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)
|Jeff Weinstock, a marketing lecturer from Miami, Florida
|Sarah Brogren, a writer from Burbank, California
|Megan Wachspress, an attorney from Berkeley, California (6-day total: $60,603)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Megan Wachspress’ improbable run continues with her sixth victory; her third by a margin of exactly $2. This has been a very deliberate strategic choice by Megan—she is one of a very few to have been able to demonstrate their wagering strategy choices so often. Remember, this site itself has a Wagering Strategy 101 section. Will Megan get to seven victories today? Sarah Brogren from Burbank and Jeff Weinstock from Miami want to end Megan’s streak today!
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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creature capable of speech, and very naturally, a parrot, in the first instance, suggested itself, but was superseded forthwith by a Raven as equally capable of speech, and infinitely more in keeping with the intended tone.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”.
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:
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)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
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
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
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%
Avg. streak: 1.383 games.
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.
- 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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