Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, November 11, 2022

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category London Locales) for Friday, November 11, 2022 (Season 39, Game 45):

To fight malaria, this former royal estate helped move quinine-producing cinchona plants from South America to India

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Andrew He, a software developer from San Francisco, California
Andrew He on Jeopardy!
Eric Ahasic, a meteorologist from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Eric Ahasic on Jeopardy!
Mattea Roach, a writer & podcaster from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Mattea Roach on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Make no bones about it: this game will be a race to the Daily Doubles—and all three players know this. Eric has had an uncanny ability to find them throughout his Jeopardy! career; in every one of his victories, he found both Daily Doubles in Double Jeopardy. Andrew has also shown the propensity to make very large bets on those Daily Doubles. Meanwhile, Mattea’s tournament preparation has been made knowing that they need to change up their own strategy to better take advantage of Daily Doubles. I am expecting to see fireworks, large scores, and a match too close to call.

Tonight’s winner faces off against Amy Schneider and Sam Buttrey in the first-to-three-wins final, starting Monday.

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Correct response: What is Kew Gardens?

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In the 1720s, Kew Palace, currently located in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, was initially inhabited by King George II, finding it to be a perfect private place to live for their family. King George III later also lived there in an attempt to cure his mental illnesses prior to his regency. Today, Kew is the home of the famous Royal Botanic Gardens.

Kew Gardens’ assistance with the introduction of cinchona to India was detailed in the 1931 journal article “Introduction of Cinchona to India”, in the Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, Vol. 1931, No. 3 (1931), pp. 113-117″

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: The County Seat; Logos; The Arts; Senior Moments; Spanish Words & Phrases; Mandy Patinkin)

It was Eric who got off to the best start early on in this game, holding the lead at the first break. However, Andrew rebounded very well from some early jitters, picking up the maximum on the first Daily Double and picking up 8 correct after the break! Mattea had a strong round to sit second after thirty clues.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Eric 6 correct 0 incorrect
Mattea 4 correct 2 incorrect
Andrew 4 correct 3 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Eric 8 correct 1 incorrect
Mattea 9 correct 2 incorrect
Andrew 12 correct 3 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: World Leaders; Elegies; Jazz & Blues Nicknames; Religion; “P”S; Carats)

I said it would be a race to the Daily Doubles, and it certainly was! It was Andrew who got to them first, and he picked up a combined $23,800 through the pair of them! That was more than enough to give him a runaway going into Final, though Eric put up a very strong fight. Scores going into Final were Andrew at $39,200, Eric at $17,000, and Mattea at $7,200.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Andrew 24 correct 4 incorrect
Eric 18 correct 1 incorrect
Mattea 15 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 12 (0 today).

Not only did this Final stump all three players, they couldn’t even hazard a guess. Andrew’s runaway means that he gets his rematch with Amy Schneider! The first-to-three finals start Monday!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, November 11, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Andrew $39,200
Eric $17,000
Mattea $7,200

Tonight’s results:

Mattea $7,200 – $0 = $7,200 ($10,000) (What is ?)
Eric $17,000 – $217 = $16,783 ($10,000) (What is ?)
Andrew $39,200 – $1,337 = $37,863 (What… ?) (Finalist)

Andrew He, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 11, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Eric $5,400
Mattea $4,000
Andrew $3,400

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) THE ARTS $1000 (clue #13)
Andrew 0 +1000 (Mattea 1600 Eric 5400)
2) WORLD LEADERS $1200 (clue #3)
Andrew 7000 +7000 (Mattea 4000 Eric 5400)
3) ELEGIES $1200 (clue #7, $25600 left on board)
Andrew 16800 +16800 (Mattea 2400 Eric 5400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 300

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 12 (0.27 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Andrew $17,800 Coryat, 24 correct, 4 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Eric $17,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Mattea $7,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,000
Lach Trash: $4,400 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,600

Mattea Roach, career statistics:

