Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, October 19, 2022

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American History) for Wednesday, October 19, 2022 (Season 39, Game 28):

Ben Franklin, John Adams & John Jay succeeded as a trio in this city, though Adams wrote of fearing the other 2 would gang up on him

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Pam Schoenberg, a dentist & entrepreneur from South Salem, New York
Pam Schoenberg on Jeopardy!
Pam’s previous game: Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Renée Russell, a branch office administrator from Baltimore, Maryland
Renée Russell on Jeopardy!
Renée’s previous game: Thursday, April 28, 2022
James Fraser, a Naval aviator from Newport Beach, California
James Fraser on Jeopardy!
James’ previous game: Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Based on how Pam Schoenberg played against Amy Schneider (even some members of the show’s staff thought that Pam might end Amy’s streak at 9), a lot of people are labeling Pam as the favorite to win today’s game, and even make it out of the week. However, as we’ve seen the first two days of this tournament, absolutely anything can happen; these games are so difficult to predict. A lot of people might have forgotten about James’ original performance, but he did have $17,400 going into Final—without a Daily Double—and was 6/12 at the bottom row of the board. These are numbers that I usually throw around in reference to Tournament of Champions qualifiers. I just get the sense that James is very underrated in this field. Who will join Jessica Stephens and Molly Karol in tomorrow and Friday’s finals? We’ll see at the end of today’s game!

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Correct response: What is Paris?

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As the American Revolution drew to a close in the early 1780s, the United States sent four to Paris to negotiate with the British: Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, Henry Laurens, and John Adams. Only three, however—Franklin, Jay, and Adams—were signatories to the final primary Treaty of Paris.

Interestingly, the original French proposal for the treaty—that the United States ends at the Appalachian Mountains—was soundly rejected by the Americans, who proceeded to negotiate directly with Lord Shelburne, the British PM at the time. Shelburne thought that there would eventually be lucrative trade between Britain and America, and thus saw fit to give the Americans incredibly favorable terms—as far west as the Mississippi River, the current eastern border with Canada, and plentiful fishing rights.

Circling back to the second part of today’s Final Jeopardy! clue, Adams wrote in his diaries that Franklin’s “cunning will be to divide us”; that’s certainly the best way to describe the fear that Adams would be ganged up on by Jay and Franklin in Paris.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: A Place In History; Tv; Writers’ Middle Names; Holidays & Observances; Home Computing; Devouring Eating Idioms)

James found the Daily Double immediately, and used that to jump out to a big lead after both 15 and 30 clues. Pam had some success after the break to pull into second place.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

James 8 correct 0 incorrect
Pam 3 correct 0 incorrect
Renée 2 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

James 13 correct 0 incorrect
Pam 9 correct 0 incorrect
Renée 4 correct 1 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: What A Butte!; The Parent Company; Science & Nature; Adjectives; Faith, Hope & Charity; Second Chance Songs)

James found the second Daily Double early in this round and bet $3,699 to turn the numbers interesting for Final. Renée found the third one; unfortunately, she was incorrect, and her attempts to get back into the game led to her finishing today’s game in the red. Pam did enough to avoid James holding a runaway, though! Scores going into Final were James at $20,800, Pam at $15,400, and

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

James 21 correct 1 incorrect
Pam 19 correct 0 incorrect
Renée 11 correct 4 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 8 (0 today).

James was the only correct player in Final—he moves onto tomorrow’s two-game total-point final against Jessica and Molly!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, October 19, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

James $20,899
Pam $15,400
Renée -$800

Tonight’s results:

Renée -$800 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Pam $15,400 – $5,500 = $9,900 (What is Philadelphia)
James $20,899 + $10,902 = $31,801 (What is Paris?) (Finalist)

James Fraser, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 19, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

James $8,800
Pam $4,600
Renée $1,000

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES $1000 (clue #1)
James 0 +1000 (Renée 0 Pam 0)
2) WHAT A BUTTE! $1600 (clue #3)
James 10000 +3699 (Renée 1000 Pam 5800)
3) ADJECTIVES $2000 (clue #10, $21600 left on board)
Renée 5400 -5000 (James 15299 Pam 6600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 44

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 8 (0.29 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

