Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, September 16, 2022


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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Disney Songs) for Friday, September 16, 2022 (Season 39, Game 5):

“We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from Encanto is the first song from an animated Disney film to hit No. 1 since this duet in 1993

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Emmett Stanton, a freelance writer from Baltimore, Maryland
Emmett Stanton on Jeopardy!
Melissa Woodall, a homemaker from Fort Smith, Arkansas
Melissa Woodall on Jeopardy!
Luigi de Guzman, an attorney from Arlington, Virginia (5-day total: $140,700)
Luigi de Guzman on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Much like the beginning of Season 38, the beginning of Season 39 of Jeopardy! has a very strong champion at the champion’s lectern. Instead of Matt Amodio, though, our champion is Luigi de Guzman. Luigi has been averaging 49.6 buzzer attempts per game over his first five games (last season’s average was 33.) With that sort of consistency—even Amy Schneider was only averaging 45.5 attempts per game at the end of her run—Luigi is going to be an incredibly difficult player to defeat. Luigi has made some games close, though, due to missing Daily Doubles or his opponents getting the hang of the signaling device—remember, if you don’t have a runaway, you’re always in jeopardy of losing on the game’s final clue!


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Correct response: What is “A Whole New World”?


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“A Whole New World”, sung by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle, was from the early-’90s Disney animated smash hit Aladdin, and went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week in March 1993. Interestingly, “All for Love” from The Three Musketeers went to #1 in 1994; of course, The Three Musketeers was live-action, and definitely not animated.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Herstory; Texting Abbrev.; 2022 Geogra-Fee; Freds Up; Magazine Covers; Help Me Move My Stuff?)

It was Emmett who got off to an absolute rocket start in today’s Jeopardy! round, but he made a very conservative Daily Double bet, leaving $2,600 on the table, only betting $1,000 of his $3,600. He did have a big lead after the Jeopardy! round.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Emmett 10 correct 0 incorrect
Luigi 2 correct 0 incorrect
Melissa 1 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Emmett 14 correct 1 incorrect
Luigi 10 correct 2 incorrect
Melissa 3 correct 1 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: British Literature; Magnets!; Think Fast; Television; Explorers; Beyond The Pale)

Luigi came back like gangbusters in Double Jeopardy! today, even though he split the Daily Doubles. The $2,600 that Emmett left on the table in the opening round would have come in handy here, as he was $2,200 off the lead going into Final! Scores going into clue #61 were Luigi at $18,000, Emmett at $15,800, and Melissa at $2,800!

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Luigi 26 correct 5 incorrect
Emmett 22 correct 2 incorrect
Melissa 7 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 4 (0 today).

Both Luigi and Emmett got Final Jeopardy! correct, but for the second time this week, the leader going into Final didn’t win, as Luigi’s gambit hoping that Emmett wouldn’t get Final correct didn’t work out—Emmett bet $10,000 and is the Jeopardy! champion going into the weekend! He’ll be back on Monday to defend!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, September 16, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Luigi $18,000
Emmett $15,800
Melissa $2,800

Tonight’s results:

Melissa $2,800 – $2,799 = $1 (What is Can you feel the love tonight)
Emmett $15,800 + $10,000 = $25,800 (What… is… ‘A Whole New World’?) (1-day total: $25,800)
Luigi $18,000 + $1,551 = $19,551 (What is A Whole New World?)


Emmett Stanton, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 16, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Emmett $8,200
Luigi $3,200
Melissa $400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) HERSTORY $800 (clue #10)
Emmett 3600 +1000 (Luigi 200 Melissa 400)
2) EXPLORERS $1200 (clue #18)
Luigi 11200 -3000 (Melissa 2800 Emmett 12200)
3) BEYOND THE PALE $1200 (clue #23, $9600 left on board)
Luigi 8600 +3000 (Melissa 3200 Emmett 14200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 36

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 4 (0.80 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Emmett $15,600 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Luigi $19,200 Coryat, 26 correct, 5 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer (26/57), 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Melissa $2,800 Coryat, 7 correct, 2 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,600
Lach Trash: $4,000 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,400

Luigi de Guzman, career statistics:

165 correct, 22 incorrect
9/12 on rebound attempts (on 26 rebound opportunities)
46.75% in first on buzzer (158/338)
9/11 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $25,800)
5/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,200

Melissa Woodall, career statistics:

7 correct, 3 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $2,800

Emmett Stanton, career statistics:

23 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,600

Emmett Stanton, to win:

2 games: 51.794%
3: 26.826%
4: 13.894%
5: 7.196%
6: 3.727%
Avg. streak: 2.074 games.

Today’s interviews:

Emmett tries to take the train whenever possible when traveling in the US.
Melissa was in a punk metal band.
Luigi hopes to visit friends with his winnings.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Jeopardy! would be considerably more boring if contestants always made the standard cover bet from the lead. Shaming contestants who choose not to do so is completely inappropriate fan behavior.
  • Today’s box score: September 16, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Luigi $18,000 Emmett $15,800 Melissa $2,800)

Luigi: Standard cover bet over Emmett is $13,601. (Actual bet: $1,551)

Melissa: If Luigi bets to cover and is incorrect, he falls to $4,399. Thus, you should bet at least $1,600. (Actual bet: $2,799)

Emmett: Betting between $4,400 (therefore covering any of Luigi’s small range) and $10,199 gives you the best chance of winning while guaranteeing second place if you’re incorrect. (Actual bet: $10,000)


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29 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, September 16, 2022"

  1. I hope it is a triple get, it came to my mind almost out of nothing. Being old has its benefits. That was a time when MTV played music videos.

