Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, October 24, 2022

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Authors) for Monday, October 24, 2022 (Season 39, Game 31):

When Esquire began as a men’s lifestyle magazine in the 1930s, he was asked for manly content and wrote in 28 of the first 33 issues

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Sadie Goldberger, an interpreter from Columbia, Maryland
Sadie Goldberg
Sadie’s previous game: Friday, June 17, 2022
Jeff Smith, a music educator from San Diego, California
Jeff Smith on Jeopardy!
Jeff’s previous game: Friday, November 5, 2021
Sarah Snider, a middle school humanities teacher from Fishers, Indiana
Sarah Snider on Jeopardy!
Sarah’s previous game: Thursday, May 5, 2022

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Welcome to Week 2 of Jeopardy! Second Chance (presented by Moderna)! Nine more players are getting a second chance to become a Jeopardy! champion and one of the nine will join last week’s winner, Jessica Stephens, in the next Tournament of Champions!

Today’s game features Sarah Snider, Jeff Smith, and Sadie Goldberger. Sadie’s the sentimental favorite this week after she ran out of time to complete her response in Final Jeopardy. Sarah came incredibly close to ending Mattea Roach’s streak. However, I would say that Jeff is one of the favorites stat-wise to take the whole week — especially if we get some regression to the mean in terms of Daily Doubles. But, as we saw last week, absolutely anything can happen!

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Correct response: Who is Ernest Hemingway?

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Founding editor of Esquire, Arnold Gingrich, referred to Ernest Hemingway as “one of the best friends this magazine ever had”. The famed author’s “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” was also originally published in the magazine.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: I Played A Real Person; Children’s Literature; Double Double Letters; Cereal Mascots; Captain; Crunch)

Sarah had a torrid start to today’s game, picking up 5 clues near the bottom of the board to start. Jeff continued with his struggles on Daily Doubles, missing another just before the opening break. He recovered very well in the back half of the round, though, and it was a very closely-contested three-way match going into Double Jeopardy!

Statistics at the first break (14 clues):

Sarah 5 correct 0 incorrect
Sadie 3 correct 0 incorrect
Jeff 3 correct 2 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Sarah 9 correct 1 incorrect
Sadie 9 correct 0 incorrect
Jeff 8 correct 2 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Destination Europe; Say What?; Math Class; News Makers & Writers ’22; Plantcraft; “C” Band Lyrics)

Sarah’s buzzer mojo almost completely went away in Double Jeopardy, as both Jeff and Sadie were very strong. It was Sadie who found both Daily Doubles, splitting them with conservative bets. Jeff clawed back more of his deficit late, so things were relatively close going into Final today! The scores going into the Final were Sadie at $13,400, Jeff at $10,600 and Sarah at $5,200.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Sadie 21 correct 3 incorrect
Jeff 18 correct 4 incorrect
Sarah 12 correct 4 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 8 (0 today).

Sadie got her redemption — all three players were correct in Final today, even though she still went for the full name. (Even Ken pointed it out.) Sadie moves on to Thursday’s and Friday’s game!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, October 24, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Sadie $13,400
Jeff $10,600
Sarah $5,200

Tonight’s results:

Sarah $5,200 + $5,198 = $10,398 (Who is Hemingway?)
Jeff $10,600 + $2,801 = $13,401 (Who is Hemingway?)
Sadie $13,400 + $7,801 = $21,201 (Who is Ernest Hemingway?) (Finalist)

Sadie Goldberger, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 24, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Sarah $5,600
Sadie $3,600
Jeff $3,000

Opening break taken after: 14 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) CAPTAIN $400 (clue #14)
Jeff 600 -1000 (Sarah 4400 Sadie 1000)
2) PLANTCRAFT $1200 (clue #21)
Sadie 12400 -1000 (Sarah 2400 Jeff 6600)
3) NEWS MAKERS & WRITERS ’22 $1200 (clue #22, $9600 left on board)
Sadie 11400 +800 (Sarah 2400 Jeff 6600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -101

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 8 (0.26 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Sadie $14,800 Coryat, 21 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Jeff $11,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Sarah $5,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 4 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $31,600
Lach Trash: $8,400 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $14,000

Sarah Snider, career statistics:

34 correct, 7 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (34/114)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,300

Jeff Smith, career statistics:

44 correct, 8 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
40.35% in first on buzzer (46/114)
0/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$7,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,400

Sadie Goldberger, career statistics:

39 correct, 8 incorrect
5/7 on rebound attempts (on 12 rebound opportunities)
30.70% in first on buzzer (35/114)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $400)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,300

Today’s interviews:

Sadie has been coached on betting strategies by her husband.
Jeff is really happy to be back and meet Ken Jennings.
Sarah watched her episode in a school assembly.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I’m quite glad to see Sadie get redemption after the circumstances of her initial defeat.
  • Today’s box score: October 24, 2022 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Sadie $13,400 Jeff $10,600 Sarah $5,200)

Sarah: You have to bet at least $400 to pass Sadie’s total if she bets to cover Jeff. (Actual bet: $5,198)

Jeff: Sadie talked about being coached on betting strategy; she’s going to bet to cover. You might as well bet to keep Sarah locked out; limit your bet to $199. (Actual bet: $2,801)

Sadie: Standard cover bet over Jeff is $7,801. (Actual bet: $7,801)

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25 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, October 24, 2022"

  1. Easy enough…Author + Manly = Hemingway

  2. Thought Hemingway out of the blue….but then thought Johnny Weissmuller is more manly….but then went back to Hemingway since he’s a writer. and I would have probably ended up with two half written scribbled out answers.

