Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, September 21, 2022


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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Famous Names) for Wednesday, September 21, 2022 (Season 39, Game 8):

Perhaps the most famous picture of him was taken in New Jersey in 1951 as he was annoyed by paparazzi on his 72nd birthday

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Martha Bath, a retired CPA from Seattle, Washington
Martha Bath on Jeopardy!
Christopher Pennant, a sports journalist from Chicago, Illinois
Christopher Pennant on Jeopardy!
Emmett Stanton, a freelance writer from Baltimore, Maryland (3-day total: $72,600)
Emmett Stanton on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

In his three wins thus far, 3-day champion Emmett Stanton has yet to lead going into Final Jeopardy—however, the win is counted after the round, and not before it. The Baltimore writer who has been dubbed “the comeback kid” by host Ken Jennings will face another stiff challenge today from retired CPA Martha Bath and sports journalist Christopher Pennant.


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Correct response: Who is Albert Einstein?


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The iconic historical image of Albert Einstein sticking his tongue out, as asked about in Final Jeopardy! on September 21, 2022.

The famous photograph is of famed physicist Albert Einstein sticking his tongue out; leaving Einstein’s 72nd birthday party in Princeton, New Jersey, the paparazzi descended on the car that Einstein was getting in. He stuck his tongue out at them briefly and turned away; Arthur Sasse got the photograph. Einstein ended up loving the photo so much that he asked for prints of it to go on greeting cards.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Lakes & Rivers; If It Quacks Like A Doc; Shoes!; Crossword Clues “J”; Great American Pairs; Budweiser & Sports)

Even though it was Martha who got to the Daily Double, it was Christopher who had the best time of things over the opening 30 clues, picking up 14 correct responses to hold the lead after Single Jeopardy; Emmett was in a distant third.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Christopher 6 correct 0 incorrect
Martha 5 correct 1 incorrect
Emmett 4 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Christopher 14 correct 2 incorrect
Martha 10 correct 1 incorrect
Emmett 5 correct 1 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Emperors; 2 Books In 1; People & Places; Belief Systems; Modern Westerns; 4 Consonants In A Row)

Double Jeopardy! saw the fireworks come out. First, Martha jumped into the lead with a $3,000 Daily Double bet, and then Emmett surprised everybody—Ken included—by successfully converting a $10,000 True Daily Double! Scores going into Final were Emmett at $22,000, Martha at $15,400, and Christopher at $10,800; Christopher’s total was harmed by six incorrect responses.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Emmett 12 correct 1 incorrect
Martha 16 correct 1 incorrect
Christopher 25 correct 6 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 4 (0 today).

Martha was the only correct player, which made her today’s Jeopardy! champion! She’ll be back to defend her title tomorrow.

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, September 21, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Emmett $22,000
Martha $15,400
Christopher $10,800

Tonight’s results:

Christopher $10,800 – $10,800 = $0 (Who is John XIII)
Martha $15,400 + $15,400 = $30,800 (Who is Einstein?) (1-day total: $30,800)
Emmett $22,000 – $10,000 = $12,000 (Who… is Winston Churchill?)


Martha Bath, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 21, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Christopher $6,800
Martha $5,600
Emmett $2,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) LAKES & RIVERS $800 (clue #4)
Martha 1000 +1000 (Emmett 200 Christopher 0)
2) 4 CONSONANTS IN A ROW $1200 (clue #19)
Martha 11600 +3000 (Emmett 6800 Christopher 12400)
3) EMPERORS $1200 (clue #24, $7200 left on board)
Emmett 10000 +10000 (Christopher 10800 Martha 14600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 226

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 4 (0.50 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Martha $13,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Emmett $13,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Christopher $10,800 Coryat, 25 correct, 6 incorrect, 52.63% in first on buzzer (30/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,400
Lach Trash: $9,200 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,400

Emmett Stanton, career statistics:

73 correct, 10 incorrect
6/6 on rebound attempts (on 21 rebound opportunities)
29.39% in first on buzzer (67/228)
4/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $11,000)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,550

Christopher Pennant, career statistics:

25 correct, 7 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
52.63% in first on buzzer (30/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,800

Martha Bath, career statistics:

17 correct, 1 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,400

Martha Bath, to win:

2 games: 50.600%
3: 25.603%
4: 12.955%
5: 6.555%
6: 3.317%
Avg. streak: 2.024 games.