695 correct, 70 incorrect
35/43 on rebound attempts (on 107 rebound opportunities)
44.89% in first on buzzer (659/1468)
30/37 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $60,000)
18/26 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,623

Eric Ahasic, career statistics:

210 correct, 25 incorrect
17/20 on rebound attempts (on 44 rebound opportunities)
36.84% in first on buzzer (189/513)
15/17 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $65,000)
3/9 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,022

Andrew He, career statistics:

206 correct, 26 incorrect
14/16 on rebound attempts (on 30 rebound opportunities)
42.11% in first on buzzer (192/456)
11/16 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $57,600)
3/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,975

Today’s interviews:

Andrew heard from his middle school teacher who suggested charitable donations.
Eric is taking a post-tournament honeymoon in Hawaii.
Mattea was recognized while driving on the highway.

Remaining Players’ Tournament of Champions Chances (after 100,000 Simulations)

Amy Schneider: 38.962%
Andrew He: 43.417%
Sam Buttrey: 17.621%

Chances of 3 games: 12.251%
Chances of 4 games: 23.439%
Chances of 5 games: 29.726%
Chances of 6 games: 23.452%
Chances of 7 games: 11.132%

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Jeopardy! as it is right now, at this level, is a solved game. However, there is still the matter of being able to respond to Daily Doubles correctly if you do go all-in. Variance and excitement should be higher going forward.
  • This may be the first instance of a single player successfully converting a maximum possible Daily Double wager on all three Daily Doubles in the show’s history.
  • Today’s box score: November 11, 2022 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Andrew $39,200 Eric $17,000 Mattea $7,200)

Mattea: Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $0)

Eric: There’s no difference between second and third. Go all in in case Andrew Clavins. (Actual bet: $217)

Andrew: Bet between $0 and $5,199 and enjoy your spot in the finals! (Actual bet: $1,337)

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61 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, November 11, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | November 11, 2022 at 9:16 am |

    I had no clue. I wonder how many people will get this one?

    Current FJ streak: 4L, and all I can say is come ON Sunday!😅

  2. I love acing Celebrity Jeopardy every Sunday and then getting humbled by the TOC during the week.

    Puts life in perspective.

  3. I got as far as “Royal Botanic Gardens,” but I wouldn’t have guessed “Kew” if I had a week. A quick search suggests it may not have been the response to a clue since 1988. Guess I missed that episode.

    I suspect this will be a rough one for whoever is in the lead heading into FJ. Though it is clear that Eric and Andrew at least are willing to take big risks to secure the runaway ahead of FJ, and Mattea has indicated that she might be adopting a similar style in the TOC. (Mattea also has mentioned heading to the UK for debating competitions in high school, which wouldn’t have been that long ago at her age, so perhaps she paid a visit to the gardens as a tourist while she was there!)

    Can’t wait to see how it all plays out!

    • Enos Williams | November 11, 2022 at 10:12 pm |

      I came up with Royal Botanic Gardens too, and I wonder if that would have been accepted. According to UNESCO, the official name is “Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.”

      • Ditto — for my response of “Royal Botanic Gardens” AND the question of whether that would have been accepted or not. If not, at least I can take comfort in knowing that I got closer than any of these three awesome players did. [Though I forgot “today” was Friday until it was actually Saturday!]

  4. Coventry Gardens. Not!

    Bring back the celebrities. I miss the smug self satisfaction of being a smarty pants. The Tournament of Champions make me feel like a such a… a…

    “I’ll take “D” Light for 500, Ken”

    “A stupid, incompetent, or foolish person”

    “What’s a dufus?”

    Hey I got one!

    • You may have been thinking of the “Covent Garden” district in London, well known as an entertainment and shopping area, but best known for the Royal Opera House, which is often called “Covent Garden” itself.

