Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, November 14, 2022

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Geogra-Flee) for Monday, November 14, 2022 (Season 39, Game 46):

In July 2022 the ousted President of this country fled west across the Indian Ocean to the Maldives

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Sam Buttrey, an associate professor of operations research at the Naval Postgraduate School from Pacific Grove, California
Sam Buttrey on Jeopardy!
Andrew He, a software developer from San Francisco, California
Andrew He on Jeopardy!
Amy Schneider, a writer from Oakland, California
Amy Schneider on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

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Correct response: What is Sri Lanka?

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Amid mass protests over an economic crisis and inflation of over 50% in Sri Lanka, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigned and fled the country, entering a self-imposed exile. His first stop was the Maldives, whose capital, Male, is just under 500 miles from Sri Lanka. From Male, Rajapaksa went to Singapore; he returned to Sri Lanka in September, ending his exile.

This is a good Tournament of Champions-level current events clue; I am curious to see if our players had been paying attention to world news.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: At The Mall Of America; The Southern Hemisphere; Top Of The Morning!; Shark Tank; Streakers; From “D” To “O”)

All three players got off to a good start, picking up 5 correct responses apiece; however, it was Andrew who had the lead after 15, courtesy of (surprise, surprise) a True Daily Double. After the break, Amy had the best time of things, rebounding from a Sam mistake and picking up that rebound (and six other correct responses) to take a slim lead into Double Jeopardy!

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Andrew 5 correct 0 incorrect
Sam 5 correct 1 incorrect
Amy 5 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Amy 12 correct 1 incorrect
Sam 9 correct 2 incorrect
Andrew 7 correct 1 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Your U.S. History Test; Primed For Prime Numbers; Poetry; Foreign Words & Phrases; We’Re In It; The Long Hall)

The Daily Doubles got found midway through the round—Andrew jumped into the lead by doubling up on the second one, but Sam missed his for $6,000 to fall back down. Meanwhile, Amy went on a charge (and Sam a minor one) to make sure that Game #1 wasn’t a runaway! Scores going into Final were Andrew at $18,800, Amy at $14,600, and Sam at $12,000.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Andrew 15 correct 1 incorrect
Amy 19 correct 1 incorrect
Sam 20 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 12 (0 today).

Andrew and Sam were correct in Final—Andrew takes Game 1, but he needs two more wins. Game 2 is tomorrow!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, November 14, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Andrew $18,800
Amy $14,600
Sam $12,000

Tonight’s results:

Sam $12,000 + $0 = $12,000 (What is Sri Lanka?)
Amy $14,600 – $10,000 = $4,600 (What is Indonesia?)
Andrew $18,800 + $10,401 = $29,201 (What is Sri Lanka?) (1 win)

Andrew He, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 14, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Amy $5,000
Sam $4,800
Andrew $4,200

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE $800 (clue #13)
Andrew 1800 +1800 (Amy 400 Sam 3000)
2) POETRY $800 (clue #13)
Andrew 7800 +7800 (Amy 6600 Sam 12000)
3) FOREIGN WORDS & PHRASES $1600 (clue #16, $17200 left on board)
Sam 13200 -6000 (Amy 6600 Andrew 16800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 155

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Andrew 3.60
Sam 2.92
Amy 2.14

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 12 (0.26 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Andrew $10,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Sam $18,000 Coryat, 20 correct, 3 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Amy $14,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,400
Lach Trash: $5,800 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,800

Amy Schneider, career statistics:

1398 correct, 89 incorrect
65/79 on rebound attempts (on 170 rebound opportunities)
51.48% in first on buzzer (1286/2498)
68/78 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $215,200)
29/44 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,968

Andrew He, career statistics:

222 correct, 27 incorrect
15/17 on rebound attempts (on 33 rebound opportunities)
39.96% in first on buzzer (205/513)
13/18 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $67,200)
4/9 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,844

Sam Buttrey, career statistics:

178 correct, 15 incorrect
11/12 on rebound attempts (on 27 rebound opportunities)
41.85% in first on buzzer (167/399)
5/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,600)
5/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,257

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

Andrew He: 60.561%
Amy Schneider: 27.948%
Sam Buttrey: 11.491%

Chances of 3 games: 13.657%
Chances of 4 games: 24.419%
Chances of 5 games: 29.929%
Chances of 6 games: 21.866%
Chances of 7 games: 10.129%

