Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, May 18, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Oscar-Winning Songs) for Wednesday, May 18, 2022 (Season 38, Game 178):

Johnny Mercer’s lyrics to this 1961 Oscar-winning song once began, “I’m Holly”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Audrey Kamzan, a pediatric hospitalist from Los Angeles, California
Audrey Kamzan on Jeopardy!
Adriana Ramírez, a writer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Adriana Ramírez on Jeopardy!
Ryan Long, a rideshare driver from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3-day total: $70,000)
Ryan Long on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Ryan Long, the Philadelphia rideshare driver, has picked up three victories—he’s still not in the top 15 for November’s Tournament of Champions, though! He needs one more to really help his chances. Today, though, we have a yinzer/jawn battle, as challenger Adriana is from western Pennsylvania!


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Correct response: What is “Moon River”?


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“I’m Holly / Like I want to be / Like holly on a tree back home. / Just plain Holly / With no dolly / No mama, no papa / Wherever I roam”. Those were the original lyrics that Johnny Mercer set to Henry Mancini’s song that eventually turned into “Moon River”, the iconic song from the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which starred Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: Historic Americans; Beastly Book Characters; Museums for Foodies; Planes, Trains & Automobiles; Setting, The Broadway Stage; Spot “ify”

Propped up by the first Daily Double, Ryan picked up 8 correct in each half of Single Jeopardy to have a small lead after 15 clues and a big lead after 30!

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: You Never Take Me To…; Trojan War Handbook; Science; Hodgepodge; TV Comedies by Siblings; From the Greek for…

Ryan extended his lead in the first half of the round, and then made a big move on the first Daily Double, picking up a big $8,000! This meant that it was crucial for Audrey to pick up the second Daily Double. Unfortunately for Audrey, Adríana picked up control and got to the last Daily Double first. Unfortunately, Adríana fell into the red on that Daily Double, and was unable to get back out of the hole before Final Jeopardy. Scores going into Final were Ryan holding a runaway at $26,600, Audrey at $7,200, and Adríana out of Final at -$200.

The runaway was crucial for Ryan, as only Audrey got Final Jeopardy today; Ryan may have hurt his Tournament of Champions chances by a $10,000 bet in Final; he does pull himself into the field at the moment, though, and will relegate Christine Whelchel out of the top 15. He’ll go for win #5 tomorrow!


Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, May 18, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Ryan $26,600
Audrey $7,200
Adriana -$200


Tonight’s results:
Adriana -$200 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Audrey $7,200 + $5,000 = $12,200 (What is Moon River?)
Ryan $26,600 – $10,000 = $16,600 (What is Hi Mom) (4-day total: $86,600)


Ryan Long, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 18, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ryan $8,600
Audrey $3,200
Adriana $2,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) BEASTLY BOOK CHARACTERS $1000 (clue #9)
Ryan 2600 +1000 (Adriana -600 Audrey 2200)
2) TROJAN WAR HANDBOOK $800 (clue #15)
Ryan 15400 +8000 (Adriana 1600 Audrey 5600)
3) YOU NEVER TAKE ME TO… $800 (clue #24, $4800 left on board)
Adriana 800 -1000 (Ryan 26600 Audrey 7600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 40


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 $19,400 Coryat, 29 correct, 3 incorrect, 49.12% in first on buzzer (28/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Audrey $7,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Adriana $800 Coryat, 8 correct, 4 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $27,400
Lach Trash: $15,200 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,400

Ryan Long, career statistics:
96 correct, 14 incorrect
4/6 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
41.41% in first on buzzer (94/227)
5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $19,000)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,350

Adriana Ramírez, career statistics:
8 correct, 4 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $800

Audrey Kamzan, career statistics:
13 correct, 2 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,200

Ryan Long, to win:
5 games: 63.213%
6: 39.958%
7: 25.259%
8: 15.967%
9: 10.093%
Avg. streak: 5.718 games.

Today’s interviews:
Audrey auditioned when she had become the mother of twins.
Adriana grew up on the US-Mexico border.
Ryan worked on a Mennonite farm when he was growing up.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Four wins at $86,600 pulls Ryan to #14 in the Tournament of Champions standings.
  • Link to the box score: May 18, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Scores: Ryan $26,600 Audrey $7,200 Adriana -$200)

Ryan: Bet no more than $12,199 and enjoy your fourth victory! (Actual bet: $10,000)

Audrey: There’s nothing stopping you from going all-in today! I probably would, just in case Ryan has more betting misadventures. (Actual bet: $5,000).
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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, May 18, 2022"

  1. “Moon River” quickly came to mind. A good clue helped. I didn’t care for the movie too much but the song rightfully lives on.

    • Yes, my favorite Andy Williams version of Moon River is great
      Leona Schell

      • Personally, I think Audrey Hepburn’s original rendition can’t be beat, although Andy Williams’ version is a close second.

        • Michael Johnston | May 18, 2022 at 11:59 am |

          Audrey Hepburn sigh 😍
          And now that you’ve reminded me of BaT, I am obligated to do the concomitant viewing of the Deep Blue Something video 😅

          Current FJ streak: 1W

      • Those original lyrics would have been a problem for Andy Williams

  2. This reminds me of the fact that the lyrics of what became “Yesterday” originally began with “scrambled eggs.”

  3. Robert Fawkes | May 18, 2022 at 2:30 pm |

    Andy,
    Can we assume that the winner of the Second Chance Tournament will be an automatic qualifier for the ToC? If so, wouldn’t Ryan’s win today knock out Margaret Shelton by virtue of his having a higher dollar total? (Likewise, Christine Whelchel would already have been eliminated.) Any thoughts on my conjecture? Thanks.

    • that was my understanding from the J! press release announcing the creation of the 2nd chance tourney.

  4. Ryan’s definitely not afraid to hunt for the Daily Doubles and bet big on them.

  5. Well, I had the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” [just an educated guess based on ‘Holly’] but I have never seen that movie and I had no idea that ‘Moon River’ was from it!

    • Same for me. I figured Holly was probably from BaT, but having never seen the movie that’s as far as I got.

      • If I had been on the show, I would have put “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” on the off chance that it contained a song by that name.

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