Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, May 16, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The National Park Service) for Monday, May 16, 2022 (Season 38, Game 176):

The U.S.A.’s smallest National Park is a 91-acre site on the Mississippi River, home to this 630-foot landmark

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Divya Badri, a software developer from Coal Valley, Illinois
Divya Badri on Jeopardy!
Nick Dee, a photographer from Los Angeles, California
Nick Dee on Jeopardy!
Ryan Long, a rideshare driver from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1-day total: $18,800)
Ryan Long on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Philly rideshare driver Ryan Long picked up a win on Friday, and goes for win #2 today against LA photographer Nick Dee and Illinois software developer Divya Badri.

Meanwhile: I’ve had some people commenting recently asking for me to move my betting suggestions section closer to the actual contestant bets. I’ll think about it—I may just add the actual bets to the section as I’m hesitant to put information between “Scores going into Final” and “Tonight’s results” in the recap itself.


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Correct response: What is the Gateway Arch?


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Designed by Eero Saarinen, the Gateway Arch opened in the 1960s in St. Louis, Missouri; the area surrounding it was designated Gateway Arch National Park in 2018. One clue-reading note: The clue says “this 630-foot landmark”—that means that the clue is technically asking for the landmark (even though the National Park does have the same name). Finally, for some fun New York Times synergy: the Gateway Arch showed up in yesterday’s New York Times crossword as part of the theme.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: Face the Music; A Horse with a Name; How Inventive!; That’s Our Island; It’s Getting Windy; TFW… (The Feeling When)

Ryan jumped out to a lead going into the first break, buoyed by a Daily Double. Coming out of the break, Ryan also played very strong, picking up a dozen correct responses in Single Jeopardy. Nick sat second, while Divya struggled with incorrect responses.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Swedish History; That Book Plagues Me; Skeleton Crew; Close to the Vest; Let’s Gamble; I’ve Got a Big Bank Role

Nick switched out of Swedish History and yielded the first Daily Double to Ryan; Nick got their shot at a betting clue later in the round. Both Ryan and Nick missed their respective Daily Doubles, though. While Nick had a strong final 10 clues of the round, Ryan still held a slim lead going into Final. The scores were Ryan at $16,200, Nick at $14,600, and Divya at $4,000.

In Final, both Nick and Ryan gave an alternatively correct response (see the “Andy’s Thoughts” section for more); Ryan bet enough to maneuvre past Nick with his usage of a Shoretegic bet to become a 2-day champion. While I still don’t generally agree with Shore’s Conjecture, it worked for Ryan today! He’ll be back tomorrow.


Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, May 16, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Ryan $16,200
Nick $14,600
Divya $4,000


Tonight’s results:
Divya $4,000 – $700 = $3,300 (What is ?)
Nick $14,600 + $6,599 = $21,199 (What is the St. Louis Arch?)
Ryan $16,200 + $8,000 = $24,200 (What is the St. Louis Arch?) (2-day total: $43,000)


Ryan Long, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 16, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ryan $8,600
Nick $4,000
Divya $400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) TFW… $1000 (clue #13)
Ryan 2600 +2000 (Nick 1400 Divya 1600)
2) SWEDISH HISTORY $1200 (clue #9)
Ryan 11000 -2000 (Nick 8000 Divya 800)
3) SKELETON CREW $1600 (clue #20, $12800 left on board)
Nick 10800 -3000 (Ryan 13800 Divya 2400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 31


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 73 (0.41 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Ryan $17,200 Coryat, 20 correct, 4 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Nick $17,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Divya $4,000 Coryat, 9 correct, 3 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,800
Lach Trash: $8,400 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,800

Ryan Long, career statistics:
42 correct, 8 incorrect
2/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
36.28% in first on buzzer (41/113)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,400

Nick Dee, career statistics:
20 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,600

Divya Badri, career statistics:
9 correct, 4 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,000

Ryan Long, to win:
3 games: 46.011%
4: 21.170%
5: 9.740%
6: 4.482%
7: 2.062%
Avg. streak: 2.852 games.

