Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Play Characters) for Tuesday, August 23, 2022 (Season 38, Game 118):

A 1949 review noted the “wrong formulas for success” of this character & “fatal misconceptions about his place in the scheme of things”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Christine Whelchel, a piano teacher & church organist from Spring Hill, Tennessee
Christine Whelchel on Jeopardy!
Patrick Byrnett, a school administrator from Alexandria, Virginia
Patrick Byrnett on Jeopardy!
Henry Rozycki, a physician & professor from Richmond, Virginia (2-day total: $27,301)
Henry Rozycki on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Today’s game originally aired on August 23, 2022.

“Best of Season 38” continues with Christine Whelchel’s first game from February, where she defeated Henry Rozycki in a tiebreaker. She did end up qualifying for the Tournament of Champions due to her four victories.

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Correct response: Who is Willy Loman?

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Willy Loman was the title salesman in Arthur Miller’s 1949 play Death of a Salesman. It opened at the Morosco Theatre in New York, and Brooks Atkinson’s glowing review also spoke of Lee J. Cobb’s “heroic performance”, directed by Elia Kazan. Atkinson also said “Mr. Cobb’s tragic portrait of the defeated salesman is acting of the first rank”.

Personally, I was able to get this clue correct. That being said: I also know that I’m very easily able to associate things with specific years—and I have associated Death of a Salesman with 1949. This might be more difficult for people who haven’t made that connection as easily.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Highways & Byways; There’s An Animal In That Title; Broom Service; Musical Styles & Genres; Putting The Carbs; Before The Horse)

Overall, Christine had the best time of things over the first 30 clues, getting 15 correct, but it was Henry who kept it close because of the Daily Double.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Christine 9 correct 0 incorrect
Henry 4 correct 0 incorrect
Patrick 2 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Christine 15 correct 0 incorrect
Henry 7 correct 1 incorrect
Patrick 6 correct 1 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Notable People; Science; Country Nicknames; Are You Smarter Than A 1905 5th Grader?; Child Actors; From P To Y)

Christine got to play a pair of Daily Doubles; she split them for a net $1,000. Henry, however, picked up three $2,000 clues to keep things very close going into Final Jeopardy! Scores going into the 61st clue were Christine at $19,000, Henry at $17,000, and Patrick at $8,800.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Christine 27 correct 2 incorrect
Henry 16 correct 2 incorrect
Patrick 12 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 25 (0 today).

Final today was a triple-get; but we needed a 62nd clue as both Christine and Henry finished at $34,000! Christine got the tiebreaker and is now Jeopardy! champion!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, August 23, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Christine $19,000
Henry $17,000
Patrick $8,800

Tonight’s results:

Patrick $8,800 + $8,800 = $17,600 (Who is Willy Loman?)
Henry $17,000 + $17,000 = $34,000 (Who is Willy Loman?)
Christine $19,000 + $15,000 = $34,000 (Who is Willy Loman?) (1-day total: $34,000)

Tiebreaker round category: FLOWERS

Tiebreaker round clue: After its inclusion in a 1915 poem, this red flower became a symbol of fallen World War I soldiers

Tiebreaker round correct response: What is a poppy?

Christine Whelchel, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 23, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Christine $8,000
Henry $5,800
Patrick $2,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) HIGHWAYS & BYWAYS $800 (clue #26)
Henry 4400 +2000 (Patrick 2800 Christine 6000)
2) NOTABLE PEOPLE $1200 (clue #13)
Christine 14000 +3000 (Henry 9800 Patrick 2400)
3) COUNTRY NICKNAMES $1600 (clue #16, $18000 left on board)
Christine 18200 -2000 (Henry 9800 Patrick 2400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 56

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 25 (0.21 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Christine $19,200 Coryat, 27 correct, 2 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Henry $15,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Patrick $8,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,800
Lach Trash: $4,400 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800

Henry Rozycki, career statistics:

52 correct, 7 incorrect
6/7 on rebound attempts (on 17 rebound opportunities)
26.47% in first on buzzer (45/170)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,400)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,200

Patrick Byrnett, career statistics:

13 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,800

Christine Whelchel, career statistics:

28 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,200

Christine Whelchel, to win:

2 games: 60.151%
3: 36.182%
4: 21.764%
5: 13.091%
6: 7.874%
Avg. streak: 2.509 games.

Today’s interviews:

Christine is a breast cancer survivor; she auditioned for Jeopardy the night before her surgery.
Patrick met his wife at graduate school; she was his TA.
Henry was on a quiz show in Montreal when he was very young.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Today’s game is the 13th known occurrence of a tiebreaker round in the history of Jeopardy!, and the fourth in regular play.
  • Link to the box score: February 23, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Christine $19,000 Henry $17,000 Patrick $8,800)

Henry: Standard cover bet over Patrick is $601. A small bet here forces Patrick into not being able to defend against Christine. (Actual bet: $17,000)

Patrick: You can’t both defend against a small bet from Henry and Christine’s cover bet. Thus, I think the best course of action is to go all-in and hope you’re the only player correct in Final. (Actual bet: $8,800)

Christine: Standard cover bet over Henry is $15,001. (Actual bet: $15,000)

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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, August 23, 2022"

  1. Marvin Gregory “Greg” Fuller | August 23, 2022 at 9:26 am |

    Has the TOC players been named? If so can you list them here?

  2. Michael Johnston | August 23, 2022 at 12:59 pm |

    @Andy The “originally aired” link is pointing to the correct date of Feb.23rd, but it says August 23rd.

    I got this one despite never having experienced DoaS except through the literary zeitgeist🙃

  3. DruidOfTheFang | August 23, 2022 at 12:59 pm |

    This was an easy one. What other character from a play is most associated with failure?

    • True, but I was so surprised at myself for immediately thinking of ‘Death of a Salesman’ which, like Michael Johnston, I have never seen, that I overlooked the clue being about the character’s name and just said the title.😞 I think [hope] I would have been more painstaking had I actually been playing. Unlike Andy, I did not know the year of the play, but it just seemed like something that would have been set in its own/current decade and that it seemed to have been set in the 1940s.

    • “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”

  4. Myron Rushetzky | August 23, 2022 at 2:34 pm |

    Andy, you’ve probably been asked this before, but I am curious: Is a new tiebreaker clue written for every show or was this Flowers clue kept on ice since the last tiebreaker?

  5. Myron, I can sort of answer this, specific to this episode. When the tie was revealed and then Ken said, We have a tie! They then stopped filming for about 20 minutes. The judges conferred, provided the question thru the writing staff person on the judges’ table (idk the origin, best guess is an unused 6th question they hadn’t put on the website, but they do maintain spare clues for all categories in case of production errors during gameplay). The board operators needed a little time to put up the tiebreaker placard and type in the clue behind it. They then briefed Ken and the contestants of the tiebreaker rules, and Ken was given the anseer and question. Then they turned the cameras back on, and continued taping to the end.

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