Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, November 24, 2022

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Southern Colleges) for Thursday, November 24, 2022 (Season 39, Game 54):

To aid transport in poorer nations, in the 1920s grads of this college built makeshift buggies celebrated in their fight song

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Tarun Narasimhan, a data scientist from San Francisco, California
Tarun Narasimhan on Jeopardy!
Megan Burr, a manager of film acquisitions originally from Guntersville, Alabama
Megan Burr on Jeopardy!
Cris Pannullo, a customer success operations manager from Ocean City, New Jersey (13-day total: $416,102)
Cris Pannullo on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Last night on the show, Cris Pannullo picked up victory #13; today he faces Megan Burr and Tarun Narasimhan in an attempt to win game #14. As I also said yesterday, there’s a good chance of widespread pre-emptions today and tomorrow due to alternative programming (generally football or the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade) airing on a number of stations instead of regular programming. Please check your local listings.

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Correct response: What is the Georgia Institute of Technology? (Better known as Georgia Tech)

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According to Georgia Tech’s website itself, “The words and music for Tech’s world-famous “Ramblin’ Wreck” fight song were inspired by an old folk ballad, “The Sons of the Gamboliers.” The name Ramblin’ Wreck gained widespread acceptance in the 1920s, when Tech graduates began building makeshift mechanical buggies to improve a poor transportation system in South America.” The Ramblin’ Wreck, which also serves as one of the school’s mascots, is a 1930 Ford Model A coupe.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Character Actors; 20th Century Campaign Slogans; Revenge Lit; Near The Front Of The Dictionary; Car Accessories; It’s A Thanksgiving Miracle!)

Cris was the only player with a correct response before the opening break. To make matters worse for the challengers, he also found the Daily Double; the slightly early break was probably welcome for our two challengers. Coming out of the break, both Megan and Tarun got out of the hole, but Cris’ lead was nearly $15,000.

Statistics at the first break (14 clues):

Cris 11 correct 0 incorrect
Megan 0 correct 0 incorrect
Tarun 0 correct 2 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Cris 19 correct 0 incorrect
Megan 4 correct 0 incorrect
Tarun 4 correct 2 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Historical Fiction; Simply Gorges; Biology; Stars Of Oscar’s Best Picture; Take The Fifth; Double-T Words)

Cris’s domination of today’s game continued as he picked up both Daily Doubles and another $14,000. The only question by the end of the game was “How high will Cris’s score go?” Going into Final, Cris had a staggering $46,600, to Megan’s $5,000 and Tarun’s $3,400.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Cris 35 correct 1 incorrect
Megan 11 correct 2 incorrect
Tarun 8 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 12 (0 today).

Cris and Tarun got Final correct — Cris bet a staggering $25,221 and won today with a total of over $70,000! He’ll shoot for win #15 tomorrow!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Thursday, November 24, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Cris $46,600
Megan $5,000
Tarun $3,400

Tonight’s results:

Tarun $3,400 + $1,601 = $5,001 (What is Georgia Tech)
Megan $5,000 – $2,000 = $3,000 (What is Auburn?)
Cris $46,600 + $25,221 = $71,821 (What is Georgia Tech) (14-day total: $487,923)

Cris Pannullo, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 24, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Cris $16,200
Megan $1,400
Tarun $600


Opening break taken after: 14 clues

Daily Double locations:

Cris 8200 +5000 (Megan 0 Tarun -1600)
2) HISTORICAL FICTION $2000 (clue #8)
Cris 25400 +5000 (Megan 200 Tarun 600)
3) BIOLOGY $2000 (clue #19, $10400 left on board)
Cris 34000 +9000 (Megan 5400 Tarun 200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 107

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

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

DJ! Round:
Cris 4 4 3 4 3 5 5* 4 4 2 2 3 5*
Megan 4 3 2 1
Tarun 3 3

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Cris 3.89
Tarun 3.00
Megan 2.50

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 12 (0.22 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Cris $32,200 Coryat, 35 correct, 1 incorrect, 54.39% in first on buzzer (31/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Tarun $3,400 Coryat, 8 correct, 3 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Megan $5,000 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,600
Lach Trash: $6,600 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,800

Cris Pannullo, career statistics:

424 correct, 29 incorrect
25/26 on rebound attempts (on 59 rebound opportunities)
47.86% in first on buzzer (380/794)
30/33 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $109,700)
9/14 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,114

Megan Burr, career statistics:

11 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,000

Tarun Narasimhan, career statistics:

9 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,400

Cris Pannullo, to win:

15 games: 92.127%
16: 84.875%
17: 78.193%
18: 72.037%
19: 66.366%
Avg. streak: 25.702 games.

