Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, October 31, 2022

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Places in American History) for Monday, October 31, 2022 (Season 39, Game 36):

A Native American story says this creek got its name from an injury suffered by a Sioux warrior in a fight with the Crow

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Maureen O’Neil, an executive assistant from Cambridge, Massachusetts
Maureen O'Neil on Jeopardy!
Megan Wachspress, an environmental attorney from Berkeley, California
Megan Wachspress on Jeopardy!
Ryan Long, a rideshare driver from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ryan Long on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Today is the first day of the 30th Tournament of Champions! The format is a little bit different from the first 29 Tournaments—this one will see 21 take part instead of the usual 15. The three top seeds—Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio, and Mattea Roach—have been given a bye to the semifinals and will play an exhibition match on Tuesday, November 8. The other 18 players will play in six quarterfinals, with the winners advancing to the semifinals along with Schneider, Amodio, and Roach. There are no wild cards. In order to keep playing, you have to win. Once we get down to the final match with three players, the finals will be a “first to three wins”—it could take anywhere from three to seven games to complete!

Today’s first quarterfinal is going to be between 16-day champion Ryan Long, 6-day champion Megan Wachspress, and 4-day champion Maureen O’Neil. While on the surface it looks like a favorable matchup for our Philadelphia rideshare driver, as I said in my Tournament of Champions preview on Saturday, “knowing what we know about Ryan’s and Megan’s respective Final Jeopardy! strategies, a contested Final Jeopardy! in this match is going to be one of the most intriguing betting situations in the entire history of the show.” Megan’s tendencies are well known—she won a number of her games by exactly $2 through her betting strategy, and any strategy is exploitable if you know about it. There were times when Ryan didn’t make the standard cover bet in his run, and it worked out well for him. Will he have enough confidence in his read to pull that move off again?

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Correct response: What is Wounded Knee?

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Wounded Knee Creek, in southwest South Dakota, was named because a skirmish between the Sioux and Crow tribes at that location resulted in a Sioux warrior being wounded in the knee. It is best known for the December 1890 Wounded Knee massacre, where nearly 300 Lakota people were murdered by the United States Army—astonishingly, twenty US Army soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor for their participation in this massacre; American lawmakers currently are working slowly to investigate these awards with an eye to possibly rescinding them.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: You’re The Best Around; Streets Of America; Hobby Supplies; Conducting The Historic Job Interview; ’90s Films; From Ear To Fraternity)

There were definitely opening jitters: Megan rang in once, and led through 14 clues—Ryan retook the lead just before the first commercial break. Coming out of the break, all three players were much better in terms of correct responses; Megan picked up 5 correct to lead after thirty clues! “You’re The Best Around” was the biggest culprit with five combined incorrect responses and three Triple Stumpers in that category alone.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Ryan 5 correct 3 incorrect
Megan 1 correct 0 incorrect
Maureen 2 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Megan 6 correct 1 incorrect
Maureen 8 correct 1 incorrect
Ryan 8 correct 4 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Book Sequels; Five Chances; Television; This Category Is Confusing; Heavenly Bodies; A Parliament Of Vowels)

All three players held the lead at some point in Double Jeopardy; Megan and Ryan got to Daily Doubles; unfortunately, they both dropped $2,000 on them. The scores going into the Final were Megan at $9,600, Maureen at $8,400, and Ryan at $4,200.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Megan 16 correct 4 incorrect
Maureen 14 correct 1 incorrect
Ryan 13 correct 6 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 8 (0 today).

This will bust a LOT of brackets — Ryan and Maureen were the two players correct in Final Jeopardy, and that means Maureen, the 21st seed of 21 in this tournament, is advancing to the semi-finals!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, October 31, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Megan $9,600
Maureen $8,400
Ryan $4,200

Tonight’s results:

Ryan $4,200 + $4,200 = $8,400 ($5,000) (What is Wounded Knee?)
Maureen $8,400 + $8,399 = $16,799 (What is Wounded Knee?) (Semi-Finalist)
Megan $9,600 – $7,201 = $2,399 ($5,000) (What is Dakota?)

