Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, November 1, 2022

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Poets) for Tuesday, November 1, 2022 (Season 39, Game 37):

Inspired by stories from his grandfather, his “Battle of Lovell’s Pond” appeared in the Portland Gazette in 1820 when he was 13

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Christine Whelchel, a graduate assistant from Spring Hill, Tennessee
Christine Whelchel on Jeopardy!
Andrew He, a software developer from San Francisco, California
Andrew He on Jeopardy!
Jonathan Fisher, an actor originally from Coral Gables, Florida
Jonathan Fisher on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Well, at least one of my predictions from my Tournament of Champions preview will not be coming true today: Jonathan Fisher will not be the first super-champion to lose in this tournament. Maureen O’Neil pulled off a big upset in yesterday’s first quarterfinal, knocking off Ryan Long. Today’s game will be interesting, with Jonathan Fisher, Andrew He, and Christine Whelchel taking part.

J!6 is showing a PLAYS & PLAYWRIGHTS category in the opening round and a HE DIRECTED THAT? category in Double. Both of those should play to Jonathan’s strengths—he was incredibly strong in both theatre and movie categories in his opening run. However, Andrew was a strong enough player overall to nearly keep Amy Schneider from becoming a 1-game champion, let alone a 40-game champion. I’m expecting this to be a very close game, and Christine might be able to pick up a victory if both Jonathan and Andrew falter. I also hope our contestants are ready for wordplay today: On the heels of the “only vowels” world parliaments category in yesterday’s game—a category that I didn’t think was unfair, only a category that didn’t hit the strengths of yesterday’s players—it looks like we’re going to see a “Vowelless Hawaiian” category in today’s Jeopardy! round (at least, I assume I’ve interpreted the J!6 categories properly!)

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Correct response: Who was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow?

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Famed American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the grandson of noted American Revolutionary War officer Peleg Wadsworth (who served in the US House of Representatives after the War). Inspired by the Revolutionary War, Longfellow wrote “The Battle of Lovell’s Pond” in 1820; the poem is still available from the Maine Historical Society.

While this clue does seem generally straightforward, this is also the sort of good Tournament of Champions-level Final Jeopardy! clue that requires more than just cursory knowledge of 19th-century American poetry. One must know that Longfellow is associated with Portland (as opposed to both Poe and Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., who were also born in the Northeast at about the same time and were also not associated with Portland).

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: European Happenings; Slogans & Mottoes; Crocodile Pop; Catch-2022; Plays & Playwrights; Vwllss Hwn)

Things started off much better than yesterday’s game, with both Jonathan and Andrew trading correct responses. However, it was Christine who found the Daily Double, keeping it out of the hands of the others. Jonathan had a slim lead after 30.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Andrew 7 correct 0 incorrect
Jonathan 6 correct 1 incorrect
Christine 1 correct 2 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Jonathan 13 correct 1 incorrect
Andrew 13 correct 0 incorrect
Christine 2 correct 2 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Art & Artists; Crossword Clues “Q”; He Directed That?; Bridge; I Bid; 5 Hearts)

The good news for Andrew: he found both Daily Doubles. The bad news for Andrew: he got the second one wrong after betting $10,000. Amazingly, he didn’t let it faze him—he clawed back and was within two-thirds going into Final Jeopardy!, with scores going into Final at Jonathan at $19,800, Andrew at $13,800, and Christine at $2,200.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Jonathan 25 correct 2 incorrect
Andrew 23 correct 1 incorrect
Christine 5 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 8 (0 today).

Final Jeopardy! was a Triple Stumper, so it came down to the wagering! Jonathan made the cover bet, and it cost him when Andrew bet small—it’s Andrew who is going to be a semifinalist today!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, November 1, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Jonathan $19,800
Andrew $13,800
Christine $2,200

Tonight’s results:

Christine $2,200 – $0 = $2,200 ($5,000) (Who is Whitman?)
Andrew $13,800 – $1,799 = $12,001 (Who is Holmes?) (Semi-Finalist)
Jonathan $19,800 – $7,801 = $11,999 ($5,000) (Who is Thoreau?)

