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Today’s Celebrity Jeopardy! contestants:
|Andy Richter, a comedian from “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, playing for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
|Ego Nwodim, a comedian from “Saturday Night Live”, playing for God’s Love We Deliver
|Simu Liu, an actor from “Kim’s Convenience” and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, playing for Stop AAPI Hate
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:
Celebrity Jeopardy! has moved to prime time as the tournament leads off with Simu Liu, Ego Nwodim, and Andy Richter. Of the three, Andy Richter certainly has the best Jeopardy! pedigree; he is best known in Jeopardy! annals for a score of $68,000 in a celebrity game back in 2009. In his past appearances, Richter has averaged 29 correct, being in first on the buzzer on 50% of all clues, and has an average Coryat score of $25,700. He’s undoubtedly the favorite to win this match, if not the entire tournament. However, you never know what will happen—all three players are more than capable of pulling off a victory if the stars align in their direction!
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Final Jeopardy category: Landlocked Countries
Final Jeopardy! clue: It’s the world’s smallest landlocked country in both area & population
Correct response: What is Vatican City?
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(Categories: Jeopardy! & The 10 Rings; Telling A Bedtime Story; The Richter Scale; Same First & Last Letter; The Wild West; Dionne Warwick)
The opening round of tonight’s game belonged to Andy Richter; Conan’s sidekick picked up 19 correct and dominated on the signaling device. The game is still early, though, with 61 clues still to play!
Statistics after the Jeopardy round:
Andy 19 correct 1 incorrect
Simu 6 correct 1 incorrect
Ego 3 correct 0 incorrect
Double Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: Queen Elizabeth II; Direct Me To The Director; Cats & Dogs; Tasty Phrases; Alphabetically Last; “R”eligion)
Things were slightly more evenly matched in Double Jeopardy; Andy Richter wasn’t able to pull out much of an advantage, while Ego picked up the third Daily Double of the game. Still everything to play for with 30 clues to go!
Statistics after Double Jeopardy:
Andy 33 correct 2 incorrect
Simu 14 correct 3 incorrect
Ego 10 correct 1 incorrect
Triple Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: Apologies; You’re Probably Going To Hate This; Books By Funny People; The Skeletal System; “Ab”s Workout; Fashion With Buzzy Cohen)
Simu and Ego were getting the hang of things in Triple Jeopardy and they got in just enough to keep the proceedings from being a runaway for Andy! Scores going into Final were Andy at $21,100, Simu at $11,600, and Ego at $10,000.
Statistics after Triple Jeopardy:
Andy 45 correct 3 incorrect
Simu 21 correct 3 incorrect
Ego 18 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 0 (0 today).
In one of the most significant shock results in Jeopardy! history, Simu Liu was the only correct player in Final—he upsets Andy Richter and Richter goes home! Simu Liu is now a semifinalist!
Tonight’s Game Stats:
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Scores going into Final:
Ego $10,000 – $10,000 = $0 (What is Togo?!????!!)
Simu $11,600 + $11,600 = $23,200 (What is Vatican City?) (Semi-Finalist)
Andy $21,100 – $2,200 = $18,900 (What is Lichtenstein?)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Scores after the Double Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) TELLING A BEDTIME STORY $300 (clue #15)
Simu 300 -300 (Ego 600 Andy 2700)
2) ALPHABETICALLY LAST $800 (clue #11)
Andy 7100 +2000 (Simu 2400 Ego 2300)
3) “R”ELIGION $1000 (clue #19, $15000 left on board)
Ego 3700 +1000 (Simu 4000 Andy 9700)
4) “AB”s WORKOUT $1500 (clue #4)
Simu 8300 +1500 (Ego 10000 Andy 14800)
5) APOLOGIES $1200 (clue #8)
Ego 8800 -3000 (Simu 8300 Andy 18100)
6) THE SKELETAL SYSTEM $1500 (clue #11, $15000 left on board)
Ego 7000 +1500 (Simu 8300 Andy 15400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 1
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
TJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 0 (0.00 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Simu $11,900 Coryat, 21 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.19% in first on buzzer (22/84), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Andy $19,900 Coryat, 45 correct, 3 incorrect, 53.57% in first on buzzer (45/84), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Ego $13,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 19.05% in first on buzzer (16/84), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $44,800
Lach Trash: $3,400 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800
Simu Liu, career statistics:
22 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
26.19% in first on buzzer (22/84)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,200)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,900
Ego Nwodim, career statistics:
18 correct, 4 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
19.05% in first on buzzer (16/84)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,000
Andy Richter, career statistics:
103 correct, 7 incorrect
6/7 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
51.65% in first on buzzer (94/182)
5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $17,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $23,767
Andy has a podcast called “Three Questions with Andy Richter”.
