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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Famous Names) for Wednesday, September 21, 2022 (Season 39, Game 8):
Perhaps the most famous picture of him was taken in New Jersey in 1951 as he was annoyed by paparazzi on his 72nd birthday
(correct response beneath the contestants)
Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:
|Martha Bath, a retired CPA from Seattle, Washington
|Christopher Pennant, a sports journalist from Chicago, Illinois
|Emmett Stanton, a freelance writer from Baltimore, Maryland (3-day total: $72,600)
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In his three wins thus far, 3-day champion Emmett Stanton has yet to lead going into Final Jeopardy—however, the win is counted after the round, and not before it. The Baltimore writer who has been dubbed “the comeback kid” by host Ken Jennings will face another stiff challenge today from retired CPA Martha Bath and sports journalist Christopher Pennant.
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Correct response: Who is Albert Einstein?
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The famous photograph is of famed physicist Albert Einstein sticking his tongue out; leaving Einstein’s 72nd birthday party in Princeton, New Jersey, the paparazzi descended on the car that Einstein was getting in. He stuck his tongue out at them briefly and turned away; Arthur Sasse got the photograph. Einstein ended up loving the photo so much that he asked for prints of it to go on greeting cards.
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Even though it was Martha who got to the Daily Double, it was Christopher who had the best time of things over the opening 30 clues, picking up 14 correct responses to hold the lead after Single Jeopardy; Emmett was in a distant third.
Statistics at the first break (15 clues):
Christopher 6 correct 0 incorrect
Martha 5 correct 1 incorrect
Emmett 4 correct 1 incorrect
Statistics after the Jeopardy round:
Christopher 14 correct 2 incorrect
Martha 10 correct 1 incorrect
Emmett 5 correct 1 incorrect
Double Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: Emperors; 2 Books In 1; People & Places; Belief Systems; Modern Westerns; 4 Consonants In A Row)
Double Jeopardy! saw the fireworks come out. First, Martha jumped into the lead with a $3,000 Daily Double bet, and then Emmett surprised everybody—Ken included—by successfully converting a $10,000 True Daily Double! Scores going into Final were Emmett at $22,000, Martha at $15,400, and Christopher at $10,800; Christopher’s total was harmed by six incorrect responses.
Statistics after Double Jeopardy:
Emmett 12 correct 1 incorrect
Martha 16 correct 1 incorrect
Christopher 25 correct 6 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 4 (0 today).
Martha was the only correct player, which made her today’s Jeopardy! champion! She’ll be back to defend her title tomorrow.
Tonight’s Game Stats:
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Scores going into Final:
Christopher $10,800 – $10,800 = $0 (Who is John XIII)
Martha $15,400 + $15,400 = $30,800 (Who is Einstein?) (1-day total: $30,800)
Emmett $22,000 – $10,000 = $12,000 (Who… is Winston Churchill?)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) LAKES & RIVERS $800 (clue #4)
Martha 1000 +1000 (Emmett 200 Christopher 0)
2) 4 CONSONANTS IN A ROW $1200 (clue #19)
Martha 11600 +3000 (Emmett 6800 Christopher 12400)
3) EMPERORS $1200 (clue #24, $7200 left on board)
Emmett 10000 +10000 (Christopher 10800 Martha 14600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 226
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 4 (0.50 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Martha $13,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Emmett $13,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Christopher $10,800 Coryat, 25 correct, 6 incorrect, 52.63% in first on buzzer (30/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,400
Lach Trash: $9,200 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,400
Emmett Stanton, career statistics:
73 correct, 10 incorrect
6/6 on rebound attempts (on 21 rebound opportunities)
29.39% in first on buzzer (67/228)
4/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $11,000)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,550
Christopher Pennant, career statistics:
25 correct, 7 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
52.63% in first on buzzer (30/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,800
Martha Bath, career statistics:
17 correct, 1 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,400
Martha Bath, to win:
2 games: 50.600%
Avg. streak: 2.024 games.
