Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, August 16, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Kings & Queens) for Tuesday, August 16, 2022 (Season 38, Game 66):

Due to legislative action of 1707, she was officially the last monarch of independent Scotland

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Katie Reed, an associate professor of musicology at Cal State Fullerton
Katie Reed on Jeopardy!
J.P. Allen, a professor of business and innovation at the University of San Francisco
J.P. Allen on Jeopardy!
Sam Buttrey, an associate professor of operations research at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California
Sam Buttrey on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Today’s game originally aired on December 13, 2021.

“Best of Season 38” continues with this semifinal from the 2021 Professor’s Tournament. This game features Sam Buttrey’s semifinal game against J.P. Allen and Katie Reed.


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Correct response: Who is Queen Anne?


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While England and Scotland had been in union since 1603, their boundaries remained distinct until 1707, when the Acts of Union united the two into one kingdom with the name of Great Britain, with one parliament and one monarch. In 1801, Great Britain entered into a further union with Ireland, creating the United Kingdom. Queen Anne, who was reigning at the time, thus was the last monarch of England and Scotland and the first monarch of Great Britain.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Professions; 19th Century Lit; Modern Shorthand; Historic Americans; British Humor; Fossil Words)

Today’s Jeopardy! round was immensely competitive, with all three players doing well on the signalling device. Kate was in third place after 30 clues, but she was also only $2,000 off the lead and had a very healthy score.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

J.P. 5 correct 0 incorrect
Sam 5 correct 0 incorrect
Katie 5 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Sam 12 correct 0 incorrect
J.P. 8 correct 0 incorrect
Katie 8 correct 0 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Latin American Geography; Chemistry; Sidekicks; Gems & Jewels; Let There Be Enlightenment; Say Something Silly, Professor)

J.P. had the run of play early in Double Jeopardy!, and picked up both Daily Doubles within the first 10 clues. Unfortunately, he dropped $5,400 on the first one to hurt his win chances a little bit. Sam picked up another 9 correct (without an incorrect response) to hold the best position going into the game’s final clue.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Sam 21 correct 0 incorrect
J.P. 20 correct 1 incorrect
Katie 13 correct 1 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 8 (0 today).

Sam was the only player correct in today’s Final Jeopardy—which worked out for him as his math error would have sunk him had J.P. been correct.

Sam would go on to win this tournament and has qualified for this fall’s Tournament of Champions.

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, August 16, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Sam $19,000
J.P. $13,400
Katie $9,000

Tonight’s results:

Katie $9,000 – $9,000 = $0 (Who is Mary? (Queen of Scots))
J.P. $13,400 – $13,400 = $0 (Who is Mary Queen of Scots?)
Sam $19,000 + $7,401 = $26,401 (Who is Queen Anne?) (Finalist)


Sam Buttrey, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 16, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Sam $6,600
J.P. $6,200
Katie $4,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) PROFESSIONS $600 (clue #6)
J.P. 1800 +1800 (Sam 0 Katie 1200)
2) LATIN AMERICAN GEOGRAPHY $2000 (clue #5)
J.P. 8200 -5400 (Sam 7400 Katie 5800)
3) LET THERE BE ENLIGHTENMENT $1200 (clue #9, $26400 left on board)
J.P. 5200 +3000 (Sam 7400 Katie 5800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 92

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 8 (0.12 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Sam $19,000 Coryat, 21 correct, 0 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Katie $9,000 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
J.P. $15,800 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,800
Lach Trash: $6,200 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,000

Sam Buttrey, career statistics:

51 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
42.11% in first on buzzer (48/114)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,700

J.P. Allen, career statistics:

42 correct, 6 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
36.84% in first on buzzer (42/114)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$600)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,600

Katie Reed, career statistics:

31 correct, 6 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (34/114)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,600)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,300

Today’s interviews:

Katie teaches classes in size between 15 and about 200.
J.P. teaches at a school ranked #1 in diversity.
Sam generally teaches military officers working towards technical degrees.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Good on Katie for taking a chance on clue 30; being correct would have improved her win chances significantly, but being incorrect had a negligible effect on them.
  • Today’s “Clue of the Day” was: The 80-mile-wide Mona Passage separates the Dominican Republic from this island; it was in the category Latin American Geography. The correct response: What is Puerto Rico?

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Sam $19,000 J.P. $13,400 Katie $9,000)

Sam: Standard cover bet over J.P. is $7,801. (Actual bet: $7,401)

J.P.: You can’t both cover Katie and win a “double stumper” with Sam. Because Katie has occasion to go all-in herself, you need to bet at least $4,601—and might as well go all-in yourself in order to force a cover bet from Sam. (Actual bet: $13,400)

Katie: If Sam bets to cover J.P., he falls to $11,199. Because there’s no difference between second and third, and you have to be correct to win, you should go all-in in order to force a cover bet from J.P. (Actual bet: $9,000)


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3 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, August 16, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | August 16, 2022 at 8:06 pm |

    I got this one wrong originally and almost didn’t remember the solution in time today!

  2. I wasn’t surprised that this was challenging, but I was surprised by the wrong answers. Queen Elizabeth I had Mary Queen of Scots beheaded, so she had been dead for 120 years. You’ve got to guess something else.

    • I saw a Queen Elizabeth II retrospective(?) in pictures online last week and in a picture that included “the Queen Mother” it called her ‘Elizabeth I’. That really amused me!

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