Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The World of Today) for Monday, June 27, 2022 (Season 38, Game 206):
Partly because it was a monosyllable, this word was chosen as “a noun that conveys the idea of a unit of cultural transmission”
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Emma Henke, a writer from Madison, Wisconsin
|Armand Sanchez, a high school teacher from San Jose, California
|Joe Feldmann, a technology professional from Bethesda, Maryland (1-day total: $22,900)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:
Joe Feldmann entered the weekend as champion after picking up a $22,900 victory on Friday. Today in his title defense, he faces San Jose’s Armand Sanchez and Madison’s Emma Henke. Some of North America’s more serious quizzers will certainly recognize Armand—Armand has been very involved in Online Quiz League play throughout the pandemic. Mayim Bialik begins her third-to-last week as host this season, as reports are that she will be hosting through July 15. Ken Jennings will then return to host the final two weeks of Season 38.
On a more personal note: For the past two and a half years, I have often raised money for the MS Society of Canada through their “Gamers vs. MS” program. This July, Gamers vs. MS is running a month-long fundraising campaign called “Boss Battles.” In an attempt to raise $25,000, the Gamers vs. MS team has designed a “fundraising adventure” to defeat eight evil bosses. (Much like a Mario game might have eight bosses to defeat.) You can get more information about the program at https://www.gamersvsms.ca/bossbattles.
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Correct response: What is “meme”?
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The word “meme” was first defined by Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene. In defining the term, Dawkins wanted a monosyllabic word that sounded like “gene”; Dawkins also defined the term further with examples:
Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches. Just as genes propagate themselves in the gene pool by leaping from body to body via sperms or eggs, so memes propagate themselves in the meme pool by leaping from brain to brain via a process which, in the broad sense, can be called imitation.
Memes have become a central cultural unit of the 21st century—for better or worse. The propagation of memes is often used to quickly disseminate information—both good and bad—to members of a group.
Jeopardy! Round categories:
F1 Grand Prix Sites; I Speak for the Trees; Business Names; Summer’s Here; More than One Meaning; Feeling Science-“E”
Challenger Armand got off to the best start today, holding a solid lead after 15 clues after successfully converting a True Daily Double. However, Joe and Emma recovered after the break, with Joe going 3/5 in the Formula One category to jump out to a lead after the Single Jeopardy! round.
Double Jeopardy! Round categories:
Art Lovers; Southern Capitals; The National League; Female Founders; Books & Their Movies; Ends in “S-T-Y”
Emma had an up-and-down round, splitting the two Daily Doubles for a pair of $3,000 bets. She did have the most number of correct responses in Double Jeopardy with 11, though. While Joe only had seven right in the round, two of them were at the $2,000 level—enough for him to hold the lead! Unfortunately for Armand, his late attempt at a comeback was derailed by Mayim’s ruling that he failed to respond in the form of a question to a $2,000 clue. This ruling left Armand in a distant third place going into Final Jeopardy. The scores going into Final Jeopardy were Joe at $11,800, Emma at $11,000, and Armand at $6,800.
Joe was the only correct respondent in Final Jeopardy—he’s now a 2-day champion with winnings at $45,000! He’ll go for victory number three in tomorrow’s game!
Tonight’s Game Stats:
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, June 27, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:
Scores going into Final:
Armand $6,800 – $5,000 = $1,800 (What um?)
Emma $11,000 – $4,000 = $7,000 (What is thought)
Joe $11,800 + $10,300 = $22,100 (What is a meme?) (2-day total: $45,000)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) FEELING SCIENCE-“E” $800 (clue #11)
Armand 2000 +2000 (Joe 1800 Emma 2200)
2) BOOKS & THEIR MOVIES $2000 (clue #5)
Emma 6600 -3000 (Joe 8600 Armand 4400)
3) ART LOVERS $1200 (clue #8, $27600 left on board)
Emma 4800 +3000 (Joe 7800 Armand 4400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 117
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 83 (0.40 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Joe $11,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Emma $12,200 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Armand $5,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 4 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $29,600
Lach Trash: $10,600 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,800
Joe Feldmann, career statistics:
40 correct, 4 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
33.04% in first on buzzer (37/112)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,100
Armand Sanchez, career statistics:
14 correct, 5 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,600
Emma Henke, career statistics:
19 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,200
Joe Feldmann, to win:
3 games: 46.450%
Avg. streak: 2.867 games.
Emma turned down The Call in 2005 because she was “very pregnant”.
Armand tried stand-up comedy and didn’t like it.
Joe went to the same university as his mother and two brothers at the same time.
- Viewers are reminded that per the rules of the show, initial articles can be changed or removed with impunity, unless ambiguity is created. Thus, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Tree Grows in Brooklyn are all considered to be equally correct by the show. (Yes, this is one instance where Jeopardy!‘s rules are different than most other quiz competitions.)
- Listening at home, I was confused as to whether Armand’s initial attempt at the “S-T-Y” $2,000 clue contained phrasing or was an full response. I figure that if I am confused, I can’t expect the judges and Mayim to find phrasing there, either. Thus, I am concluding that they did make the correct ruling.
- Link to the box score: June 27, 2022 Box Score
Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores going into Final: Joe $11,800 Emma $11,000 Armand $6,800).
Joe: Standard cover bet over Emma is $10,201. (Actual bet: $10,300)
Armand: If Joe and Emma bet to cover and are incorrect, they will fall to $1,599 and $8,399, respectively. Thus, you need to bet between $1,601 and $5,199 to give yourself the best chance of taking home as much prize money as possible. (Actual bet: $5,000)
Emma: Standard cover bet over Armand is $2,601. (Actual bet: $4,000)
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