Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, June 17, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century Contemporaries) for Friday, June 17, 2022 (Season 38, Game 200):

Congratulating her on the 1869 release of her biography, Frederick Douglass wrote, “I have wrought in the day –you in the night”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Molly Fleming, a community organizer from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Molly Fleming on Jeopardy!
Sadie Goldberger, an interpreter from Columbia, Maryland
Sadie Goldberger on Jeopardy!
Megan Wachspress, an attorney from Berkeley, California (3-day total: $34,402)
Megan Wachspress on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Megan Wachspress has clearly studied wagering strategy. It’s absolutely paid off for her, as two of her three victories have been by just two dollars! She’s looking for an all-important fourth win today—Sadie Goldberger and Molly Fleming are hoping to enter the weekend with a victory of their own, though!

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Correct response: Who is Harriet Tubman?

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1869 saw the publication of Sarah Hopkins Bradford’s biography Scenes in the life of Harriet Tubman, a biography of the famous American abolitionist who escaped slavery and subsequently organized the Underground Railroad, a network of safe houses that saw at least 100,000 enslaved people escape slavery to Canada. Also from Douglass’ letter: “Excepting John Brown—of sacred memory—I know of no one who has willingly encountered more perils and hardships to serve our enslaved people than you have.”

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: Historic Alliances; Wordplay-Pourri; Home Sweet Home Renovation; Think Pink; Stately Rivers; Pop Rocks

Today’s game got off to a bit of a slower start, with some high-value Triple Stumpers and incorrect responses keeping the scores down. However, Sadie had the strongest round and led after 30 clues.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Sci-Fi Characters; His Widow Lived On; Marine Biology; The “IT” Department; The Quotable Movie; Such a Peasant Life

The very close game between Megan and Sadie continued, as Molly found both Daily Doubles in the round, yet got them both incorrect to keep her score down. Meanwhile, Sadie held a slim lead going into Final—$9,800 for her, $9,200 for Megan, and $3,300 for Molly.

Final was very nearly a triple-get for the first time in nearly over two months. Unfortunately, though, Sadie was unable to finish writing “Tubman” in time, and incomplete means incorrect in Final Jeopardy! In a heartbreaking-but-fair ruling, Sadie dropped to third, and Megan Wachspress is now a 4-day champion! She’ll go for 5 wins on Monday!

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, June 17, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Sadie $9,800
Megan $9,200
Molly $3,300

Tonight’s results:
Molly $3,300 + $3,200 = $6,500 (Who is Harriet Tubman)
Megan $9,200 + $7,999 = $17,199 (Who is Harriet Tubman) (4-day total: $51,601)
Sadie $9,800 – $7,500 = $2,300 (Who is Harriett Tubma)

Megan Wachspress, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 17, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Sadie $4,600
Megan $2,000
Molly -$400


Opening break taken after: 14 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THINK PINK $600 (clue #3)
Sadie 400 +600 (Megan 200 Molly 0)
2) SCI-FI CHARACTERS $800 (clue #2)
Molly 0 -2000 (Megan 2000 Sadie 4600)
3) SUCH A PEASANT LIFE $1600 (clue #26, $6800 left on board)
Molly 2000 -1500 (Megan 9200 Sadie 9400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -115

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 $9,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Molly $6,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 6 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Sadie $9,800 Coryat, 17 correct, 4 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $25,800
Lach Trash: $15,400 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,800

Megan Wachspress, career statistics:
63 correct, 15 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 18 rebound opportunities)
29.96% in first on buzzer (68/227)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,050

Sadie Goldberger, career statistics:
17 correct, 5 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,800

Molly Fleming, career statistics:
15 correct, 6 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,500)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,800

Megan Wachspress, to win:
5 games: 31.323%
6: 9.811%
7: 3.073%
8: 0.963%
9: 0.302%
Avg. streak: 4.456 games.

Today’s interviews:
Molly went on foreign exchange in South African in high school.
Sadie recently found out her great grandfather was the biggest bootlegger in Delaware.
Megan hopes to use some of her winnings to helped pay legal fees for unhoused people.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • As a viewer, you may not *like* the rule, but it is a rule—incomplete Final Jeopardy! responses are incorrect, and you have until the end of the timer to finish. While it is an undoubtedly disappointing ruling for Sadie and those who were cheering for her, this rule keeps things fair for *all* contestants and I personally believe that the ruling is just.
  • Viewers should also note that the show watches the light pens write from the control room as the responses are being written; thus, “it looked finished to me” is not a consideration or a valid complaint—the judges would not have seen the final N being written. Moreover, the light pen shuts off as soon as the timer finishes.
  • Link to the box score: June 17, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Scores: Sadie $9,800 Megan $9,200 Molly $3,300)

Megan: Your best chances of winning happen if you bet between $1,201 (defending against Sadie’s small bet range) and $2,599 (guaranteeing yourself second place). (Actual bet: $7,999)

Sadie: Standard cover bet over Megan is $8,601. (Actual bet: $7,500)

Molly: If Sadie bets to cover and is incorrect, she falls to $1,199. I would bet between $0 and $2,099. (Actual bet: $3,200)

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69 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, June 17, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | June 17, 2022 at 9:31 am |

    I do not want to predict a triple get, but this seems like it ought to be one.

