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)
|Alexa Jakob, an electrical engineer from Queens, New York
|Mark Stover, a physician from Flagstaff, Arizona
|Ed Coulson, an economics & real estate professor from Dana Point, California (1-day total: $17,399)
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.
In case you missed reports yesterday, two Hollywood trade publications broke news last night that hosting duties in Season 39 would be split, similarly to how they were in Season 38. I think that this is only going to continue to sow division within the fandom and will only further to encourage comparisons between the two hosts that are unnecessary. Of course, this news is still unconfirmed by the show itself.
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!. I’ll be live-streaming myself on my Twitch channel, twitch.tv/TheJeopardyFan/ beginning at 6:30 PM Eastern on Tuesday, July 26.
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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.”
(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:
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)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
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
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
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%
Avg. streak: 3.369 games.
Alexa once biked upstate to Albany.
Mark once confronted a bear and an elephant.
Ed played family Zoom Jeopardy games over the pandemic.
- 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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