Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, November 22, 2022

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Musical Theater) for Tuesday, November 22, 2022 (Season 39, Game 52):

The pair at the center of tumult in this long-running show were originally going to be a Jewish girl & a Catholic boy

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Etienne Lepine, a software engineer from Lafayette, Colorado
Etienne Lepine on Jeopardy!
David Stiasny, a pediatrician from Highland Park, Illinois
David Stiasny on Jeopardy!
Cris Pannullo, a customer success operations manager from Ocean City, New Jersey (11-day total: $356,702)
Cris Pannullo on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

The Tournament of Champions is over, as Jeopardy! returns to regular play. Fortunately, its homepage had the important contestant information on it—and the dead tree New York Times had a fresh Clue of the Day. I’m sure the website will return to its normal self by the end of the week. Cris Pannullo returns as an 11-day champion after an exactly two-month taping layoff; he won his first eleven games on three consecutive days (August 8–10), while the remainder of this week’s episodes appear to have been taped on October 10. (The taping times as per On Camera Audiences, with the “afternoon” session starting at 1:00 instead of the usual 2:00, certainly appear to imply a four-episode taping week and not a five.) Today’s challengers are Chicago-area pediatrician Dave Stiasny and Colorado’s Etienne Lepine.

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Correct response: What is West Side Story?

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Jerome Robbins’s first envisioning of the famous musical West Side Story was actually “East Side Story”—a story, set during Easter/Passover, with a Jewish girl as “Juliet” and an Italian Catholic as “Romeo”, set in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. However, the project got shelved when they realized that it was too similar to the 1920s show Abie’s Irish Rose, and with gang turf wars in the headlines, it got recentered to feature rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, and a Polish Catholic man and a Puerto Rican woman.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Health & Medicine; Soccer’S World Cup In The 21St Century; Rhyming Phrases; Who Lives In…; A Pineapple; Under The “C”)

The opening part of the game was dominated by Cris and David, the two of them went head-to-head, barely letting Etienne get in! Things turned a little bit when David got the Daily Double incorrect and Cris had double David’s score after 30 clues.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Cris 9 correct 0 incorrect
David 6 correct 0 incorrect
Etienne 0 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Cris 13 correct 0 incorrect
David 12 correct 1 incorrect
Etienne 4 correct 0 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: That Was Quite A Year; Stories Of The South; Rsvp To My Political Party; Buildings; Batman Villains; Vocabulary Words)

Etienne doubled up through the first Daily Double; Cris found the last one on clue 14 and added $5,000 to nearly put the game away. From there, David played gamely, but couldn’t break Cris’s runaway. Going into the Final, Cris had $29,400, David $10,400, and Etienne $8,400.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Cris 27 correct 0 incorrect
David 18 correct 1 incorrect
Etienne 9 correct 0 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 12 (0 today).

Only Etienne got Final correct today, but Cris had enough before Final to take down win #12. He’ll go for 13 tomorrow!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, November 22, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Cris $29,400
David $10,400
Etienne $8,400

Tonight’s results:

Etienne $8,400 + $8,400 = $16,800 (What is West Side Story?)
David $10,400 – $6,401 = $3,999 (What is Fiddler on the Roof?)
Cris $29,400 – $5,221 = $24,179 (What is Toni + Tina’s Wedding) (12-day total: $380,881)

Cris Pannullo, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 22, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Cris $8,800
David $4,400
Etienne $1,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) WHO LIVES IN… $1000 (clue #17)
David 5400 -2600 (Cris 7400 Etienne 0)
2) RSVP TO MY POLITICAL PARTY $800 (clue #5)
Etienne 2400 +2400 (Cris 12000 David 4800)
3) THAT WAS QUITE A YEAR $1600 (clue #14, $19200 left on board)
Cris 17200 +5000 (David 4800 Etienne 7600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 81

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Cris 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 3 3
David 5 5 4 3 5 5 5*

DJ! Round:
Cris 4 3 4 3 5 4 3 4*
David 4
Etienne 1 2* 1 2 2

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Cris 3.72
Etienne 1.60
David 4.50

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 12 (0.23 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Cris $26,000 Coryat, 27 correct, 0 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer (26/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Etienne $6,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 0 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
David $13,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $45,800
Lach Trash: $7,200 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $1,000

Cris Pannullo, career statistics:

359 correct, 26 incorrect
22/23 on rebound attempts (on 52 rebound opportunities)
47.35% in first on buzzer (322/680)
25/28 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $82,700)
7/12 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,933

David Stiasny, career statistics:

18 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,000

Etienne Lepine, career statistics:

10 correct, 0 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,400)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,800

Cris Pannullo, to win:

13 games: 91.744%
14: 84.171%
15: 77.222%
16: 70.847%
17: 64.998%
Avg. streak: 23.113 games.