    • Would have done better than me. I blanked on Hemingway’s name and doubt “What is the guy who wrote ‘Old Man and the Sea’?” would have been accepted.

      • I feel for ya! I am often in that boat, but my immediate thought was that this surely couldn’t be anyone but Hemingway. (I did blank for a few seconds on “Ernest”, but knew I wouldn’t need the first name anyway. Mariel and Margaux are also famous, but since the clue said “he” and 1930, I was certain the “Ernest” wouldn’t be required.)

        Except for War of 1812, American Civil War, Spanish American War and World War I & II, I have trouble remembering what occurred in what decades (or at least specific years), but I don’t forget that Ernest Hemingway was born the same year as my grandfather, so that helps me pin down likely time periods for Hemingway. [Hmmmm, him being my MAteRnal Grandfather, could that be why I can always remember Margaux and Mariel, too?]

  3. With deep regret, I have to recuse myself 🙂

    I had the good fortune of watching this recording.

  4. Back in June when the whole missing “N” mishap occurred, based on your comments about how she was “correctly ruled wrong”, would you have been against Sadie being invited back for the SCT?

  5. I was split between Hemingway and Thoreau.

    • Am I forgetting about some Thoreau who didn’t live and die BEFORE the Civil War?

    • Robert Fawkes | October 24, 2022 at 7:22 pm |

      Henry David Thoreau was born in July of 1817 and died in May of 1862, so he may very well have written for a magazine in the 1830’s. That may have been what David was thinking of (just 100 years too early).

  6. starting off the week on the right foot

  7. Jim Cardillo | October 24, 2022 at 12:49 pm |

    I had two guesses here, Hemingway or Fitzgerald, and I guessed the wrong one.

    • Jim Cardillo | October 24, 2022 at 3:59 pm |

      From our friends @ Wikipedia: Realizing that slick magazines such as the Saturday Evening Post and Esquire were more likely to publish stories which pandered to young love and featured saccharine dénouements, Fitzgerald became adept at tailoring his short fiction to the vicissitudes of commercial tastes. In this fashion, he quickly became one of the highest-paid magazine writers of his era and he earned $4,000 per story from the Saturday Evening Post at the apex of his fame.

      From 1920 until his death, Fitzgerald published nearly four pieces per year in the magazine and, in 1931 alone, he earned nearly $40,000 (equivalent to $712,735 in 2021) by churning out seventeen short stories in quick succession.

      • After first thinking Hemingway, I too had thought perhaps it COULD be Fitzgerald, but assumed that if Fitzgerald had written for magazines it would more likely be those sorts of stories rather than “manly” ones. Thanks for confirming my assumptions.

  8. Diganta Das | October 24, 2022 at 1:40 pm |

    I see that the ToC schedule is out, and it has the issue that Andy was worried about for parts of Atlantic Canada – that is, Mattea Roach is scheduled for her semi-final on Friday, Nov 11.

  9. Easy. The old man and the sea pointed me to Ernest Hemingway. Happy to see Sadie moving into the finals for thursday and Friday. Happy to see Jeff and sarah getting final right.

  10. Robert Fawkes | October 24, 2022 at 4:24 pm |

    As a Marylander with kids living in Columbia, I was happy to see a hometown gal make it into the finals. Also, happy to see Sadie get some redemption; she deserved this win. Congratulations to all but, especially, to Sadie.

    Hemingway was easy pickings but I was a little surprised to see Sadie was the only one to write out the full name, especially considering what happened in her prior game. Great going, kiddo.

    • Diganta Das | October 24, 2022 at 5:10 pm |

      I also have that same local (MD) bias toward Sadie, and I was happy to be able to shout out congrats to her after the taping. She must have felt terrible not being able to complete the clue with two Maryland heroes the first time.

  11. I’m confused…why isn’t this a 2 day tournament like last week when James was on and lost…?? Wasn’t his a 2nd chance?? Excuse my ignorance!

    • The 3 winners of M-W play in the 2 day tournament on Thursday and Friday. They have to win in order to get to the 2 day tournament.

  12. Alas, I incorrectly guessed F Scott Fitzgerald.

  13. So happy about this result.

  14. Pizza Face Fred | October 24, 2022 at 10:49 pm |

    My mind locked on to “magazine” and “manly,” and all I could come up with (don’t laugh!) was Hugh Hefner. Fitzgerald, Salinger, and Kerouac drifted across my thoughts, too. Hey, I got last night’s Final on the Amateur Jeopardy! Hour, haha . . .

  15. I wonder if someone wrote
    “who is Hemingwa”
    but ran out of time to write the ‘y’
    if they would accept it. one could argue that the ‘a’ could be pronounced with the long a sound (as in waste or ware) and thus would be pronounced the same as the proper spelling.

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