Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, May 9, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Novel Titles) for Monday, May 9, 2022 (Season 38, Game 171):

A 1590 poem written for the retirement of Queen Elizabeth’s champion knight shares its title with this 1929 novel by an American

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Emily Levant, an associate creative director from Los Angeles, California
Emily Levant on Jeopardy!
Karim Oliver, a student at Vanderbilt University from St. Petersburg, Florida
Karim Oliver on Jeopardy!
Danielle Maurer, a digital marketing manager from Peachtree Corners, Georgia (1-day total: $15,600)
Danielle Maurer on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: The Mattea Roach era has ended on Jeopardy! after Danielle Maurer ended Mattea’s 23-game win streak. Today, Mayim Bialik resumes hosting as our new champion takes on Vanderbilt student Karim Oliver and Los Angeles’ Emily Levant.

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Correct response: What is A Farewell to Arms?

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A Farewell to Arms is Ernest Hemingway’s 1929 novel set during the Italian campaign of World War I, and was based upon Hemingway’s own experience serving in Italy during the war. The title comes from George Peele’s 1590 poem “A Farewell to Arms”, a poem written to celebrate the retirement of champion jouster Sir Henry Lee; Lee would joust in tournaments every November to celebrate the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth I’s ascension to the English throne.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: All About Amphibians; Colorful Albums; Prepositional Literature; Menace to Sobriety; International Rhyme Time; 2 “R”s Not To Reason Why

Karim struggled a bit in COLORFUL ALBUMS, which hurt even more for him because the first Daily Double was there. Danielle held a lead after the opening 16 clues. Coming out of the interviews, Danielle continued her strong play, picking up another 5 (for 10 total in Single Jeopardy); she had an $1,800 lead going into Double. Some of you in the past have taken umbrage with my usage of Single Jeopardy; this is another reminder that the term did in fact appear on Alex’s scripts and is not improper terminology.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: U.S. Geography; Autobiographical Movies; Let’s Get Nautical; You Said It; Make It Singular; The Nuremberg Trials

Karim’s struggles continued in Double Jeopardy!, with a “read the question” error on the game’s second Daily Double. Meanwhile, Danielle continued playing well, even though her bet was on the conservative side on the last Daily Double. (A more aggressive bet might have given her a runaway game.) There were two unplayed clues, but I’d say that was due to the length of the Nuremberg category and 14 Triple Stumpers overall in the game today. The scores going into Final were Danielle at $14,600, Emily at $8,400, and Karim just getting out of the hole before the end of Double Jeopardy! at $1,400.

Final Jeopardy! was a Triple Stumper today; but Danielle’s having a strong position led to her becoming a 2-day champion! She’ll come back in search of win #3 tomorrow!

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, May 9, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Danielle $14,600
Emily $8,400
Karim $1,400

Tonight’s results:
Karim $1,400 – $1,000 = $400 (What is this has been so cool)
Emily $8,400 – $7,000 = $1,400 (What is The Grapes of Wrath?)
Danielle $14,600 – $2,201 = $12,399 (What The Great Gatsby?) (2-day total: $27,999)

Danielle Maurer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 9, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Danielle $5,400
Emily $3,600
Karim $1,400


Opening break taken after: 16 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) COLORFUL ALBUMS $600 (clue #10)
Karim 800 -1000 (Danielle 1600 Emily 600)
2) U.S. GEOGRAPHY $800 (clue #14)
Karim 1400 -2000 (Danielle 9000 Emily 4400)
3) LET’S GET NAUTICAL $800 (clue #23, $8000 left on board)
Danielle 11000 +2000 (Karim -600 Emily 6800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -182

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 69 (0.40 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Danielle $13,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 0 incorrect, 29.09% in first on buzzer (16/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Emily $8,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 3 incorrect, 32.73% in first on buzzer (18/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Karim $4,400 Coryat, 8 correct, 5 incorrect, 18.18% in first on buzzer (10/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $26,200
Lach Trash: $18,200 (on 14 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,800

Danielle Maurer, career statistics:
30 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
25.00% in first on buzzer (28/112)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $9,800)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,800

Karim Oliver, career statistics:
8 correct, 6 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
18.18% in first on buzzer (10/55)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,400

Emily Levant, career statistics:
16 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
32.73% in first on buzzer (18/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,400

Danielle Maurer, to win:
3 games: 42.162%
4: 17.776%
5: 7.495%
6: 3.160%
7: 1.332%
Avg. streak: 2.729 games.

