Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, September 8, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century Contemporaries) for Thursday, September 8, 2022 (Season 38, Game 200):

Congratulating her on the 1869 release of her biography, Frederick Douglass wrote, “I have wrought in the day –you in the night”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Molly Fleming, a community organizer from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Molly Fleming on Jeopardy!
Sadie Goldberger, an interpreter from Columbia, Maryland
Sadie Goldberger on Jeopardy!
Megan Wachspress, an attorney from Berkeley, California (3-day total: $34,402)
Megan Wachspress on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Today’s game originally aired on June 17, 2022.

The penultimate Encore Presentation of Season 38 features Megan Wachspress’ fourth game. Sadie Goldberger was invited to the Second Chance Tournament in October as a result of today’s game.

Today’s New York Times Clue of the Day was one of the Daily Doubles in the Double Jeopardy! round, it comes from the category Sci-Fi Characters. The clue was In an H.G. Wells tale, Griffin, whose face is wrapped in rags, turns out to be this title guy. The correct response: Who is The Invisible Man?


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Correct response: Who is Harriet Tubman?


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1869 saw the publication of Sarah Hopkins Bradford’s biography Scenes in the life of Harriet Tubman, a biography of the famous American abolitionist who escaped slavery and subsequently organized the Underground Railroad, a network of safe houses that saw at least 100,000 enslaved people escape slavery to Canada. Also from Douglass’ letter: “Excepting John Brown—of sacred memory—I know of no one who has willingly encountered more perils and hardships to serve our enslaved people than you have.”


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Historic Alliances; Wordplay-Pourri; Home Sweet Home Renovation; Think Pink; Stately Rivers; Pop Rocks)

Today’s game got off to a bit of a slower start, with some high-value Triple Stumpers and incorrect responses keeping the scores down. However, Sadie had the best round and led after 30 clues.

Statistics at the first break (14 clues):

Megan 5 correct 1 incorrect
Sadie 3 correct 0 incorrect
Molly 3 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Sadie 11 correct 2 incorrect
Megan 8 correct 3 incorrect
Molly 5 correct 3 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Sci-Fi Characters; His Widow Lived On; Marine Biology; The “It” Department; The Quotable Movie; Such A Peasant Life)

The very close game between Megan and Sadie continued, as Molly found both Daily Doubles in the round, yet got them both incorrect to keep her score down. Meanwhile, Sadie held a slim lead going into the Final—$9,800 for her, $9,200 for Megan, and $3,300 for Molly.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Sadie 17 correct 4 incorrect
Megan 14 correct 3 incorrect
Molly 14 correct 6 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 79 (0 today).

The Final was nearly a triple-get for the first time in nearly two months. Unfortunately, though, Sadie was unable to finish writing “Tubman” in time, and incomplete means incorrect in Final Jeopardy! In a heartbreaking-but-fair ruling, Sadie dropped to third, and Megan Wachspress is now a 4-day champion!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

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

Scores going into Final:

Sadie $9,800
Megan $9,200
Molly $3,300

Tonight’s results:

Molly $3,300 + $3,200 = $6,500 (Who is Harriet Tubman)
Megan $9,200 + $7,999 = $17,199 (Who is Harriet Tubman) (4-day total: $51,601)
Sadie $9,800 – $7,500 = $2,300 (Who is Harriett Tubma)


Megan Wachspress, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 8, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Sadie $4,600
Megan $2,000
Molly -$400


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Opening break taken after: 14 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) THINK PINK $600 (clue #3)
Sadie 400 +600 (Megan 200 Molly 0)
2) SCI-FI CHARACTERS $800 (clue #2)
Molly 0 -2000 (Megan 2000 Sadie 4600)
3) SUCH A PEASANT LIFE $1600 (clue #26, $6800 left on board)
Molly 2000 -1500 (Megan 9200 Sadie 9400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -115

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 79 (0.40 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Megan $9,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Molly $6,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 6 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Sadie $9,800 Coryat, 17 correct, 4 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $25,800
Lach Trash: $15,400 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,800

Megan Wachspress, career statistics:

63 correct, 15 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 18 rebound opportunities)
29.96% in first on buzzer (68/227)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,050

Sadie Goldberger, career statistics:

17 correct, 5 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,800

Molly Fleming, career statistics:

15 correct, 6 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,500)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,800

Megan Wachspress, to win:

5 games: 31.323%
6: 9.811%
7: 3.073%
8: 0.963%
9: 0.302%
Avg. streak: 4.456 games.

Today’s interviews:

Molly went on foreign exchange in South Africa in high school.
Sadie recently found out her great-grandfather was the biggest bootlegger in Delaware.
Megan hopes to use some of her winnings to help pay legal fees for unhoused people.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • As a viewer, you may not *like* the rule, but it is a rule—incomplete Final Jeopardy! responses are incorrect, and you have until the end of the timer to finish. While it is an undoubtedly disappointing ruling for Sadie and those who were cheering for her, this rule keeps things fair for *all* contestants and I personally believe that the ruling is just.
  • Viewers should also note that the show watches the light pens write from the control room as the responses are being written; thus, “it looked finished to me” is not a consideration or a valid complaint—the judges would not have seen the final N being written. Moreover, the light pen shuts off as soon as the timer finishes.
  • Link to the box score: June 17, 2022 Box Score
  • Tomorrow’s encore presentation is the July 6, 2022 match.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Sadie $9,800 Megan $9,200 Molly $3,300)

Megan: Your best chances of winning happen if you bet between $1,201 (defending against Sadie’s small bet range) and $2,599 (guaranteeing yourself second place). (Actual bet: $7,999)

Sadie: Standard cover bet over Megan is $8,601. (Actual bet: $7,500)

Molly: If Sadie bets to cover and is incorrect, she falls to $1,199. I would bet between $0 and $2,099. (Actual bet: $3,200)


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6 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, September 8, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | September 8, 2022 at 9:13 am | Reply

    heh, My eyes are still watering from all the rhetoric spilled on this game 🙂
    It did seem like an easy FJ… I’m always grateful for those!

  2. There was a discussion on one of the podcast episodes regarding this case. It seemed like there was a lot of discussion after the FJ involving judges and producers. We saw a version on TV that was probably recorded separately or edited.

    • every episode is edited to some degree. Some of it is minimal (cutting out pauses and the like), but fairly often there are times when the game is stopped for the judges to confer on a ruling or research a possible alternate answer that is also correct; all of which are edited out of the televised show. (shows are taped months before they air, so there is plenty of time for editing)

  3. I still don’t think it took Sadie a long time to think of the answer. I imagine it just seemed TOO easy and she took too long trying to possibly second guess herself before beginning to write it down.

  4. “the judges would not have seen the final N being written”
    I think the opposite: the judges (or producers in the booth) would have seen her (on video) continuing to write after time had expired, thus proving that the full response had not been written in time

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