Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, November 28, 2022

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Children’s Authors) for Monday, November 28, 2022 (Season 39, Game 56):

Reversing the story of this heroine she created, Patricia Maclachlan was born on the prairie but spent much of her life in New England

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Xanni Brown, a Ph.D. student from New Haven, Connecticut
Xanni Brown on Jeopardy!
Michael Harten, a dean of academics from Putnam, Connecticut
Michael Harten on Jeopardy!
Cris Pannullo, a customer success operations manager from Ocean City, New Jersey (15-day total: $526,544)
Cris Pannullo on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

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Correct response: Who is Sarah? (from Sarah, Plain and Tall)

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Sarah is the title character of the 1986 Newberry Medal award-winning Sarah, Plain and Tall. In it, Sarah Wheaton was a mail-order bride from Maine who travels out to the Midwest after Jacob Witting, a farmer and widower, places an ad for a mail-order bride to help handle taking care of his two children, whose mother passed away during childbirth; while Sarah misses the sea, she stays and marries Jacob. An early-’90s TV movie adaptation starred Glenn Close and Christopher Walken.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Novel Notes; Slang; Lawmen & Women; Foot, The Bill; Play Your Cards Right; Of Movies)

The Daily Double hunting began in earnest, and it was Xanni who found it on clue #15—her doubling up gave her the lead at the opening break! Coming out of the break, Xanni played with confidence as she extended her lead and ended the round with more correct responses than Cris!

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Xanni 4 correct 0 incorrect
Cris 7 correct 1 incorrect
Michael 2 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Xanni 12 correct 0 incorrect
Cris 11 correct 1 incorrect
Michael 4 correct 1 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: British History; Animal Names; Abbrev. Tv; 6-Letter Words; That’S Major; Around The Globe)

Proving just how important the Daily Doubles are in today’s game, Cris found both of them in a four-clue span and picked up a combined $16,800 on them! He ended up needing nearly all of that money, as Xanni’s late-game rally to break the runaway fell just short. Going into Final, Cris had $39,800 to Xanni’s $19,400 and Michael’s $5,600.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Cris 27 correct 1 incorrect
Xanni 20 correct 0 incorrect
Michael 9 correct 1 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 12 (0 today).

Final Jeopardy! today was a Triple Stumper — Cris didn’t bet a cent and is a 16-day champion!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, November 28, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Cris $39,800
Xanni $19,400
Michael $5,600

Tonight’s results:

Michael $5,600 – $2,000 = $3,600 (Who is Anne of Green Gables?)
Xanni $19,400 – $1,114 = $18,286 (Who is Anne of Green Gables)
Cris $39,800 – $0 = $39,800 (Who is Ann of Green Gables) (16-day total: $566,344)

Cris Pannullo, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 28, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Xanni $8,600
Cris $5,400
Michael $1,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) SLANG $1000 (clue #15)
Xanni 2200 +2200 (Cris 4200 Michael 1600)
2) BRITISH HISTORY $1200 (clue #6)
Cris 9000 +9000 (Michael 3600 Xanni 10200)
3) THAT’S MAJOR $1600 (clue #9, $23200 left on board)
Cris 20800 +7800 (Michael 3600 Xanni 10200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 238

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

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

DJ! Round:
Cris 4 3* 4 3 4*
Michael 3 2 4
Xanni 5

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Cris 3.87
Xanni 4.50
Michael 3.00

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 12 (0.21 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Cris $25,800 Coryat, 27 correct, 1 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Xanni $18,200 Coryat, 20 correct, 0 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Michael $5,600 Coryat, 9 correct, 1 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $49,600
Lach Trash: $3,200 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $1,200

Cris Pannullo, career statistics:

486 correct, 35 incorrect
26/27 on rebound attempts (on 62 rebound opportunities)
48.57% in first on buzzer (441/908)
34/37 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $130,500)
10/16 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,975

Michael Harten, career statistics:

9 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,600

Xanni Brown, career statistics:

20 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,200)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,200

Cris Pannullo, to win:

17 games: 92.680%
18: 85.896%
19: 79.608%
20: 73.780%
21: 68.380%
Avg. streak: 28.661 games.

Today’s interviews:

Xanni is also a mountain climber hoping to climb the “fourteeners” in Colorado.
Michael had a nickname of “The Teacher That Eats from the Floor”.
Cris is hoping to own a house.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Xanni is the first player to hold a lead against Cris after the Jeopardy! round.
  • Xanni’s score of $19,400 going into Final is the highest second place score of a player in a runaway game in regular play.
  • $566,344 places Cris 5th all time in regular-play winnings, only behind the four millionaires—Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer, Matt Amodio, and Amy Schneider.
  • He also moves into 10th place in winnings—not 9th—if tournaments are included. (Remember, Mattea Roach received $10,000 for making the Tournament of Champions semifinals. I still don’t understand why the show doesn’t include this on the Leaderboard of Legends. They are putting out incomplete information and it needs to be fixed.)

