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)
|Catherine Belling, a medical humanities professor from Chicago, Illinois
|Matt Mierswa, an attorney from River Edge, New Jersey
|William Chou, a research fellow from Austin, Texas (1-day total: $15,601)
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.
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 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.
One thing I’m going to be interested in seeing: How will the Final Jeopardy! betting be affected by any potential operaphobia among contestants?
(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:
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)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
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
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
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%
Avg. streak: 2.185 games.
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.
- Link to the box score: July 19, 2022 Box Score
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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