Celebrity Jeopardy! Game Recap – Sunday, October 16, 2022


Warning: This page may contain spoilers for the October 16, 2022 game of Celebrity Jeopardy!, especially for those of you in the Pacific time zone—please do not scroll down if you wish to avoid being spoiled.

Today’s Celebrity Jeopardy! contestants:

Iliza Shlesinger, an actor from “Good on Paper” and a comedian, playing for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Iliza Shlesinger on Celebrity Jeopardy!
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Simu Liu, an actor from “Kim’s Convenience” and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, playing for Stop AAPI Hate
Simu Liu on Jeopardy!
Quarterfinal game: Celebrity Jeopardy! Game Recap – Sunday, September 25, 2022
Ike Barinholtz, an actor from “The Mindy Project” and “The Afterparty”, playing for Pacific Clinics
Ike Barinholtz on Jeopardy!
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Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

After three weeks of quarterfinals, the first of three semifinals air tonight in the million-dollar primetime Celebrity Jeopardy! tournament. Simu Liu started things off with a massive upset victory over Andy Richter, while both Iliza Shlesinger and Ike Barinholtz both dominated on the signaling device en route to victory in their respective quarterfinals. However, the significant difference between Barinholtz and Shlesinger is in the incorrect response statistics: Shlesinger picked up over a dozen in her quarterfinal, whereas Barinholtz picked up zero. If this holds, and Barinholtz cleans up on the rebounds, “The Mindy Project” star will likely find his way to the final in January. However, as Liu proved three Sundays ago, anything can happen up on that Alex Trebek stage, and all three players are certainly in with a shot at winning tonight!


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Final Jeopardy category: Annual Events

Final Jeopardy! clue: In 1986 Larry Harvey called a friend & said, let’s do this, no one knows exactly why; it evolved into an annual festival in the desert


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Correct response: What is Burning Man?


Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Game On; Current Events; Pop Music; 7-Letter Words; Let’s Take A Walk; Autumn)

Ike and Simu dominated the signaling device over the opening 15 clues, with Ike jumping out to an early lead. Iliza seemed to really want to keep doing the Forrest Bounce, though; we’ll see how well it works for her. Coming out of the break, Ike found the Daily Double—and bet Simu’s score, much to Simu’s chagrin.

Statistics after 15 clues:

Ike 8 correct 0 incorrect
Simu 4 correct 0 incorrect
Iliza 2 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Ike 16 correct 0 incorrect
Iliza 6 correct 1 incorrect
Simu 7 correct 0 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: The In Memoriam Segment 1922; Famous Names On The Map; Drama Queens; It All Starts With “U”; Shakespeare; The 7 Wonders Of The Ancient World)

In Double Jeopardy, Simu and Iliza both started hunting for Daily Doubles—they found, and missed, one apiece. Ike still held the lead at commercial break #3. In the last half of the round, Ike had the best time of things, picking up another $4,200 and extending his advantage.

Statistics after 45 clues:

Ike 21 correct 1 incorrect
Iliza 9 correct 2 incorrect
Simu 11 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Ike 27 correct 1 incorrect
Simu 15 correct 2 incorrect
Iliza 14 correct 3 incorrect

Triple Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Brain Surgeon’s Terminology; Johnny Gilbert Speaks The Movie Lines; Colorful Responses; Mascots; Historic History Of Yesterday: A Look Back; But We Repeat Ourselves)

Ike managed to miss all three Daily Doubles in this round, and Simu, ironically, kept himself in the game by making a fearful $400 bet on the final Daily Double, keeping him in contention. Scores going into Final were Ike at $20,300, Iliza at $11,300, and Simu at $10,000.

Statistics after Triple Jeopardy:

Ike 37 correct 1 incorrect
Iliza 23 correct 5 incorrect
Simu 24 correct 4 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 0 (0 today).

Ike and Simu got Final Jeopardy! correct—Ike’s moving on to the finals! We’ll see him again January 15!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

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Scores going into Final:

Ike $20,300
Iliza $11,300
Simu $10,000

Tonight’s results:

Simu $10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000 (What is Burning Man? <3 You Mom!!!)
Iliza $11,300 – $11,300 = $0 (What is Coachella)
Ike $20,300 + $2,301 = $22,601 (What is Burning Man?) (Finalist)


Ike Barinholtz, today's Celebrity Jeopardy! winner (for the October 16, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Ike $6,000
Iliza $1,700
Simu $1,400


Scores after the Double Jeopardy! Round:

Ike $12,200
Iliza $3,900
Simu $4,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) 7-LETTER WORDS $400 (clue #20)
Ike 3200 +1300 (Simu 1300 Iliza 300)
2) FAMOUS NAMES ON THE MAP $600 (clue #4)
Iliza 2100 -1000 (Ike 5000 Simu 1600)
3) THE 7 WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD $600 (clue #15)
Simu 3400 -1000 (Ike 8000 Iliza 2700)
4) BRAIN SURGEON’S TERMINOLOGY $1200 (clue #1)
Iliza 9800 +2000 (Ike 17300 Simu 9400)
5) HISTORIC HISTORY OF YESTERDAY: A LOOK BACK $900 (clue #23)
Simu 8200 -2000 (Ike 16100 Iliza 7700)
6) COLORFUL RESPONSES $1200 (clue #27, $3000 left on board)
Simu 10400 -400 (Ike 18800 Iliza 9800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -44

