Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, September 28, 2022


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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Rivers) for Wednesday, September 28, 2022 (Season 39, Game 13):

These 2 rivers share the names of countries, end with the same 4 letters & both join up with the Parana River

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Emily Hackbarth, a middle school counselor from Ames, Iowa
Emily Hackbarth on Jeopardy!
Sam Wang, a statistics professor from Ithaca, New York
Sam Wang on Jeopardy!
David Sibley, an Episcopal priest from Walla Walla, Washington (2-day total: $44,200)
David Sibley on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

David Sibley has definitely figured out the timing on the signaling device. The box score from last night says it all—Dave got in a stunning 79% of the time when he attempted. Today, Sam Wang and Emily Hackbarth make their way onto the Alex Trebek Stage—hopefully, for their sake, they have better luck than Charlotte Cook and Nick Keoki Kilstein did!

Meanwhile, I’ve started to notice a bunch of comments online regarding the outcome of Sunday’s Celebrity Jeopardy! quarterfinal. (The next paragraph does contain spoilers regarding Sunday; the episode is available to stream on both Hulu and ABC for those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to watch it yet.)

I am troubled by the number of people absolutely convinced that Andy Richter “let up” during the latter stages of Sunday night’s game against Ego Nwodim and Simu Liu. Of course, Richter fell just short of a runaway and was overtaken in Final Jeopardy! by Liu in a shock upset of a result. Firstly, the box score of the match says otherwise—Andy Richter attempted to ring in on 90% of the clues in the Triple Jeopardy! round. What did happen is that both Liu and Nwodim had improved themselves in figuring out the timing of the signaling device, and had gotten in just enough to prevent the runaway. What I find most troubling is that I don’t think many of these people don’t realize that the optics of what they’re implying is absolutely terrible. At best, it is gravely insulting to two people of color to imply that a white man let up to make things easier for them. At worst–well, I don’t think I need to say it.


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Correct response: What are Uruguay & Paraguay?


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The Paraná River is a major South American river; the second-longest on the continent (after only the Amazon). Its headwaters are in Brazil and it flows through Paraguay and Argentina; its confluence with the Uruguay River forms the famed Rio de la Plata estuary, upon which two world capitals are situated—Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Off To New England; Hatchet Man; History; One-Named Rock Stars; Material; I Long For Long “U”)

Emily successfully converted a True Daily Double immediately before the first break. David and Sam clawed things back a bit, but Emily held the lead after Single Jeopardy!

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Emily 5 correct 0 incorrect
Sam 2 correct 0 incorrect
David 3 correct 2 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Emily 9 correct 0 incorrect
Sam 7 correct 2 incorrect
David 7 correct 2 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Cliff Notes; A Letter, Then A Word; The Right Brothers; The Actor’s Studio; Naturalists; And The State Goes To…)

Double Jeopardy! today belonged to David, as he picked up 11 correct and both Daily Doubles! It wasn’t quite enough for a runaway, though! Scores going into Final were David at $14,600, Emily at $8,800, and Sam at $7,800.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

David 18 correct 4 incorrect
Emily 13 correct 1 incorrect
Sam 13 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 5 (1 today).

Final Jeopardy! today was a Triple Stumper, which played to David’s advantage, with him having a “crush game”; he only lost $3,001 and is now a 3-day champion! He goes for win #4 tomorrow!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, September 28, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

David $14,600
Emily $8,800
Sam $7,800

Tonight’s results:

Sam $7,800 – $7,700 = $100 (What are Congo & Zimbabwe?)
Emily $8,800 – $6,000 = $2,800 (What are the Panama + ?)
David $14,600 – $3,001 = $11,599 (What is Peru + Ecuador?) (3-day total: $55,799)


David Sibley, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 28, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Emily $7,600
Sam $2,600
David $2,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) MATERIAL $800 (clue #15)
Emily 3000 +3000 (David 200 Sam 1000)
2) THE ACTOR’S STUDIO $2000 (clue #10)
David 7000 +2000 (Sam 3000 Emily 8400)
3) CLIFF NOTES $800 (clue #28, $800 left on board)
David 12600 +2000 (Sam 7400 Emily 8800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 144

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: NATURALISTS $400
Total Left On Board: $400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 5 (0.38 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

David $13,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 32.14% in first on buzzer (18/56), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Emily $6,600 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 21.43% in first on buzzer (12/56), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Sam $7,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer (16/56), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $27,800
Lach Trash: $18,200 (on 15 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,600

David Sibley, career statistics:

67 correct, 10 incorrect
8/9 on rebound attempts (on 17 rebound opportunities)
34.71% in first on buzzer (59/170)
6/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $14,800)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,333

Sam Wang, career statistics:

13 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
28.57% in first on buzzer (16/56)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,800

Emily Hackbarth, career statistics:

13 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
21.43% in first on buzzer (12/56)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,600

David Sibley, to win:

4 games: 66.234%
5: 43.870%
6: 29.057%
7: 19.245%
8: 12.747%
Avg. streak: 4.962 games.

Today’s interviews:

Emily had the nickname “Grandma” during college.
Sam finds driving long distances to be relaxing.
David had to solve a mystery of who dropped off a large number of candles to his church.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: David $14,600 Emily $8,800 Sam $7,800)

David: Standard cover bet over Emily is $3,001. (Actual bet: $3,001)

Sam: At an absolute minimum, you should bet $3,800. However, because you do need to be correct to win, it’s not terrible for you to go all-in (in order to maximize your winnings). That being said, a bet of no more than $5,799 gives you the best chance of taking second place as well. (Actual bet: $7,700)

Emily: Standard cover bet over Sam is $6,801. You should probably do that, because Sam does has occasion to bet most of his money. (Actual bet: $6,000)


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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, September 28, 2022"

  1. I’m 100% with you, Andy, on your comments about Sunday night’s Celebrity Jeopardy! game. We all need to trust the judges and the producers about the integrity of the games we watch.
    But the thing that surprised me most about that game was that the category about Queen Elizabeth II included details of her passing. It must have been recorded only very recently.

