Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Western Hemisphere) for Friday, June 10, 2022 (Season 38, Game 195):
Brazil stretches 2,700 miles from the Atlantic in the east to Serra do Divisor National Park on the border with this country in the west
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Siobhan Doherty, a voice and speech teacher originally from Santa Barbara, California
|Randy Moss, an attorney from Walnut Creek, California
|Eric Ahasic, a meteorologist from Minneapolis, Minnesota (4-day total: $105,801)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: In his four games, Eric Ahasic defeated a 16-day champion, and proceeded to follow that up with three very strong performances. Will he be able to run the taping week table today? Today’s challengers include someone who is not a former NFL receiver—Randy Moss—and voice and speech teacher Siobhan Doherty.
The question is still being asked, though: Why are there so many streaks and strong players in 2021 and 2022? COVID. The changes brought about by COVID, both to people’s lives in general, and the show itself, have brought about a perfect storm of sorts—the conditions are ripe. Firstly, a lot of contestants have taken the opportunity that the extra time that the pandemic gave them to improve their own knowledge. Secondly, the Anytime Test and Zoom auditions significantly lowered the barrier to contestantdom to a large portion of the American population. You had a large number of otherwise very worthy and very strong contestants who might not have been able to afford the money (or the time) required to get themselves to an audition site. Now, these players suddenly became able to audition from the comfort of their own home. These players are now getting onto the show and doing very well! I also think that things will adjust and return to normal eventually—though you’ll very likely still see one or two longer streaks a season.
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Correct response: What is Peru?
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The park known as Parque Nacional da Serra do Divisior in Brazil and Parque Nacional Sierra Del Divisor in Peru is located in the state of Acre, near the border of the Peruvian regions of Loreto and Ucayali. Interestingly, fluvial transport (boats travelling along the Rio Môa and Rio Juruá) is the most common form of transportation in that area of Brazil.
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Jeopardy! Round categories: Where Am I?; Movies with Narrators; Animal Anagrams; The Shirt off Our Back; U.S. Dates; Jane Austen-Tatious
Today’s early game belonged to Eric, with our defending champion picking up 9 correct responses before the interviews (and another six after). Unfortunately for him (but fortunately for our challengers), it was Siobhan (who, almost stereotypically, grew up as an Irish dancer) who got to play the Daily Double in the round. Eric had a strong lead 30 clues.
Double Jeopardy! Round categories: A History of Nonviolence; Notes for a Biography; Killer Tunes; Earth Science; Secret Services; P is the Only Consonant
The turning point of today’s game certainly came in A HISTORY OF NONVIOLENCE. Eric ran that category (the second run category of his J! career), but the $1200 clue got negged by Siobhan and Randy first. To add insult to injury, the final Daily Double was found under the $1600 clue. Eric picked up just enough to barely hang onto a runaway as Randy’s late-game comeback came up one clue short. Eric led going into Final at $28,400, to Randy’s $13,800 and Siobhan’s $3,600.
Eric barely keeping his runaway proved crucial as Randy was the only correct player in Final. All three players made nominal bets, and Eric’s now a 5-day champion! He’ll be back on Monday to defend.
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, June 10, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:
Scores going into Final:
Siobhan $3,600 – $5 = $3,595 (What is Ecuador?)
Randy $13,800 + $200 = $14,000 (What is Peru?)
Eric $28,400 – $400 = $28,000 (What is Ecuador?) (5-day total: $133,801)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) JANE AUSTEN-TATIOUS $800 (clue #13)
Siobhan 200 +1000 (Eric 4400 Randy 1200)
2) SECRET SERVICES $800 (clue #12)
Eric 17200 +3000 (Randy 6200 Siobhan 3200)
3) A HISTORY OF NONVIOLENCE $1600 (clue #19, $13200 left on board)
Eric 22200 +2200 (Randy 9000 Siobhan 3200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 127
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 78 (0.40 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Eric $25,600 Coryat, 31 correct, 1 incorrect, 50.88% in first on buzzer (29/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Randy $13,800 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Siobhan $3,400 Coryat, 7 correct, 2 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,800
Lach Trash: $7,200 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,000
Eric Ahasic, career statistics:
131 correct, 14 incorrect
6/7 on rebound attempts (on 20 rebound opportunities)
42.11% in first on buzzer (120/285)
11/13 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $36,600)
2/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,760
Randy Moss, career statistics:
18 correct, 1 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,800
Siobhan Doherty, career statistics:
7 correct, 3 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,400
Eric Ahasic, to win:
6 games: 81.729%
Avg. streak: 9.473 games.
Siobhan has been in an Irish band with her father since she was 11.
Randy loved learning languages as a child.
Eric has proposed to his fiancée in multiple locations.
- Today would have been a perfect opportunity for all three players to bet $0. Unfortunately, all three players made nominal wagers.
