Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, May 6, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category USA) for Friday, May 6, 2022 (Season 38, Game 170):

These 2 mayors gave their names to a facility built on the site of an old racetrack owned by Coca-Cola magnate Asa Candler

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Danielle Maurer, a digital marketing manager from Peachtree Corners, Georgia
Danielle Maurer on Jeopardy!
Betsy Hobbs, a senior operations manager originally from Thornton, Illinois
Betsy Hobbs on Jeopardy!
Mattea Roach, a tutor from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (23-day total: $560,983)
Mattea Roach on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Mattea Roach has moved to 23 victories after her dramatic come-from-behind victory in yesterday’s game. Betsy Hobbs and Danielle Maurer hope to end that streak today. A couple of statistical or housekeeping notes: A player with at least 10 wins has never lost on a Friday, and whoever wins today gets to meet Mayim Bialik (again in Mattrea’s case), as Mayim will be hosting next week’s games.

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Correct response: Who are (William B.) Hartsfield & (Maynard) Jackson?

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Things can work both ways! On Tuesday, champion Mattea got a Final Jeopardy! clue about O Canada; today, challenger Danielle gets a Final Jeopardy! about her home airport. Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport began its life as Candler Field in the 1920s; the Coca-Cola tycoon owned an abandoned auto racetrack on the site; it was then renamed Atlanta Municipal Airport in 1942 and William B. Hartsfield Atlanta Airport in 1971, after the recently deceased former mayor. Another deceased mayor, Maynard Jackson, had his name appended to the airport’s name in 2003.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: Modern Royalty; Ethnic Groups; Padding the Show; International Computer Glossary; 2 First Names?; New to the OED

Mattea got off to a very strong start today, picking up 11 correct before the interviews! However, it was Danielle who got to the Daily Double after the break; she doubled up to cut well into Mattea’s advantage after Single Jeopardy, but Mattea still held the lead!

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: World Geography; Historical Fiction; Protestants; Our Brand’s On That; 4 “N”; Affairs

The Daily Doubles got split again in this round—Mattea went conservative, betting only $3,000 on hers, whereas Danielle went more aggressive, picking up $5,000 on hers on a response that started just before the buzzer! This means that Mattea didn’t have a runaway today! Scores going into Final were Mattea at $19,200, with Danielle at $11,400 and Betsy just out of contention at $7,400.

In Final, Atlanta native Danielle got Final, and that was enough for her to take victory—by a single dollar! Mattea will be back in November for the Tournament of Champions, and Danielle will be meeting Mayim Bialik on Monday!

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, May 6, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Mattea $19,200
Danielle $11,400
Betsy $7,400

Tonight’s results:
Betsy $7,400 – $7,000 = $400 (Who are Mavory & Jorbles)
Danielle $11,400 + $4,200 = $15,600 (Who are Hartsfield + Jackson?) (1-day total: $15,600)
Mattea $19,200 – $3,601 = $15,599 (Who are Churchill and Downs? idk)

Danielle Maurer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 6, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Mattea $7,800
Danielle $5,600
Betsy $200

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
Danielle 2800 +2800 (Mattea 8000 Betsy 200)
2) WORLD GEOGRAPHY $1600 (clue #6)
Mattea 10600 +3000 (Betsy 200 Danielle 5200)
3) 4 “N” $2000 (clue #20, $12400 left on board)
Danielle 7200 +5000 (Mattea 17600 Betsy 2600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 198

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 67 (0.39 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Danielle $6,200 Coryat, 11 correct, 3 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Mattea $17,800 Coryat, 28 correct, 3 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer (26/57), 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Betsy $7,400 Coryat, 9 correct, 4 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $31,400
Lach Trash: $14,600 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,000

Mattea Roach, career statistics:
661 correct, 63 incorrect
33/39 on rebound attempts (on 93 rebound opportunities)
46.02% in first on buzzer (625/1358)
29/36 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $57,200)
17/24 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,275

Betsy Hobbs, career statistics:
9 correct, 5 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,400

Danielle Maurer, career statistics:
12 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,800)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,200

Danielle Maurer, to win:
2 games: 38.792%
3: 15.048%
4: 5.838%
5: 2.265%
6: 0.878%
Avg. streak: 1.634 games.

Today’s interviews:
Danielle is the author of two high fantasy novels.
Betsy works for a company that makes greeting cards.
Mattea’s third grade teacher named their first-born Mattea.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I put a stopwatch on Danielle’s final Daily Double response; she started it in under 10 seconds. This is well within past precedent.
  • Link to the box score: May 6, 2022 Box Score
  • Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
    (Mattea $19,200 Danielle $11,400 Betsy $7,400)

    Mattea: Standard cover bet today is $3,601.

    Betsy: You can’t win unless Mattea overbets; the more money you have, though, the better your chances of a miracle!

    Danielle: You need to get to at least $15,600; your minimum bet today is $4,200. You can bet up to everything, though, in order to maximize your potential winnings.

