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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Famous Animals) for Monday, October 17, 2022 (Season 39, Game 26):
In September 1964 the New York Times announced the passing of this pet, a gift, “used as a symbol of honesty in 1952”
(correct response beneath the contestants)
Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:
|Jessica Stephens, a statistical research specialist from Nashville, Tennessee
Jessica’s previous game: Monday, October 11, 2021
|Aaron Gulyas, a community college history instructor from Grand Blanc, Michigan
Aaron’s previous game: Friday, May 27, 2022
|Cindy Zhang, a user experience designer from New York, New York
Cindy’s previous game: Thursday, November 4, 2021
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:
Welcome to the 2022 Jeopardy! “post-season”; this year, this will consist of the first-ever Second Chance Tournament and the 30th Tournament of Champions! With the Second Chance Tournament, 18 players have been invited back—nine players each week—to compete for the final two slots in the tournament! Our first three players are Cindy Zhang, Aaron Gulyas, and Jessica Stephens! Considering how close each of these three players came to winning the first time out, I’m expecting a very closely contested and exciting game today!
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Correct response: Who is Checkers?
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In September 1952, six weeks before that year’s presidential election, Richard Nixon was in danger of being dropped as Dwight Eisenhower’s running mate after being accused of improprieties regarding a fund created to reimburse Nixon for political expenses. As part of that fund, a supporter had given a black-and-white cocker spaniel, named Checkers by Nixon’s children. In order to defend himself, Nixon delivered a joint radio and television address from the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. In the speech, Nixon said, “you know the kids love the dog, and I just want to say this right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we’re going to keep it.” The speech greatly boosted Nixon’s popularity, he was retained on the ticket, and the Republicans won that 1952 election in a landslide.
Checkers passed away in September 1964 at the age of 12; the obituary is still available at the New York Times website.
(Categories: Literary First Lines; An Impressive Vocabulary; World Facts; Common Bonds; Lyrically Yours; Skin Care From A To Z With Michael Strahan)
Cindy got out to the best start, but fell back to $0 after missing a True Daily Double on clue #8; she did nearly pull back into the lead before clue #15, though! After the break, though, Jessica had the best time of things, jumping out to a big lead.
Statistics at the first break (15 clues):
Jessica 3 correct 0 incorrect
Cindy 7 correct 1 incorrect
Aaron 3 correct 1 incorrect
Statistics after the Jeopardy round:
Jessica 9 correct 1 incorrect
Aaron 8 correct 2 incorrect
Cindy 9 correct 2 incorrect
Double Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: Actors Get Their Roles Mixed Up; “If” At First…; Anagrams; Here’s Your Science Prize; Trying To Get Some Works Done; But I Have This Historic Meeting)
Jessica’s good fortune continued when she picked up the second Daily Double, improving her score by $2,500. Aaron had a shot midway through the round to claw back, but he also got a Daily Double incorrect. As it turns out, Jessica pulled out a runaway game by the end of things at $17,100; Cindy had $6,800 and Aaron $2,800.
Statistics after Double Jeopardy:
Jessica 18 correct 2 incorrect
Cindy 14 correct 3 incorrect
Aaron 15 correct 6 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 8 (0 today).
In Final Jeopardy! today, both Jessica and Aaron were correct; we’ll see Jessica again on Thursday and Friday in the final!
Tonight’s Game Stats:
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, October 17, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:
Scores going into Final:
Aaron $2,800 + $2,800 = $5,600 (Who
is is Checkers?)
Cindy $6,800 – $0 = $6,800 (
Who Thanks for having me!)
Jessica $17,100 + $3,000 = $20,100 (Who is Checkers?) (Finalist)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) WORLD FACTS $1000 (clue #8)
Cindy 2800 -2800 (Aaron 1800 Jessica 0)
2) “IF” AT FIRST… $1600 (clue #3)
Jessica 6200 +2500 (Cindy 1200 Aaron 1000)
3) TRYING TO GET SOME WORKS DONE $1200 (clue #17, $16000 left on board)
Aaron 4200 -3000 (Cindy 4400 Jessica 12300)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -131
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 8 (0.31 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Jessica $16,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Cindy $9,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Aaron $5,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 6 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $31,600
Lach Trash: $11,800 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,600
Cindy Zhang, career statistics:
36 correct, 6 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
32.74% in first on buzzer (37/113)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $200)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,600
Aaron Gulyas, career statistics:
40 correct, 11 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
37.72% in first on buzzer (43/114)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,400
Jessica Stephens, career statistics:
34 correct, 2 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
25.44% in first on buzzer (29/114)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,500)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,300
Jessica called her initial game her “space camp experience”.
Aaron got a lot of texts from friends who knew he dislikes sports.
Cindy was asked about fashion and her handwriting before Second Chance.
- Second place in these games are getting $2,000; third place $1,000. This does affect betting slightly in games such as today’s.
- Today’s game definitely showed how important the Daily Doubles are—all three players got to play one, but only the winner got theirs correct.
- I was shocked not to see a preview of tomorrow’s game at the end of the show.
- Today’s box score:October 17, 2022 Box Score .
Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: Jessica $17,100 Cindy $6,800 Aaron $2,800)
Cindy: Bet between $0 and $1,199 and take the extra $1,000 for second. (Actual bet: $0)
Aaron: Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $2,800)
Jessica: Bet between $0 and $3,499 and enjoy your victory! (Actual bet: $3,000)
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