Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, May 4, 2022


May the 4th be with you! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Civil War) for Wednesday, May 4, 2022 (Season 38, Game 168):

A Union soldiers’ song said Gen. McClellan, who let a Confederate army escape after this battle, “was too slow to beat ’em”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Jaime Sisson, a fair and responsible banking manager from Madison, Mississippi
Jaime Sisson on Jeopardy!
Kelly Flynn, a high school English teacher from Exeter, New Hampshire
Kelly Flynn on Jeopardy!
Mattea Roach, a tutor from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (21-day total: $506,584)
Mattea Roach on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Antietam?


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According to sources, this Union soldiers’ song dates to 1863, and was sung to the tune of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”; per the song, “Then Mac was recalled, but after Antietam / Hurrah! Hurrah! / Abe gave him a rest / he was too slow to beat ’em”. McClellan’s inaction following Antietam has been covered by the writers before; as it turns out, it was because the Union general disagreed with the Emancipation Proclamation. (The link to the April 27, 2020 Final above has some incredible historical shade from Lincoln towards his general.)


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: Keepin’ Up with NASA; New York State History; The Reality of TV; Hundreds; “A” My Name Is; Prefixed Pairs

We got off to a great start today, with all three players getting the first clue incorrect! However, all three players got back on the plus side by clue #15, Mattea’s lead being buoyed by her running “A” MY NAME IS. Coming out of the break, Mattea continued her strong play, finishing the round at more than twice Kelly’s score.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: It’s Your Top 40 Presidential Countdown; Africa; I Created that Fictional Place; World Currencies; These Words Mean No Offense

Mattea picked up 16 correct in this round, including the round’s first Daily Double, while Kelly struggled, picking up 5 incorrect responses (including the last Daily Double) Scores going into Final were Mattea with another runaway at $28,400, with Jaime at $6,600 and Kelly at -$2,600.

Final Jeopardy! saw both remaining players get it correct; Mattea is now a 22-day champion!


Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, May 4, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Mattea $28,400
Jaime $6,600
Kelly -$2,600


Tonight’s results:
Kelly -$2,600 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Jaime $6,600 + $6,600 = $13,200 (What is Antedam?)
Mattea $28,400 + $0 = $28,400 (What is Antietam? (because it rhymes?)) (22-day total: $534,984)


Mattea Roach, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 4, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Mattea $7,000
Kelly $3,000
Jaime $2,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) PREFIXED PAIRS $800 (clue #11)
Kelly 400 +1000 (Mattea 2800 Jaime 0)
2) WORLD CURRENCIES $1600 (clue #5)
Mattea 9000 +3000 (Kelly 2200 Jaime 2600)
3) THESE WORDS MEAN NO OFFENSE $1200 (clue #28, $3600 left on board)
Kelly -600 -2000 (Mattea 28400 Jaime 5000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 33


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 67 (0.40 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Mattea $27,000 Coryat, 28 correct, 3 incorrect, 50.88% in first on buzzer (29/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Jaime $6,600 Coryat, 11 correct, 1 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Kelly -$800 Coryat, 8 correct, 7 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,800
Lach Trash: $12,400 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,800

Mattea Roach, career statistics:
608 correct, 56 incorrect
29/34 on rebound attempts (on 83 rebound opportunities)
46.14% in first on buzzer (574/1244)
28/34 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $56,200)
16/22 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,627

Kelly Flynn, career statistics:
8 correct, 7 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: -$800

Jaime Sisson, career statistics:
12 correct, 1 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,600

Mattea Roach, to win:
23 games: 77.396%
24: 59.901%
25: 46.361%
26: 35.881%
27: 27.770%
Avg. streak: 25.424 games.

Today’s interviews:
Jaime took part in a 24 hour bicycle relay in Minneapolis.
Kelly took tango lessons in Argentina.
Mattea got to sing backup for Rick Astley.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Mattea moves past Jason Zuffranieri for #5 all-time in terms of regular-play winnings. Mattea remains #11 all-time if tournament play is included, she is not yet #9; Jeopardy’s website is incorrect on this point. Note that Jeopardy’s website currently fails to credit Jason Zuffranieri with his $10,000 from the 2021 Tournament of Champions and Roger Craig with his $25,000 from the 2019 All-Star Games.
  • Link to the box score: May 4, 2022 Box Score.
  • Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
    (Mattea $28,400 Jaime $6,600 Kelly -$2,600).

    Mattea: Bet no more than $15,199 and enjoy win #22!

    Jaime: Not much you can do here—bet whatever you like!

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    23 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, May 4, 2022"

    1. Michael Johnston | May 4, 2022 at 9:32 am | Reply

      Ha! Being a Civil War buff and a longtime wargamer gave me two paths to victory!

