Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, October 14, 2022


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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Authors) for Friday, October 14, 2022 (Season 39, Game 25):

Featuring a statue of a man escaping his grave, his tomb in Amiens contrasts with the title of his 1864 adventure novel

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Marianne dos Santos, an intermediate French & religion teacher from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Marianne dos Santos on Jeopardy!
Rhianan Thomas, a hospitality worker from Downey, California
Rhianan Thomas on Jeopardy!
Cris Pannullo, a customer success operations manager from Ocean City, New Jersey (10-day total: $333,723)
Cris Pannullo on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Last night on Jeopardy, Cris Pannullo became the 15th player to win at least 10 games on Jeopardy!; an interesting statistic: none of the previous 14 have lost when trying to go for win #11. Rhianan Thomas and Marianne dos Santos are both hoping that Cris moves to 14-1 in that statistic! Regardless, whoever wins today will be defending their title at a not-yet-publicly-known time, as Monday begins the Second Chance Tournament, and the indefinite-length 30th Tournament of Champions immediately follows Second Chance. (Of course, the show knows when the title defense will happen at this point, but as it is dependent on how long the Tournament of Champions final takes—it could take anywhere from three to seven games—the date of the next regular-play match will be a closely-guarded secret.)


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Correct response: Who is Jules Verne?


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Jules Verne’s tomb in Amiens, France, features a man coming out of the ground and reaching for the heavens, in direct contrast to Verne’s 1864 work Journey to the Center of the Earth. In the work, the main characters enter the Earth via Snæfellsjökull in Iceland (and exit via Stromboli off the coast of Sicily).

Verne’s tomb sculpture was designed by Albert Roze, who has numerous sculptures in public places throughout France; another of Roze’s famous sculptures in France is the Golden Virgin atop the Basilica of Our Lady of Brebières in Albert, France.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: The Body Human; All Ears; Stories With Heart; 2 “I”s; Poker Hands; That Movie’s Got Legs)

The only blemish on Cris’ record in today’s opening round was the fact that Rhianan found the Daily Double! Cris did run POKER HANDS en route to a big lead.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Cris 11 correct 0 incorrect
Marianne 2 correct 0 incorrect
Rhianan 1 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Cris 17 correct 0 incorrect
Marianne 7 correct 2 incorrect
Rhianan 4 correct 1 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Island Countries; 9-Letter Words; Avant-Garde Art; Potpourri; The 7th Century; TV As Of Late)

Cris found both Daily Doubles on consecutive clues, got them both correct, and ran ISLAND COUNTRIES to pick up 19 correct in Double Jeopardy! Scores going into Final were Cris at $35,200, Rhianan at $5,200, and Marianne at $3,200.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Cris 36 correct 0 incorrect
Rhianan 10 correct 2 incorrect
Marianne 9 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 8 (0 today).

Final Jeopardy! today was a Triple Stumper, but Cris won his 11th game regardless! We’ll see him again in about a month!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, October 14, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Cris $35,200
Rhianan $5,200
Marianne $3,200

Tonight’s results:

Marianne $3,200 – $3,000 = $200 (Who is Dumas?)
Rhianan $5,200 – $5,000 = $200 (Who is Lovecraft?)
Cris $35,200 – $12,221 = $22,979 (Who is Dumas) (11-day total: $356,702)


Cris Pannullo, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 14, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Cris $10,800
Marianne $2,800
Rhianan $1,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) 2 “I”s $1000 (clue #18)
Rhianan 400 +400 (Cris 9000 Marianne 1600)
2) ISLAND COUNTRIES $2000 (clue #5)
Cris 15200 +3000 (Rhianan 0 Marianne 2800)
3) THE 7th CENTURY $1600 (clue #6, $26800 left on board)
Cris 18200 +1800 (Rhianan 0 Marianne 2800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 70

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 8 (0.32 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Cris $34,000 Coryat, 36 correct, 0 incorrect, 57.89% in first on buzzer (33/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Marianne $3,200 Coryat, 9 correct, 3 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Rhianan $5,800 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,000
Lach Trash: $6,200 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,800

Cris Pannullo, career statistics:

332 correct, 25 incorrect
22/23 on rebound attempts (on 52 rebound opportunities)
47.51% in first on buzzer (296/623)
24/27 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $77,700)
7/11 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,927

Rhianan Thomas, career statistics:

10 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $400)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,800

Marianne dos Santos, career statistics:

9 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,200

Cris Pannullo, to win:

12 games: 91.246%
13: 83.258%
14: 75.969%
15: 69.319%
16: 63.250%
Avg. streak: 21.423 games.

