Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, November 21, 2022

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Plays) for Monday, November 21, 2022 (Season 39, Game 51):

The January 12, 1864 Washington Evening Star reported on a performance of this “dashing comedy” to “a full and delighted house”

(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 (1 win)
Sam Buttrey on Jeopardy!
Andrew He, a software developer from San Francisco, California (2 wins)
Andrew He on Jeopardy!
Amy Schneider, a writer from Oakland, California (2 wins)
Amy Schneider on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

After Friday’s game, I was worried that Amy was going to be knocked off her game by her Final Jeopardy! wager in Game 5—for what it’s worth, the show broke for lunch between Game 5 & 6. However, now that she has specifically said on Twitter, “I knew there was an outcome where that wager cost me the entire tournament, and I’d resolved that even if that happened, I wouldn’t let it haunt me”, I think that Amy will come out with the same resolve in Game 6 that she came out with in Games 4 and 5. The way this tournament has gone and how everyone has played, I just get the sense that Amy is going to be in the driver’s seat, and I feel like the situation is going to break in her direction at some point in the last two games, and that things will work out for her to take the tournament down.

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Correct response: What is Our American Cousin?

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FORD’S THEATER.—Tom Taylor’s dashing comedy, entitled “Our American Cousin”, will be performed tonight again at Ford’s. Mr. John T. Raymond will appear as “Asa Trenchard”, and he will be ably supported by Mr. Ford’s line stock company. This play was performed last night, and to a full and delighted house, and there is no doubt it will be equally attractive tonight. Tomorrow night Mrs. D. P. Bowers appears. Such was the report from Page 3 of the Washington Evening Star of Tuesday, January 12, 1864. The most famous performance of the play in American history took place at Ford’s Theater on April 14, 1865; it was during that performance where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in the Presidential booth at the theater.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Welcome To The New Millennium; Sports; Abbreviated Jobs; Gestures; Writers & Their Works; Numerical Terms)

All three players got off to a good start; Sam found the Daily Double; unfortunately, he could not get it correct and fell back to $0. Amy and Andrew ended up with 10 correct responses in the round, but Amy held a tiny lead after 30 clues.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Andrew 6 correct 0 incorrect
Amy 4 correct 0 incorrect
Sam 4 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Amy 10 correct 0 incorrect
Andrew 10 correct 0 incorrect
Sam 9 correct 3 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Bodies Of Water; Films By Tagline; Let’s Do The Math; “P.J.”S; Hegel; With Cream Cheese)

Double Jeopardy! saw Sam find both Daily Doubles and get them both correct to take the lead. Unfortunately, Sam took three crucial incorrect responses on the way to the finish line to leave him in third place. Meanwhile, a tight battle between Amy and Andrew was only cemented on the 28th clue of the round, with Amy holding a very slim lead going into Final. Scores going into Final were Amy at $15,600, Andrew at $14,200, and Sam at $8,000.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Amy 19 correct 1 incorrect
Andrew 17 correct 2 incorrect
Sam 19 correct 6 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 12 (0 today).

Andrew and Amy both got Final correct—there was some suspense as we waited to see if Amy made the cover bet today—and she did! Amy Schneider has won the 30th of Champions.

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, November 21, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Amy $15,600
Andrew $14,200
Sam $8,000

Tonight’s results:

Sam $8,000 – $8,000 = $0 (What is “Our Mutual Friend”?) (1 win, $50,000)
Andrew $14,200 + $2,801 = $17,001 (What is Our American Cousin?) (2 wins, $100,000)
Amy $15,600 + $13,000 = $28,600 (What is Our American Cousin?) (Champion, 3 wins, $250,000)

Amy Schneider, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 21, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Amy $6,400
Andrew $5,800
Sam $1,400

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) WRITERS & THEIR WORKS $800 (clue #10)
Sam 2600 -2600 (Amy 800 Andrew 4200)
2) BODIES OF WATER $1200 (clue #1)
Sam 1400 +2000 (Amy 6400 Andrew 5800)
3) FILMS BY TAGLINE $1600 (clue #10, $22400 left on board)
Sam 7000 +3000 (Amy 8000 Andrew 6200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 43