Today’s interviews:

Etienne has two grandmothers who have lived past their 100th birthday.
David was a male model—for ugly Christmas sweaters.
Cris wagers in Final end in 221 because Feb. 21 is his girlfriend Heather’s birthday.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • With 359, Cris moves past Frank Spangenberg for 19th overall in terms of number of correct responses on the show. Chuck Forrest is 18th at 374.
  • Today’s box score: November 22, 2022 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Cris $29,400 David $10,400 Etienne $8,400)

Cris: Bet no more than $8,599 and enjoy your victory! (Actual bet: $5,221)

David: Standard cover bet over Etienne is $6,401. (Actual bet: $6,401)

Etienne: Limit your bet to $4,399, that way, you’re guaranteed 2nd if David is incorrect and he covers you. (Actual bet: $8,400)

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, November 22, 2022"

  1. The postseason was great, but I’m kind of glad it’s over just because I can watch Cris again! 🙂

    And I got Final almost immediately… maybe a sign of good luck for him? (I’ve totally jinxed everything with that comment, haven’t I?)

  2. Michael Johnston | November 22, 2022 at 9:16 am | Reply

    tch I’ve never heard that bit of background before. Like a lot of people I am only familiar with the ’61 film.

    Current FJ streak: 1L

  3. This final was super easy for me because west side story is a favorite if mine!

  4. I jumped when I saw the category! An easy get for me. West Side Story is one of my favorite classical musicals.

  5. Got it quickly. Hoping it’s not a fluke just because we’re no longer in TOC mode. 🤔

  6. If it hadn’t been ‘Musical Theatre’, I would have said Bridget Loves Bernie (which was a Jewish man and a Catholic woman). As it was, I went straight to West Side Story.

  7. It seems that the difficulty level is now back to normal after the ToC. Even I got it immediately.

  8. I’ve read west side story back in high school. Super easy final for me. Happy to see Cris winning again and I am glad Etienne got this final since we are no longer in the TOC mode anymore

    • Not sure what you mean. Just checking, thanks

    • I got it, too. Though I have never seen or read it, one certainly sees clips over the decades and it just made sense that it was likely the one.

      Just curious why one would READ ‘West Side Story’? The music and dancing was presumably the main draw for the stage musical and the movie and I’ve always heard that the love story mostly mimicked ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

      • I’ve stopped questioning Lou 🙂

        • Pizza Face Fred | November 22, 2022 at 11:10 pm | Reply

          I took the clue a step further, changing the characters to two men, after reading the words “pair” and “tumult,” having seen an ill-fated version of “The Odd Couple” on Broadway in the ’80s . . .

  9. For a lighter fare, I fully agree with Ken about pineapple on pizza!

    • Well, not on just any kind of pizza, but I agree that on some kinds it is delicious. On the kinds of pizza that I like it on, I order a double topping of pineapple. My favorite is a kind I have to make myself — “country” sausage (rather than Italian), onion, and pineapple.

  10. Wow, this final was super easy for me. My parents took me to see “West Side Story” at the Winter Garden Theater in the late 1950’s. Sometime after that, my young friends and I invented our own game of Jets and Sharks. My first little red-haired girlfriend and I were Maria and Tony. 🙂 Those were the days.

    Glad to see Chris continuing on the winning track after the longish delay. The break didn’t seem to affect him adversely.

  11. I reaaly didn’t have a clue about today’s final. Shrugged and guessed Grease. Which was obviously quite wrong. When West Side Story was revealed to be the correct response, it made absolute sense.

  12. I couldn’t think of anything that wasn’t West Side Story, so I’m glad to have been correct. Maybe I expected something tougher after the TOC, but then I realized it was most likely that obvious answer.

    Feels nice to be back to earth. Curious if Cris has brushed up on anything he was deficient in before his break. He certainly didn’t have a problem today, though I think missing the Daily Double shattered David’s confidence.

    P. S. I like the new stat about row selection. It will show how much that matters.

  13. No to pineapple on pizza but I don’t like pepperoni on pizza either. Lisa, your version does sound good though. For final my immediate thought was The Fantastics because it was the longest running musical. So great to see Cris again.

  14. Did all the contestants think that “Rhode Island is the first colony to nix its British allegiance;” etc. was a trick 2nd-row-level clue? (because 1776 is so obvious of a guess)

  15. As a nonagenarian, I first thought of Abies Irish Rose! But it wasn’t a musical and I quickly decided it was West Side Story!
    Abies Irish Rose was on Broadway and later made into a film in the ’40s.

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