Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, May 5, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century Cinema) for Thursday, May 5, 2022 (Season 38, Game 169):

A black & white newsreel in this film begins: “In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure dome decree”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Sarah Snider, a middle school humanities teacher from Fishers, Indiana
Sarah Snider on Jeopardy!
T.J. Lovejoy, a mortgage lender from Chandler, Arizona
T.J. Lovejoy on Jeopardy!
Mattea Roach, a tutor from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (22-day total: $534,984)
Mattea Roach on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Mattea Roach has moved to 22 victories after her victory in yesterday’s game; she goes for win #23 today against T.J. Lovejoy and Sarah Snider! Meanwhile, Jeopardy’s website—on the Hall of Fame page—is currently incorrect. Mattea Roach is not 9th in all-time winnings (including tournaments); she is 11th. The show has failed to include Roger Craig’s $25,000 prize from the 2019 All-Star Games and Jason Zuffranieri’s $10,000 prize from the 2021 Tournament of Champions. Both are still ahead of Mattea on the all-time list. (The same holds for David Madden’s totals missing $10,000. I bet that the IRS cared about that money; the show should, too.)

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Correct response: What is Citizen Kane?

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In the classic 1941 movie Citizen Kane, Xanadu was the fictional estate of the title character, Charles Foster Kane. In the film, a newsreel designed to look like The March of Time newsreels from the era described the estate, located on the Gulf Coast in Florida. In addition to the splendor of the real-life ancient city of Xanadu that inspired its name, it was also said that Xanadu in the film was inspired by Hearst Castle (the estate of William Randolph Hearst, who was compared to Kane after the film’s release and who attempted to stop the film’s release, believing that the film was an unflattering portrait of him—even though Hearst hadn’t seen the film beforehand)

Meanwhile, this appears to be a continuation of the website issue saga from last month; this clue was on the website as the New York Times Clue of the Day on April 5; I assume that a website operator accidentally typoed a month in the data, with there being two April 5 clues (and only one running) on the website and none for May 5. I also assume that tomorrow will see the same issue, as a different clue appeared on the website on April 6.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: Art; The Napoleonic Wars; A Gluten-Free Category; American Grab Bag; Name That Sport; Now for the Secret Word

The opening 15 clues belonged to Sarah, she picked up a Daily Double in amongst 6 correct responses to jump out to a lead! Sarah continued her strong play, finishing the round at $8,000, but Mattea did make a charge to sit second after Single Jeopardy!

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Astronomy; Describing the Pulitzer Fiction Winner; Trust Fall; It’s TV Mother’s Day; Cross That Bridge; Come to “It”

This round was very even between Sarah and Mattea. However, the Daily Doubles split our players. Mattea lost $2,000 on hers, whereas Sarah only bet $5,000 on hers late in a situation that called for a very big (or a very small wager). The middling bet meant that Sarah didn’t have a runaway going into Final! Scores going into Final were Sarah leading at $22,600, with Mattea in a distant second at $13,000 and T.J. out of contention at -$3,600.

How did Final go? It proved crucial today! In another instance of the ZergCam (which I’m always happy to see), Mattea was the only player correct in Final! In a dramatic finale, Mattea survived a scare to win her 23rd! She’ll go for two dozen tomorrow!

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Thursday, May 5, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Sarah $22,600
Mattea $13,000
T.J. -$3,600

Tonight’s results:
T.J. -$3,600 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Mattea $13,000 + $12,999 = $25,999 (What is Citizen Kane? (If this is it, thanks for the fun!)) (23-day total: $560,983)
Sarah $22,600 – $5,000 = $17,600 (What is ?)

Mattea Roach, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 5, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Sarah $8,000
Mattea $5,000
T.J. $400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) AMERICAN GRAB BAG $600 (clue #12)
Sarah 2200 +2000 (Mattea 200 T.J. 400)
2) CROSS THAT BRIDGE $1600 (clue #15)
Mattea 8600 -2000 (T.J. -2400 Sarah 10000)
3) TRUST FALL $1200 (clue #26, $7200 left on board)
Sarah 17600 +5000 (Mattea 11400 T.J. -2000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 96

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 $15,000 Coryat, 24 correct, 3 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Sarah $17,400 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
T.J. -$3,600 Coryat, 3 correct, 3 incorrect, 10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $28,800
Lach Trash: $13,000 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,200

Mattea Roach, career statistics:
633 correct, 59 incorrect
30/35 on rebound attempts (on 87 rebound opportunities)
46.04% in first on buzzer (599/1301)
28/35 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $54,200)
17/23 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,383

T.J. Lovejoy, career statistics:
3 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: -$3,600

Sarah Snider, career statistics:
21 correct, 3 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,400

Mattea Roach, to win:
24 games: 75.730%
25: 57.350%
26: 43.431%
27: 32.890%
28: 24.908%
Avg. streak: 26.120 games.

Today’s interviews:
Sarah took part in the Honor Flight with her grandparents.
T.J. is a one-time skydiver.
Mattea has Cape Breton Highlands National Park as a favorite place in Canada.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Mattea officially moves into 9th place all-time in terms of winnings, including tournaments; now she has passed Jason Zuffranieri and Roger Craig’s full totals.
  • Mattea also moves to #6 all-time in terms of number of correct responses, behind Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer, Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio, and Brad Rutter.
  • Link to the box score: May 5, 2022 Box Score
  • Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
    (Sarah $22,600 Mattea $13,000 T.J. -$3,600)
    Mattea: You might as well bet it all, as you need to be correct and Sarah needs to miss. You do need to get to at least $19,200, though—so your absolute minimum is $6,200.

