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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Airports) for Tuesday, September 27, 2022 (Season 39, Game 12):
Africa’s 2 busiest passenger airports are in these 2 countries; it’s an 8-hour flight between them
(correct response beneath the contestants)
Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:
|Charlotte Cook, an office manager from Essex Falls, New Jersey
|Nick Keoki Kilstein, a government lawyer & professional mixed martial arts coach originally from Pennington, New Jersey
|David Sibley, an Episcopal priest from Walla Walla, Washington (1-day total: $21,800)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:
Last night, David Sibley knocked off a solid 2-day champion in Michael Menkhus by remembering the maxim “STAY CLAM!”; David did not have an unforced error in last night’s game, while Michael had six. (An “unforced error” is an incorrect response after buzzing in.) Tonight, both of his challengers—Nick and Charlotte—come from the Land of Oz. (That being New Jersey, as that is where Dr. Oz is from.)
One thing I’ve noticed over the past few months, though: As more and more people use social media to comment on the show, it has become apparent that the show’s rulings need to either be more intuitive to the home viewer, or the show needs to be prepared to comment on those rulings the night that they happen. (Waiting until the following Monday for Inside Jeopardy to explain the rulings feels to me like it’s taking too long to comment, as viewers may have had up to a week to stew about it. Of course, sports leagues also generally don’t wait long to comment on officials’ rulings.)
In my eyes, the most prominent example of these rulings is that the judging of Final Jeopardy! responses–especially in cases of messy handwriting—feel counter-intuitive to the home viewer. This is because the viewers at home assume that the judging occurs based on a viewing of the end result (as that’s the only thing the home viewer can see), instead of the judging occurring in real-time, where the judges can physically see the writing of each letter. In my opinion, this is really something that should be fixed.
Of course, there is not unanimous agreement as to how to fix it; while I personally believe that providing contestants with a keyboard would be acceptable, other pundits think that simply upgrading the resolution on the light pen would be sufficient. (And, frankly, I do see the point of “upgrading the light pen”; it would retain the charm of the current system while also making it easier for home viewers to read the responses.) Of course, even sports do sometimes have counter-intuitive rules and rulings—the infield fly situation from the 2012 National League Wild Card Game being a significant example of this—but I do think that Jeopardy! would be better off as a whole if things were more intuitive to the viewers at home.
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Correct response: What are Egypt & South Africa?
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For the last decade, the two busiest airports in Africa have been on opposite ends of the continent; Cairo International Airport in the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis, and O.R. Tambo International Airport, located in Kempton Park, South Africa and serving Johannesburg.
Just in case this happens, I wouldn’t be surprised if anyone suspected a trick clue here and responded “Spain”; remember that both Gran Canaria Airport and Tenerife South Airport in the Canary Islands—part of Africa, but belonging to Spain—receive a significant amount of tourist traffic.
Also, I have to say: this Final Jeopardy! clue, and the airport research that I’ve done as a result of it, has not been particularly helpful to my increasing sense of wanderlust.
(Categories: The Map Of India; Hobbies & Pastimes; A Friendly Word; Literary Professions; Cash; Credits)
David seemed to be a little bit looser on the signaling device today; however, both he and Charlotte played very well in the Jeopardy! round. Nick struggled a little, but, there are still 30 clues left to make a move!
Statistics at the first break (15 clues):
David 7 correct 1 incorrect
Charlotte 4 correct 0 incorrect
Nick 2 correct 2 incorrect
Statistics after the Jeopardy round:
David 13 correct 1 incorrect
Charlotte 10 correct 0 incorrect
Nick 4 correct 3 incorrect
Double Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: The 19th Century; Jazz Nicknames; Political Writing; Alphanumerics; Non-Nye Science Guys; Also In The Circus)
Double Jeopardy! saw David run NON-NYE SCIENCE GUYS (yes, in order), and got $4,000 on a Daily Double at the bottom of it! That provided most of the margin David needed to cement his runaway game! (Even though he did have four unforced errors today, a stark contrast from yesterday’s 0). The scores going into Final were David at $22,400, Charlotte at $10,200, and Nick at $2,600.
Statistics after Double Jeopardy:
David 28 correct 4 incorrect
Charlotte 14 correct 2 incorrect
Nick 7 correct 4 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 4 (0 today).
David and Nick got Final Jeopardy! correct. For the second day running, David stood pat in Final Jeopardy, but he had a runaway, and he’s a 2-day champion, winnings $44,200! He’ll play again tomorrow.
Tonight’s Game Stats:
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, September 27, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:
Scores going into Final:
Nick $2,600 + $2,600 = $5,200 (What are Egypt and South Africa?)
Charlotte $10,200 – $200 = $10,000 (What are Nigeria and Kenya?)
David $22,400 + $0 = $22,400 (What are Egypt + South Africa?) (2-day total: $44,200)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) LITERARY PROFESSIONS $400 (clue #2)
David 200 +1000 (Nick 0 Charlotte 0)
2) THE 19th CENTURY $2000 (clue #8)
Charlotte 8200 +2000 (David 11200 Nick 2200)
3) NON-NYE SCIENCE GUYS $2000 (clue #18, $15600 left on board)
David 14800 +4000 (Nick 2600 Charlotte 11400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 151
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 4 (0.33 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
David $19,800 Coryat, 28 correct, 4 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer (26/57), 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Charlotte $10,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Nick $2,600 Coryat, 7 correct, 4 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,600
Lach Trash: $13,800 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,600
David Sibley, career statistics:
49 correct, 5 incorrect
6/7 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
35.96% in first on buzzer (41/114)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,800)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,300
Nick Keoki Kilstein, career statistics:
8 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $2,600
Charlotte Cook, career statistics:
14 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,200
David Sibley, to win:
3 games: 73.238%
Avg. streak: 4.737 games.
Charlotte almost moved into a house that became the Sopranos’ house.
Nick coached an MMA team in India.
David would keep track of his Jeopardy! scores as a kid.
- I’d still love to see a game where all three players bet $0 in Final Jeopardy.
- It makes me much happier when contestants stand still post-game, especially the winner—it makes it easier for me to get a screenshot of their total.
- Today’s box score: September 27, 2022 Box Score
Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: David $22,400 Charlotte $10,200 Nick $2,600)
David: Bet between $0 and $1,999 and enjoy win #2! (Actual bet: $0)
Nick: Bet whatever you’d like. (Actual bet: $2,600)
Charlotte: You can guarantee second place if you bet between $0 and $4,999. (Actual bet: $200)
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