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Amy 2 5
Andrew 5 5 5 4 3
Sam 4 5 4*

DJ! Round:
Amy 5
Andrew 2
Sam 3* 3 4 1 4 5 3 4*

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Amy 4.00
Andrew 4.00
Sam 3.64

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 12 (0.24 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Amy $15,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Andrew $14,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Sam $8,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 6 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,200
Lach Trash: $6,400 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,400

Amy Schneider, career statistics:

1505 correct, 99 incorrect
71/87 on rebound attempts (on 192 rebound opportunities)
49.80% in first on buzzer (1386/2783)
70/82 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $217,200)
32/49 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,971

Andrew He, career statistics:

298 correct, 42 incorrect
17/20 on rebound attempts (on 50 rebound opportunities)
35.21% in first on buzzer (281/798)
19/25 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $84,400)
5/14 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,571

Sam Buttrey, career statistics:

263 correct, 34 incorrect
13/15 on rebound attempts (on 40 rebound opportunities)
37.87% in first on buzzer (259/684)
8/11 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $13,000)
6/12 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,183

Today’s interviews:

Sam wants to thank the Jeopardy! crew.
Andrew wants to thank his opponents, his girlfriend, and his parents.
Amy wants to thank everyone at Jeopardy!, her mother, and her wife.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Amy $15,600 Andrew $14,200 Sam $8,000)

Amy: Standard cover bet over Andrew is $12,801. (Actual bet: $13,000)

Andrew: You’re probably safe to limit your bet today to $1,801. If you’re really worried about Amy not covering, you could go all-in, though a bet of $6,199 still keeps your advantage over Sam. (Actual bet: $2,801)

Sam: You need to bet at least $4,401, just in case Andrew bets small. Limit your bet to $5,199 so you stay ahead of Amy in case she covers. (Actual bet: $8,000)

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41 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, November 21, 2022"

  1. I know it usually jinxes the contestants, but I’m going with a triple solve today.

    • Michael Johnston | November 21, 2022 at 9:20 am |

      Jinx! You owe me a soda!😅

      • Okay…but only because you called it soda and not pop 🙂 I always have to think twice as to whether it’s ‘my’ american cousin or ‘our’ american cousin, but remembered correctly this time. Most people forget (or never knew) that Friday, April 14th, 1865 was Good Friday (and Passover).

        • I was the same way about the My/Our. Since Andrew would have wound up ahead of Sam anyway, I felt OK in saying that it is funny that Sam remembered the “Our” but was mistaken about the rest. [Since ‘Our Mutual Friend’ was written by Dickens in 1864-1865, it could not have been being performed in 1864 and 1865, but it would be amazing if Sam thought of it (or mixed the two up) because he knew 1864-1865 was associated with ‘Our Mutual Friend’.] I actually expected them all to get it right.

  2. Michael Johnston | November 21, 2022 at 9:19 am |

    Not that difficult, although I had to think a bit to recall the title.

    I’m anxious to see what happens in today’s game. Although I like all three contestants, I must confess that Andrew has become my favorite just because he felt like the underdog at the beginning of the Finals. Good luck to all!

    • I would say then it was difficult. Imagine trying to summon it up with the pressure of the clock ticking and a lot of money on the line.

  3. A “Triple Solve” idea again today. And that tells me that not all players will get it. But I hope Sam wins so that this tournament goes into a seventh and final game. In my opinion Sam has been the underdog this entire tournament.

  4. Marjie Kennedy | November 21, 2022 at 12:48 pm |

    I thought it was My American Cousin!!!

  5. Debbie Stover | November 21, 2022 at 1:14 pm |

    I’m so happy Amy won.

    • Me, too! And she didn’t dominate the buzzer to do it, either. [After earlier speculation that his reflexes might not be as good as his younger opponents, Sam might have had a better score today had he not been so good on the buzzer!] Amy maintained her low error rate — now 6.17%! [Only 5% in today’s game. In today’s game Andrew had a 10% error rate and Sam a 24% error rate.]

