Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, September 22, 2022


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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Pop Culture) for Thursday, September 22, 2022 (Season 39, Game 9):

In 2011 Leland, Mississippi, where Jim Henson grew up, honored Henson & his Muppets by renaming a bridge this, also a song title

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Michael Menkhus, a data analyst from Kansas City, Missouri
Michael Menkhus on Jeopardy!
Lynda Tsuboi, a communications specialist from New York, New York
Lynda Tsuboi on Jeopardy!
Martha Bath, a retired CPA from Seattle, Washington (1-day total: $30,800)
Martha Bath on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Martha Bath—who was on the Art Fleming version of Jeopardy! 50 years ago—made the most of her 2022 appearance on the current version, winning over $30,000 in last night’s episode! Today, her challengers are Lynda Tsuboi and Michael Menkhus.


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Correct response: What is The Rainbow Connection?


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Leland, Mississippi—population 4,000—honored hometown hero Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets, by renaming a bridge near his childhood home after “The Rainbow Connection”, a famous song from the 1979 The Muppet Movie. The bridge was named in September 2011 to honor what would have been Henson’s 75th birthday.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Better Moments In History; Children’s Books; Farming; Must Be Nice; Movie Title References; Change One Letter Word Pairs)

Martha got out to the best start, picking up 7 correct before the first break! Michael charged back in the second half of the round with 8 correct himself! Martha held a lead after 30 clues, though!

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Martha 7 correct 0 incorrect
Michael 4 correct 1 incorrect
Lynda 3 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Martha 11 correct 0 incorrect
Michael 12 correct 3 incorrect
Lynda 5 correct 1 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Geography Via Kokomo; In My Autobiography; Humans In Space; Old Fashioned; Beyonce Songs; Sounds Just Like An Animal)

Aggressive Daily Double play was the order of the day today, as Michael dropped $4,000 on the first one. He definitely wasn’t “once bitten, twice shy”, though, as he did what he needed to on the second one—betting $8,000 of his $9,000 score to take the lead with 4 clues to play, holding onto that lead going into Final. I was very impressed with Michael’s “endgame” play! Scores going into Final were Michael at $18,600, Martha at $15,600, and Lynda at $3,200!

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Michael 24 correct 7 incorrect
Martha 19 correct 0 incorrect
Lynda 7 correct 1 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 4 (0 today).

All 3 players got Final correct today, and Michael bet enough to become champ! He finishes the week out tomorrow!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

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Scores going into Final:

Michael $18,600
Martha $15,600
Lynda $3,200

Tonight’s results:

Lynda $3,200 + $2,200 = $5,400 (What is Rainbow Connection?)
Martha $15,600 + $10,500 = $26,100 (What is the Rainbow Connection?)
Michael $18,600 + $12,601 = $31,201 (What is the Rainbow Connection?) (1-day total: $31,201)


Michael Menkhus, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 22, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Martha $7,200
Michael $5,000
Lynda $2,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) CHILDREN’S BOOKS $800 (clue #5)
Martha 1200 +1200 (Lynda 200 Michael 400)
2) IN MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY $2000 (clue #11)
Michael 8200 -4000 (Martha 11600 Lynda 2000)
3) HUMANS IN SPACE $800 (clue #26, $4400 left on board)
Michael 9000 +8000 (Martha 15600 Lynda 2400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 140

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 4 (0.44 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Michael $15,400 Coryat, 24 correct, 7 incorrect, 50.88% in first on buzzer (29/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Martha $15,200 Coryat, 19 correct, 0 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 5/5 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Lynda $3,200 Coryat, 7 correct, 1 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $33,800
Lach Trash: $12,800 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,400

Martha Bath, career statistics:

37 correct, 1 incorrect
9/9 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (24/114)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,200)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,300

Lynda Tsuboi, career statistics:

8 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,200

Michael Menkhus, career statistics:

25 correct, 7 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
50.88% in first on buzzer (29/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,400

Michael Menkhus, to win:

2 games: 60.106%
3: 36.127%
4: 21.714%
5: 13.052%
6: 7.845%
Avg. streak: 2.507 games.

Today’s interviews:

Michael took up the saxophone in the 6th grade and learned the Jeopardy! Think music.
Lynda went to Stonehenge for her honeymoon because of Spinal Tap.
Martha thought Art Fleming was wonderful.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Michael $18,600 Martha $15,600 Lynda $3,200)

Martha: Bet at least $6,001, but no more than $9,199 to give you the best chance of winning. (Actual bet: $10,500)

Lynda: If Michael makes a cover bet and is incorrect, he falls to $5,999. Thus, you have to bet at least $2,801 to have any chance of winning. (Actual bet: $2,200)

Michael: Standard cover bet over Martha is $12,601. (Actual bet: $12,601)


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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, September 22, 2022"

  1. Patrick Macaraeg | September 22, 2022 at 9:24 am | Reply

    I am sure somebody is working toward getting this Final Jeopardy banned from their local elementary school.

  2. Michael Johnston | September 22, 2022 at 10:37 am | Reply

    I finally thought of The Rainbow Connection from The Muppet Movie, but not in 30 seconds 🙁

    Current FJ streak: 1L

  3. I feel ashamed that I did not get it as I pass by the Henson statue at the University of Maryland campus almost daily.

  4. As a fan of jim Henson and an avid watcher of Sesame Street I knew the rainbow connection immediately. Still i am happy all three got final right. Congrats to michael winning the game

  5. I think Michael will be a force to be reckoned with if he can cut down on the incorrect responses, or at least keep them to the top three rows of the board. (Then again, the first half of Matt Amodio’s streak proved that you can still comprehensively dominate even with a bunch of incorrect responses.)

  6. My first thought was that “It’s Not Easy Being Green” is way too long for the name of a bridge, lol. Having discarded that, it led me directly to “The Rainbow Connection” as being the most logical name for a bridge.

    • The same thing happened to me about “green”, especially since a song’s title is not always as well known as its main lyric/line so could possibly make a better bridge name than “It’s Not Easy Being Green”.

  7. I read the “answer” (clue) guessed “The Rainbow Connection,” and, was amazed when I seen I was right. Thought it was too obvious. (BTW, Paul Williams, one of the composers of “The Rainbow Connection,” recently had a birthday,)

  8. After getting none of the 13 Triple Stumpers on Tuesday (I usually clean up when there’s that many) and missing the Final, I’ve now gotten the last two. I thought about seeing a neurologist after my performance Tuesday, went to bed early that night, and cried myself to sleep. How I knew tonight’s, maybe ’cause I’m an old guy, defies all reason . . .

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