Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, May 12, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Constitutions of the World) for Thursday, May 12, 2022 (Season 38, Game 174):

Amendments to its 1901 constitution require approval of at least 4 states before receiving Royal Assent

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Charly Kuecks, a writer & test prep expert from Salt Lake City, Utah
Charly Kuecks on Jeopardy!
Matt Petroff, a management consultant from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Matt Petroff on Jeopardy!
Daniel Nguyen, a high school math teacher from San Jose, California (1-day total: $7,199)
Daniel Nguyen on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: San Jose math teacher Daniel Nguyen took advantage of a strong position going into Final Jeopardy! to win through a Triple Stumper; he goes for victory number 2 today against Salt Lake City’s Charly Kuecks and Toronto’s Matt Petroff.

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Correct response: What is Australia?

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Australia obtained independence from the United Kingdom when the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 entered into force on January 1, 1901; the constitution may only be amended via referendum where a double majority is required—a majority of voters nationwide and a majority of voters in at least 4 of the 6 states.

This one might play slightly easier for a Canadian, as the clue uses Commonwealth terms (Royal Assent, for example) but clearly does not refer to Canada.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: In the National Park; The Billboard Music Awards; Native American Women; Beverages; Subtitled Nonfiction; Occupational Homonyms

The opening 15 clues belonged to Daniel and Matt, with Daniel picking up the Daily Double to jump out to a small lead. Matt struggled after the first break, though, whereas Daniel consolidated his lead.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: All Apologies; Musicals by Lyrics; 4-Syllable Words; The 1960s; Auntie; Establishment

Daniel continued his strong play in Double Jeopardy!, even though he dropped both Daily Doubles. The second Daily Double was very hard to find, with Charly hopping all over for it during a late-game comeback in order to try to break Daniel’s runaway. Unfortunately for Charly, Daniel got clue #29 correct—and was rewarded with the Daily Double on Clue 30. Scores going into Final were Daniel at $18,000, Charly at $7,600, and Matt at $200—Matt struggled heavily on the signalling device, even getting beaten in on the buzzer on a clue about the Northwest Territories. (It was a bit of a negative turning poing for Matt, as well, with Matt nearly falling into the red in the aftermath).

Both Daniel and Matt got Final correct, but Daniel stood pat and became a 2-day champion! He’ll go for win #3 tomorrow!

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Thursday, May 12, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Daniel $18,000
Charly $7,600
Matt $200

Tonight’s results:
Matt $200 + $200 = $400 (What is Australia?)
Charly $7,600 – $4,799 = $2,801 (What is Spain?)
Daniel $18,000 + $0 = $18,000 (What is Austrailia?) (2-day total: $25,199)

Daniel Nguyen, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 12, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Daniel $6,000
Matt $2,600
Charly $800

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) IN THE NATIONAL PARK $400 (clue #5)
Daniel 1400 +1400 (Matt 1200 Charly -200)
2) THE 1960s $1600 (clue #19)
Daniel 17600 -3000 (Matt -600 Charly 3600)
3) ALL APOLOGIES $1200 (clue #30, $0 left on board)
Daniel 18200 -200 (Matt 200 Charly 7600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 82

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 72 (0.41 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Daniel $20,200 Coryat, 23 correct, 3 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Charly $7,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Matt $200 Coryat, 7 correct, 4 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $28,000
Lach Trash: $17,800 (on 16 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,200

Daniel Nguyen, career statistics:
41 correct, 7 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (40/114)
2/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,200)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,900

Matt Petroff, career statistics:
8 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $200

Charly Kuecks, career statistics:
12 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,600

Daniel Nguyen, to win:
3 games: 51.158%
4: 26.172%
5: 13.389%
6: 6.850%
7: 3.504%
Avg. streak: 3.047 games.

Today’s interviews:
Charly took an Uber from San Jose to Bixby Canyon Bridge.
Matt is in a year-round fantasy sports league.
Daniel changed his major at the absolute last chance.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Friendly reminder that because “Austrailia” and “Australia” are pronounced identically, the former is an acceptable spelling in Final Jeopardy!, as per the rules of the show.
  • Link to the box score: May 12, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Daniel $18,000 Charly $7,600 Matt $200)

Daniel: Bet anything up to $2,799 and enjoy win #2!

Matt: Not much you can do today; bet whatever you like!

Charly: Bet no more than $7,199 and you’ll be guaranteed second place!

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4 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, May 12, 2022"

  1. David Gong | May 12, 2022 at 1:02 pm |

    This FJ was easy for me, since I knew that Australia became an independent state in 1900.

  2. Daniel seems like has the trivia chops to win a few games, as well as a situational awareness of wagering.

    • Robert Fawkes | May 13, 2022 at 12:29 am |

      The wagering math should be pretty easy for a math teacher. 🙂 Best of luck, Daniel.

  3. Michael Johnston | May 13, 2022 at 2:33 pm |

    Dang 🙁 I completely blanked on this.

    Current FJ streak: 5L

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