Today’s interviews:

Tarun studied at Oxford and went to the pub that Tolkien and C.S. Lewis frequented.
Megan has made at least 1–2 pies a month over the last four years.
Cris is an account manager.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $71,821 is the 25th-best single-day total of all time, and the 5th-best not belonging to James Holzhauer.
  • $487,923 is the 7th-best regular-play total of all time and the 14th best winnings total including tournaments.
  • With 424, Cris moves into a tie for 13th with Austin Rogers in terms of the most number of correct responses on the show.
  • $32,200 is tied for the 55th-best single-game Coryat score of all time.
  • $16,200 is tied for the 16th-best known score after the Jeopardy! round.
  • Today’s box score: November 24, 2022 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Cris $46,600 Megan $5,000 Tarun $3,400)

Cris: Bet up to $36,599 and enjoy win #14! (Actual bet: $25,221)

Megan: Standard cover bet over Tarun is $1,801. (Actual bet: $2,000)

Tarun: If Megan bets to cover you and is incorrect, she falls to $3,199. Limit your own bet to $199. (Actual bet: $1,601)

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20 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, November 24, 2022"

  1. We will see how Megan does with it, but college football fans from Alabama (and there are a lot of them) would probably know this about a major college program in a neighboring state.

  2. The “Rambling Wreck of Georgia Tech” popped right into my mind. 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving to all American commenters

  3. Michael Johnston | November 24, 2022 at 1:11 pm | Reply

    I didn’t know it. I wouldn’t expect someone to know the fight song of a team other than one they follow, but 🤷

    Current FJ streak: 1L

    • I’m not so sure. I had no idea as I had never heard of it, but “The Rambling Wreck of Georgia Tech” is so odd and just as a title sounds derogatory (when you would expect a “fight song” to sound boastful) that I think if I ever heard it (particularly at a sporting event, regardless of who their opponent was) I would remember it.

  4. My brother went to Georgia Tech in august of 2016 and we went to that school to visit it during that time. It is a great looking college and we toured all the buildings. This shouldn’t be that hard as we also spent time walking around atlanta and the surrounding areas outside of the Atlanta suburbs. Congrats to cris and to Tarun getting final right

  5. One of my college roommates transferred to Georgia Tech so this one wasn’t difficult for me. Still, when I read the clue, the first thing to pop into my mind as an alternate response was the “Sooner Schooner” of Oklahoma. I pictured the video of the “Sooner Schooner” when it flipped over back in October of 2019, I think. I knew it wasn’t the “Sooner Schooner” but the clue did remind me of that incident.

  6. I know but two fight songs, my own team’s and a vulgar version of another team in the conference (which is neither the SEC nor ACC). I expected a triple stumper once it wasn’t the only thing I came up with: The Tennessee Volunteers. Impressed that 2/3 got it, but still not a fan of this clue since there’s no way to logic it together for an educated guess if you don’t follow southern school sports. Ah well, can’t win ’em all. I’ll take the L.

    • Well, I took the fight song part as just a help if you happened to know it (or to keep another school who had done something similar from being an acceptable response) and just tried to think of a “tech” school. In the time frame to respond I could only think of MIT, but I felt that probably wasn’t it. [Due to dune buggies, I didn’t try to think of a California tech school because I didn’t think they would have used “buggy” in the clue if it was specifically referring to dune buggies.]

      I am curious what made you guess the Vols. Maybe because since moonshiners led to NASCAR, perhaps in between had been vehicles fit for the clue’s parameters? I would be glad to admit if I’m wrong but I do not associate the University of Tennessee with mechanical expertise or altruism for poorer nations, though perhaps that was different 100 years ago 😁.

      • Tennessee’s fight song, Rocky Top, is probably one of the more well known ones (it’s one of the only ones I know, at least).

    • The context clues of “southern colleges” and “built makeshift buggies” make this a dead giveaway for Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech is the preeminent high tech school in the South (and the most difficult to get into).

