Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, May 11, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Say It In Italian) for Wednesday, May 11, 2022 (Season 38, Game 173):

It’s an Italian word for “mercy”, but also the name of a movie character who kills Stracci & Carlo

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Daniel Nguyen, a high school math teacher from San Jose, California
Daniel Nguyen on Jeopardy!
Micaela Tuttle, a wine import manager from Nashville, Tennessee
Micaela Tuttle on Jeopardy!
Mallory Kass, a children’s book editor from Brooklyn, New York (1-day total: $14,100)
Mallory Kass on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: “The 100” author Mallory Kass picked up a victory in yesterday’s game—and if the preview at the end of yesterday’s game is any indication, Mallory has gone fashion-forward today in a number that the communnity’s resident fashion reviewer, Lilly Nelson, will be absolutely in love with. If you missed it at the end of yesterday’s game, you’re going to need to watch today in order to see it! Your challengers today are Micaela Tuttle and Daniel Nguyen.

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Correct response: What is Clemenza?


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Peter Clemenza, portrayed by Richard Castellano, was a major caporegime in the Corleone crime family in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 film The Godfather. Clemenza was famous for the line “Leave the gun; take the cannoli.” in the film. In Italian, the word “clemenza” can mean “clemency” or “mercy”. (A friendly reminder that comments made without having read the post in question is out of order. Also note that the clue says “an Italian word”—implying multiple—and not “the Italian word”—implying only one. Semantics, yes, but very important semantics.)


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: From Queens; Geometry Class; American History; “4”!; This & That; More Than One Meaning

Mallory found the Daily Double immediately; unfortunately for her, she dropped $1,000 on it. Daniel got off to a strong start, though, picking up 8 correct before the opening break. Micaela and Mallory did pull back a little bit before the end of Single Jeopardy, though.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Beastly Art; Timely Talk; Sci-Fi Trilogies; Brand Names; Going Global; What’s That Song Called?

My favourite category was “What’s That Song Called?”; however, I thought Mayim got carried away on the $400 clue, giving a response that would technically be correct per the show’s rules, but she should have just given the title of it. (She gave lyrics surrounding the title, which is correct, but will cause confusion among viewers and potentially avoidable viewer feedback.) Meanwhile, our challengers split the Daily Doubles, with Micaela picking up $2,000 and Daniel $3,000. The scores going into Final were Daniel at $13,000, Micaela at $9,400, and Mallory at $6,200.

Final Jeopardy! today was a Triple Stumper, and that works in Daniel’s favor because of the scores—he’ll be back tomorrow to defend!


Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, May 11, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Daniel $13,000
Micaela $9,400
Mallory $6,200


Tonight’s results:
Mallory $6,200 – $3,500 = $2,700 (What is Maest)
Micaela $9,400 – $6,000 = $3,400 (What is Mercia)
Daniel $13,000 – $5,801 = $7,199 (What is Sko Vi Vikes?) (1-day total: $7,199)


Daniel Nguyen, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 11, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Daniel $5,200
Micaela $3,800
Mallory $600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) AMERICAN HISTORY $600 (clue #1)
Mallory 0 -1000 (Micaela 0 Daniel 0)
2) TIMELY TALK $1600 (clue #19)
Micaela 5800 +2000 (Mallory 3800 Daniel 6000)
3) GOING GLOBAL $1600 (clue #23, $6800 left on board)
Daniel 8000 +3000 (Mallory 3800 Micaela 9000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -28


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 72 (0.42 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Daniel $11,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Micaela $9,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Mallory $7,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 4 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $27,800
Lach Trash: $17,000 (on 14 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,200

Mallory Kass, career statistics:
30 correct, 6 incorrect
1/4 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
25.23% in first on buzzer (28/111)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $500)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,800

Micaela Tuttle, career statistics:
15 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,000

Daniel Nguyen, career statistics:
17 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,600

Daniel Nguyen, to win:
2 games: 43.395%
3: 18.831%
4: 8.172%
5: 3.546%
6: 1.539%
Avg. streak: 1.767 games.

Today’s interviews:
Daniel chaperones the prom at his high school.
Micaela ostensibly gets paid to drink wine.
Mallory got to cameo in a scene with Steve Buscemi.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • In my opinion, this was the sort of Final Jeopardy! clue that would play easier for many viewers at home than it would for players in-studio.
  • Link to the box score: May 11, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Daniel $13,000, Micaela $9,400, Mallory $6,200)

Mallory: Assuming Daniel bets to cover, you can’t win unless you get Final and bet at least $1,000. You should go all-in in order to maximize potential winnings (and to force Micaela to cover in Stratton’s Dilemma.)

Micaela: You’re in Stratton’s Dilemma; you can’t both win a Double Stumper with Daniel and bet to cover Mallory. Because Mallory has occasion to go all-in (as she can’t win unless she is correct and makes a bet), it’s probably better to go all-in to maximize your potential winnings today. Your cover bet over Mallory is $3,001; your maximum bet if you do choose to go small should be $2,199.

Daniel: Standard cover bet today is $5,801.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, May 11, 2022"

  1. Alright! All those hours watching TG have paid off. Cannolli, anyone?

  2. Sergio Monarca | May 11, 2022 at 1:10 pm | Reply

    “Leave the gun, take the cannoli!” 😁😁

  3. Michael Johnston | May 11, 2022 at 1:49 pm | Reply

    … I’ve never seen it 🙈

    And that runs my current FJ losing streak to 4L 🙁

  4. Robert Fawkes | May 11, 2022 at 6:29 pm | Reply

    Andy, what makes this clue easier for viewers at home than in-studio? I haven’t seen “The Godfather” since its original release in 1972. Thankfully, because my grandfather was from Syracusa in Sicily, I knew the correct response anyway (even if I had never seen the movie).

  5. This was on the tougher end of the FJ scale. Obviously an iconic movie like The Godfather is fair game though.

  6. I’m all highbrow here so Clemenza di Tito was my route.

  7. Debbie Stover | May 11, 2022 at 11:44 pm | Reply

    Argh — “and Venus was her name.”

    Anyway, Andy, can you please explain why she accepted just “409” for the clue calling for the product name “Formula 409”? The product is called Formula 409, not just 409.

    Thanks.

    • wikipedia doesn’t agree with you.
      “Formula 409 or 409 is an American brand of home and industrial cleaning products”
      the “or 409” implies that the product is sometimes known to drop the F-word from its name from time to time.

      • Debbie Stover | May 12, 2022 at 9:56 am | Reply

        Sure, Jay. That’s why Mayim provided the “Formula” — because it wasn’t needed.

        • I went to Formula 409’s website — https://www.formula409.com/ .

          Above the fold, I see “Choose your 409” as a link.

          I think that sufficiently explains to me that “409” can be acceptable on its own, as the company uses it that way.

        • her adding “Formula” to the contestant’s response of “409” isn’t really any different than when the host adds the full name after a contestant just gives a last name.

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