Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, August 31, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Books of the 1970s) for Wednesday, August 31, 2022 (Season 38, Game 164):

Aptly, members of a Black family in this novel have Biblical names: Pilate, Hagar & the title one, an ancestor of the protagonist

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Manav Jain, an undergraduate student from Clemson, South Carolina
Manav Jain on Jeopardy!
Renée Russell, a branch office administrator from Baltimore, Maryland
Renée Russell on Jeopardy!
Mattea Roach, a tutor from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (17-day total: $396,182)
Mattea Roach on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Today’s game originally aired on April 28, 2022.

“Best of Season 38” continues with Mattea Roach’s run continuing; today, Renée Russell shows why she received an invite to this October’s Second Chance Tournament with her performance in this game.

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Correct response: What is Song of Solomon?


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Song of Solomon was the third novel of Nobel Prize-winning African-American author Toni Morrison, and it follows the life of “Milkman” Dead III, whose ancestor, named Solomon, was Milkman’s great-grandfather. From the Nobel Prize’s press release in 1993 honoring Morrison, “The Solomon of the title, the southern ancestor, was to be found in the songs of childhood games. His inner intensity had borne him back, like Icarus, through the air to the Africa of his roots.”


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Old York; Movies”!”; Poets & Poetry; Iron; Landmarks; Rhymes With These)

Mattea got off to another very strong start, picking up 9 correct and $5,000 before the first break; Manav sat second after 15 clues. After the break, Mattea picked up another 9, but it was Renée who nearly doubled through the Daily Double. Mattea still held a commanding lead after Single Jeopardy.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Mattea 9 correct 0 incorrect
Manav 3 correct 0 incorrect
Renée 1 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Mattea 18 correct 0 incorrect
Renée 6 correct 0 incorrect
Manav 4 correct 0 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Philosophy; Celebrity Sibling Surnames; Double Double-Letter Words; North America; Catching You Short; Ballet & Opera)

More fireworks came out during today’s Double Jeopardy! round. Mattea only bet $2,000 on her Daily Double, and a rare first-row Daily Double met Renée on the 26th clue of the round! Renée only bet $5,000 to take a small lead, but Mattea regained the lead before the end of the round. Scores going into Final were Mattea at $22,600, with Renée at $21,000 and Manav at $600.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Mattea 30 correct 2 incorrect
Renée 17 correct 0 incorrect
Manav 4 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 64 (0 today).

In Final, Mattea came in clutch with the only correct response; she’s now an 18-day champion!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, August 31, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Mattea $22,600
Renée $21,000
Manav $600

Tonight’s results:

Manav $600 – $100 = $500 (What is ???)
Renée $21,000 – $19,799 = $1,201 (What is Roots?)
Mattea $22,600 + $19,401 = $42,001 (What is Song of Solomon?) (18-day total: $438,183)


Mattea Roach, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 31, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Mattea $9,800
Renée $5,200
Manav $3,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) IRON $600 (clue #27)
Renée 2400 +2000 (Mattea 8600 Manav 3000)
2) PHILOSOPHY $1600 (clue #5)
Mattea 12200 +2000 (Renée 5200 Manav 2200)
3) BALLET & OPERA $400 (clue #26, $5600 left on board)
Renée 16000 +5000 (Mattea 20600 Manav 600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 131

Unplayed clues:

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

Game Stats:

Mattea $22,200 Coryat, 30 correct, 2 incorrect, 52.63% in first on buzzer (30/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Renée $15,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 0 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Manav $600 Coryat, 4 correct, 2 incorrect, 8.77% in first on buzzer (5/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,800
Lach Trash: $12,600 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,600

Mattea Roach, career statistics:

501 correct, 45 incorrect
26/31 on rebound attempts (on 70 rebound opportunities)
46.18% in first on buzzer (471/1020)
22/26 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $49,000)
12/18 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,444

Renée Russell, career statistics:

17 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,000

Manav Jain, career statistics:

4 correct, 3 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
8.77% in first on buzzer (5/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $600

Mattea Roach, to win:

19 games: 77.561%
20: 60.157%
21: 46.658%
22: 36.189%
23: 28.068%
Avg. streak: 21.457 games.

Today’s interviews:

Manav ate at Waffle House with friends every Saturday pre-pandemic.
Renée went from teaching middle schoolers to working in a casino.
Mattea got set up on a date to play a RuPaul’s Drag Race-themed trivia.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Mattea $22,600 Renée $21,000 Manav $600)

Mattea: Standard cover bet today is $19,401. (Actual bet: $19,401)

Renée: You need to stay above $3,200; I’d bet between $3,201 and $17,799. (Actual bet: $19,799)

Manav: There’s not really much you can do today; bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $100)


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3 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, August 31, 2022"

  1. clearly Mattea’s success is not based on large bets as much as on her outstanding knowledge of diverse subjects. Her strategy appears to be more on winning than on making a lot of money, which she did very well in any case!

    • Michael Johnston | August 31, 2022 at 1:30 pm |

      Seems so, especially in retrospect. I’ve claimed that winning should be the first goal of a competitive Jeopardy! player, since money will follow from that, but that maximizing your winnings should be a secondary goal (rather than just something you ‘let happen’). James seemed to work from the other side of that assumption by maximizing winnings and therefore winning games. That might be more due to his encyclopedic command of facts and fast response time than to a general applicability of that strategy. JMO 🙂

      I missed this FJ originally, could not remember the solution today AND “Beloved” is still on my To Read list 🙁

  2. Thank you for the update on dc television. I was very confused.

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