Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Geography Words) for Tuesday, June 21, 2022 (Season 38, Game 202):

From Greek for “chief” & “sea”, this word originally referred to the Aegean, known for its many island groups

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Jenny Sholar, a pre-school teacher from Madison, Wisconsin
Jenny Sholar on Jeopardy!
Rob Kaplan, a teaching physician from Los Angeles, California
Rob Kaplan on Jeopardy!
Megan Wachspress, an attorney from Berkeley, California (5-day total: $52,002)
Megan Wachspress on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: They all count the same in the standings. Megan Wachspress has become a 5-day champion, thanks to her learning a modicum of wagering strategy. She may have only just over $50,000 in winnings to her credit, but what matters is that she is picking up victories. Today, your challegers are Rob Kaplan and Jenny Sholar—will Megan’s streak continue today?

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Correct response: What is “archipelago”?

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The word “archipelago” derives from the Greek words “arkhi” (“chief”) and “pélagos” (“sea”)—in Antiquity, the term was used to describe the Aegean Sea itself. The sea contains a large number of Greek and Turkish islands, including the Cyclades, Dodecanese, Crete, and Euboea (Evia). Later, the term expanded in usage to refer to any island chain, like the Hawaiian Islands or the Canary Islands.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: Geographic Superlatives; Red All Over; Taking Stock Symbol; TV Factoids; Kids’ Books; 3 Letters in a Row, Alphabetically

In a round that featured a combined 11 incorrect responses, many of which were caused by forgetting the “3 Letters In A Row Alphabetically” category, Jenny had the best luck, with 6 correct before the break and 10 correct overall in Single Jeopardy (And, yes, once again, “Single Jeopardy” is a thing—the term appeared on Alex’s scripts and Alex did say those words himself). Jenny held the lead with Rob getting the chance to go first in Double Jeopardy

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: History; Movie Inspirations; I Don’t Hear a Symphony; Medical Breakthroughs; Transplants; “M.R.”, Aye!

Double Jeopardy! very much belonged to Rob. Even though he missed the Daily Double after picking it off the board to open the round, he picked up 13 correct in the round, and went from -$2,200 to $16,500! Both Megan and Jenny also went through the round without any incorrect responses. Scores going into Final were Rob at $16,500, Jenny at $12,200, and Megan at $8,400.

Megan got another single-get Final Jeopardy! in her favor, and she bet once again to make sure she overtook the leader by $2. Thus, for the third time in six games, Megan has won a game by exactly $2! She’s now a 6-day champion!

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, June 21, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Rob $16,500
Jenny $12,200
Megan $8,400

Tonight’s results:
Megan $8,400 + $201 = $8,601 (What is archipelago?) (6-day total: $60,603)
Jenny $12,200 – $8,700 = $3,500 (What is to Tyrrhenian?)
Rob $16,500 – $7,901 = $8,599 (What is Nemmihant? (judged illegible))

Megan Wachspress, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 21, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jenny $4,600
Megan $1,200
Rob -$200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
Jenny 600 +1000 (Megan -600 Rob -600)
2) MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS $1200 (clue #1)
Rob -200 -2000 (Megan 1200 Jenny 4600)
3) MOVIE INSPIRATIONS $1200 (clue #28, $3600 left on board)
Rob 13400 +3100 (Megan 6800 Jenny 10200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 23

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 $8,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 5 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Rob $16,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 2/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Jenny $11,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,800
Lach Trash: $8,400 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,800

Megan Wachspress, career statistics:
96 correct, 25 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 26 rebound opportunities)
31.67% in first on buzzer (108/341)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
4/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,767

Rob Kaplan, career statistics:
18 correct, 5 incorrect
2/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,100)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,600

Jenny Sholar, career statistics:
16 correct, 4 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,800

Megan Wachspress, to win:
7 games: 27.434%
8: 7.527%
9: 2.065%
10: 0.566%
11: 0.155%
Avg. streak: 6.378 games.

Today’s interviews:
Jenny was once a chipmunk researcher.
Rob uses the Jeopardy! think music to time the gram stain.
Megan is wearing a necklace she got from her grandmother.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Scores: Rob $16,500 Jenny $12,200 Megan $8,400)

Megan: If Rob covers and is incorrect, he falls to $8,599. You should thus bet between $201 (to pass Rob’s cover bet and $799 (to stay ahead of Jenny’s score if she covers you.))

Rob: Standard cover bet over Jenny is $7,901. (Actual bet: $7,901)

Jenny: You’re in Stratton’s Dilemma; you can’t both cover Megan and win a Double Stumper with Rob. Basically, if you think a tougher clue is more likely, bet $0. If you think an easier clue is more likely, go all-in. (Actual bet: $8,700)

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47 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, June 21, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | June 21, 2022 at 9:24 am |

    I remembered ‘pelagos’ for sea, so coming up with the combined word was a snap.

