Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Literary Animals) for Tuesday, July 26, 2022 (Season 38, Game 227):

This children’s book character, introduced in 1926 & a friend of the title character, gets his name from the sound he might make

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Alexa Jakob, an electrical engineer from Queens, New York
Alexa Jakob on Jeopardy!
Mark Stover, a physician from Flagstaff, Arizona
Mark Stover on Jeopardy!
Ed Coulson, an economics & real estate professor from Dana Point, California (1-day total: $17,399)
Ed Coulson on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Ed Coulson played a strong game yesterday and returns as a 1-day champion on the final Tuesday of the season. Mark Stover and Alexa Jakob are your challengers.

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Correct response: Who is Eeyore?

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Eeyore is the donkey friend of Winnie-the-Pooh in the series of books by A. A. Milne. As Merriam-Webster writes, “Eeyore is simply a phonetic spelling of the sound a donkey makes, the braying noise usually transcribed in American English as hee-haw. In the non-rhotic (or r-dropping) accents of most of England, the name Eeyore would be pronounced \EE-aw. It’s simply because of the transcription that most Americans wouldn’t read Eeyore as the noise a donkey makes.”

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Across History; Fill In The Play Title; Official State Stuff; Going Around In Circles; Sirius-ly Dedicated; Travel Idioms)

It was our defending champion Ed who got off to the best start in today’s game, but Mark certainly stayed very close, staying withing 2/3 of Ed’s score for most of the Jeopardy! round!

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Ed 5 correct 1 incorrect
Mark 5 correct 1 incorrect
Alexa 4 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Ed 11 correct 1 incorrect
Mark 9 correct 1 incorrect
Alexa 7 correct 1 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Mountains; Idol Talk; Scientific Laws & Theories; Middle Names; From Film To TV; What’s In Your Gullet?)

Alexa found the Daily Double immediately—unfortunately, her attempt to bring herself back into the game resulted in her score falling to $0. Props to her for her strategy, though—that’s how you start a comeback! The Double Jeopardy! round was a close battle between Ed and Mark, with Ed pulling away late in Double Jeopardy to take a bit of a lead. Scores going into Final were Ed at $16,000, Mark at $11,400, and Alexa at $4,800.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Ed 21 correct 2 incorrect
Mark 18 correct 2 incorrect
Alexa 11 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 83 (0 today).

Ed and Mark were both correct in Final—Ed bet enough and is now a 2-day champion! He’ll be back tomorrow to go for win #3!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, July 26, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Ed $16,000
Mark $11,400
Alexa $4,800

Tonight’s results:

Alexa $4,800 – $3,401 = $1,399 (Who is Hop the bunny?)
Mark $11,400 + $1,799 = $13,199 (Who is Ee-or?)
Ed $16,000 + $6,801 = $22,801 (Who is Eeyore?) (2-day total: $40,200)

Ed Coulson, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 26, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Ed $7,200
Mark $5,000
Alexa $2,800

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) ACROSS HISTORY $600 (clue #16)
Ed 3000 +1000 (Mark 2400 Alexa 1000)
2) SCIENTIFIC LAWS & THEORIES $1200 (clue #1)
Alexa 2800 -2800 (Ed 7200 Mark 5000)
3) MIDDLE NAMES $1600 (clue #13, $20400 left on board)
Ed 10800 -2000 (Mark 10200 Alexa 800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -85

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:

Ed $17,600 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Mark $11,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Alexa $7,600 Coryat, 11 correct, 3 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,600
Lach Trash: $10,600 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,800

Ed Coulson, career statistics:

44 correct, 5 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
35.96% in first on buzzer (41/114)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,500)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,500

Mark Stover, career statistics:

19 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,400

Alexa Jakob, career statistics:

11 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,800)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,600

Ed Coulson, to win:

3 games: 57.791%
4: 33.398%
5: 19.301%
6: 11.154%
7: 6.446%
Avg. streak: 3.369 games.

Today’s interviews:

Alexa once biked upstate to Albany.
Mark once confronted a bear and an elephant.
Ed played family Zoom Jeopardy games over the pandemic.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I think Alexa may have made a math error when calculating her final bet.
  • Jeopardy! certainly made a mistake today in Clue of the Day—both the website and the New York Times itself showed a category of “Literary Characters”, not “Literary Animals”. The clue was correct, though.
  • Link to the box score: July 26, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Ed $16,000 Mark $11,400 Alexa $4,800)

Ed: Standard cover bet over Mark is $6,801. (Actual bet: $6,801)

Mark: If you limit your bet to $1,799, you’re guaranteed second place, with a likely victory if Ed misses Final Jeopardy. (Actual bet: $1,799)

Alexa: If Ed bets to cover and is incorrect, his score falls to $9,199. Thus, you should bet at least $4,401. (Actual bet: $3,401)

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26 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, July 26, 2022"

  1. Michael R | July 26, 2022 at 9:06 am |

    I sense the ‘R’ sound in Eeyore will throw everyone off. I went with Thumper from Bambi.