- Link to the box score: June 10, 2022 Box Score
Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Scores: Eric $28,400 Randy $13,800 Siobhan $3,600)
Eric: Bet between $0 and $799 and enjoy win #5! (Actual bet: $400)
Randy: Bet between $0 and $6,599 to guarantee second place over Siobha. (Actual bet: $200)
Siobhan: Doesn’t really matter what you do today; bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $5)
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tch Tripped up by my unenviable knowledge of South American geography, I quickly guessed Ecuador cueing off of “Divisor”. If I had taken the time to picture Brazil in my mind, maybe I would have recalled that it doesn’t extend so far to the West😕
Current FJ streak: 1L
Covid and the James effect is why people having longer streaks. I’m not sure stats but I’ve been seeing way more money wagered this season on daily doubles then past seasons. Would love to see a stat for this per season
I found something in J! Archive that might answer your question! Under every season, there’s always a section labeled “Daily Double statistics”. Among other information, it gives how much was wagered (on average) in each of the two DDs in the Double Jeopardy round. The average for Season 34, which was the last season B.H. (Before Holzhauer) was about $2,900, but Season 35’s average was well over $4,000, and each season from then on has crossed over the $3,500 average mark. Does that help a little bit?
It doesn’t really explain the last TOC, post-James, when other than Zuff there were no double-digit streaks, part of which involved Covid tapings. And Zuff himself was likely taped before James aired. Also, some recent champs like Ryan didn’t shock and awe with large DDs. We may just have to accept that there’s more randomness than we’d like to accept in these outcomes.
Just a personal note to Andy Saunders — I hope your adventurous move is going well. Have a great weekend!
It’s Friday morning, June 10, and I can’t find the final result for Thursday, June 9. I like the website, but what happened to the final result for Thursday?
If you go to the homepage and look under “Latest Recaps”, you can find it.
After peru-sing this clue for about 15 seconds, I guessed right.
I see what you did there – clever!
I was stuck between Peru and Chile knowing they were both west of Brasil, and I picked the wrong one.
And I was “caught between the moon and New York city.”
I got Peru because when i saw that park and the region of the ucayali, it reminded me of the amazon trail. Now eric is starting a streak like Ryan long and sam kavanaugh
With today’s win making Eric a 5-game winner, the ToC now has only one spot filled by a 4-game winner (taking into consideration that the winner of the 2nd Chance Tournament will be included in the ToC). Jackine Kelly with 4 wins is now on the bubble. One more 5-game winner and every one of the 12 regular play winners will have a minimum of 5 wins.
Interestingly, Jonathan Fisher with 11 wins doesn’t even make the top 4. In some past tournaments, he would have been the top seed. Not this year.
In addition to Jackie Kelly, isn’t John Focht still on the list in the 15th spot?
Oh, wait, I see what you’re saying, that the 2nd Chance Tournament winner will bump John Focht.
I’m hoping John at least gets a bid to the 2nd Chance tournament.
in your opinion, how many spots in the 2nd Chance tourney should be filled by those that won 1-4 games?
And how many spots do you think should be filled by those that didn’t win in their one and only game on the show?
True, Jonathan Fisher is not the top seed, but because he’s fifth on the win list, you presume that he would be “seeded” in his own quarterfinal game without the other four ahead of him. But that shouldn’t be a big deal, because in the quarterfinals, you don’t have to win the game to advance.
Just think, though, if Eric or some other player gets to 12 wins, then you’d have an 11-game winner (Jonathan Fisher) being “seeded” against one of the other five ahead of him. The talent in this upcoming ToC is tremendous.
Agreed — if they all reach the semis, that would be three epic showdowns, because presumably two of them would be in each game. I’m almost rooting for Eric to get to the 10-win-plus mark so that such a scenario comes true (not completely, though — I identify with the challengers because I’m still hoping to become one someday). That’s the one round that’s a regular game, though, so the third player in each game will have had a game under their belts and can’t be slept on. The final, being a two-game aggregate, is an interesting deal. I’ve often maintained that you can lose the final the first day, but you can’t win it. I’m willing to see that theory debunked, though. Has there ever been an analysis of how to play the TOC final? I’m relatively new to this site, so I’m finding my way around.
as a fan of Irish music, I’m gonna have to see if I can track down the website/recordings of Siobhan’s band.
followup: just in case anyone else was curious, the band that she performed in with her dad is/was called Dannsair, and she’s also done some solo music.
Today’s game was a prime example of how thin the line is between victory and potential defeat. When Randy didn’t ring in on the next-to-last clue and Siobhan got it right after first struggling with it, that was the difference between a runaway and Randy halving Eric’s score. With the responses in Final, we would have either had a one-clue sudden death or a new champion outright.
