Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, May 17, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Literature) for Tuesday, May 17, 2022 (Season 38, Game 177):

A contemporary review of a novel by this man said he “commands attention as a kind of literary James Dean”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Justinne Lake-Jedzinak, a museum educator from Oyster Bay, New York
Justinne Lake-Jedzinak on Jeopardy!
Jason Smith, a head of risk operations from Scottsdale, Arizona
Jason Smith on Jeopardy!
Ryan Long, a rideshare driver from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2-day total: $43,000)
Ryan Long on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Philly rideshare driver Ryan Long has picked up a pair of victories thus far; will he fare well and lift his Tournament of Champions chances? Or, will Jason or Justinne, our challengers, have an uber performance themselves, surging to victory?


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Correct response: Who is Jack Kerouac?


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This description of Jack Kerouac comes from a 1957 TIME magazine review of Kerouac’s most famous work, On the Road. On the Road is generally seen as a defining work as the 1950s; in the work, many major literary figures of the Beat Generation are characters. All of these figures were given pseudonyms—Old Bull Lee was Willam S. Burroughs, Carlo Marx was Allen Ginsberg, protagonist Dean Moriarty was Neal Cassady, and the narrator, Sal Paradise, was Kerouac himself.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: The American Red Cross; Poets; Indigenous Peoples; Tool Time: Pairs Edition; My Name is a Palindrome; Talk to the Hand

Ryan and Jason went hammer-and-tongs in the opening round—Justinne only got in 3 times over the first 30 clues! Jason got the Daily Double in a category he ended up running, but Ryan held the lead after Single Jeopardy.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Military History; Countries in the U.S.; Water, Water Everywhere; Remembering the Ladies; Movie Title Before & After; Scoring a “T–D”

The fireworks continued in Double Jeopardy—Ryan gained $8,000 on a Daily Double to jump into a lead that he did not relinquish until the end of the round! Scores going into Final were Ryan at $20,000, Jason at $16,000, and Justinne and $6,200.

For the second straight day, Ryan didn’t bet to cover in Final. That being said—he was the only player to get Final, so he’s now a 3-day champion!


Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, May 17, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Ryan $20,000
Jason $16,000
Justinne $6,200


Tonight’s results:
Justinne $6,200 – $2,201 = $3,999 (Who is Salinger)
Jason $16,000 – $3,500 = $12,500 (Who is Updike?)
Ryan $20,000 + $7,000 = $27,000 (Who is Kerouac?) (3-day total: $70,000)


Ryan Long, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 17, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ryan $9,200
Jason $6,400
Justinne $1,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) INDIGENOUS PEOPLES $600 (clue #7)
Jason 1400 +1400 (Ryan 2000 Justinne 0)
2) SCORING A “T–D” $1200 (clue #20)
Ryan 10800 +8000 (Jason 14800 Justinne 1600)
3) WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE $1600 (clue #25, $3600 left on board)
Justinne 3200 +2200 (Ryan 18800 Jason 14800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 243


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 $13,200 Coryat, 24 correct, 2 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Jason $15,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 0 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Justinne $5,600 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,000
Lach Trash: $15,600 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,400

Ryan Long, career statistics:
67 correct, 10 incorrect
2/4 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
38.82% in first on buzzer (66/170)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,000)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,000

Jason Smith, career statistics:
17 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,400)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,200

Justinne Lake-Jedzinak, career statistics:
8 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,200)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,600

Ryan Long, to win:
4 games: 53.335%
5: 28.447%
6: 15.172%
7: 8.092%
8: 4.316%
Avg. streak: 4.143 games.

Today’s interviews:
Justinne once lived in a location originally built to house goats.
Jason is a coin collector.
Ryan fostered kittens when he was younger.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • The Monday through Friday games in a week are generally taped on the same day; both Jason and Justinne would have seen Ryan not bet to cover yesterday.
  • Link to the box score: May 17, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Scores: Ryan $20,000 Jason $16,000 Justinne $6,200)

Ryan: Standard cover bet today is $12,001. I’d suggest betting that—especially as not covering yesterday will make astute players go all-in today. If Jason does keep Justinne locked out, though, the most he can go to is $19,599—the upper bound of a non-cover bet should be $399. (Actual bet: $7,000)

Jason: Damn the torpedoes—full speed ahead! Ryan didn’t cover yesterday; go all in. (Actual bet: $3,500)

Justinne: If Ryan bets to cover and is incorrect, he will fall to $7,999. Your minimum bet should be $1,800 then. (Actual bet: $2,201)

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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, May 17, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | May 17, 2022 at 9:10 am |

    tch I hadn’t heard that quote before, so I was just trying to think of a writer from that period and came up w Gore Vidal. In hindsight, Kerouac does look like a better fit🤷

    Current FJ streak: 1L

  2. love the pregame thoughts – picked up, fare well, uber performance, surging to victory :D!

    • Robert Fawkes | May 17, 2022 at 2:14 pm |

      Not to mention, “lift his Tournament of Champions chances?” I thought you would have included that one, Michelle.

  3. Bill Wallace | May 17, 2022 at 2:20 pm |

    I never heard of Kerouac–but then that’s why the players are there and I’m not.

    • I have a bit more than “heard of Kerouac” but I would never have thought to guess him. But I was not thinking about it correctly anyway since I was thinking of “contemporary” as in “belonging to or occurring in the present” so I was thinking of an older book (from any era) being reviewed recently.

      Had I correctly been thinking of the meaning “living or occurring at the same time”, it would have narrowed down the author/book’s time period as likely being around the time of James Dean. Of course, the clue was tying the book and the review to the same time period, not necessarily to Dean’s time, but back then book reviews were of new books and those reviews were expected to be read/heard only around the time they were published in magazines or newspapers or perhaps said on radio (maybe TV) so were more likely to make reference to something also contemporary (as James Dean would have been). Now due to online sales many online reviews are of old books (and can themselves be read for years), so a writer of any period could nowadays (other kind of “contemporary”) get compared to James Dean by a reviewer — greatly expanding the number of possible authors to have said that about.

      • Pizza Face Fred | May 18, 2022 at 6:23 pm |

        “Contemporaneous,” a denotative definition of “contemporary,” would’ve been a less ambiguous word choice. I initially thought as you did, but my guess still took me straight to Kerouac . . .

        • “Contemporaneous” — EXACTLY — can hardly wait until Jeopardy! uses that in a clue and we will all think of you 😁

  4. This should have been an easy get for our opponents today. Still literature is considered my favorite subject. I had to think hard about this one altogether.

  5. Ryan is awesome, but can’t endorse his wagers in FJ.

  6. sooner or later it will come back to bite you

    • Michael Johnston | May 18, 2022 at 8:23 am |

      nods It certainly might, although it seems more likely to just lose the old-fashioned way – you’re wrong and they’re right. The possibility of both of you being right but you losing (because you failed to wager enough) is very unsettling to me.

  7. As I said by a previous contestant, I think going 17-0 in the first two rounds should be an automatic qualifier for the Second Chance Tourney.

    Don’t know where I would cut off for minimum correct questions but 17-0 is good enough IMHO.

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