  • Even though Cris barely had a runaway, one has to think that Xanni’s performance puts her high on the list of potential Second Chance returnees in the future.
  • Today’s box score: November 28, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Cris $39,800 Xanni $19,400 Michael $5,600)

Cris: Bet between $0 and $999 and enjoy win #16! (Actual bet: $0)

Michael: Bet whatever you’d like. (Actual bet: $2,000)

Xanni: Bet between $0 and $8,199 to guarantee second place. (Actual bet: $1,114)

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32 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, November 28, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | November 28, 2022 at 9:26 am |

    whew I was a little worried after missing FJ on Thu and Fri. I remembered that book from many years ago although the biographical details of Maclachlan are new to me.

  2. Never heard of the book or the author.

    • I knew of it via the TV-movie (and sequel) rather than having been aware of the book (much less the author). I could visualize the picture that was the “movie poster” and/or book cover, but not the name in the title! I was quite sure it was what the clue was about, but could not think of the title! Disappointing not to remember the title, but still glad I was right about what they meant. I’m curious as to whether they would have taken ‘Sarah’ as a correct response. I actually kind of feel like they should NOT have accepted just ‘Sarah’ (had anyone put that), but feel that I cannot justify not accepting it.

      I also thought it could possibly have been from one of the Orphan Train books, but besides having NO HOPE of thinking of any of those heroines’ names, I still felt it was more likely to be ‘???????, Plain and Tall’ anyway.

      • Robert Fawkes | November 28, 2022 at 6:11 pm |

        Hi, Lisa. I have to respectfully disagree with your feeling that they should not have accepted just “Sarah” as a correct response. In my opinion, they most certainly should have accepted just “Sarah” had anyone put that. My reasoning is that the clue asked for “this heroine.” The character’s name was simply Sarah. They didn’t ask for the title of the book or any description of her, just who was the character. I don’t see any reason not to accept Sarah as the name of the heroine of the story.

        • That was why I said I “kind of feel like” they shouldn’t rather than “I THINK they shouldn’t” and why I then said “feel that I cannot justify not accepting it.” I mean Sarah was a very common name of the time could be the heroine of other books. Actually, there was a Sarah in Orphan Train. Of course that would not make the author the same, but they did say “this heroine”, not “this heroine’s name”. Saying that the character’s name was simply Sarah kind of sounds like her last name wasn’t even given, but it was — it was Wheaton.

          I think I kind of felt like more than ‘Sarah’ was needed because if someone just randomly thought of a woman’s first name, ‘Sarah’ would be a fairly likely possibility — a “top 10” girls name in that time period and a biblical name, to boot. I think the three contestants FELT (at least subconsciously) like I did since they all put ‘Anne of Green Gables’, not just ‘Anne’. (They could have put Anne Shirley, but I am thinking they did not do that just because they didn’t remember her last name).

          • In most professional quizzing contexts, first names only are generally accepted for fictional characters like this. In my opinion, it would court unnecessary controversy not to accept just “Sarah”.

  3. I didn’t get that – not at all

    Please excuse the feeble attempt at humor:-|

  4. Marvin Gregory “Greg” Fuller | November 28, 2022 at 12:11 pm |

    I guessed Ann of green gables.

    • Though there are “prairies” in Canada, there is no ‘New England’ in Canada. Ann of Green Gables took place in Canada.

    • As did I, first thing that entered my mind. Nice to know we think like geniuses!

  5. Somehow I figured it out, because I was going, “Why do I want to say ‘Who is Sarah?'”. My guess when I saw the name Maclachlan, I immediately thought of Sarah Machlachlan. 😅

  6. I haven’t read that book Sarah Plain and tall for such a long time. still though I do remember that Glenn Close was in the movie based on the book. Happy to see cris winning again. I look forward to seeing Xanni in the second chance tournament after she played a great game today

  7. Lord I hope they don’t do another second chance tournament. I feel they only did that to begin with to fill in the gaps made by the 3 byes into the semi finals of the tournament. Not to nitpick but Mattea didn’t make the semi finals she was placed there. Depending on who she faced in the quarter finals she probably wouldn’t have made it to the semis. All that being said Jeopardy does need to factor those totals into career winnings.

  8. I too knew the answer from the two “Sarah” movies Glenn Close did back in the’90’s. Haven’t read the books.

    • There were 3 movies in all, the last one had Chris Walken as Jacob’s father. Something about Winter in title. I think the oldest daughter was a nurse then.

  9. A bunch of random thoughts that are going through my head right now (Warning: very jumbled)…

    1: In my opinion, if your Coryat is above $18,000, you get 20 correct responses and no incorrect responses, and you’re still in second place in a lock game, the only thing stopping you from competing in Second Chance should be death, scheduling conflicts, or legal misconduct.

    2: Is $19,400 the highest second-place score going into Final Jeopardy in a lock game?

    3: If it happens, I feel like a Mike Elliott – Xanni Brown matchup in SCT will be absolutely epic. There’ll probably be so many fireworks that Sony Pictures Studios gets fined for permitting a Fourth of July party in the middle of September.

    4: I really enjoyed the Second Chance Tournament, but I was a bit surprised that there were no giant negative scores there (Patrick Pearce, Matt King, etc.)