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    43 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, May 6, 2022"

    1. Airports and the people they are named after seem to come up a lot, so maybe Mattea studied this in her prep for the show (she did know who J.F. Dulles was earlier in her run, which surprised a lot of people). But I’ll feel a lot more comfortable if she has a runaway, given that at least one of her opponents is sure to get it…

    2. Sad to say I’m disappointed the way this turned out – I accidentally learned the result coming here to comment on the difficulty of this esoteric Final question – something only one living around here would know – watching Mattea was loads of fun w her delightful style – glad we will see her again – I have to say I will enjoy the show less w/out
      her – but that’s just the way it goes

      • I’m Canadian, and I got there. Coke = Atlanta, and 2 names + Atlanta = the airport.

        • I’m with you, Andy, up to a point (though I am not Canadian, I am not from Georgia, either). But the “up to a point” is that I did the same “Coke = Atlanta, and 2 name facility + Atlanta = the airport” logic, but I could not remember what the two names were since I never fly (though when shown, they were VERY familiar, but when I mentioned it to my husband, the name was not familiar to him AT ALL — he never flies either, but I listen to more news and I’m sure that’s where I’d heard it mentioned a few times before).

          • Also, I know where Mattea was coming from with her response (obviously following the adage that a wild guess is better than none) as MY first thought was it having been a horse-racing track rather than a car racing track, but with my horse-loving Southerner knowledge that Churchill Downs is STILL in the same location (for nearly 150 years) as it has always been, I didn’t even need the Atlanta-Coke connection to keep me from considering it. I guess another of the rare things that Mattea does not know is that “downs” (in a horse racing track’s name) is not a person’s name, but what the British call rounded and grass-covered hills, where they often built racetracks like Epsom Downs and the same terminology has frequently been used for American track names (and presumably Canadian tracks, Australian tracks, etc.).

      • I am with you Richard: it won’t be the same without her. She has been a delight to watch and to cheer on. What a wonderful and unprecedented (a 23 years old and Canadian) winning streak. I will continue to cheer her on whatever she does with her “one wild and precious life.”

    3. Given Coca Cola, my mind went straight to something in Atlanta, but I didn’t get farther than that.

    4. Including today’s runner-up prize, Mattea’s total winnings convert to just over $725,000 Canadian, according to

      Enough to not only clear her student loans, but probably also to make a down payment on something in the GTA that will be at least marginally livable.

    5. Given the coca cola thing, my mind also went to Atlanta and I knew the name of the airport down there. I’ve been to Georgia in 2016 so this was pretty easy. But still Mattea had a great run so we will see her again in the Tournament of champions. This year had a lot of lady champs compared to last year.

    6. Robert Fawkes | May 6, 2022 at 1:59 pm |

      Sorry to see Mattea go but it was a great run. She leaves with only the four millionaires ahead of her in regular play winnings. Mattea will be joining two of those millionaires in what promises to be an interesting TOC. This could be an epic TOC based on the number of super champions involved. Mattea is already in the Top 10 for winnings including tournaments. Will she be climbing that leader board? I’m really looking forward to this next TOC. Good luck to all the contestants.

    7. Congratulations Danielle. Look forward to seeing Mattea again.

    8. Sergio Monarca | May 6, 2022 at 4:49 pm |

      The Atlanta connection was easy to make in this case. I guessed Jackson, but funnily enough didn’t think of Hartsfield. The thing that threw me was the word “facility”. How can an airport of that immense size be called a facility?

      • ScubaSteve | May 6, 2022 at 6:30 pm |


        a place, amenity, or piece of equipment provided for a particular purpose.
        “cooking facilities”

        The above definition is exactly what the Atlanta airport is.

        • It amuses me that your post inadvertently [presumably] also demonstrates the appropriateness of the judges’ acceptance of Antedam (for Antietam) on Wednesday.

    9. Kim Alan | May 6, 2022 at 4:50 pm |

      Congratulations, Mattea! Very nice run. Very impressive display of knowledge.

    10. I do not believe the answer was obscure – certainly not in relative terms. William B. Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport was renamed on October 20, 2003, to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, to honor former mayor Maynard Jackson, who died in 2003. This made news at the time. The airport is the busiest in the world. It processed 75.7 passengers in 2021. It had the largest passenger volume from 1998-2019. It fell to # 2 Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in China in 2020, and then reclaimed the top spot. Perfectly fair. One can call it luck that today’s champ got it right by dint of geographical location. But, such “luck” is par for the course on Jeopardy!. Looking forward to Mayim’s return.

    11. I was also focused on racetracks at first, but being a fan of aviation helped a bunch when I read it again and the answer popped right in. It’s also why I cheered hard for Mattea: there was a show early in her run where she started in the Airlines category, a challenger got control and went elsewhere, and Mattea regained control and went back to Airlines. Figured anybody who did that was alright in my book! Congrats to her and to Danielle. This TOC is gonna be fun on a bun!