Today’s interviews:

Marianne got yelled at on her honeymoon for trying to pick an orange.
Rhianan once took a bath in the Amazon river.
Cris has been watching Jeopardy! since the age of 3 or 4.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • It has become clear that the show has decided to ignore the fandom’s previous precedent, where “super-champion” referred to a player winning at least 6 games (a threshold set in 2003), and set their official threshold at 10 wins. The Jeopardy! Fan accepts this change—considering it similar to when Major League Baseball revised its definition of “no-hitter”—and will use the term super-champion to refer to 10-game champions moving forward. For technical reasons, the “Ultra-Champs” page of the website will not be renamed.
  • Cris moves to #22 in all-time winnings if tournaments are included.
  • At 332, Cris moves to #25 in all-time correct responses. Dan Pawson sits #24 at 333.
  • Cris’ Coryat score of $34,000 today is tied for the 31st-best single-game Coryat score of all time.
  • Today’s box score: October 14, 2022 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Cris $35,200 Rhianan $5,200 Marianne $3,200)

Cris: Bet between $0 and $24,799 and enjoy win #11! (Actual bet: $12,221)

Rhianan: Standard cover bet over Marianne is $1,201. (Actual bet: $5,000)

Marianne: If Rhianan bets to cover you and is incorrect, she falls to $3,999. Bet at least $1,001. (Actual bet: $3,000)


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28 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, October 14, 2022"

  1. Diganta Das | October 14, 2022 at 9:24 am |

    I got the last one of the week! It is hard to imagine the reach of Jules Verne globally. I grew up in small towns in India, and for various elementary school accomplishments, the awards were always books. More often than not, they were books by Verne – translated into Bengali.

    By the way, did Jeopardy announce Cris to be an 11-day champ last evening on social media – I think I saw a post like that, and then it disappeared.

  2. Michael Johnston | October 14, 2022 at 10:08 am |

    Amiens and the time frame tipped me to Verne, even though the exact year did not :/

  3. ending the week on a losing note 🙁

  4. I have a pc game voyage journey to the moon based on the novel by Jules Verne and that book around the World in 80 days is also written by him. It reminded me that I still have to look forward to some adventure games to play soon. Once again congrats to Cris winning again. Also Do any of you guys remember the game Journey to the Center of the earth? It is also a novel by Verne as well. Not surprised no one knew that game which would have been a good hint.

  5. So wait the next tournament of champions isn’t following the typical 2 week schedule? I get we are getting 2 weeks of second chance games but I just assumed they fill the last 2 spots for the tournament of champions and then it’s business as usual. I guess I totally missed something here.

    • Upon further review I see what they are doing now. I really think they should stick to the normal format here. I was never a fan of the seeded champions getting a bye as if they are that great they should have no issues making it to the semi finals. I also get trying to get that dream match up to happen but let it happen organically.

      • I think of it more as giving some (presumably lesser) players a chance to shine a bit longer before (probably) being trounced by the seeded champions.

        • I guess I would figure people would want to see Matt and Amy more as opposed to less. Also beyond those 2 I don’t feel anyone else should have even been seeded. I felt Ryan was just as strong as Matea so I dunno I guess why mess with a good thing? Heck James and ken were never seeded either.

          • It was probably because of so many super-strong players in this Tournament.

          • It is a new era, so I think comparisons to the past (when very long running champions were practically considered “once in a generation”) are irrelevant other than just saying that one LIKES one way or the other better. Some people consider runaways boring (not that I do) and boring is not what you want your Tournament of Champions called even if it is only by a portion of the audience, especially since negative reviews get amplified nowadays rather than staying obscure.

          • Ken Jennings was never in a regular Tournament of Champions. He was in the “Ultimate Tournament of Champions”, where he indeed was “seeded” in that he received an automatic bye to the finals (where he lost to Brad Rutter)

        • This is why all the players are in the tournament no? Everyone here is very bright so I doubt huge runaways would be a thing. Who knows if the super champs would look so super against this elite group? Finding out if they can handle real competition is why I’d be interested in watching a regular tournament… then again that’s just me.

  6. This is extremely petty, but I vehemently dislike the switch to always using the term “superchampion”. In my opinion, we need more different classifications, not less.

    Let me explain.

