Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, July 28, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Countries of Europe) for Thursday, July 28, 2022 (Season 38, Game 229):

It’s the only independent survivor of the Spanish March, buffer states created to protect Christian Europe from the Moors

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Katrina Hill, a non-profit professional from Alexandria, Virginia
Katrina Hill on Jeopardy!
Heidi Reese, a patent examiner originally from Bay City, Michigan
Heidi Reese on Jeopardy!
Brianne Barker, a biology professor from Madison, New Jersey (1-day total: $11,700)
Brianne Barker on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

As we move in the penultimate game of the 38th season of Jeopardy!, Brianne Barker became champion yesterday after a very savvy wager in Final Jeopardy. Today, she faces Heidi Reese and Katrina Hill.

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Correct response: What is Andorra?


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Andorra is a microstate in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain; a number of buffer states were created in the area by Charlemagne c. 800 in order to protect France from Moorish Spain; of those states, Andorra is the only one not to have been reintegrated into either of the present-day countries. According to tradition, Charlemagne granted Andorra a charter in exchange for fighting the Moors; Charles the Bald (Charlemagne’s grandson) named the Count of Urgell as overlord of Andorra. Today, the country is co-administered by the Bishop of Urgell in Spain and the President of France.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: The Industrial Revolution; You Call Yourself A Fan?; A Fashionable Category; 40 Years Of USA Today; Team Rhymes; West Virginia & Regular Virginia)

Brianne had the best time of things in Single Jeopardy!, in spite of a miss on a Daily Double late in the round. Her lead was $4,400 after 30 clues, with Heidi and Katrina battling for second.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Brianne 9 correct 1 incorrect
Heidi 3 correct 0 incorrect
Katrina 3 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Brianne 16 correct 2 incorrect
Katrina 6 correct 1 incorrect
Heidi 6 correct 0 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Authors; Go IVth (Fourth) & Rule; Plant Parts; Loco For Logos; Starts With 2 Vowels; What’s The Name Of That Song?)

Double Jeopardy! belonged to Katrina, with the Virginian picking up 13 correct in the round. Things were closer until Katrina picked up a rebound after Brianne and Heidi both got the penultimate clue of the round incorrect, but all three players still were in contention going into Final. Scores going into Final saw Katrina at $20,200, Brianne at $13,800, and Heidi at $7,300.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Katrina 19 correct 1 incorrect
Brianne 24 correct 4 incorrect
Heidi 10 correct 1 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 83 (0 today).

Katrina and Heidi both got today’s Final correct; Katrina made the standard cover bet and won over $27,000! She’ll be champion for the season finale tomorrow!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Thursday, July 28, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Katrina $20,200
Brianne $13,800
Heidi $7,300

Tonight’s results:

Heidi $7,300 + $7,200 = $14,500 (What is Andorra?)
Brianne $13,800 – $13,795 = $5 (What is Portugal?)
Katrina $20,200 + $7,401 = $27,601 (What is Andorra?) (1-day total: $27,601)


Katrina Hill, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 28, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Brianne $7,400
Katrina $3,000
Heidi $2,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION $1000 (clue #25)
Brianne 7000 -2000 (Heidi 2200 Katrina 3000)
2) AUTHORS $800 (clue #7)
Heidi 3200 +2500 (Brianne 8600 Katrina 5800)
3) PLANT PARTS $2000 (clue #15, $18000 left on board)
Katrina 10200 +2000 (Brianne 11800 Heidi 5700)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 69

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:

Katrina $20,200 Coryat, 19 correct, 1 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Heidi $5,600 Coryat, 10 correct, 1 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Brianne $15,800 Coryat, 24 correct, 4 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer (26/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $41,600
Lach Trash: $6,600 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800

Brianne Barker, career statistics:

43 correct, 6 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
37.72% in first on buzzer (43/114)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$500)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,800

Heidi Reese, career statistics:

11 correct, 1 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,500)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,600

Katrina Hill, career statistics:

20 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,200

Katrina Hill, to win:

2 games: 64.425%
3: 41.506%
4: 26.740%
5: 17.227%
6: 11.099%
Avg. streak: 2.811 games.