  5. also, no clue. but, in the summer (winter there) of 2002, went down to the Amazon in Brasil, and on a hike the guide had me try a piece of bark from a tree and said, ‘this helps prevent mosquito disease’, and I said, ‘it tastes like quinine’, and he says, ‘yes, that’s it’. so, i guess it was a cinchona tree.

  6. The tricky part of this clue, at least for me, was “former royal estate”…seeing how real estate acquisitions by the royal family are usually a one-way affair. How does an estate become a former royal estate? Presumably, either through donation (extremely rare) or liquidation (also extremely rare.)

    • From what I can tell, it was originally parts of the gardens of multiple manor house estates in the area, owned by various levels of “Royalty”, that were combined around 1840 to form the single unit of horticultural preservation under the control of a public trust.

  7. OMG, I would be hard pressed to suggest a more interesting group of finalists. Andrew gets his rematch with Amy PLUS Professor Sam is in the mix?!?!?! Excited for these 3 to 7 games.

  8. Andrew faced very tough draws in this tournament to get to the finals and a rematch with Amy. He had won 5 games when he faced her and was leading going into final jeopardy in that game.

    • and if he’d known Manhattan in that final jeopardy, history would be changed – though maybe Amy would have been in the second chance tournament and still worked her way to the final.

  9. I did not want to say anything before, BUT the idea that two of the three players in the TOC are from the SF Bay Area; Andrew from Oakland, and Amy from across the bay in San Francisco. Now we Jeopardy fans in the Bay Area are most thrilled about that. For sure. I am thrilled!!!

    • And, Sam Buttery is from Pacific Grove, only about 40 south of the Bay Area. A Northern California TOC!

      • Imagine those three as a team for pub trivia . . .

        • Hahaha Melissa. That’s hysterical to think about. Reminds me of a Far Side I once saw. It was a Jeopardy like game and the host says “That’s right! The answer is Wisconsin. The score is now Bob with 300, Mary with 750, and God with 41,000”

    • Myron Rushetzky | November 11, 2022 at 8:25 pm |

      Thomas G., you got it reversed. Actually, it is Amy who is from Oakland and Andrew who is from San Francisco.

      • Oh you are so right. I tried not to make that mistake as I was aware of course their cities…but lo and behold I made that mistake.

        And as Jean mentioned, Sam is from Pacific Grove…so three Californians in the TOC. About time. (:

    • Maybe there will be an earthquake during game 3 of the Bay Area ToC finals…
      (okay, so the finals were already taped and we know there wasn’t any major quakes during the actual games, unlike there was in the ’89 World Series; but maybe during the airdate… )

  10. The only Kew gardens i know of is in queens new york. Not really familiar About the one in London. This is a challenging one even for me. Still i would love to see how this all plays out in the finals

    • David Dudovitz | November 16, 2022 at 9:31 pm |

      I live near that Kew Gardens, and having looked up its etymology in the past is the reason I knew the answer to this one pretty much instantly

  11. No surprise with who’s in the finals. Andrew was always a favorite of mine and Mattea was by far the biggest long shot for me to make it to the finals. Can’t wait for Monday as things should be very interesting with 3 elite players involved.

  12. Having visited Kew Gardens (a London “must see” for me) about 15 years ago, I knew the answer before even finishing reading the clue. The admission ticket seller inquired whether I wanted a “concession,” which took me a while to realize he was politely asking if I wanted the elderly discount!

  13. Robert Fawkes | November 11, 2022 at 3:29 pm |

    For me, it is really fitting to have Andrew He going into the finals against Amy S. Had Andrew gotten FJ right in his sixth game, Amy would have passed into history as just another contestant instead of a 40-game Super Champion. There’s no telling how far Andrew would/could have gone if not for naming the wrong island that day. Now, we get to see how Andrew and Amy fair against each other in something more than a one-time winner take all. Having to win 3 of 7 contests is a much more definitive test of competitors. Plus, we have the extra added attraction of Sam Buttrey representing the Seniors against these two comparative youngsters. I wonder how much of a factor aging muscle twitch will be. In any case, I’m looking forward to a great competition and really like the fact that the winner has to prevail in three games instead of just one.

