Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, July 21, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Constellations) for Thursday, July 21, 2022 (Season 38, Game 224):

The brightest star of this constellation is Deneb Algedi, or “Kid’s Tail”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Stan Scoggins, a senior vice president of marketing assets from Los Angeles, California
Stan Scoggins on Jeopardy!
Emmie Trammell, an operations specialist from Jacksonville, Florida
Emmie Trammell on Jeopardy!
Matt Mierswa, an attorney from River Edge, New Jersey (2-day total: $55,845)
Matt Mierswa on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Matt Mierswa has been playing very well over his first two games, picking up over $50,000 and dominating yesterday’s Double Jeopardy! round. However, his one weak point thus far—if you can really call it that—has been that he is just 2-for-5 on the Daily Doubles over his first two games. That might provide an opening for an opponent to take him down. Emmie and Stan certainly would be happy if they were the beneficiary of that today!

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Correct response: What is Capricornus?


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Capricornus, from the Latin for “horned goat,” is well-known today as one of the constellations of the Zodiac; “Deneb” is the Arabic word for “tail,” and “kid” is a reference to the fact that children of goats are known as “kids.”

Will Capricorn on its own be accepted? As this write-up was written before I’ve seen the show, I can’t say with 100% certainty either way.


Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: The Met: A Verse; Sports Venues; Odd Numbers; Build A Bear Workshop; The Old West; What’s Your “Angle”?)

Today’s opening round belonged very much to Matt, but his struggles on the Daily Doubles continued. He picked up 17 correct—his lone incorrect response was the Daily Double. Emmie was very strong at the bottom of the board, keeping her in contention after the opening round.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Matt 8 correct 0 incorrect
Emmie 2 correct 0 incorrect
Stan 5 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Matt 17 correct 1 incorrect
Emmie 4 correct 1 incorrect
Stan 7 correct 2 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Asian Geography; Compound Words; Bottoms Up!; Name That Hitmaker; Health & Medicine; Closing Statements)

Matt did get a Daily Double correct in Double Jeopardy, but he was in a tough spot and only bet the clue value of $2,000. Emmie, her score buoyed by four different $2,000 correct responses, managed to keep things very close and kept Matt from having a runaway going into Final. Scores going into Final were Matt at $23,400, Emmie at $15,800, and Stan at $5,600.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Matt 28 correct 1 incorrect
Emmie 13 correct 1 incorrect
Stan 14 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 83 (0 today).

Emmie—whose interview subject was about how she inherited a telescope from her grandfather and is a huge astronomy fan—was correct with a response of just Capricorn (Which, for the record, is perfectly good with me. It would have been incredibly ticky-tack for the judges to have ruled that incorrect.) That means she’s Jeopardy! champion and will get to return tomorrow!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Thursday, July 21, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Matt $23,400
Emmie $15,800
Stan $5,600

Tonight’s results:

Stan $5,600 – $5,600 = $0 (What is the little dipper?)
Emmie $15,800 + $5,400 = $21,200 (What is Capricorn?) (1-day total: $21,200)
Matt $23,400 – $8,201 = $15,199 (What is Gemini?)


Emmie Trammell, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 21, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Matt $7,800
Emmie $3,000
Stan $1,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) SPORTS VENUES $800 (clue #22)
Matt 7800 -2200 (Emmie 2800 Stan 1400)
2) CLOSING STATEMENTS $800 (clue #14)
Stan 1400 +1000 (Matt 13800 Emmie 8600)
3) ASIAN GEOGRAPHY $2000 (clue #23, $10400 left on board)
Matt 17000 +2000 (Emmie 11800 Stan 3600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 34

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:

Emmie $15,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Matt $25,600 Coryat, 28 correct, 1 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Stan $5,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $46,800
Lach Trash: $2,600 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,600

Matt Mierswa, career statistics:

84 correct, 8 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
45.61% in first on buzzer (78/171)
3/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,200)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $23,867

Emmie Trammell, career statistics:

14 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,800

Stan Scoggins, career statistics:

14 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,400

Emmie Trammell, to win:

2 games: 51.864%
3: 26.898%
4: 13.950%
5: 7.235%
6: 3.752%
Avg. streak: 2.077 games.

Today’s interviews:

Stan found himself in Germany the day the Berlin Wall came down.
Emmie inherited a telescope from her grandfather.
Matt is wearing his grandfather’s non-working watch.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Matt $23,400 Emmie $15,800 Stan $5,600)

Matt: Standard cover bet over Emmie is $8,201. (I’d recommend that today, as we know Emmie likes the category and likely won’t play conservatively here.) (Actual bet: $8,201)

Emmie: If Matt covers and is incorrect, he falls to $15,199. As much as the category suits you, the play here is to bet between $0 and $599. (Though, if you’re going to bet to lose the Double Stumper, I’d recommend just going all-in.) (Actual bet: $5,400)

Stan: You don’t really have much of a chance today. Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $5,600)

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25 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, July 21, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | July 21, 2022 at 9:43 am |

    ugh… I thought of Deneb and figured maybe it had another name I didn’t know, so I went with Cygnus. I should have paid more attention to the “Kid’s Tail” hint ;p

    Current FJ streak: 2L

    • I agree. Unless somebody picks up on kid=goat, this is going to be very tough. The word Deneb in the clue seems like an unfair red herring. I know a little about constellations, and am familiar with Deneb, the first magnitude star in Cygnus, but I’ve never heard of Deneb Algedi.

