Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, October 28, 2022

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Artists) for Friday, October 28, 2022 (Season 39, Game 35):

Sabena Airlines commissioned a painting by this artist, “L’Oiseau de Ciel”, a bird whose body is filled with clouds in a blue sky

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Sadie Goldberger, an interpreter from Columbia, Maryland (Yesterday’s total: $4,800)
Sadie Goldberg
Jack Weller, a law student originally from San Diego, California (Yesterday’s total: $3,400)
Jack Weller on Jeopardy!
Rowan Ward, a chart caller, writer & editor from Chicago, Illinois (Yesterday’s total: $30,000)
Rowan Ward on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

After one of the most impressive Jeopardy! performances of all time, rowan holds a commanding advantage after Game 1 of the final. However, the lead is not insurmountable — absolutely anything can happen! Today’s winner will be seen again next Thursday in the fourth quarterfinal of the Tournament of Champions, against Courtney Shah and John Focht!

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Correct response: Who is René Magritte?

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In the 20th century, Sabena served as the national airline of Belgium, and they commissioned famed Belgian artist René Magritte for “L’Oiseau de Ciel”. After being taken over by Swissair a few years prior, the airline declared bankruptcy in 2001, much to the consternation of the Belgian government. However, the sale of “L’Oiseau de Ciel” for €3.4 million in 2003 was incredibly helpful for former staff, as it meant the 12,000 former employees were able to be paid what was owed to them. As of 2022, Brussels Airlines is Belgium’s current flag carrier.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Picture The No. 1 Hit; Books & Authors; You Move Me; In The Science Dictionary; From The Latin; The Strongest Link)

Everyone got off to a good start in this game, with Jack doubling up his score on Clue 10. Rowan had the best time in the second half of the round, on mostly low-valued clues.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Jack 3 correct 0 incorrect
Rowan 5 correct 1 incorrect
Sadie 4 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Rowan 16 correct 1 incorrect
Jack 5 correct 0 incorrect
Sadie 6 correct 1 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Days Of Yore; State Capital Attractions; Tv Law; African-American Firsts; Myth-Pourri; “Second” Chances)

Jack made it a game in Double Jeopardy, picking up the first Daily Double for $7,000. Rowan got the final one themselves for $6,400, but Jack’s strong play meant this wasn’t a runaway! Scores going into Final were Jack at $29,400 ($3,400 yesterday), Rowan at $20,000 ($30,000 yesterday), and Sadie at $5,000 ($4,800 yesterday.)

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Jack 18 correct 0 incorrect
Rowan 27 correct 2 incorrect
Sadie 9 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 8 (0 today).

Final Jeopardy! was a Triple Stumper, with all three players going the same way. That means Rowan is off to the Tournament of Champions!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, October 28, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Jack $29,400
Rowan $20,000
Sadie $5,000

Tonight’s results:

Sadie $5,000 – $5,000 = $0 + $4,800 = $4,800 ($20,000) (Who is Picasso?)
Rowan $20,000 – $12,201 = $7,799 + $30,000 = $37,799 (Who is Picasso???) (Winner, $35,000)
Jack $29,400 – $29,400 = $0 + $3,400 = $3,400 ($10,000) (Who is Pi)

Rowan Ward, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 28, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Rowan $6,800
Jack $4,800
Sadie $2,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) FROM THE LATIN $1000 (clue #10)
Jack 1800 +1800 (Rowan 3600 Sadie 800)
2) MYTH-POURRI $1200 (clue #3)
Jack 7600 +7000 (Rowan 5200 Sadie 2600)
3) DAYS OF YORE $1600 (clue #9, $22400 left on board)
Rowan 6400 +6400 (Jack 18200 Sadie 2600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 292

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 8 (0.23 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Rowan $15,200 Coryat, 27 correct, 2 incorrect, 49.12% in first on buzzer (28/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Sadie $5,000 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Jack $22,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 0 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,000
Lach Trash: $6,800 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,200

Rowan Ward, career statistics:

118 correct, 15 incorrect
6/7 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
50.00% in first on buzzer (114/228)
6/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $16,800)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,600

Jack Weller, career statistics:

66 correct, 8 incorrect
9/10 on rebound attempts (on 21 rebound opportunities)
23.14% in first on buzzer (53/229)
7/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $28,800)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,150

Sadie Goldberger, career statistics:

56 correct, 13 incorrect
5/7 on rebound attempts (on 19 rebound opportunities)
24.12% in first on buzzer (55/228)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $400)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,500

Today’s interviews:

Sadie has been avoiding thinking of the Tournament of Champions.
Jack thinks the ToC would be an incredible experience.
Rowan thinks the ToC would be a dream come true.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Jack $29,400 ($3,400) Rowan $20,000 ($30,000) Sadie $5,000 ($4,800))

Rowan: Jack’s best possible total is $62,200; your best possible total is $70,000. You’re leading; standard cover bet over Jack is $12,201. (Actual bet: $12,201)

Jack: You have to be correct, and Rowan incorrect, to win. Bet at least $5,000; limit your bet to $17,999 to keep Sadie locked out for second place. (Actual bet: $29,400)

Sadie: Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $5,000)

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20 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, October 28, 2022"

  1. The clue confused me. I thought the artist was L’Oiseau de Ciel and that that they wanted the type of bird. Wouldn’t have gotten it even if I had understood the clue.

