Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, July 27, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Real People in Poetry) for Wednesday, July 27, 2022 (Season 38, Game 228):

Milton wrote of this contemporary: “When by night the glass of ” him “observes imagined lands and regions in the moon”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Brianne Barker, a biology professor from Madison, New Jersey
Brianne Barker on Jeopardy!
Colleen Birney, a court monitor from Milford, Connecticut
Colleen Birney on Jeopardy!
Ed Coulson, an economics & real estate professor from Dana Point, California (2-day total: $40,200)
Ed Coulson on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Ed Coulson has played very well over his first two games, but has yet to have a runaway. As always, not having a runaway means a Final Jeopardy clue can always dethrone you! clue that doesn’t hit you very well. If that happens, challengers Colleen Birney and Brianne Barker are certainly hoping that they are able to take down Ed.

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Correct response: Who is Galileo?


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This quote comes from Milton’s famous work Paradise Lost. On a visit to Florence in the 1630s, Milton met with Galileo. As the Guardian put it, “The meeting of two of the finest minds of the 17th century, one from the arts the other from science, left a deep impression on Milton. “It’s such an extraordinary thing to picture, the two of them crossing paths, people who you think of as belonging to two entirely different worlds, especially now, when we tend to separate science from literature so dramatically,” [Dr. Joe] Moshenska [from Trinity College] said.”


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: The Southern U.S.; Fiction; A Prisoner Of Your Own Device; Alliteration; Tennis Aces; Acceptable 2-Letter Scrabble Words)

Brianne definitely had the best Single Jeopardy! round, with 7 correct responses on both halves of the interviews. Ed fell to a distant 2nd after running out of time in trying to respond to the final clue of the round, and Colleen was in third place.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Brianne 7 correct 0 incorrect
Ed 6 correct 1 incorrect
Colleen 1 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Brianne 14 correct 0 incorrect
Ed 9 correct 2 incorrect
Colleen 4 correct 1 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Notable Women; Oscar Winners’ TV Roles; The Animal Kingdom; Transportation; “B.C.”; A.D.)

It didn’t take Ed long to make this a game again! He got the first 3 clues correct, including a $4,000 True Daily Double, to take the lead! The rest of the Double Jeopardy! round was an excellent three-way matchup, with all three players over $10,000 late. Colleen had an opportunity to take the lead on the second-to-last clue of Double Jeopardy, but she made a conservative bet (and also got the Daily Double incorrect). Scores going into Final were Ed at $17,600, Brianne at $14,700, and Colleen at $8,200.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Ed 17 correct 2 incorrect
Brianne 19 correct 0 incorrect
Colleen 16 correct 4 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 83 (0 today).

Final Jeopardy! was a Triple Stumper today, but Brianne made the smart small bet and ends up as Jeopardy! champion because of it! She’ll return tomorrow to defend her title in Season 38’s penultimate game.

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, July 27, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Ed $17,600
Brianne $14,700
Colleen $8,200

Tonight’s results:

Colleen $8,200 – $2,200 = $6,000 (Who is ?)
Brianne $14,700 – $3,000 = $11,700 (Who is John Donne?) (1-day total: $11,700)
Ed $17,600 – $11,800 = $5,800 (Who is Spenser?)


Brianne Barker, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 27, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Brianne $8,700
Ed $3,600
Colleen $2,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) THE SOUTHERN U.S. $600 (clue #13)
Brianne 2000 +1500 (Ed 2400 Colleen 600)
2) THE ANIMAL KINGDOM $800 (clue #2)
Ed 4000 +4000 (Colleen 2000 Brianne 8700)
3) TRANSPORTATION $1600 (clue #29, $2000 left on board)
Colleen 11200 -3000 (Ed 17600 Brianne 14700)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 148

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 83 (0.36 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Brianne $13,800 Coryat, 19 correct, 0 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Colleen $11,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Ed $14,400 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,400
Lach Trash: $8,800 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800

Ed Coulson, career statistics:

61 correct, 8 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (57/171)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,500)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,467

Colleen Birney, career statistics:

16 correct, 5 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200

Brianne Barker, career statistics:

19 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,800

Brianne Barker, to win:

2 games: 48.547%
3: 23.569%
4: 11.442%
5: 5.555%
6: 2.697%
Avg. streak: 1.944 games.

Today’s interviews:

Brianne was followed around by a TV crew after a perfect SAT score.
Colleen has a dog with much more Instagram followers than she does.
Ed is writing a detective story based on a possibly apocryphal Chinese voyage to Mexico.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • With Ed’s loss, that definitively locks the field for November’s Tournament of Champions.
  • Link to the box score: July 27, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Ed $17,600 Brianne $14,700 Colleen $8,200)

Ed: Standard cover bet over Brianne is $11,801. (Actual bet: $11,800)

Colleen: You’re in a tough spot here. You can’t win a Triple Stumper if Brianne bets rationally; thus, I think I’d have to suggest going all-in and playing to win in a single-get-for-you Final situation at this point, but I also feel like this is a betting scenario that needs to be analyzed with empirical data over the summer break. (Actual bet: $2,200)

Brianne: Standard cover bet over Colleen is $1,701. Limit your bet to $4,098, just in case Colleen bets small to win a Double Stumper with Ed. (Actual bet: $3,000)


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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, July 27, 2022"

  1. Great to get this after losing yesterday.

    I could not remember the poem – I do not think that I read it. But, the New Yorker subscription paid off: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/02/11/moon-man.

