Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, September 15, 2022


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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
Gilad Avrahami on Jeopardy!
Annabel Osburn, a contract manager from Austin, Texas
Annabel Osburn on Jeopardy!
Luigi de Guzman, an attorney from Arlington, Virginia (4-day total: $115,200)
Luigi de Guzman on Jeopardy!

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.

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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.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(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:

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Scores going into Final:

Luigi $32,500
Annabel $12,400
Gilad $6,400

Tonight’s results:

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)


Luigi de Guzman, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 15, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Annabel $5,200
Luigi $4,600
Gilad $3,200


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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

Unplayed clues:

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

Game Stats:

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%
7: 64.033%
8: 51.240%
9: 41.003%
10: 32.811%
Avg. streak: 9.005 games.

Today’s interviews:

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.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • 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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25 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, September 15, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | September 15, 2022 at 9:41 am | Reply

    Another win streak to the wayside! I had no idea about today’s FJ clue and couldn’t even form a guess 🙁

    My streak had been 4 games, counting the last game of Season 38 (from 29/07).

  2. Embarrassed I missed this one. I have family that lives on the old Mellon estate in Squirrel Hill.

  3. I was just as wrong as the three contestants, but I feel my response made a little more sense than any of theirs. I GUESSED Stanford.

  4. Rewatched double jeopardy and didn’t see the moment where the response and wager were exposed. Maybe you thought you saw it lol.

    • It was on clue 4 of Double Jeopardy under Luigi’s lectern, clear as day.

      This is not someone one thinks they see and is mistaken.

    • Big thanks to Andy for pointing this out before I watched the show. Andy’s heads-up alerted me to look for it, otherwise, I might have missed it. My son informs me that rather than being an Easter Egg, this is more appropriately called a Blooper. He thinks it might have been caused by some sort of computer error as everything is digitized these days.

      • Your son is correct. Bloopers have been a big part of the history of TV shows for a long time. There are even reels (yes, reels of film) of bloopers from shows like Star Trek (the original series) than can now be found online.
        I’m still trying to figure out how this one occurred, though. It’s completely out of sequence, unless they inserted an incorrect (later) piece of video when editing the show.

  5. This wasn’t that hard. even I knew Andrew Carnegie and His university in Pittsburgh, PA. My mom’s friend has a daughter that attends that university studying law and pursing a degree in the lawyer field. There is Also Carnegie Hall as well which was also named after Andrew Carnegie. But seriously though glasgow? This is a US University and not europe. what was Gilad thinking?

    • Give Gilad a break; maybe, he was joking. After all, Tartans and Scottish terrier were part of the clue. Most likely, he didn’t know the answer so he went with something funny. That’s better than no response at all. Agree with you that it wasn’t that hard if you knew the answer. Knowing the answer always makes it seem easier.

      • p.s. I think Luigi was going for comedy, too, with his answer of NJIT. Both answers gave me a chuckle. 🙂

        • NJIT is a US College/University, so it meets the category
          It is a technical institute
          it was around in 1900 (actually founded in 1881)
          it has Scottish influences (team name is the Highlanders)
          so it wasn’t THAT bad of a guess.

      • Also, maybe he was aware that Glasgow, KY’s high school mascot was the Scotties and the band has a tradition of wearing kilts and playing the pipes for AT LEAST 60 years (unless they have dropped that sometime in the last 20 years), so maybe thought they might have had a college, too, and he just wasn’t aware of it. By JUST saying GLASGOW he was avoiding saying Glasgow University instead of Glasgow College or University of Glasgow or something because IF it HAD BEEN one of those, just Glasgow probably would have been accepted, but the wrong “full name” would not have been.

        P.S. I know about the Glasgow Scotties Marching Band with bagpipes because I used to LOVE to go Christmas shopping there on Saturday after Thanksgiving and get to see them in the annual Christmas parade! I don’t know about later, but “back in the day” it wasn’t just a couple of pipers, either. I remember it as being at least a dozen, maybe two dozen, but that could have just been a small kid being overly impressed/enthralled. I do feel that there were AT LEAST six pipers, but as to more, the whole band wore kilts, so that might also make my memory think of it as more pipers than there actually were. Their tartans were a beautiful blue and white rather than more commonly seen red and black.

    • He was probably thinking that it’s better to write something rather than leave it blank which leaves a 0% chance of being successful. If so, his reasoning was correct.

  6. I commend Luigi for not being a chicken and making a decent wager on that last Daily Double.
    Even though it was a boring runaway game, at least he provided a chance for a competitive FJ, had he missed that DD.

  7. A lengthy run is going to require Luigi to up his in-game strategy a bit.

  8. I guess I should pat myself on the back for knowing one the contestants and other commentators didn’t. Must be my own Scottish heritage, the tartan connection to Carnegie, and 1900 matched the time frame.

    • I mostly associate Carnegie with all the Carnegie libraries. They are in 49 states plus Puerto Rico — Alaska was “left in the cold”. [Actually I was surprised to find Hawaii has one — from 1909, no less.] But I’d never run into these or him having a Scottish connection. I had HEARD OF Carnegie-Mellon but must admit that I never would have thought of it even if I had known Carnegie is Scottish.

  9. Unpopular opinion here, but I would much rather watch week after week of domination than really close games. Domination, for me, is just so much more fun to watch!

    • I’m mostly with you. I like seeing long streaks and big-money wins. I do also enjoy a great player being pushed to their limits by a strong challenger, though.

  10. Luigi’s guess was not that far off.
    I attended the school (1967-72 – the school was then Newark College of Engineering) and was I a cheerleader.
    The team name is the Highlanders and our cheerleader skirts were a tartan plaid
    I did know the school was founded in 1881. Don’t know if we ever had a mascot.
    Luigi must have known someone who went there.

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