    • The clue was definitely a convoluted sentence, but with a second parsed reading, I was able to tell they wanted to know the artist, I just had no idea who that might be. I had seen paintings by René Magritte so the name was familiar once I heard it, but even if the clue had implied a Belgian airline and/or artist, that would not have helped me get it.

      However, the artist that came to my mind (for no discernible reason) was the same as for these three brilliant contestants, so there’s that, LOL.

  2. I couldn’t remember anything about Sabena airlines. And although my French is good enough to translate the title, that didn’t help anything, especially since a description of the painting was included. And Magritte is not someone who quickly comes to mind, although relating Sabena to Belgium may have helped. So 3 strikes on this one for me.
    It seems that all the questions in this Second Chance Tournament have been more difficult, which makes sense given the caliber of the contestants. At least, that’s my excuse.

  3. Michael Johnston | October 28, 2022 at 12:00 pm |

    I know Magritte by name only, nothing about his background. And I’ve never even heard of Sabena Airlines. All I could do was guess a French artist, Chagall :/

    Current FJ streak: 1L
    I really need to get Sunday’s Celebrity FJ to give me a head start on the week. Tournament week is likely going to be tough.

  4. The more I think about it the more I’d prefer to just win the second chance tournament as $35,000 is probably more than what anyone will win if they lose in the semi finals.

    • each of the 2 Second Chance weekly winners already gets $35K PLUS whatever their ToC results get them. So I don’t know what you’re implying as far as “just winning the second chance tournament”

      • I’m implying those that are just in the first round of the ToC without having to do the second chance tournament may just end up with a lousy losing purse. Let’s say a second chancer and someone else loses in the first round. One will get over 35k total and the other far less probably 2-5k. See what I’m getting at now?

        • Sure but you have to also realize that everyone who got through to TOC normally had AT LEAST won more than $58K (all of them but 3 have won more than $100K actually). So I don’t think any of them would rather have the $35K the Second Chancer champs got.

  5. Magritte was the name I remember though, but I’ve never heard of Sabena Airlines either. Although the name L’Oiseau de ciel does sound familiar to me, I would love to see it in an art museum soon. Happy to see Rowan advancing to the tournament of champions and congrats to our finalists

  6. One minor error in the wagering suggestions: You added a dollar to Jack’s best total when mentioning Rowan’s suggestions.

  7. I am old enough to remember SABENA Airlines. We always said the acronym stood for: Sheet (other word here) A Bloody Experience Never Again”. Unless you are familiar with Magritte or his oil on canvas “The Sky Bird”, it doesn’t surprise me that they all got it wrong.

  8. Anyone know what the tiebreak is for 2nd and 3rd if the two non-winners end up with the same point total after the 2nd day? Is it the one that had the higher total of the 2 after the first day?

    As for today’s FJ response, I’d never heard of that artist before, so I definitely wouldn’t have gotten it. (and even my general answer of “some french guy” was inaccurate)

  9. To me the description of the painting sounded like something Salvador Dali would have painted

    • ^ Agree ^
      I would’ve guessed Dali as well…

      For those curious about Magritte, most people will know the painting of the man in a suit and derby hat with an apple covering his face (The Son of Man, 1964)…Well, THAT is Magritte.

  10. The description of the painting made it obvious that it was surrealist and not cubist. Especially with the clouds, this was a straightforward clue. Still, that it was a triple stumper made this one of the best finals ever. Had Jack gotten it, he goes to the TOC. Had it been a triple get, it would come down to betting and a lot of coulda woulda shoulda. How exciting was that?

  11. Pizza Face Fred | October 28, 2022 at 11:25 pm |

    I see floating hats and floating men in business suits thanks to some Art History classes. Can floating clouds in a bird’s body be far off? The painting name and Magritte both made me think French. (Turns out Magritte’s Belgian.) Triple Stumper Final for the man with the spooky complexion, three Finals for the week (-:

  12. One question and one observation. The question is ruled based. The other day ‘Trevi Fountain’ was the FJ answer. Would ‘Fontana di Trevi’ be accepted? My bunch in this case is yes, especially Italian is its language of origin. But a few days before, chansons was a triple stumper, as in Chanson Roland or Song of Roland. Would songs, as opposed to chansons, be accepted here? On

    My observation is about TOC and it’s new structure. With such a stacked field, do others agree that it seems the show really wants to have the best player(s) win? That seems like part of the rationale with the byes, and the first to three final. But if trying to eliminate a bit of the luck/variance is the goal, why do away with wild cards? And why not institute a two day point total for the semis? Andy can share the math, but I’d be really curious to know what the current chances of a Matt vs. Amy vs. Matthew final would be with a one game semi-final round versus a two game alternative?

    • I think they do tend to accept proper nouns in the original language unless otherwise specified, so ‘Fontana di Trevi’ would probably have been good.

      My recollection is that the ‘chanson’ clue asked specifically for the French word, so I don’t think ‘song’ would’ve been accepted.

  13. As someone who came of age in the 1970s, I was for some reason quite familiar with Magritte. Had never seen the painting mentioned in the clue, but a number of his paintings have “holes” in a foreground object or person, through which sky and clouds show through from the background. I got it immediately, and was incredulous that none of the contestants did. I didn’t realize he was Belgian, but it was not a leap, with his having a French name, to imagine that he was.

  14. great game!

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