Andrew He, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 1, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Jonathan $8,200
Andrew $7,600
Christine -$1,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) EUROPEAN HAPPENINGS $400 (clue #12)
Christine -400 -1000 (Jonathan 3400 Andrew 5000)
2) 5 HEARTS $2000 (clue #10)
Andrew 12000 +5000 (Jonathan 14600 Christine -200)
3) I BID $800 (clue #14, $16400 left on board)
Andrew 18600 -10000 (Jonathan 14600 Christine -200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -112

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:

Andrew $20,800 Coryat, 23 correct, 1 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Jonathan $19,800 Coryat, 25 correct, 2 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Christine $3,200 Coryat, 5 correct, 2 incorrect, 8.77% in first on buzzer (5/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,800
Lach Trash: $6,200 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,000

Jonathan Fisher, career statistics:

331 correct, 41 incorrect
12/14 on rebound attempts (on 46 rebound opportunities)
44.31% in first on buzzer (327/738)
12/18 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $12,400)
8/13 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,138

Andrew He, career statistics:

182 correct, 21 incorrect
12/13 on rebound attempts (on 26 rebound opportunities)
42.61% in first on buzzer (170/399)
8/13 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $32,800)
3/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,429

Christine Whelchel, career statistics:

119 correct, 18 incorrect
9/10 on rebound attempts (on 31 rebound opportunities)
32.65% in first on buzzer (111/340)
3/10 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$9,500)
4/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,267

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

Amy Schneider: 18.511%
Matt Amodio: 28.604%
Mattea Roach: 10.949%
Maureen O’Neil: 0.695%
Andrew He: 14.946%

Brian Chang: 1.040%
Tyler Rhode: 1.072%
Margaret Shelton: 1.470%
Courtney Shah: 0.358%
Rowan Ward: 4.728%
John Focht: 2.733%
Eric Ahasic: 6.626%
Jaskaran Singh: 1.626%
Jackie Kelly: 2.897%
Zach Newkirk: 1.049%
Jessica Stephens: 0.442%
Sam Buttrey: 2.254%

Today’s interviews:

Christine has returned to school for a music degree.
Andrew hosted a “Newlywed Game” at a friend’s wedding.
Jonathan now has the sarcastic “Jeopardy! Champion Jonathan Fisher” as a nickname.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I can tell you right now: I don’t think there’s any Tournament of Champions winner who would have done anything other than Jonathan’s bet today. Champions bet on their knowledge.
  • Today’s box score: November 1, 2022 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Jonathan $19,800 Andrew $13,800 Christine $2,200)

Jonathan: Standard cover bet today is $7,801. (If you have a perfect read on Andrew, though, are convinced he’s going to bet small, and you dislike the category, a bet between $0 and $4,198 would work here—but it is immensely risky and, as I said, I think that it would require a perfect read on Andrew in order to attempt.) (Actual bet: $7,801)

Andrew: If Jonathan makes the cover bet, he falls to $11,999. You should limit your bet to $1,799. (Actual bet: $1,799)

Christine: Honestly, bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $0)

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44 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, November 1, 2022"

  1. My head went right to Thoreau, and I couldn’t get it to go anywhere, else – I guess my brain sees pond and poet, and he’s who it makes a beeline, too.

  2. Challenging one, couple ways you could have gone. Emerson was another, though he isn’t renowned chiefly as a poet (despite the quality of his verse).

  3. Michael Johnston | November 1, 2022 at 10:17 am |

    The whole time, I was thinking “1820? Portland (OR) didn’t exist then!?”🤦‍♂️😅

    Current FJ streak: 1L

    • There was a final jeopardy clue not too long ago that was Portland – having to do with two different cities of same name.

      • Michael Johnston | November 1, 2022 at 12:06 pm |

        The Archive shows a Jeopardy! round clue like that during Mattea’s run. I think I got that one wrong too😅

    • Very similar for me. I immediately thought of Thoreau, and then Portland, and I couldn’t get Oregon out of my mind, even knowing that Portland OR did not yet exist. Never did make the connection to Longfellow.

