Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, June 20, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category British History) for Monday, June 20, 2022 (Season 38, Game 201):

From the Greek for “alone”, it was nixed by Parliamant in 1649 after being deemed “unnecessary, burdensome & dangerous”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Tory Leviton, a musician & teacher from Englewood, Colorado
Tory Leviton on Jeopardy!
Ketty Pan, a head of new product development from Henderson, Nevada
Ketty Pan on Jeopardy!
Megan Wachspress, an attorney from Berkeley, California (4-day total: $51,601)
Megan Wachspress on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: In a finish that a lot of fans deeply disagreed with (in spite of the judges 100% having made the correct call), Megan Wachspress won her 4th game on Friday, after Sadie Goldberger was correctly deemed not to have completed her Final Jeopardy! response in time. Today’s challengers are Colorado’s Tory Leviton and Nevada’s Ketty Pan.

Circling back to Friday: A large number of fans felt that Sadie’s response “looked like” the correct response. This reaction is simply because the viewers at home were already very aware of what the expected response was, and knowing what to expect would have clouded their judgement. The control room can watch the responses as they are being written, and could very easily see that Sadie was unable to complete writing the “N” of Tubman. (This also explains why other complete-but-less-legible responses, brought out as “evidence” over the weekend, were accepted—the judges saw evidence of each letter being written.) Had the judges chosen to accept Sadie’s response with an incomplete N, it would have essentially given Sadie more than the alloted 30 seconds to complete her response—a situation which would have been unfair to Megan and Molly.

Does the technology need to be changed? Possibly—though even providing the contestants with a keyboard instead of a light pen isn’t a completely bulletproof plan, as many former contestants pointed out when I floated the idea on Twitter on Saturday. I will say, though, as computers (and keyboards) have been more ubiquitous in society, it’s certainly a change worth investigating. (After all, with how the audition process is now, there is no point whatsoever where handwriting is ever required—all of the requisite contestant tests now take place with a keyboard.)

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Correct response: What is the monarchy?

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In 1649, following the execution of Charles I, the Rump Parliament declared “England to be a Commonwealth”, with power invested in Parliament and a Council of State. After the dissolution of the Rump Parliament, Oliver Cromwell was named Lord Protector; he served until his own death, and his son also served as Lord Protector for a brief period.

The British monarchy was restored in 1660; the “republic” period from 1649 to 1660 was officially deemed never to have occurred. However, the “absolute monarchy” which occurred before 1649 eventually turned into the “constitutional monarchy” which forms the political systems of both Britain and many of its former colonies today.

I personally think that today’s Final Jeopardy! is tough but gettable—focusing on 1649 and the “alone” = “mon-” should hopefully be enough to get a contestant there.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: Washington Slipped Here; Air Travel; One Small Step for Ham; Horse Idioms; Chemical Compounds, Commonly; Mashed Up TV Shows

Ketty jumped out to a very strong start punctuated by a True Daily Double on clue #6; Tory came back strong as well to tie for the lead after 15 clues! After the interviews, Megan picked up 8 correct responses on her own and after a judges’ reversal, held the lead after the Jeopardy! round.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Belgians; Grammy-Winning Songs; Old Names on the Map; Sadjectives; Plays & Playwrights; The Zodiac Sign…

For the first 24 clues of Double Jeopardy, we had a very competitive 3-way battle. Then, on clue #25, Ketty found the first Daily Double. At that point, Ketty made 100% the correct play and went very aggressive. Unfortunately, she was unable to come up with the correct response. Three clues later, still with control of the board, Ketty also got the final Daily Double incorrect. Tory got clue #30 in order to hold a very slim lead going into Final, but the scores were close enough at the front such that Ketty might still win this game! Tory led at $10,200, Megan had $10,000, and Ketty had $200.

Final Jeopardy! today was a Triple Stumper, and that worked out best for Megan! She kept Ketty locked out and Tory bet to cover—Megan won with just $401, but a win’s a win, and Megan’s now a 5-day champion! She goes for win #6 tomorrow!

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, June 20, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Tory $10,200
Megan $10,000
Ketty $200

Tonight’s results:
Ketty $200 – $0 = $200 (What is ?)
Megan $10,000 – $9,599 = $401 (What is the crown?) (5-day total: $52,002)
Tory $10,200 – $10,000 = $200 (What is solo)

Megan Wachspress, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 20, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Megan $4,400
Tory $4,200
Ketty $3,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
Ketty 1200 +1200 (Megan 400 Tory 200)
2) THE ZODIAC SIGN… $2000 (clue #25)
Ketty 12200 -8800 (Megan 10400 Tory 9800)
3) SADJECTIVES $2000 (clue #28, $800 left on board)
Ketty 1800 -2000 (Megan 10400 Tory 9800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -72

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 79 (0.39 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Megan $10,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 4 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Tory $10,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
Ketty $10,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 7 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $30,600
Lach Trash: $10,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,600

Megan Wachspress, career statistics:
80 correct, 20 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 23 rebound opportunities)
30.99% in first on buzzer (88/284)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
3/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,040

Ketty Pan, career statistics:
18 correct, 8 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$9,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,400

Tory Leviton, career statistics:
16 correct, 2 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,200

Megan Wachspress, to win:
6 games: 29.741%
7: 8.845%
8: 2.631%
9: 0.782%
10: 0.233%
Avg. streak: 5.423 games.

