Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, October 11, 2022

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Famous Ships) for Tuesday, October 11, 2022 (Season 39, Game 22):

Its wreck was discovered in 1989, 48 years after it had been sunk & 91 years after the man it was named for had died

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Mike Elliott, a meat cutter originally from Derry, New Hampshire
Mike Elliott on Jeopardy!
Marsha Free, an executive assistant to the principal from Duluth, Georgia
Marsha Free on Jeopardy!
Cris Pannullo, a customer success operations manager from Ocean City, New Jersey (7-day total: $221,901)
Cris Pannullo on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Cris Pannullo had his most dominant performance to date yesterday, picking up nearly $60,000. Much like some of the other greats, including Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer, Matt Amodio, and Amy Schneider, Cris has been stellar at the bottom of the board, being correct on 54.76% of $1000 and $2000 clues during his run (Schneider, Jennings, Holzhauer, and Amodio were all also above 50% during their respective runs). Today’s challengers are Marsha Free and Mike Elliott—I believe Mike’s name is spelled with two Ts, but I’m not 100% certain; his contestant photograph file name was captioned with just a single T, and at this pre-game point, I haven’t seen the introductory card yet. I wouldn’t be surprised if the social team made a mistake—after all, Friday contestant Marianne dos Santos’ hometown is currently spelled as “Ottowa”—acceptable if given in Final Jeopardy, but not so much for a website.

Something that I’ve noticed so far this season: Ever since the tabloids entered the Jeopardy! space earlier this year, the positivity has been completely sucked out of the community, and only the negativity is being amplified. Being bombarded with this constant negativity is very quickly sucking out my love for the show, and I am desperately looking for something to help me fall in love with this show again, the way I was in love with it a few years ago.

The best thing as a community is to avoid giving them air and space, making their jobs more difficult. If you are a contestant, I would highly recommend not talking with any journalist from The Sun—I’m not going to name them all, as the writers may change going forward. However, multiple contestants have now had their words twisted into negative hit pieces against the show, and you risk the same happening yourself if you give an interview to The Sun—and all it is doing is feeding the negative cycle of news.

Apropos of nothing, I noticed that the tabloids really began entering the Jeopardy! space in the aftermath of Amy Schneider’s run on the program, as if these publications’ editors suddenly had an issue with Jeopardy! for portraying a trans person extremely positively.

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Correct response: What is Bismarck?

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The Bismarck was a famous Nazi battleship from early World War II. Named after the famous 19th-century German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, it was famously scuttled in May 1941 after being severely damaged by the Allies in a battle that curiously has no generally accepted name, despite its decisive action. In 1960, Johnny Horton released a song, “Sink the Bismark” [sic] regarding the ship’s sinking. The wreckage was found in 1989 by Robert Ballard (the same oceanographer who found the Titanic’s wreckage).

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Classic Sitcoms By Episode Title; Polish History; The Wait Of The World; Subtitled Nonfiction; Where In The House?; It’s Just A Geometric Figure Of Speech)

Mike played very well early, holding the lead at the first break. However, Cris found the Daily Double, and his $4,800 all-in bet led to a big lead after 30 clues.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Mike 6 correct 1 incorrect
Cris 5 correct 1 incorrect
Marsha 1 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Cris 16 correct 1 incorrect
Mike 9 correct 1 incorrect
Marsha 2 correct 2 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Science Grab Bag; Baby Names: Top 25 Of 1922; Old Words; It’s A “Big” Place; The Temples In Jerusalem; Broadway Rocks)

Cris was definitely feeling threatened; he found the first Daily Double on Clue 8 and bet over $10,000 to regain a big lead. However, Mike found the second one, successfully doubling up a five-figure total himself! Cris played a little bit better over the final 17 clues, but it wasn’t a runaway! Cris has $37,400 going into Final to Mike’s $26,800 and Marsha’s $1,600.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Cris 29 correct 2 incorrect
Mike 20 correct 2 incorrect
Marsha 6 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 8 (0 today).

Cris was the only player correct today in Final, he’s now an 8-day champion, with winnings over $275,000! He’ll return for win #9 tomorrow!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, October 11, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Cris $37,400
Mike $26,800
Marsha $1,600

Tonight’s results:

Marsha $1,600 – $0 = $1,600 (What is the Aa Andrea Doria?)
Mike $26,800 – $18,200 = $8,600 (What is the Andrea Doria?)
Cris $37,400 + $16,201 = $53,601 (What is Bismarck) (8-day total: $275,502)

Cris Pannullo, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 11, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Cris $12,000
Mike $4,800
Marsha -$400

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) WHERE IN THE HOUSE? $600 (clue #18)
Cris 4800 +4800 (Marsha -200 Mike 3800)
2) SCIENCE GRAB BAG $1600 (clue #8)
Cris 12400 +11000 (Marsha 2000 Mike 8400)
3) OLD WORDS $2000 (clue #17, $12800 left on board)
Mike 11600 +11600 (Cris 29800 Marsha 400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 289

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 8 (0.36 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Cris $23,800 Coryat, 29 correct, 2 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer (26/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Mike $17,200 Coryat, 20 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Marsha $1,600 Coryat, 6 correct, 3 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,600
Lach Trash: $6,000 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,400

Cris Pannullo, career statistics:

238 correct, 17 incorrect
19/20 on rebound attempts (on 39 rebound opportunities)
46.02% in first on buzzer (208/452)
17/19 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $63,900)
5/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,525

Marsha Free, career statistics:

6 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $1,600

Mike Elliott, career statistics:

20 correct, 3 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $11,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,200

Cris Pannullo, to win:

9 games: 91.744%
10: 84.169%
11: 77.220%
12: 70.845%
13: 64.996%
Avg. streak: 19.112 games.

