Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, September 20, 2022


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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American Government) for Tuesday, September 20, 2022 (Season 39, Game 7):

Delivered on January 8, 1790, the first of these was also the shortest, at 1,089 words

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Juliana Marmon, a pediatrician from Concord, Massachusetts
Juliana Marmon on Jeopardy!
Kelly Shannon-Henderson, a classics professor from Cincinnati, Ohio
Kelly Shannon-Henderson on Jeopardy!
Emmett Stanton, a freelance writer from Baltimore, Maryland (2-day total: $41,800)
Emmett Stanton on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

In a very close game yesterday, Emmett Stanton from Baltimore pulled out his second victory. Today, he takes on Juliana Marmon and Kelly Shannon-Henderson. Unlike Luigi de Guzman, though, who was averaging 50 buzzer attempts per game, Emmett is averaging just 35.


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Correct response: What is the State of the Union Address?


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George Washington gave the first State of the Union address in 1790 at Federal Hall in New York City, as was required of him by Article II of the U.S. Constitution. The timing of the address has varied; for many years, it was sent to Congress in December. Nowadays, it usually takes place in January or February. Interestingly, Washington called for a “national University” in his first address; Congress, however, elected not to create one.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: World War II; Science & Nature; Heteronyms; There’s The Rub; Lettuce; Entertain “You”)

Juliana got off to the best start, picking up the Daily Double early, but it was Kelly who held the lead at the first break and Emmett at the second.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Kelly 4 correct 0 incorrect
Juliana 5 correct 1 incorrect
Emmett 3 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Emmett 10 correct 2 incorrect
Kelly 8 correct 3 incorrect
Juliana 5 correct 2 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Capital City Etymologies; I’ll Have Seconds; Lesser-Known Names; Genres Of Poetry; Current Slang; Before & After People)

Emmett did his “Just Wager $2,000” on the first Daily Double of the round to extend his elead, but Kelly went on a big charge late, picking up 13 correct in Double Jeopardy!, including $5,000 on the final Daily Double. Going into Final, the scores wre Kelly at $19,800, Emmett at $15,400, and Juliana at $3,400.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Kelly 21 correct 4 incorrect
Emmett 19 correct 2 incorrect
Juliana 7 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 4 (0 today).

For the second consecutive night, Emmett was the only correct player in Final—he becomes a 3-day champion now!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

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Scores going into Final:

Kelly $19,800
Emmett $15,400
Juliana $3,400

Tonight’s results:

Juliana $3,400 – $0 = $3,400 (What are the Federalist papers)
Emmett $15,400 + $15,400 = $30,800 (What… is the State of the Union Address?) (3-day total: $72,600)
Kelly $19,800 – $11,001 = $8,799 (What is an inaugural address?)


Emmett Stanton, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 20, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Emmett $4,600
Kelly $2,000
Juliana $1,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) SCIENCE & NATURE $600 (clue #5)
Juliana 1000 +1000 (Emmett 0 Kelly 200)
2) CAPITAL CITY ETYMOLOGIES $1200 (clue #3)
Emmett 5400 +2000 (Kelly 1600 Juliana 600)
3) I’LL HAVE SECONDS $1600 (clue #15, $19600 left on board)
Kelly 7600 +5000 (Emmett 12200 Juliana 600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 203

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 4 (0.57 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Emmett $14,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Kelly $16,400 Coryat, 21 correct, 4 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Juliana $3,000 Coryat, 7 correct, 3 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,000
Lach Trash: $14,600 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,400

Emmett Stanton, career statistics:

61 correct, 8 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
32.75% in first on buzzer (56/171)
3/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,667

Kelly Shannon-Henderson, career statistics:

21 correct, 5 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,400

Juliana Marmon, career statistics:

7 correct, 4 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,000

Emmett Stanton, to win:

4 games: 41.989%
5: 17.631%
6: 7.403%
7: 3.108%
8: 1.305%
Avg. streak: 3.724 games.

Today’s interviews:

Juliana got to sing on national radio in Australia.
Kelly has a father who built a single-engine plane.
Emmett has a replica Thomas Jefferson travel desk.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • It has been my experience that, once again, contestants underbet Daily Doubles and overbet Final Jeopardy!, especially considering that a Daily Double is generally easier than a Final Jeopardy! is.
  • Today’s box score: September 20, 2022 Box Score.
  • I’m definitely adding Kelly to my list of potential “Second Chance” participants; that being said, I strongly suspect that my list will be longer than the number of spots in the tournament at the end of the season.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Kelly $19,800 Emmett $15,400 Juliana $3,400)

Emmett: If Kelly bets to cover you and is incorrect, she falls to $8,799. Thus, you should limit your bet to $6,599. (Actual bet: $15,400)

Kelly: The standard cover bet over Emmett is $11,001. (Actual bet: $11,001)

Juliana: Assuming Emmett and Kelly bet conventionally, there’s not much you can do today. Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $0)


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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, September 20, 2022"

  1. Note to self: having strep does impact ability to get Final Jeopardy questions in your wheelhouse. Dang.

  2. Michael Johnston | September 20, 2022 at 9:35 am |

    Briefly thought of Inaugural Address until I connected the January date to the SotU (January 1790 being about 9 months after the election).

  3. This was a bit easy (well, you always think that when you know it). It is NOT required to be delivered in person, as is the practice now, and it had been a written statement delivered to Congress for over a century.

  4. Inaugural address was in my head but I knew he took office in April of 1789. Never would’ve thought of it in 30 seconds.

    • Same. My mind wouldn’t get out of the Inaugural address place even though I knew it couldn’t be right (election cycles in 1788, 1792, 1796, 1800). Hard to think of SoTU in 30 seconds

    • It came to me near instantaneously, then I spent another 10 seconds talking myself out of thinking maybe it was Inaugural Address instead. [But if I had been on the show I would have already started writing State of the Union, knowing I could mark it out if I changed my mind.]

  5. I did not answer yesterday’s FJ correctly (I am still kicking myself), but today is a good bounce-back day

  6. There is a very good chance that Kelly could return for next season’s Second Chance Tournament given her stats on today’s episode.

  7. I got this correct as well. BUT I thought the shortest SOTU address happened much later. Nonetheless I got the correct response anyway.

    With the way Emmett is going, he might become the next 5 day champ.

  8. Emmett is looking good to keep the wins going. This one reminded me of the past presidents like Obama and Clinton giving their addresses live on television. Pretty easy if anyone is into american politics. Once again congrats to Emmett winning.

  9. If it had said “delivered to Congress” it would have been easier. I guess too easy though!

  10. aaronthecrystalclod | September 20, 2022 at 3:42 pm |

    Emmett’s really going to town with the “come-from-behind” wins.

  11. I am Canadian, not interested in politics, and less than sober at the moment up at the cottage, and I got it right away. I thought it was so easy that I might be wrong and figured a three-for for sure.

  12. Would’ve gone with something like “tortured artist” rather than “drama queen” for the Emo clue.

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