Today’s interviews:

Martha was on the Art Fleming Jeopardy! 50 years ago.
Christopher has been announcing and coaching roller derby.
Emmett was a digital nomad.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Emmett $22,000 Martha $15,400 Christopher $10,800)

Emmett: Standard cover bet over Martha is $8,801. (Actual bet: $10,000)

Christopher: You can’t win unless you get Final correct and bet at least $2,400. (Actual bet: $10,800)

Martha: You can’t both cover Christopher and win a Double Stumper with Emmett. Either bet less than $2,199, or more than $6,201—though I’d recommend going all in if you do chose the cover route, just in case Emmett bets small. (Actual bet: $15,400)


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25 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, September 21, 2022"

  1. The first time I got a Final Jeopardy right since the last week of Season 38. About time!

  2. had no clue. i’m familiar with the picture, but I never associated it with it being the most famous one of him – but I have seen it on greeting cards. when I think of famous photos I think of the iconic one of Che Guevara – who was obviously not the answer.

  3. I predict that this will be another single solve.

  4. Michael Johnston | September 21, 2022 at 10:17 am |

    Hah! I’m really more of a wannabe physics geek, but I recognized the implied birth year of 1879 right away! And you’d expect to see him around NJ as his residence was in Princeton 😉

  5. In his first three games, Emmett went into Final Jeopardy trailing, and still won. This time, he entered Final Jeopardy in the lead… and one of the trailers won. How ironic is that?

  6. Assuming Christopher meant John XXIII – but he didn’t become pope ’til a few years later.

  7. Michael Johnston | September 21, 2022 at 2:03 pm |

    Live by the sword, die by the sword 🤷😉

  8. Einstein was the only person that i was able to thunk of when he got the e equals mc squared thing. Although i had no idea he was a new jersey resident all those years ago. Still happy to see Martha winning today.

  9. Who would be in New Jersey in 1951 and was so famous that photographers gravitated to him?

    He was such a massive figure that he might even warp the fabric of space and time?

    Such a continuum of popularity? Hmmm.

    Eureka! I have it: Could it be Princeton Professor Albert Einstein!

    But that’s just a relative theory!

  10. I couldn’t think of who this could be. I had seen the picture before but didn’t associate with that event!

    • I got it right, but just with a guess based on the most well-known to me picture of Einstein, where his hair is so feathered out (almost like by static electricity). Positionally it seems to be a “portrait”, but thinking someone might not prepare for a portrait leaving their hair totally untamed, I thought perhaps it was actually a candid shot by paparazzi. I assumed I was wrong, but could not think of any other person for that time — quite surprised to be correct.

      I realize now that I had seen before the photo actually being referenced, but until seeing it again, I think if anyone had asked me if I’d ever seen the photo of Einstein sticking out his tongue, I would have said “No” and imagined something a bit different, more Prince Louie and less Gene Simmons. Ironic that though a bit unkempt, his hair is more normal in this picture than in most.

  11. Loved how she was so emotional and how the other contestants displayed such great sportsmanship! Touching!

  12. The $40 Martha won in 1972 amounts to about $280 today. Even allowing for inflation, the original “Jeopardy!” was small money. That said, I still remember it fondly. By the way, that set of encyclopedias was probably a 20-volume set of the Encyclopedia International, a regular prize on the NBC show. For the other prizes, check out Weird Al’s video.

  13. If the name is derogatory, maybe they shouldn’t include it in clues?

  14. Pizza Face Fred | September 21, 2022 at 10:43 pm |

    Stumbled into the correct Final, probably based on his age, but the most memorable photo in my mind of him is on a bicycle . . .

  15. I knew it had to be Einstein and I had a glimpse of thought that somebody could think that the clue referred to that famous photograph of an annoyed Churchill (which was actually taken during a photo shoot, not by paparazzi, and in 1941). Too bad it was Emmett.

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