Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, October 27, 2022

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American Composers) for Thursday, October 27, 2022 (Season 39, Game 34):

He turned to opera with the 1903 work “Guest of Honor”, likely inspired by Booker T. Washington’s dinner at the White House

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Sadie Goldberger, an interpreter from Columbia, Maryland
Sadie Goldberg
Sadie’s semifinal: Monday, October 24, 2022
Jack Weller, a law student originally from San Diego, California
Jack Weller on Jeopardy!
Jack’s semifinal: Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Rowan Ward, a chart caller, writer & editor from Chicago, Illinois
Rowan Ward on Jeopardy!

Rowan’s semifinal: Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

We’re now down to three players: Sadie Goldberger, Jack Weller, and Rowan Ward. By the end of tomorrow’s game, one of them will find themselves in next Thursday’s Tournament of Champions quarterfinal against Courtney Shah and John Focht.

Per the box scores of the semifinals, Rowan had 49 buzzer attempts to Jack’s 42 and Sadie’s 38; if that holds in the finals, that will be a definite advantage to Rowan. One major advantage to Jack is that he has very much taken advantage of Daily Doubles—earning an average of $10,000 a game on those clues alone. Sadie has led both of her games going into Final Jeopardy, so she can’t be counted out either.

One thing I noticed as soon as I saw the J!6 categories today: there is a category called LEARNED LEAGUES in Double Jeopardy!; 11 of the 18 competitors in Second Chance over the past two weeks have been LearnedLeague members, and I’m sure that all eleven of them will very much appreciate the reference.

One important note for fans living in the Denver television market: On days where FOX is broadcasting the World Series—which could be as many as five times between tomorrow and the end of next week (Oct. 28, Oct. 31, Nov. 1, Nov. 2, Nov. 4)—the show will be aired on KWGN (CW, Channel 2) instead of the usual KDVR (FOX, Channel 31).

On a more personal note, it is the time of year for the twice-yearly Gamers vs. MS 168-hour online fundraiser! 24 different Twitch streamers will be live between 8 AM Eastern on October 22 and 8 AM Eastern on October 29, raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Canada has one of the world’s highest rates of multiple sclerosis (MS), with an estimated 1 in every 385 Canadians living with the disease. Thus far, the entire relay has now raised over $10,000! You can find more information about this fall’s relay at

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Correct response: Who is Scott Joplin?

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A Guest of Honor was the first opera by famed ragtime composer Scott Joplin, likely written to celebrate the 1901 White House Dinner hosted by Teddy Roosevelt to honor Booker T. Washington. Unfortunately, due to the theft of the box office receipts during the national tour, Joplin was unable to meet payroll and the opera’s score was confiscated due to non-payment of payroll and bills. The score to the opera has since been considered lost. Joplin later wrote a second opera, 1911’s Treemonisha.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Another Shot At The Title; The Animal Kingdom; Bring Me A Souvenir!; Words & Phrases: Immediately!; Which Cabinet Department?; Radcliffe College)

Rowan carried on with their dominance from yesterday’s game, picking up five figures, a True Daily Double, and an incredible 11 correct before the opening break! Coming out of the break, Rowan was just as dominant on the signaling device, having a massive lead after 30!

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Rowan 11 correct 1 incorrect
Jack 2 correct 2 incorrect
Sadie 0 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Rowan 18 correct 4 incorrect
Jack 6 correct 2 incorrect
Sadie 3 correct 1 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Octoberfest; The Second Chapter; Lakes & Rivers; 3 Consonants In A Row; Learned Leagues; Daniel Radcliffe Collage)

Rowan’s buzzer dominance continued—Jack and Sadie barely got in! Even losing $8,000 on a Daily Double didn’t faze them—Rowan had an incredible $30,000 going into Final Jeopardy!; Jack had $6,400 and Sadie $4,400.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Rowan 37 correct 5 incorrect
Jack 10 correct 2 incorrect
Sadie 7 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 8 (0 today).

Our players went a bit conservative in Final Jeopardy! today, but Rowan and Sadie got Final correct. Rowan has a commanding lead after Day 1; Jack and Sadie have their work cut out for them tomorrow!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Thursday, October 27, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Rowan $30,000
Jack $6,400
Sadie $4,400

Tonight’s results:

Sadie $4,400 + $400 = $4,800 (Who is Joplin?)
Jack $6,400 – $3,000 = $3,400 (Who is Gershwin?)
Rowan $30,000 + $0 = $30,000 (Who is Joplin???)