Today’s interviews:
Tory has visited 50 countries and 47 U.S. states.
Ketty attempted to get out of the cage when swimming with sharks.
Megan has a Ph.D in jurisprudence and did a dissertation on piracy.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Is it “champing at the bit”, or “chomping at the bit”? Both are acceptable.
  • Megan has broken a record, previously set by Donald Burgo in April 1986, for the lowest 5-day total in the history of the syndicated version of the show. (Burgo won $26,180 when the dollar values were half of what they are today; that translates to $52,360—$358 more than what Megan has won.)
  • Megan’s betting strategy has won her multiple games; one should be reminded of the well-known quote, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity”; Megan has certainly made her own luck—her preparation and learning about betting strategy has certainly helped her win five games; for this, she is 100% absolutely a deserving five-game champion.
  • Link to the box score: June 20, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Scores: Tory $10,200 Megan $10,000 Ketty $200)

Megan: Bet between $401 (defending against Tory’s low-bet range) and $9,599 and you’ll guarantee at least second place. (Actual bet: $9,599)

Ketty: If Tory bets to cover and is wrong, he falls to $399. Bet everything and give yourself the best chance to win. (Actual bet: $0)

Tory: Standard cover bet today is $9,801. You should probably stick to that in order to force Ketty to go all-in to pass you. (Actual bet: $10,000)

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30 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, June 20, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | June 20, 2022 at 9:20 am |

    I could not think of the Greek for “alone”, and struggled to recall an event that fit from 1649. I finally remembered Charles I and put it together with monarchy, but I’m sure I would not have gotten it in 30 seconds :/

    Current FJ streak: 1L

  2. Are players for the TOC picked for number of wins, or for total money won?

  3. Michael Johnston | June 20, 2022 at 2:22 pm |

    Another crazy finish!🤪 It has been kind of fun to watch, although I hope it doesn’t continue much longer… Normal has it’s place😅

  4. Marty Cunningham | June 20, 2022 at 3:22 pm |

    Thanks, Andy, for your insights into Final from 6/17. Yes, my wife thought she had written the full name, but I reminded her that the booth can watch what is being written, so they could determine if she had finished the name or not, and it did not look complete to me. My first game was used in a segment called “In the Control Booth” on the show website back in 2018. It showed how the opening is put together from cueing the music, then Johnny’s opening lines, and then how names and graphics are laid in for each contestant, then it also featured what goes on during Final Jeopardy! I was a little surprised to realize that someone was watching WHAT I wrote, AS I wrote it, but you could hear people in the booth, reading all three of our responses and commenting things like, “Oh, yeah, he’s got it!” or “Nah, he doesn’t have it” even before we had finished writing our responses.
    So I guess i have mixed feelings about changing the technology for Final. Yes, typing is great for the online quizzes, where you have fifteen seconds to type each response, without the “Who is…” or “What are…” prompts, and it could have benefits during Final, but i think they would also have to factor in “Fat-fingering” where another key gets ‘bumped’ during typing, and could add a stroke or wrong letter, or cause the player to go back and take it out. Some words might actually be harder to type than to write out And with typing, you might get “Tumban” instead of “Tubman” without the player catching it, but would they be ruled incorrect, even though they did have all the correct letters, just not the correct order? The stylus still allows for corrections, which can help to show intent. And, when auditions were being conducted in-person, the extra test at the beginning always relied on handwritten answers. This could be a tough call, whenever they decide to make a change.

    • Thanks for that information. I am totally against typing FJ! I am wondering if the music is the only cue the contestants have as to how close they are coming up on 30 seconds. If there is also a clock, is it somewhere they have to glance toward to check it or is there something right at each of them? I don’t know if having something like a “loading” bar (or better, a [left to right] disappearing bar) right at the top of their tablet(?) would help or just be distracting (or intimidating).

