Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Brands) for Wednesday, June 15, 2022 (Season 38, Game 198):

Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Evan Strong & Roy Campanella broke barriers representing this brand

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Peggy Gibbons, a legal editor from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Peggy Gibbons on Jeopardy!
Gregory Scruggs, a journalist from Seattle, Washington
Gregory Scruggs on Jeopardy!
Megan Wachspress, an attorney from Berkeley, California (1-day total: $17,201)
Megan Wachspress on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: We have a new champion—Megan Wachspress—after she took down 6-day champion Eric Ahasic! Challengers Gregory Scruggs and Peggy Gibbons have to feel much better about their chances now! Peggy, while being introduced as being from Toronto, is originally a Newfoundlander! Unfortunately, she didn’t pick “Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador” for her introduction, so Kirsten Morry (from 2018) is still the only known player officially listed as representing the province on the show. (And yes, after the pushback I received when I made that statement in 2018, I realize this is an incredibly controversial position to take in this province. I stand by my statement as correct.)

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Correct response: What is Wheaties?

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Since 1934, Wheaties has been featuring famous athletes on its boxes (Lou Gehrig being the first); Babe Didrikson Zaharias was the first female athlete to be featured on a box, Roy Campanella was the first African-American professional athlete on a Wheaties box (somehow, Wheaties forgot about Olympian Jesse Owens being the first Black athlete in general, though, when they made this tweet.) Evan Strong was the first para-athlete to be featured on a Wheaties box in 2014.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: Milwaukee: News Clues; Body Parts in Latin; Sticks & Stones; The Brady Bunch; Coach & Horses; We’re Full!

Today’s opening round was very much an up-and-down affair for all three players; Peggy got the best of things early to hold a lead at both breaks. Gregory struggled with incorrect responses, especially on a late Daily Double to be in a distant third after the Jeopardy! round.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: The 5th Century; On the Map of Africa; Orphans in
Books; State Flora; TV Monsters; Getting “W-R-M”

Peggy seemed to have difficulty getting things together in Double Jeopardy, especially after a crucial $2,000 neg at the bottom of ON THE MAP OF AFRICA. Gregory’s struggles continued, with another four incorrect responses in Double Jeopardy!, including $5,000 on the game’s final Daily Double. (He did pick up $3,000 on the second one, though!) Meanwhile, we saw an unplayed clue for the first time since May 26th tonight—12 Triple Stumpers and 13 incorrect responses overall played a hand in that. Just before that, though, Megan got clue #29 in order to cement a runaway today! Scores going into Final were Megan at $11,600, Peggy at $5,400, and Gregory at $1,000.

In Final today, Megan was the only correct respondent, but she chose not to add anything to her score. She’ll be back tomorrow to go for win #3 tomorrow!

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, June 15, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Megan $11,600
Peggy $5,400
Gregory $1,000

Tonight’s results:
Gregory $1,000 – $998 = $2 (What is Louisville Slugger?)
Peggy $5,400 – $1,000 = $4,400 (What is Adidas?)
Megan $11,600 + $0 = $11,600 (What is Wheaties?) (2-day total: $28,801)

Megan Wachspress, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 15, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Peggy $5,400
Megan $4,800
Gregory $600

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) BODY PARTS IN LATIN $600 (clue #28)
Gregory 3400 -1800 (Megan 4000 Peggy 4400)
2) STATE FLORA $800 (clue #7)
Gregory 4200 +3000 (Megan 6400 Peggy 4200)
3) THE 5th CENTURY $800 (clue #12, $22800 left on board)
Gregory 9200 -5000 (Megan 6400 Peggy 4200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -36

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $1,600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 79 (0.40 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Megan $11,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.93% in first on buzzer (19/56), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Peggy $5,400 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.64% in first on buzzer (11/56), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
Gregory $5,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 8 incorrect, 32.14% in first on buzzer (18/56), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $22,600
Lach Trash: $15,800 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $14,000

Megan Wachspress, career statistics:
34 correct, 7 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
31.86% in first on buzzer (36/113)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,900

Gregory Scruggs, career statistics:
16 correct, 9 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
32.14% in first on buzzer (18/56)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,800)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,600

Peggy Gibbons, career statistics:
11 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
19.64% in first on buzzer (11/56)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,400

Megan Wachspress, to win:
3 games: 34.497%
4: 11.900%
5: 4.105%
6: 1.416%
7: 0.489%
Avg. streak: 2.527 games.

