Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, August 5, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Paintings) for Friday, August 5, 2022 (Season 38, Game 38):

In 2021 experts in Oslo concluded that it was the artist who wrote on this painting, “Could only have been painted by a madman”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Julian Huerta, a hotel senior sales manager from Thornton, Colorado
Julian Huerta on Jeopardy!
Tony Freitas, a project director from Los Angeles, California
Tony Freitas on Jeopardy!
Tyler Rhode, a healthcare data specialist from New York, New York (5-day total: $105,901)
Tyler Rhode on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is “The Scream”?

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When Norwegian artist Edvard Munch first displayed his now-famous painting “The Scream” in Oslo in the mid-1890s, the public reaction—anger and disgust towards the depiction of a figure with an angsty grimace—led to Munch writing the inscription “could only have been painted by a madman” on the painting itself in pencil. However, it took experts many years to realize that the inscription was made by Munch himself; it was long considered to be the work of a vandal. Infrared scans being taken of the painting in preparation for a 2022 exhibition of the painting at the National Museum of Norway determined the inscription to be Munch’s own; the revelation made significant waves in the art world in 2021.

There are a couple of points here from a Jeopardy! gameplay perspective that should make this clue easier for the in-studio contestants than the home viewers. Firstly: it would not surprise me if a number of home viewers stumble over differentiating between “the artist” and “this painting” and answer Edvard Munch instead of “The Scream”. However, I would be shocked if this happened in-studio: there’s a procedure that happens every game and is thus very well known to contestants but not nearly as known to the home viewer. In order to prevent the disgrace of contestants failing to phrase their Final Jeopardy! response in the form of a question (an occurrence that happened multiple times in the 1980s to disastrous effect—video evidence of these is available on YouTube), the show decided many years ago that it was better to provide the contestants with the interrogative word (i.e. “Who” or “What”) of the Final Jeopardy! response during the commercial break before Final Jeopardy, allowing them to write that down on their screens. The effect of doing so on this clue is that having provided “What” and not “Who” will be a pointer to write down a thing—the painting’s title—and not a person.

Secondly, and this is a point that has come up often over the past few months: Leading articles—expressly, the words “The”, “A”, or “An”—are permitted to be added, removed, or changed with each other without it rendering a response incorrect, unless ambiguity is created with another significant work in the same field. Thus, in this case, “The Scream”, “Scream”, and “A Scream” would all be considered equivalent by Jeopardy! judges. (Interestingly, for those who take an interest in the rules minutia of competitive trivia, this is one case where Jeopardy’s rules and the rules of NAQT quiz bowl differ—changing the leading article renders a response incorrect under NAQT rules.)

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Color, My World; Planet Fill In; Movie Theater Gimmicks; “Love”; Honor; Chair-ish)

It was Julian who had the best time of things in Single Jeopardy!, with our rightmost challenger leading the game at both of the first two commercial breaks.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Julian 5 correct 0 incorrect
Tony 4 correct 0 incorrect
Tyler 3 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Julian 11 correct 0 incorrect
Tony 8 correct 0 incorrect
Tyler 7 correct 1 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Historic Illinois; Shakespeare Play Settings; Physics; Coffee Is Life; 10-, 11- & 12-Letter Words; TV Theme Lyrics)

Things took a downhill turn for Julian in Double Jeopardy. The good news for him: he found both Daily Doubles on back-to-back clues. The bad news for him: He got them both incorrect, and he never was really able to recover; he gave 5 incorrect responses in Double Jeopardy. Meanwhile, Tyler wasn’t quite as dominant as he’d been previously, and Tony did enough to make sure the game wasn’t a runaway! Scores going into Final were Tyler at $13,600, Tony at $8,200, and Julian at $3,200.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Tyler 19 correct 3 incorrect
Tony 15 correct 2 incorrect
Julian 15 correct 5 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 3 (0 today).

Tony was the only correct respondent in Final Jeopardy! today, that means he’s the champion, ending Tyler’s 5-day streak. Interestingly, Tony’s title defense will air as part of the encore presentation package on Monday, as Cindy Zhang from that game has been selected for the Second Chance Tournament.

Tonight’s Game Stats:

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Scores going into Final:

Tyler $13,600
Tony $8,200
Julian $3,200

Tonight’s results:

Julian $3,200 – $3,200 = $0 (What ?)
Tony $8,200 + $8,000 = $16,200 (What is The Scream?) (1-day total: $16,200)
Tyler $13,600 – $3,000 = $10,600 (What is the Garden of Earthly Delights?)

Tony Freitas, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 5, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Julian $7,200
Tony $5,000
Tyler $3,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) COLOR, MY WORLD $800 (clue #16)
Julian 3600 +2000 (Tyler 2200 Tony 3000)
2) PHYSICS $1600 (clue #5)
Julian 9200 -3000 (Tyler 4800 Tony 3800)
3) SHAKESPEARE PLAY SETTINGS $1200 (clue #6, $27200 left on board)
Julian 6200 -1000 (Tyler 4800 Tony 3800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 7

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 3 (0.08 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Tony $8,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Tyler $13,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Julian $6,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 5 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $27,800
Lach Trash: $12,000 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $14,200

Tyler Rhode, career statistics:

131 correct, 13 incorrect
7/8 on rebound attempts (on 18 rebound opportunities)
37.54% in first on buzzer (128/341)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
4/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,767

Tony Freitas, career statistics:

16 correct, 2 incorrect
0/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,200

Julian Huerta, career statistics:

15 correct, 6 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,000

Tony Freitas, to win:

2 games: 29.460%
3: 8.679%
4: 2.557%
5: 0.753%
6: 0.222%
Avg. streak: 1.418 games.

Today’s interviews:

Julian got his audition email on the same day his wife announced her pregnancy for twins Alex and Emma.
Tony is a 7th-generation Californian that works for a fountain-maker.
Tyler is a Philadelphia 76ers fan.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Today’s “Clue of the Day” was: General relativity meant there must be these waves, but they weren’t directly detected until 2015, by the LIGO Observatory; in the category Physics. The correct response: What are gravitational waves?

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Tyler $13,600 Tony $8,200 Julian $3,200)

Tyler: Standard cover bet over Tony is $2,801. (Actual bet: $3,000)

Tony: If Tyler bets to cover and is incorrect, he falls to $10,799. Your absolute minimum bet should be $2,601. However, the more money you bet, the more money you win if you get Final and Tyler does not. (Which might be a consideration here.) (Actual bet: $8,000)

Julian: You can’t win unless Tyler overbets significantly. However, Tony does need to give you a faint hope of second so that he can bet for the win. If he bets his “minimum” above and is incorrect, he falls to $5,599. You should bet $2,401 to give yourself a faint hope of second place. (It’s always good to leave some money back in this position, just in case Tony goes all in.) (Actual bet: $3,200)

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4 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, August 5, 2022"

  1. This was one of the easiest painting questions I had ever seen on Jeopardy! Edvard Munch is so well known for this piece of questionable art.

  2. Michael Johnston | August 5, 2022 at 12:10 pm |

    Yeah, this was easy one for me also. Oslo kind of gives it away.

    Between Seasons FJ streak: 5W

    I expect we’ll catch up to where I started keeping track of my FJ answers sometime next week.

  3. Yeah, had seemed easy to me the first time it aired. However, I kind of think I remember having heard that “writing” thing before — either on a real news show, in a real (online edition) newspaper, or just as click-bait.

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