Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, June 16, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Debut Novels) for Thursday, June 16, 2022 (Season 38, Game 199):

Published in 1991, this novel, the first in a series, has been described as “historical fiction with a Moebius twist”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Sarah Borrelli, an attorney from Hamilton, Montana
Sarah Borrelli on Jeopardy!
Steve Ruiz, a doctoral student from Gilbert, Arizona
Steve Ruiz on Jeopardy!
Megan Wachspress, an attorney from Berkeley, California (2-day total: $28,801)
Megan Wachspress on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Megan Wachspress picked up her second victory in last night’s game and is currently sitting at $28,801 in winnings. Tonight, Arizona doctoral student Steve Ruiz and Montana attorney Sarah Borrelli; Sarah is Montana’s first representative this season on the show.


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Correct response: What is Outlander?


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Outlander is the 1991 debut novel by Diana Gabaldon; the work features World War II nurse Claire Beauchamp who ends up time travelling back to 18th century Scotland. The novel series currently has nine books published, with the most recent being 2021’s Go Tell the Bees that I Am Gone. A television series based on the series debuted on Starz in 2014 and starred Caitríona Balfe as Claire. (The television series is, ironically enough, a Sony Pictures Television production, much like Jeopardy.)


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: Artists & Their Subjects; All Alliterative Familiar Phrases; Classic Lit; Horror Movies; Get Out; The “O” Men

While Megan found the Daily Double on Clue #2, it was Steve who had the best start over the opening 15 clues, with the Arizonan picking up six correct responses! Coming out of the break, both Steve and our champion played well, with the two of them tied for the lead after Single Jeopardy!

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Who Was Where, When; Places in the USA; It’s All Relativity; Classic Cars; Everything’s Coming Up Roses; From “B” to “I”

Sarah came on very strong in Double Jeopardy, with the Montanan finding both Daily Doubles and took the lead! Steve, though, played very well and stayed close! Unfortunately for Sarah, a couple of incorrect guesses with Aston Martin late in the Classic Cars category relegated her to second place going into Final. Scores going into Final were Steve leading at $16,200, Sarah in second at $13,400, and Megan in third at $11,800!

Final today was a Triple Stumper, and Megan made the perfect bet to the number—winning today’s game by a mere $2 after Steve bet to cover Sarah. Megan returns tomorrow in an attempt to win game #4!


Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Thursday, June 16, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Steve $16,200
Sarah $13,400
Megan $11,800


Tonight’s results:
Megan $11,800 – $6,199 = $5,601 (What is Wolf Hall?) (3-day total: $34,402)
Sarah $13,400 – $10,000 = $3,400 (What is Interview with a Vampire?)
Steve $16,200 – $10,601 = $5,599 (What is Abraham Lin)


Megan Wachspress, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 16, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Steve $6,600
Megan $6,600
Sarah $2,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) ARTISTS & THEIR SUBJECTS $400 (clue #2)
Megan 200 +1000 (Steve 0 Sarah 0)
2) IT’S ALL RELATIVITY $1600 (clue #14)
Sarah 5800 +4000 (Megan 10600 Steve 11800)
3) PLACES IN THE USA $1200 (clue #18, $15600 left on board)
Sarah 10600 +2000 (Megan 11800 Steve 12200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 188


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


Game Stats:
Megan $11,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 4 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Steve $16,200 Coryat, 20 correct, 0 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Sarah $10,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 2 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,600
Lach Trash: $9,400 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,000

Megan Wachspress, career statistics:
48 correct, 12 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 12 rebound opportunities)
31.18% in first on buzzer (53/170)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,333

Steve Ruiz, career statistics:
20 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,200

Sarah Borrelli, career statistics:
18 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,200

Megan Wachspress, to win:
4 games: 34.186%
5: 11.687%
6: 3.995%
7: 1.366%
8: 0.467%
Avg. streak: 3.519 games.

Today’s interviews:
Sarah has a rescue dog named Hardy.
Steve was locked in his bedroom, which had been turned into an escape room.
Megan has children named Rosalind Bowie and Pauli Murray.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Megan and Steve made excellent bets today in Final. I didn’t like Sarah’s as much.
  • Megan seemed surprised that her bet worked—that’s why you make that bet, though, because you know it might work!
  • Link to the box score: June 16, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Scores: Steve $16,200 Sarah $13,400 Megan $11,800)

Megan: Your best chance here is if Final Jeopardy! is a Triple Stumper. In order to win a Triple Stumper, you should bet no more than $6,199. (Actual bet: $6,199)

Steve: Standard cover bet over Sarah is $10,601—you should do this, as Sarah’s in Stratton’s Dilemma and thus has occasion to go all-in. (Actual bet: $10,601.)

Sarah: You’re in Stratton’s Dilemma—you can’t both win a Triple Stumper and cover Megan. If you’re going big, the standard cover bet over Megan is $10,201. If you’re going small, I would limit your bet to $1,599, thus forcing Megan to be correct to beat you. (Actual bet: $10,000.)

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, June 16, 2022"

  1. Why do the producers allow contestants to give only last names to answer a question about a particular person? Shouldn’t contestants be required to give first and last names?

