Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, July 6, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Agriculture) for Wednesday, July 6, 2022 (Season 38, Game 213):

Being brought to the U.S. by a ship docking at San Francisco in 1851 helped lead to it now being a major crop in the Midwest

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Alicia O’Hare, a social worker from Long Beach, New York
Alicia O'Hare on Jeopardy!
Jen Alfonso-Punzalan, a school librarian from San Mateo, California
Jen Alfonso-Punzalan on Jeopardy!
Yungsheng Wang, a public defender from Los Angeles, California (2-day total: $47,801)
Yungsheng Wang on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Yungsheng Wang won his second game yesterday, even though he was slightly more tempered on the signaling device (only 39 attempts yesterday compared to 45 on Monday). Today, he faces off against San Mateo’s Jen Alfonso-Punzalan and Long Islander Alicia O’Hare.

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Correct response: What are soybeans?


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In early 1851, the U.S. merchant ship Aukland found a junk drifting helplessly 500 miles off the coast of Japan. Its occupants, 17 Japanese sailors, gave soybeans as a token of appreciation to Dr. Benjamin Franklin Edwards of Alton, Illinois, once the Aukland docked in San Francisco. From there, the seeds were distributed to farmers in the Midwest, where the plants were often used as animal feed; the soybeans flourished in the summer climate of the Midwest.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Geography; Movie Magic & Wizardry; Stock Symbols; We Recognize; The Representative From…; The State of Denial)

It was Jen who got to the opening Daily Double; unfortunately, it brought her back to 0 after she was unable to come up with the correct response. Yungsheng and Alicia otherwise dominated proceedings before and after the break, respectively, with Yungsheng picking up 7 correct before the break and Alicia an astounding 9 after! Alicia held the lead today after 30 clues.

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Historical Hodgepodge; Literary Doctors; Billboard No. 1 Lyrics; Examine the Science; In the Courtroom; “A” Before “E”)

Alicia continued her strong play in the first part of Double Jeopardy!, but came back to Yungsheng when she dropped $4,000 on her Daily Double. It was a very tight game between the Daily Doubles, with Yungsheng finally finding the last one on clue #25! Picking up $4,000 on the game’s last Daily Double gave Yungsheng a lead he wouldn’t relinquish—even though Alicia pulled to within $1,000 going into Final! Scores going into Final were Yungsheng at $19,200, Alicia at $18,200, and Jen at $3,000.

Final was a triple-get today, which means Yungsheng is now a 3-day champion, winnings $84,202! He’ll go for win #4 tomorrow!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, July 6, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Yungsheng $19,200
Alicia $18,200
Jen $3,000

Tonight’s results:

Jen $3,000 + $0 = $3,000 (What are soybeans?)
Alicia $18,200 + $6,200 = $24,400 (What is are soybeans?)
Yungsheng $19,200 + $17,201 = $36,401 (What is soybean?) (3-day total: $84,202)


Yungsheng Wang, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 6, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Alicia $8,600
Yungsheng $6,400
Jen $600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) GEOGRAPHY $1000 (clue #11)
Jen 1000 -1000 (Yungsheng 2400 Alicia 1800)
2) LITERARY DOCTORS $2000 (clue #12)
Alicia 12600 -4000 (Yungsheng 8000 Jen 200)
3) HISTORICAL HODGEPODGE $1200 (clue #25, $6000 left on board)
Yungsheng 13600 +4000 (Jen 3000 Alicia 13800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -102

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 83 (0.39 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Yungsheng $16,400 Coryat, 21 correct, 1 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Alicia $22,200 Coryat, 25 correct, 2 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Jen $4,000 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,600
Lach Trash: $4,000 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,400

Yungsheng Wang, career statistics:

64 correct, 8 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
36.26% in first on buzzer (62/171)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,000)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,267

Jen Alfonso-Punzalan, career statistics:

10 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,000

Alicia O’Hare, career statistics:

26 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $22,200

Yungsheng Wang, to win:

4 games: 51.647%
5: 26.674%
6: 13.776%
7: 7.115%
8: 3.675%
Avg. streak: 4.068 games.

