Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, August 26, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category U.S. City Names) for Friday, August 26, 2022 (Season 38, Game 140):

Adopted in 1845, the name of this state capital is a feminized form of a big body of water

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Nicole Wachell, a teacher & writer from Los Angeles, California
Nicole Wachell on Jeopardy!
Jackie Kelly, a pension calculation developer from Cary, North Carolina
Jackie Kelly on Jeopardy!
Ciara Donegan, an undergraduate student from Towson, Maryland (1-day total: $27,601)
Ciara Donegan on Jeopardy!

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Today’s game originally aired on March 25, 2022.

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Correct response: What is Atlanta, Georgia?


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Atlanta, Georgia was originally named Thrasherville (in 1839) and then renamed to Marthasville (in 1842). Three years later, J. Edgar Thomson (chief engineer of the Georgia Railroad) suggested another renaming—Atlantica-Pacifica—which turned into Atlanta, also the feminine form of “Atlantic”. The city became capital of Georgia in 1868, as the previous capital, Milledgeville, reportedly refused to permit Black delegates lodging in the city’s inns for the state’s post-Civil War Constitutional convention.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Pop Music Philly-Style; A Bit Of Brit Lit; 3-Letter Words; Alphabet Land; Beer Today; Lawn Tomorrow)

All three of our players started strong today, but it was the two challengers who tied for the lead after 15 clues at $3,800 apiece. It also seemed to me that Ciara wasn’t quite as dominant on the signalling device at the start of the game.

Coming out of the break, our players avoided the beer category a bit, but Nicole picked up $3,000 on the game’s first Daily Double late in the round; she held a strong lead after Single Jeopardy.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Nicole 5 correct 0 incorrect
Jackie 5 correct 0 incorrect
Ciara 4 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Nicole 10 correct 2 incorrect
Jackie 7 correct 0 incorrect
Ciara 8 correct 1 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: What The Hill?; American Law; Scientists; Time To Call It A Day; History’s Mister “E”s; The Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures)

Ciara and Jackie split the Daily Doubles in this round; Ciara picked up $3,000, whereas Jackie dropped $4,000 late enough in the round such that she couldn’t get out of third place before the end-of-round signal brought end to the proceedings with three clues to play. (I wouldn’t really call it the fault of the players or even the host, but the Academy Museum category was a longer Clue Crew category because the Oscars are on Sunday.) Scores going into Final were Ciara at $15,200, Nicole at $12,000, and Jackie at $10,600.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Ciara 18 correct 3 incorrect
Nicole 16 correct 3 incorrect
Jackie 15 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 51 (3 today).

As with many state capitals Final Jeopardy! clues, this one was a Triple Stumper. Jackie held back enough to become champion!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

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Scores going into Final:

Ciara $15,200
Nicole $12,000
Jackie $10,600

Tonight’s results:

Jackie $10,600 – $3,100 = $7,500 (What is) (1-day total: $7,500)
Nicole $12,000 – $11,201 = $799 (What is A?)
Ciara $15,200 – $10,000 = $5,200 (What is Annapolis :()


Jackie Kelly, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 26, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Nicole $8,400
Jackie $4,600
Ciara $3,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) BEER TODAY $600 (clue #24)
Nicole 5600 +3000 (Ciara 3400 Jackie 4600)
2) TIME TO CALL IT A DAY $2000 (clue #18)
Ciara 9400 +3000 (Jackie 10600 Nicole 10800)
3) AMERICAN LAW $800 (clue #24, $6800 left on board)
Jackie 14600 -4000 (Ciara 13600 Nicole 9600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 58

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: AMERICAN LAW $400 $2000 TIME TO CALL IT A DAY $400
Total Left On Board: $2,800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 51 (0.36 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Jackie $14,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 27.78% in first on buzzer (15/54), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Ciara $14,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (18/54), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Nicole $9,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 3 incorrect, 31.48% in first on buzzer (17/54), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,400
Lach Trash: $6,200 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,600

Ciara Donegan, career statistics:

42 correct, 6 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
36.94% in first on buzzer (41/111)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,900

Jackie Kelly, career statistics:

15 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
27.78% in first on buzzer (15/54)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,600

Nicole Wachell, career statistics:

16 correct, 4 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
31.48% in first on buzzer (17/54)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,600

Jackie Kelly, to win:

2 games: 35.480%
3: 12.589%
4: 4.466%
5: 1.585%
6: 0.562%
Avg. streak: 1.550 games.

Today’s interviews:

Nicole has had a Shakespeare obsession since middle school.
Jackie had her family covered by the news in 2008 for the Phillies World Series run.
Ciara auditioned for the show on her 21st birthday.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • My favourite statistic from all of Season 38: Ciara gave 42 correct responses on the show. Her twin sister Kristin gave 41 during the Jeopardy! National College Championship.
  • I really have no major qualms with today’s Final Jeopardy! betting.
  • Link to the box score: March 25, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Ciara $15,200 Nicole $12,000 Jackie $10,600)

Ciara: Standard cover bet today is $8,801. (Actual bet: $10,000)

Jackie: In order to win a Double Stumper with Ciara, you need to stay above $6,400. Your maximum bet is $4,200 today. (Actual bet: $3,100)

Nicole: You can’t both cover Jackie and win a Double Stumper with Ciara (known by J! Archive as “Stratton’s Dilemma”, after Ted Stratton first posed the problem to the J! Archive team, regarding his appearance back in 2005). The cover bet is $9,201 and is your minimum on the high end. If you’re not betting to cover Jackie, you’re essentially betting on a Triple Stumper and should seriously consider just standing pat in that case. (Actual bet: $11,201)


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2 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, August 26, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | August 26, 2022 at 12:18 pm |

    When it was easy for me like this one was, I can’t help but but be surprised at a triple stumper. Of course, I only play along at home, so no pressure.

  2. The first time around, I got sidetracked looking for a synonym for “a big body of water” rather than the name of a specific one.

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