Today’s interviews:
Peggy spent her honeymoon on a trip to New York City to audition for Jeopardy.
Gregory took part in the Grand Traverse in 2021.
Megan was proposed to at Central Park, via park bench.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Thus far in Season 38, 82.45% of regular play games have seen all 61 clues played. During the end of the Alex Trebek era, this % was in the 30-40% range.
  • Link to the box score: June 15, 2022 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Scores: Megan $11,600 Peggy $5,400 Gregory $1,000)

Megan – Bet between $0 and $799 and enjoy victory #2! (Actual bet: $0)

Gregory – Bet whatever you like! (Actual bet: $998)

Peggy – You’re guaranteed second place if you bet between $0 and $3,399! (Actual bet: $1,000)

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27 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, June 15, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | June 15, 2022 at 10:05 am |

    I got it because of Campanella, who was still well-known when I was a kid, although he was no longer playing… people were still talking about his appearance on the Wheaties box back then.

    Current FJ streak: 3W

    • Robert Fawkes | June 15, 2022 at 7:02 pm |

      Campy and Babe were the clues that gave it to me. Campy was actually still playing when I was a kid. Somewhere in my house, I still have a baseball card of one of the greatest catchers of all time. I spent most of my little league career as a catcher. Thanks to Campy, this was an easy one for me.

  2. Not knowing who these people were, my first thought was “breaking barriers… maybe they all voiced or did commercials with The Kool-Aid man?”

    It wasn’t right, but it would be a good internal clue if they ever did something about Kool-Aid…

    • The only one I knew was Babe Didrikson Zaharias, so since I mostly associate her with golf, I wasted all my time trying to think of brand names for golf equipment. I actually think I might have thought of Wheaties if I had had NO IDEA who any of them were, but I think your idea was not totally outside the bounds of possibility. [My dislike of both cereal and golf did not help me.]

      • Michael Johnston | June 16, 2022 at 7:43 am |

        I recognized her name, but did not know what sport she was associated with (as I’ve read, she was a multi-talented all-around athlete).

        • You are right that she was accomplished at many sports, but I think she is most associated with golf because of having the greatest success there, up until her early death (at age 45) from colon cancer.

  3. Ah the good old wheaties. I got this one bevause of campanella. Still to this day i enjoyed eating cereals when i was younger. Megan could have added another 6000 on the triple stumpers today but still that could hurt her potential chances of a toc

  4. As soon as they announced that “News Clues” category, I figured there was a good chance that they wouldn’t get through all the clues.

    Also, I’m somewhat surprised that they accepted the response of “wire-rimMED” in the “W-R-M” category. It was clear from the other 4 clues that the writers had intended the responses to start with W and end with M with R somewhere between. So their intended answer was “wirerim”
    I suppose since the host’s explanation of the category merely mentioned starting with W and followed by R and then M, without specifying M as the terminal letter, they decided to accept it. But I wonder if they paused the taping for a deliberation by the judges.

    • I suspect you’re right. If so, that’s a pretty big mistake by Mayim. Knowing the response ended in ‘m’ would’ve made that $2000 clue a lot easier.

      • nah, she was probably just reading the notes that the writers gave her about the category. And that even though the writers may have had “ending with M” in mind when coming up with the clues, they didn’t specify it as a requirement, thus why they accepted the “wire-rimmed” reponse

    • I think the first clue/response “A heavy dairy product beaten until it’s stiff” (response “whipped cream”) in the category was ridiculous — no wonder it was a triple stumper. Without being this W-R-M Category the correct response would have been “What is cream?” since AFTER the heavy cream has been beaten enough to make it stiff it is called Whipped Cream, rather than Whipped Cream itself being a product that is beaten until it is stiff. In fact if you start with whipped cream and beat it some more it will start breaking down into curd-like clumps!

