Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, May 19, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Ancient World) for Thursday, May 19, 2022 (Season 38, Game 179):

New research suggests a device now called the Archimedes screw helped maintain this one of the 7 wonders of the world

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Julie Ann Crommett, a diversity and inclusion strategist from Atlanta, Georgia
Julie Ann Crommett on Jeopardy!
Bradford Pearson, a journalist & author from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bradford Pearson on Jeopardy!
Ryan Long, a rideshare driver from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (4-day total: $86,600)
Ryan Long on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Ryan Long goes for his fifth victory today after a dominant performance yesterday, picking up win #4. Today’s challengers are another Philadelphian—Bradford Pearson—and Atlanta’s Julie Ann Crommett.


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Correct response: What is the Hanging Gardens of Babylon?


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In order to best irrigate the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the site used a water screw, later described by Archimedes of Syracuse, to successfully lift water from the ground to the level of the gardens. It was used to properly irrigate the area. Interestingly, the Hanging Gardens are the one ancient wonder where its location has yet to be definitively identified in the modern day.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: Lit Bits; Asian Museums; Containers; The Drugs of Humanity; It’s a Word! It’s a Name!; Blooperman

Ryan had a dominant Jeopardy! round, picking up 14 correct himself, as well as the Daily Double! Bradford played well picking up 8 correct himself, while Julie Ann struggled with 3 incorrect responses.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: The Vice President Who Said…; Let’s Take a World Tour; Physics; Welcome to Britain; TV Personalities; Starts or “A” or Ends with “Z”

In a bit of a frustrating Double Jeopardy! round for the strategic types, Bradford, after getting a minute-to-go signal, went across the $400 row instead of going to the one clue where the Daily Double was overwhelmingly likely to be. (And yes, it was there). Ryan struggled a bit in this Double Jeopardy! round, but he did hold a lead going into Final. Julie Ann struggled further, but did get out of the red going into Final. Scores going into Final were Ryan at $16,200, Bradford at $9,600, and Julie Ann at $400.

Only Ryan got Final correct, which makes him a 5-time champion! He goes for win #6 tomorrow!


Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Thursday, May 19, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Ryan $16,200
Bradford $9,600
Julie Ann $400


Tonight’s results:
Julie Ann $400 – $0 = $400 (What is the leaning tower of Pisa?)
Bradford $9,600 – $9,600 = $0 (What is the Colossus of Rhodes?)
Ryan $16,200 + $3,001 = $19,201 (What are the Hanging Gardens) (5-day total: $105,801)


Ryan Long, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 19, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ryan $10,600
Bradford $2,600
Julie Ann $200


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Opening break taken after: 14 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) CONTAINERS $800 (clue #14)
Ryan 6600 +2000 (Bradford -600 Julie Ann -1000)
2) THE VICE PRESIDENT WHO SAID… $1200 (clue #14)
Julie Ann 1400 -1400 (Ryan 14200 Bradford 5000)
3) WELCOME TO BRITAIN $2000 (clue #30, $0 left on board)
Bradford 10600 -1000 (Ryan 16200 Julie Ann 400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -49


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 $15,000 Coryat, 20 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Julie Ann $1,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 5 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Bradford $10,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 5 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $27,400
Lach Trash: $15,000 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,600

Ryan Long, career statistics:
117 correct, 16 incorrect
6/8 on rebound attempts (on 18 rebound opportunities)
39.79% in first on buzzer (113/284)
6/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $21,000)
4/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,280

Bradford Pearson, career statistics:
18 correct, 6 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,600

Julie Ann Crommett, career statistics:
9 correct, 6 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,400)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $1,800

Ryan Long, to win:
6 games: 61.828%
7: 38.227%
8: 23.635%
9: 14.613%
10: 9.035%
Avg. streak: 6.620 games.

Today’s interviews:
Julie Ann defeated an unnamed celebrity in a charity poker tournament.
Bradford recently had his first book published.
Ryan is really glad he hunkered down on Beat Generation literature.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I don’t understand why Bradford wouldn’t just take the Daily Double out of play himself if he didn’t like it, instead of potentially giving Ryan multiple chances to put the game out of reach himself.
  • Link to the box score: May 19, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Ryan $16,200 Bradford $9,600 Julie Ann $400)

Ryan: Standard cover bet today is $3,001. (Actual bet: $3,001)

Bradford: If you want to guarantee second place, bet no more than $8,799. Going all-in is fine, though, because Ryan has shown a propensity not to cover (albeit in closer games before). (Actual bet: $9,600)

Julie Ann: Not much you can do today. Bet whatever you like, with the knowledge that the chances of you finishing higher are better with the more money you have. (Actual bet: $0)

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, May 19, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | May 19, 2022 at 10:30 am |

    Yeah, that’s the only of the Seven Ancient Wonders that jumps out with a need to regularly and quickly transport water above ground level.

    Current FJ streak: 2W

  2. Weren’t the hanging gardens around before Archimedes?

    • Michael Johnston | May 19, 2022 at 1:13 pm |

      Yeah, about 300 years before (if the stories are true). Archimedes gets the press, but the idea of the water screw had been around for more than a century before him, and there are records indicating the machine was used in Babylonia

      • Besides water, Archimedes screws are used to move solid things that behave in a fluid fashion. Historically, the screws are used as coal stokers for large building boilers (and maybe for some steam locomotives). Disney created a simulated hotel boiler in their “Tower of Terror” attraction in Orlando. I love that they showed the coal being lifted into the [simulated] furnace. Kids think that the attraction starts in the big elevator; I appreciated the tremendous detail in their pre-show design. I’ve also seen Archimedes screws used to move wood pellets into the burner of a home wood stove. The heat output of the stove is regulated by the speed that pellets are delivered to the burning chamber. This allows a pellet stove to provide near-continuous unattended heat: something not possible with traditional log stoves.

  3. Thanks.

  4. I did not know that the Archimedes Screw was a water screw (and did not take time to think about his ‘Principle’ having to do with [moving] water), so I immediately guessed The Lighthouse of Alexandria. I feel that was a better response than Colossus of Rhodes or Leaning Tower of Pisa, but being WRONG is all that matters ☹

  5. Marc Beaudry | May 19, 2022 at 11:24 pm |

    I know that commentors are often taking to task on this website for criticizing the betting strategies of the players, but I have to say that Bradford’s last two bets were odd.

    If you find the Double Jeopardy clue as the last clue on the board and have the possibility of heading into Final Jeopardy in the lead, you should probably bet enough to take the lead, because it so greatly improves your odds of winning the game. Conversely, if you’re playing to not finish in third place, then Bradford’s small bet is fine.

    But, if Bradford was playing to not finish in third place, his Final Jeopardy bet was too large. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, to make one bad bet may be regarded as a misfortune; to make two looks like carelessness.

    • Robert Fawkes | May 20, 2022 at 1:00 am |

      While I don’t disagree with what you wrote, I think his endgame strategy of going for all of the $400 clues before going to the obvious Daily Double clue was far more questionable and problematic. I concur with Andy that this is far harder to understand. I would love to know Bradford’s thinking behind this strategy.

    • On the last clue Daily Double, if he bets enough to possibly take the lead, then an incorrect response makes the game a runaway for Ryan. You could argue that a confident player should take that strategy — putting their destiny in their own hands so to speak. But I can see the logic (or the temptation) to betting small in order to push the deciding point of the game further into the future.

  6. I’m enjoying watching Ryan, and I’ve taken to referring to his winnings as “the Long haul.”

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