    Current FJ streak: 1W

  2. I was stuck between two Harriet’s – Tubman and Beacher Stowe.

    • The key was the reference to “in the night” as Tubman “conducted” her “passengers” on the Underground Railroad at night to decrease the chances of being detected. Both Douglass and Beacher Stowe presumably did their writing in the daytime.

  3. I hope that Sadie Goldberger gets invited back for the Second Chance Tournament, because of this.

    • Spud Muffin | June 17, 2022 at 1:58 pm |

      Ditto. Did not know that about the pens! So when the timer runs out, they stop capturing what the contestants are writing? In other words, Sadie could have finished “Tubman” but the clock ran out right after she wrote the “a”. That’s about as fair as can be.

      • Thomas G. | June 17, 2022 at 2:06 pm |

        They only have 30 seconds in which to write down their responses. So after the music runs out, the time runs out. So the pens stop writing. It’s been that way for years as described on the talk show circuit.

    • I certainly wouldn’t object to her getting a SCT spot

  4. Jeffrey Roy | June 17, 2022 at 1:56 pm |

    They called Sadie’s answer wrong because she left out one letter, yet they continually allow contestants to answer with only a person’s last name?

    • Trevor807 | June 17, 2022 at 2:14 pm |

      There’s a difference between those. Answering with a last name is allowed so long as it’s specific to the clue. The judges watch the light pens writing in the control room. Think it’s as fair as you can get for all contestants.

      That said, I hope Sadie’s considered for the Second Chance Tournament; if she wrote just a little earlier, she would’ve won the game.

      • I disagree about SCT. If she’d decided this [quite easy] answer faster she would have started writing sooner, if she was a more savvy player she would have just written the last name (or even written ‘H Tubman’ fast enough), and $9,800 is not all that much money to carry into FJ! (as other “non-winners” that might be considered had much more). Also, her % incorrect is over 20% (not that Megan’s is much better) — since most of the multi-day champions have better averages than that (and some way better), I am assuming some of the “near miss” potential SCT contestants do, too [perhaps having lost just at FJ! or by not finding any DDs].

        • I have no intention of disparaging Sadie, just contrasting her performance to many other potential 2nd Chance Tournament contestants since some are proposing she should get in just because she didn’t write fast enough.

        • The producers have never laid out any criteria for how the SCT field will be filled (other than the 4th semifinal winner of the college tourney, due to the weird tournament format that they were forced into by ABC). The statistics you mention may not play into their decision at all.
          Regardless of who they pick, I’m sure people will complain about it (just as they always do with at-large selections into various collegiate sports playoffs)

          • I suspect they will not ever publicly lay out any criteria (nor do I think they should) as there are just too many reasons for too many players. If there are any “game show laws”, I would imagine there is an allowance for “at the show’s discretion” for picking contestants, thus enabling them to pick ones that they think will make for “good TV”. I imagine they will come up with A LOT of “criteria”, see what names fit each and then hope that the right number of contestants fit the most criteria. One criterion will almost for sure be “went up against a SUPER Champion”, especially since having had so many of those seems to be a primary reason for them having decided there would be audience interest in them holding a 2nd Chance Tournament.

          • Jay Williams | June 21, 2022 at 2:39 pm |

            My thinking is that the SCT field will likely consist of the five four-time champions, the 4th semifinal winner of the National College Championship, the four high scoring three-time champions and the five contestants chosen by the producers who defintely deserve a second chance.

    • Am I wrong that Sadie only needed to write the name Tubman, she didn’t need the Harriet and would have won the game

    • Yes, ironically, if she’d just written Tubman, she’d be a one day champion because ‘Tubman’ is correct. “Harriet Tubma” is not.

      • Jay Williams | June 21, 2022 at 2:41 pm |

        On the other side of the coin, had the judges gave Sadie the Benefit of the Doubt on her response and called her right, it would have been unfair to Megan and Molly and both of them would have been invited back as returning contestants early next season during regular gameplay.

  5. Sorry but I completely disagree with you on this. She CLEARLY wrote Tubman. Not only was Sadie robbed of a win, but now Jackie might be robbed of a TOC spot. This is one of the worst rulings I’ve ever seen.