    Sarah: Standard cover bet today is $3,401.

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    27 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, May 5, 2022"

    1. I knew this one seemed familiar. Thanks for letting us know why, Andy. I knew it ‘this time’.

    2. I got this right on a guess, but had noooooooooo idea why it felt right to me.

    3. Michael Johnston | May 5, 2022 at 9:57 am |

      No wonder I got this one right away! It still counts!! No takebacks!!! 😅

      Current FJ streak: 5W

    4. aaronthecrystalclod | May 5, 2022 at 12:31 pm |

      My freshman year of college, we watched Citizen Kane as part of my “Introduction to Film” class.

    5. I can’t imagine Mattea NOT getting this Final Jeopardy correct.

    6. Kim Alan | May 5, 2022 at 1:53 pm |


      Sure, “Citizen Kane” was an easy get for me today. I’ve watched that film about a dozen times — that helps.

      I think “Casablanca” must be the champion film in the category Great Lines. To wit: “Here’s looking at you, kid.” “We’ll always have Paris.” “There are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn’t advise you to invade.” “Of all the gin joints in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.” “Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” “Play it Sam. Play as Time Goes By.” “Round up the usual suspects.” “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on here. … You’re winnings, sir.” “Ilsa, I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.”

      I’d guess “The Godfather” might be the runner-up … “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”

      I love good writing.

    7. This one was easy for me. I used to have a vhs tape of citizen kane but I seemed to have lost that tape. I cant even begin to imagine what will happen if Mattea dudnt get this right.

    8. Michael Johnston | May 5, 2022 at 2:24 pm |

      Wow! A nail-biter! 😲 Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat! A very strong game from Sarah 👏

    9. Cyndi Fink | May 5, 2022 at 3:01 pm |

      I visit your site every day to see how Matt was doing, then Amy, and now Mattea. Talk about a great personality! I think I remember reading an article that said when Matt was on the length of time between episodes was fifteen minutes, maybe, but they changed it to thirty minutes to give the contestants time to recover. I think they tape all five episodes back to back. Am I wrong? If it’s true, how the heck do you know who won and all the other information that you post? I contributed. I love this website. Thank you so much!

    10. Brad (not Rutter) | May 5, 2022 at 4:44 pm |

      Wow!!! I was certain Mattea was a goner, especially when I saw a FJ so easy that even I got it right!

    11. Michael R | May 5, 2022 at 5:17 pm |

      Now don’t get me wrong, you’ve got to be doing something right to be a 23-day champ, HOWEVER, as far as superchamps go, it seems like 75% correct on FJs and 80% on DDs seems a bit on the low side. And the number of times she pulled off a win despite being in 2nd or not having a runaway, tells me she’s also one lucky lady. Right place, right time, right clues, and right opponents.

      • Michael:

        In his initial run in 2004, Ken was 83% on Daily Doubles and 68% in Final Jeopardy. Mattea’s stats are similar to that.

      • hence why I’m still watching. if it was nothing but runaway games, as other “superchamps” tended to do, I would have lost interest. But with games like today’s, there is plenty of competition and excitement.

    12. Yikes! The cable company has disconnected me.

      I can miss Coronation Street now and then, but missing Jeopardy is torture, especially since I’m in Canada and want to send my positive energy to Mattea.

      YOU! GO! GIRL!

      And thank you very much for this site so I can stay up to date!

    13. Gotta write something down there. And if you don’t know, maybe guess one of the most acclaimed 20th century movies.

      • Jeopardy fans when contestants make a wild stab: “what a silly guess that was”

        Jeopardy fans when contestants leave it blank:
        “why don’t you guess something”

    14. What is Tundra – was wrong – why was Sarah given a 2nd chance for ‘permafrost’?

    15. They are different – The Tundra is the surface – permafrost is a layer below the tundra, Ground that is permanently frozen. Tundra is not permanently frozen. You can’t ‘tunnel’ in the Tundra.

      • A cursory Google said, at least to me, that the two terms are used interchangeably. Thus, I think the show was correct in asking for a “be more specific.”

        If you have actual academic or professional expertise, I suggest you contact the show directly and let them know what you think. If not, I think you need to trust the show’s expertise on this one.

    16. I spent too long trying to think of the name of the poem – Kubla Khan. Turns out it’s in the clue, so no help there.

    17. Wow, when my wife and I saw the clue we thought Mattea’s run was over for sure. Sure, it’s an old film, but still one of the most famous films in history. I guess it’s easy to say that when you’ve seen it (multiple times). Fate sure looked kindly on Mattea today!

      • Robert Fawkes | May 6, 2022 at 3:25 am |

        And that’s what makes “Jeopardy!” such a great show. It’s a wonderful (maybe, perfect) mixture of skill and luck. Mostly skill with a little bit of luck thrown in. That’s what keeps us all watching. IMHO.

    18. L. A. Watson-Haley | May 6, 2022 at 7:03 am |

      Maybe I’m late to the game, but what is a “ZergCam “?

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