  2. I took “kid” to mean child, so I guessed Ursa Minor. There is a star called Deneb in Cygnus, so Cygnus was a great guess. Unless someone is very strong in astronomy, this will likely be a triple stumper.

    • Robert Fawkes | July 21, 2022 at 8:16 pm |

      Of course, someone is strong in astronomy, her name is Emmie. Her interview was all about space camp, her telescope and learning about the constellations. How could she miss? Tailor-made FJ for her. No triple stumper here.

  3. Jeopardy Jackie | July 21, 2022 at 10:30 am |

    I would have said Capricorn by itself, so we’ll see

  4. Oops. I thought it was Cygnus.

  5. How fitting that Ken’s first week back contains a Final Jeopardy about goats… because he is the G.O.A.T… okay, I’ll see myself out now.

  6. I have learned something today; that there is an actual constellation called “Capricornus” which I have never heard mentioned before. But we shall see if the Judges accept “Capricorn” if anyone of the three write that down.

    • Robert Fawkes | July 21, 2022 at 8:19 pm |

      Far more likely for people to write “Capricorn” than “Capricornus.” I’d bet that something close to 99 out of 100 people who got the correct response would say “Capricorn.”

  7. Denab means kid which is a baby goat which lead me to Capricorn. I have the universe beyond CD which covers the constellations. At first i was going for Cygnus but I chose the obvious answer. Congrats emmie

    • Denab doesn’t mean kid, it means tail, but the clue said that the brightest star’s name means “kid’s tail” so that said ‘goat’ to me, which said Capricorn to me. Capricornus is Latin and Denab Algedi is Arabic. The clue is written in English and the contestants respond in English, so it makes perfect sense to me that Capricorn would be acceptable.

      [Since denab is Arabic for tail and there were many great Arabic astronomers, it makes sense that more than one (probably several) stars have that in their name since most constellations are named for things that have tails. Odd that the one in Cygnus is just plain Denab — maybe it came first and then it was decided to use it again with a qualifier.]

  8. Jamie Schmidt | July 21, 2022 at 3:37 pm |

    My guess was “what is goat?” as I had forgotten which sign of the zodiac that corresponded to.

  9. Michael R | July 21, 2022 at 7:20 pm |

    When I saw Constellations as a category, my first thought was whether this was a zodiac-related clue or not. If the category was Zodiac, then we could break it down to twelve possibilities, but just “Constellations” left it wide open.

  10. Keith Hosannah | July 21, 2022 at 8:18 pm |

    It was funny (and maybe a little unfair) that the player interviews had the potential of affecting wagering in Final Jeopardy!. However in this game, wagering may not have changed too much. Do the players select the interview topics or is this done by the producers?

    • Players are asked to highlight five anecdotes that go on a notecard for the host and indicate which one they’d prefer to talk about. It’s up to the host to pick the actual anecdote to ask them about. (This is based on my 2019 experience.)

  11. Robert Fawkes | July 21, 2022 at 8:25 pm |

    My kid was born in December. So, I went “kid” is the baby or young goat, goat is Capricorn. My kid got me this one.

  12. I’ve heard of (unspecified) Deneb, but, luckily, I could not remember in which constellation it was, which led me to think about kids with tails; and Capricorn was the only goat-related constellation I knew.

  13. Gregory Bader | July 21, 2022 at 10:41 pm |

    I strongly agree with several other commentators regarding ”Deneb..” Yes, the clue regarding a goat was important; yet, “Deneb” (flat out) is a VERY well-known star, the brightest in the constellation Cygnus, and one of the top 20 in brightness in the night sky. This “Jeopardy!” clue is very close, if not over, to the border of being confusing to the point of unfairness. “Deneb” by itself is Arabic for “tail.”

    • Gregory Bader | July 21, 2022 at 10:48 pm |

      Sorry about any punctuation mistakes or grammatical ones. I tend to write fairly long comments, and I’m using a phone that is awful in terms of both dictation ability and screen size; however, this gives me a chance to tell Andy thanks so much for keeping this site going. You know that somebody is doing a heck of a lot of A+ work when he attracts so many imitators who are not so hot.

    • people here complain that this clue hints too much at another constellation, yet none of the contestants guessed that constellation which y’all were worried about. Guess it wasn’t unfair after all.

  14. Pizza Face Fred | July 21, 2022 at 11:47 pm |

    I got right away that “kid” was referencing a goat’s offspring but couldn’t remember the constellation associated with it (senior moment?). For a guy who gets a lot of Triple Stumpers, I got none, though there were only four. Back I slither into the primordial ooze . . .

  15. I’m a bit late with this, but a telescope is no aid, or even necessary, to view constellations.

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