  2. I guessed correctly – emphasis on “guessed”!

  3. Michael Johnston | July 26, 2022 at 9:32 am |

    tsk I couldn’t connect the year to Milne, and I doubt I would have made the connection to Eeyore from the hint. A bad start to the last week of the season 🙁

    Current FJ streak: 2L

  4. David Gong | July 26, 2022 at 10:04 am |

    I mistakenly guessed Winnie the Pooh.

    • Mary A Rose | July 26, 2022 at 12:28 pm |

      Me too.

    • when I first heard/read the clue, I wasn’t sure if it was asking for the title character or the “friend”, but I wouldn’t have come up with the correct response anyway. And once I went back and read the clue more closely it did become apparent that it meant the “friend”

    • I guessed the same, but didn’t think of Eyesore. I just misunderstood the question.

  5. To me this was a very cumbersome clue. I had to read it a few times to figure out what was being asked. Time spent re-reading a clue is valuable time to a contestant.

  6. nancy miller | July 26, 2022 at 11:14 am |

    Piece of cake! I guess this should be embarrassing but, after David Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter mysteries, AA Milne is my favorite author!

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  8. Bambi is only three years off and Doctor Dolittle is six years in the other direction. Both seem like they would be plausible guesses. This is challenging without a solid idea of the publication date.

  9. Perhaps it’s British pronunciation that threw you off. In general, “-ore” and “-aw” are pronounced the same in the UK. There tends to be more of a distinction in American spoken English.

    • Sorry, this was meant as a response to the comment by “Michael R” above.

      • Michael R | July 26, 2022 at 8:40 pm |

        I can’t help but remember one of my favorite James Bond films, “From Russia With Love” with the wonderful theme song performed by Matt Monro…My ear always picked up how he sings “From “RUSHER” With Love.”

    • I did not know the pronunciation thing, but to me SOME donkeys do sound like they have more of a drawn out “r” at the end of their bray rather than a short or drawn out “W” at the end (as well as the opening “ee” sound from some donkeys sounding more influenced by a silent ‘h’ than from other donkeys), so I had no trouble deciding on Eeyore as my response.

  10. Mark Barrett | July 26, 2022 at 1:35 pm |

    “title creature”

    • True, but I think that would have narrowed it down too much. A “character” can be a person or animal or creature, but a creature is not a person. I thought maybe they had originally titled it “Literary Characters”, then at nearly the last minute thought that was too broad, leaving the possibility that the contestants would have to waste too much time trying to think of people (friends) who basically don’t or can’t speak — like Hodor, though that one does not go back far enough to qualify.

  11. I immediately thought of eeyore as i watched a lot of Winnie the pooh bear back in my younger years. Milne my favorite author helped me here. Thank you for bringing nack my childhood. Congrats Ed and Mark

  12. Robert Fawkes | July 26, 2022 at 3:24 pm |

    When reading the “Winnie the Pooh” books to my children decades ago, I noticed that Eeyore’s name sounded much like the sound that a donkey might make. Because of those many night’s reading the stories, I was able to come up with this instantly. Congratulations to Ed on his second win. He still has a chance to become next season’s first 5-day champion.

  13. Bill Vollmer | July 26, 2022 at 3:27 pm |

    I read the Final Jeopardy “answer” and somehow had the correct “question.” Andy’s explanation on why “Eeyore” was the correct question, explained to myself why I thought he was the correct question.

  14. Diganta Das | July 26, 2022 at 3:41 pm |

    From the time scale thought it my be Winnie but could not guess …

    Somebody gave our daughter an Eeyore doll on her first birthday – and it just sang a song when you clapped near it … so inaccurate 🙂

  15. and some times for some reason, they just come to you. mind went right to Pooh, and I thought, not Piglet, not Tigger, not Kanga, not Roo…..oh, I bet it’s Eeyore. Poor Eeyore – such a pitiful character, and yet so loveable.

  16. Please don’t have any contestant called “Alexa” My Amazon Echo responds eveytime the name is said 🙂

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