Maureen O'Neil, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 31, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Megan $3,600
Maureen $2,800
Ryan $1,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) STREETS OF AMERICA $800 (clue #21)
Megan 1600 +1000 (Ryan 600 Maureen 200)
2) HEAVENLY BODIES $1600 (clue #17)
Megan 4800 -2000 (Ryan 7000 Maureen 6400)
3) A PARLIAMENT OF VOWELS $1600 (clue #29, $1200 left on board)
Ryan 6200 -2000 (Megan 9600 Maureen 8400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -11

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 8 (0.22 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Maureen $8,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Ryan $6,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 6 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Megan $11,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $26,000
Lach Trash: $14,800 (on 15 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,200

Ryan Long, career statistics:

419 correct, 70 incorrect
13/21 on rebound attempts (on 58 rebound opportunities)
41.86% in first on buzzer (427/1020)
14/23 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $21,000)
9/18 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,200

Megan Wachspress, career statistics:

128 correct, 36 incorrect
8/9 on rebound attempts (on 36 rebound opportunities)
31.35% in first on buzzer (142/453)
3/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
5/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,575

Maureen O’Neil, career statistics:

88 correct, 16 incorrect
10/14 on rebound attempts (on 32 rebound opportunities)
25.77% in first on buzzer (84/326)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
4/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,333

Remaining players’ Tournament of Champions win chances (after 100,000 simulations):

Amy Schneider: 20.154%
Matt Amodio: 31.200%
Mattea Roach: 11.904%
Maureen O’Neil: 0.766%
Jonathan Fisher: 1.327%
Andrew He: 5.577%
Christine Whelchel: 0.493%
Brian Chang: 1.244%
Tyler Rhode: 1.138%
Margaret Shelton: 1.614%
Courtney Shah: 0.367%
Rowan Ward: 5.156%
John Focht: 2.907%
Eric Ahasic: 7.159%
Jaskaran Singh: 1.835%
Jackie Kelly: 3.134%
Zach Newkirk: 1.138%
Jessica Stephens: 0.440%
Sam Buttrey: 2.447%

Today’s interviews:

Maureen thinks her brothers have to live with her appearance for the rest of their lives.
Megan was gifted $2 bills from an uncle after her appearances.
Ryan got to go to the Eagles’ training camp and got to hold the Lombardi Trophy.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • It’s clear that this tournament’s difficulty was ratcheted up — things could be very interesting!
  • Full marks to Maureen for remembering the maxim to “STAY CLAM!” that was crucial to her victory today.
  • Today’s box score: October 31, 2022 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Megan $9,600 Maureen $8,400 Ryan $4,200)

Ryan: Go all in, just in case Maureen bets very small. (Actual bet: $4,200)

Megan: Standard cover bet today is $7,201, though exactly $1,199 would be an interesting counter in case Maureen tries to go for the small range. (Actual bet: $7,201)

Maureen: I would bet at least $1 and no more than $2,399, just in case Ryan tries to play for a Triple Stumper. (Actual bet: $8,399)

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24 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, October 31, 2022"

  1. I will be surprised if today’s Final is not a triple get, especially with these players. As for the tournament format, great idea that Amy, Matt, and Mattea will play an exhibition match. It helps them re-sharpen their buzzer skills before going against people who just played. It also gives us the match we want to see, and that those three deserve. Would love to see them in the Finals, but that’s not a guarantee.

    • The date of the exhibition game just occurred to me. Smart move not to have an actual tournament game on Nov 8. Some stations may preempt Jeopardy for election coverage that night.

  2. Michael Johnston | October 31, 2022 at 9:38 am |

    I remembered the book by Brown, but I only learned about the Benet poem today :/
    This was an instant get for me. Hoping the FJs the rest of the week are like this one!

    • same here…read ‘Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee’ as a kid. Didn’t know that’s why it was named that, but given the clue, it was the only sensible answer.

    • Yes. I didn’t even have to think about this one.

  3. I have never been more excited for a Jeopardy tournament than I am about this one.

  4. I just thought of something. Ryan probably knew that his competition would be much stronger than in normal play, so there’s a chance that he actually adopted a strategy for the Tournament. That’s another reason why I have him as the favorite to win. He’s already done as well as he has in his initial run off of pure instinct, so if he comes in this with a proper strategy, he could be unstoppable.