    • Why? Because literally no serious professional quizzing endeavour on this continent requires that—and any endeavour that does is generally regarded as the mark of an amateur quizmaster or moderator. Doing so is generally seen by serious quizzers as ticky-tack and unnecessary.

      • Sometimes a first and even a middle name is required; e.g., John Adams versus John Quincy Adams, both US presidents (second and sixth). And of course, there are their wives, Abigail versus Louisa.

    • if you’re going to require that, you should also require that they give any and all middle names of the person too. You’re wanting the FULL name, are you not?
      (be prepared for alot of triple stumpers)

  2. Michael Johnston | June 16, 2022 at 1:02 pm | Reply

    I’ve never read the books and never seen the tv series. Before, all I knew about it was the title, but from reading this page I think I have a shot at fielding any future clues regarding it!😅

    Current FJ streak: 1L

  3. I am wondering where the description “historical fiction with a Moebius twist” came from as it is imaginative but perfect. I did not get this one because I have not read the books (nor desire to) [nor watched the series even though I already subscribe to the streamer necessary], but I have encountered a lot of reviews, previews, and interviews, thus know a lot about it. Unfortunately, one thing I did not know was how long ago the first book was published.

    • Michael Johnston | June 17, 2022 at 8:21 am | Reply

      The “Moebius twist” reference looks like it is from Diana Gabaldon’s blog when she was talking about her (then upcoming) eighth book in the series “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood”.

  4. I’m not bad on certain historical fiction genres – but not this one – I would not have given a correct response in a million years. 🙁

  5. It has been a while since I last read outlander, but this should be a good book for me to read again as I like historical fiction. Still I am happy megan won again with her bet. All the players did very well. Not surprised that Sarah hasn’t seen the james Bond movies.

  6. Karma Wanamaker | June 16, 2022 at 4:01 pm | Reply

    Outlander is one of my favorite book series with many time travel twists and turns…easy for me…

  7. I love games like these, where the lead changes hands multiple times throughout the game and all 3 are truly in contention during Final.

    • I agree. I came on here to post a similar sentiment. I love it when all three go into FJ with over $10K.

  8. Robert Fawkes | June 16, 2022 at 6:16 pm | Reply

    Savvy wagering today for the most part. Sarah’s wager puzzled me, though, as she didn’t wager enough to cover Megan if both were correct and she wagered too much in the event they were both incorrect. Sarah cost herself the game with a pretty much pointless wager. Sad outcome for Sarah, happy outcome for Megan. Megan is going to have to up her average winnings (or win two more games) if she hopes to unseat a 4-game winner on the bubble.

  9. Pizza Face Fred | June 16, 2022 at 10:44 pm | Reply

    I was confused by “Moebius.” Never seen it spelled that way. In addition to meaning what most of us think it is, turns out it’s also some French guy’s pen name . . .

    • Pizza Face Fred | June 16, 2022 at 11:19 pm | Reply

      Been getting more Triple Stumpers than Carter’s has pills. That really dates me, eh? (Carters with a possessive apostrophe or not, “has” or “got” pills? Sometimes Googling has too much information.) Anyone else having trouble with Wikipedia? Haven’t been able to open a link on it for two (?) days on my Windows 10 desktop computer, iPhone, or Android tablet . . .

      • I think it would be interesting to see a chart or graph showing the number of triple stumpers per show and/or the average number of TSs per show for the different seasons

      • Are you old enough to remember (as I do) Carter’s Little Liver Pills? I suspect that the original name meant that they were the product of a guy named Carter, so “than Carter’s got pills” employed a contraction of “Carter has” instead of the possessive like the brand name. This would not have been very good grammar, but for the era and area it came from, I suspect that some people did say it with the “got”, though I remember hearing it just as “than Carter has pills”.

        My grandfather (born 1898) used to say that. Also “I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck”.

        Wikipedia is working fine for me using Chrome (and I think I have used it within the last couple of days, too.)

        • Pizza Face Fred | June 17, 2022 at 11:19 pm | Reply

          Found out it’s my Internet (always capitalized in my world) provider. I could access the site using a cellular connection. I was a computer and network technician for 21 years until my retirement last August. I spent a couple of hours trying to troubleshoot the problem. Madness!

          You’re a wellspring of knowledge, Lisa. I wrote it the way I remember it. Love those old sayings (and grandpa’s), and the rules of punctuation and grammar are a constant source of bewilderment to me. Too many contradictions, too many “experts,” and the more you think you know, the more you realize how little you know, or whatever that saying is. I’ve noticed you like parentheses and brackets 😄

          Thanks for your input . . .

          • I think my love of parenthesis and brackets are mostly because I hate leaving clarity to chance, but my background in math and computer programming might have something to do with it.

            My being conversational is probably due to refusing to use Facebook, so sites such as this fill a need.

            My grandpa’s favorite joke was “Pi R round, cornbread R square”. This pre-dated ‘Hee Haw’ by a long time.

  10. Someone on the writing staff must have a thing for Outlander. I remember more than a few Outlander clues this season. And no one ever knows the answer.

    • When the writing staff come up with a clue that no one gets, if it is on a specific subject like a book series or odd animals or some such, I bet they jump right on searching for other facts in that category to use for clues/questions.

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