Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Art & Theatre) for Monday, July 18, 2022 (Season 38, Game 221):
Asked to design a new set for a restaging of this 1952 play, Alberto Giacometti came up with one scraggly plaster tree
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Erica Weiner-Amachi, a 4th grade teacher from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
|William Chou, a research fellow from Austin, Texas
|Emily Fiasco, a middle school band director from St. Louis, Missouri (3-day total: $87,201)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:
Ken Jennings returns as host for the final two weeks of Season 38! Today, Emily Fiasco returns as a 3-day champion, needing to keep winning to keep her Tournament of Champions hopes alive. However, Erica Weiner-Amachi and William Chou have designs to become Jeopardy! champion themselves!
One thing that I would like to point out: One unintended, yet postive, consequence of Jeopardy! adding “next episode” previews to the end of episodes allowed me to get a picture of William, despite the Jeopardy! website not having one posted yet (I’m sure there was a technical issue there.)
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, and if you’d like to donate, you can do so via Tiltify!.
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Correct response: What is Waiting for Godot?
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Waiting for Godot is a favored topic of the Jeopardy! writers; it is a 1952 play by Samuel Beckett in which two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, spend the play waiting for a character, Godot, who never arrives. Giacometti’s set design was from a 1961 restaging of the play; the Tate Modern has an article detailing the friendship between Giacometti and Beckett.
(Categories: Giving You The Boot; Good History; Acting Up On Tv; The Wouk Mob; Color Me Bad; “The” End)
In a round that saw 13 Triple Stumpers (as the contestants were clearly not Herman Wouk fans), Erica had the best performance, picking up 9 correct responses over the round to hold a slim lead after Single Jeopardy.
Statistics at the first break (15 clues):
Emily 4 correct 0 incorrect
Erica 5 correct 2 incorrect
William 1 correct 1 incorrect
Statistics after the Jeopardy round:
Erica 9 correct 3 incorrect
Emily 5 correct 1 incorrect
William 3 correct 1 incorrect
Double Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: Giving You The Boot; 10-, 11- & 12-Letter Words; Trophy Husband; Americana; Active Bible Verses; Feelin’ Independent)
Emily and William got to play Daily Doubles in this round — Emily the recipient of a favorable judges’ ruling on hers, and William getting his under more normal circumstances. However, Erica had the best round, picking up another 10 correct to hold a good position after Double Jeopardy.
Statistics after Double Jeopardy:
Erica 19 correct 5 incorrect
William 12 correct 3 incorrect
Emily 11 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 83 (0 today).
Today’s Final was a triple-get; unfortunately, Erica didn’t wager enough to cover William, only betting enough to cover Emily by exactly $1. Because William also bet to cover Emily by exactly $1, we saw a tiebreaker—which William claimed to become Jeopardy! champion. He returns tomorrow to defend his title!
Tonight’s Game Stats:
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, July 18, 2022, Jeopardy! by the numbers:
Scores going into Final:
Emily $7,800 + $7,800 = $15,600 (What is Waiting for Godot?)
William $8,800 + $6,801 = $15,601 (What is Waiting for Godot) (1-day total: $15,601)
Erica $11,600 + $4,001 = $15,601 (What is Waiting for Godot)
Tiebreaker category: BIOGRAPHIES
Tiebreaker clue: “The Passage of Power” covers 1958 to 1964 in Robert Caro’s 4th volume on the life of this American
(William: Who is Lyndon Johnson?)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) GOOD HISTORY $600 (clue #8)
Erica 1200 +600 (Emily 600 William 0)
2) AMERICANA $1200 (clue #8)
Emily 3400 +2000 (William 800 Erica 6400)
3) GIVING YOU THE BOOT $1600 (clue #18, $14400 left on board)
William 5600 +2400 (Emily 7000 Erica 8000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 152
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 83 (0.38 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Erica $11,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 5 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
William $8,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Emily $7,000 Coryat, 11 correct, 3 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $26,600
Lach Trash: $16,400 (on 18 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,000
Emily Fiasco, career statistics:
75 correct, 9 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 23 rebound opportunities)
30.26% in first on buzzer (69/228)
4/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
4/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,700
William Chou, career statistics:
14 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
24.14% in first on buzzer (14/58)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,400)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,000
Erica Weiner-Amachi, career statistics:
20 correct, 5 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
36.21% in first on buzzer (21/58)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $600)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,600
William Chou, to win:
2 games: 31.861%
Avg. streak: 1.468 games.
Erica started her trivia career in 4th grade.
William covered the 2003 college tournament from Yale’s college radio station.
Emily has a dog named Shostakovich.
- Traditionally, omitting an internal article on Jeopardy! has led to responses being ruled incorrect. I’m not sure if the show decided to change the rule, but Emily’s response on the second Daily Double, “The House of Seven Gables”, would traditionally not have been accepted by the show’s judges.
- Link to the box score: July 18, 2022 Box Score
Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: Erica $11,600 William $8,800 Emily $7,800)
Emily: If Erica bets to cover, she falls to $5,599. Limit your bet today to $2,199. (Actual bet: $7,800)
William: Standard cover bet over Emily is $6,801. (Actual bet: $6,801)
Erica: Standard cover bet over William is $6,001. (Actual bet: $4,001)
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