    Current FJ streak: 1W

  2. I have a very limited Greek vocabulary and was trying to come up with something with “Arch” and “Thalatta (Classic spelling). I will have to look up “pelagos.”

  3. I thought this one was way too easy… but only one successful contestant. Then again, other posters here make the same claim about other questions I am clueless about.

    The word archipelago means “a group of islands” which is actually given as a part of the question! From there, the word arch is very commonly used in the English language to denote head/chief/main i.e. archrival, archbishop, archetype…

  4. Megan is demonstrating that it is essential to know how to bet in FJ. Congrats to her on win No. 6!

    • I prefer Ryan’s betting style

    • Megan is indeed proving that answering clues is not the only requirement for winning, and that an excellent betting strategy can be even more important.

  5. I have to say that I’m not a big fan of this constant backdoor winning…but the more power to her if she keeps winning.

    That said, we just had Ryan Long go on an all-time-great win streak while betting completely off the standard betting strategy espoused here and elsewhere. I’d love to see a round of many FJ scenarios where Megan and Ryan repeatedly go head to head on an FJ question with differing randomly assigned amounts of money. This would drive Megan out of her perfect betting strategy and I’d love to see what would ensue.

    Megan is also 6 days in and she has hit only 2 Daily Doubles!! Coming off of Eric Ahasic’s streak with nearly complete dominance of finding the DDs it is nice to see all these contrasts in paths to winning.

    • I enjoyed Ryan’s run immensely. but calling it an “all-time great win streak” is way too big of a stretch. It isn’t even a top 3 win streak for this season alone.

  6. Re: Betting suggestions – I disagree with you on the suggestion of Megan to limit her bet to stay ahead of Jenny should she make the cover bet and miss. Since that is below Rob’s MSBIW (barring him overwagering) that would only improve her odds of winning 2nd place, and since Jenny is in Stratton’s Dilemma IMO Megan should take advantage of that and bet at least enough to cover a “small” wager by Jenny. (Now if this were a case of 3rd going in ahead of the leader’s MSBIW then betting to stay above that wouldn’t be irrational.)

    • I agree that I don’t think this was optimal. Basically, unless Rob makes an insane mistake and bets more than is required to guarantee a win, Megan has to get the question right in order to have a chance at winning. Therefore, she might as well just bet it all, to maximize her odds and dollar winnings.

      • Nobody’s talking about betting strategy if she’s done that. So overall I think it’s better for the game.

        • and nobody’s talking about making improvements to the FJ setup if it wasn’t for the Tubma controversy. So huzzah for Friday’s result.

  7. Jay Williams | June 21, 2022 at 2:32 pm |

    Andy, after doing the counting for the 30th Tournament of Champions coming up in November, with Megan Wachspress’ 5th win last night and 6th win today and the 15th spot reserved for the winner of the upcoming Second Chance Tournament, Megan is the 14th and final champion now eligible for this November’s Tournament of Champions.

    • “and final” assumes that the field stays at 15 players—and I’m not 100% certain that this will be the case.

      (Edit: Do not state any personal speculation with certainty when replying unless you have actual reported information.)

      • I suppose the difference between a count of 13 or 14 is the “automatic qualifier” designation — with the thing about number of wins in regular Jeopardy! “qualifying you” automatically but the college tournament winner and SCT winner being special invitations that are not automatic each year.

        • using that logic, she’d be the 12th “automatic qualifier”
          if you’re not including the college tournament winner or SCT winner, then you shouldn’t include the professor’s tournament winner either

  8. I can’t really blame the other contestants for betting so aggressively since they only had Monday’s episode to go on, but having watched Megan throughout her run, even a wrong answer will beat her if the wager is small and the other person is leading going into Final.

  9. I simply cannot believe this run! I’ve never seen anything like it!

    By the way, when is Ken coming back?

  10. Robert Fawkes | June 21, 2022 at 3:43 pm |

    Andy wrote, “I’ve counted 14—remember that Michael Davies has already said that Jaskaran Singh will be receiving a Tournament of Champions invitation.” The winner of the Professors’ Tournament, Sam Buttrey, should also be counted. If you consider that the winner of the Second Chance Tournament is an automatic qualifier, then, we already have 15 qualifiers including 12 who won 5 games or more. Unless, they change the tournament in some way to include more than 15, we already have enough qualifiers to fill a complete tournament field. If there are more 5-game winners this season, will someone be held over for a subsequent tournament or will we see a whole new format for the upcoming ToC? That remains to be seen. If I were a 5-game winner this year, I might want to be held over for a future tourney considering the tremendous pool of talent in the upcoming ToC. 🙂

  11. This one was pretty easy and I am glad Megan once again used the 2 dollar betting strategy to keep her streak alive. Also I hope jackie is still in the toc.