    5: I don’t know how I feel about the ToC format. On one hand, I like the decision to extend the field to 18, and I like the exhibition match idea. On the other hand, I feel like seeding into the semis should only happen if there’s more than 3 10+ game winners in the same tournament.

    6: If there’s enough data, what does the prediction model think of Cris’ chances to pass Ken’s 74 games?

    Okay, I think that’s everything. Thanks for all you do for the site!

    • 2) Yes; I have updated my post accordingly.

    • I like the new ToC format, too. I like the seeding also, specifically because of the “first to get 3 games in the final” set-up. If they went back to regular format, then I wouldn’t want seeding. However, as long as there are at least three exceedingly prominent champions (LONG winning streaks and/or HIGH winnings), I’m all for all the aspects of this year’s format.

      • Just don’t do any byes. As seen in this TOC having a huge win streak means very little if you are up against stiff competition

        • Just to clarify (not that any opinion is “wrong”), I am not a sports person, so I was getting the seeding mixed up with the use of byes! I am actually for the byes because [besides people getting to see the super-champs more] the “first to get 3 games in the finals” aspect is to help lessen luck as a factor (basically what categories are in your game) in the finals. Not using byes for the super contestants (which I think most people are looking forward to seeing go head-to-head) just puts luck [for the super contestants, since everyone else has the element of luck anyway] back into the tournament before they get to the “first to get 3 games” final. Therefore the extended “first to get 3 games” finals could wind up consisting of no super contestants at all (which is not a big viewer draw) or one super-contestant like Amy and two non-supers who are not the caliber of Sam or Andrew, but got lucky.

          So, I was just trying to show my reasoning for preferring “3 games to win” AND “byes” to the old way of just winnowing down from everyone to “last one standing” — basically it is more a matter of most enjoyable viewing. If we had a year with no super-champs or maybe a single super-champ, I don’t think it would matter to the audience as much which approach is taken.

  10. Second chance tourney incoming for Xanni. Criss dodged a bullet here.

  11. An impressive round: (a) only two misses combined by the three players prior to FJ; (b) just four Triple Stumpers; and (c) a very high combined Coryat score of $49,600. Agreed that Xanni should be a strong candidate for SCT.

  12. I found the FJ clue worded a bit confusingly:

    “Reversing the story of this heroine she created, Patricia MacLachlan was born on the prairie but spent much of her life in New England.”

    The clue implies some action by the author to make her own story the reverse of the story of the character she created. For better clarity, I would suggest replacing “Reversing” with “In reverse of” or “In contrast to”.

    • Dave:

      I disagree.

      The show has a character limit, so as to fit the clue on the screen. It appeared to be close to the character limit was it is. Expanding the wording, in my opinion, was not tenable.

      The wording was fine with this constraint.

      • We laypeople probably tend to forget the “length for the screen” aspect, though one could say that if shortening a clue enough makes it TOO confusing they should just not use it in the first place. However, I did not think this one was TOO confusing. But I do think Dave B had a point about the implication of the clue as written and I think it would have been clearer if it had said “story for this heroine” instead of “story of this heroine”.

        Hopefully there would have been room for that one additional letter, but if not, it could have said Patricia MacLachlan “was prairie born”, saving several characters over “was born on the prairie”.

  13. As a retired Elementary School librarian, I found this Final Jeopardy clue incredibly easy. But I understand why for many it was not so much.

    • Robert Fawkes | November 28, 2022 at 9:44 pm |

      Lol, of course, it was easy for an elementary school Librarian, isn’t it for second though fifth graders (ages 8 to 12, maybe)? It is eminently logical that it would be easy for you. Having been published in 1985, it was way after my time (1950’s). (Incidentally, this was meant to be jovial, not harsh or critical.) 🙂

      • Not taken as harsh or critical. Like I said, I understand why many wouldn’t get this. The book is a 4th grade reading level and has an interest level of grades 3-6. I actually had a classroom set of over 30 copies in my library.

  14. I doubt the TOC format will continue. This year’s included 1.5 seasons of contestants, going back to when Alex died. If they’re going to do one every year like Davies has suggested, they’re going to struggle to find 15. The 2nd Chance tourney may continue,I vote yes, but not to make it to 21.

  15. I’m surprised all three said Anne of Green Gables. Haven’t they seen it? Hasn’t everybody? Doesn’t everyone watch it every few years? Sorry, I just love it. Along with the ’95 version of Pride and Prejudice and Winona Ryder in Little Women.

  16. I think the SCT was a stroke of programming genius, and really hope it continues. It greatly helps to mitigate unfair bad luck for good players. Can you imagine getting your one shot in life to be on the show, but you’re put on against someone like Pannulo? That is extremely unlucky for someone like Xanni, who is easily capable of running up a 10-game streak if she were pitted against some of the same contestants he has faced. I also loved the best-of-seven TOC final, and have always hated the two-day total way of settling things. Finally, I disagree with giving anyone a bye into an advanced round. Seeding the players is fine, but giving a bye confers a huge unfair advantage. The so-called super champions are great players, but as we saw in the tournament, the other participants were not exactly chopped liver. They more than held their own.

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