Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century Literature) for Wednesday, June 22, 2022 (Season 38, Game 203):

This author first thought of a parrot before choosing another bird “equally capable of speech”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Jeff Weinstock, a marketing lecturer from Miami, Florida
Jeff Weinstock on Jeopardy!
Sarah Brogren, a writer from Burbank, California
Sarah Brogren on Jeopardy!
Megan Wachspress, an attorney from Berkeley, California (6-day total: $60,603)
Megan Wachspress on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Edgar Allan Poe?

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As Edgar Allen Poe wrote in 1846’s The Philosophy of Composition, especially regarding the famed repetition of “Nevermore” in his incredibly famous poem “The Raven”:

In observing the difficulty which I had at once found in inventing a sufficiently plausible reason for its continuous repetition, I did not fail to perceive that this difficulty arose solely from the preassumption that the word was to be so continuously or monotonously spoken by a human being—I did not fail to perceive, in short, that the difficulty lay in the reconciliation of this monotony with the exercise of reason on the part of the creature repeating the word. Here, then, immediately arose the idea of a non-reasoning creature capable of speech, and very naturally, a parrot, in the first instance, suggested itself, but was superseded forthwith by a Raven as equally capable of speech, and infinitely more in keeping with the intended tone.

Quite frankly, Poe is very right. “The Parrot” undoubtedly would not have had the same tone as “The Raven”.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: ____ing Book Titles; Old Ad Slogans; Word Origins; The Senator’s First Name; Face/Palm; The Song of the Day

The beginning of today’s game certainly belonged to Jeff, with him picking up six correct responses before the first break! Unfortunately for our champion, she was unable to get the game’s first Daily Double correct. Coming out of the interviews, Megan had the best back half of the round, coming up with 5 correct responses, but she still sat third after Single Jeopardy!

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Hail to the Chef; The 1800s; On Planet Pop Culture; Double Double E; Rocks & Plants…; In This Economy?

It seemed that as soon as someone jumped out to a lead, an incorrect response would claw them back to the pack. Sarah got to play both Daily Doubles—she lost $3,000 on the first one and $1,000 on the second (on a wager that I would consider to be $1 too much for what she was trying to do. (Namely, in that situation, one should either bet to stay in the lead, or bet to put the game away outright.) 14 incorrect responses and 12 Triple Stumpers led to the Double Jeopardy! round being cut off immediately after the last Daily Double, with Sarah and Jeff tied for the lead at just $7,000 and Megan at $5,600.

Megan and Jeff were both correct in Final Jeopardy; Jeff bet enough to make sure he covered Megan (though he didn’t go all-in); that means that Megan’s streak has come to an end, and Jeff is now a 1-day champion! He’ll go for win #2 tomorrow.

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, June 22, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Sarah $7,000
Jeff $7,000
Megan $5,600

Tonight’s results:
Megan $5,600 + $1,401 = $7,001 (Who is Edgar Allen Poe)
Sarah $7,000 – $7,000 = $0 (Who R.L. Stevenson?)
Jeff $7,000 + $4,202 = $11,202 (Who is Edgar Allan Poe?) (1-day total: $11,202)

Jeff Weinstock, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 22, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jeff $5,000
Sarah $3,800
Megan $2,800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) WORD ORIGINS $400 (clue #12)
Megan 1600 -1000 (Sarah 1400 Jeff 4200)
2) ON PLANET POP CULTURE $1200 (clue #23)
Sarah 7400 -3000 (Megan 4800 Jeff 7000)
3) ROCKS & PLANTS… $1600 (clue #28, $3200 left on board)
Sarah 8000 -1000 (Megan 5600 Jeff 7000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -116

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: THE 1800s $1200 ROCKS & PLANTS… $2000
Total Left On Board: $3,200
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 81 (0.40 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Jeff $7,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 5 incorrect, 34.55% in first on buzzer (19/55), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Megan $6,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 6 incorrect, 30.91% in first on buzzer (17/55), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Sarah $11,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 25.45% in first on buzzer (14/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $24,600
Lach Trash: $13,000 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,200

Megan Wachspress, career statistics:
112 correct, 31 incorrect
7/8 on rebound attempts (on 32 rebound opportunities)
31.57% in first on buzzer (125/396)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
5/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,314

Sarah Brogren, career statistics:
14 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
25.45% in first on buzzer (14/55)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,000

Jeff Weinstock, career statistics:
15 correct, 5 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
34.55% in first on buzzer (19/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,000

Jeff Weinstock, to win:
2 games: 27.687%
3: 7.666%
4: 2.122%
5: 0.588%
6: 0.163%
Avg. streak: 1.383 games.