Today’s interviews:

Alicia has a unique lullaby that was written by her father.
Jen met her husband at a college bookstore.
Yungsheng was adopted by a dog.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Yungsheng $19,200 Alicia $18,200 Jen $3,000)

Yungsheng: Standard cover bet over Alicia is $17,201. (Actual bet: $17,201)

Jen: If Yungsheng covers, he falls to $1,999. Bet no more than $1,000. (Actual bet: $0)

Alicia: Bet at least $2,001 (therefore covering against any of Yungsheng’s potential small bet range) and at most $12,199 (making sure you stay ahead of Jen). (Actual bet: $6,200)

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23 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, July 6, 2022"

  1. I should have known this – Soy milk saved my oldest son’s life who was allergic to regular milk – Good luck to all the contestants.

  2. Michael Johnston | July 6, 2022 at 9:45 am |

    I guessed soybeans because I knew they came from Asia, although I thought they were already being grown in the US by the given year. Some background research suggests that they were mostly grown in the South as a forage crop before that.

    Current FJ streak: 3W

    • also guessed soy beans knowing it couldn’t be corn or wheat and was coming from the far east.

  3. I like clues like this that give you everything you need to deduce the correct response. A west coast dock says it came from Asia. It also had to be something that wasn’t readily available in the US in the 1850’s. That eliminates rice and tea. Then you think of major US crops today, and the word soy jumps out at you. This should be a triple get.

  4. An easy answer for me, I can look out any of my farmhouse windows and see fields full of them. I want more agricultural FJs!

  5. Very strong game and i like it. Happy to see Alicia dominating the board with yungsheng. Alicia is a very strong player. I hope to continue to see more people giving our champion a good challenge. I knew this one as well and happy for a triple solve today.

  6. Now a major crop in the Midwest, it was initially off-loaded from a ship that docked in San Francisco in 1851.

    Clearer, no?

    • Yes

      • Thank you. I’m getting a bit annoyed at the FJ clue writing of late. It seems to be on the decline, coinciding with Alex’s passing and maybe related staffing issues. Love Jeopardy and want to see it continue its high-quality production.
        Note: NOT a slam against Mayim. I like her.

        • Robert Fawkes | July 6, 2022 at 6:10 pm |

          I can’t really quibble with the clue as it was originally written as all three contestants as well as many people at home were able to discern the answer. Nothing wrong with the way you rewrote it but “If ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” By and large, I don’t see any reason to get annoyed at the folks writing the FJ clues. There are always going to be ones you like and ones you don’t like.

    • No. Both versions are strictly true but I feel that yours sounds like it was cargo and the story behind it tells it to be a small amount accidentally obtained. Though Jeopardy’s version of the question doesn’t spell that out, it fits the narrative better than yours.

    • The word “initially” may be problematic here.

  7. Pam Schultz | July 6, 2022 at 4:09 pm |

    Getting the FJ today is like getting the Wordle in three for me. Well written answer that provided several clues.

  8. And soybeans can help with nitrogen fixation, which improves the soil for other crops being rotated into that field, reducing the need for costly and dangerous chemical fertilizer.

  9. I assume that the highest amount of buzzer attempts one could have in a game would be 57 (all the non-DD clues in the Single and Double Jeopardy rounds). I wonder what the highest amount of attempts made by an actual contestant has been.

    Also, I wonder if they would make an official announcement (on the show or online) how they would handle things in terms of the ToC if Yungsheng (or some other champion in the next few weeks) gets to 5 wins, since by our estimations, 15 spots are already accounted for (if the SCT is still in the works)

  10. I was hoping for a harder final jeopardy with two such strong contestants. Really good game today, though. Alicia almost ran the last category and would have won the game had she done so. That second to last clue was the game decider.

  11. Pizza Face Fred | July 6, 2022 at 11:33 pm |

    I’ve been feeling Jeopardymasculated lately. It’s particularly troubling to me when all three get the Final, like today, and I don’t. Happened last Friday, too. This from a guy who got two last week when there were only four correct responses all week, three of those on Friday; the before before, when there were five correct responses all week, I had four, yes four. Maybe I should double-up on my Prozac and Zoloft. Keep me in your thoughts. I’ve hit a rough patch . . .

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