Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, August 10, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Population) for Wednesday, August 10, 2022 (Season 38, Game 43):

This Asian nation is the world’s most populous country that lies mostly in the Southern Hemisphere

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Andrew He, a software developer from San Francisco, California
Andrew He on Jeopardy!
Mary Kamela, a school librarian from Buffalo, New York
Mary Kamela on Jeopardy!
Dane Reighard, an editor from Los Angeles, California (2-day total: $34,799)
Dane Reighard on Jeopardy!

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Today’s game originally aired on November 10, 2021.

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Correct response: What is Indonesia?


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At over 270 million, Indonesia is the world’s 4th-most populous country, and the most populous whose land is located mostly in the Southern Hemisphere. Brazil is the 6th-most populous overall and the second-most populous mostly-Southern Hemisphere country – the northern reaches of both Indonesia and Brazil do extend north of the Equator.

I know personally that geography is a strong point of mine, but I’m also at a loss to determine what any incorrect responses to this clue might be from a player. There aren’t that many Asian countries whose land is mostly south of the Equator in the first place, and certainly not any with any sort of population. I feel as though adding the continent nerfed this clue. On the flip side, this is the exact sort of clue that I talk about when it comes to “keeping the Final Jeopardy! wagers honest” (i.e. that there needs to be easy Final Jeopardy! clues in order to prevent players from betting too conservatively as a rule). Considering Dane’s choice on Monday not to bet to completely cover second place, this is the sort of clue that could prove to be his undoing—especially if a more strategically minded player took note of what happened.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: First Things First; Lakes & Rivers; Celebrity Entrepreneurs; “B” + 2 Letters; Up All Night; Mythical Misses)

The fireworks started early in today’s game — Andrew got off to a rocket start, only to fall back to $0 after a missed True Daily Double. However, he did pull things back and nearly tied for the lead after 30 clues!

Statistics at the first break (17 clues):

Dane 5 correct 1 incorrect
Andrew 10 correct 2 incorrect
Mary 0 correct 2 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Dane 10 correct 1 incorrect
Andrew 16 correct 3 incorrect
Mary 1 correct 3 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: They Turned My Book Into A Movie; Caribbean History; The Shirley Booth; Sitcoms; Science & Nature; Word Origins)

Mary was able to pull herself out of the hole during this round; however, Dane and Andrew continued their slugfest. Both Dane and Andrew successfully converted True Daily Doubles north of $10,000 to put up incredible scores going into Final Jeopardy. The scores going into the final clue were Andrew at $30,000, Dane at $26,000, and Mary at $4,800.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Andrew 28 correct 4 incorrect
Dane 21 correct 3 incorrect
Mary 5 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 4 (0 today).

Dane and Andrew both got Final correct, which means that as Andrew made the standard cover bet, Myron Meyer’s record from 2002, for the most amount of money won in a player’s first win, fell in this game; the record is now held by Andrew He at an incredible $52,001.

Tonight’s Game Stats:

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Scores going into Final:

Andrew $30,000
Dane $26,000
Mary $4,800

Tonight’s results:

Mary $4,800 – $0 = $4,800 (What is India?)
Dane $26,000 + $25,999 = $51,999 (What is Indonesia?)
Andrew $30,000 + $22,001 = $52,001 (What is Indonesia?) (1-day total: $52,001)


Andrew He, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 10, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Dane $4,600
Andrew $4,000
Mary -$800


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Opening break taken after: 17 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) LAKES & RIVERS $600 (clue #13)
Andrew 4800 -4800 (Dane 2200 Mary -1400)
2) SCIENCE & NATURE $800 (clue #20)
Andrew 12400 +12400 (Dane 13400 Mary 3200)
3) WORD ORIGINS $1200 (clue #25, $5200 left on board)
Dane 13800 +13800 (Mary 4800 Andrew 25200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 100

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 4 (0.09 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Andrew $23,200 Coryat, 28 correct, 4 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer (26/57), 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Dane $13,400 Coryat, 21 correct, 3 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Mary $4,800 Coryat, 5 correct, 3 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $41,400
Lach Trash: $5,600 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,000

Dane Reighard, career statistics:

67 correct, 9 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
39.77% in first on buzzer (68/171)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $17,800)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,867

Mary Kamela, career statistics:

5 correct, 4 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,800

Andrew He, career statistics:

29 correct, 4 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
45.61% in first on buzzer (26/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,600)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $23,200

Andrew He, to win:

2 games: 82.571%
3: 68.180%
4: 56.297%
5: 46.485%
6: 38.383%
Avg. streak: 5.738 games.

