Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Opera) for Tuesday, July 19, 2022 (Season 38, Game 222):

An aria from this opera says, “Put on your costume & apply make-up to your face. The people pay & they want to laugh”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Catherine Belling, a medical humanities professor from Chicago, Illinois
Catherine Belling on Jeopardy!
Matt Mierswa, an attorney from River Edge, New Jersey
Matt Mierswa on Jeopardy!
William Chou, a research fellow from Austin, Texas (1-day total: $15,601)
William Chou on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

William Chou returns as champion after a dramatic finale yesterday in which he prevailed following only the fifth regular-play tiebreaker since the tiebreaker rule was introduced into regular play in November 2014. Today, your challengers are Matt Mierswa and Catherine Belling.

One thing I noticed last night on social media: Jeopardy! fans, whether deliberately or accidentally, are holding Mayim Bialik to a higher standard than Ken Jennings. This is unacceptable. Both hosts need to be treated fairly, and this is not happening. Unfortunately, this toxicity from the fandom is also giving the tabloids cover to treat Mayim Bialik unfairly in comparison, and is going to ultimately lead to a worse show overall.

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Correct response: What is Pagliacci?

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Pagliacci is an 1892 novel by Ruggero Leoncavallo; the literal translation of its title is “Clowns”. “Vesti la giubba” (“Put on the costume”) is the title of the aria quoted in tonight’s clue and is one of the most famous arias known to modern audiences—Enrico Caruso’s recordings of it are among the top-selling opera recordings of all time.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: San Diego: News Clues; Cartoon Theme Song Lyrics; 20th Century America; Hybrid Animal Parents; “Lock”; Key)

Matt and William definitely had the strongest performances in Single Jeopardy; Catherine’s struggles on the signaling device were very noticeable. A late incorrect response in the KEY category kept Matt from being in five figures.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Matt 9 correct 0 incorrect
William 5 correct 0 incorrect
Catherine 0 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Matt 15 correct 1 incorrect
William 10 correct 0 incorrect
Catherine 2 correct 2 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: International National Parks; The Movie’s Director; Let’s Build A House; Possessive Lit; Under Quarantine; Word Origins)

Matt dominated in Double Jeopardy, with the exception of the two Daily Doubles. Matt got them both incorrect to keep the game very close! From there, William battled back to tie the game with 5 clues left; Matt got two of them correct to hold a slim lead going into Final. Scores going into Final were Matt at $16,600, William at $14,600, and Catherine getting to play Final at $400.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Matt 26 correct 3 incorrect
William 18 correct 0 incorrect
Catherine 5 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 83 (0 today).

Matt and Catherine both got the Final correct today; Matt becomes a 1-day champion and gets to come back tomorrow! Hopefully, he’ll do better on the Daily Doubles!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, July 19, 2022, Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Matt $16,600
William $14,600
Catherine $400

Tonight’s results:

Catherine $400 + $400 = $800 (What is Pagliacci?)
William $14,600 – $14,600 = $0 (What Rigoletto)
Matt $16,600 + $12,601 = $29,201 (What is Pagliacci?) (1-day total: $29,201)

Matt Mierswa, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 19, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Matt $9,400
William $4,200
Catherine -$400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) 20th CENTURY AMERICA $600 (clue #3)
Matt 600 +1000 (William 0 Catherine 0)
2) POSSESSIVE LIT $2000 (clue #4)
Matt 11800 -3200 (William 4200 Catherine 800)
3) WORD ORIGINS $1600 (clue #14, $20000 left on board)
Matt 11800 -1200 (William 7000 Catherine -400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 63

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 83 (0.37 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Matt $20,600 Coryat, 26 correct, 3 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer (26/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Catherine $400 Coryat, 5 correct, 3 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
William $14,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 0 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,600
Lach Trash: $11,000 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,400

William Chou, career statistics:

32 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
27.83% in first on buzzer (32/115)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,400)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,300

Matt Mierswa, career statistics:

27 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
45.61% in first on buzzer (26/57)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,400)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,600

Catherine Belling, career statistics:

6 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $400

Matt Mierswa, to win:

2 games: 54.242%
3: 29.422%
4: 15.959%
5: 8.657%
6: 4.696%
Avg. streak: 2.185 games.