      Current FJ streak: 4W

    2. Per the link you provided, Andy, to the Apr 27, 2020 episode, I hope this group fares better than that triple stumper. Personally, I think that clue was easier than the one today. That clue had a date in it. McClellan didn’t really pursue the enemy aggressively after any of his engagements. Will today’s contestants pick up on “beat ’em” rhyming with the name of the battle.

    3. Civil War history is generally a good area for me, and I answered correctly.
      Playing devil’s advocate, I wonder whether “Sharpsburg”, as the battle was/is often referred to in the South, would be accepted as correct.

      • Robert Fawkes | May 4, 2022 at 5:45 pm | Reply

        Hi, Mark. In answer to the question you raised, I should think that they would have to accept “Sharpsburg” as the answer as it is just as correct as Antietam. The clue included the words, “let a Confederate army escape after this battle,” so the Confederate name for the battle would seemingly have to be acceptable. They seem to be looking for the name of the battle and both names apply to the battle. The clue did not say it had to be the rhyming name. Of course, we’ll never really know since the issue didn’t come up in the course of play. In any case, the point you made occurred to me, too, as being a Maryland native, I know it by both names.

        • my guess is that since the clue specifically referred to a “Union soldiers’ song”, that they would only accept the name that was used in that song. But really, it comes down to what the judges want to accept.

          • thanks – I go with what Robert said above – the answer is the name of the battle, which is historically known by both names

            I was impressed that Mattea figured out Antietam “because it rhymes”

        • Thanks – I agree with you, though I have no idea what the judging standards are

    4. They actually accepted Antietam spelled with a “d”?
      Wonder if they’d accept AUNTIETAM?

      • Can you hear the difference between pronouncing Antietam and Antedam? I can’t and pronunciation is the rule. I would also rule AUNTIETAM or AUNTIEDAM as correct but some might not since “aunt” can be pronounced two ways itself.

    5. Brad (not Rutter) | May 4, 2022 at 3:31 pm | Reply

      Glad that Jaime is fair and responsible.

    6. Impressive for a Canadian to get a US Civil War question.

    7. Congratulations on Mattea winning her 22nd game. She was so far ahead, I can’t believe that she did not wager anything in FJ. I assume that she is playing to win, not playing to amass a fortune each game like James H. did. Nonetheless, I am still rooting for Mattea. (:

    8. Mattea astonishes me how much she knows about American history. Pretty awesome considering that she is a Canadian.

      • Kirby Davis | May 4, 2022 at 6:16 pm | Reply

        As Canadians, our education system teaches a lot on American history.

        • My guess is that she’s rather atypical by Canadian standards and that the average Canadian high school graduate is not an American history PhD.

          • Yeah, she’s definitely atypical to the average Canadian. I’m about her age and for sure never learned about the Civil War in school. No idea what Antietam is or who McClellan is, past what was in the clue.

      • I’m Canadian and took “advanced” history throughout high school – I am pretty sure that I know more American and world history than I know Canadian history – not proud of that, just a statement of fact

    9. My thoughts on what happened today: She bets 0 thinking she knows very little about obscure US Civil War facts then gets the question right not because she knows the answer, but because she deduces in under 15 seconds which battle site rhymes with the words.Crazy!

    10. As a big civil war buff. This was pretty easy for me as I learned about antietam in grade school. But still it’s good that mattea got this one in 15 seconds.

    11. Robert Fawkes | May 4, 2022 at 5:19 pm | Reply

      As a native Marylander, this FJ was easy for me. I have visited Antietam National Battlefield along Antietam Creek a few times. For those not familiar with the area, it’s located in Sharpsburg in Washington County in northwestern Maryland.

      Mattea was right-on when she deduced the answer from the rhyme. Kudos to the writers for giving that as a clue. Too bad that Mattea didn’t wager, at least, something as she had a runaway win anyway. Most likely, she just didn’t have confidence that she knows much about America’s Civil War. I wonder how many Americans would have been able to figure this out. Mattea never ceases to amaze me.

    12. I know this isn’t the blind guesser spot, but when the FJ category was announced on the show, I “blind guessed” Antietam because it was the first Civil War battle that popped into my head at the time. Obviously I have no way of proving that, nor proving the fact that I hadn’t read about the clue on here beforehand (I never read the posts here until AFTER I’ve watched the show). But it amused me that I got it.
      I also blurted out “Tolkien” at the start of DJ when the “I Created that Fictional Place” was announced, as I figured one of the 5 would feature his work.

    13. For any Buzzy Cohen fans who didn’t see it, Buzzy has joined ABC’s nighttime version of The Chase. They have 5 chasers now, which seems like a lot for a show that is only on once a week, but Buzzy will eventually get his turn.

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