Today’s interviews:

Mike made a tribute video about the end of Ken Jennings’ run on Jeopardy.
Marsha has found 50 four-leaf clovers.
Cris was a big overachiever in elementary school.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Cris’ total of $275,502 is 13th all-time in terms of regular play winnings; Arthur Chu sits 12th at $297,200.
  • $37,400 before Final is believed to be the highest regular-play score of all-time not to have a runaway game going into Final.
  • $53,601 is the 58th-best one-day total of all time on the show (including pre-doubled dollar values)
  • Peter Sagal joins a very short list of civilian Jeopardy! contestants who have since been named in a clue.
  • Mike’s score of $26,800 is $200 short of Adam Levin’s record of $27,000 from April 29, 2019 as the largest non-leading score after Double Jeopardy.
  • I feel like Mike is going to be a shoo-in for a Second Chance tournament in the future.
  • Today’s box score: October 11, 2022 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Cris $37,400 Mike $26,800 Marsha $1,600)

Cris: Standard cover bet over Mike is $16,201. (Actual bet: $16,201)

Marsha: Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $0)

Mike: If Cris makes a cover bet and is incorrect, he falls to $21,199. You should limit your bet to $5,599. (Actual bet: $18,200)

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27 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, October 11, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | October 11, 2022 at 9:57 am |

    I struggled with just the first part of the hint, trying to think of a famous ship sunk in 1941 (good luck!) until I combined it with the second part and tried to remember who had died in 1898 that the ship was named after, and recalled Chancellor Bismarck.

    • I went through the exact same thought process, but still could not come up with a ship/person. Though I realized that the sinking would have been in 1941, thus during WWII, 1898 always makes me think of the Spanish American War, so that didn’t help at all.

    • I blanked out on the dates, and guessed (wrongly) the Edmund Fitzgerald.
      Only off by a few decades on the sinking . . . 🙄

  2. Okay … anyone else instantly think of The Simpsons … this North Dakota Capital is named after a famous German leader. Homer: Who is Hitler, Lisa: Hitler, North Dakota?

  3. I should have been able to get this but didn’t within the time limit.

    As an aside, a terrific book on the sinking of the Bismarck is “Pursuit: The Chase and Sinking of the Bismarck” by Ludovic Kennedy (Kennedy was a member of the crew of the British destroyer HMS Tartar that was involved in the Bismarck pursuit and sinking).

  4. Jay Williams | October 11, 2022 at 1:29 pm |

    Andy, I must agree with you about Mike Elliott; with his stellar performance against Cris today, he will definitely be back for the Second Chance Tournament a year from now.

  5. Today’s game was recorded while I was en route to the studio to watch the Thursday and Friday episodes. All being recorded on Wednesday August 10th. Certainly Cris has done remarkably well so far. He’s already in 13th place all time not counting tournament play. And that is after his 8th game!!!

  6. The Sinking of the bismarck was something that I studied in history. Besides, I agree with mark about the british destroyer ship. Still though the memories of that sinking is still fresh to many people.

    Andrea Doria did not get sunk by a destroyer as that ship collided with MS Stockholm. a lot of passengers survived 1600 to be exact and only 51 died. The date of the disaster was July 26 1956. The opponents were way off today.

    • “Been sunk” doesn’t necessarily imply “by a destroyer” or even “during warfare”. Andrea Doria was only 15 years off and even an accident can occur during wartime. These responses may fall under the adage “better to write something than nothing” (especially now that they seem to be discouraging just writing a message if you don’t know the answer).

  7. got it immediately. Shout out to Johnny Horton

    • same here….mind went right to 1941 and the opening line is….”in may of 1941, the war had just begun”……

  8. I used to eat jelly donuts called “Bismarcks”—but no help with knowing the name of the ship. (I guessed “The Edmund Fitzgerald”—also way off.)

    • Pizza Face Fred | October 11, 2022 at 10:40 pm |

      Showing my age again, I guess, and didn’t think it would be any of the obvious ships, so I too went with the Edmund Fitzgerald after thinking of the Gordon Lightfoot song . . .

  9. Robert Fawkes | October 11, 2022 at 5:37 pm |

    As a teenager in the 60’s, I immediately recalled the Johnny Horton song and knew the answer in a flash.
    “We found that German battleship been makin’ such a fuss
    We had to sink the Bismarck ’cause the world depends on us
    We hit the deck a-runnin’ and we spun those guns around
    We found the mighty Bismarck and then we cut her down”

  10. I’m guessing it’s not been often where two different players have nailed true daily doubles over $10,000? What a game today.

  11. Randy Skretvedt | October 11, 2022 at 10:46 pm |

    I’m sorry that I missed the “Classic Sitcoms by Episode Title” category. Does anyone remember any of the clues?

  12. Mike Elliott | October 12, 2022 at 12:33 am |

    It’s definitely 2 T’s. Thank you for your great work, keep it up! 👍

  13. or as Constance might say: “the same oceanographer who found the Tit”

  14. To add to the collection of wrong answers, I was thinking of the Tirpitz.

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