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
TJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 0 (0.00 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Ike $19,400 Coryat, 37 correct, 1 incorrect, 41.67% in first on buzzer (35/84), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Simu $13,400 Coryat, 24 correct, 4 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer (24/84), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Iliza $11,500 Coryat, 23 correct, 5 incorrect, 29.76% in first on buzzer (25/84), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $44,300
Lach Trash: $1,400 (on 2 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,300

Ike Barinholtz, career statistics:

90 correct, 1 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
48.21% in first on buzzer (81/168)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,600)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,900

Simu Liu, career statistics:

47 correct, 7 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
27.38% in first on buzzer (46/168)
1/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,200)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,650

Iliza Shlesinger, career statistics:

64 correct, 19 incorrect
4/7 on rebound attempts (on 12 rebound opportunities)
39.88% in first on buzzer (67/168)
4/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$300)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,850


Today’s interviews:

Iliza was feeling really great—and then Ike started winning.
Simu was incredibly shocked at beating Andy Richter.
Ike has three daughters who aren’t Jeopardy! fans yet.

Today’s interviews, part 2:

Iliza had her second book and sixth Netflix special come out in October.
Simu has his first book out and got to work with Greta Gerwig.
Ike recently worked with Mel Brooks on History of the World, Part 2.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Next week’s game will feature Aisha Tyler, John Michael Higgins, and Matt Rogers.
  • Today’s box score: October 16, 2022 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Ike $20,300 Iliza $11,300 Simu $10,000)

Ike: Standard cover bet over Iliza is $2,301. (Actual bet: $2,301)

Simu: Only chance for you is if you’re the only one to get Final. Go all in. (Actual bet: $10,000)

Iliza: Your only shot is if you’re correct and Ike isn’t. Go all in. (Actual bet: $11,300)


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13 Comments on "Celebrity Jeopardy! Game Recap – Sunday, October 16, 2022"

  1. If you ran this game through your prediction model, what would each player’s chances of winning be?

  2. hi! for this celebrity jeopardy series, could you start linking the contestents’ previous tournament in the introduction? like when you talk about the quarter-final tournament that they won.
    love that you’re updating these live

  3. Ellie Dubreuil | October 16, 2022 at 9:06 pm |

    The first answer regarding the woman in Canada that scored 365 points with the word “quizzers” cannot be true. There is only one Z in Scrabble.

    • Ellie,

      Speaking as a subject matter expert here, having played in over 2,000 tournament Scrabble games:

      The second Z was a blank. 365 points for QUIZZERS is absolutely possible, as one of the Zs would be on the Double Letter Score between two Triple Word Scores. That would give you 35 points * 9 = 315 + 50 point “bingo” bonus for 365.

  4. Michael Johnston | October 16, 2022 at 9:12 pm |

    Dang, there went my nice win streak. I couldn’t think of Burning Man and answered Sundance 🤦 Looking forward to the chance for redemption tomorrow!

    • I said Coachella, but I am an Easterner and I was thinking of the “burning man” aspect, I was just incorrectly thinking of it as a feature of Coachella.

      BTW, Mayim pronounced Coachella differently than I had ever heard it before. I looked it up and hers was the first given of two possible pronunciations, but I was just wondering if anyone can say which is most often used (by residents, maybe)? I just hear it said by talk show hosts and their guests and maybe occasionally on national news broadcasts, but I could swear I’ve never heard it any way but COACH-ella.

  5. Overall thoughts on the game: Pretty good. Most of it was good, and I continued to be really impressed by Ike, but I once again felt disappointed by the lack of aggressive wagering. (Again, they’re on the show and I’m on my couch. They can do whatever they please.) To Iliza’s credit, she did a lot better with incorrect responses this game, but I was a tiny bit upset when she downsized her wager on the fourth Daily Double. But those are pretty much my only issues with this. Overall, a good game all the way through.

    And once again, none of the things I’m saying are said with an attempt to berate the celebrities attached. I definitely respect the guts they have to put themselves in the spotlight the show gives them. I would definitely do much worse. I’m just saying what I liked and didn’t like so much.

    • I “get you”. I would call it frustrating. But it was very entertaining to hear a comedian say “xxxxxxxx xxxxxx” instead of “XXXXXXXXX XXXXX”. [I don’t want to provide a spoiler if anyone would actually read this before watching on DVR or streaming.] Since she was trying to win (and thus win more money for her chosen charity) I KNOW she didn’t do it on purpose, but it was exactly what you might expect a comedian to have said on purpose in some other context!

      • I also appreciated how one of them [pretty sure it was Iliza but can’t recall for sure] picked a top/”easy” clue in a category, got it right, then picked the bottom one, saying “now that I see what the category really means”. I have always thought regular contestants should do that more than they seemingly do.

  6. aaronthecrystalclod | October 17, 2022 at 12:39 am |

    This episode felt like a masterclass in not having an explosive reaction. Then again, I’ve seen much worse, so I think I can manage.

  7. This was a great game. The scores going into FJ were really interesting.

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