Today’s interviews:
Emily was in the audience for a Blossom taping at the age of 6 or 7.
Karim wants to give a shoutout to his parents.
Danielle cosplays at DragonCon.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I wish that Mayim Bialik had better specified why Emily was incorrect on the YOU SAID IT $1200 clue (Emily said “Roy Kroc” instead of “Ray Kroc”; she was fine in ruling Karim correct on just “Kroc”, for the record.)
  • Link to the box score: May 9, 2022 Box Score
  • Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
    (Danielle $14,600 Emily $8,400 Karim $1,400)

    Danielle: The suggested cover bet over Emily is $2,201.

    Karim: Not really much you can do here today. However, if Emily does choose to bet to go to $14,601 and is wrong, she falls to $2,199. Keeping that in mind, you should probably bet at least $800 today to try to get second place.

    Emily: You need to get to at least $12,400; your minimum bet is $4,000. If you limit your bet to $5,599, you are guaranteed of second place. However, being that your only chance of victory is to be right where Danielle isn’t, you can go all-in in an attempt to maximize your winnings.

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    25 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, May 9, 2022"

    1. The end of one era generally signifies the beginning of a new one. This season has included several exciting eras with well-deserving champions, and I look forward to the return of those contestants on the TOC.
      Meanwhile, hopefully the excitement will continue . . .

    2. Michael Johnston | May 9, 2022 at 12:33 pm |

      Welp… my Mattea hangover carried into the new week. Poetry is an oft noted weakness of mine, and I do not habitually connect literary works with their publishing date ;p

      Current FJ streak: 2L

    3. David Gong | May 9, 2022 at 12:42 pm |

      I predict this will be a Triple Stumper.

    4. Mattea would have gotten this one correct!

    5. Debbie Stover | May 9, 2022 at 1:01 pm |

      I thought of Sinclair Lewis’s Arrowsmith — which was published in 1925, so off by four years. Not a bad guess, as I see it, but wrong nonetheless.

    6. Mattea would have gotten this one too, but still I remember reading about this in school many years ago. Although I don’t read much war novels now, but I might consider this one on my bucket list.

    7. The mention in the clue of the Elizabethan figure’s retirement was a giveaway, even if one had never heard of the poem.

    8. I was able to come up with the right answer while being unsure when Hemingway wrote “A Farewell to Arms”. “Retirement” was indeed a giveaway.

      Congrats with being covered by Snopes! It should bring traffic.

    9. David Gong | May 9, 2022 at 2:48 pm |

      I don’t understand how Karim didn’t realize that the DD was asking for 3 cities, not 1.

      • As the recap above explained, it was your garden-variety RTQ error (oftentimes with an F added by more colorful people); a very common mistake in competitive quizzing is simply failing to read what the question is asking for.

    10. I wish they had been more economical with writing those video clues. Could have easily fit in the unrevealed clues.

      • I have a hunch that there is a strong correlation between “games where clues were left unrevealed” and “games with a video clue category”.
        Though I haven’t sifted through the data to verify that hunch

    11. S Gail Skvarenina | May 9, 2022 at 4:42 pm |


      Just curious that neither the Jeopardy TOC Tracker, nor your site have added the $2000 she won for coming in second place to her Regular Play Total from 23 wins of $560,983. Does this mean all champion totals under regular play only exclude the second or third place finish money they won in their final appearance?

      • In general, the show currently does not count this, in order to better facilitate comparisons between the current cash consolation prize era and the previous prize consolation prize era.

        • This seems kind of weird to me (I would almost say disingenuous) since the amount of money one could win back then was so much lower in the first place (including the eras of smaller clue amounts and appearance limits). Do you happen to know what is the highest earnings position on the non-tournament list who is someone from that era?

    12. Abby Russell | May 9, 2022 at 6:10 pm |

      At this pace Danielle won’t last through the week let alone tomorrow.

      • To be fair, it is very rare that any contestant starts a week and then finishes it.

        • Pizza Face Fred | May 9, 2022 at 10:40 pm |

          That comment is appropriate and follows site “rules?” Mine would’ve magically disappeared . . .

      • Being 18-0 on what was probably an uncomfortable board is a sign in her favor, at least. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.

      • it’s possible that contestant’s gameplay can get stronger after they get a couple games under their belt, as they get more comfortable with the studio, buzzer timing, or just gain more confidence.

    13. I thought FJ was “Gone with the Wind.” The era was close and that sure sounds like a retirement title.

      • It always tickles me when I give the same wrong response as the current champion does.

    14. I was able to figure this out, but it took way longer than 30 seconds. May be possible if you key in on Hemingway as the writer right away.

    15. how often does a show occur where they DON’T do that commercial break after exactly 15 clues?

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