  12. As would be expected, Megan’s 6-win total of $60,603 is, by a significant margin, the lowest in the show’s history. (The previous low was the $94,752 won by Christopher Short in 2011.)

  13. at this rate, Megan could win 12 or 13 games and still have a lower prize total than James got in some of his single games.

  14. Zach Hicks | June 21, 2022 at 6:05 pm |

    It bothered me that Rob Kaplan got credit for the “M. R.” Aye clue by responding with only a last name.

    • true. the requisite format for one of these special categories should take precedence over the general rule of “last name usually suffices”. The should have asked him to give a more specific response.

    • Yeah, I was also surprised that only the last name was accepted in that situation. First, I thought the host was waiting for the contestant to give the first name because of the category requirements. Then suddenly the response was accepted.

      • I was surprised Jenny got credit for answering Kai-shek when his full name is Chiang Kai-shek. Chiang is his family name, i.e., what the west considers one’s last name. Did Jeopardy! make a mistake here because Chinese name order is last name first?

    • Robert Fawkes | June 22, 2022 at 2:37 am |

      Yeah, what happened to the “M” part?

    • That’s why we’re not Jeopardy! judges . . . 🙄

      • To be fair, I think that the viewers have a right to ask about that ruling. As others have pointed out, it is at least partly inconsistent with past precedent.

  15. Does anybody know how close we are to the end of the season? Time is running out for potential TOC qualifiers.

    • past seasons tended to run through the end of July. I remember seeing a tweet where they said they had finished taping for Season 38 (the current season), but I can’t remember if they also said how long the airing schedule for the remaining episodes would go.

    • Deadline reported an end date of July 29.

  16. I never anyone complaining about it being called Single Jeopardy

    • it was popular fodder for the Anti-Bialik trolls a few months ago when she had the audacity to read the terminology on her script aloud on the show.

  17. Michael R | June 21, 2022 at 7:03 pm |

    The category for the last two days may well have been “Greek Word Origins.”

  18. Mayim was borderline hysterical with her “now you’re in the lead” mantra. Looking forward to Ken’s return. I also saw some chatter about Buzzy Cohen returning as a host.

    • Ken has remarked on lead changes numerous times in the past

      • I believe Alex has, too, but can’t swear to it. However, I believe the big difference is that it just doesn’t happen all that much — swapping of leads repeatedly — (especially this season) so “now you’re in the lead” isn’t often repeated so much. However, it always seemed part of the show’s process (policy?) to make sure each such contestant is always aware they are now leading (as it might influence their next clue choice or DD bet) or maybe to refocus the attention of any viewer who had gotten distracted by something at home.

  19. I have a doubt about the “M.R.”, Aye! $2000 clue where a contestant only stated the last name of a composer. I noticed that there was a debate in the forums in the last few days regarding giving only last names. I agree that last names should suffice because of convention. However given the category in this situation, would anyone say that giving the first and last names would have been more appropriate?

    • Not only would it have been more appropriate, not requiring both names is inconsistent with a previous ruling. A 2018 game included a category titled THE B.G.s; a player gave a response of “Button” instead of “Button Gwinnett”; this was initially ruled correct. After a review, the clue value of $1000 was taken away, but not a further $1000.

      ( [Single] Jeopardy Round, clue 19: )

  20. So interesting to see Megan’s knowledge of cover bets and what she needs to happen for her to win when she’s behind pay off so many times. There have been so many shows in the past where incorrect FJ wagers by the non-leaders cost them the win. If Jenny could have surmised Megan’s strategy she might well have gone the other way on Stratton’s Dilemma.

  21. I wondered if Mr. Ravello would have been acceptable if you didn’t know the first name.

  22. Marc Beaudry | June 22, 2022 at 2:39 am |

    After last week’s controversial “Harriet Tubman” Final Jeopardy, we have another example of an illegible answer. At the top of this post Andy wrote that Rob’s response was “Nemmihant.” I’m not sure how you got that from Rob’s scribble and I don’t believe that’s a word.

    After doing a Google search I was able to come up with a possible meaning: “What is Nemmihant?” is the proper response to, “This nonsense word is proof that is stealing your content.”

  23. Michael Johnston | June 22, 2022 at 10:52 am |

    Megan’s reaction to the win was soo relatable 😅

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