Jeopardy! scores (for the October 27, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Rowan $11,800
Jack $2,400
Sadie $0


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) THE ANIMAL KINGDOM $800 (clue #6)
Rowan 3800 +3800 (Jack 1000 Sadie 0)
2) THE SECOND CHAPTER $800 (clue #3)
Rowan 13000 -8000 (Jack 2400 Sadie 0)
3) LAKES & RIVERS $2000 (clue #4, $30400 left on board)
Rowan 5000 +5000 (Jack 2400 Sadie 0)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 138

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 8 (0.24 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Rowan $32,000 Coryat, 37 correct, 5 incorrect, 66.67% in first on buzzer (38/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Sadie $4,400 Coryat, 7 correct, 2 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Jack $6,400 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,800
Lach Trash: $5,200 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,000

Rowan Ward, career statistics:

91 correct, 12 incorrect
6/7 on rebound attempts (on 12 rebound opportunities)
50.29% in first on buzzer (86/171)
5/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,400)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $22,400

Jack Weller, career statistics:

48 correct, 7 incorrect
8/9 on rebound attempts (on 17 rebound opportunities)
22.09% in first on buzzer (38/172)
5/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $20,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,600

Sadie Goldberger, career statistics:

47 correct, 10 incorrect
5/7 on rebound attempts (on 17 rebound opportunities)
25.73% in first on buzzer (44/171)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $400)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,667

Today’s interviews:

Sadie thinks the finals feel even better than the Internet support she had after her first appearance.
Jack took a “flash card vacation” to prepare.
Rowan has friends who would have “rioted at dawn” had rowan not been picked for Second Chance.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Because tomorrow’s scores can be doubled in Final Jeopardy! tomorrow, Rowan’s effective lead is $12,600 over Sadie and $13,300 over Jack.
  • The way the ruling on ANOTHER SHOT AT THE TITLE $400 took place was exactly how it’s played out in the past. Tape was stopped, precluding others from being able to rebound. This also happened often in the early seasons as the show—I personally heard a number of instances of this on the TuneIn Radio episodes I’ve been listening to recently.
  • One thing I have definitely found over the years: for the entire history of the Alex Trebek version, there is a very vocal minority of fans who would be happiest if all three contestants were always a bunch of stiffs with no personality whatsoever. Seeing these vocal minorities react to rowan makes me think that this will never change.
  • Today’s box score: October 27, 2022 Box Score.

Predictions for Second Chance Week 2 finals:

After 100,000 simulations, we predict:

1st: 3.896% of the time.
2nd: 39.535% of the time.
3rd: 56.569% of the time.

1st: 14.228% of the time.
2nd: 47.510% of the time.
3rd: 38.262% of the time.

1st: 81.876% of the time.
2nd: 12.955% of the time.
3rd: 5.169% of the time.

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26 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, October 27, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | October 27, 2022 at 9:37 am |

    I didn’t know this one but I was able to guess it based on the time frame and the mention of Washington. It’s probably too much to hope for the score for “A Guest of Honor” to be found after ~120 years but I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

    • I missed the point of Washington’s mention. I should know better by now that every word in the clue is there for a reason.
      The bad news (for others who don’t know) is that the opera score is apparently completely lost, because it was never published. Scott Joplin filed a copyright application for the opera with the Library of Congress in 1903, but he did not include a copy of the score with the application. Then later, all his personal belongings, including the opera score, were confiscated due to non-payment of his rent, and presumed to have all been destroyed.
      Unless one day someone opens an old trunk . . .

  2. I thought George Gershwin. American. Opera. Inspired by an African American. My mind went to Porgy and Bess which led me to Gershwin.

  3. Gershwin was my blind guess, but about 20 years too soon, and the phrase “turned to opera” implied famous for another genre. Ragtime was already big, Joplin was the biggest name. Well-written final, appropriate for a tournament.

  4. Not that it matters as it was a low dollar amount clue I would have been ok with the cavilers answer being acceptable as is since the only team with that name is in Cleveland. Also when I read about how some fans don’t want contestants with any personality is a shock to me. I’m not sure where you see this stuff but I’m glad I’m far away from that garbage and don’t know where to begin to look to find it.

    • The clue specifically called for “this city”. Cavaliers is not a city.
      If Rowan had said “Who are the Cleveland Cavaliers?” initially, they probably would have accepted it since it included the name of the city, even though it was technically the wrong response. But that wasn’t the case, and Ken had already ruled it incorrect before Rowan added the Cleveland part.

      • True enough. I would have went the “be more specific route” like they are with using just last names. Again it didn’t really matter anyhow.

  5. Marty Cunningham | October 27, 2022 at 2:29 pm |

    Given the time period, and subject matter, and the note to change to a different musical genre (there’s another one for Alex), Joplin seemed the logical choice. I had only heard of “Treemonisha” before, and it seemed to be his only opera, and this makes sense if the other score has been lost. Yes, let’s hope the score does turn up somewhere, somehow.

