Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, September 12, 2022


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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century Novels) for Monday, September 12, 2022 (Season 39, Game 1):

“This bell was named Marie…alone in the southern tower, with her sister Jacqueline, a bell of lesser size”, says this novel

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Katherine May, a financial institution risk manager from Riverside, Illinois
Katherine May on Jeopardy!
Tim Faulkner, a paperboy from Kalamazoo, Michigan
Tim Faulkner on Jeopardy!
Luigi de Guzman, an attorney from Arlington, Virginia (1-day total: $23,401)
Luigi de Guzman on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is The Hunchback of Notre-Dame? (Notre-Dame de Paris)


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The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is Victor Hugo’s famous 1831 novel about Quasimodo, Notre Dame’s bell-ringer, that served to turn the Paris cathedral into a national French icon. The quote from today’s clue comes from Chapter III of the work, whose full text is available at the Gutenberg Project.

I am also pleased that the New York Times Clue of the Day, while it failed to be available online, is still available in the physical edition of the newspaper, and thus, has been published publicly.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Here Comes 39; World Capital Rhyme Time; All Kinds Of Doors; Writers & Their Works; Chump Change; Ralph Macchio Talks Cobra Kai)

All three players got off to a good start over the first 15 clues, but Luigi found another gear after the first commercial break. He picked up 10 correct in the last 15 clues of the round, including a Daily Double, to have $14,000 after 30 clues!

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Luigi 7 correct 0 incorrect
Tim 5 correct 1 incorrect
Katherine 3 correct 2 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Luigi 17 correct 0 incorrect
Katherine 6 correct 3 incorrect
Tim 7 correct 2 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: On The Road Again; 11-Letter Words; Discoveries; Canadian History; Finance & Investing; That’s So Sir/Reel!)

Luigi’s dominance of the game continued in Double Jeopardy!, as he picked up another 17 correct and two more Daily Doubles (for a total of $10,000 in this round!) Tim and Katherine barely got in, and the three unplayed clues certainly felt like an act of mercy by the timekeeper (though, to be fair, the Ralph Macchio category in the opening round was a little on the long side as well). The scores going into Final were Luigi at $38,400, Tim at $5,200, and Katherine at $1,400.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Luigi 34 correct 2 incorrect
Tim 9 correct 2 incorrect
Katherine 8 correct 4 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 3 (3 today).

Luigi and Tim got Final correct today, which means that Luigi is now a 2-day champion! He goes for win #3 tomorrow, and probably put the fear of God into his upcoming opponents with his performance today!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, September 12, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Luigi $38,400
Tim $5,200
Katherine $1,400

Tonight’s results:

Katherine $1,400 – $0 = $1,400 (What is Don Quixote?)
Tim $5,200 + $200 = $5,400 (What is The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Luigi $38,400 + $4,000 = $42,400 (What is The Hunchback of Notre Dame?) (2-day total: $65,801)


Luigi de Guzman, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 12, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Luigi $14,000
Katherine $2,200
Tim $2,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) WRITERS & THEIR WORKS $800 (clue #29)
Luigi 9000 +4000 (Tim 2000 Katherine 2200)
2) DISCOVERIES $800 (clue #13)
Luigi 19200 +4000 (Tim 4000 Katherine 2600)
3) CANADIAN HISTORY $1200 (clue #23, $9600 left on board)
Luigi 30400 +6000 (Tim 5200 Katherine 2600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 85

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: FINANCE & INVESTING $1200 $1600 $2000
Total Left On Board: $4,800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 3 (3.00 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Luigi $27,200 Coryat, 34 correct, 2 incorrect, 55.56% in first on buzzer (30/54), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Tim $5,200 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 16.67% in first on buzzer (9/54), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Katherine $1,400 Coryat, 8 correct, 4 incorrect, 22.22% in first on buzzer (12/54), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $33,800
Lach Trash: $8,400 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,000

Luigi de Guzman, career statistics:

60 correct, 4 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
47.75% in first on buzzer (53/111)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $15,800)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $23,600

Tim Faulkner, career statistics:

10 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
16.67% in first on buzzer (9/54)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,200

Katherine May, career statistics:

8 correct, 5 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
22.22% in first on buzzer (12/54)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $1,400

Luigi de Guzman, to win:

3 games: 86.413%
4: 74.673%
5: 64.527%
6: 55.760%
7: 48.184%
Avg. streak: 8.360 games.