  6. Michael Johnston | November 21, 2022 at 1:16 pm |

    Vive la reine!🎉 Congratulations to Andrew and Sam for a well-played match!

    Now back to the usual M-F games😐😅

  7. Glad this was a doable Final Jeopardy clue that I know and that the players knew (Sam basically got it too?). I’m going to need a couple days to recover from Andrew’s loss to Amy again. Ah! Congrats to all!

    • I wouldn’t say that Sam choosing a novel written by Charles Dicken’s in that time frame is basically getting it 🙂

      • I agree — see my earlier reply to MarkO. But I get what I think Serena was trying to say, that it was clear that the situation was NOT that Sam had no idea what the clue was referring to, that he DID realize it was a reference to earlier performances [probably the ‘opening’ as it was reviewed] of the same play where Lincoln was shot while attending over a year later but that he just couldn’t QUITE remember what play that was.

  8. Congrats to Amy winning in a nail biter of a game. I can’t believe after all of this they still only had $250,000 as the top prize. I for sure figured this would be a tournament with $500,000 for first, 200 or 150k for second, and 100 or 75k for third.

  9. I want to congratulate amy on winning the tournament of champions. especially to Sam and Andrew for a well played match so far. This game has worked in her favor so far and she came out on top. I also knew this one. Now then we should be back to Cris trying to win more to try and tie Seth Wilson

  10. Andrew did well to ALMOST keep pace with Amy. Unfortunately, with Sam gobbling up all of the Daily Doubles, Andrew’s biggest strength–his strategic playstyle–was neutralized.

    I really hope the show brings him back for future tournaments, even though he is not a TOC champ and his streak was not a legendary one. He is one of the best players I have ever watched.

    One question for Andy (or anyone else who has a better memory than me): when did they start immediately ruling contestants incorrect for only providing the last name on an initials category? That ruling against Andrew on the $1,600 clue proved absolutely crucial–he was only down $1400 heading into FJ.

    I thought I remembered Matt Amodio getting away with this in a similar category in the past, and sure enough, in his October 4, 2021 game, they accepted “Young” (C.Y.) “Koufax”(S.K.) and “Henderson” (R.H) for the category “Baseball Hall of Famers by Initials”. There may be other examples. It strikes me that as a very strategic player, Andrew correctly answered Johnson based on this precedent. It is always better to answer last name only rather than risk a first name where one is unnecessary, and to only provide that first name when prompted. In this case though, there was no prompt. Any idea what the justification for this was?

    • Ken gave the justification on air. Because “P.J.” was in quotation marks, and he gave an example when reading the category, the response needed to have both halves.

  11. Jonathan Farley | November 21, 2022 at 3:10 pm |

    This is my first comment.
    My name is Jonathan Farley. I always check the results on this website every day.
    Anyways, with Amy winning, she became the first transgender contestant to win a tournament, the first woman to win a tournament in the post-Trebek era, the fourth woman to win the Tournament of Champions, the first woman to win a tournament since Claire Sattler in the 2018 Teen Tournament, and the first woman to win the Tournament of Champions since Celeste DiNucci in 2007.

  12. This is ridiculous! All three winners are from the San Francisco Bay Area yet tonight’s Final Jeopardy will be blacked out for the NFL 49ers game! If we want to watch it we can do so at 3 am! ABC also blocked us out on Nov 8 for elections!

    • If they have any sense they will air tonight’s episode Tuesday night and air Tuesday night’s episode at 3am Wednesday! But since when do local TV stations exhibit much sense?

  13. Matthew Yothers | November 21, 2022 at 3:40 pm |

    Wow, for the first time in 15 years, we have a female Tournament of Champions winner.

  14. Well-deserved victory by Amy. She was the consistently strongest player, and among the best ever on Jeopardy.

  15. I haven’t ever felt like this watching Jeopardy. That was as exciting as it’s ever been for me. Really, I’m happy for Amy, but I’d have been happy for Andrew or Sam also. Really, I like all three of them, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing them again if there’s a special. Which they may do just because of how loaded this field was. Plenty of people that I’d want to see back.