Today’s interviews:

Sam has been a fan of Jeopardy! since the Art Fleming days.
Andrew rented a cabin in the woods with some of his winnings.
Amy got to meet Billie Jean King at the US Open.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • The Daily Doubles remained king today—Andrew won because of those in spite of being third-best on the signaling device.
  • Today’s box score: November 14, 2022 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Andrew $18,800 Amy $14,600 Sam $12,000)

Amy: Because of the difference in scores, you’re in Stratton’s Dilemma. If you cover Sam, you won’t stay ahead of Andrew if you’re both incorrect. Either go all-in to force Andrew to cover or bet between $1,001 and $2,599 (thereby staying ahead of Sam’s current total, while covering some of his low range.) (Actual bet: $10,000)

Andrew: Standard cover bet over Amy is $10,401.(Actual bet: $10,401)

Sam: Bet between $2,600 (so as to force Amy to make a bet) and $3,599 (so as to keep ahead of Andrew’s score if he covers Amy and is incorrect. (Actual bet: $0)

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32 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, November 14, 2022"

  1. Today’s was a super-easy current events question. I expect a triple get on this one.

  2. Michael Johnston | November 14, 2022 at 9:18 am |

    Cute Category name 😐
    I wasted several seconds struggling to remember the ex-president’s name before I realized they only needed Sri Lanka 😅

    • Robert Fawkes | November 14, 2022 at 6:42 pm |

      Fortunately, they only asked for the country, as it came to me immediately. Had they asked for the name of the President, I never would have gotten it, especially, if it had to be spelled correctly, lol.

  3. This should be a triple solve.

  4. They keep giving clues about South Asia-related topics. It makes it possible for me to get them.

    I wonder if the contestants got what the topic was about before the clue was given, “Geogra-Flee” does not immediately mean anything!

    • Michael Johnston | November 14, 2022 at 11:32 am |

      Yeah… It makes sense in hindsight, but it does not lend itself to easy interpretation before the clue is read, and it looks like this is the first time it has been used?

      • My memory is not deep enough to state if this is the first time – I agree it is a cute category name, and contestants may get it as immigration, refugee, and asylum related.

        • Agreed. I think they should use it again in a future regular Jeopardy! with clues pertaining to the subjects you mentioned.

  5. It seems that when people here say that the responses to FJ will be a triple get, most of those times, it’s not. This is real current all right, but I did not have any idea!!

    • real current indeed, considering this game was taped on 9/21.
      So only 71 days after the dude fled.

  6. Amy seems to have a weak area in South Asian geography! Bangladesh in her last regular season game, and now Sri Lanka.

    Andrew got the right island this time in this showdown with Amy 🙂

    • Yes, again Andrew led Amy going into the final jeopardy just as he did in their initial regular game. He got a tough draw in this TOC but made it to the finals.

  7. The gutsy gameplay of Andrew certainly serves him well in this tournament, the wagering of Sam doesn’t do much for me unless it was a standard 2 game total affair.

    • I don’t know how you say that considering that even with Andrew doubling up twice, and Sam “only” betting slightly under half of his total at the time, Sam would have won the game if he simply had gotten that DD correct. Additionally, even with his incorrect answer at a late stage in the game, he was still in the game for FJ.

      This is why I don’t understand how Andy’s simulations worked out such a low percentage for Sam to win. I don’t think that Andrew will continue to land on the DD’s at such a high rate (5 out of 6 in two games) while getting the least number of questions correct (as he did in this specific game). I think there will be a reversion to the mean and with that, Andrew can’t win the way he won either of his two games in the tourney.

      • Average $ gained on Daily Doubles, per game, career:
        Andrew $7,467
        Amy $4,891
        Sam $657

        This has been a tournament of Daily Doubles. As was 2021. And 2019. And 2017. And 2015.

      • I should have said his wagering in final jeopardy. Sorry I didn’t specify that. I was fine with his daily double wager. My theory in final jeopardy is assume the others at this stage will know their stuff.

        • going into FJ in 3rd place, if the others “know their stuff”, he doesn’t really have a chance. So he wagered on the chance that it ended up being a triple stumper. Which if that had been the case, he would have won.

          • This is another “what if” situation what if Amy bet nothing? My theory is to bet enough to be ahead of Andrew in case they decide by some off chance to wager nothing. This is just my thoughts on betting and probably not right.