  14. I cannot believe Andrew wagered everything on the third daily double. I have a feeling he will either win the finals or lose badly, because it’s clear he will go with the true daily double no matter what the circumstances.

    • Robert Fawkes | November 11, 2022 at 4:35 pm |

      Not necessarily. This was a strategic risk on Andrew’s part dictated by the circumstances at the time. Keep in mind, at the time of his wager, it was only the 7th clue in DJ with $25,600 still on the board. At that point, Mattea only had $2,400 and Eric was at $5,400; Andrew had plenty of time to catch up even if he had gone back to zero. There is also the matter of having to win 3 games. All of that tells me that Andrew won’t necessarily go “true daily double no matter what the circumstances.” He’s a savvy guy so I think he will take the circumstances into consideration just as he did here.

      • Agreed. Andrew’s third DD bet was not as wild as it might have appeared. I suspect a betting master like James H. would have done the exact same thing.

    • That’s called “playing to win”.

  15. I could get the FJ due to my background. The area where the plants were taken into India for cultivation and development is a town in my home province in India. The town also has other cultural significance being the vacation home of the most famous literary figure from India, Tagore – the composer of Indian, Bangladeshi, and Srilankan national anthems.

  16. Interesting. Two out of three of the heavyweights did not make it. You never know.

    • Robert Fawkes | November 11, 2022 at 6:04 pm |

      That actually might be considered an argument for not giving byes to anyone. Let them earn their way into the semi-finals like anyone else. On the other hand, it might be an argument for giving them byes. One could argue that they earned it by a large number of wins in regular play. I’m not sure how I feel about it one way or the other. Does anyone have a compelling argument for handling it one way or the other?

      • I saw it as a reward for their strong regular-season play. The thing that we’re seeing in this tournament, though, is that so many players brought top-tier play to this tournament, and there wasn’t going to be room in the finals for everyone.

        To be honest: I don’t even think the show itself was ready for the caliber of play that’s happened over the past two weeks.

        • I don’t have a problem with giving byes as a reward for sustained excellence. The same thing is sometimes done in sports competitions, as with the National Football League and Major League Baseball. It also would be a letdown to see any of the top performers from the season eliminated in the quarterfinals.

          • Dave, I bet your last sentence describes the decider for this choice having been made — which choice would lower ratings the most: a) are some people not going to watch until after the heavy-hitters get involved or b) are some people going to quit watching if all [maybe even any] heavy-hitters get eliminated early? I don’t think the percentages would have been huge either way, but believe “b” would have been more likely than “a”.

  17. In his quarterfinal, Eric capitalized by drawing, going all in, and correctly responding to both DDs early in DJ. Andrew did the same thing to defeat Eric in this semifinal. Andrew’s and Eric’s Coryats today were close: $17,800 to $17,000. The DDs clearly were the main determining factor.

    • Robert Fawkes | November 11, 2022 at 6:10 pm |

      Is that what Andy means by saying, “Jeopardy! as it is right now, at this level, is a solved game”? Seems to be saying go big on DD’s as they are easier than FJ. Then, you don’t have to worry so much about FJ. I’m not sure what it means to say that “Jeopardy!…is a solved game.” Can anyone clarify?

      • I’m basically making reference to the fact that I believe that perfectly optimal play has been determined—try to find the Daily Doubles, bet as much as possible on them, and hope to make Final irrelevant.

        • Michael Johnston | November 11, 2022 at 7:07 pm |

          This is what James demonstrated. Three and a half years later, people are still digesting it.

    • Reminds me of Checkers. It used to be a game, now it is not. If you move first in Checkers you win. Risky move for Andrew and it proves he was “playing to win”, instead of “playing to not lose”.