Today’s interviews:

Katrina joined AmeriCorps NCCC right after college.
Heidi likes being a patent examiner because she can write persuasively about new science.
Brianne has “stuffed animal” versions of bacteria and viruses.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Katrina $20,200 Brianne $13,800 Heidi $7,300)

Brianne: Standard cover bet over Heidi is $801. Also, if Katrina covers you and is incorrect, she falls to $12,799. Thus, bet no more than $999. (Actual bet: $13,795)

Heidi: If Brianne makes the minimum cover bet over you and is incorrect, she falls to $12,999. Bet at least $5,701. (Actual bet: $7,200)

Katrina: Standard cover bet over Brianne is $7,401. (Actual bet: $7,401)


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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, July 28, 2022"

  1. I got it without knowing the full details that Andy pointed out – I think I had this in my brain from Rick Steves’s microstates episode.

    By the way, Verizon took out the rerun episode numbers from the schedule on the App. That is a bummer.

  2. Michael Johnston | July 28, 2022 at 9:49 am | Reply

    The Spanish March is a bit of European history new to me, so… Cool! I learned something 🙂 Without the historical background, i had to work through the clue and what I did know about the Moors pressing north from the peninsula. Finally remembered the small sovereignty of Andorra, but I would not have gotten it in 30 seconds 🙁

    Current FJ streak: 1L

  3. Knowing that it’s between Spain and France (hence buffer) I took a wild guess and was pleasantly surprised that I was right! Andorra.

  4. I also took a wild guess and I knew it was Andorra! Between Spain and France helped here. Still though congrats to Heidi and Katrina getting final right!. I hope Katrina can keep her wins going!

    • I don’t understand . . . if you “knew” it was Andorra, why did you take a “wild guess”? And, what did you guess instead of Andorra?

  5. Marty Cunningham | July 28, 2022 at 2:49 pm | Reply

    And so, the Tournament should be set, without another 5-day winner joining the list from this week, and with the pool closing with the end of the season on Friday.

    Looking forward to all of what Michael Davies outlined in his letter on the show website today. Change is good. I think he has a good handle on what to try to do to keep the show fresh and topical while maintaining the great tradition it has.

    • The ToC lineup was set in late June, when Megan Wachspress won her 5th game; as that made 12 5+ game winners, plus the winners from the Prof, College, and upcoming new 2nd Chance tourneys rounding out the 15-person field.
      I have a feeling that if there had been another 5+ game winner in this final month or so of the season, then they would have qualified for the 2023 ToC. But as it turned out, the producers didn’t have to make that decision b/c there were no more 5+ game winners

  6. Robert Fawkes | July 28, 2022 at 6:52 pm | Reply

    Even though she wound up with only $5 today, Brianne played a great game and was a worthy champion. For the game today, she had 24 correct responses and she was over 45% “in first on buzzer.” Those are great numbers and might be enough to win on most days. Katrina had to play a great game, too, and get FJ to win. The fine play all-around made for a great game today. Congratulations to the two Champions and to Heidi who was up against some stiff competition.

    As an aside, I was able to get today’s FJ because I knew Andorra was between Spain and France so thought that might be the logical response.

  7. “Regular Virginia” is my all-time favorite Jeopardy response. Great to see it immortalized as a category.

  8. The bell hooks clue was poorly phrased. One could reasonably interpret “making this change” as referring to the act of taking another name professionally. It should have read “but with this change” or even more explicitly “making this typographic change”.

    I suspect at least one of the contestants would’ve gotten it with different phrasing.

  9. Pizza Face Fred | July 28, 2022 at 10:59 pm | Reply

    Principalities, microstates, city-states, a tiny country by any other name would smell as sweet. First thought of the Basque region, then thought of the Andorras, San Marinos, Vatican Cities, and Monacos of the world. My family lived in Madrid for six years when I was knee high to a grasshopper, not that it had anything to do with me getting the Final . . .

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