Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Silver Screen) for Wednesday, August 24, 2022 (Season 38, Game 122):

He was the first actor to star in 3 films that won the Oscar for Best Picture: those of 1934, 1935 & 1939

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Stefan Stenroos, a technical trainer from Aliso Viejo, California
Stefan Stenroos on Jeopardy!
Margaret Shelton, a homemaker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Margaret Shelton on Jeopardy!
Christine Whelchel, a piano teacher & church organist from Spring Hill, Tennessee (4-day total: $73,602)
Christine Whelchel on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Today’s game originally aired on March 1, 2022.

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Correct response: Who is Clark Gable?

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Clark Gable starred in It Happened One Night (Peter Warne), Mutiny on the Bounty (Fletcher Christian), and Gone with the Wind (Rhett Butler). One further thing that I would be remiss not to point out: Thank you to the writers for getting the years correct. Oftentimes, there’s confusion in Oscar years because the year of award presentation differs from the year of a film’s release. To give an example: Oscars presented in 2022 are for films of 2021. Thus, It Happened One Night would be the Best Picture of 1934, even though the award was presented February 27, 1935. (And so on and so forth with Mutiny on the Bounty and Gone with the Wind.)

One further note: Many character actors have appeared in more than three Best Picture winners—but often these actors were uncredited, and they certainly didn’t have starring roles, which this clue today clearly specified. (Can you tell that this website often gets know-it-alls trying to put one over on the show?)

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Educators; Military Memoirs; Past Your Prime; Remembering Stephen Sondheim; Sunday In The Park; With Gorge)

Today’s game was a very close contest between all three of our players, with everyone separated by just $1,800 after the Jeopardy! round.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Stefan 4 correct 1 incorrect
Margaret 5 correct 1 incorrect
Christine 5 correct 2 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Margaret 11 correct 2 incorrect
Christine 9 correct 2 incorrect
Stefan 7 correct 2 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Cause Of Death; Blissful Stanzas; Antonyms; Feeling Sheepish; Esteemed Men Of Italy; TV Shows By Final Episode)

Unfortunately, Stefan struggled in Double Jeopardy!, with our “third podium” challenger having a -$1,200 score in the round itself. Christine split the Daily Doubles, but Margaret held the lead going into Clue #61 at $13,600, with Christine at $10,600 and Stefan at $1,800.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Margaret 21 correct 4 incorrect
Christine 18 correct 4 incorrect
Stefan 9 correct 4 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 28 (3 today).

Today’s final saw all 3 players give a correct response; Margaret didn’t make a cover bet, but it was still enough for her to win!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, August 24, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Margaret $13,600
Christine $10,600
Stefan $1,800

Tonight’s results:

Stefan $1,800 + $1,799 = $3,599 (Who is Clark Gable?)
Christine $10,600 + $4,000 = $14,600 (Who is Clark Gable?)
Margaret $13,600 + $3,000 = $16,600 (Who is Clark Gable?) (1-day total: $16,600)

Margaret Shelton, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 24, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Margaret $4,800
Christine $3,400
Stefan $3,000

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) EDUCATORS $1000 (clue #5)
Stefan 800 +800 (Christine 0 Margaret -800)
2) BLISSFUL STANZAS $800 (clue #12)
Christine 6600 +2000 (Margaret 7200 Stefan 4200)
3) ESTEEMED MEN OF ITALY $1200 (clue #15, $19200 left on board)
Christine 8600 -2000 (Margaret 7200 Stefan 5400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 87

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $3,200
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 28 (0.23 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Margaret $13,600 Coryat, 21 correct, 4 incorrect, 40.74% in first on buzzer (22/54), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Christine $11,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 35.19% in first on buzzer (19/54), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Stefan $2,000 Coryat, 9 correct, 4 incorrect, 18.52% in first on buzzer (10/54), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $27,000
Lach Trash: $9,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $14,000

Christine Whelchel, career statistics:

114 correct, 15 incorrect
8/9 on rebound attempts (on 29 rebound opportunities)
37.46% in first on buzzer (106/283)
3/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$8,500)
4/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,280

Margaret Shelton, career statistics:

22 correct, 4 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
40.74% in first on buzzer (22/54)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,600

Stefan Stenroos, career statistics:

10 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
18.52% in first on buzzer (10/54)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $800)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $2,000

Margaret Shelton, to win:

2 games: 43.961%
3: 19.325%
4: 8.496%
5: 3.735%
6: 1.642%
Avg. streak: 1.784 games.

Today’s interviews:

Stefan had a grandmother who went to high school with Merv Griffin.
Margaret wanted to be on Jeopardy from the first time she got a clue that her dad did not.
Christine lives in a town with a silo memorial.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I don’t think it’s worth leaving $200 on the table just to say “make it a True Daily Double”.
  • Christine and Stefan made perfectly acceptable bets. Margaret made a strategic decision that I wouldn’t have made and it happened to work out for her.
  • Link to the box score: March 1, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Margaret $13,600 Christine $10,600 Stefan $1,800)

Christine: You shouldn’t fall below $6,001—so anywhere between $3,001 and $4,599 is the way to go here. (Actual bet: $4,000)

Margaret: Bet $7,601 — that’s the standard cover bet in this situation. (Actual bet: $3,000)

Stefan: You’re not going to win unless someone overbets. I recommend $1,798. (Actual bet: $1,799)

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3 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, August 24, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | August 24, 2022 at 10:47 am |

    Yeah I remember sort of backing into the solution for this FJ 🙂 On a more prestigious note, this was the seventh W in my longest FJ win streak of the Season – 9W!

  2. How did you come up with Christine not wanting to drop below $6001?

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