Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, August 18, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category European Rivers) for Thursday, August 18, 2022 (Season 38, Game 77):

The flooding of this river in 1966 destroyed or damaged some 14,000 works of art, many of them priceless

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Chas Abdel-Nabi, a learning developer from Decatur, Georgia
Chas Abdel-Nabi on Jeopardy!
Josette Curtis, a registered dietitian from Anacortes, Washington
Josette Curtis on Jeopardy!
Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California (19-day total: $745,200)
Amy Schneider on Jeopardy!

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Today’s game originally aired on December 28, 2021.

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Correct response: What is the Arno?

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After significant rainfall in the fall of 1966, the Arno River overflowed its banks as it went through Florence on November 4 of that year, causing widespread damage to both the city and its priceless cultural items. Works such as Ghiberti’s “Doors of Paradise” were damaged, and thousands of manuscripts had to be rescued from the city’s Uffizi museum.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Streets Of America; Tools; Ashes To Ashes; The “C” Team; Old Words; The Space Program)

Today’s game saw the usual Amy dominance, with our 19-day champion picking up 20 correct in the opening round. However, 3 of Josette’s 7 correct responses were at the $1,000 level—making the game a little bit closer.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Amy 9 correct 0 incorrect
Josette 4 correct 0 incorrect
Chas 2 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Amy 20 correct 0 incorrect
Josette 7 correct 0 incorrect
Chas 3 correct 0 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Asian History; 2-Word Book Titles; My Government Job; You Need A Vitamin Boost; That’S Bogus; The Space Program)

Amy had a commanding lead midway through Double Jeopardy, but the size of her lead reduced significantly after she dropped $6,000 on a missed Daily Double. However, Amy found the third Daily Double late, enough to give her a slim runaway going into the Final! Scores going into the final clue were Amy at $23,400, Josette at $11,200, and Chas at $8,400.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Amy 34 correct 1 incorrect
Josette 12 correct 1 incorrect
Chas 10 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 11 (0 today).

Amy was the only correct contestant in Final; her score remained unchanged, but her win total increased by one to 20!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Thursday, August 18, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Amy $23,400
Josette $11,200
Chas $8,400

Tonight’s results:

Chas $8,400 – $8,400 = $0 (What is the Seine?)
Josette $11,200 – $5,601 = $5,599 (What is the Seine?)
Amy $23,400 + $0 = $23,400 (What is the Arno?) (20-day total: $768,600)

Amy Schneider, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 18, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Amy $12,400
Josette $4,400
Chas $1,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) THE SPACE PROGRAM $600 (clue #4)
Amy 400 +1000 (Josette 200 Chas 200)
2) THAT’S BOGUS $1600 (clue #13)
Amy 20800 -6000 (Josette 4400 Chas 4800)
3) ASIAN HISTORY $800 (clue #29, $400 left on board)
Amy 23200 +200 (Josette 11200 Chas 8000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 72

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 11 (0.14 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Amy $29,600 Coryat, 34 correct, 1 incorrect, 56.14% in first on buzzer (32/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Josette $11,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Chas $8,400 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $49,200
Lach Trash: $1,600 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,200

Amy Schneider, career statistics:

635 correct, 36 incorrect
33/37 on rebound attempts (on 75 rebound opportunities)
50.62% in first on buzzer (575/1136)
33/39 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $101,600)
17/20 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,590

Josette Curtis, career statistics:

12 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200

Chas Abdel-Nabi, career statistics:

10 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,400

Amy Schneider, to win:

21 games: 91.957%
22: 84.561%
23: 77.759%
24: 71.505%
25: 65.754%
Avg. streak: 31.433 games.

Today’s interviews:

Chas ran away to join the circus after college, as a fire eater.
Josette saw very little of her husband in her first year of marriage due to Navy service.
Amy is wearing a sweater in honor of Julia Collins.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I think Amy was in a tough betting spot here on the final Daily Double. With the way the scores were, she wins on any correct response. I’m OK with the small bet, as it gave her a back door into regaining the runaway on clue #30 had she been incorrect.
  • Today’s “Clue of the Day” was: The 2-person capsule used in this followup program to Mercury flew on a Titan II rocket that was first designed as a missile; it was in the category The Space Program. The correct response: What is Gemini?

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Amy $23,400 Josette $11,200 Chas $8,400)

Amy: Bet between $0 and $999 and enjoy your victory!(Actual bet: $0)

Josette: Standard cover bet over Chas is $5,601. (Actual bet: $5,601)

Chas: If Josette bets to cover you and is incorrect, she falls to $5,599. I would consider betting exactly $2,800. (Actual bet: $8,400)

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7 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, August 18, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | August 18, 2022 at 11:15 am |

    Dang 🙁 I missed this one originally and I couldn’t remember the solution this time either! It’s like a crossword puzzle answer – RIVER IN ITALY (four letters)😅

    • Yeah, I had no idea originally, but this time did remember that it was a very short name that I thought maybe began with an ‘A’. It seems ridiculous that I could remember that much and not remember ‘Arno’.

  2. If I had been in Amy’s place — $999 to play with — I would not have been able to resist betting $354 or $76 or $78 or $87 or even $66. However, I am quick at math, so if I was someone not super confident about that and wanted to stick to “ends with 00” totals, I would still have preferred to bet $400 if I thought I might get the response right or $100 if I doubted I would, rather than zero.

  3. Robert Fawkes | August 18, 2022 at 7:24 pm |

    I didn’t see any point in re-running this episode. In my opinion, this was just a run-of-the-mill runaway by Amy. Neither of the challengers made it to the Second Chance Tournament and there was nothing that was of special interest in this game. I could have done without this one. It makes sense to show the episodes that Second Chance contestants were in and it makes sense to show an episode where a Super Champion loses to a challenger but this didn’t have anything like that. It escapes me what made this episode worthy of being rebroadcast.

    • Maybe it was just due to Amy’s savvy betting on the final Daily Double. The reasons you mentioned for choosing repeats might not have provided enough episodes for the period needed, 6 weeks, I think, so 30 episodes.

    • I’m guessing it was because the contestants collectively had a perfect Jeopardy round, but agree that they could have made a better choice.

      • Michael Johnston | August 19, 2022 at 7:57 am |

        Ooh, that’s a good catch! A error-free round, where all 30 clues are solved with no wrong guesses, is notable.

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