    For the sake of argument, let’s say James Holzhauer lost after 9 wins, instead of after 32. He finishes his run as a 9-day champion with a smidge under $570,000 in winnings. But with the new system of classifications, now there isn’t really a difference in status between him and a 1-day champion who won $300. Does that make sense? If anything, there should be more levels of classification. Maybe one for 25 wins, or one for a million dollars, or something like that. But “superchampion” and “ultrachampion” already work as terms. More so than that, now there’s confusion about who is a superchampion currently and who was a superchampion before the terminology change. (Oh yeah, and changing the titles also leads to a lot of viewers thinking the show got the term wrong.)

    At the end of the day, it’s your website, and you can do whatever you want. All I’m trying to do is make a point as to why the current terminology should be kept.

    • I appreciate what you’re saying; however, I also think it’s quickly reaching a point where I don’t see myself winning this battle with the show, and it will only serve to confuse newer fans if I continue on this path.

      If you do think it needs to be stratified further, the term “megachamp”—being “anyone who has won $1 million”—was floated and I kind of like it.

      • That makes sense! I probably would have made the same move if I was in your position, to be honest. I’ll probably continue using super/ultrachampion because otherwise I’ll personally get confused.

        The funny thing about the megachampion suggestion is that that was my original name for the 25+ game champions… but honestly, I like it a lot better for the million dollar winners!

        • Since the show has always (and I doubt they’d ever change) called each day’s winner “Today’s Champion” even if it is the first game they have won [though, admittedly, the first-timer will have beaten one “Champion” contestant regardless of how long or short that person’s reign was, making them a bit more than just “today’s winner”], I propose that they call anyone winning 2 to 9 games “Extended Champion”.

  7. I thought last year set an untouchable record for fewest unique champions in regular play, but with only 6 through 25 games, and Cris looking to go on a long, tournament interrupted run, season 39 may challenge season 38.

  8. Given that streaks of that length are not quite the novelty they used to be, I think redefining the term makes perfect sense.

  9. Tom Himmelspach | October 14, 2022 at 8:09 pm |

    Why did the ladies end up!with different winnings ($1000 and $2000) when their final scores were the same at $200?

    • Ties for second place are broken in favor of the player leading going into the round. (While the host doesn’t explicitly say it any more, Alex explicitly said it on air in Season One. I heard this a lot on the early episodes on Tunein Radio.)

  10. Pizza Face Fred | October 14, 2022 at 11:11 pm |

    All I care about is the trivia. No telling of substance abuse tales to be told this weekend. A man has got to know his limitations, his responsibilities, his priorities. The kick-back brake mechanism and rear hub of my one-speed bicycle is making screeching sounds that demand my undivided attention before the snow flies, usually around Halloween in these parts. Regular exercise replenishes my remaining brain cells more efficiently than if I was (no subjunctive mood “were” here) to lead a sedentary lifestyle. That’s my theory, anyway. If you’d like to lend a hand, you know where to find me . . .

  11. I said Verne based on time, place and genre, but I had no idea what novel in particular they were referring to. I was hoping he’d written something about grave-robbing that I’d never heard of.

    • My thinking was similar to yours, that the statue referred to either coming back from the dead or having been buried alive, which is way different than emerging from exploring underground. Though I could not pin down a specific novel that would seem to match, I’d thought maybe H.G.Wells. I’m not sure I was ever aware that his lifespan occurred later than 1865.

  12. Second Chance Tournament (technically, I’d consider it 2 separate week-long tournaments):
    – week 1: semifinals O17 O18 O19; 2-day final O20-O21
    – week 2: semifinals O24 O25 O26; 2-day final O27-O28

    2022 Tournament of Champions:
    – quarterfinals: O31 N1 N2 N3 N4 N7
    [election day special on N8, not part of the ToC]
    – semifinals: N9 N10 N11
    – finals: N14 N15 N16 [if needed: N17 N18 N21 N22]
    (finals format: regular games played until 1 contestant wins 3 games)

    So regular season games will resume airing anywhere between Nov 17 and Nov 23 depending on how many final games it takes for someone to get to 3 wins

  13. Just a comment “out of the blue” on the fairly low rebound statistics for Cris, especially in this game. I am assuming that it is because he is so quick on the buzzer, especially in this game, that if Cris had thought he knew the correct response, he would probably have been the one to manage to buzz in first, rather than the person who did buzz in, try and then miss it, leading to there being a rebound opportunity. When someone else has buzzed in first and gives an incorrect response, the time that took has given the other two contestants a bit longer to think about it than the first person had — time that may have made them more sure that they don’t know the question instead of thinking maybe they do.

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