Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Poets) for Tuesday, August 30, 2022 (Season 38, Game 163):
In 1939 he was buried near his last residence in France, but his body arrived in Galway en route to final burial on Sept. 17, 1948
(correct response beneath the contestants)
Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:
|Christina Clark, an elementary music teacher from De Pere, Wisconsin
|Ben Hsia, an R&D engineer from Fremont, California
|Mattea Roach, a tutor from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (16-day total: $368,981)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:
Today’s game originally aired on April 27, 2022.
Season 38’s Encore Presentations continue with Mattea Roach’s 17th game, where she fought off a strong challenge from Ben Hsia and Christina Clark, and another situation this season where second place had exactly 50% of the leader’s score going into Final Jeopardy.
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Correct response: Who is William Butler Yeats?
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Famous Irish poet William Butler Yeats, the 1923 Nobel laureate in literature and was well known for poems like “Sailing to Byzantium”, part of his 1928 collection The Tower. When he died in France in 1939, he was buried there—he wished to be buried in France, and then have his body moved in time to County Sligo (which happened in 1948).
On a more personal note: Maybe literature just isn’t my strong point, but I really struggled with this Final to differentiate Yeats on this clue from any of the other Irish writers of that general time period (Shaw, Joyce, or even Beckett—who was really associated with France as well, even though Beckett didn’t die until half a century later.)
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(Categories: A Novel Look At The Novel; Finish The Old Proverb; The League MVP’s Team; Getting A “BA” In Botany; Which Comes First; The Chicken Or The Egg)
Mattea had a very strong start, running the botany category en route to a good lead after 15 clues. Meanwhile, the Daily Double didn’t come out until the final clue of the round—Mattea got to play it, but it was science-related and Mattea lost $2,000. She still held a lead after the opening round, though!
Statistics at the first break (15 clues):
Mattea 8 correct 0 incorrect
Christina 4 correct 0 incorrect
Ben 2 correct 0 incorrect
Statistics after the Jeopardy round:
Mattea 14 correct 2 incorrect
Christina 8 correct 0 incorrect
Ben 5 correct 1 incorrect
Double Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: Architects; Mountains & Hills; Miscellany; Celebrity Memoirs; The Ancient World; An Anatomy Of Words)
The fireworks came out in Double Jeopardy! today! Ben got the first five clues to take a commanding lead! But, Mattea stormed back and got the final Daily Double, for $8,000—she wished she’d bet more at the time, and that panned out, as she was just short of having a runaway! Scores going into Final were Mattea at exactly double Ben’s total—$27,200 to $13,600; Christina had $8,400.
Statistics after Double Jeopardy:
Mattea 30 correct 3 incorrect
Ben 11 correct 2 incorrect
Christina 12 correct 0 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 64 (0 today).
In Final today, Ben and Mattea got Final, and Mattea made the correct play in betting $1; she’s now a 17-day champion!
Tonight’s Game Stats:
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, August 30, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:
Scores going into Final:
Christina $8,400 – $5,300 = $3,100 (Who is Keats?)
Ben $13,600 + $13,600 = $27,200 (Who is Yeats?)
Mattea $27,200 + $1 = $27,201 (Who is Yeats?) (17-day total: $396,182)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) WHICH COMES FIRST $1000 (clue #30)
Mattea 8000 -2000 (Ben 2400 Christina 4000)
2) MOUNTAINS & HILLS $1200 (clue #5)
Ben 8800 +4000 (Mattea 6000 Christina 4000)
3) AN ANATOMY OF WORDS $1600 (clue #24, $8000 left on board)
Mattea 15600 +8000 (Ben 14400 Christina 7200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 72
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 64 (0.39 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Mattea $22,800 Coryat, 30 correct, 3 incorrect, 50.88% in first on buzzer (29/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Ben $10,800 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Christina $8,400 Coryat, 12 correct, 0 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,000
Lach Trash: $8,400 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,600
Mattea Roach, career statistics:
470 correct, 43 incorrect
25/30 on rebound attempts (on 69 rebound opportunities)
45.79% in first on buzzer (441/963)
21/25 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $47,000)
11/17 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,341
Ben Hsia, career statistics:
12 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,800
Christina Clark, career statistics:
12 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,400
Mattea Roach, to win:
18 games: 77.105%
Avg. streak: 20.368 games.
Christina has fostered numerous pets; 146 in total.
Ben works with lasers.
Mattea is roommates with a huge 007 fan.
- Though this comes up less often these days, viewers are reminded that since November 2014, ties after Final Jeopardy! are broken with a tiebreaker clue.
- Link to the box score: April 27, 2022 Box Score
Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: Mattea $27,200 Ben $13,600 Christina $8,400)
Mattea: Your chances of winning are highest if you bet exactly $1, as you are more likely to lose in a tiebreaker by betting $0 than by betting $1 (and missing Final). Also, betting $1 is better than betting more than $1, as oftentimes second place doesn’t bet enough. (Actual bet: $1)
Ben: You have exactly one good bet: all in. Anything else significantly lowers your chances of winning. (Actual bet: $13,600)
Christina: Anything up to $8,399 is fine for you; you’ll take 2nd if Ben misses Final. (Actual bet: $5,300)
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I whiffed on this clue for the original broadcast (generally weak on anything to do with Poetry), but this time I remembered that time 😅
With 30 correct responses and 50.88% in first on buzzer, Mattea really deserved this win. I like when it works out that the person who should win, does win.
The box score for this one is pretty interesting. Christina made 40 buzzer attempts — only one fewer than Mattea — but was successful on only 12 versus 31 for Mattea.
My general sense from looking at these things is it is rare to have such a big disparity in buzzer success, and also rare for a contestant that makes at least 40 attempts to not be in contention going into final.
Also meant to note that Christina didn’t miss any of the clues that she was able to get in on.