    • If she clearly wrote Tubman, as you so claim, the judges would have ruled differently.

      • The judges aren’t always right lmao that’s why they’ve brought back people before.

        • Maybe it was a coincidence, but in our market we have a Saturday night Jeopardy !from a prevevious random show.Tonight it was from 01-28-2022. The FJ question answer was John Denver. Carrie Cadwallader, the returing champ answered “Who is Bob ( crossed out) John Denve…without the “r” It was ruled correct

          • Ronnie:

            You are 100% incorrect.

            I don’t know how many times I need to shout this from the rooftops, but, once again: the judges can see responses as they are being written.

            The judges saw the letters of Denver being written, and they were all there. The response was not “Denve”, it was “Denver”, with the R being written over the E. This is 100% acceptable.

            In the case from Friday, there was no N written. Sadie’s response was incomplete and incorrect.

    • it was most definitely not “clear”

      • What is clear is that the “writing with a light pen” process is automated to cut off instantaneously with the timing end, but it doesn’t like send a jolt of electricity streaming through the pen, thus someone who is scribbling furiously will still be doing so for at least a second afterward.

  6. Sure looked like Harriet Tubman to me. But, I think the argument here is she didn’t get it in before the thirty seconds- i.e. writing can appear on the screen after the thirty seconds? Also, too bad she didn’t just write “Tubman”.

  7. I hope Sadie gets to the second chance tournament but still. Good game by Molly and Megan. I also had Harriet Tubman as the study of the underground railroad helped me out here.

  8. Looks like there’s another Bliss here (surprise!)… and I want my forum friends to know that the above comment was not made by me.

  9. That’s a classic example why responding with the last name only is usually the best policy, either in regular game play or in Final, for different reasons. Yes, she was scribbling furiously, but she ran out of time, when a simple “Tubman” would have clinched the win. Now Megan returns to the studio for a second day of taping with a TOC bid on the line.

    • although just writing last name has an added risk in Final. With the regular spoken responses, if the judges feel there is need for more specificity (i.e. including the first and possibly the middle name/initial), they can ask for that. But they can’t do that in Final. So if just the last name is deemed inadequate (which isn’t always totally clear when they call for that, as it is a judgement call), it could be ruled incorrect.

      • That’s true if it’s there’s an obvious additional first name, like Bronte, Kennedy, Roosevelt, and the like. There’s only one “Tubman.” Part of playing the game is presence of mind — especially if time’s running out, you write only what’s necessary.

  10. It looked like Harriet Tubman to me. The “n” was just scribbled a bit. She should not have been penalized for that.

    • Agree with you completely.

      • Did either of you read the entire post, or did you just search for someone’s opinion that you agreed with?

        • I read the entire post. And most importantly, I viewed the episode and carefully looked at Sadie’s response in FJ. I stand by my comments.

        • I also read the entire post, and I’m sorry, but we’ll have to agree to disagree. As was pointed out in another comment thread, judges too can make errors.

          • Judges (and producers) decisions carry more weight than the opinions of internet commenters.

    • Sadie gave an affirmative nod when Mayim observed that she hadn’t finished. If someone thought they had completed the full name, her reaction probably would show objection or surprise.

  11. Unfortunate for Sadie, but absolutely fair. Sometimes you’re a letter off or a mispronounced syllable away, but that’s the way the breaks go.

    Meanwhile, Megan seems to be burning through her nine lives. There’s something to be said for pulling out these games under pressure, though.

  12. I mean you could not tell sadie was going for harriet tubman

  13. Not sure I understand the distinction, Andy. You said the pen stops working after 30 seconds. But what she wrote looked like Harriet Tubman to me. If the pen stopped working before she finished writing, why do I see what looks like an “n”?

  14. I need to see a photo but it looked like “Tubman” to me. Rules are rules but here there was no ambiguity about who she meant.

  15. What’s lost in all this talk is that Sadie did not bet enough to cover Mollie had she bet it all. It turned out she would have barely won had her answer been correct. Also, Molly would have had a small lead going into FJ had she been correct on her two Daily Doubles in the Double Jeopardy round.

    • she didn’t bet enough to cover M had she bet it all; but she didn’t bet it all so that “what if doesn’t matter”. If Sadie HAD bet enough to cover M, and they both got it wrong, then Sadie would have lost because M bet so that she would end up with 2 more than S had that situation occurred (which has worked for her twice already). Which is perhaps why Sadie bet what she did, and she would have won had she gotten the correct response written in time.

  16. Marc Beaudry | June 17, 2022 at 8:47 pm |

    Are contestants instructed to PRINT their responses? In looking at a screenshot of Sadie’s answer, she was done in by bad penmanship more than anything else. It’s clear to me that she was writing “Harriet Tubman,” but if the judges are not going to give contestants any benefit of the doubt, one could read her answer as “Hair utt Tulney” too.

