Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, June 24, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Oscar-Winning Actors) for Friday, June 24, 2022 (Season 38, Game 205):

Each of the 3 films for which he won an Oscar, from 1975, 1983 & 1997, also garnered a Best Lead Actress Oscar

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Lauren Drinkwater, a psychotherapist from Rockville, Maryland
Lauren Drinkwater on Jeopardy!
Joe Feldmann, a technology professional from Bethesda, Maryland
Joe Feldmann on Jeopardy!
Jeff Weinstock, a marketing lecturer from Miami, Florida (2-day total: $29,201)
Jeff Weinstock on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Jack Nicholson?


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Over the course of his long and industrious career, Jack Nicholson has won three acting Oscars: for Best Actor for One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Nicholson won for playing Randle McMurphy; Louise Fletcher also won for playing Nurse Ratched in that film), for Best Supporting Actor for Terms of Endearment (Nicholson won for playing Garrett Breedlove; Shirley MacLaine won for her portrayal of Aurora Greenway), and for Best Actor for As Good as It Gets (Nicholson won for his portrayal of Melvin Udall; Helen Hunt won for her portrayal of Carol Connelly).


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: North American History; Baseball Babes; Palindromic Numbers; 2022 Anniversaries; Foxes; Words in Comparison

Joe got off to the best start in today’s game, picking up eight correct responses before the break! Coming out of the break, both Lauren and Jeff mounted a bit of a comeback, with Jeff converting a True Daily Double shortly before the end of the round. Jeff still sat third after a well-played Single Jeopardy! round.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: City Park-ing Places; 5-Syllable Words; Spies Like Them; Facts & Figures; People in Poetry; & on Drums…

In a slightly slower-paced Double Jeopardy! round, Jeff found the first Daily Double. Fortunately for him, he didn’t try to double up—he was incorrect. Joe got to play Daily Double #3, picking up $3,000 to take a bit of a lead over Lauren! A small turning point happened late, when Lauren added an extra syllable to a 5-syllable word, as Joe picked up the rebound! Scores going into Final were Joe at $16,600, Jeff at $11,400, and Lauren at $11,200.

In Final today, both Joe and Lauren were correct; Joe goes into the weekend as champion! He’ll go for win #2 on Monday!


Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, June 24, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Joe $16,600
Jeff $11,400
Lauren $11,200


Tonight’s results:
Lauren $11,200 + $800 = $12,000 (Who is Jack Nicholson?)
Jeff $11,400 – $11,001 = $399 (Who is Gene Marlon Brando)
Joe $16,600 + $6,300 = $22,900 (Who is Jack Nicholson?) (1-day total: $22,900)


Joe Feldmann, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 24, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Joe $6,800
Lauren $5,200
Jeff $4,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) PALINDROMIC NUMBERS $600 (clue #26)
Jeff 2200 +2200 (Joe 5400 Lauren 4200)
2) PEOPLE IN POETRY $1600 (clue #12)
Jeff 11400 -2400 (Joe 6000 Lauren 10400)
3) CITY PARK-ING PLACES $800 (clue #18, $10000 left on board)
Joe 11200 +3000 (Jeff 8200 Lauren 12000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 106


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: FACTS & FIGURES $400 PEOPLE IN POETRY $400
Total Left On Board: $800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 83 (0.40 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Joe $14,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 32.73% in first on buzzer (18/55), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Lauren $11,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 27.27% in first on buzzer (15/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Jeff $12,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 30.91% in first on buzzer (17/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,800
Lach Trash: $8,400 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,000

Jeff Weinstock, career statistics:
47 correct, 15 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
31.14% in first on buzzer (52/167)
3/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,800)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,267

Joe Feldmann, career statistics:
21 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
32.73% in first on buzzer (18/55)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,400

Lauren Drinkwater, career statistics:
15 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
27.27% in first on buzzer (15/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200

Joe Feldmann, to win:
2 games: 54.283%
3: 29.467%
4: 15.996%
5: 8.683%
6: 4.713%
Avg. streak: 2.187 games.

