Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, May 13, 2022


Happy Friday! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category State Names) for Friday, May 13, 2022 (Season 38, Game 175):

This state was named for a man born in Herrenhausen Palace in Hanover in 1683

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Ryan Long, a rideshare driver from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ryan Long on Jeopardy!
Marie Shapiro, a retired school registrar from San Francisco, California
Marie Shapiro on Jeopardy!
Daniel Nguyen, a high school math teacher from San Jose, California (2-day total: $25,199)
Daniel Nguyen on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Daniel Nguyen, the San Jose math teacher, has picked up a pair of victories; he goes for victory number three tonight against Marie Shapiro of San Francisco and Philly rideshare driver Ryan Long.


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Correct response: What is Georgia?


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King George II was born in Hanover in 1683; his father, George I, became King of England in 1714 as the closest living Protestant relative of Queen Anne (his second cousin) under the Act of Settlement 1701. George II became King of Great Britain and Ireland in 1727; a few years later, James Oglethorpe founded the colony of Georgia, under a charter issued by (and named for) the King.

(It’s at this point that I’m reminded of a certain Tournament of Champions winner from South Carolina from a few seasons back who liked to troll the state of Georgia by referring to the state as a “penal colony”; while not strictly true, Oglethorpe did propose that the area be a settlement location for what he referred to as “the worthy poor”, suggesting that settlement be used as an alternative to debtors’ prisons. Moreover, the misconception continued due to later convicts being sentenced to provide labor in the colony.)


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: Brisk Lit; D.C. Tourism; Holidays & Observances; Drop a Letter; Red; Taylor’s Version

A methodical game—Marie played slowly and had the most attempts in the first 15 clues—saw Daniel hold a lead at the first break by virtue of him not giving any incorrect responses. Out of the break, Marie got to the Daily Double and that led to her holding a small break after Single Jeopardy!

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Treaties; TV: Who Played ‘Em?; Communication; Places in the Bible; Opera; Starts with “Y”

Daniel started like gangbusters, getting the first 7 clues in the round! Ryan stormed back, though, running the TV category in his own right, and this round was determined by the Daily Doubles. Daniel picked up $4,000 on his, whereas Ryan went conservative on his, only picking up $2,000. Unsurprisingly considering the methodical play from the players, there was one unplayed clue. You can’t really pin this on Mayim, though—this one was on the players. Scores going into Final were Daniel at $17,600, Ryan at $12,000, and Marie at $6,700.

In Final Jeopardy! today, Ryan and Marie got final correct, but Daniel did not; this means that Ryan becomes champion! He’ll be back on Monday to defend his title!


Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, May 13, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Daniel $17,600
Ryan $12,000
Marie $6,700


Tonight’s results:
Marie $6,700 + $6,000 = $12,700 (What is Georgia?)
Ryan $12,000 + $6,800 = $18,800 (What is Georgia?) (1-day total: $18,800)
Daniel $17,600 – $6,401 = $11,199 (What is New Hampshire)


Ryan Long, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 13, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Marie $4,300
Daniel $4,000
Ryan $2,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) BRISK LIT $1000 (clue #22)
Marie 2000 +1500 (Daniel 1600 Ryan 1600)
2) COMMUNICATION $2000 (clue #20)
Daniel 13200 +4000 (Marie 6300 Ryan 10000)
3) PLACES IN THE BIBLE $1600 (clue #24, $8000 left on board)
Ryan 12400 +2000 (Daniel 17200 Marie 6300)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 121


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: OPERA $2000
Total Left On Board: $2,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 73 (0.42 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Ryan $11,600 Coryat, 20 correct, 4 incorrect, 35.71% in first on buzzer (20/56), 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Marie $6,200 Coryat, 10 correct, 4 incorrect, 23.21% in first on buzzer (13/56), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Daniel $15,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 0 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer (16/56), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $33,400
Lach Trash: $11,200 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,400

Daniel Nguyen, career statistics:
60 correct, 8 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 15 rebound opportunities)
32.94% in first on buzzer (56/170)
3/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,200)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,800

Marie Shapiro, career statistics:
11 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
23.21% in first on buzzer (13/56)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,500)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,200

Ryan Long, career statistics:
21 correct, 4 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
35.71% in first on buzzer (20/56)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,600

Ryan Long, to win:
2 games: 40.455%
3: 16.366%
4: 6.621%
5: 2.678%
6: 1.084%
Avg. streak: 1.679 games.