    • my guess is that she didn’t think of the response until late in the allotted time, and she was rushing to get it written down, thus leading to the sloppy writing (and not getting the full name written before time ran out)

      • My guess is that it seemed so easy that she almost second guessed herself and that slowed her down.

  17. It would have been so epic if Molly had answered “Michael Caine” for the $200 clue in Pop Rocks.

    As someone with horrible penmanship, it never would have occurred to me to that Sadie’s response might be ruled incorrect. I don’t know what the rules state, but if they if do require that each latter in the response has to be distinguishable, then she doesn’t have much of an argument.

  18. Jennifer Lynch | June 17, 2022 at 10:24 pm |

    I agree Andy. She didn’t write Tubman completely. I see Tubm and then a squiggle that was probably the start of the A. The M starts later than I think most viewers realize.

  19. Pizza Face Fred | June 17, 2022 at 10:48 pm |

    There’s a Jeopardy! Second Chance Tournament? I couldn’t figure out what SCT stood for until a later comment. I must be losing my mind. I’ve been watching Jeopardy! for decades and don’t recall any such tournament. I’m still recovering from the shock of missing the Final. Painfully obvious (my new favorite word) when it was revealed. I guessed Stowe . . .

  20. Paul Teshima | June 18, 2022 at 12:16 am |

    My question is – if Sadie, realizing that time might run out, had first written “Tubman”, and then thinking she had time to write “Harriet” started with the first name but only got to write “Harr” would the judges have ruled that answer (question) correct or incorrect?

    I know if she just wrote Tubman she would have been ruled correct. If she added a partial first name, would that cause the answer (question) to be ruled incorrect?

    • Frank Borland | June 18, 2022 at 12:22 am |

      I would say yes. It would be similar to the Barry/Berry Gordy situation. Harr is not her name; Harriet is.

    • Though you are not specifically suggesting that contestants SHOULD first write the last name, leaving room for a first name, then if time is left, add in the first name, but that is implied and I agree with you (unless the answer comes to you so quickly and surely that you know you have plenty of time to write the whole thing). However, if you are recognizing that the end of the music is rapidly approaching, you could probably be confident of having time to insert the first initial.

      An additional question similar to yours is . . . if a contestant is quite sure of the answer (which is a person’s name), but is not that confident of the spelling, might including the first name increase the chances of being ruled correct even if either or both are not spelled exactly correctly (since it more strongly indicates that is THE person you are referring to)?

  21. There were two scribbles, so she definitely spent some time debating the answer. Just one more thing to sweat in the moment, but contestants just have to be prepared to write last names first, specify first if necessary. For instance the QB a couple weeks ago, write Manning first, specify P or Peyton later. Who (or What) is given, so write is/are last, or while thinking about your answer.

  22. I would love to know from any of this week’s contestants if this was litigated at length, and edited back together for TV. The contestants alternated between resignation and shock. I saw long deliberations on set for regular clues and a pivotal Daily Double, but never a Final.

  23. So, are we sayin that all those times that the host(ess) has said to a contestant… “it looks like you were goin for XYZ… but we know already that that is not corect…how much wil you lose…” were just niceties? And, are oui now saying, if in those situations it wood half actchewalee bin the correc anser the respons would rathah half been “sorry, that’s incorrect”?!?!?!? That really confueses me, and if I was a contestant baceing my understaning of the rules on what eye’ve seen to date I would vehemently argue: that based on all those prior host(ess) comments, this situation where the provision of the first name and a scribble that can be, perhaps dubiously, but nevertheless assumed to be the full answer the judges were looking for, should be considered correct. What is ghot? …or is it ghoti?

    • I would say that “it looks like you were going for XYZ… but we know already that that is not correct…how much will you lose…” is nicer than “whatever that was supposed to be, it is NOT correct”. Some of the time no one has yet had the correct response and the host doesn’t want to supply it prematurely (and doesn’t want to give the current contestant a chance to explain what they WERE going for, nor act like it was a stupid response instead of an incomplete wrong response). I feel like in your scenario of being incomplete but otherwise correct, the host would say “it looks like you were going for XYZ… which would have been correct, but you were unable to finish…how much will you lose…” However, with the instance I mentioned, where one or more response has yet to be revealed so the correct response has not yet been confirmed or revealed, I doubt they would even say that it looked like an incomplete correct response, just saying something like “it looks like you could not give a complete response in time, so how much will you lose…” [Obviously I don’t mean they are holding back on telling the correct response because then a further contestant could “get” it from that, I just mean the audience and the rest of the contestant(s) are not to KNOW the correct response until one of them is deemed correct or no one is and the host finally reveals the correct response.]

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