Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, July 7, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Literary Characters on Screen) for Thursday, July 7, 2022 (Season 38, Game 214):

Per Guinness, this character who debuted in 1887 is the most portrayed human literary character in film & television

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Brian Ahern, a user support associate from Daly City, California
Brian Ahern on Jeopardy!
Heather Brown, a civil servant from South Berwick, Maine
Heather Brown on Jeopardy!
Yungsheng Wang, a public defender from Los Angeles, California (3-day total: $84,202)
Yungsheng Wang on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

LA public defender Yungsheng Wang has excitedly won three games of Jeopardy!; he’ll need to keep his run going in order to get a Tournament of Champions invitation, though! Today, Maine’s Heather Brown and Daly City’s Brian Ahern want to stop Yungsheng from getting to victory #4!

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Correct response: Who is Sherlock Holmes?

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Guinness World Records awarded the record to Sherlock Holmes in 2012. Up until that point, Sherlock had been depicted in film and television 254 times; 48 portrayals more than Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Dracula, who had been portrayed 272 times on film (through 2012), is the overall most portrayed literary character; however, Dracula is not considered to be human by Guinness. Sherlock Holmes first appeared in 1887’s A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Which New York City Borough?; ____ & ____; Salad Dressing for Success; Hemingway; Rhyme Zone; From the Speedway)

Yungsheng got off to the best start today, holding the lead after 15 clues. However, Brian played very well between clues 15 and 30, picking up 7 clues, including a $4,600 True Daily Double, to hold a big lead after Single Jeopardy!

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Next Leader in Line; 4-Letter Acronyms; Such Great Chemistry; The Scarf; Old Newspapers; “G”eography)

In Double Jeopardy!, Yungsheng stormed back with 14 correct of his own, and re-took the lead after the second Daily Double on Clue 15! He bet all but $1 on the first Daily Double, which made the numbers more interesting today for Final Jeopardy! Yungsheng didn’t quite have a runaway after 60 clues, holding $22,099; Brian was at $13,400 after only 4 correct in the round and Heather $4,800, after she gave 5 incorrect responses in Double Jeopardy.

In Final, only Brian was correct, which means that Yungsheng’s run stops at 3 victories, and that Brian will be back tomorrow to defend his title!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Thursday, July 7, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Yungsheng $22,099
Brian $13,400
Heather $4,800

Tonight’s results:

Heather $4,800 – $4,800 = $0 (Who is Scrooge.)
Brian $13,400 + $13,400 = $26,800 (Who is Sherlock Holmes) (1-day total: $26,800)
Yungsheng $22,099 – $4,900 = $17,199 (Who is Zorro?)

Brian Ahern, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 7, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Brian $10,600
Heather $3,600
Yungsheng $2,000

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) HEMINGWAY $400 (clue #23)
Brian 4600 +4600 (Yungsheng 2600 Heather 3000)
2) SUCH GREAT CHEMISTRY $1600 (clue #5)
Yungsheng 2400 +2399 (Heather 2800 Brian 11800)
3) NEXT LEADER IN LINE $1600 (clue #15, $20800 left on board)
Yungsheng 7599 +4500 (Heather 5200 Brian 11800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 259

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:

Brian $9,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Yungsheng $18,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 4 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Heather $4,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 6 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/4 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,400
Lach Trash: $11,600 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,000

Yungsheng Wang, career statistics:

83 correct, 13 incorrect
6/7 on rebound attempts (on 17 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (80/228)
5/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $14,899)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,300

Heather Brown, career statistics:

13 correct, 7 incorrect
1/4 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,800

Brian Ahern, career statistics:

17 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,600)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,200

Brian Ahern, to win:

2 games: 44.587%
3: 19.880%
4: 8.864%
5: 3.952%
6: 1.762%
Avg. streak: 1.805 games.

Today’s interviews:

Brian has a bronze walrus statue as a prized possession.
Heather obsessively checked her Jeopardy! audition status during her honeymoon in Vegas.
Yungsheng had Noah Wylie’s Celebrity Jeopardy! episode as a first show memory.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I didn’t like Yungsheng’s Final Jeopardy! bet—it could have afforded Brian a back door into victory had Brian underbet in Final (and yes, this is a thing that happens).
  • Link to the box score: July 7, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Yungsheng $22,099 Brian $13,400 Heather $4,800)

Yungsheng: Standard cover bet over Brian is $4,702. I’d recommend not going much higher at all with your bet, just in case Brian accidentally underbets to keep second place over Heather. (Actual bet: $4,900)

Heather: Unless Yungsheng really overbets, you can’t win today. However, Brian does have occasion to go all-in. That said, I would bet between anywhere between $4,603 and $4,798, as that defends best against Brian’s most likely bets. (Actual bet: $4,800)

Brian: If Yungsheng bets to cover and is wrong, he falls to $17,397. Thus, you need to bet at least $3,998. The more you bet, though, the more money you win if you win the game, though. (Actual bet: $13,400)

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25 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, July 7, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | July 7, 2022 at 10:13 am |

    Heh, I deduced it from the Category and the year🕵️😁

    Current FJ streak: 4W

  2. Silly me guessed Scrooge 🙁

    • Silly same here. Good guess imo nonetheless.