I felt bad for thinking it, but I was kind of hoping she would miss, and Randy would get it one the rebound to keep him on track to get half of Eric’s total.
It would have been interesting if Eric would have bet $1 or $0 or other amount. If I was not confident on topic, I would bet $0, but confident then I would bet more.
That’s the right strategy, I believe. The way I see it, you have two ways to win — the player in second getting it wrong or winning the sudden death. If you wager anything more than a buck, yes, you win with a correct response, but get it wrong and you open the door for losing. I find that in those situations, I typically make the right decision. I love that scenario with the sudden death now in place — the drama factor has been ramped up.
“Two chances” is a fallacy. Overall, your chance of winning is lower betting $0 versus betting $1.
My take on why there’s so many long-running champs this year is that the Zoom audition process may be producing players who show well via videoconference but may not necessarily adjust to the studio very well. I’ve noticed more players than usual this year who seem to not adjust well to gameplay. I’ve auditioned on at least two occasions in the traditional setting in a hotel ballroom, and there’s something to be said for the producers getting to see you operate the signaling button and interact with the “host” while being interviewed. It could be a random variation, but if you’re looking for an objective explanation, this is a potential theory.
Interesting. I imagine both are correct — with many long-running champions never to have gotten a chance to be there if they’d had to travel to an audition AND their opponents often including those who would probably not have gotten in had they had to audition in person (by traveling or being local).
That could be true. The audition process is the one variable in the selection of contestants, so I’m looking for a way to explain the run of superchamps in that context. I think specifically of the Mattea “solo Final,” the low point of a stretch where her competition seemed to have the “deer in the headlights” effect. Some people say it’s the Holzhauer “all in” trend, but Mattea and Ryan were conservative wagerers, and “all in” only works if you know your stuff and get the clues right. Or maybe I’m just overthinking it all and should just enjoy the game 🙂
Friday morning, June 10, I posted a comment wondering why the results from Thursday, June 9, had not been posted. I missed Jeopardy because I was watching the January 6 House Committee hearing. Apparently, Thursday’s Jeopardy was preempted by the hearing and was not shown until Friday. All things eventually will be explained!
that would vary by location. Some markets air Jeopardy during the afternoon, and thus wouldn’t have been preempted by the hearing
Really don’t like the categories where you have to anagram a randomly positioned word in the clue.
I don’t either, but Eric and Randy did quite well — 4 out of 5 correct.
I really don’t like opera or classical music/composers categories.
LOL. Depends on your knowledge base. I aced the Classical Music category Friday. 😉
Correcting myself: Classical Music was on Thursday’s show. I watched it after I watched Friday’s show. LOL.
COVID does more to explain why there weren’t as many long runs in the first year of the pandemic. Better players having both more access to the show and more time to prepare should mean less variance between player ability, not more.
Similarly, even if you grant that COVID and the Anytime audition process has given great players better access to the show, I wonder the change would be so abrupt, so sudden, and yet somehow so sustainable. Looking in particular at Andy’s prediction algorithm for how long a champion is likely to run, for years it has been a really good tool for assessing a new champion’s strength relative to who has come before. But starting last June, something happened such that now the algorithm is missing wildly. As just one example, the algorithm said after day 1 that Ryan Long’s odds of coming back and running the table once were 92-1 against. He did it three times.
I’ve never seen a prediction model go from being really, really good to wildly off the mark so dramatically so quickly unless something fundamentally changed about what the model was trying to measure.
Also, as I noted elsewhere, table running has gone from a one-time-in-ten event to having happened 24 times in the last 44 tape days. That’s a significantly-larger effect than any of the adjustments cited above can explain.
I don’t have an explanation, only low-information guesses. I don’t think anything nefarious or illegal is going on, but I do have questions.
While vacationing and travelling along the Rio Môa and Rio Juruá aboard a fluvial transport, the guide happened to mention that we were traversing the easternmost border of Brazil, so this was right in my wheelhouse . . .
Westernmost . . .
In Portland, Oregon, the local station tends to air shows preempted by Congressional hearings, NBA games, and the like at 10:00 p.m.
I’m looking forward to seeing where Matt and Amy end up on the all-time list after they’ve had a chance to compete in this year’s tournament of champions.
With the quality of champs this season, don’t be shocked if both of them don’t make the final, especially with a one-and-done semifinal. Ryan only having to play one game to reach the semi will make him especially formidable because he admitted to being tired over the long days of taping.
if you’re talking about all-time winnings list including tournaments, then if Amy wins the ToC, she’ll move to #4, bumping Matt to #5. Any other outcome, then Matt remains at #4 and Amy remains at #5.
at least that will be the case if they have the same ToC prize money as the previous ToCs of late.
Really enjoying the recent multiple day winners. Ryan so humble, Eric as well, and his facial expressions are priceless.