      • I think it is kind of funny that the last syllable of the name of the Atlanta airport is “field” as part of someone’s last name, since airports used to be named “Whatever Field” — such as Chicago’s Orchard Field (now O’Hare), Berry Field in Nashville, and Dallas’ Love Field [maybe the only one which has kept its original name?]. Actually, I suspect on the rare occasions in the past when I have heard reference to Atlanta’s airport I probably thought they were saying “Jackson / Hart’s Field” as they could say for Louisville “Muhammad Ali / Standiford Field”.

        • O’Hare is still often called “O’Hare Field”, which seems funny considering its size.

    12. I would bet enough to beat the first place competitor. I would hate to get it right and the leader get it wrong and still lose.

      • I felt the same way — the challenger making the minimum bet to beat the minimum cover bet caused my heart to skip a beat. It feels safer to bet enough to beat Mattea’s pre-Final score, in case Mattea doesn’t bet with full rationality.

    13. I got the Coke = Atlanta connection but got hung up on the two names – I think of the ATL airport as Hartsfield. I guess the Jackson part never made it into my memory. In my defense, I probably haven’t flown throught it since it was renamed in 2003, but I flew a whole lot on business in the 80’s and 90’s and often made connections there when it was just plain Hartsfield.

      I will miss Mattea. I liked that she was visibly having fun and didn’t take herself too seriously despite being wicked smart.

    14. Michael R | May 6, 2022 at 8:31 pm |

      I’m honestly surprised that only one got this. The topic of busiest airport in the USA (via passenger volume) comes up almost every Thanksgiving and Christmas, and CNN HQ being in Atlanta always covers the getaway period with a newspiece from the airport. ATL has beat out LAX, JFK, and DFW for as long as I can remember now. Being well-travelled might be a key here, not necessarily being from the Peach State.

    15. Congrats to both Winners! A great run for Mattea who will be missed. Welcome back Mayim. I can hear everything you say with your perfect diction. Thank you!! Canadian fan 😁🇨🇦

    16. “A player with at least 10 wins has never lost on a Friday”
      I blame you for jinxing her! (you know, despite the fact that you probably typed that today, and this game took place in mid-February… )
      I have to chuckle how so many internet trolls that the game was “rigged” in favor of the superchamps, and then they come along with a FJ question that was tailor-made for one of the challengers. (no, I’m not one of those conspiracy theorists; but the coincidence amuses me)

    17. Brad (not Rutter) | May 6, 2022 at 9:42 pm |

      That sucked.

    18. Yup, like many of you, I was like “Coke… must be somewhere in Georgia, probably Atlanta…” and my mind blanked on dual-named things there. It’s just “Atlanta Airport” to me.

      I’m gonna miss Mattea. She was scrapping her way through win after win, and it was glorious. But I knew this was going to happen eventually. Danielle now gets her reaction added to “Giant Slayer” reels. Gave me flashbacks to Rhone.

    19. What was the taping date of the show that aired on May 6?

    20. Great run for Mattea, and good timing with the LSAT possibly on its way out.

    21. By my count, just 37 unique champions on the j-archive through 160 regular play episodes this season, which has to be a record by a mile. Even Ken’s original streak split seasons, so it would not have dominated just one season like Amy, and Mattea, and the 2nd half of Matt Amodio (and Jonathan too!). Not to mention a couple 5-day champs and several 4-day champs in there too! I know firsthand how difficult playing a 4-day champion is, and I do not envy this season’s contestants.

    22. I’m guessing that statistically, having only 12 correct responses and 21% first in on the buzzer would trend toward the low end as far as game-winning performances go. (especially when going against a long-running champ).

    23. Curious, did Mattea just get her math wrong? With her lead why did she bet. The category was USA, a very broad topic. I know they wager before the question is given but this seems like a real oops.

      • As someone with a very broad knowledge base and being in the lead, it doesn’t seem at all unreasonable for Mattea to have bet on both herself being correct and her nearest competitor getting it right and possibly betting all they have. So she bet exactly what I would have bet, but she got unlucky on two counts (her specific knowledge, and the hometown of her very worthy opponent).

        A side note is that I enjoyed Ken’s humor more and more over time, and he’s really made the show his. As much as I like Mayim, I will miss Ken.

      • Connie:

        Did you read the post you were replying to? If you did, you’d have seen that Mattea’s bet matched the suggested one from the post.

      • Mattea’s bet would have beaten Danielle by $1 had Danielle doubled up and Mattea been correct.

    24. Michael Johnston | May 7, 2022 at 12:11 pm |

      🙁 Mattea lost AND I broke my FJ win streak ;p What else can go wrong!😅

      Current FJ streak: 1L

    25. Myra Douglas | May 7, 2022 at 1:09 pm |

      Mattea was absolutely a GEM, in every sense of the word. We loved everything about her, and are thoroughly amazed at her knowledge. She will be a success in life, and will live in our hearts forever. I feel I know her, and even my husband and daughter became avid watchers of Jeopardy because of Mattea. All the very best in the TOC, Mattea. We admire you immensely! (Fans from Newcastle, Ontario.)

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