Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, September 27, 2022


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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
Charlotte Cook on Jeopardy!
Nick Keoki Kilstein, a government lawyer & professional mixed martial arts coach originally from Pennington, New Jersey
Nick Keoki Kilstein on Jeopardy!
David Sibley, an Episcopal priest from Walla Walla, Washington (1-day total: $21,800)
David Sibley on Jeopardy!

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.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(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:

David $22,400
Charlotte $10,200
Nick $2,600

Tonight’s results:

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)


David Sibley, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 27, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

David $8,000
Charlotte $6,600
Nick -$200


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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

Unplayed clues:

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

Game Stats:

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%
4: 53.638%
5: 39.284%
6: 28.771%
7: 21.071%
Avg. streak: 4.737 games.

Today’s interviews:

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.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • 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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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, September 27, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | September 27, 2022 at 9:18 am |

    Seemed simple enough, and it doesn’t look like the kind of puzzle that would tend to cause overthinking🤞

    • I thought something similar. It should be a triple get as long as the contestants don’t overthink it, and know their African/Asian geography. South Africa is easy, but I am terrible at geography and was torn between Egypt and UAE for the second one. Of course UAE is in Asia, but it’s in that part of the world, and I knew Dubai has a pretty busy airport.

    • I misread the question, and was still thinking of the category. So I was focusing on the WORLD’s two busiest airports, and I wasn’t even on the correct continent!
      Rookie error . . . 🙄

  2. I was thinking Lagos, Nigeria instead of Cairo because of the congestion in and around that city.

    Lagos has such bad traffic that it launched Uber water taxis.

    • That was my first thought as well, but then I realized that Lagos is almost in the middle of Africa latitude-wise, and it would not take an 8-hour flight from it to Johannesburg, and I’ve switched to the correct answer in time.

  3. It was a get in terms of information and within time but I was also misreading the clue. In my mind, the answer was coming in asCairo and Johannesburg.

  4. I’ve flown to Johannesburg many, many times so that was an easy answer for me. But I was torn between Nigeria and Egypt. I selected Nigeria, alas.

  5. I had to pause mid answer, I was thinking cities, but corrected my response to Egypt and South Africa. Thoughts regarding Andy’s keyboard possibility. I believe they would have to lengthen the time because peoples keyboarding skills are so different. Maybe the enhanced pen would be better. Also like the idea of Jeopardy responding more quickly when there is a perceived problem.

    • I feel Jeopardy would lose something if they had to lengthen their 30-second countdown music “Think!” [much less replace it] but I am NO musician, so I guess if they decided to only add 2-4 seconds they might could repeat some of the early beats(?) and most people wouldn’t notice and maybe even more wouldn’t mind.

      • Lone Biker Of The Apacolypse | September 27, 2022 at 8:04 pm |

        Add a bridge or turnaround between the two verses. It could also segue the key change.

  6. I had to pause to get SOuth Africa though Egypt is pretty much a giveaway at this poin. Still though those airports have a lot of passengers coming in and out. Good final clue today. happy to see David winning again and congrats to nick getting final as well

  7. Egypt & South Africa are what came to me immediately, not that I was sure I was correct.

    I agree about Jeopardy needing to respond more quickly when there is a perceived problem. Because the nature of the problems seem to recur repeatedly even though pertaining to widely different clues, I would think that explanations/justifications could be prepared between when the shows are taped and when they are aired, so they will be ready to be released as soon as a controversy arises. Even if one needs tweaking before release (due to some aspect of the actual controversy vs the anticipated controversy), that should be easier/faster than having to do each day’s response “from scratch”.

    As to the light pen being replaced by a keyboard, I am not really for that. Keyboard skills should be ubiquitous these days, but generally not especially for speed under stress. On the other hand, handwriting is even more ubiquitous and one may have a preference for printing or script. I assume Jeopardy’s light pens work far better than those at many checkout/check-in/ID-pads, as more often than not their result does not correlate to how actually written — such as too far up, too far down, two far left or right, tiny after written normal, or so big it runs off the screen box when it had been contained within the device being written on. I do imagine that Jeopardy’s are just about perfect as to this aspect or we would have heard PLENTY about THAT, but I hope that the contestants do get to practice sometime beforehand. If they just can’t write as neatly as their competitors, I just see that as a skill like buzzer skills that is just fate.

    However, if keyboards were adopted I think they should have two special “side-keys” that normal keyboards don’t have — one that erases (with one press) all but the provided “What is” or “Who is” [because with a light pen you can mark a lot out with one stroke that would take a lot of ‘backspace’ strokes] and one that restores all just erased by the other special key.

  8. I don’t see why they couldn’t have a setup that includes both: a keyboard and a light pen
    contestants could choose which method they prefer. perhaps even a combination (i.e. type out a response, cross it out with the pen, input a replacement response)

    another idea is that instead of having the light pens shut off when time runs out, have it switch to a different color (perhaps red). This would more clearly demonstrate when someone did not complete their response within the time limit.

  9. Pizza Face Fred | September 27, 2022 at 11:22 pm |

    I second Jay J.’s motion. If I had more time, I would’ve submitted a shorter comment . . .

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