Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, August 2, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Food & Drink in the Bible) for Tuesday, August 2, 2022 (Season 38, Game 9):

In the King James version, these creatures are a plague in Exodus 10, but deemed okay to eat in Leviticus 11

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Guhan Venkatesan, an undergrad student and EMT from New Providence, New Jersey
Guhan Venkatesan on Jeopardy!
Caroline Minkus, an ophthalmologist from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Caroline Minkus on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (26-day total: $929,401)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

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Today’s game originally aired on September 23, 2021. This is the second of 30 “encore presentations” this summer, where 30 of Jeopardy’s most exciting Season 38 episodes are highlighted. This one is Matt Amodio’s 27th game, against Caroline Minkus and Guhan Venkatesan.

Neither Guhan nor Caroline were invited to the Second Chance Tournament, whose field was announced yesterday.


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Correct response: What are locusts?


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In the King James Version: Exodus 10 talks about the well-known plague of locusts brought upon Egypt, the eighth of ten disasters brought upon Egypt in order to convince the Pharaoh to release the Israelites from slavery. Further on in the Bible, Leviticus 11:21-23 reads: “Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth; Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind. But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you.”


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Literary Terms; Sports Venue Nicknames; World War II Navajo Code Talkers’ Dictionary; Money Idioms; Peak; My Interest)

Guhan ran Matt very closely over the Jeopardy! round of this game; unfortunately, the turning point was the first Daily Double. Guhan only bet $1,500 of his $3,400, meaning that Matt held the lead after the Jeopardy! round instead of the rightmost challenger.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Matt 6 correct 2 incorrect
Guhan 4 correct 2 incorrect
Caroline 3 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Matt 12 correct 2 incorrect
Guhan 10 correct 2 incorrect
Caroline 6 correct 2 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Historic Women; Superlatives; Welcome To Comet-Con!; Revival; Role Players; “Def”initions)

Matt was embroiled in quite a battle in Double Jeopardy—until he went for a True Daily Double of over $10,000 on clue #15. He picked that up to break the game wide open—as Guhan was left exactly $1,900 short of being able to prevent Matt from having a runaway.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Matt 24 correct 3 incorrect
Guhan 17 correct 5 incorrect
Caroline 13 correct 4 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 0 (0 today).

Unfortunately, the money Guhan left on the table ended up mattering, as Guhan and Caroline were correct in Final Jeopardy. However, the runaway means Matt is now a 27-day champion and gets to continue his run!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, August 2, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Matt $26,800
Guhan $11,500
Caroline $9,200

Tonight’s results:

Caroline $9,200 + $8,000 = $17,200 (What are locusts?)
Guhan $11,500 + $11,493 = $22,993 (What are locusts?)
Matt $26,800 – $1,000 = $25,800 (What are frogs locusts?) (27-day total: $955,201)


Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 23, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Matt $6,400
Guhan $5,500
Caroline $2,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) SPORTS VENUE NICKNAMES $600 (clue #25)
Guhan 3400 +1500 (Matt 5800 Caroline 2200)
2) SUPERLATIVES $800 (clue #12)
Caroline 2800 +2800 (Matt 10000 Guhan 9500)
3) REVIVAL $1600 (clue #15, $19200 left on board)
Matt 10400 +10400 (Caroline 4800 Guhan 9500)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 244

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 0 (0.00 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Matt $18,000 Coryat, 24 correct, 3 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Guhan $10,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 5 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Caroline $7,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 4 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 2/4 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,800
Lach Trash: $6,600 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,600

Matt Amodio, career statistics:

860 correct, 88 incorrect
46/53 on rebound attempts (on 98 rebound opportunities)
52.92% in first on buzzer (807/1525)
52/60 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $198,800)
19/27 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,719

Caroline Minkus, career statistics:

14 correct, 4 incorrect
2/4 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,800)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,200

Guhan Venkatesan, career statistics:

18 correct, 5 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,500)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,600

Matt Amodio, to win:

28 games: 90.754%
29: 84.526%
30: 77.401%
31: 72.235%
32: 66.444%
Avg. streak: 39.560 games.

Today’s interviews:

Guhan had a fire drill during his audition.
Caroline created a March Madness tournament for her dog.
Matt has played guitar for over a decade but can only play two RHCP songs.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Especially with Matt ending the previous season as an 18-day champion, contestants need to have prepared themselves to play Matt’s game to have the best chance of beating him. To me, it is a gross failure in preparation to play a more “normal” game (i.e. selecting first-row clues with Daily Doubles still unseen and failing to take full advantage of Daily Doubles) when there is an excellent chance that you’ll be facing a defending champion that’s won nearly $1 million. The $1,900 that Guhan left on the table on the first Daily Double cost Guhan today’s win by the end of it.
  • Today’s “Clue of the Day” was: Home to an NHL team, the SAP Center in this California city is nicknamed “The Shark Tank”; in the category Sports Venue Nicknames. The correct response: What is San Jose?

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Matt $26,800 Guhan $11,500 Caroline $9,200)

Matt: Bet between $0 and $3,799 and enjoy your victory! (Actual bet: $1,000)

Caroline: If Guhan bets to cover you and is incorrect, he falls to $4,599. I’d suggest betting exactly $4,600, as that covers both a low bet from Guhan while still winning a Double Stumper if he bets to cover. (Actual bet: $8,000)

Guhan: Standard cover bet over Caroline is $6,901. (Actual bet: $11,493)


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3 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, August 2, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | August 2, 2022 at 9:32 am |

    Like Matt, I dithered between frogs and locusts, but went with the latter because I had a vague recollection of frogs being unclean.

    This is another FJ that should get folded into my season totals.

    Between seasons FJ streak: 2W

  2. Can’t believe Matt missed that one again.

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