  7. The full first line of the song goes “I’m a ramblin’ wreck from Georgia Tech and a helluva engineer.” It is sung with pride. The category Southern Colleges helps narrow this one down. Avid college football fans in the south would be familiar with that and other fight songs. The fact that somebody from California and somebody from New Jersey got it show it’s apparently more well know than just in the south.

  8. I actually got this one. I was a student at The University of Maryland when Georgia Tech joined the ACC. My mother sang the song when it was announced. I have no idea how she knew that song. Maryland is now in the Big 10. I miss the ACC.

  9. Richard Richman | November 25, 2022 at 3:02 am | Reply

    For those who watch “Jeopardy” on WABC TV Channel 7 in NYC, the episode which normally would have aired Friday night (Nov. 25) will (due to college football) be aired at 2:06 A.M. early
    Saturday morning. (Nov. 26). This is according to the program schedule grid provided by my cable TV provider-Spectrum. Just a sidenote, Channel 7 has 3 episodes of “Jeopardy” scheduled
    for early Saturday morning…a “Daytime Jeopardy” rerun (which airs 5 nights a week) and an
    episode of “Weekend Jeopardy” which usually airs Saturday nights at 7 P.M….it’s also on
    at an odd time due to college football also being carried on Saturday evening on Channel 7.
    Bottom line: for the regular Friday night episode, set your recording device for 2:06 A.M.
    early Saturday morning…if WABC TV (NYC and the tri state region) is your “Jeopardy” station.
    Thanks to Andy for adding so much to the “Jeopardy” experience.

  10. But the actual Jeopardy! clue did not say “southern college”, Andy Saunders is who said that. If I had been thinking it was a southern college I think I might have thought of Georgia Tech, but thinking of technologically-inclined graduates of 100 years ago (50 years after the Civil War!), I just assumed it was a college in the Northeast.

    [Wikipedia says that their creation of makeshift buggies (out of old tractor parts and such) to aid transport in poorer nations occurred in the late 19th Century. I realize that Wikipedia is not “definitive”, but I wonder where Jeopardy got their information for it being in the 1920s. Could they have had a wrong clue again so soon after the “Hebrews fiasco”? Even if that had still been being done in the 1920s, if it really did start in the late 1800s, the clue really should have been worded differently.]

    • OOPS! Sorry, I had forgotten that the category was ‘Southern Colleges’. I do tend to forget the category (from not “seeing” both category and clue at the same time) when the clue has some “really out there” parts that I have to think hard about [which, I know, means one probably needs to think even harder about the category]!

      But the given time-period of the 1920s remains questionable.

      • The time period of the 1920s is essentially a primary source here—it comes directly from the Georgia Tech website.

        • That’s funny — the clue says it was “grads” that did the “buggies” for “poor nations” thing and I haven’t been able to find anything about that in the Georgia Tech Alumni website, though they do include on their timeline that the first time their football team played the University of Georgia, their passenger train wrecked on the way home and the team rambled back to Tech on a freight train.

          Oddly enough their timeline also seems to admit that the Colorado School of Mining began using a very similar fight song called ‘The Mining Engineer’ probably about 20 years before GT began their version (both developed from an unrelated song dating back to the early 1860s).

          Trying to find more about this was really interesting, but it also reminded me of probably the only “detail” I ever knew about Georgia Tech (beyond it being in Atlanta) — from their alumni website: “Georgia Tech beats Cumberland College 222-0 in a football game [in 1916] that endures as the most lopsided victory and the most points scored in collegiate football history, according to the Guinness Book of World Records”. I graduated from Cumberland, so knew about that, though I had actually read about it in Reader’s Digest years before I attended. Cumberland didn’t even have a football team, they just pulled together some volunteer players when GT offered them quite a bit of money to come play them.

          As a further level of clueless, once in 1979 I ate at the famous ‘The Varsity’ in Atlanta, was aware it was famous (why I had been told by co-workers to go there on a work trip), but did not know it was across the street from the Georgia Tech campus!

  11. ris was a steamroller, the others-even if they knew the correct responses to the clues, had no chance with Cris’ quick buzzer finger. I got two of three Daily Doubles, shrugged and guessed Georgia Tech, for Final Jeopardy (I think the phrase “A helluva of an engineer” from the back of my mind, is what caused me to guess Georgia Tech.) Is James Holzhauer now an adjective in “Jeopardy Speak”? Ken referring to Cris’ winning as “Holzhauering.”

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