Today’s interviews:
Ryan does impressions of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Marie just retired after 30 years at the same school.
Daniel has done an estimated 50 escape rooms.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Viewers are reminded that as per the rules of the show, players are permitted to change their responses before the host rules. (This seemed to be common in the DROP A LETTER category today.)
  • It should also be noted that the film How the Grinch Stole Christmas was released as just The Grinch in the United Kingdom; thus, Marie’s response to TAYLOR’S VERSION $800 was correct.
  • Marie’s Final Jeopardy! bet was insufficient to force a cover bet out of Ryan. (See below.)
  • Link to the box score: May 13, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Daniel $17,600 Ryan $12,000 Marie $6,700)

Daniel: Standard cover bet today is $6,401.

Ryan: You’re stuck in Stratton’s Dilemma today; you can’t both cover Marie and win a Double Stumper with Daniel. If you do decide to go small, your suggested bet is less than $800. If you go big, your suggested bet is at least $1,401, but you might as well go all in if you go big in order to maximize your winnings.

Marie: The only way you can win today is if you’re right, and Daniel is wrong. Go all in to force Ryan to cover you (with a minimum suggested bet of $6,101.)

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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, May 13, 2022"

  1. Andy…your write-ups about FJ provide so much insight and added info that I make it a “must see” as part of my morning routine, just as one would use a word-a-day calendar. Just out of curiosity, (and I’m sure everyone here already knows the answer but me) but have you been a Jeopardy! contestant in the past? I’m sure if not, you’ve tried…If so, how far did you get?

    • Michael:

      I have not, but I have auditioned in the past. There would need to be a significant shake-up on the production end in order for me to be eligible to be a contestant at the moment, though, as I have worked in the past with people who currently work for the show.

    • First part of this comment — seconded!

    • morning routine? so you read the FJ clue and response before watching the show?

      • Michael Johnston | May 13, 2022 at 10:33 pm | Reply

        blink I thought that was what most people did that come to this site?

        • dunno what most people do.
          I never read a daily entry until after I’ve watched the show
          seeing the clue (and response?) before the show seems like a big spoiler to me. like reading the last page of a mystery novel before reading any other part of it.

          • Different people consume media differently. Some people like the routine of being able to see the clue on their own terms. Others have anxiety over not knowing what happens. And some don’t want to be spoiled. Everyone’s valid.

  2. Michael Johnston | May 13, 2022 at 2:42 pm | Reply

    I don’t recall where I learned it, but I remembered the bit about the Hanoverian Kings and so avoided the disheartening prospect of ending the week on a 6 game losing streak 😅

    Current FJ streak: 1W

  3. I might have touched basis on the Hanoverian kings but not so much in world history class.. I avoided a losing streak today by getting this one.

  4. L. A. Watson-Haley | May 13, 2022 at 11:23 pm | Reply

    I’ve rewound 4 times and I still can’t make out what Ryan answered on the Madame Butterfly question. Any help?

    • Very good point. My wife and I were convinced they’d come back from commercial break and find that they had reversed the decision on that one after reviewing the tape. We thought Miyam misheard. But they didn’t so he must have misspoke somehow. But I don’t know what he said.

      • Robert Fawkes | May 14, 2022 at 12:58 am | Reply

        Ryan’s answer was “M. Butterfly,” which means Mr. Butterfly. The response they were looking for was “Madame Butterfly.” There is a difference. 🙂

        • Specifically, “M Butterfly” is the title of a play by David Henry Hwang about a French diplomat who falls for a Chinese male opera singer who plays female roles (as women were barred from performing in Chinese operas). So I assume that the ruling was based on the fact that Hwang’s play is a separate work with different characters.

  5. Andy,
    I find myself coming here most days for your synopsis. I wonder if you would consider reorganizing the format to place your bet guidance between the “scores after DJ” and FJ results? I’m always scrolling up and down to compare what you say they should do to what they did, and it’s currently a very long journey most days. Thanks for looking at it!

  6. I didn’t think I could like Ryan any more, then he did his Arnold impression! As a fellow big man, it’s nice to be known for my brains and not just my muscles as well.

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