Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, September 23, 2022

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Literary Characters) for Friday, September 23, 2022 (Season 39, Game 10):

In a later part of the epic named for him, this character becomes king after his cousin Heardred dies in battle

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Navid Mehrjou, an attorney from Elmhurst, New York
Navid Mehrjou on Jeopardy!
Jenny Dally, a curatorial assistant from San Francisco, California
Jenny Dally on Jeopardy!
Michael Menkhus, a data analyst from Kansas City, Missouri (1-day total: $31,201)
Michael Menkhus on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

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Correct response: Who is Beowulf?

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Beowulf is one of the most important works of Old English literature; J.R.R. Tolkien—one of the world’s foremost Beowulf scholars, even though he is much better known by the public for his Middle-Earth writings—firmly believed that Beowulf dated back to the 8th century. Later in the over-3,000-line epic, Heardred—who had been proclaimed King due to Beowulf’s positive character reference—died in battle and was succeeded by the famed hero Beowulf.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Going Home; Take Me To The Pilot; New Harlequin Romances In 2022; Cutting Back On The Brand; So Gallantly Streaming; Tiny 3-Letter Words)

It was a very evenly-matched opening round today; all 3 of our players were having success on the signalling device! It was Jenny who held the lead after 30.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Navid 4 correct 0 incorrect
Michael 5 correct 1 incorrect
Jenny 4 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Jenny 8 correct 1 incorrect
Navid 9 correct 2 incorrect
Michael 10 correct 2 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: American History; Bible Study; It’S Only “A” Country; Infrastructure; Song Snippets; Yiddishisms)

Michael had the best time of things in Double Jeopardy; losing $5,000 combined on a pair of Daily Doubles didn’t faze him! His 11 correct in the round ensured he had the lead going into Final! The scores going into the 61st clue were Michael at $11,400, Navid at $8,600, and Jenny at $4,600.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Michael 21 correct 4 incorrect
Navid 15 correct 3 incorrect
Jenny 12 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 4 (0 today).

Michael and Navid were both correct today in Final; Michael bet enough and is now a 2-day champion! He returns on Monday to defend his title!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

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Scores going into Final:

Michael $11,400
Navid $8,600
Jenny $4,600

Tonight’s results:

Jenny $4,600 – $4,001 = $599 (Who is Gilgamesh?)
Navid $8,600 + $8,500 = $17,100 (Who is Beowulf?)
Michael $11,400 + $5,801 = $17,201 (Who is BeowBeowulf?) (2-day total: $48,402)

Michael Menkhus, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 23, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Jenny $4,600
Navid $4,200
Michael $3,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) TAKE ME TO THE PILOT $800 (clue #4)
Michael 400 +1000 (Jenny -400 Navid 600)
2) AMERICAN HISTORY $1200 (clue #3)
Michael 5200 -2000 (Jenny 2600 Navid 4200)
3) IT’S ONLY “A” COUNTRY $1200 (clue #15, $14000 left on board)
Michael 9600 -3000 (Jenny 2600 Navid 5800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 30

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 4 (0.40 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Michael $16,200 Coryat, 21 correct, 4 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Navid $8,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Jenny $4,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $29,400
Lach Trash: $13,600 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,000

Michael Menkhus, career statistics:

47 correct, 11 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
42.11% in first on buzzer (48/114)
2/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,800

Jenny Dally, career statistics:

12 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,600

Navid Mehrjou, career statistics:

16 correct, 3 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,600

Michael Menkhus, to win:

3 games: 49.330%
4: 24.335%
5: 12.004%
6: 5.922%
7: 2.921%
Avg. streak: 2.974 games.

Today’s interviews:

Navid wants to go on a murder mystery cruise with his winnings.
Jenny has a husky-corgi mix named Archie.
Michael has a corgi named Wallace.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Michael $11,400 Navid $8,600 Jenny $4,600)

Michael: Standard cover bet over Navid is $5,801. (Actual bet: $5,801)

Jenny: You should bet at least $3,401 in order to defend against the possibility that Navid might make a small cover bet over you. (Actual bet: $4,001)

Navid: If Michael bets to cover you and is incorrect, he falls to $5,599. You should bet between $601 (therefore covering Jenny) and $2,999 (staying ahead of Michael if you both miss). (Actual bet: $8,500)

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, September 23, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | September 23, 2022 at 9:14 am |

    The phrasing had me scratching my head for a bit, but once I sorted it out the solution came quickly – “Béowulf is mín nama”😁

  2. Hopefully the contestants can spell “Beowulf” correctly!!

  3. I was thinking of something in northern Europe (as opposed to the Mediterranean) but came up short 🙁

    Best wishes to anyone affected (or to be affected)0 by Hurricane Fiona -especially Andy in NL

    • Thank you!

      Fortunately, it’ll be tracking west enough of where I am such that it’s likely just going to be “a normal breezy fall day” for us. But best wishes to anyone in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, and western Newfoundland for sure.

      • thanks from Canada’s Ocean Playground (though not today :-)) – it looks like we’re really going to get it

  4. Two corgi references on the same day! Did they know something about the queen during the recording?

  5. This one was a no brainer as I remember beowolf pretty much in grade school. Happy to see Navid and Michael getting final right today. Still though I would have loved to see an additional 5000 dollars added into Michael’s score with the triple stumpers. A pretty good game for our returning champ. Keep it going Mike

    Praying for the people in PEI Nova Scotia and New Brunswick that they can survive the hurricane up in Canada!

  6. I could get the one today, but with no serious knowledge – all I knew is what I heard from my kid from her school work.

  7. I my, took until today to get a FJ correctly. In my head “the demon grim was Grendel called…”. Don’t know if that is part of the translation or just a phrase that an instructor used. Good weekend with safety for all.

  8. Love that Ken was giving alternate acceptable responses. Very helpful for play-at-home.

    Anyone know what the holdup with the box score is?

  9. Andy, are you planning to provide info on “Celebrity Jeopardy!” apparently starting today (Sunday, September 25th)?

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