Today’s interviews:

Katherine got to play the National Anthem at the World Series.
Tim does not have a bicycle.
Luigi has had a lot of people from his past reach out.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Regarding the judge’s ruling on the final Daily Double, I think it was fine, as Luigi gave the name of the company that still fit the essence of the clue, even though he did not just give the body of water.
  • Link to the box score: September, 12, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Luigi $38,400 Tim $5,200 Katherine $1,400)

Luigi: You can bet between $0 and $27,999 and enjoy win #2! Remember, though, that you are essentially betting actual money in a runaway game like this. (Actual bet: $4,000)

Tim: Bet between $0 and $2,399 and clinch second place. (Actual bet: $200)

Katherine: It doesn’t really matter what you bet today, you’re probably finishing third. (Actual bet: $0)



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30 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, September 12, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | September 12, 2022 at 9:31 am | Reply

    The new Season is here! The new Season is here! #TheJerk 😅

    This one came to me so fast, I think it might have been influenced by another recent mention of the Hugo novel (back in November, as per the Archives).

  2. Hooray! Jeopardy is back. I did, however, enjoy the review of key games from last season. Can’t wait for the Tournament of Champions later in the fall.

    This question rings a bell … it must be “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

  3. I’m batting a thousand in the new season. I’m guessing a triple get today.

    • I expected a triple get, too, since I was almost certain it would be ‘The Hunchback of Notre-Dame’ and I have never read the book nor seen any film or play (or musical?) of it. [nor studied up on famous novels because I was going to be on Jeopardy 😉]

  4. Not a good start for me – I did not get the FJ. No excuses.

    However, I am going to see one session of SCT taping this Thursday and hope for a great experience. I will appreciate any advice from others regarding being a good audience member!

    • Get there as early as you can. Reports are surfacing after Celebrity Jeopardy that the new company being used is significantly overbooking the audience.

      • Thanks – I was surprised to get the ticket that quickly.

        I will get there early as you suggested. I am traveling across the country for a day and do not want to be the one not getting in.

        • I received my confirmation number as an audience member the night before I drove down—which was on Wednesday August 10th. I was the last one to get a ticket apparently and there was space for me. I was #98 for the regular Jeopardy games. Those were exciting games that I saw as an audience member.

  5. Hooray that Season 39 is finally here. And that now it is possible to be in the Jeopardy audience. I can’t wait for the shows that I went to see finally air in October. BUT they were recorded on a Wednesday in August and will be shown two months later!!!

    Happy Season 39!!!

  6. WOW! What a way to start off the new season! The only time I can remember someone being predicted to win more than eight games after their second win is James.

    If Luigi can keep up with his performance from today, I think the other contestants in this year’s Tournament of Champions are going to be very thankful his run began after the field was locked!

    • doesn’t matter when the run begins when it comes to ToC qualification. It goes by when it ends.

      • Technically, yes, but seeing how the ToC lineup was already fully locked announced in August, before this game aired, I have the feeling Luigi’s Tournament of Champions – if he qualifies – is the one after this coming one.

    • I am happy for our local guy – his happy zone for discussion on social media is DC area sports which he needs to lament about all the time. Now, the DC area has a new sports champion in him.

  7. Wow 65k is a great way for Luigi to start off season 39 of jeopardy. He definitely has a good shot at winning 100k tomorrow with his playing style

    There was a disney version of the hunchback of Notre Dame which i remember very well. Quasimodo meets that girl Esmeralda and falls in loce with her

  8. Who is the host today? Ken I hope?

  9. Adding to the point about the last Daily Double: even if Luigi’s response was deemed incorrect, he still would have been miles ahead of his two opponents and the $4,000 he risked in Final wouldn’t have been enough to endanger his runaway. So it quite literally changed nothing.

  10. I thought maybe they’d rule him wrong for calling it “Hudson’S Bay (Company)” rather than “Hudson Bay (Company)” without the apostrophe S.
    But a google search revealed that it was in fact callled “Hudson’s Bay Company”
    even though the actual body of water referred to in the clue is “Hudson Bay”
    So I’d have to believe they’d have accepted a response without the ‘s’ as well.

    • I was wondering why Ken seemed to be correcting what I knew to be a correct answer.

      The company has the apostrophe, the bay can be referred to with or without.

    • OOH, that clue & question made me nostalgic for getting to shop there (in Toronto) in the mid-70s. I bought my first Christmas Crackers there. I had intended to buy a “Hudson’s Bay blanket” but they were so expensive I could not (as a young newlywed) justify paying so much for a blanket that I would rarely use in the South.

  11. Agree with accepting the second DD. Seems to be SOP for when contestants misinterpret the clue but their response still contains the essence of the correct answer.

  12. I’m sure, Andy, for that certain Canadian History clue, you were thinking, “Newfoundland, rhymes with ‘understand,’ Mr. Jennings.”

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