Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, June 29, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Television History) for Wednesday, June 29, 2022 (Season 38, Game 208):

In the opening scene of its July 21, 1969 pilot episode, a man carves the letter D into wet cement

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Halley Ryherd, a real estate attorney from Waukee, Iowa
Halley Ryherd on Jeopardy!
Lauryl Tucker, an associate professor from Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Lauryl Tucker on Jeopardy!
Pete Chattrabhuti, an attorney from Washington, DC (1-day total: $10,800)
Pete Chattrabhuti on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

In yesterday’s game, Pete Chattrabhuti survived a Triple Stumper Final Jeopardy! clue by standing pat. Today, he faces Murfreesboro, TN’s Lauryl Tucker and Waukee, IA’s Halley Ryherd. One thing I saw last night on Twitter was Halley’s excitement about Lilly Nelson being about to rate the fashion choices for the game! It’s incredible just how much of an effect Lilly has had on the game in such little time.

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Correct response: What is Sesame Street?


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A few months before the show’s nationwide debut in November 1969, five test episodes of the famous children’s show Sesame Street were aired on WHUY Philadelphia to research the show’s educational value and appeal to children. In the opening scene of Test Show 1, a man named Gordon is repairing some cement on Sesame Street. Seeing two boys named Donald and David, Gordon carves a pair of Ds into the cement. The test shows were successful, and the show debuted nationwide, still airing today.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Statuary Hall: The State Represented; Stanning That Ship; Chuck D, Times 3; Diet Hard with a Vengeance; Let’s Go Back in Time Machine Movies; Words Derived From Body Parts)

Today, Pete jumped out to an early advantage; Lauryl’s picking up a True Daily Double brought her back close to the lead. In the second half of the round, Halley picked up some excellent gets near the end of Single to get close to the lead. However, everything was still to play for after 30 clues, with all three players separated by just $200. In another instance of the apparent recent rule change that dictates who goes first in Double Jeopardy!, Halley’s getting clue #29 correct broke the tie in her favor. She got to select the game’s 31st clue.

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Literary Title Characters; Science-Podge; Municipal Music; In the Dictionary; -Ola; He Was a Shogun

Lauryl got to play the first Daily Double. The good news for me: The first thing I had thought of today when seeing -OLA—”payola”—was the subject of the clue. The bad news for Lauryl: “Payola” didn’t come to her, and she dropped $3,000. Pete went conservative on the third Daily Double when he found it. He generally struggled in the round, picking up only five correct responses. Halley, however, picked up three $2,000 clues, including a pair in science and music late in the round, to hold the lead and an advantageous position going into the Final. Halley had $14,000 going into Final, to Lauryl’s $11,000 and Pete’s $8,600.

Final Jeopardy! today was a Triple Stumper; Pete’s overbet and Laurel’s betting to cover Pete meant that Halley ended up as the winner of today’s game, with a score of just $5,999! She’ll get the opportunity to win more tomorrow, though—and that’s the important thing!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, June 29, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Halley $14,000
Lauryl $11,000
Pete $8,600

Tonight’s results:

Pete $8,600 – $8,000 = $600 (What is Dick Tracy)
Lauryl $11,000 – $6,201 = $4,799 (What is Ge)
Halley $14,000 – $8,001 = $5,999 (What is I) (1-day total: $5,999)


Halley Ryherd, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 29, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Pete $4,200
Halley $4,000
Lauryl $4,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) WORDS DERIVED FROM BODY PARTS $600 (clue #13)
Lauryl 1200 +1200 (Pete 2800 Halley 1000)
2) -OLA $1600 (clue #6)
Lauryl 4800 -3000 (Pete 5000 Halley 4000)
3) SCIENCE-PODGE $1600 (clue #17, $15200 left on board)
Pete 5800 +2000 (Lauryl 3400 Halley 10000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 72

Unplayed clues:

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

Game Stats:

Halley $14,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Lauryl $13,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Pete $8,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,600
Lach Trash: $12,600 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800

Pete Chattrabhuti, career statistics:

24 correct, 5 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (24/114)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,500

Lauryl Tucker, career statistics:

20 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,800)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,400

Halley Ryherd, career statistics:

14 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,000

Halley Ryherd, to win:

2 games: 46.394%
3: 21.524%
4: 9.986%
5: 4.633%
6: 2.149%
Avg. streak: 1.865 games.

Today’s interviews:

Halley only cross-stitches “tiny masterpieces”.
Lauryl has her name spelled with a Y because of a shampoo ingredient.
Pete used Jeopardy! to help learn English while growing up.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Halley $14,000 Lauryl $11,000 Pete $8,600)

Pete: If Halley bets to cover Lauryl, she falls to $5,999. I would bet at least $2,401, but no more than $2,599. (Actual bet: $8,000)

Lauryl: You can’t both cover Pete and win a Double Stumper with Halley (known as Stratton’s Dilemma). If you want to cover Pete, bet at least $6,201. If not, I’d recommend somewhere between $201 and $2,399. (This covers Pete’s range if he tries to win a Double Stumper with Halley.) (Actual bet: $6,201)

Halley: Standard cover bet over Lauryl is $8,001. (Actual bet: $8,001)

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30 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, June 29, 2022"

  1. I was thrown off by the date (the day after the landing on the Moon) and came up with a giant blank.

    • Same here. As soon as I saw that date I thought of Apollo 11, but honestly I still would not have guessed SS. Tough question.

  2. I thought of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood at first by the date then seeing the clue saying Gordon carving the letter D in cement and remembering Mr. Rogers Neighborhood taught about sharing and caring I then thought it had to be Sesame Street because they teach about letters and numbers on that show.

