Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, October 12, 2022

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century Leaders) for Wednesday, October 12, 2022 (Season 39, Game 23):

In a Sept. 3, 1939, speech, he said, “Everything that I have worked for…has crashed into ruins”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Fernando Villafuerte, a graduate student from Pasadena, California
Fernando Villafuerte on Jeopardy!
Elizabeth Meisenzahl, a student from Lima, New York
Elizabeth Meisenzahl on Jeopardy!
Cris Pannullo, a customer success operations manager from Ocean City, New Jersey (8-day total: $275,502)
Cris Pannullo on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

So far this week on Jeopardy!, Cris Pannullo has won $113,422. And it’s just Wednesday. The 8-day champion is playing in a style reminiscent of Matt Amodio and running up very impressive scores. He can be beaten, though—Mike Elliott gave Cris a big run for his money on yesterday’s program. Today, our challengers are Elizabeth Meisenzahl and Fernando Villafuerte. Will Cris make it to win #9?

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Correct response: Who is Neville Chamberlain?

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This quote comes from British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. Britain had just declared war on Nazi Germany; Chamberlain’s appeasement policy had failed to prevent war. Chamberlain’s full quote was, “This is a sad day for all of us, and to none is it sadder than to me. Everything that I have worked for, everything that I have hoped for, everything that I believed in during my public life, has crashed into ruins. There is only one thing left for me to do; that is, to devote what strength and powers I have to forwarding the victory of the cause for which we have to sacrifice so much. I cannot tell what part I may be allowed to play myself; I trust I may live to see the day when Hitlerism has been destroyed and a liberated Europe has been reestablished.”

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: The 17th Century; Hair; They Make That; Waist Up, Neck Down; Words That Should Rhyme; Idina Menzel Acts & Sings)

Unlike some of his past games, Cris found the Daily Double immediately. Meanwhile, both challengers spent much of the round in the negative, with Elizabeth getting out of the minus before the end of the round.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Cris 7 correct 1 incorrect
Fernando 2 correct 3 incorrect
Elizabeth 1 correct 2 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Cris 14 correct 2 incorrect
Elizabeth 5 correct 2 incorrect
Fernando 6 correct 4 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Birth Of An Artist; Movie Stuff; Step Up To The Plate; Quick! Novels!; 6-Syllable Words; Going Places)

Cris got 15 correct in Double Jeopardy, but was a little bit more conservative on the Daily Doubles. All 3 players kept the incorrect responses under control this round, meaning that everyone made it to Final! Scores going into Final were Cris at $29,600, Elizabeth at $8,600, and Fernando at $5,000.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Cris 29 correct 2 incorrect
Elizabeth 13 correct 2 incorrect
Fernando 12 correct 5 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 8 (0 today).

Final today was a triple-get; Cris is now a 9-day champion, going for win #10 tomorrow!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, October 12, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Cris $29,600
Elizabeth $8,600
Fernando $5,000

Tonight’s results:

Fernando $5,000 + $615 = $5,615 (Who is Neville Chamberlain?)
Elizabeth $8,600 + $1,401 = $10,001 (Who is Neville Chamberlain?)
Cris $29,600 + $8,221 = $37,821 (Who is Chamberlain) (9-day total: $313,323)

Cris Pannullo, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 12, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Cris $6,000
Elizabeth $1,000
Fernando -$200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) THE 17th CENTURY $800 (clue #1)
Cris 0 +1000 (Elizabeth 0 Fernando 0)
2) BIRTH OF AN ARTIST $1600 (clue #7)
Cris 11600 +2800 (Elizabeth 1800 Fernando -200)
3) STEP UP TO THE PLATE $1600 (clue #13, $18800 left on board)
Cris 15600 +4000 (Elizabeth 5000 Fernando 1400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 150

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 8 (0.35 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Cris $25,800 Coryat, 29 correct, 2 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Elizabeth $8,600 Coryat, 13 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Fernando $5,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 5 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,400
Lach Trash: $6,400 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,200

Cris Pannullo, career statistics:

268 correct, 19 incorrect
20/21 on rebound attempts (on 44 rebound opportunities)
46.17% in first on buzzer (235/509)
20/22 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $71,700)
6/9 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,556

Elizabeth Meisenzahl, career statistics:

14 correct, 2 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,600

Fernando Villafuerte, career statistics:

13 correct, 5 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,000

Cris Pannullo, to win:

10 games: 92.082%
11: 84.791%
12: 78.077%
13: 71.895%
14: 66.202%
Avg. streak: 20.629 games.

Today’s interviews:

Fernando is a tutor at Caltech.
Elizabeth went viral because of a tweet about Jeopardy.
Cris is still salty about a Scattergories incident from 15 years ago.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Cris $29,600 Elizabeth $8,600 Fernando $5,000)

Cris: Bet between $0 and $12,399 and enjoy win #9! (Actual bet: $8,221)

Elizabeth: Standard cover bet over Fernando is $1,401. (Actual bet: $1,401)

Fernando: If Elizabeth bets to cover and is incorrect, she falls to $7,199. Thus, you need to bet at least $2,201 to have a chance at second. (Actual bet: $615)

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, October 12, 2022"

  1. Second day in a row that Britain battling Germany in WWII is relevant.

  2. Michael Johnston | October 12, 2022 at 9:43 am |

    Yes, I thought of Chamberlain immediately, as I recalled the sequence of events leading up to the German invasion of Poland and war. I listened to the “state of war” national address speech for the first time today and read the transcript of his later speech before Commons (where the quote is taken from). Lot of details of which I was unaware. Always cool to learn something new.

  3. This FJ should be a triple solve.

  4. Neville Chamberlain: “I trust I may live to see the day when Hitlerism has been destroyed and a liberated Europe has been reestablished.”
    Unfortunately, Chamberlain never did live to see Hitlerism destroyed. He died of cancer in November 1940 just a few months after being replace by Churchill, and then ill-health forced him to resign from politics.

  5. My strongest area is probably WWII history, so I was able to get this pretty much instantly.

    Cris Pannullo looks very strong and poised for a long and successful run.

    • PS – if anyone is interested in my book recommendations (and if Andy doesn’t mind), I suggest “Appeasement – Chamberlain, Hitler, Churchill, and The Road to War” by Tim Bouverie on this topic

  6. I was surprised how quickly it came to me – I was not even alive then 🙂 An Andyesque commentary – there are now too many world “leaders” and celebs trying to behave like Chamberlain.

    For the WW-II “fun” but very accurate read – I suggest the Bernie Gunther series by Philip Kerr. It has pre and post-history of WW-II woven into the detective stories.

    Idina Menzel – I was surprised, too, but I also shared it on social media 🙂 Celebrity plugs work.

  7. This one came to me quickly because I studied about Neville Chamberlain during the world war 2 history. This should be a triple get today. Congrats to Cris winning again. As for idina Menzel I was surprised to see her.

  8. Timothy Hinsdale | October 12, 2022 at 2:06 pm |

    I guessed Churchill. When all 3 got Chamberlain, I looked him up.
    It is always good to learn something.

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