      • It makes even more sense new TOC format. There is no penalty to be carried over to the the next game. The “wild card” tempered the DD and FJ wagers and the 2 day final format did the same

  18. Five super champions in this tournament. More than any other season. Collectively, they won 1 game.

    Story line I think everyone wanted to see was Matt, Amy and Mattea going head to head to head. But story line of Andrew getting another chance against Amy. And Sam as an undefeated champ (so far anyway). Hoping we see a Final that goes deep into next week (at least). GOAT Tournament went 4 games (James had chance to push it to 5 but missed the last FJ). Would be fun to see a game with multiple players with a chance to win the tournament.

    Amy has a chance to pass Matt for all-time Jeopardy winnings. We shall see.

  19. Pizza Face Fred | November 11, 2022 at 11:28 pm |

    I would never have arrived at any kind of garden from the words “royal estate.” My thoughts were concentrated on some kind of physical structure, one that wasn’t on the list of usual Jeopardy! “London Locale” suspects. I haven’t watched Monday’s episode yet, so I still have a chance to pick up one Final for the week. If not, at least I know I’m not alone. Misery loves company . . .

    • The “helped move quinine-producing cinchona plants from South America to India” seemed to indicate to me a (scientifically maintained) garden or big greenhouse.

      Are you sure you were not subconsciously equating “estate” to “manor house” (so a physical structure like a mansion or castle)? Synonyms for manor actually do include estate AND land [though I feel that people typically think of a manor as a fancy structure to live in, not the land it is on], so technically your thinking wan’t outright wrong, just an unhelpful tangent to the thought needed. [Kew Palace is the smallest of the British royal palaces and was originally built by a Dutch merchant with a Flemish construction that gives it a Dutch appearance, so that may be why it is seldom thought about as one of the British royal palaces.]

      • Pizza Face Fred | November 13, 2022 at 12:01 pm |

        Actually, Lisa, now that I’ve had time to reread it, “helped move quinine-producing cinchona plants from South America to India” makes me think it was an estate in a British colony in South America, haha. But, then again, no. The category’s “London” Locales. Doesn’t matter anyway. I’ve never heard of Kew Gardens . . .

        • Kew Gardens did sound just the tiniest bit familiar to me, do I don’t think I can say that I have never heard of it, but I suspect that I have only heard it barely mentioned in some TV Show like Dr. Who or Sherlock or Prime Suspect or whatever.

  20. This question is completely irrelevant but I figured I’d ask since it’s that time of year…..ToC time of course. As we all know, in the previous ToC format your Thursday score would carry over and get added to Friday. If you had a negative score after Thursday’s DJ round and didn’t participate in FJ, would that negative score be added to your Friday score?

  21. I’ve never heard of this place. It doesn’t surprise me that Mattea, Eric, and Andrew were just as mystified. But it didn’t matter anyway, because of Andrew’s BALLSY Holzhauerian bets. Honestly, that’s how you SHOULD handle a DD if you have confidence in the category, and I’m surprised we don’t see it more often. (That said, the second DD was a little too easy here – 1855 + literary sisters made it quite obvious.)

    Looking forward to this finals grudge match! Andrew He gets his wish: A rematch with Amy Schneider. Honestly, if things hadn’t shaken out the way they did, Andrew He could’ve had Amy’s entire win streak. Remember he had a lead on her going into FJ, but put the wrong New York island down for where Alexander Hamilton was buried (I put a different wrong island). And with Sam there, who has great buzzer dexterity, this is anybody’s game. It may not be the Amy/Matt/Mattea showdown a lot of people wanted, but it’s gonna be a great series anyway. I hope it lasts the entire week (or longer). This is one for the ages anyway!

  22. Andy,

    On your Daily Double Efficiency rating system, this goes down as the greatest daily double performance ever. Nice to have that in such a high-profile game.

  23. “Go all in in case Andrew Clavins.”

    I love this suggestion.

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