      The CORRECT response would have been “What is whippING cream?” I am sure if someone had said that it would have been ruled correct, but I feel sure all three of them were thinking of whipped cream as the end product but trying to think what the beginning dairy product could be if it wasn’t “cream” (which didn’t fit W-R-M).

      • I was happy with getting right five of the triple stumpers in DJ! — I immediately knew “hearts of PALM”, BRISTLECONE pine, ZOMBIES, WHIPPING CREAM, and ‘The Cider House Rules’. But I am mad at myself for not getting ‘River Monsters’, since I just read an online article today about HUGE fish (including 600+ pound rays) in the Mekong River. I have never seen ‘River Monsters’ but I am quite sure I’ve heard it mentioned and the category plus the facts about the fish pointing to rivers should have enabled me to put ‘River’ and ‘Monsters’ together.

        [I’ve been busy this week and got behind in going over J! and DJ! rather than just FJ!]

  5. Today’s game was a lesson in signaling discipline. Too many guesses by the third-place player. When playing along at home, I try to only respond out loud if I’d try to ring in during the actual game, keeping my guesses to myself as much as I can. It’s hard to do, though.

    • some of the greats seemed to buzz in first, and then take a second or two to think up the response. But that only works if you have enough trivia knowledge to back it up

  6. I thought it had to be Wheaties but found the category and clue misleading since to me General Mills would be the brand and Wheaties a product of the brand. Maybe there could have been a better wording. Wonder if they would have accepted General Mills.

    • Jim:

      You’re mistaken. General Mills is a company. Wheaties is a brand owned by General Mills.

      • Right, the product for which General Mills’ brand name is Wheaties would be breakfast cereal or maybe “whole grain flakes breakfast cereal”. Another company can make and sell a similar “whole grain flakes breakfast cereal” but it will have some other brand name.

    • do you think Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac are brands of automobiles?

  7. Pizza Face Fred | June 15, 2022 at 10:39 pm |

    Mixed sports immediately led me to Wheaties, but I thought it was way too obvious. Went with Spalding. I do that all the time. I went with Nixon yesterday because I couldn’t remember any of the other Watergate characters, but I thought Nixon was way too obvious . . .

  8. L. A. Watson-Haley | June 16, 2022 at 3:09 am |

    I don’t understand the above comment about the Wheaties tweet; (Wheaties forgot about Olympian Jesse Owens being the first Black athlete in general, though). What did they do wrong in the tweet?

    • That tweet said that Roy Campanella was the first Black athlete on a Wheaties box. However, Campanella was on the box 16 years after Jesse Owens was on the box.

    • To further clarify (following Andy having already said “in general”), at the time Jesse Owens was on the Wheaties box professional athletes could not enter the Olympics, so he was an amateur athlete (at least at the time he was put on the box). Thus, as Andy said, Roy Campanella was the first African-American professional athlete on a Wheaties box, but the referenced tweet “from” Wheaties just said “first black athlete”.

  9. Why was the answer Ramona Quimby not acceptable but “Ramona” was correct? Her last name was Quimby!
    (Typo in previous question so submitting corrected).

    • While Beverly Clearly’s character’s last name was Quimby, the Helen Hunt Jackson character’s last name was not—and correct responses must fit all of the clue’s constraints. Thus, the correct response was just “Ramona” and not “Ramona Quimby”.

      • I went back and watched it again and see that now. Thanks.

        • L. A. Watson-Haley | June 17, 2022 at 12:56 am |

          Aw, shucks! We Portlanders missed a Ramona Quimby question because the Portland, Or affiliate only ran half of the show. It was delayed for the hearings, so was supposed to go on at 10 pm, but the station let the Cindy Crawford/Ellen Pompeo Skin Care Extravaganza Show use up most of the time slot! We love our home-grown writers here in Portland, and Ms. Cleary was a treasure!

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