    • Another Scrooge here, though I knew it was several decades too early. Homes was “shoulda, woulda, coulda” forehead slap. According to IMDB, there have been around 150 appearances by Scrooge in movies and TV.

    • Pam Schultz | July 7, 2022 at 2:40 pm |

      Me, too

    • I did, too, but even before the correct response was presented, I knew I would be lucky to have gotten it correct as I knew I am prejudiced against Scrooge as I have never really liked ‘A Christmas Carol’ — OK the first time out but rapidly grew tired of it and groan whenever it is to be shown on TV or produced as a local play. [Ditto Babes in Toyland, though on first time seeing it, I liked it even less than I had Christmas Carol.] I knew A Christmas Carol was written well before Sherlock Holmes, but Edison invented the motion pictures camera “about” 1887 [I’ve found out it was a bit later than that.] and assumed characters that have been around for a while (and already being presented in plays) would be portrayed earlier than freshly minted characters. I wonder if Guinness “counts” TV skits (like on SNL) — I would have thought there would be more take-offs on Scrooge than Sherlock, but still might not be enough regardless.

      • A Christmas Carol has been done to death, though I still enjoy the Alistair Sim version. As to FJ, Sherlock seemed a good bet. One thing about Holmes is that there’s more than one book to use, plus many stories can be done in a Holmesian style. With Christmas Carol, there’s just the one story, so the options are limited. (Mr. Magoo as Scrooge was a fun variation.)

      • ScubaSteve | July 8, 2022 at 10:42 am |

        Bah! Humbug!

  3. I knew it was sherlock holmes as i have read the hound of the Baskervilles. I also played somebof his great games like the mummy mystery and the awakening.

  4. Marty Cunningham | July 7, 2022 at 2:38 pm |

    I figured it was Holmes, although possibly considered Tarzan, too, given all of the older movies featuring him. Didn’t really think about Dracula, although his record makes sense if you look at his story in other countries and cultures, like “Nosferatu”, but they did not seem to include stage works, as I know there are several featuring Holmes and Dracula, but not sure how many plays feature Tarzan, what with all the rope swinging that might be required. James Bond is newer but still very prolific; one survey listed Bond, Holmes and Tarzan as three literary characters who most people believe actually existed, too.
    Sad to see Yungsheng go, I really enjoyed his surprise and excitement at winning, every time, and like Ken Jennings has said (paraphrase) “once you get the title of Jeopardy! Champ, no one can take that away from you.” I believe there are still less than 10,000 winners from the current version, going back nearly 40 years, and Yungsheng now is part of that small group.

    • I’m guessing well less than 10,000 winners. If you figure about 40 weeks of games a year, there are ~200 games a year. Over ~40 years would get you about ~8000 games – so even if a new person won every game, yeah….short of 10,000.

  5. Robert Fawkes | July 7, 2022 at 6:44 pm |

    I took “a shot in the dark” and came up with Sherlock Holmes. Oh, wait a minute, that’s Inspector Clouseau. 🙂

  6. Like a couple of other commenters, I immediately guessed Holmes based solely on the category and the year. And that’s without having ever watched a single movie or tv version. Go figure.

  7. Anyone have an opinion about whether “slipstream” would’ve been accepted instead of “vacuum” for the $1000 clue in the Speedway category?

    • Given that a definition of “slipstream” includes “an area of reduced_air_pressure and forward suction immediately behind a rapidly moving vehicle”, the underlined phrases being synonyms of “vacuum”, as in “a degree of rarefaction below atmospheric pressure”, I bet it would have been. Perhaps, after a tape stoppage to let the judges consult the dictionaries.

  8. Pizza Face Fred | July 7, 2022 at 10:46 pm |

    All I could come up with was Doctor Jekyll. At least the timeline was in the ballpark. Had I thought of it, I probably would’ve gone with Scrooge . . .

  9. I knew FJ in a second because that was a question (not verbatim) in the original Trivial Pursuit game. With all the Robert Downey movies, I assumed nothing changed since the mid-80s.

  10. Brian’s story about the bronze walrus and his daughter brought a tear to me eye . . .

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