Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, September 26, 2022

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Magazines) for Monday, September 26, 2022 (Season 39, Game 11):

A now annual issue of this magazine was inspired by the high-society parties of Caroline Astor, whose ballroom fit about 400 people

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

David Sibley, an Episcopal priest from Walla Walla, Washington
David Sibley on Jeopardy!
Sue Adams, a software developer from North Weymouth, Massachusetts
Sue Adams on Jeopardy!
Michael Menkhus, a data analyst from Kansas City, Missouri (2-day total: $48,402)
Michael Menkhus on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

After a weekend that saw many community members and luminaries enjoy themselves at Sporclecon in Washington, DC (unfortunately, not myself, as travel isn’t the easiest from where I am), as well as the shocking premiere of Celebrity Jeopardy! last night, we return to our standard week of Jeopardy! episodes. Michael Menkhus returns as a 2-day champion and faces off against Walla Walla priest David Sibley and Massachusetts software developer Sue Adams.

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Correct response: What is Forbes?

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In 2017, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Forbes 400 lists detailing the 400 wealthiest Americans, the magazine put out a story detailing how the first list in 1982 was compiled. Malcolm Forbes wanted a list of the 400 wealthiest people in America (the number being a reference to Caroline Astor’s lavish parties of the Gilded Age, to which only 400 people—the top of New York’s high society—were invited). In 1982, a net worth of $75 million was sufficient for entry onto the list; in 2021, a net worth of $2.9 billion was required.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: The “Gist” Of The Job; Small Mammals; Hyphenated Words; Friends; Romans; Country Men & Women)

David had the best time of things in the opening round, picking up 13 correct, especially closer to the bottom of the board. Sue finally got in edgewise on the final clue of the round!

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

David 6 correct 0 incorrect
Michael 7 correct 0 incorrect
Sue 0 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

David 13 correct 0 incorrect
Michael 13 correct 2 incorrect
Sue 1 correct 0 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Historic Nicknames; Writing Implements; Mountain World; Pop Music; Shakespeare’s Kings & Queens; “S” Words)

Sue’s struggles on the signalling devices continued; though she did get in more ofter in Double Jeopardy. Meanwhile, Michael’s attempts to mount a comeback were thwarted by incorrect responses. David, knowing not to risk things, picked up a neg-free round to take the lead going into Final with a runaway—$21,800. Michael had $8,400 and Sue $1,400.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

David 20 correct 0 incorrect
Michael 25 correct 7 incorrect
Sue 6 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 4 (0 today).

Final Jeopardy! today was a triple stumper! David stood pat in Final and is the new champion! He’ll be back tomorrow to defend his title.

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, September 26, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

David $21,800
Michael $8,400
Sue $1,400

Tonight’s results:

Sue $1,400 – $1,399 = $1 (What is Harper’s Bazaar?)
Michael $8,400 – $1 = $8,399 (What is Salon?)
David $21,800 – $0 = $21,800 (What is Vanity Fair?) (1-day total: $21,800)

David Sibley, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 26, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

David $9,400
Michael $6,000
Sue $200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) SMALL MAMMALS $800 (clue #5)
David 1800 +1800 (Michael 600 Sue 0)
2) WRITING IMPLEMENTS $1600 (clue #4)
Michael 7600 -2000 (Sue 200 David 9800)
3) HISTORIC NICKNAMES $2000 (clue #6, $28400 left on board)
David 11800 +4000 (Michael 5600 Sue 200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 108

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 4 (0.36 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

David $18,800 Coryat, 20 correct, 0 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Michael $10,400 Coryat, 25 correct, 7 incorrect, 54.39% in first on buzzer (31/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Sue $1,400 Coryat, 6 correct, 2 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $30,600
Lach Trash: $10,600 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,800

Michael Menkhus, career statistics:

72 correct, 19 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
46.20% in first on buzzer (79/171)
2/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,000

Sue Adams, career statistics:

6 correct, 3 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $1,400

David Sibley, career statistics:

20 correct, 1 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,800)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,800

David Sibley, to win:

2 games: 68.533%
3: 46.967%
4: 32.188%
5: 22.059%
6: 15.118%
Avg. streak: 3.178 games.

Today’s interviews:

David is an Episcopal priest because of peer pressure.
Sue splurged on her trip by flying first class.
Michael finds the show to be an emotional roller coaster.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: David $21,800 Michael $8,400 Sue $1,400)

Michael: Bet between $0 and $5,599 and you’re guaranteed second place! (Actual bet: $1)

Sue: Not much you can do today—bet whatever you like! (Actual bet: $1,399)

David: Bet between $0 and $4,999 and enjoy your victory! (Actual bet: $0)

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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, September 26, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | September 26, 2022 at 9:14 am |

    I guessed Forbes, just because it was the closest thing to a fit I could think of 🍀

  2. Too way longer than 30 seconds of staring at the clue, but the number 400 nudged me to the right answer past the “deadline.”

  3. One thing I learned from Celebrity Jeopardy last night is that Andy Richter grew up in Yorkville,IL. I live 5 miles from there.

  4. “In 1982, a net worth of $75 million was sufficient for entry onto the list; in 2021, a net worth of $2.9 billion was required.”

    That’s an annual growth rate of 9.568%.

  5. Forbes magazine was the only one I could think of and pretty much the only one that I can think of reading at this time. Still congrats to david winning today and not betting anything

  6. I think today’s game is the poster child for contestants STAYING CLAM. How often is it that someone has a first in buzzer rate north of 50% and is still in second place in a lock game?

  7. It might be because I’m tired from a long weekend, but the first and only thing I thought of was the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and decided it was too funny not to go with.

  8. Couldn’t watch the game today as WTEN in Albany, NY reran the Friday game in the normal spot.

  9. Just “Ticonderoga” probably acceptable for $2000 in writing implements, yes?

    • I think it should be acceptable because “Ticonderoga” was the only word that I recall being on a pencil.

    • Michael Johnston | September 27, 2022 at 8:39 am |

      I’d certainly think so. Even though Dixon puts its company name on its pencils, the brand name of the pencil is Ticonderoga.

    • I have a feeling that Ken paused when making the ruling because the cue sheet had just said “Ticonderoga”.

  10. We came fairly close to seeing that long-awaited game where all contestants bet 0 in Final Jeopardy. Maybe someday it’ll happen.

  11. Last time I remember hearing about Walla Walla Washington is in an Warner brothers cartoon. I was as stumped as the contestants on final Jeopardy

    • I hear about Walla Walla several times a year — at the grocery store. The flavor of their sweet onions is unique from being grown there, like Vidalia onions are from a specific area of Georgia. [BTW, Vidalia onions are hybrids and Walla Wallas were naturally occurring but have been improved by selective breeding.]

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