Martha was on the Art Fleming Jeopardy! 50 years ago.
Christopher has been announcing and coaching roller derby.
Emmett was a digital nomad.
- Today’s box score: September 21, 2022 Box Score
Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: Emmett $22,000 Martha $15,400 Christopher $10,800)
Emmett: Standard cover bet over Martha is $8,801. (Actual bet: $10,000)
Christopher: You can’t win unless you get Final correct and bet at least $2,400. (Actual bet: $10,800)
Martha: You can’t both cover Christopher and win a Double Stumper with Emmett. Either bet less than $2,199, or more than $6,201—though I’d recommend going all in if you do chose the cover route, just in case Emmett bets small. (Actual bet: $15,400)
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The first time I got a Final Jeopardy right since the last week of Season 38. About time!
had no clue. i’m familiar with the picture, but I never associated it with it being the most famous one of him – but I have seen it on greeting cards. when I think of famous photos I think of the iconic one of Che Guevara – who was obviously not the answer.
I predict that this will be another single solve.
You predicted correctly!
Hah! I’m really more of a wannabe physics geek, but I recognized the implied birth year of 1879 right away! And you’d expect to see him around NJ as his residence was in Princeton 😉
yeah, I went straight to the birth year to see if that helped me…and it did not.
Agreed. The calculus was (1951 – 72) + New Jersey = Einstein.
In his first three games, Emmett went into Final Jeopardy trailing, and still won. This time, he entered Final Jeopardy in the lead… and one of the trailers won. How ironic is that?
Indeed! Alanis would be proud…
Assuming Christopher meant John XXIII – but he didn’t become pope ’til a few years later.
Live by the sword, die by the sword 🤷😉
Einstein was the only person that i was able to thunk of when he got the e equals mc squared thing. Although i had no idea he was a new jersey resident all those years ago. Still happy to see Martha winning today.
Also happy to see Martha winning.
Who would be in New Jersey in 1951 and was so famous that photographers gravitated to him?
He was such a massive figure that he might even warp the fabric of space and time?
Such a continuum of popularity? Hmmm.
Eureka! I have it: Could it be Princeton Professor Albert Einstein!
But that’s just a relative theory!
I couldn’t think of who this could be. I had seen the picture before but didn’t associate with that event!
I got it right, but just with a guess based on the most well-known to me picture of Einstein, where his hair is so feathered out (almost like by static electricity). Positionally it seems to be a “portrait”, but thinking someone might not prepare for a portrait leaving their hair totally untamed, I thought perhaps it was actually a candid shot by paparazzi. I assumed I was wrong, but could not think of any other person for that time — quite surprised to be correct.
I realize now that I had seen before the photo actually being referenced, but until seeing it again, I think if anyone had asked me if I’d ever seen the photo of Einstein sticking out his tongue, I would have said “No” and imagined something a bit different, more Prince Louie and less Gene Simmons. Ironic that though a bit unkempt, his hair is more normal in this picture than in most.
Loved how she was so emotional and how the other contestants displayed such great sportsmanship! Touching!
The $40 Martha won in 1972 amounts to about $280 today. Even allowing for inflation, the original “Jeopardy!” was small money. That said, I still remember it fondly. By the way, that set of encyclopedias was probably a 20-volume set of the Encyclopedia International, a regular prize on the NBC show. For the other prizes, check out Weird Al’s video.
Would it be possible to get statistics from the game that was played 50 years ago, assuming NBC still has the tape?
“assuming NBC still has the tape” is a wildly bold assumption.
NBC wiped all of its tapes in the late 1970s.
If the name is derogatory, maybe they shouldn’t include it in clues?
Stumbled into the correct Final, probably based on his age, but the most memorable photo in my mind of him is on a bicycle . . .
I knew it had to be Einstein and I had a glimpse of thought that somebody could think that the clue referred to that famous photograph of an annoyed Churchill (which was actually taken during a photo shoot, not by paparazzi, and in 1941). Too bad it was Emmett.