Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Countries of the World) for Wednesday, August 3, 2022 (Season 38, Game 21):

Nazi Germany annexed this nation & divided it into regions of the Alps & the Danube; the Allies later divided it into 4 sectors

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Jonathan Fisher, an actor originally from Coral Gables, Florida
Jonathan Fisher on Jeopardy!
Jessica Stephens, a statistical research specialist from Nashville, Tennessee
Jessica Stephens on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (38-day total: $1,518,601)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

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Today’s episode originally aired October 11, 2021.

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Correct response: What is Austria?

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Much like post-World War II Germany, post-World War II Austria (and Vienna) was partitioned into American, British, French, and Soviet occupation sections; Austria was famously annexed by the Nazis in 1938, in what was known as the Anschluss. From 1942 to 1945, the area was known as “Alpine and Danube Reichsgaue”. For many years following World War II, Austria portrayed itself as “the Nazis’ first victim” which completely failed to acknowledge the country’s contribution to the Nazi regime; it was not until nearly the turn of the century before Austria began reckoning with its past (its President, Nazi intelligence officer Kurt Waldheim, was seen as persona non grata in much of the world during his Presidency in the late ’80s and early ’90s).

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: City Nicknames; Potpourri; This One Goes To 2011; Sporty Anagrams; Biographies; The Ickiest Of The “Icky”)

Matt had his usual strong Jeopardy! round, picking up 17 correct. However, Jonathan got to the Daily Double and doubled up through it in order to sit in second after the opening 30 clues.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Matt 9 correct 0 incorrect
Jessica 3 correct 0 incorrect
Jonathan 2 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Matt 17 correct 1 incorrect
Jonathan 6 correct 0 incorrect
Jessica 4 correct 0 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: George Washington Did It; Med. Abbrev.; National Literary Titles; It Doesn’t Mean What It Sounds Like; Talk Like A Farmer; Recent Movies)

In a surprising about-face, both Jessica and Jonathan figured out the signalling device, with both picking up 10 correct responses! Moreover, Jonathan got to both Daily Doubles. Matt struggled mightily, picking up 4 incorrect responses as he sat a shocking third going into Final. Scores going into Final were Jonathan at $14,600, Jessica at $14,400, and Matt at $10,600.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Jonathan 16 correct 2 incorrect
Jessica 14 correct 0 incorrect
Matt 23 correct 5 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 0 (0 today).

Both of our challengers today got Final correct — Jonathan is the giant killer, ending Matt Amodio’s 38-game winning streak!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, August 3, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Jonathan $14,600
Jessica $14,400
Matt $10,600

Tonight’s results:

Matt $10,600 – $5,000 = $5,600 (What is Poland?)
Jessica $14,400 + $14,399 = $28,799 (What is Austria?)
Jonathan $14,600 + $14,600 = $29,200 (What is Austria?) (1-day total: $29,200)

Jonathan Fisher, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 3, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Matt $9,800
Jonathan $4,000
Jessica $2,400

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) THIS ONE GOES TO 2011 $600 (clue #19)
Jonathan 1600 +1600 (Matt 7400 Jessica 2200)
2) GEORGE WASHINGTON DID IT $1200 (clue #22)
Jonathan 12800 -2000 (Matt 8600 Jessica 13600)
3) NATIONAL LITERARY TITLES $800 (clue #23, $3600 left on board)
Jonathan 10800 +3000 (Matt 8600 Jessica 13600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 112

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:

Jonathan $13,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Jessica $14,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 0 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Matt $10,600 Coryat, 23 correct, 5 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,400
Lach Trash: $6,200 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,400

Matt Amodio, career statistics:

1305 correct, 122 incorrect
55/64 on rebound attempts (on 125 rebound opportunities)
56.00% in first on buzzer (1237/2209)
76/86 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $304,200)
29/39 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $27,913

Jessica Stephens, career statistics:

15 correct, 0 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,400

Jonathan Fisher, career statistics:

17 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,600)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,400

Jonathan Fisher, to win:

2 games: 46.990%
3: 22.081%
4: 10.376%
5: 4.875%
6: 2.291%
Avg. streak: 1.886 games.

