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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century Literary Characters) for Friday, October 21, 2022 (Season 39, Game 30):
This character from an 1859 novel symbolizes the fates, who in mythology spin the web of life, measure it & cut it off
(correct response beneath the contestants)
Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:
|Molly Karol, a CPA from Austin, Texas (Yesterday’s total: $15,600)
|Jessica Stephens, a statistical research specialist from Nashville, Tennessee (Yesterday’s total: $28,600)
|James Fraser, a Naval aviator from Newport Beach, California (Yesterday’s total: $30,929)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:
By the end of today’s episode of Jeopardy!, we’ll know the 20th of the 21 players in the upcoming Tournament of Champions. Representing the U.S. Navy well thus far, James Fraser holds a small lead over Nashville’s Jessica Stephens. Molly Karol put up a strong $15,600 yesterday, but only has just over half of James’ score; Molly definitely has her work cut out for her today if she wants to mount a comeback. James has had the best stats overall, so he’s still the favorite at this point, but absolutely anything can happen! Because this can be a confusing point: Yesterday’s scores are locked in and can not be bet in any way during today’s game—but, they do need to be taken into account when determining bet sizing today!
And, next week sees a new set of nine players playing for the last spot in the tournament!
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Correct response: Who is Madame DeFarge?
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In Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, Madame Defarge very famously knits by the guillotine during executions; in Greek mythology, the Moirai would use yarn to measure out the life of a human, and then cut it to end it.
The hilarious thing about this clue: I was listening to a Jeopardy! game this morning from December 1990 on TuneIn Radio—and the final Daily Double in that game was about Madame Lefarge!
(Categories: American History; Team Names Via Other Names; In The Bible Book; From C To D; Shave & A Haircut; 2 Bits)
James was definitely having the best time on the signalling device in the opening 30 clues, but he was also incorrect four times. All three players had a good amount of money at the second place.
Statistics at the first break (15 clues):
Jessica 6 correct 0 incorrect
Molly 3 correct 0 incorrect
James 5 correct 3 incorrect
Statistics after the Jeopardy round:
Jessica 8 correct 1 incorrect
James 12 correct 4 incorrect
Molly 7 correct 1 incorrect
Double Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: So You Blew It The First Time; Movie & Tv Directors; It’s All About Her; Marsupials; Why Are My Pants Wet?; Before & After)
James was rolling—and then he went for a True Daily Double, in an attempt to put the tournament away. Unfortunately, he missed, and his chances probably went with it. Jessica got the last Daily Double and went onto having a runaway position going into Final; she had $15,300 going into Final Jeopardy! today, to Molly’s $10,600 and James’s $2,000.
Statistics after Double Jeopardy:
Jessica 16 correct 2 incorrect
Molly 16 correct 1 incorrect
James 18 correct 7 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 8 (0 today).
Final Jeopardy! was a Triple Stumper—Jessica managed to make it with enough money and is going to the Tournament of Champions!
Tonight’s Game Stats:
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, October 21, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:
Scores going into Final:
James $2,000 – $2,000 = $0 + $30,929 = $30,929 ($20,000) (Who is Urah Heep)
Molly $10,600 – $10,600 = $0 + $15,600 = $15,600 ($10,000) (Who is ? ? ? )
Jessica $15,300 – $10,000 = $5,300 + $28,600 = $33,900 (Who is Penelope?) (Winner, $35,000)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) AMERICAN HISTORY $800 (clue #8)
James 1200 +1200 (Jessica 1800 Molly 2000)
2) SO YOU BLEW IT THE FIRST TIME $1200 (clue #4)
James 6800 -6800 (Jessica 6200 Molly 2600)
3) IT’S ALL ABOUT HER $1600 (clue #15, $16000 left on board)
Jessica 8600 +3500 (James 1600 Molly 4600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 41
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 8 (0.27 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Jessica $13,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Molly $10,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
James $8,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 7 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,400
Lach Trash: $10,000 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,600
James Fraser, career statistics:
83 correct, 15 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
43.88% in first on buzzer (86/196)
4/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,229)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,000
Jessica Stephens, career statistics:
73 correct, 5 incorrect
7/8 on rebound attempts (on 19 rebound opportunities)
27.63% in first on buzzer (63/228)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,800
Molly Karol, career statistics:
68 correct, 13 incorrect
6/8 on rebound attempts (on 21 rebound opportunities)
28.95% in first on buzzer (66/228)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $13,000)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,750
Molly would love to be a fly on the wall in the Tournament of Champions.
Jessica would love to see Matt and Jonathan again, and meet Amy and Mattea.
James finds it hard to imagine a ToC berth.
- If today’s wagering result was a result of the recent time limits on Final Jeopardy! betting instituted by the show, then Jeopardy! needs to remove said time limits with immediate effect. It was a solution in search of a problem, only serves to potentially make contestants look worse and is, quite frankly, a bad look for the show.
- Today’s box score: October 21, 2022 Box Score.
Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: Jessica $15,300 ($28,600) Molly $10,600 ($15,600) James $2,000 ($30,929))
James: You might as well go all-in. (Actual bet: $2,000)
Jessica: You are guaranteed a spot in the Tournament of Champions as long as you bet no more than $7,099, as you currently have a combined total of $43,900, Molly’s best possible total is $36,800, and James’ best possible total is $34,929. (Actual bet: $10,000)
Molly: You can only surpass James for second if you are correct; you might as well go all-in. (Actual bet: $10,600)
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