Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, November 30, 2022


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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Flags of Our Hemisphere) for Wednesday, November 30, 2022 (Season 39, Game 58):

The stars on this country’s flag represent states, 26 of them; unlike the USA’s, its “federal district” gets its own 27th star

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Randall Rayford, a solar project developer from Houston, Texas
Randall Rayford on Jeopardy!
Jeannette Bonjour, a retired English teacher from Kansas City, Missouri
Jeannette Bonjour on Jeopardy!
Cris Pannullo, a customer success operations manager from Ocean City, New Jersey (17-day total: $610,344)
Cris Pannullo on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Today is November 30; Cris Pannullo has had a bit of a rough week—he’s been challenged in both of his first two games this week. However, he has pulled out victories in those games, which means that he gets to play for victory #18 tonight! Jeannette Bonjour and Randall Rayford are today’s challengers.

Meanwhile: November 30 is a pretty important day in Jeopardy! history—obviously, today is the 18th anniversary of Ken Jennings’ defeat. It’s also the 18th anniversary of the official launch of J! Archive! Over the past 18 years, we have managed to enter just over 85% of the show’s games. Getting to 90% seems like a realistic goal for the 19th year — a complete archive for the 20th anniversary of J! Archive feels ambitious but possible.

November 30 is also my father’s birthday—many times in interviews, I’ve said that my father’s love of Jeopardy!, and how he would watch the show’s early seasons, is one of the main reasons why I am a Jeopardy! fan myself. So, happy birthday, Dad!


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Correct response: What is Brazil?


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The flag of Brazil, as asked about during Final Jeopardy! on November 30, 2022.

As you can see, the 27 stars on Brazil’s flags are arranged in various constellations, including Canis Minor, Scorpius, Hydra, and the Southern Cross.

A fun fact that I’m reminded about the U.S. flag: there are nine horizontal rows of stars on the American flag—yes, that fact has come up in Final Jeopardy!; it was a Triple Stumper back in 1991.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Our Divided Nation; Time For Some Food; Movie Title Fun; Foreign Words & Phrases; Elementary; My Dear Watson)

Cris got the Daily Double very early, which gave Randall space to make this a competitive match through most of the first round of play! Jeannette struggled a lot on the signalling device early on, not getting in until clue #22! Cris led after 30.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Cris 8 correct 2 incorrect
Randall 6 correct 0 incorrect
Jeannette 0 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Cris 16 correct 2 incorrect
Randall 11 correct 0 incorrect
Jeannette 2 correct 1 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Declaration Of Independence Signers; A Giant Category; Something To Read; Them’S Fightin’ Words; A Colorful Song Title; You Can Quote “Me”)

Double Jeopardy! saw Cris find both Daily Doubles—unfortunately for him, he got the second one wrong, bringing him back slightly towards Randall. However, Cris’ lead stayed just enough to keep a runaway, even though it was threatened late! Scores going into Final were Cris at $28,800, Randall at $12,600, and Jeannette at $3,600.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Cris 31 correct 3 incorrect
Randall 16 correct 0 incorrect
Jeannette 7 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 12 (0 today).

Jeannette was the only player correct in Final, but that didn’t move her out of third place as both Cris and Randall bet small! Cris is now an 18-day champion as he enters his fourth month as champion tomorrow and attempts to tie Jason Zuffranieri and David Madden!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, November 30, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Cris $28,800
Randall $12,600
Jeannette $3,600

Tonight’s results:

Jeannette $3,600 + $3,000 = $6,600 (What is Mexico Brazil?)
Randall $12,600 – $0 = $12,600 (What is Venezuela?)
Cris $28,800 – $1,221 = $27,579 (What is Mexico) (18-day total: $637,923)


Cris Pannullo, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the November 30, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Cris $8,400
Randall $6,200
Jeannette $800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) OUR DIVIDED NATION $1000 (clue #2)
Cris 800 +1000 (Jeannette 0 Randall 0)
2) DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE SIGNERS $1600 (clue #2)
Cris 9600 +7600 (Jeannette 800 Randall 6200)
3) YOU CAN QUOTE “ME” $1200 (clue #10, $21600 left on board)
Cris 24800 -4000 (Jeannette 800 Randall 7800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 163