Today’s interviews:
Jeff has been organizing Zoom dance parties for his friends.
Sarah was helped by Jimmy during a dog-barking situation during her Zoom audition.
Megan wants to credit her mother, a volunteer STEM instructor, for her love of learning.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Eagle-eyed viewers would have noticed that Megan’s “5-day champion” interview for social media was conducted with her wearing the same outfit that she wore today—I saw at least one person noticing that on social media after yesterday’s previews.
  • Link to the box score: June 22, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Scores: Jeff $7,000 Sarah $7,000 Megan $5,600)

Megan: I would bet at least $2,801—thereby forcing Jeff and Sarah to fully defend against you—but really, any bet that isn’t $5,600 generally works. (Actual bet: $1,401)

Sarah: You’re tied for the lead—I recommend betting all $7,000, because you and Jeff both have to defend against Megan. (Actual bet: $7,000)

Jeff: You’re also tied for the lead. Much like Sarah, I’d recommend betting the full $7,000, especially because you have the advantage for 2nd place over Sarah, by virtue of having the lead after the opening round.(Actual bet: $4,202)

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20 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, June 22, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | June 22, 2022 at 9:56 am |

    Talking bird, not a parrot, from 19C Lit… gotta be The Raven! (before Wikipedia pointed out Barnaby Rudge to me😅)

    Current FJ streak: 2W

  2. Robert Fawkes | June 22, 2022 at 1:19 pm |

    Being from Baltimore (home of Edgar Allan Poe and where he died) and being a huge Baltimore Ravens fan, this was an easy one for me. As a child, I visited the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, located at 203 North Amity St. in Baltimore, Maryland, not the one in Richmond, Virginia. This contributed to making this easy for me but I’m not sure others without those experiences would find it as easy. Still, I think one or more of the contestants should get this by thinking of birds with ability to speak.

  3. Thus quote the raven nevermore. My favorite quote from Poe. I would love to visit Edgar Allan Poe’s house so this was pretty easy for me. The birds was the clue that lead me to Poe. Megan had a good 6 game run so I want to see her have a rematch with Eric and Ryan later on.

  4. Megan had a most unusual run. Her average Coryat was low at $9,314. And she certainly didn’t do it off DDs. In her 7 days on the show, she amazingly drew only 3 out of the 21 DDs, correctly answering 2 for net earnings of $3,000. She only had the lead 1 time going into FJ. But she did enough to avoid having any of her opponents get runaways. And the combination of savvy wagering and prowess in FJ (5/7) with some good fortune allowed her to keep winning. Congratulations to her.

  5. The word “equally” was misspelled as “equallly” on the screen while the contestants were writing their replies. Also, it was sadly coincidental that the Final was related to “The Raven” on the day the Baltimore Ravens were grieving the deaths of a former player and a current player.

    • Robert Fawkes | June 22, 2022 at 10:06 pm |

      Re: The Baltimore Ravens, my thoughts exactly. It was a sad day for the flock. 😢🐦

  6. Pizza Face Fred | June 22, 2022 at 11:08 pm |

    When Jeopardy! Finals present a couple of plausible choices, something I think is often the case, unfortunately, I tend to go with my second choice. This time I went with my second. Stevenson was my first. Three for three, let it be. No brag, just fact . . .

  7. Enos Williams | June 23, 2022 at 12:09 am |

    The Senator’s First Name, $1000

    This first name of a Republican senator is a homophone for the German word for “with”

    Nope. Mitt Romney’s FIRST name is Willard. Mitt is his middle name.

    • what was his name listed as on the ballot when he was running for that senate seat?

    • Pizza Face Fred | June 23, 2022 at 1:52 am |

      After Googling that, I see what you mean. Don’t tell Andy . . .

      • Enos Williams | June 23, 2022 at 2:38 am |

        It’s not the first time they’ve screwed up something like that. From show #7002, Celebrity Siblings for $1000:

        First names of the Mara sisters; one was the girl with the dragon tattoo & the other had a “House of Cards” fall on her

        They accepted “Rooney & Kate”, but Rooney Mara’s first name is Patricia (and she was credited as such in early roles).

    • Reminds me of presidents Thomas Woodrow Wilson and John Calvin Coolidge.

      • I suppose you think they were “wrong” in calling their longtime host “Alex” all that time instead of “George”

        • Excellent point!

        • Enos Williams | June 23, 2022 at 3:12 pm |

          “George Trebek is commonly called by his middle name, Alex” is a factually correct statement. “Alex Trebek’s first name is Alex” is not. A show that prides itself on accuracy as much as this one does would be more careful in its research, one would think.

      • Enos Williams | June 23, 2022 at 3:13 pm |

        Don’t forget Stephen Grover Cleveland.

  8. Where was Jeff Weinstock born? He and I are about the same age (at least by appearances) and I grew up down the block from a guy named Jeff Weinstock. Today he lives in FL, but he may have been born elsewhere.

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