    • Old? I was old when MTV first started playing those new-fangled music videos in 1981. And I managed to blow this one . . . 😒

  2. Michael Johnston | September 16, 2022 at 9:41 am | Reply

    tsk You know I’m not going to remember the exact year a song came out, but I can remember some duets, like this one:) Rebound!

    • I’m with you about not recalling years, but due to my daughter’s age in 1993 (thus a repeat Disney VHS watcher at that time as we never had any cable, including MTV), I thought I remembered the melody(?) and that it was something about ‘World’, but I was thinking it was in The Little Mermaid [I could “see” Ariel singing it as a duet with one of her fish friends]. I’ve looked that up and I had been thinking of ‘Part of Your World’ which apparently wasn’t a duet (and Little Mermaid had come out in theaters about 3 years earlier than Aladdin).

  3. I’m really enjoying watching Luigi. He seems so quiet and unassuming, yet he’s obviously very bright. I hope he continues for a while, and I’ll certainly look forward to seeing him in next year’s TOC. I hope I haven’t just jinxed him . . . 🙄

    • I did! I jinked him!

      Sorry, Luigi. But good luck in the TOC . . . 😊

      • Michael Johnston | September 16, 2022 at 1:27 pm | Reply

        I’m pretty sure it wasn’t your fault🙃
        Yeah, it’s cool to already have somebody to look forward to seeing again in next year’s ToC.

      • Not likely to have jinxed something that happened six or more weeks ago. 🙂

        • Of course you’re both correct! It’s just that as I was typing, I realized that I didn’t yet know the outcome of the game, and was still expecting that he would probably win again.

  4. I certainly knew the response to this FJ…”A Whole New World”…It was in the news for weeks about the Encanto song. Plus the article was featured in “Billboard” magazine as well. So not too easy to forget.

  5. Michael Johnston | September 16, 2022 at 1:20 pm | Reply

    Emmett played well in his first game against a strong champion. I’m eager to see if he can start a run of his own!

  6. This is exactly why you wager in a way to cover all your bases. I don’t like what ifs but I also get not having faith in yourself.

  7. Why Luigi wagered that way I fail to understand. But now being a 5 day winner, we will see him in the 2023 TOC. So Luigi needs to wait 13 months for that to begin. But Zack, who first came on Jeopardy during the end of Season 37, has had to wait longer than 18 months for his TOC appearance.

  8. The clue for final was a little confusing to me. I thought they were asking for the names of the duet vs the name of the song. That would have been a very tough final.

    • I initially thought the same thing; asking for the names of the singers of this song instead of the title of the song…”since THIS duet…” Go figure.

      • The people are the duo, the “piece” (song, instrumental, whatever) is the duet. I immediately thought they wanted the song, not the singers nor songwriters (nor composers).

  9. This was a goid final and i also have heard of the aladdin theme a whole new world many many times. My electronic keyboard has it listed. I’ve also watched a lot of aladdin movies in the past. Good luck to luigi in the tournament of Champions. I hope Emmett has a good shot at getting a streak.

  10. Hoping to see the tweets from Luigi later this evening with his thought process.

  11. Players do not and should not always cover the bets especially if they think the category is not to their liking. Terrible way to lose if you cover by having to bet big and the second place or even third place player beats you even though they get it wrong also.

  12. Emmett beat a worthy champion (congratulations to Luigi for that). Being from Baltimore myself, I’m hoping Emmett keeps up the good showing and also becomes a 5-day champion or more. I was worried there for a while that not going all-in on the early Daily Double was going to cost him but it worked out in the end. Happy for that.

  13. What was kens remark after the first round today? Thanks

  14. Low number of Triple Stumpers in games of Luigi’s reign. I think we have an imposter in our midst. Can you figure out who?

  15. How does the box score have Luigi with 29 buzzer attempts in Double Jeopardy? Isn’t 28 the theoretical maximum? Or do they count finding a Daily Double as a buzzer attempt?

  16. ‘A Whole New World’ also claims the distinction of replacing another noteworthy movie song from the #1 spot on the Bb Hot 100, ‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston from ‘The Bodyguard’ which had been at the top the previous 14 weeks. Oh and Melissa’s guess of ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ peaked at #4 in 1994.

  17. I understand evaluating the category and choosing to bet conservatively, but I think that the question difficulty does not correlate very well with the category. Luigi was a strong player, as his performance in the last two days’ double jeopardy showed. He bet for a triple stumper, which is less likely than the second strongest player knowing the answer. I don’t know that those statistics exist, but it would be an interesting comparison. Either way, Luigi was a pretty good 5 time champion. I’m sorry to see him go.

    • Actually it didn’t need to be a triple stumper – any scenario where Emmett misses Luigi would win with his bet (since Melissa couldn’t catch up to Luigi’s bet).

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