Ego studied biology at the University of Southern California.
Simu is the world’s most famous stock image model.
Today’s interviews, Part 2:
In 2009, Andy was unavailable for the Celebrity tournament semifinals.
Ego has a family who watches more Jeopardy! than SNL.
Simu watched Jeopardy! as a child, but is mad at Andy Richter.
- If you don’t have a runaway, you’re in jeopardy of losing in Final. And that happened tonight.
- I was very impressed with how well the 3-round, hour-long format worked. It gave the contestants a chance to have fun, and it gave the viewers at home a chance to see every clue.
- Today’s box score: September 25, 2022 Celebrity Jeopardy! Box Score
Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: Andy $21,100 Simu $11,600 Ego $10,000)
Simu: Go all in. It’s your only chance of winning. (Actual bet: $11,600)
Ego: Much like Simu, go all in. (Actual bet: $10,000)
Andy: Standard cover bet over Simu is $2,101. (Actual bet: $2,200)
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Ignoring the results of this game, I just realized that Andy Richter is one of two contestants to have never lost a game of Jeopardy. (Michael McKean is the other, and I find it funny that the only two undefeated contestants ever on this show are celebrities.)
There have been others.
For instance, Isaac Applebaum from the college championship (at least as far as shows that have aired thus far. He’s a contestant in the Second Chance Tournament, which has taped but has not yet aired).
And there have been contestants from the 5-win max days who won 5, but then were disqualified/disinvited from the ToC
Welp, never opening my mouth about a contestant’s track record again!
Still in shock Andy lost but in the process Simu has won me over as my new fave I’ll be rooting for. Andy did great but not finding the daily doubles he was searching for hurt in the end (and not knowing final didn’t help)
Wasn’t Andy Richter the one who won against Wolf Blitzer, who had a bad game in 2009?
Simu actually wagered 11,600 followed by a bunch of factorial symbols, which would be an insanely high amount of money. But not a legal wager, as that far exceeds the amount that he had after Triple Jeopardy
I completely forgot about Vatican City 😞
Current FJ streak – 1L
Great that Simu won….It was a shocking ending. But so was Ego’s response of “Togo”. That country is certainly not landlocked…notwithstanding not having looked at a Map of Africa in awhile. But if I remember correctly, Togo has a coastline with an ocean.
I suspect that she was thinking so hard about tiny countries that she just forgot about the landlocked aspect.
The correct response for the FJ had been uttered by Simu as an incorrect response to one of the “R”eligion questions. That has likely helped him to win.
during the psot game coverstation, Sam mentioned that he’d given Vatican City as an incorrect response earlier in the game. (Believe it was in the “R”eligon category, the “answer” (clue) was about the Pope being the Bisop of Rome.) saying something to the effect about how it was wrong earlier,thought it just might right in Final Jeopardy.
I liked the pace of the show,the inteaction between the Celebrities didn’t put a drag on the game, ike on Celebrity Wheel. I also liked the Celebrity Jeopatdy “Clue For You” at some of the breaks, where Johnny Gilbert read more about an clue and gave another “answer” (clue) for us home viewers to solve.
This proves how knowing the correct answer to FJ is critical, unless you have a runaway.
The daily doubles and final are done for drama and means that the player who played the best may not win unless they have a runaway as you stated.
That was a fun game to watch! I am curious when this was filmed since it acknowledged that Queen Elizabeth II had died on September 8. There were only 17 days between her death and when the show aired!
It was filmed on the 11th.