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Cris 4 5*
Jeannette
Randall

DJ! Round:
Cris 4* 4 3 4 4 4 3 3*
Jeannette 3
Randall 4

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Cris 3.80
Randall 4.00
Jeannette 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 $26,800 Coryat, 31 correct, 3 incorrect, 52.63% in first on buzzer (30/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Randall $12,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 0 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Jeannette $3,600 Coryat, 7 correct, 2 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,000
Lach Trash: $6,200 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,800

Cris Pannullo, career statistics:

540 correct, 44 incorrect
29/30 on rebound attempts (on 70 rebound opportunities)
48.43% in first on buzzer (495/1022)
37/41 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $147,500)
11/18 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,267

Jeannette Bonjour, career statistics:

8 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,600

Randall Rayford, career statistics:

16 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,600

Cris Pannullo, to win:

19 games: 92.425%
20: 85.424%
21: 78.954%
22: 72.973%
23: 67.446%
Avg. streak: 30.202 games.

Today’s interviews:

Randall has his own equation with his wife.
Jeannette got married at 8 AM and was spooked by the starter’s signal for a 5K run.
Cris has a favorite movie of “Spaceballs”.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Cris passes Matt Jackson to move into 8th in all-time winnings on the show (including tournaments). Larissa Kelly is 7th.
  • Cris also passes Matt Jackson for 10th all-time in terms of number of correct responses; David Madden sits 9th at 542.
  • Today’s box score: November 30, 2022 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Cris $28,800 Randall $12,600 Jeannette $3,600)

Cris: Bet between $0 and $3,599 and enjoy win #18! (Actual bet: $1,221)

Jeannette: Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $3,000)

Randall: Bet between $0 and $5,399 and guarantee second place. (Actual bet: $0)


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33 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, November 30, 2022"

  1. When I thought ‘our hemisphere’, I thought ‘northern hemisphere’. I guessed India. Doh!

    • Yeah, “our hemisphere” threw me, too.

      Happy birthday to your dad, Andy!

    • The hemisphere reference threw me as well – in desperation I guessed the Philippines though I was sure it was wrong.

      I could have used some help from Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler, and the team at Fun With Flags!

  2. With the world cup going on and living in Portugal, this was a quick one for me watching the Portugal and Brazil support flags flying everyday.

  3. Michael Johnston | November 30, 2022 at 10:01 am |

    Probably easier now than the Triple Stumper was back in ’91 🙂 I just thought “What world flag do I keep seeing that has a lot of stars on it?”

    The strong start to this week lets me close out November with a barely winning record. I’m hoping to avoid a long slide in December like the one prompted by my poor record in last year’s Professors Tournament😬

  4. I guessed Brazil because it is a big country. It was bigger than the United States before Alaska became a state.

    • Brazil is still larger than the “Lower 48”.

      • Always wondered why the contiguous 48 are known as the lower 48 when Hawaii is lower than the ‘lower 48’.

        • I was just thinking about that a few days ago! It seems that people in Alaska originated the term “lower 48” while Alaska was still a territory prior to 1959. So, like many nicknames, it stuck even after the implication of the term was negated when Hawaii was added as the 50th state at a latitude similar to Mexico City.

    • The logic for my guess also. Congrats, Bob.

  5. For some reason, I thought of Mexico!! But I don’t think it has 27 states. Nonetheless I end up being wrong. How dumb!!!

    Good luck to Cris today…

    • My first thought was Brazil because it is so big, but then I thought with Portuguese being its language, its divisions might be called something that translates to something other than ‘state’. I knew that Mexico’s are translated as ‘states’. I am semi-familiar with Mexico’s flag, but thought little stars might be kind of buried in the details of the middle design (or that the green parts could actually be made of overlapping green stars). I am totally unfamiliar with Brazil’s flag, but now that I have read an explanation of it, I really like it. So my “response” was sort of the exact opposite of Jeannette’s.

