Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, September 2, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category On the Map) for Friday, September 2, 2022 (Season 38, Game 180):

It’s referred to as “the blue eye of Siberia”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Toni Alimi, a post-doc from Ithaca, New York
Toni Alimi on Jeopardy!
Li-Mae McClellan, a law student from St. Louis, Missouri
Li-Mae McClellan on Jeopardy!
Ryan Long, a rideshare driver from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (5-day total: $105,801)
Ryan Long on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Today’s game originally aired on May 20, 2022.

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Correct response: What is Lake Baikal?


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Situated in southern Siberia, Lake Baikal is the world’s deepest lake, with a maximum depth of over one mile. It is also the world’s largest freshwater lake by volume due to its depth, containing over 20% of the world’s fresh water. “Blue Eye of Siberia” is also the name of a 1990 documentary aiming to raise concerns about the fragility of its ecosystem.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: St. Patrick’s Cathedral; South American Cities; What College; That’s In Admissible!; The Farmer; Adele)

Our challengers got off to a hot start today, with both Li-Mae and Toni doing well over the first seven clues. Unfortunately for Toni, clue #8 was the Daily Double and he fell back to $0. He did recover well, with 6 correct himself between the interviews and the end of Single Jeopardy! Meanwhile, Li-Mae continued to play well, with her holding the lead at the end of 30 clues.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Li-Mae 7 correct 1 incorrect
Ryan 3 correct 0 incorrect
Toni 3 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Li-Mae 10 correct 2 incorrect
Ryan 7 correct 1 incorrect
Toni 9 correct 1 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: History Paintings; Their Last Novel; Diseases; Some Legal “A”s; One-Named Oscar Winners; Adjectives)

Ryan found another gear in this Double Jeopardy! round, as he got an impressive 17 correct responses! Buoyed by running the Oscar category, he also found both Daily Doubles—splitting them with a pair of $2,000 bets. Unfortunately, the first miss meant that he did not have a runaway at the end of the round! Ryan held the lead going into Final at $21,000, with Li-Mae at $12,000 and Toni at $6,000.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Ryan 24 correct 2 incorrect
Li-Mae 15 correct 2 incorrect
Toni 14 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 73 (0 today).

In another not-easy Final, Ryan picked up the only correct response and finished out the week as a 6-day champion!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, September 2, 2022, Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Ryan $21,000
Li-Mae $12,000
Toni $6,000

Tonight’s results:

Toni $6,000 – $1,006 = $4,994 (What is the Ural ???)
Li-Mae $12,000 – $12,000 = $0 (What is Lake Volga?)
Ryan $21,000 + $5,000 = $26,000 (What is Lake Baikal?) (6-day total: $131,801)


Ryan Long, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 2, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Li-Mae $5,200
Ryan $4,200
Toni $3,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) SOUTH AMERICAN CITIES $600 (clue #8)
Toni 1600 -1600 (Ryan 0 Li-Mae 2000)
2) THEIR LAST NOVEL $1200 (clue #3)
Ryan 5000 -2000 (Li-Mae 5200 Toni 3600)
3) DISEASES $2000 (clue #18, $13200 left on board)
Ryan 13400 +2000 (Li-Mae 8000 Toni 2400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -125

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 73 (0.41 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Ryan $23,000 Coryat, 24 correct, 2 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Toni $7,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Li-Mae $12,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,600
Lach Trash: $5,400 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,000

Ryan Long, career statistics:

142 correct, 18 incorrect
6/8 on rebound attempts (on 22 rebound opportunities)
40.18% in first on buzzer (137/341)
7/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $21,000)
5/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,567

Li-Mae McClellan, career statistics:

15 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,000

Toni Alimi, career statistics:

14 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,600

Ryan Long, to win:

7 games: 64.088%
8: 41.073%
9: 26.323%
10: 16.870%
11: 10.811%
Avg. streak: 7.785 games.

Today’s interviews:

Toni met his wife in grad school but only started dating afterward.
Li-Mae was inspired by Ken Jennings to go to law school.
Ryan got to meet Obama in 2008 and had a failed selfie.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Ryan $21,000 Li-Mae $12,000 Toni $6,000)

Ryan: Standard cover bet today is $3,001. (Actual bet: $5,000)

Li-Mae: If you bet exactly $6,000, you can both maintain your dominant position over Toni and win with Ryan’s cover bet. (Actual bet: $12,000)

Toni: I would recommend any bet that isn’t $0 (as that loses to Li-Mae betting exactly $6,000) or everything (because Li-Mae might go all-in). (Actual bet: $1,006)


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4 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, September 2, 2022"

  1. Well, I didn’t get this the first time around, and I didn’t remember it this time around! Even though I have loved the show for many years, this is just further confirmation that I’m not Jeopardy! material myself . . . 😒

    • LOL. I think I might have been in my earlier days, now not so much! A form of this same question showed up in some other game show [The Chase, I think, but I am not sure] within a few weeks of this original airing and at least I “recognized” it (and remembered at the time that a Final Jeopardy was what I recognized it from), but I did not remember the name of the lake.

    • Michael Johnston | September 2, 2022 at 8:31 pm |

      IKWYM 😕 Like Lisa, in my younger days, I might have been able to make a creditable showing, although even then my spotty general knowledge would probably keep me from winning. The antipathy I have for appearing on television would have precluded me from even trying out🙄

      I got this both times, although I’d call it a lucky guess for the original broadcast… Lake Baikal was the only lake in Siberia that I could think of.

      • Well, you were doing better than I was. For the original airing I was assuming it was referring to some famous big blue gem, but the only one I could think of was the Hope Diamond and I was pretty sure its history didn’t include Siberia. But if I had been on the show, I would have put the Hope Diamond as my response “just in case”.

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