  2. Michael Johnston | July 27, 2022 at 9:32 am | Reply

    whew Saved from extending my losing streak by knowing GG was Milton’s contemporary. There’s no way I’d remember that line from PL. A bit of a lucky guess, in that there are some other early astronomers, also contemporaries of Milton, who might have fit.

    Current FJ streak: 1W

    • Michael Johnston | July 27, 2022 at 10:54 am | Reply

      Hmm… Is it the abbreviations? If so, I’ll stay away from those in the future.

    • I way overthought it and spent a minute and a half, starting with the notion that it would be a stretch to call M. a “contemporary” of the most famous pioneering astronomers; he was 44 years younger than Galileo and 36 younger than Kepler. I didn’t realize how long G lived, or that they met. I got it, seemingly, by the scansion, because in the clue the second line reads like hexameter: “Observes imagined lands and regions in the Moon”, and “Galileo” would more or less give the first line six feet, whereas K. would not. Except… that’s wrong, because it’s in pentameter, and the lines break like this (so that the extract, I suppose, beings “… when” not “When”:

      From hence no cloud, or, to obstruct his sight,
      Star interposed, however small he sees,
      Not unconformed to other shining globes,
      Earth, and the garden of God, with cedars crowned
      Above all hills. As when by night the glass
      Of Galileo, less assured, observes
      Imagined lands and regions in the moon:

  3. Struck out looking 🙁

  4. This is another of the kind of clues I like. You don’t have to know about the work it came from. You just have to think of who during Milton’s time would have been looking at celestial bodies through a glass.

  5. Lone Biker Of The Apacolypse | July 27, 2022 at 2:13 pm | Reply

    Tripple stumper?

    Might I suggest to anyone going to the podium as a contestant; read Paradise Lost. There seems to be a plethora of Jeopardy! questions generated from this work.

  6. As i read the clue about Milton I immediately thought of Galileo the astronomer. Reading through paradise list helped me greatly in this game. Congrats brianne

  7. Robert Fawkes | July 27, 2022 at 3:51 pm | Reply

    As a child many decades ago, astronomy was one of my hobbies. My Dad even gave me a telescope at a young age. As it happens Galileo was pretty much my favorite astronomer. I even did a report on him in grade school. As a result, this was an instant get for me even though I could understand others struggling with it as shown by the triple stumper. Congrats to Brianne on her win.

  8. aaronthecrystalclod | July 27, 2022 at 3:52 pm | Reply

    We would’ve headed into a tie breaker if Brianne risked everything and Ed had gotten it correct.

  9. Right off I thought “Who is a contemporary of Milton”. . . had to be Galileo!

  10. Do you think Brianne and Ed (and maybe even Colleen, but no evidence of that) mistakenly thought “contemporary” indicated a fellow writer/poet instead of an astronomer? I would have thought anyone could have guessed SOME astronomer without knowing if it fit the whole clue.

    Trying to hit on a Milton contemporary who both wrote and was a scientist (so probably at least dabbled in astronomy) my guess was Sir Isaac Newton. Surprisingly I turned out to be correct about them being contemporaries (to a degree).

    • then the fault would be on them, since “contemporary” simply means “living or occurring at the same time”. Has nothing to do with sharing the same occupation or interests.

      • Right, I was just going by their choices for guesses, as I said I thought anyone could think of SOME astronomer (“from way back” even if they didn’t know the right dates) if it was only going to be a guess, anyway.

  11. So I’m a day behind and watching yest show…whenever Ken will say Alexa it will make my Echo/Alexa think I’m asking it something!! Lol and my fave band DMB wasn’t answered correctly 🙃 😔

  12. Pizza Face Fred | July 27, 2022 at 10:51 pm | Reply

    Turns out I incorrectly remember Galileo as the inventor of the telescope. That misinformation got me a Triple Stumper Final today. Oh, the humanity!

  13. Re: This game’s wagering scenario – If you’re going to look back at past games here are the criteria for this scenario where 3rd can stay above the leader’s MSBIW but cannot win with that wager if 2nd makes a minimum cover bet even if right:

    Second must be “crushing” third (i.e. between 1.5 and 2 times the score).
    Third must go into Final with a score at or above the leader’s MSBIW, AND have less than half the leader’s total going into Final (I calculated the latter to be a shortened way to see whether third could get within second’s minimum cover or not).

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