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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Phrases from the Ancient World) for Monday, November 7, 2022 (Season 39, Game 41):
Cicero wrote that a tyrant ordered this to be hung from the ceiling “by a horse-hair”; his guest begged to leave
(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
|Jessica Stephens, a statistical research specialist from Nashville, Tennessee
|Zach Newkirk, an attorney from Arlington, Virginia
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:
I have a favor to ask of everyone reading this. Be kind towards others. Be kind towards contestants. I have seen way too much unkindness towards people over the past few months on the Internet towards contestants in general. If you’re going to come into my comments section, or Twitter, or Facebook, or Reddit, to sound off about how much you dislike a certain player—civilian or celebrity—you need to do some deep personal introspection. I’m, quite frankly, tired of the open season on contestants, only amplified by the vox Twittuli reporting by the tabloids. Every single contestant is a human being, just like you or me. How would you feel if you were on the show and everyone decided to take to social media to say bad things about you based on what they saw on television? Be better. Do better.
Now, the Tournament of Champions continues today with our last of six quarterfinals. (And yes, “six quarterfinals” is acceptable terminology; “quarterfinal” only means the round before the semifinal.) Zach Newkirk—who, because of COVID restrictions, began his run with Alex Trebek still hosting in June 2020—gets to take on Professors Tournament winner Sam Buttrey and Week 1 Second Chance qualifier Jessica Stephens. The prediction model thinks that Sam is the favorite in this game because of his strong performance in the Professors Tournament, especially at the bottom of the board. I’m not expecting to see fireworks today, but I also think today’s game will be a solid game of Jeopardy. A number of fans believe that Jessica has been underrated by the prediction model; it wouldn’t surprise me to see her have a good game today.
Tomorrow’s episode, the exhibition match between Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio, and Mattea Roach won’t be an elimination match, as many markets will be preempting the show for election coverage.
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Correct response: What is the Sword of Damocles?
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According to legend, courtier Damocles agreed to switch places with the King of Syracuse, Dionysius II—however, to evoke the sense that a king or leader always needs to watch out for their enemies, arranged for a sword to be hung over Damocles. Damocles then realized that “with great power comes great responsibility”.
Do I think just a generic “sword” will be accepted by the judges? I could see them ruling either way on this—I believe that the generic fails to fit a “Phrases from the Ancient World” category; many fans fail to remember that responses generally do need to fit the constraints of both clue and category.
(Categories: Valleys; That ’70s Or ’80s Show; Dance; “D” In Science; Get A Handle On It; In The Nato Phonetic Alphabet)
Sam got off to a great start and was unfazed by dropping $3,400 on the first Daily Double. Meanwhile, Zach and Jessica struggled to get in edgewise.
Statistics at the first break (15 clues):
Sam 10 correct 2 incorrect
Zach 1 correct 0 incorrect
Jessica 2 correct 3 incorrect
Statistics after the Jeopardy round:
Sam 20 correct 3 incorrect
Zach 5 correct 0 incorrect
Jessica 3 correct 3 incorrect
Double Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: Vice Presidents; A Crash Of Symbols; Brit Bits; 13-Letter Words; In That Novel; Herbal & Spicy Names)
Sam’s dominance continued, with Sam getting another 14 correct in this round, forcing Zach to attempt a big move on the last Daily Double. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out, and Sam cruised to a runaway. Meanwhile, Jessica had to take some chances to get out of the red, and it didn’t work out for her today.
Statistics after Double Jeopardy:
Sam 34 correct 5 incorrect
Zach 14 correct 3 incorrect
Jessica 4 correct 7 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 8 (0 today).
Sam and Zach both got Final correct (with the full name); Sam is now a semifinalist!
Tonight’s Game Stats:
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, November 7, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:
Scores going into Final:
Jessica -$5,800 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Zach $5,200 + $528 = $5,728 (What the Sword of Damocles?)
Sam $19,600 + $0 = $19,600 (What is the Sword of Damocles?) (Semi-Finalist)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) “D” IN SCIENCE $600 (clue #10)
Sam 3400 -3400 (Zach 200 Jessica -1200)
2) BRIT BITS $1600 (clue #8)
Sam 8400 +2000 (Zach 6600 Jessica -1800)
3) IN THAT NOVEL $2000 (clue #12, $21200 left on board)
Zach 9000 -7000 (Jessica -1800 Sam 10000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -154
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 8 (0.20 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Sam $22,600 Coryat, 34 correct, 5 incorrect, 59.65% in first on buzzer (34/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Zach $12,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Jessica -$5,800 Coryat, 4 correct, 7 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57), 1/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $29,000
Lach Trash: $5,400 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $17,600
Zach Newkirk, career statistics:
148 correct, 23 incorrect
14/17 on rebound attempts (on 44 rebound opportunities)
29.86% in first on buzzer (132/442)
8/14 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,500)
5/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,475
Jessica Stephens, career statistics:
77 correct, 12 incorrect
8/12 on rebound attempts (on 25 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (70/285)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,680
Sam Buttrey, career statistics:
136 correct, 11 incorrect
8/9 on rebound attempts (on 22 rebound opportunities)
45.26% in first on buzzer (129/285)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
3/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,920
Remaining Players’ Tournament of Champions Chances (after 100,000 Simulations)
Amy Schneider: 15.963%
Matt Amodio: 25.501%
Mattea Roach: 9.292%
Maureen O’Neil: 0.585%
Andrew He: 13.807%
Tyler Rhode: 3.413%
John Focht: 9.238%
Eric Ahasic: 14.388%
Sam Buttrey: 7.813%
Sam started a scholarship with some of his winnings.
Jessica surprised her guests by running a phobias category in Second Chance.
Zach bought a house with two treehouses connected by zip line.
- While I knew Sam was good, I was not expecting 34 correct. He’s certainly got a puncher’s chance in the semifinals.
- Today’s box score: November 7, 2022 Box Score.
Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: Sam $19,600 Zach $5,200 Jessica -$5,800)
Zach: Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $528)
Sam: No reason to bet anything here, just bet $0. (Actual bet: $0)
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