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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category U.S. Colleges & Universities) for Thursday, September 15, 2022 (Season 39, Game 4):
Founded as a technical institute in 1900, its sports teams are the Tartans & its official mascot is a Scottish terrier
(correct response beneath the contestants)
Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:
|Gilad Avrahami, a recent college graduate from New York, New York
|Annabel Osburn, a contract manager from Austin, Texas
|Luigi de Guzman, an attorney from Arlington, Virginia (4-day total: $115,200)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:
Luigi de Guzman looks to completely cement his spot in the 31st Tournament of Champions today; the 4-day winner is looking for victory #5. His stats certainly give him a good chance—he has attempted to signal on no fewer than 48 clues in each of his first four games. It’s definitely going to take strong play to defeat him, but as April and Justin showed on Tuesday, it’s certainly a possibility! Let’s hope Annabel or Gilad are up to the challenge.
Meanwhile, here’s a quick refresher as to a significant rule of the show: Contestants may change their responses as long as neither the host nor the judges have made a ruling. Yes, this is different from most other academic competition rule codes. But it is a rule that the show has made public for years. Battle of the Decades in 2014 even hinged on it, as Brad Rutter advanced out of the first round as a direct result of this rule. Last night’s game was ruled on acceptably and as per past precedent, and fans who are upset are out of line, as the show’s rules were followed. Moreover, “news” outlets choosing to report on this improper fan outrage for clicks are also 100% out of line; their journalism would be better used to educate and inform fans as to the proper rules and not fan the flames of discontent.
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Correct response: What is Carnegie Mellon University?
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Carnegie Mellon University, founded in 1900 as Carnegie Technical Schools by the Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, has named its sports teams the Tartans due to Carnegie’s Scottish heritage. Its first official mascot—the Scottish terrier—was not chosen until 2007.
(Categories: Letter-Perfect Books; Party!; TV Title Adjectives; From The Spanish; Cleanup; Isle, 5)
Today’s game was a very strong three-way battle over the opening 30 clues! Gilad got off to the best start, while Luigi battled out of an early hole to get back into second place after Single Jeopardy!.
Statistics at the first break (15 clues):
Gilad 5 correct 0 incorrect
Luigi 6 correct 2 incorrect
Annabel 3 correct 1 incorrect
Statistics after the Jeopardy round:
Annabel 8 correct 1 incorrect
Luigi 11 correct 4 incorrect
Gilad 7 correct 1 incorrect
Double Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: A Little History; Science Projects; Go Get “Em”; Philosophy; Singers Who Act; Hispanic Heritage Here)
The Daily Doubles took a long time to be found; Luigi found them—finally—on clues 25 and 30. He got them both, but was much too reckless on the last one, betting to risk his runaway when a smaller bet would not have risked a loss. That said, he did get the clue correct to put his score going into the 61st clue at $32,500, to Annabel’s $12,400 and Gilad’s $6,400.
Statistics after Double Jeopardy:
Luigi 28 correct 5 incorrect
Annabel 16 correct 2 incorrect
Gilad 11 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 4 (0 today).
Final Jeopardy! today was a Triple Stumper; Luigi is off to the Tournament of Champions in 2023 with his fifth victory! He goes for win #6 tomorrow!
Tonight’s Game Stats:
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Thursday, September 15, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:
Scores going into Final:
Gilad $6,400 – $6,000 = $400 (What is Glasgow?)
Annabel $12,400 – $2,600 = $9,800 (What is Notre Dame?)
Luigi $32,500 – $7,000 = $25,500 (What is NJIT?) (5-day total: $140,700)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) LETTER-PERFECT BOOKS $600 (clue #4)
Gilad 400 +1000 (Luigi -200 Annabel -400)
2) PHILOSOPHY $1600 (clue #25)
Luigi 19000 +3500 (Annabel 13600 Gilad 4800)
3) SCIENCE PROJECTS $800 (clue #30, $0 left on board)
Luigi 26500 +6000 (Annabel 12400 Gilad 6400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 141
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 4 (1.00 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Luigi $25,400 Coryat, 28 correct, 5 incorrect, 54.39% in first on buzzer (31/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Annabel $12,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Gilad $6,000 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,800
Lach Trash: $3,000 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,200
Luigi de Guzman, career statistics:
138 correct, 17 incorrect
8/9 on rebound attempts (on 23 rebound opportunities)
46.98% in first on buzzer (132/281)
8/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $25,800)
4/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,600
Annabel Osburn, career statistics:
16 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,400
Gilad Avrahami, career statistics:
11 correct, 3 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,000
Luigi de Guzman, to win:
6 games: 80.021%
Avg. streak: 9.005 games.
Gilad has learned at least six languages.
Annabel felt blessed by Lady Gaga when taking her tests.
Luigi dabbles in electronic music that is less annoying than David Attenborough’s voice.
- Luigi unduly put his runaway game—in a crucial fifth game, to boot—at risk with his bet on the final Daily Double. One should just limit their bet to $1,699 or less in the situation he was in, ensuring you stay at least $1 ahead of second place’s doubled score.
- $140,700 is the 39th-best 5-day total all-time on Jeopardy, adjusting for doubled dollar values.
- There was an unusual edit midway through Double Jeopardy, where Luigi’s Final Jeopardy! response and wager was displayed on screen. The show really needs to stop with these mistakes/”easter eggs”/whatever—it definitely screams “attempting to force a viral moment”, and the show really doesn’t need them.
- Today’s box score: September 15, 2022 Box Score
Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: Luigi $32,500 Annabel $12,400 Gilad $6,400)
Luigi: Keep your bet between $0 and $7,699 and enjoy win #5! (Actual bet: $7,000)
Annabel: Luigi’s already shown a propensity to risk a runaway; I’d probably go all-in here, just in case he does it again. (Actual bet: $2,600)
Gilad: Just in case Annabel does bet small, you should bet at least $5,601. (Actual bet: $6,000)
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