Today’s interviews:
Lauren received a custom D&D figurine as a wedding party gift.
Joe was attacked by a monkey in Malaysia.
Jeff spent a month in the Balkans just before the pandemic.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Viewers are reminded that this week’s games were taped around the end of April/beginning of May; Jeopardy! is not a live television program.
  • To my friends who are upset by today’s SCOTUS news: Be angry. It may seem hopeless right now. But remember to do what you need. Stop doomscrolling if you need to. Don’t forget about self care.
  • We have now had 55 regular-play games since we have had 3 correct responses in Final Jeopardy; the previous known record is 41 regular-play games (February 26–May 20, 2020.)
  • Link to the box score: June 24, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: Joe $16,600 Jeff $11,400 Lauren $11,200)

Jeff: You’re in Stratton’s Dilemma; you can’t both cover Lauren and win a Double Stumper with Joe. The standard cover bet over Lauren is $11,001. If you want to go small, Lauren’s own “small” range of bets tops out at $800; a bet of $601 covers that and would stay ahead of Jeff. (Actual bet: $11,001)

Joe: Standard cover bet over Jeff is $6,201—because he does have occasion to bet big (thanks to Stratton’s Dilemma), you’re in a good spot if you do choose to cover. (Actual bet: $6,300)

Lauren: If Joe is incorrect, he falls to $10,399. Thus, your maximum bet is $800. (Actual bet: $800)

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14 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, June 24, 2022"

  1. Diganta Das | June 24, 2022 at 10:13 am |

    Interesting to see both challengers are from my county in Maryland.

    • Judy Lichtman | June 24, 2022 at 8:32 pm |

      I liked it that they were both from Montgomery County. Bethesda is right next Rockville so I wonder what they may have chatted about. Too bad the other guy beat them out on the DC area code.

  2. I guessed Nicholson only because the era seemed correct, and I knew he had a few nominations. If you had asked me to name the films, though, I would’ve forgotten ‘Terms of Endearment’ (never saw it).

    • Pizza Face Fred | June 24, 2022 at 10:53 pm |

      The era gave it to me, too. Four for five this week. (Homophones, alliteration, and fricative consonants intended to impress the ladies. You know who you are.) I usually don’t do that well at Finals in a typical week . . .

  3. I too guessed Jack Nicholson just because of his win in 1975 plus also seeing the play. But that win was a dead giveaway in the clue with the year. Plus also for 1997 for “As Good as it Gets”. As for “Terms of Endearment”, I’m like MarkO, I never saw the movie as well. Nonetheless, this was an easy get for me.

    • Michael Johnston | June 24, 2022 at 12:10 pm |

      I guessed Nicholson because of Cuckoo’s Nest… I don’t know anything about those later films🤷

      Current FJ streak: 1W

      • And I am the opposite of both of you as ‘Terms of Endearment’ is why I guessed Jack Nicholson. I could not specify the other two movies within the time necessary to confirm it in my mind, but I just felt it was likely as it seemed to me he’s done his best work when “teamed” with an Oscar-worthy actress.

  4. I also guessed Nicholson because I loved watching one flew over the cuckoo’s nest. Still a good played game by the people from Maryland. Congrats to Joe winning. And congrats to Laura getting final.

  5. Marjorie E. | June 24, 2022 at 2:55 pm |

    Andy, on a personal note. Thank you for commenting on the devastating SCOTUS news today. My friends and I are fortunate to live in California. We will be doing what we can to help those in less fortunate circumstances.

  6. The question for final jeopardy had the wrong date, Jack Nicholson won in 1976 for the first time.

    • Dorothy:

      No, you’re incorrect, Dorothy—the dates were correct.

      The clue read: “Each of the 3 films … from …” — that refers to the release dates of those films. …Cuckoo… was released in 1975, Terms of Endearment was released in 1983, and As Good as it Gets was released in 1997.

      Jeopardy! has taken great strides to improve on this front, and this is a case where the show was 100% correct.

      • After a few FJ’s that in my opinion had issues, kudos to the staff for a well-worded, interesting and fair answer/question.

        I initially thought of Al Pacino and then Nicholson. I would have stuck with my first guess and been wrong.

        Competitive and enjoyable game all around. Do we know who will be hosting next week?

  7. Tough day for Jeff on the buzzer.

    I don’t understand how they were unable to play all the clues today. Very low numbers of incorrect guesses and triple stumpers.

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