  3. Michael Johnston | June 29, 2022 at 1:26 pm |

    I blanked 😐 The only thing that seemed like it might be right was The Dick Cavett Show, and I knew that was wrong because of the intro (and it started in 1968 anyway, which I did not remember)

    Current FJ streak: 2L

  4. I didn’t blank out on this one as soon as the letter D in the cement was revealled. Sesame Street was my favorite growing up and to this day I still remember it. The song Can you tell me how to get to sesame street has been etched into my head since then. Easy Final. I am disappointed these new generational newbies don’t even watch a kids show that is way ahead of their time

    • I doubt that they did not watch it, just that the first season was before their time or they were so very young at the time they don’t remember specifics from that season. As for myself, I was just taking for granted it was referring to a prime time series, much less still running, so they may have, too.

  5. I guess my answer of “Dragnet” was incorrect. Go figure.

  6. I was way off. I could only come up with the “Dobie Gillis” show, starring Bob Denver and Dwayne Hickman. I thought Dobie may have put his initials on wet cement. He was a miscreant. Anyway the show first aired in 1959. So I was off by a decade. What’s ten years between friends?

    • That sounds like a good guess if you had no idea about the date, but I knew “Dobie Gillis” was way before 1969.

  7. Robert Fawkes | June 29, 2022 at 2:19 pm |

    Today’s show was brought to you by the letter “J” (Jeopardy!). The “D” in the clue was what gave it to me.

    I was really surprised to see Pete way over-bet today after yesterday’s game. I can’t understand why he abandoned yesterday’s winning strategy. If he hadn’t gone zero yesterday, I might not have been so surprised. Based on yesterday, today’s wager didn’t make any sense for him; it seemed out of character (or, maybe, yesterday was the fluke).

    • Brian Irvin | June 29, 2022 at 2:30 pm |

      I’m betting yesterday’s $0 bet was due more to lack of confidence in the category than necessarily a betting strategy.

      • Robert Fawkes | June 29, 2022 at 3:37 pm |

        Yes, that was what I wrote yesterday. I’m guessing that means he had more confidence today in his knowledge of Television History.

    • I was also shocked that Pete didn’t bet zero. If the top 2 bet as one would expect and both get it wrong, a zero bet for Pete would win.

  8. Ron Grenda | June 29, 2022 at 2:33 pm |

    Out of the night, when the full moon is bright, comes a horseman known as Dorro!

    • Robert Fawkes | June 29, 2022 at 3:38 pm |

      So many years later and I can still hear that theme song in my head. 🙂

    • Dorro the Exploro?

      • Robert Fawkes | June 29, 2022 at 8:18 pm |

        For those too young to remember:

        “Out of the night,
        When the full moon is bright,
        Comes the horseman known as Zorro.
        This bold renegade
        Carves a “Z” with his blade,
        A “Z” that stands for Zorro.

        Zorro, Zorro, the fox so cunning and free,
        Zorro, Zorro, who makes the sign of the Z.

        He is polite,
        But the wicked take flight
        When they catch the sight of Zorro.
        He’s friend of the weak,
        And the poor and the meek,
        This very unique, señor Zorro.

        Zorro, Zorro, the fox so cunning and free,
        Zorro, Zorro, who makes the sign of the Z.

        Zorro, Zorro, Zorro, Zorro, Zorro, Zorro….”

  9. S Gail Skvarenina | June 29, 2022 at 3:00 pm |

    Andy, I have a question about the 2nd Chance Tournament. As I understand it, they will invite the winner to participate in the 2022 TOC this fall.

    They currently have 14 qualified winners: Professor Tournament, College Tournament, 40 game, 38 game, 23 game, 16 game, 11 game, two 7 game, three 6 game, and two 5 game winners. (WOW!)

    That leaves one slot open for the 2nd Chance winner. Do you think they will announce the dates for the 2nd Chance Tournament and the TOC soon – like before they go into 6 weeks of re-runs before the start of Season 39?

    • They’ve announced that the ToC will air in November. But I doubt they’ll announce the exact air dates prior to this fall (but I could be wrong). And no clue when the SCT will air (obviously some time before the ToC).

  10. Why not give an explicit instruction that the correct response must end with those three letters in the -OLA category?

    What is the significance of “Times three” in the Chuck D category?

    • what else would the -OLA in the category title mean?

      my guess is the “times 3” refers to the fact that 3 different “Chuck D”s were referenced in that category: Charles Darwin (2 clues), Charles Dickens (2 clues), and Carlton Douglas Ridenhour (known professionally as Chuck D, who had 1 clue reference him)

      • That makes sense for Chuck D, thanks.

        Misinterpretation of things that seem obvious to others happens often. I would always explicitly specify the correct form of a response when the category calls for it. This could even be useful just as a reminder to players.

        • or just reward those who are smart enough to understand the category title and/or figure out the pattern.

          • I agree. And also an incentive to at least begin with the lowest value clue even if not to continue in order.

  11. Are the hosts advised to take care when ruling things incorrect so hints aren’t accidentally given to other players? I was surprised when Mayim responded “no” to “kabuki” and the next person rang in with the correct response of “Noh”.

    • “No” is Mayim’s standard reply to an incorrect response. I don’t think using it here was giving anything away.

  12. Pizza Face Fred | June 29, 2022 at 11:18 pm |

    “D” for descent into the abyss of obscurity. Nothing to work with on this turkey, as we say here in the backwoods of Idaho, yes, Idaho. We got standards here, y’know . . .

    • Pizza Face Fred | June 29, 2022 at 11:55 pm |

      Oh, predicated on the assumption of a long-running television show (1969), I went with “60 Minutes” (1968, it turns out) . . .

  13. WHYY not WHUY

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