Today’s interviews:

Jonathan did play readings for Shakespeare Star Wars.
Jessica has a special tattoo in tribute to her mother’s breast cancer.
Matt is starting to get recognized in public.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Obviously, finding both Daily Doubles in Double Jeopardy! helped Jonathan’s victory chances significantly, but what I think really hurt Matt was only scoring a net $800 in Double Jeopardy, only getting in first on the signaling device 9 times, and giving 4 incorrect responses.
  • Today’s “Clue of the Day” was: A 1791 proclamation by President George ordered the first this of the District of Columbia; a young George would’ve done it himself; in the category George Washington Did It. The correct response: What is a survey?

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Jonathan $14,600 Jessica $14,400 Matt $10,600)

Matt: If Jessica bets to cover you, she falls to $7,599. Bet no more than $2,999 in order to stay in front, in case the Triple Stumper happens. (Actual bet: $5,000)

Jessica: Standard cover bet over Matt is $6,801. (Actual bet: $14,399)

Jonathan: Standard cover bet over Jessica is $14,201. (Actual bet: $14,600)

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

  1. I was pleasantly surprised to find this site is still active! The bad news is that my personal stats don’t seem that much better than last time through . . . 🙄

  2. Michael Johnston | August 3, 2022 at 1:02 pm |

    Hmm… I got Austria, but I have the nagging feeling that I missed it on the original air date and that maybe my memory of that is filling in the blank now 🙁 I’m going to just keep these repeat eps separate after all. I imagine there will only be a handful more before we catch up with my regular posts here.

    Current Between seasons streak: 3W

  3. This is the background of the movie, The Third Man. The Danube takes a hard left north of Budapest and goes through Austria.

  4. Has there ever been a ToC with two contestants from the same regular season game?
    This ToC will have TWO such pairs (Matt and Jonathan from this game; as well as Zach Newkirk and Brian Chang who both appeared 1/28/21 as dual returning returning champs due to covid travel restrictions preventing Zach from returning to his original run).
    And possible all three of this game’s contestants making it if Jess wins her week of the SCT.

    • Verrry in-ter-es-ting [but not very funny.] No, really, I’m glad you noticed and posted that. A fourth reason for me to be rooting for Jessica in the SCT!

      BTW, who played against Zach Newkirk and Brian Chang (at the same time)? Did that person hold up decently against them or do too poorly for viewers to be able to guess if they were totally out-classed or just unlucky to go against two players with actual experience?

      • I wasn’t trying to be funny (I had just forgotten about the James H / Emma B rematch in their ToC).
        The third contestant in the Zach/Brian game, Jill Tucker, did alright, with a score of 10600 after DJ, but not as good as Brian (12600) or Zach’s near runaway (23600). The Final in that game was a triple-get, leaving all 3 contestants with scores above 21K (just short of 70K if you combined all 3)

        • Thanks for the info. My “no, really” was to negate my implication of you trying to be funny. Are you not old enough (or have too much taste 😉) to remember Arte Johnson’s catchphrase on Laugh-In.

  5. So was Matt just thinking that both other contestants would go for the obvious guess and that a non-intuitive answer would be his only chance? (Sorry if this has already been discussed; I wasn’t able to watch any of his run at the time.)

    Minor question: would “picky” have been accepted in place of “finicky” for $200 “icky” clue?

    • Michael Johnston | August 3, 2022 at 8:48 pm |

      FWIW, I’d say “picky” would have also been acceptable. You can find it and ‘fastidious’ as synonyms of each other in some thesauruses.

    • This was a theory being knocked around at the time. I don’t believe Matt ever addressed the theory himself (like on Twitter, which he was active on during his run and for a short time afterward) though I could be wrong.

      It begs the question, what standard of confidence would one need to venture guesses on the show? I.e. if the question would be: Who is the current queen of the UK (I mean, What’s the current queen of the UK?… 😉 ), no theory of guessing the non-intuitive answer would be acceptable by any standard. But if the question is slightly less “obvious” would such a guess be a valid strategy?

      • you either KNOW the answer, or you guess
        (or you don’t answer at all, which in FJ guarantees an incorrect response, so you might as well guess something).

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