Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, August 8, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Official Languages) for Monday, August 8, 2022 (Season 38, Game 39):

It’s the only U.N. member state outside Europe with Dutch as an official language

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Sri Kompella, a corporate strategy professional from Frisco, Texas
Sri Kompella on Jeopardy!
Cindy Zhang, a user experience designer from New York, New York
Cindy Zhang on Jeopardy!
Tony Freitas, a project director from Los Angeles, California (1-day total: $16,200)
Tony Freitas on Jeopardy!

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Today’s game originally aired on November 4, 2021.

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Correct response: What is Suriname?

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Dutch, chiefly the official language in the Netherlands, is also an official language in Belgium (chiefly the Flanders region, which borders the Netherlands), Suriname, Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten—the latter three not being U.N. member states, all still being constituent countries of The Netherlands. Suriname declared its independence from the Netherlands in 1975 but still maintains close economic and cultural ties to its former colonial power. Suriname is also the smallest independent country in South America.

An interesting neg-bait for someone with too much knowledge here might be Indonesia, with the Dutch being Indonesia’s foremost colonial power. However, Dutch is not an official language in Indonesia, only Indonesian.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Prime Number, Please; 19th Century African Americans; Institutions; Regular Verbs; Zombiethon; Charted)

Today’s Jeopardy! round belonged to Cindy, with our New Yorker challenger picking up 14 correct, including a True Daily Double, to get over the $8,000 mark and hold a big lead after the Jeopardy! round!

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Cindy 8 correct 0 incorrect
Tony 5 correct 0 incorrect
Sri 2 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Cindy 14 correct 2 incorrect
Tony 9 correct 1 incorrect
Sri 4 correct 2 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: That’s Our Factory; Eponymous -Isms; Old Literature; “Anti” Up; Dark Matter; Re-Charted)

Cindy held her commanding position for most of the round, aided by Tony losing nearly half his score on the first Daily Double of the round. Sri then began his charge, culminating with $5,000 on the game’s final Daily Double to pull him very close to the lead. The final clues of the round broke slightly more Sri’s way, with the Texan holding a very narrow lead going into Final Jeopardy! Scores going into the final round were Sri at $16,400, Cindy at $16,200, and Tony at $7,800.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Sri 14 correct 2 incorrect
Cindy 21 correct 2 incorrect
Tony 15 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 4 (1 today).

Sri and Cindy both got Final Jeopardy! correct; while Sri didn’t bet to fully cover, he bet enough to become Jeopardy! champion! You’ll get to see his title defense tomorrow, taking on Kate Kohn and Jeff Smith.

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, August 8, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Sri $16,400
Cindy $16,200
Tony $7,800

Tonight’s results:

Tony $7,800 – $7,500 = $300 (What Indones)
Cindy $16,200 + $400 = $16,600 (What is Suriname?)
Sri $16,400 + $13,600 = $30,000 (What is Suriname?) (1-day total: $30,000)

Sri Kompella, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 8, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Cindy $8,200
Tony $5,000
Sri $1,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) CHARTED $400 (clue #12)
Cindy 3000 +3000 (Tony 2200 Sri 1400)
2) DARK MATTER $1200 (clue #7)
Tony 8200 -4000 (Cindy 10600 Sri 3800)
3) EPONYMOUS -ISMs $800 (clue #23, $3200 left on board)
Sri 9800 +5000 (Tony 7800 Cindy 15400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 102

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 4 (0.10 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Sri $12,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer (14/56), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Cindy $13,600 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 39.29% in first on buzzer (22/56), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Tony $11,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer (16/56), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,600
Lach Trash: $9,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,200

Tony Freitas, career statistics:

31 correct, 6 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
27.43% in first on buzzer (31/113)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,000

Cindy Zhang, career statistics:

22 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
39.29% in first on buzzer (22/56)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,600

Sri Kompella, career statistics:

15 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
25.00% in first on buzzer (14/56)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,200

Sri Kompella, to win:

2 games: 52.440%
3: 27.499%
4: 14.421%
5: 7.562%
6: 3.966%
Avg. streak: 2.103 games.

Today’s interviews:

Sri was voluntold by his wife to do a freefall ride at a theme park.
Cindy collects Kit Kat bars from all over the world; her favorite is Okinawan sweet potato.
Tony had a trip planned to Japan and eloped before leaving.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Reversing Tony’s response of “depreciation” in REGULAR VERBS $1000 was a slam dunk. Reversing Sri’s response of “a whip” in REGULAR VERBS $600 I can accept, because adding an article—usually disregarded—creates an ambiguity between the noun and verb forms of a word, which does not fit the constraints of a category that specifically asks for verbs. I’m glad that it didn’t affect the outcome of the game.
  • Cindy’s bet is ordinarily the best bet for the circumstances here in Final Jeopardy, as it keeps Tony from having a chance to win. It’s unfortunate for her that Sri chose not to make a cover bet. Tomorrow’s contestants should make note of this and adjust their strategy accordingly.
  • Today’s “Clue of the Day” was: A 1950 L.A. Times column said the “defect of” this seemed to be the senator for whom it was named; in the category Eponymous -ISMs. The correct response: What is McCarthyism?

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Sri $16,400 Cindy $16,200 Tony $7,800)

Tony: If Sri bets to cover Cindy and is incorrect, he falls to $399. Max out your bet at $7,399. (Actual bet: $7,500)

Cindy: Betting between $401 and $599 generally gives you the best chance to win, as it defends against any of Sri’s potentially very low range and also keeps Tony locked out. (Actual bet: $400)

Sri: Standard cover bet over Cindy is $16,001. (Actual bet: $13,600)

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5 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, August 8, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | August 8, 2022 at 9:37 am |

    I got this one today, but I remember the original airing and I think I got it wrong then (although it seems obvious now?).

    Between Seasons FJ streak: 6W

    • Before seeing the correct response here, I also remembered Suriname from the original airing but I was off even more — I definitely recalled having had NO IDEA at the time, but (erroneously) vaguely recalled ‘Suriname’ as having been a wrong response from a contestant rather than THE right response!

  2. Robert Fawkes | August 8, 2022 at 4:58 pm |

    Andy, Why would a Tweet about a sandwich be deleted from Twitter? It seems to be a pretty innocuous subject to me but the Tweet was deleted and I never got to see it. 🙁

  3. I guessed South Africa.
    but some research revealed that Dutch isn’t a national language (but Afrikaans is, which evolved from Dutch)

  4. Diganta Das | August 8, 2022 at 6:23 pm |

    It feels like cheating in a rerun show to claim “I knew it.”

    However, learning the name of country as Dutch Guyana as a kid helped the first time and now.

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