.

  3. Yes, got it! Love this Toni Morrison clue!

    • Based on the Canadians I know personally and Mattea’s current profession, plus her knowledge base demonstrated for 3+ weeks on Jeopardy!, I was betting that Mattea WOULD get this one right. I’m glad that she was forced to bet a lot because that won her a lot more money and if it had been a runaway I don’t think she would have bet nearly that much.

  4. Michael Johnston | April 28, 2022 at 12:12 pm |

    … The only thing I know by Morrison is Beloved and I haven’t even read it yet. It’s been in my “To read” stack for a few months now :/

    Current FJ streak: 3L

  5. aaronthecrystalclod | April 28, 2022 at 12:13 pm |

    I hope this doesn’t go down the route of James Holzhauer, Matt Amodio, and even Ken Jennings with this 18th game. Those three had close calls in their 18th game.

    • aaronthecrystalclod | April 28, 2022 at 1:35 pm |

      Okay, so I was wrong – the 18th game trend continues. So first Ken Jennings had a close call with his 18th game, then James Holzhauer had a close call with his 18th game, and then Matt Amodio – you guessed it – had a close call in his 18th game as well. So now we can add Mattea Roach to the list of contestants who suffered in their 18th game.

    • I’d much rather have a competitive “close call” than a boring runaway, regardless of who the champion is.

  6. Uh-oh, Mattea was on ABC for an interview today. I hope this isn’t a sign like other people had that she might be losing soon.

    • The significant number of headliner contestants (Amodia/Fisher/Schneider/Roach) that Jeopardy has had this past half a year will hopefully do much to erase the Mike Richards mess from the public conscious. Not to mention all the recent 4/5 game champions in between these super champs.

  7. I saw that too, Kathy. I am guessing the streak ends at 20.

  8. Renee should be an invitee to the second chance tourney. 17-0 and losing (albeit wrong on FJ).

  9. speaking of Daily Doubles in the top row…
    is it true that there has never been a Daily Double in the top spot of the 2nd category?
    if so, I wonder if that is a deliberate choice.

  10. I know some people will argue that Renee should have wagered more than $5000 on that last Daily Double, but I’m glad she at least did make that wager despite her obvious discomfort with the category. It was a top row clue so there was a good chance it wouldn’t be anything too scary.

    • Count me among those people. Not wagering enough to hold the lead even if Mattea ran the rest of the category would’ve cost Renee the victory had she come up with the correct response in Final. I understand the discomfort with the category–I couldn’t even venture a guess on the other clues–but as you said, a top row DD just about begs for a bold wager.

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