Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, September 30, 2022

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Before They Were Authors) for Friday, September 30, 2022 (Season 39, Game 15):

While working for British intelligence during World War II, he was codenamed 17F

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Cris Pannullo, a customer success operations manager from Ocean City, New Jersey
Cris Pannullo on Jeopardy!
Pam Warren, a high school science teacher from Petersburg, Illinois
Pam Warren on Jeopardy!
David Sibley, an Episcopal priest from Walla Walla, Washington (4-day total: $78,098)
David Sibley on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

We’ve reached the end of the third week on Jeopardy!, and David Sibley looks to run the week! His strength has definitely been the signaling device; there have been games where David seemingly could signal at will!

Today, our challengers are another contestant (the third of this week) from the Land of Oz (New Jersey) in Cris Pannullo and Illinois high school science teacher Pam Warren.

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Correct response: Who is Ian Fleming?

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Ian Fleming is best known today as an author; his most famous works include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as well as the James Bond novels, which inspired the multi-billion-dollar film franchise. Fleming relied on his personal experiences in the Naval Intelligence Division in World War II in order to write the Bond novels. Interestingly, the name Goldeneye—which inspired the name of the famous 1995 film in the Bond series—gets its name from Fleming’s home in Jamaica, which, in turn, got its name from the Operation Goldeneye intelligence campaign in Spain that Fleming spent most of his time on during the war.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Supernatural Stories; Official State Stuff; Sandwiches; A Pro Team In That Sport; Popes Under The Scope; It’s “Over”)

The early part of tonight’s game belonged to Cris, picking up $4,000—including the first Daily Double—before the interviews. However, Pam battled back to within $2,000 going into the second commercial break.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Cris 5 correct 0 incorrect
Pam 4 correct 1 incorrect
David 4 correct 2 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Cris 11 correct 0 incorrect
Pam 9 correct 2 incorrect
David 8 correct 3 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Bodies Of Water; As Credited On Their IMDb Page; Same First & Last Consonant; Beg; Borrow; Steel)

Today’s Double Jeopardy! round had three turning points. The first was when Cris bet $7,000 on his Daily Double. The second was when Pam only bet $4,000 of her $7,600 on hers. The third was when Cris picked up four consecutive $2,000 clues on clues #18 through #21 of the round, leading to a runaway at $29,800. Pam came up just $900 short of breaking the runaway at $14,000, and David was in a distant third at $4,000.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Cris 22 correct 0 incorrect
Pam 16 correct 3 incorrect
David 15 correct 5 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 6 (1 today).

Cris having a runaway was crucial, as he was the only player to miss Final Jeopardy. He’s the new Jeopardy! champion and returns on Monday to defend!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, September 30, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Cris $29,800
Pam $14,000
David $4,000

Tonight’s results:

David $4,000 + $3 = $4,003 (Who is Ian Fleming?)
Pam $14,000 + $13,995 = $27,995 (Who is Ian Fleming?)
Cris $29,800 – $221 = $29,579 (Who is Orwell) (1-day total: $29,579)

Cris Pannullo, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 30, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Cris $6,800
Pam $4,800
David $2,000

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) SUPERNATURAL STORIES $800 (clue #2)
Cris 600 +1000 (David 0 Pam 0)
2) BODIES OF WATER $1200 (clue #2)
Cris 8400 +7000 (David 2000 Pam 4800)
3) BEG $800 (clue #9, $24400 left on board)
Pam 7600 +4000 (David 2400 Cris 18600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 236

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 6 (0.40 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Cris $23,800 Coryat, 22 correct, 0 incorrect, 30.36% in first on buzzer (17/56), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Pam $10,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 3 incorrect, 30.36% in first on buzzer (17/56), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
David $4,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 5 incorrect, 33.93% in first on buzzer (19/56), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,600
Lach Trash: $7,200 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,800

David Sibley, career statistics:

111 correct, 20 incorrect
11/12 on rebound attempts (on 24 rebound opportunities)
37.81% in first on buzzer (107/283)
7/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $18,300)
2/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,200

Pam Warren, career statistics:

17 correct, 3 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
30.36% in first on buzzer (17/56)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,800

Cris Pannullo, career statistics:

22 correct, 1 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
30.36% in first on buzzer (17/56)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $23,800

Cris Pannullo, to win:

2 games: 82.772%
3: 68.512%
4: 56.708%
5: 46.938%
6: 38.852%
Avg. streak: 5.804 games.

Today’s interviews:

Cris was a professional poker player for a few years.
Pam received a “teaching helmet” as a gift from a coworker after a fall.
David got engaged on the plaza at Lincoln Center.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • As I always say, players underbet Daily Doubles and overbet Final Jeopardy. Today was another case of that.
  • Today’s box score: September 30, 2022 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Cris $29,800 Pam $14,000 David $4,000)

David: Not much you can do today. Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $3)

Pam: Bet between $0 and $5,999 and you’re guaranteed second place. (Actual bet: $13,995)

Cris: Bet between $0 and $1,799 and enjoy the title of Jeopardy! champion! (Actual bet: $221)

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, September 30, 2022"

  1. I did not get it a bit fun to think that 007 would work for HIS majesty’s service for the first time.

    A shoutout to the Jeopardy Honors. Those of us who follow stuff closely knew what would be in the program, but it was still a joy to watch it happen.

  2. Michael Johnston | September 30, 2022 at 9:48 am |

    Got it based on the “F” and knowing of his Naval Intelligence background.

    That’s it for September. Counting the Celebrity Jeopardy! game, I went 10-6 for the month, which is a good start for me. Now to see if I can maintain that pace for October!

    • I wish I kept a count! Being in the audience for some of the Second Chance Tournament games, I will not be able to count those ones in my W/L score 🙂

  3. Fleming also got his main character’s name from a nature guide, ‘Birds of the Caribbean’ which was authored by James Bond!

  4. A good way to end the week on an easy one for me.

    Best wishes to all affected by Hurricanes Fiona and Ian.

  5. We may not have seen the last of Pam Warren, given her stats today she may wind up coming back for next year’s Second Chance Tournament.

  6. I was shocked that this one was not a triple get. I knew it right away without the benefit of the category title or being aware of the ’17F’ fact since I was sure it would be someone famous for something other than just working for British intelligence during World War II. [However, I had surprised myself a bit by being able to immediately think of his actual name and not just “the guy who wrote the James Bond books”.]

  7. Since David did so well this week, I think that Cris may also do well. I am sure that we may see David in the TOC in November 2023 due to his four wins.

  8. I knew it was Fleming because I watched a lot of bond movies featuring Roger Moore sean Connery pierce brosnan etc. I even played many of the games like nightfire and every thing or nothing. Dsvid played well for 4 games and has qualified for next year’s tournament of Champions.

  9. It’s possible Pam went big on the Final (and risked falling back to 3rd) to chance putting up a large $ total that might justify an invite to a 2nd chance tournament. You never know, now that it exists, how this might affect contestant strategy.

    • I think you might be right — about her and future contestants. However, I would hope that the qualification would lean more heavily to how one had done on the first 60 clues than on the one last one (especially when someone else had a runaway game and is obviously not going to risk throwing that away). Also, I would imagine that there will be quite a few “losers” who will get more than $14K before FJ! and many who will have more than $28K after FJ! while still not winning.

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