      • Marty Cunningham | June 22, 2022 at 12:41 pm |

        Lisa, I don’t remember anything being on each lectern apart from the telestrator in the middle, and the stylus for writing. There is a small space to the side with some note paper for calculating wagers for Final, but there are no clocks anywhere on the stage, at least that i could see. The verbal cues for remaining time in a round come from the stage manager who signals them to the host during taping.
        The only real guide during Final is the music, which everyone should be very familiar with, to know when the end is coming. I think there is also some kind of lockout on the styluses or screens, so that a player cannot write anything further after the 30 seconds.

        • Interesting, thanks. I had been thinking this whole time that they had to do the math in their head! Is the note paper (and I assume a pen) there the whole time or just as of the end of Double Jeopardy?

  5. The last time we had a low 5 time champion with 60,000 dollars in winnings was Rani Pfeiffer from Crittington Kentucky. And the one before that was Paul Nelson. But a win is still a win for Megan as she gets into the next toc. This is a crazy finish but still fun to watch.

  6. Megan’s practice must focus on small claims’ court.

  7. Brad (not Rutter) | June 20, 2022 at 5:06 pm |

    It is unbelievable how Megan keeps sneaking out of these games!

  8. I was definitely curious how Megan’s total ranked as far as lowest 5 day winnings totals went.
    And Andy had already researched it. Kudos!

  9. Robert Fawkes | June 20, 2022 at 6:09 pm |

    The way I see the ToC tracker, Megan’s win today knocks out the final 4-day winner (Jackie Kelly). Before you jump on me about John Focht being the one on the bubble, please remember that the Second Chance Tournament winner is an automatic qualifier. So, now, I’m wondering, if there is another 5-game winner this season who has more dollar winnings (likely, unless Megan keeps winning) than Megan, does Megan get bumped, roll over to next year’s ToC or is she the final one in for this season and the next 5-day winner goes into next year’s ToC? Does this mean that this year’s ToC is now locked or set, or is there a possibility of changes due to the remainder of the season’s games?

    As for today’s Final Jeopardy!, the Greek for “alone” meant “mono” to me (as in “monopoly”) and “mono” led immediately to monarchy. Because of that, I thought it would be easy enough for, at least, two out of three contestants to get it. I was actually surprised that no one got it.

    • Fairly sure that winning 5 games guarantees you a spot in a ToC. So I’d be willing to bet that any additional 5 game winners after Megan will get a spot in the 2023 ToC. I wonder if any of the previous ToC tournament fields consisted SOLELY of 5+ game champs and special tournament (in this case: Professor’s, College, 2nd Chance) winners.

      • Robert Fawkes | June 20, 2022 at 8:38 pm |

        No doubt that winning 5 games guarantees you a spot in some ToC. The question is, does it guarantee you a spot in the upcoming ToC or some future one if the producers decide to go with someone else?

        I’m pretty sure that in most of the previous ToC’s, the show waited until they had sufficient 5-game winners before holding the tournament. That would guarantee that, at least, some of the previous ToC’s had solely 5+game winners and special tournament winners. Obviously, we know there were some exceptions such as when the 3-gaame winner who defeated James H. was allowed a free pass into the ToC without having to qualify via the 5-game guideline.

        Keep in mind, not every season had to have a ToC in the past. It wasn’t really an annual event but more of on “as needed” kind of thing. Andy, please correct me if I’m wrong about that.

  10. I thought the judges should have accepted Megan’s “electron scanning” answer for the type of microscope since it’s often called a scanning electron microscope. But it ended up working out better for her being in second place due to the FJ triple stumper.

    • Scanning Electron Microscope is a TYPE of electron microscope, but I don’t think it was the type that Albert Claude used

      • Correct. Albert Claude published his report on the structure of cells in 1945.
        But the scanning electron microscope (a very different beast) wasn’t commercially available until the mid 1960s (I first used one in 1969), although rudimentary experimental ones had been around since its invention in 1937.

  11. Pizza Face Fred | June 20, 2022 at 10:57 pm |

    I stumbled into a Triple Stumper Final today but was more intrigued by the notion of a “Rump” Parliament. I, too, am stunned by how Megan manages to eke out these wins. It’s like she’s in another betting strategy dimension than the rest of us mere mortals. I was even confounded by her dissertation subject. More power to her . . .

  12. Wow, Ketty attempted to buzz in 50 times today. I haven’t seen anyone hit that mark since I’ve been paying attention, which includes all of Eric and Ryan’s runs.

  13. The verb “champ” is the original, and the verb “chomp” is derived from it.

    • Pizza Face Fred | June 21, 2022 at 1:53 am |

      The chomp/champ idiom reminds me of “stomping grounds” or “stamping grounds.” I grew up with “stomping grounds” . . .

  14. Melinda Muir | June 21, 2022 at 6:47 am |

    Which state is Tory actually from? In the intro Johnny Gilbert said California, but in the interview segment Mayim said Colorado.

  15. Interesting when the champ wins less than second and third place, although she continues on. 🙂

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