Today’s interviews:
Divya blanked out while playing piano in a high school talent show.
Nick is part of a group of charity arm wrestlers.
Ryan took the SATs in 7th grade.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I like how the show has resumed keeping the category on-screen at all times during Final Jeopardy.
  • Yes, the judges were correct to accept “St. Louis Arch”; a cursory Google shows numerous usage citations for the term. This is a very consistent ruling by the judges and it is improper to assign blame anywhere for this decision.
  • I maintain that Jeopardy! would be more boring if every single player always bet exactly by the book every time.
  • Link to the box score: May 16, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Ryan $16,200 Nick $14,600 Divya $4,000)

Ryan: Standard cover bet today is $13,001. (If you want to try getting fancy and have a good read that Nick knows their betting strategy, a bet between $5,000 and $8,198 may eke out a win—but you’d be taking a big risk.) (Actual bet: $8,000).

Nick: Bet between $3,201 and $6,599 to ensure second place, and a win on a Triple Stumper. (Actual bet: $6,599)

Divya: Limit your bet today to $799 as Ryan falls to $3,199 if he covers and is incorrect. (Actual bet: $700)

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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, May 16, 2022"

  1. I’ve been there so it was easy for me but Mississippi River and 630 feet are great clues pointing to the Arch.

  2. Michael Johnston | May 16, 2022 at 10:13 am |

    This one seemed easy, which was fine after that long string of obscure (to me) clues last week. The tallness and locale made it a quick solve.

    Current FJ streak: 2W

  3. aaronthecrystalclod | May 16, 2022 at 1:36 pm |

    All my life, I’ve called it the St. Louis Arch, as I’ve always known it by that.

    • I had the correct correct 😏 response of Gateway Arch, but not accepting St. Louis Arch would be similar to not accepting Statue of Liberty or Lady Liberty in place of a “correct” response of Liberty Enlightening the World.

  4. This one seemed to be up in my alley as well. I would definitely like to see the gateway arch in person one of these days. I highly recommend this natural wonder to everyone.

    • it is man-made, not natural

    • Robert Fawkes | May 16, 2022 at 10:33 pm |

      Louis, This was tongue in cheek, right? You do know the Gateway Arch is not a “natural wonder” anymore than Mount Rushmore is. It’s a 630-foot high manmade arch with a tram that people can take to the top for magnificent views of the surrounding area. Your comment seemed so sincere, it was hard to tell whether you were kidding or not. Just in case you weren’t kidding or if anyone didn’t get the joke or was misled by your comment, I just wanted to set the record straight.

  5. Marty Cunningham | May 16, 2022 at 2:21 pm |

    When we visited St.Louis about 15 years ago, the surrounding park had a big mouthful of a name, like “Westward Expansion National Park” or something more focused on the Lewis and Clark expedition, that set out from St.Louis, but, since they actually seem to be asking for the landmark, then St.Louis Arch or Gateway Arch should both be acceptable

    • [from wikipedia]
      The immediate surroundings of the Gateway Arch were initially designated the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (a national memorial) by executive order on December 21, 1935. The Gateway Arch was completed on October 28, 1965; the area surrounding it was redesignated as the “Gateway Arch National Park” (a national park) in 2018. The park is maintained by the National Park Service (NPS).

  6. Ryan seems like a good dude. Hope he keeps winning.

    • I agree. (but then I generally think of most J! contestants to be good people).

      And I’d like to second Andy’s appreciation of the new FJ graphics that display the category on the screen as well as the clue.

      • Ditto on the category. (and it is sort of making it ADA-compliant for people with ADD)

  7. Robert Fawkes | May 16, 2022 at 7:27 pm |

    Andy, re: “I’ve had some people commenting recently asking for me to move my betting suggestions section closer to the actual contestant bets.”

    I think the way you handled it today takes care of that issue. By adding the actual bets to the suggested betting section, you’ve eliminated the problem. I like the way you changed it and thank you for the change.

  8. I’d also like to second Andy’s note “I maintain that Jeopardy! would be more boring if every single player always bet exactly by the book every time.” But besides that, it seems sensible (or at least very “human”) for any player to temper their bet based on their comfort with the clue category despite the fact that some really complicated clues can occur under pretty simple-sounding categories and some really basic clues have come up under scholarly-sounding or technical-sounding categories.

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