    • Mexico has 32 states. Interestingly, the capital used to be a “federal district”, but now Mexico City is its own state. So that part of the clue wouldn’t apply.

      • I didn’t know that as of January 2016 they are no longer calling it the “D.F.”.
        Wikipedia says that the Ciudad de Mexico has more autonomy than it did, but that the Mexican Constitution prevents it from becoming a state while it is the seat of power. Interesting!

  6. Hemispheres can be either separated by the equator OR the Greenwich mean time meridian – tricky.

  7. Historians love making comparisons between the United States and Brazil as the two large, complicated, slave societies of the western hemisphere, so I got it.

  8. Was it just me or was this the first time you could overhear grunts and groans from the other players after a correct response was given?

  9. I guessed Brazil simply because other than the USA, it was the only other flag that I could think of with a lot of stars

  10. Marty Cunningham | November 30, 2022 at 2:29 pm |

    Brazil seemed easy, especially with the mention of the “Federal District” although the stars often seem overlooked when thinking of the green, yellow and blue on their flag.

    Happy birthday to your father, too, Andy! So many people developed a love of the show from family members, but i think i actually watched the Art Fleming version before my mom did. And i must confess that i never knew you were connected with J!Archive, but thank you so much for your diligent work on updating the nearly 9,000 episodes of the show so far!

  11. I guessed brazil as well because of the amount of stars on that flag. The hemisphere didnt throw me off so this shouldn’t be that hard.

  12. Interestingly, the equator runs through the northern part of Brazil. Thus, although the country is mostly in the Southern Hemisphere, a small portion is in the Northern Hemisphere. But the reference in the clue category would be to the Western Hemisphere.

  13. I knew that Brazil’s capital, Brasilia, is located in a “federal district”. That gave me the clue I needed, together with “our hemisphere”(which to me meant only the Western one!) and the country’s size. I didn’t remember Brazil’s flag, but in the end didn’t need to.

  14. Robert Fawkes | November 30, 2022 at 6:50 pm |

    The church I go to is very cosmopolitan with people from many different countries, including all of the hemispheres. Over the entrance to the sanctuary are flags representing dozens of different countries. Prominent among the different flags is the flag of Brazil with its 27 stars. Having seen that every Sunday for many years, the correct response came to me immediately. I also taught the International Class at my church for a few years and had several students from Brazil (so that helped, too). Mexico doesn’t fit the clue due to an absence of stars, and Venezuela has only 8 stars.

  15. Brazil is not in “our hemisphere”. What am I missing?

  16. That checks out. Thanks!

  17. Caught an error in a clue. The Burnside Bridge over the Willamette River in Portland OR divides the city east and west, not north and south. Or maybe they meant the river runs north and south? If so, the clue was confusing. (I find more than a few clues confusing!) Fun fact: the Willamette is the only major river in the US that flows from the south to the north, and then into the Columbia.

    • Some of the clues are confusing if you happen to know more about the subject. I remember a clue from a few years ago, something about what is 20 miles south of San Diego, and it was Tijuana. (Or the clue could have been vice versa, it’s been so long…) But anyway, Tijuana is right on the border with San Diego, since San Ysidro is right on the border and is considered part of San Diego City. So being from here I thought they were talking further south, maybe Rosarito.

    • The subject of the sentence is the Burnside Bridge, so they’re saying the bridge divides the city north and south. This still seems a bit strange as the bridge spans only the river, and not the entire city.

    • The St. Johns river in Florida also flows from the South to the North. It is 310 miles long.

  18. Bill Vollmer | December 1, 2022 at 9:45 pm |

    Somehow I knew as soon as the clue came up for this game’s tFinal Jeopardy, that the correct response was Brazil. Maybe I remembered that besides the US, Brazil’s flagis the only one in the Western hemisphere with more than two stars. However I knew it was Brazil, sort of makes up for yesterday when it would’ve been a producers call to see if my answer would have been accepted. Andy thought it probably would have been. But having the correct response with out having to get the producerw involved is a bonus.

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