    • the first 3 “Celebrity Jeopardy!” quarterfinals games, as well as the first semifinal game (with the winners of the first 3 QFs) were taped on September 11; roughly 3 days after the passing of QE2.

      As for proposing the possibility of Richter “letting up” at the end, whether he did or not, I don’t think proposing it as a theory is “bad optics”, nor does it have anything to do with race (unless the person brings race into it). It is a person with multiple games of experience w/ the J! buzzer and timing facing 2 contestants in their first game.

  2. Michael Johnston | September 28, 2022 at 11:28 am |

    Wait,,, Sam Wang? From the Princeton Election Consortium??😲

    But, Dang! I guessed SudAm just based on the name but couldn’t pull the trigger on a pair of names because I didn’t understand the hint facepalm

    Current FJ streak: 1L

  3. Michael Johnston | September 28, 2022 at 11:39 am |

    Oh Andy! I didn’t get to actually watch yesterday’s game due to our local channel showing nonstop Ian coverage, but thanks to this site, the boxscore and the clue-by-clue on the Archive, I got a good feel for how the game played out. Thanks!

  4. I was thinking of something ending with “stan” so I was hopelessly lost on another continent.
    A very random question re: last night – I beieve that Charlotte answered “K95” to a question in the alphanumeric category in the Double Jeopardy round -the correct answer was “N95” – I don’t think that it would have changed anything, but seems to be that N95 was also correct – my understanding is that “N” means the masks were manufactured in the US, and “K” means that they were manufactured in China – in any event, one can certainly buy a K95 mask.

  5. Oh, my. Another FJ correct. I can’t believe it. I do believe that some folks will find controversy where none exists. Sad

  6. This was the final jeopardy clue that i would get easily because. around the world trivia dos game will cover rivers and most of the questions about south America. But still my geography knowledge helped me here. What was Sam thinking in fj? Did He confuse Africa with south America?

  7. Why would anyone not be just as likely to think about Africa as South America if one has no idea where the Parana River is? At least in Africa, the Nile watershed doesn’t take up as big a percentage of the continent as the Amazon does in South America, thus giving more room for more rivers to think of.

    I concentrated on South America because Parana sounds like piranhas — I thought that was far-fetched but had nothing else to go on. I think I might have actually come up with the right response if I had completely realized what the clue was saying — that the names of the rivers WERE the names of countries rather than just INCLUDED country names (like someplacemayo and wherevermayo OR someplaceumbo and whereverumbo). [I think it is cool that (in Spanish and Portuguese) “guay” means “cool” (as in “awesome”, not as in “pleasant temperature”).]

    • I laughed at your comment Lisa because I also thought Parana sounded like piranha, which led me to South America. With that, and after reading the clue about four times, I got it pretty easily.

      • Have you looked up to confirm our assumption that the two NAMES Parana and piranha actually have nothing to do with one another? I have and they don’t at all, though there are piranhas in the Parana River.

  8. Couldn’t agree more about Andy (Richter). I could see him getting visibly more frustrated because it was clear that he knew most of the answers but couldn’t ring in as often as he wanted to. If anything, he was trying HARDER to buzz in in Triple Jeopardy.

    Many months back, I said that the accusations that James Holzhauer threw his final game was not only wrong, but also insulting to Emma and Jay, both of whom played their butts off in a near-perfect game. Sunday’s game was no different. Saying Andy let up is not only wrong, but insulting to Simu and Ego. (And the fact that I understand what you meant by “at worst” without you needing to even say it is kind of terrible.)

    As for Final Jeopardy, I think if I made the connection that the river was South American, I would have gotten it really fast. Unfortunately, I did not make that connection, and I faceplanted.

  9. Robert Fawkes | September 28, 2022 at 7:32 pm |

    Ever since grade school, I’ve thought of Uruguay & Paraguay as twin countries due to the similarity of their names and the same four letters at the end. Because of that, this came to me instantaneously. In my simple-minded way, I thought it would be a Triple Get instead of a Triple Stumper. The “stans” never even occurred to me as a possible alternative.

  10. Pizza Face Fred | September 28, 2022 at 11:12 pm |

    My hat’s off to anyone who came up with this toughie. (I looked up the spelling. “Toughy” is a variant. You can thank me when you see me.) I was shocked last Tuesday when I didn’t get any of the 13 Triple Stumpers. I mentioned then that I usually “clean up” when there’s that many. Tonight I got 8 of the 15, 4 before the break. I couldn’t believe no one came up with “Slash” as the Guns N’ Roses guitarist (yep, one apostrophe, capital “N”). I’ve noticed that I have trouble with any category having to do with modern pop music and its artists or anything to do with television series offered exclusively by streaming services, to which I don’t want to subscribe — ever!. It’s phasing out oldsters like me. I used to have a guess for just about every clue, but when those categories come up, my mind draws a blank. This dog had his day today, though. If I had more time, this post would’ve been shorter . . .

    • Pizza Face Fred | September 28, 2022 at 11:13 pm |

      Four before the first break!

    • Mercifully, they’ve been a lot lighter on the TV clues this season. Maybe only two devoted TV categories this season? It seemed like for a stretch last season they were coming at least three a week.

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