  4. Smart final jeopardy bet by Mr. He. I’m glad he pulled it off as he’s an all around good guy.

  5. I was also going for thoreau but when I saw the portland oregon clue, my guts pointed me to longfellow. But still a good final jeopardy bet by Andrew today. Glad he pulled off a victory here.

  6. Unlike yesterday’s game, it looks like I’m gonna have a lot of fun watching this once it airs for me!

  7. I’m happy that Andrew, our local guy here is the SF Bay area won today’s game. But this game was decided by $2!!!

    • Smart wagering will always result in a winner with only a dollar or 2 cushion. No need to bet more than is required for a potential win

  8. It’s interesting that Andrew is now third in Andy’s ranking to win the gold, and is ahead of Mattea.

    • This win by Andrew now sets him even in games with Mattea to win the tournament. Let’s not forget that Andrew won 5 games and was leading Amy going into Final Jeopardy. The simulator comes out rating him as more likely to win.

    • Just wait until Mattea plays her game. I can’t wait…

  9. I was disappointed to see Andrew He and Jonathan Fisher in the same group. A superchamp who beat Matt and a 5 day champ who lead Amy going into final.

    • Robert Fawkes | November 1, 2022 at 5:14 pm |

      My sentiments exactly, Jim. I was hoping to see both Andrew and Jonathan in the next round. Pitting them against each other in the first round deprives us of one of the better players. Your assessment of “a superchamp who beat Matt and a 5 day champ who led Amy going into final” is spot on. (By the way, “led” is the past tense of “lead” while the other meaning and pronunciation of “lead” is a metal. No offense, that’s just a pet peeve of mine.) Congratulations to Andrew though. At least, we were guaranteed one of them.

      For me, today’s final boiled down to nothing more than, “Who wrote ‘Battle of Lovell’s Pond’?” The response, of course, being Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I just happened to know that, so all the other parts of the clue were not needed.

      • to avoid scandal, the J! team swore everyone present to secrecy about the fact that there was a gunfight backstage prior to the Andrew/Amy game. And much like Teddy Roosevelt and the Natural Roy Hobbs, Amy actually pulled off that win and subsequent run with a piece of LEAD embedded in their body.
        [disclaimer: the previous is a pound of pure poppycock penned for humorous purposes]

        • In the book ‘The Natural’, Roy Hobbs strikes out – not exactly a Hollywood ending. Boy was I surprised when I saw the movie.

          • I could never figure out why hitting the ball into one light would cause lights in completely separate light towers to also burst and rain down sparks.

  10. Now THIS was a great game. Feel bad for Jonathan as it felt like he was marginally the best player and got a rough draw, but Andrew will be a factor moving forward for sure.

  11. David John Craven | November 1, 2022 at 5:04 pm |

    I was surprised that this was a triple stunner. I immediately went to poets that wrote about the revolutionary war…. Listen my children and you shall hear… and poof… Longfellow. I associate Whitman with the Civil War and Thoreau was a one not fraud. Emerson, the Concord Hymn poet was also a potentially good bet..

    • Robert Fawkes | November 1, 2022 at 5:18 pm |

      I agree with pretty much everything you wrote, David, but have one question. What does “Thoreau was a one not fraud” mean?

      • I read his comment as “one nut fraud” and was like, “You got a lot of balls to post that here.” But now I think he meant “one note” – why it makes someone a fraud to have done the one thing they truly excelled at back in that day is beyond me. Back then, people were disappointed if an author tried experimenting with something different. Very different than nowadays.

  12. I think most people probably have an easier time looking at the consonants and filling in the vowels (as was the case in today’s category) as opposed to looking at the vowels and filling in the consonants (yesterday’s).
    Personally, I’m also more familiar with common Hawaiian words than I am with international legislative bodies.

    sidenote: I wonder if they would consider ‘Y’ to be a vowel for the purpose of these categories if it was used in a vowel-like manner in the word. Or perhaps they purposefully avoided any such words (of course, the Hawaiian alphabet does not use Y anyway, so it wouldn’t have been an issue today)

    • Enos Williams | November 2, 2022 at 12:24 am |

      In the past, they have recognized “Y” as a vowel. I forget the actual wording of the clue, but they wanted a nine-letter word that ended in a vowel referring to a speech given by an actor in a play. The intended answer was “monologue” but the contestant answered “soliloquy” and it was accepted.