Today’s interviews:

Andrew lived downstairs from the cofounder of Instagram as a sophomore.
Mary had a first word of “Book”.
Dane had a yacht party for his 30th birthday; he and his friends got seasick.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Today’s “Clue of the Day” was: This poison gets its name partly from the Greek for “dark blue”; it was in the category Word Origins. The correct response: What is cyanide?
  • $26,000 is the second-highest non-leading score going into Final Jeopardy! in the history of the show, behind only Adam Levin on April 29, 2019.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Andrew $30,000 Dane $26,000 Mary $4,800)

Dane: Bet between $8,001 (covering any of Andrew’s conservative range) and $16,399 (to make sure you keep second place over Mary). (Actual bet: $25,999)

Mary: If Andrew bets to cover Dane and is incorrect, he falls to $7,999. In order to have any hope of winning, you must bet at least $3,200. (Actual bet: $0)

Andrew: Standard cover bet over Dane is $22,001. (Actual bet: $22,001)


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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, August 10, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | August 10, 2022 at 10:08 am |

    This one has my memory twisted. I remember the clue quite clearly, but I can’t recall my original answer, which might mean I got it wrong. I got it this time, though 🤷‍♂️

    Between Seasons FJ streak: 8W

  2. Off topic, but I’m curious to know. Just saw an article suggesting that the Clue Crew may be disbanded for Season 39. Has anyone got any insight as to whether that’s the case?

    • Any article that says “may be” is incorrect.

      Both Jimmy and Sarah—the Clue Crew’s two remaining members—have confirmed that it has been disbanded; both have received different roles in the show’s production.

  3. Thank you, Andy. I figured you’d know. Appreciate your response and excellent site.

  4. What a barnburner! I take it the point of the 2nd chance tourney is to reward players who never got a chance to win, but I do have a soft spot for “regular” champions like Dane who could’ve maybe kept playing if they didn’t run into a TOC player. Oh well, he’ll just have to console himself with the money he won, and the bittersweet thrill of the only game he lost being rerun.

    • not having won their original game seems to be a SCT requirement for those who appeared in regular games, but they also included a college tournament contestant who won their first and second games, but didn’t qualify for the final because of the weird tournament format (4 semifinal games, but only 3 spots in the final)

    • Robert Fawkes | August 10, 2022 at 6:59 pm |

      Yes, I agree with Ben. It would have been nice to have someone like Dane get a second chance at being in the ToC. Yes, he did win north of $34k but it would have been nice for him to have a second chance at being in the ToC. If he hadn’t run into a 5-time champion in Andrew He, Dane could have been a 5-day champ himself. Don’t forget, Andrew He was only beaten by a super, super champ in Amy S. Under those circumstances, I would have made an exception for Dane and included him in the Second Chance Tournament. Just my opinion.

      • I agree with you. (But I have not, and won’t bother to, take the time to examine the history of all the SCT selections — there might not be one that I think deserves the chance less than Dane does.)

    • Dane looked pretty obviously frustrated on the buzzer during this game. The fact that Andrew was the only player in 41 games to lead Amy going into Final seems to indicate that he’s a master on the buzzer. Too bad box scores aren’t available for these games to look at the stats.

      I bet Dane would’ve been formidable in the ToC.

  5. I just checked back and I had gotten it right the first time, but had not been sure I was right.

    There was some discussion in that day’s comments that one could see anyone possibly being misled to say “India” if the term ‘Asian nation’ is taken literally to mean a nation specifically on the continent and not including all the islands that reach between Asia and Australia.

    I have a further thought on that — the designation AAPI is frequently used in the media in just the last couple of years, so since it designates Asians and Pacific Islanders, why would they BOTH need designating if the Pacific Islands ARE part of Asia? Wouldn’t that make their inhabitants Asians, too? Regardless, it seems enough to make one likely to think in the back of their mind that if the clue is about a country specifically in Asia, it probably wants one on the continent of Asia.

    • Current convention has most of Indonesia as part of Asia, while its New Guinea portion is considered part of Oceania. I think the clue is defensible, but I can the see the objection based on the somewhat arbitrary and shifting definitions of continents.

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