  5. I am happy that Maureen is in the semifinals. although I thought Ryan would have a better chance in the semi finals as well given his strategy in his original run. Still though 15 triple stumpers is a lot but I want to see less than that in tomorrow’s game. Wounded Knee battle was something I learned in grade school and even a trivia game covered this.

  6. Robert Fawkes | October 31, 2022 at 2:23 pm |

    Bracket Buster indeed! To me, this is akin to when my son’s UMBC Retrievers (a 16 seed) beat Virginia (a 1 seed) in the NCAA tournament in 2018. As far as I know, that’s the only time a 16 seed beat a 1 seed. With Ryan being the top seed of the non-bye participants and Maureen being the 21st seed of 21, I’d certainly consider this to be an upset on the same level as that. Sorry to see Ryan leaving so early but big props and congratulations to Maureen for showing that the underdog always has a chance in a tournament like this. Monumental upset IMHO.

    Surprised today’s FJ wasn’t a triple get as the correct response came to me immediately. Of course, they always seem easy when they come to you right away like that.

    • Jay Williams | October 31, 2022 at 9:02 pm |

      I agree with you, talk about pulling an upset like Maureen did today. Now, in the side of sports, I am an NCAA basketball tournament fan and I have seen tons of upsets there over the years.

  7. WOW!! What a game!! I was going to be pleased with whoever won this round, and I’m psyched Maureen gets to move on! My only question is, what is “Stay Clam”? I’ve seen it mentioned on this blog a lot, and I haven’t been able to find an explanation as to what it means… as a fairly new Jeopardy fan, it’s hard to pick up on those long running jokes.

  8. I was fine with whoever won, but I feel absolutely awful for Ryan. Hopefully he doesn’t get any flak sent his way online, since he’s probably more disappointed in himself than the rest of the fandom is disappointed for him. I really hope the show finds some excuse to bring him back for a supertournament in the future, because there’s gonna probably be a lot of angry people – including myself – if this is where his time on the show ends.

    • Robert Fawkes | October 31, 2022 at 5:13 pm |

      I don’t understand the anger. Disappointment, yes, but anger, no. He had his chance and he lost fair and square. No one in the tournament is guaranteed to win, only to have the opportunity to compete. I don’t see why anyone should be angry or why anyone should be brought back just because they lost in a fair competition. Why be angry?

      • How would you have felt had you been in Ryan’s shoes and lost?

      • I’m 100% with you, Robert. While I’m disappointed because I liked Ryan, Maureen won fair and square, and I wish her all the best. How well she’ll fare against the three top seeds remains to be seen, and I’m looking forward to seeing that.

    • yeah, I don’t understand the anger either. The majority (about 66%) of J! contestants only get to be on for one show. Another big chunk only get to be on for a couple/few games. A lucky few manage to win enough games (or a special tournament) to qualify for a ToC. And many ToC contestants only get that one game in the ToC.
      I really don’t see anything here for anyone to get angry about.

      • Since Ryan is one of, if not the most, liked contestants in the history of the show, I don’t think many people would be happy if this was the last chance he ever got to compete. I admit using the word “angry” was a bit over-the-top, but still.

        If there’s another UToC, BotD, or even All-Star Games in the future, I really hope Ryan is invited to play in that. (Come to think of it, I probably should have just ended my original comment with that…)

        • I think we are well set up for UToC2 in the next few years for all 5-game winners + tourney winners + qualifying 4-game winners that debuted after the first one. UtoC was season 21, so it stands to reason that season 40 or so would mark the next installment.

  9. Brandon Bennett | October 31, 2022 at 6:39 pm |

    Complete and total shocker had Ryan as a contender

  10. Final felt like a let down after the difficulty level of the rest of the game.

    Not a fan of the “nonplussed” clue. The attempt to be clever didn’t come off there.

  11. That match was rough – I found myself stumped on a considerable number of answers, and then to see the FJ as a decidedly easy clue that I got in a second kind of surprised me. Also surprising: Megan not getting FJ and Ryan getting knocked out in the quarterfinals. Shows that anything can happen in this ToC and I am living for it! (I didn’t get to watch yesterday because Halloween, and I still gotta catch up on today’s because I didn’t want Ken to spoil who won in the opening monologue.)

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