Today’s interviews:

Catherine didn’t have a TV for the first 10 years of her life.
Matt has vivid memories of missing the bus to make sure he taped Ken Jennings’ games in 2004.
William was on a trivia team in grad school at Ohio State.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Matt $16,600 William $14,600 Catherine $400)

William: If Matt bets to cover you and is incorrect, he falls to $3,999. Thus, I would bet anywhere from $4,001 (thus covering any part of his low range) to $10,599. (Actual bet: $14,600)

Matt: Standard cover bet over William is $12,601. (Actual bet: $12,601)

Catherine: Unless William and Matt both overbet considerably, you don’t have a chance at winning today. Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $400)

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, July 19, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | July 19, 2022 at 9:15 am |

    If it’s an opera about clowns, what else am I going to guess? 🤷
    Current FJ streak: 4W

  2. Alan Cohen | July 19, 2022 at 10:00 am |

    I’m just looking forward to the variations there might be on the spelling, lol. Although, perhaps any contestant knowing the right answer would also have the spelling down.

  3. I have Seinfeld to thank for knowing this.

  4. Since “Art & Theater” is not one of my strong points, and “Opera” is a subset of that, I’m not having a good week. 🙄

  5. Phillip Blackmon | July 19, 2022 at 1:44 pm |

    I’m not an Opera buff, but I got this, thanks to a Rice Krispies commercial in the late 1960’s. When the father of the house comes to breakfast to find they’d run out of his favorite cereal, he breaks into a full-on operatic lament parodying Pagliacci, “No more Rice Krispies, We’ve run out of Rice Krispies.” One of the great tv ads of all time, you can easily find through Google.

    • Robert Fawkes | July 19, 2022 at 2:28 pm |

      Wow, thanks for the reminder and the reminiscences. I remember seeing and hearing this as a youngster in the 60’s or so on our black and white TV. “Great moments at breakfast,” the announcer intoned. “My tears will not stop…until I hear Snap, Crackle, Pop,” cried the father. Oh, memories.

  6. Phillip Blackmon | July 19, 2022 at 1:45 pm |

    Oh, and Smokey Robinson’s “Tears of a Clown” mentions Pagliacci also.

  7. Robert Fawkes | July 19, 2022 at 2:15 pm |

    After reading the clue, there was no alternative for me, it had to be “Pagliacci” or I was sunk. Even most non-opera aficionados could get this one as it is very much in pop culture as well, e.g., Seinfeld, commercials, rock and roll, etc. as mentioned in other comments.

  8. Tears of a cliwn mentioned pagliacci as well. I love opera and this was my favorite clue. It makes me want to listen to it again. Congrats to Matt winning and to Cathy getting final right.

  9. Unless Ken was trying to indicate that he somehow helped Matt with the clue, he wanted “lo hiciste” not “lo hicimos”.

    • Robert Fawkes | July 19, 2022 at 10:33 pm |

      I’m pretty sure he meant “you did it.” Can’t recall the clue though. Can you remind me?

      • Brett Alan | July 20, 2022 at 1:01 am |

        The Dora The Explorer question.

        At the end of each show, Dora sings a song called “We Did It”, which also uses the Spanish equivalent, “lo hicimos”. That’s why Ken said it.

  10. Pizza Face Fred | July 19, 2022 at 10:49 pm |

    Have you ever noticed what excellent spellers, generally speaking, Jeopardy! contestant are? I left out the “g,” but I’m second-rate. Yeah, must’ve guessed it from watching “Seinfeld” . . .

  11. Pizza Face Fred | July 19, 2022 at 10:52 pm |

    Have you ever noticed what excellent spellers, generally speaking, Jeopardy! contestants are? I left out the “g,” but I’m second-rate. Yeah, must’ve guessed it from watching “Seinfeld” . . .

    • Pizza Face Fred | July 19, 2022 at 11:05 pm |

      A comment so nice I was allowed to post it twice. Left off an “s.” . . .

      • So, does that make you third-rate? 😉 No, really, since the word is pronounced with a silent ‘g’, wouldn’t your spelling have been accepted?

        • Pizza Face Fred | July 20, 2022 at 4:27 pm |

          Hahaha, “third-rate.” Nice one, Lisa! This site needs more humor. Everyone’s so serious all the time. I try, I fail. Just like in my real life, no one gets my sarcastic sense of humor. If your Jeopardy! Fan gig don’t work out, you can always find a spot on the social media comedy circuit. Leaving out the “g” wouldn’t have changed the pronunciation. Sure, they would’ve given it to me . . .

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