  16. “there’s no real change to the outcome of the event due to Wednesday’s controversial Final.”

    I disagree. I suspect the intent of the statement is “the Final Jeopardy! in Game 3 did not bear on Amy’s victory” — and that’s certainly true. But “the outcome of the event,” in a case like this, certainly includes the runner-up positions, given the amounts and the difference between them. And there, that clue most certainly had a material effect; had Sam’s response been accepted, he has two wins and Andrew one, reversing their final finishing positions.

    In show #6112 (2011-03-22)†, Tom Kunzen had his Final response belatedly considered correct, and the show sent him an additional $1000, the difference between third and second in a regular game. That seems a sufficient precedent to award Sam an additional $50,000.

    However, I don’t expect this to come to pass. Based on some other remarks from Amy on Twitter, it seems that the window for any appeal closed the moment Game 4 began; I expect the show to stand on that. (Plus, it’s $50,000, not $1,000.)

  17. Congratulations go out to Amy for winning the TOC. As it turned out, again, this was NOT a triple solve…Almost though. This game will not be shown in the SF Bay Area due to MNF and the 49ers airing on the ABC station where Jeopardy! airs. So tonight’s Jeopardy! game will air at 3 am Tuesday morning. I may get up to watch it. But there are other ways.

    Now we can get back to watching the regular games tomorrow and watching Cris possibly winning his 12th game. I wonder just how long he had to wait to get back into playing the game.

  18. Evangeline Quintana | November 21, 2022 at 7:35 pm |


    • That “low wager” was very deliberate, and excellent strategy on her part. So don’t fret over it.

      • It was and it wasn’t. It protected her against Andrew winning that day, but had she bet larger, she would have won sooner and Andrew could easily have won the last game. Had he not truncated Philip Johnson he would have won and Amy’s conservative play would have looked less excellent.

  19. I had to laugh when Sam stopped himself in DJ from going back to the category where he had already found a DD. I often complain about somebody doing that. Thanks to all three contestants for an awesome tournament, and way to go Amy.

  20. A really amazing game and series. I love how the players in the TOC are always such kindred spirits. Amy continued to be unbelievable and Andrew and Sam pushed her to the end. Andrew was one “Philip” away from winning the whole thing.

    • True, if Andrew had answered Philip Johnson, he would have won the tournament. Contestants often just use the last name to avoid making a mistake on the first name but unfortunately for Andrew the answer had to fit the category.

  21. Congrats to Amy for a well deserved win! Andrew and Sam are also winners, as the three of them were “leaders of the pack” of 21 players!

  22. I didn’t get to see the show because I had to work but I’m so grateful for Andy’s site. This is the first place I looked to find the results. Thanks Andy! And yay, Amy!! I really liked Sam & Andrew but I was rooting for Amy to win once Mattea lost. And now back to Cris!!

    I really enjoy everyone’s comments here and I typically avoid comments on the Internet because they degenerate so quickly. This is a nice community!

    Btw, I was talking to my friend who was on the show for one day, losing to Matt Amodio. She lost by the closest amt to him of anyone else but I guess that’s not what second chance is based on.

  23. Pizza Face Fred | November 21, 2022 at 11:11 pm |

    I thought the name of the play Lincoln was watching and what Booth said after assassinating him is widely known Americana and a little disappointing for a ToC Final. In my mind, Amy stood out as the most consistent player and deserved to win, though they were all worthy contestants.

  24. bill vollmer | November 22, 2022 at 4:49 pm |

    Of course congratulations to Amy on her Championship. I have a quibble about Jeopardy accepting “Las Vegas” Golden Knights on that clue in sports, descibing the “VEGAS” Golden Knights (as they are officially known,) making the Stanley Cup finals in their first of existence. But the acceptance of “Las Vegas” for “Vegas,” didn’t really effect the final outcome.
    As for the Final Jeopardy, if you remembered the detail of what perfromance Lincoln was attending the night of his assasination, it was easy. I did.

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