    Andy, special thanks for the programming notes for those of us in the Denver viewing area. When I saw on Sunday, during football, that the World Series would start on Friday, I knew that it would immediately disrupt the viewing of this week’s mini-Tournament and some of the start of the TOC next week. My only personal problem is now how to get access to the KWGN feed as we lost that when we quit DirecTV a couple years ago. The two stations are co-owned so it makes sense that they might occasionally shift some programming from one channel to the other; otherwise, the Fox affiliate will sometimes show the game later (early morning) if it has been pre-empted from its regular time. If nothing else, the shows should be available somewhere on the internet the day after a missed episode. At this point, I don’t care who, but it would be nice if the Phillies or Astros could sweep the series and get done in 4 games. Thanks again.

    • When I discontinued my cable subscription I bought a $12.00 tv antenna at Walmart and now I receive all of the OTA channels inclusing KWGN Channel 2.

  6. Pam Schultz | October 27, 2022 at 2:46 pm |

    Thank you for the backstory of the opera. Always keen to learn something.

  7. My guess was joplin because he wrote the entertainer which to this day is still my favorite type of music for a music or social club. I used to play The entertainer on my casio keyboard until it died out years ago. Still this fj brings back great memories of my music days

  8. Must be another example of different rules for regular Jeopardy vs. Celebrity Jeopardy.
    There have been numerous examples where celebs have corrected themselves after the host had ruled against them, but they then let one of the other contestants give that correct response again and get credit for it.

    As for that opera score being lost, I say good riddance! The less opera in the world, the better.

  9. Other significant markets affected by the World Series, and their plans for Jeopardy! —

    WBFF (Baltimore) – will air at 12:00 am
    WXIX (Cincinnati) – will air at 12:30 am
    WVUE (New Orleans) – will air at 1:00 am
    WALA (Mobile, AL / Pensacola, FL) – will air at 1:00 am
    WLUK (Green Bay) – not airing at all
    WSYT (Syracuse, NY) – will air at 6:30 pm (an hour EARLIER than normal)

  10. Alfred Skinner | October 27, 2022 at 7:38 pm |

    No Team won the Stanley cup in 1919 due to the influenza.

    • Alfred:

      The clue didn’t say “Stanley Cup”. The clue said “NHL Title”.

      The NHL title was still awarded in 1919. At that time, the NHL was only one of the leagues that competed for the Stanley Cup.

      The clue was correct.

  11. Robert Fawkes | October 27, 2022 at 8:04 pm |

    After watching Rowan’s two episodes this week, I would not want to face them in the early rounds of the ToC. Rowan is a formidable opponent with 66.7% in first on buzzer tonight. Rowan has the potential to give Matt, Amy, Mattea and others a real run for the money. What a delightful personality, too. Always a smile and nothing seems to phase Rowan.

  12. Rowan’s joy is infectious. Jeopardy! is entertainment, after all, and it’s great to see someone who is just as happy to be on stage as I am to watch it.

  13. Hold onto your buzzers, Champions, when you come up against Rowan next week ❣️

  14. Pizza Face Fred | October 27, 2022 at 11:07 pm |

    Rowan is a painful reminder that thinking slows down a bit as we age. I would’ve done alright, but they’re a buzz saw (two words or closed compound? metaphor?), smart as a whip (idiom?), and a lot of fun to watch! Hope they go far. I did get the Daily Double they missed, though, but Joplin was out of my wheelhouse . . .

    • I have edited your comment to reflect rowan’s correct pronouns.

      • Pizza Face Fred | October 28, 2022 at 10:57 pm |

        Your comment prompted me to look up “nonbinary,” which I think Rowan mentioned in an interview, a term I’m unfamiliar with, but I didn’t remember to follow up on at the time. I then learned that many people with nonbinary genders use “they” and “their” as pronouns. Had I possesed that insight, I would’ve used a proper noun, Rowan, instead of the clunky pronouns you provided. Shouldn’t you have capitalized the “r” in Rowan? A little disrespectful, wouldn’t you say?

        • rowan ultimately prefers their name rendered in lowercase.

        • Since non-capitalized names has been brought up, you might find it interesting to read the article (and comments) about author bell hooks. [I’m unsure whether I should say the name of the newspaper, but if you search for “famous people with lower case names”, you’ll find it quickly.] Despite my (admittedly mixed) feelings about people choosing to do that, I would go along with what they want — except, I would convolute my sentences like a Final Jeopardy clue in order to keep from beginning a sentence with a non-capitalized name. 😉 [Not knocking Andy’s reply — he may have even been specifically trying to make a point — just recognizing a quirk of my own that hopefully some will find funny.]

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