  8. This should be an easy get as I pretty much got this one. Happy to see Sam and Andrew getting this one as well. Andrew made a great move in the daily doubles which gives him a good comfortable lead at the moment.

  9. I was able to work out the correct response by knowing what was East of the Maldives, but am I the only one here feeling like a total rube? At first, I was like, where the heck is “Geogra”…thinking there was a place, perhaps pronounced ghee-oh-grah. Then, I was like, oooohhhh, it’s a play on words. The coin dropped a little late today…need some coffee…

    • Definitely one that works better hearing it than reading it. It took me a minute to figure it out when seeing it.

      Somehow, I was completely oblivious to the current events aspects of this FJ clue. The geography was enough for me to pull the correct response, though, so I’ll take it.

  10. Yes, it was all about the Daily Doubles. Otherwise, Sam actually was the strongest player today.

    • Someone commented in the past that they thought Sam’s age could affect him negatively on buzzer response due to aging reflexes. Since he is not old enough to have much declined relexes, I thought at the time that a tiny bit of decline could actually be a plus as buzzing in too soon (which locks you out for a [split?-]second) seems to be a bigger problem for most contestants than the problem of not being conscious of the correct response fast enough to be first on the buzzer.

      • Robert Fawkes | November 14, 2022 at 6:54 pm |

        I was happy to see that buzzer response timing was not a problem for Sam today. In fact, Sam was highest of the three on “in first on buzzer.” As Eric pointed out when I first commented on muscle twitch, “Sam held his own on the buzzer against Matt.” He did so again today against two younger opponents. Had Sam gotten that DD correct, he would have been the winner today and up one game against the others. Great game all around today. Congrats to all participants.

        • When one ToC contestant is first to buzz in, it is usually impossible to tell if it was partially due to another contestant having been too quick on the buzzer and locked out. It is more obvious in regular play as you can often see players becoming frustrated trying to buzz in and not making it, but especially in Celebrity Jeopardy! where they often act like they really believe they got a bum buzzer!

          Though I have not yet tried to look this up, I believe Andy has made some reference to there now being statistics on buzzer response that doesn’t ONLY count the one successful buzz per question (or two if a rebound occurred), so you can tell how many thought they knew the correct response. If so, do those statistics include how many too-soon/locked-out buzzes there were?

          I think it would be great if there were lights on their podiums (where only the audience can see AND where only each contestant can see) that will flash green if a person is THE successful buzz-er, red if they buzzed too soon, and yellow for “not too soon, but not first”. [Of course if they buzzed too soon but quickly buzzed again after un-locked, the red and the green (or yellow) light would come on] That would remove some of the mystery of how fast one must buzz in and also show who didn’t choose to try.

  11. Sam doesn’t seem to hunt for daily doubles, which could really hurt him when playing a daily double beast like Andrew. This tournament seems really close and I could see it going 7!

  12. Andrew realizes that he has to be aggressive on betting to have a chance against Amy and Sam. I knew where the country had to be and may have guessed it, but I didn’t know it. When people here claim it should be a triple get, I feel it is just a humblebrag. Sam continues to be amazing. Given Amy’s unbelievable resume, this is a crazy and unexpectedly competitive championship. Can’t wait for tomorrow.

    • Unexpectedly competitive? What? Andrew had a lead over Amy after regular play in their first game, only to lose to her in FJ by putting the wrong New York island. Andrew is the favorite here, not Amy. He’s one of very few people capable of beating her and we knew that coming into the tournament.

      • Yes, but even champions have a bad day or a bad match for the categories. Amy was both dominant and consistent. I don’t think individual matches mean that much except in terms of buzzer speed.

    • I get your point about humblebrag, but to me it seems the exact opposite — that people REALLY think “if I got it, then it MUST BE pretty well known. Or in the case of ToC play, “if EVEN I got it, surely all these REALLY knowledgeable people will get it.”

  13. bill vollmer | November 16, 2022 at 2:26 pm |

    As was to be expected, this was a very competitive game. As Andy analyzed, it was the Daily Doubles that gave Andrew a slight advantage going into Final Jeopardy.
    Andrew, like me, must’ve remembered reading about the event talked about in this game’s Final Jeopardy, Sam seems to be well versed in geography. Amy,after she had written her response, realized that the correct response was Sri Lanka-too late to change her response.

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