James $18,800 Coryat, 21 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Pam $15,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 0 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Renée $4,200 Coryat, 11 correct, 4 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,400
Lach Trash: $9,200 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,400

James Fraser, career statistics:

44 correct, 5 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
38.39% in first on buzzer (43/112)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,699)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,100

Renée Russell, career statistics:

28 correct, 5 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (28/114)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,600

Pam Schoenberg, career statistics:

43 correct, 3 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (38/114)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$400)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,700

Today’s interviews:

Pam wants to thank fans for suggesting her for Second Chance.
Renée got carpal tunnel surgery before Second Chance.
James was deployed when he got contacted for Second Chance.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • The recent poll, taken by Bliss on Reddit, with people predicting who they thought would win during this tournament saw 50 of the 66 respondents thinking Pam would win today’s game, to just 8 for James.
  • Today’s box score: October 19, 2022 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: James $20,899 Pam $15,400 Renée -$800)

James: Standard cover bet over Pam is $9,902. If you absolutely despise this category, you can bet between $0 and $1,097, hoping that Pam makes a small bet. (Actual bet: $10,902)

Pam: If James makes the standard cover bet and is incorrect, he falls to $10,997. Limit your bet to $4,402. (Actual bet: $5,500)

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14 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, October 19, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | October 19, 2022 at 9:08 am |

    Heh, I got it, but I had to dig in my memory a bit to recall the Treaty of Paris 😉

  2. Diganta Das | October 19, 2022 at 9:54 am |

    I got it today (did not get to catch the Apple yesterday).

    I knew this specifically from my fanboy phase of John Quincy Adams and from reading a bunch of books about him and his voyage to Paris as a young boy.

  3. I saw John Jay and thought NYC. As a PA native, I knew it wasn’t Philly. Silly me, I had to think outside the border. That’s why they’re playing and I’m not.

  4. aaronthecrystalclod | October 19, 2022 at 1:13 pm |

    Can you say, “surprise upset”?

    • aaronthecrystalclod | October 19, 2022 at 1:22 pm |

      By the way, I’m surprised there wasn’t a sequence of the contestants saying “name, hometown”. I’m guessing it was to save time.

      • I haven’t seen that on the show for ages. Just Johnny G. introducing the players with their occupations and towns.

    • I wouldn’t consider any second chance winner an upset. An upset would be one of these second chancers making it to the finals and beating a super champ in the process.

      • I guess he meant upset as in, Pam was considered the favorite to advance by more than three times as many people as Renée and James combined, and she ended up losing. That could just be what I think it means, though.

      • I mean 76% of voters in my SCC poll predicted her to win, with only 12% each for Renee and James. That’s a pretty big upset.

  5. The treaty of paris really was the hint that helped me here today. I can say James was pretty strong today against pam and renee. I was hoping Pam would have won this game since she was making a comeback here. A little bit of american history helped me for today’s final

    • Again, you are saying that something was the “hint” that helped you to the right response when that “hint” was NOT part of the clue. When you say “hint”, rather than meaning a bit of the given clue, do you actually mean “the item in my memory that brought me to the full response”?

      • Pizza Face Fred | October 19, 2022 at 11:00 pm |

        Are you saying that some of the people on this site stretch the truth? I haven’t noticed . . .

  6. Pizza Face Fred | October 19, 2022 at 10:55 pm |

    History’s definitely not one of my strengths (uh-oh, now you know one of my many weaknesses), but I still manage to eke out an occasional correct response. I thought the category, “American History,” was shamelessly deceptive, steering a gullible no-account like me to the United States. I went with Philly, too, but was also thinking New York. In my defense, however, my thinking may have been muddled by my decision to get both a flu shot and COVID booster yesterday . . .

  7. bill vollmer | October 21, 2022 at 7:55 pm |

    Obviously James, the Navy pilot, is a much better student of history than many of us,
    I knew that Adams, Franklin, and, Jay, were all involved in some way with the revolution, and, the founding of the USA. But guessed Philadelphia, the Contintental Congress, the framing of first the Articles of Confederation, then, the Consitution.
    History I remember learning, didn’t say much about the treaty that officially ended the revolution, and/or. who negoiated on behalf of the USA.

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