  13. Someone help me please. When you look at the groupings going into the next round, are the first 2 winners playing against Amy? There are no lines drawn in like in a traditional bracket. Do all these 6 winners get slotted randomly? Is there a re-seeding like in the NHL? Just wondering. I concur that today’s game was awesome and it did seem like a bit of a weird pairing with two of the best playing together in this group of 18 amazing players.

    • From what I see, it is not random and they place the players in what matchups will generate the most interest or get the demographic they want. They try to avoid players facing their regular game opponent again inless it is the finals. In the battle of the decades tournament after the quarterfinals they had Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and Roger Craig as the three highest scores in the quarterfinals and game winners. These players also had the highest reputations and acompishments. Only fair to have them as one, two and three and not play against each other in the semi-finals. However in the semi, they put two wildcard players (Colby Burnett and Pam Mueller) with the lowest scores against Roger Craig. Roger Craig as the third seed should have faced at least one other quarterfinal winner and Colby and Pam should have had to face the First and Second seeds respectively.

      • Jim:

        I don’t think we can use past precedent as guidance here under Michael Davies; after all, the quarterfinals were paired in a very orderly fashion (as I pointed out in my preview).

        I wouldn’t be surprised if the semifinals were also paired in some sort of orderly fashion.

  14. I guess it doesn’t matter too much when the winner isn’t taking the cash home, but what a huge disparity in difficultly level between the two days.

    Very nice win for Andrew given the two full categories in Jonathan’s wheelhouse.

  15. Also, I don’t recall Andrew taking so long to answer questions in the past. I was surprised he was not buzzed out a few times. It seemed like he did it on purpose as some kind of ‘strategy’. I wonder is there a timer light or something that goes off once a person’s name has been announced to answer the question. This is certainly no the case with Rowan!

    • not

    • you mean the light bar on the contestant podium that counts down the time for them to give their response?

      • bill vollmer | November 2, 2022 at 4:20 pm |

        Andy will correct this if I’m wrong, but I believe the “count down” lights on front of each contestant’s stage position are just a visual clue for the time contestant has to give a response. The official time is kept at the “judges” (Producer’s) table. If a response is ruled wrong, then that contestant’s time for that clue is over. Otherwise they have until the “sounder” rings.

  16. Andrew has redeemed himself after blanking on the “Ides of March” DD! I’m so happy for him!

  17. Pizza Face Fred | November 1, 2022 at 10:41 pm |

    Lovell’s Pond, Walden Pond, Thoreau — I fell for it, too. He was born 1817, so that wouldn’t have worked. One Triple Stumper and two Daily Doubles for me . . .

  18. That duel between Jonathan and Andrew was every bit as epic as I thought it’d be, particularly that tense FJ. That’s what I subscribed to for this ToC!

    I went with Longfellow because that felt right, and lo and behold. Don’t know what specifically prompted me in that direction – a subconscious association of some kind with Maine and the Revolution, probably – but this is why you go with your gut.

  19. bill vollmer | November 2, 2022 at 2:30 pm |

    I noticed that in double Jeopardy (and, in triple jeopardy presumably during celebrity Jeopardy) Ken, or,Mayim, will not rule on a response that is correct, but incomplete-not in the form of a question while their time has not run out, giving the contestant a chance to make their response complete.
    During a Celebrity Jeopardy I heard Mayim comment that during Double Jeopardy (Triple Jeopardy ?) contestants will not be (audibly) reminded to phrase their reponses in the form of a question. Responses needing to be inthe form of a question is a basic jeopardy rule. but is this not (audibly) reminding contestants after the Jeopardy round a rule, or, just a game proceedure, like prefering contestants to state amount AND category when asking for the next clue.

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