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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Chemical Element Names) for Tuesday, November 8, 2022 (Season 39, Game 42):
The 3 elements whose names begin with 2 vowels are iodine & these 2, one synthetic & one natural
(correct response beneath the contestants)
Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:
|Mattea Roach, a writer & podcaster from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Matt Amodio, a postdoctoral researcher from Cambridge, Massachusetts
|Amy Schneider, a writer from Oakland, California
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:
So, here’s what is happening today: Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio, and Mattea Roach—all three players given byes into the semifinals—are playing a warmup exhibition match. The reasons for this are twofold: firstly, this gives these three players the same opportunity to get used to the timing of the signaling device again; secondly, it provides for a non-elimination match when a significant number of locations will be preempting the show for election coverage.
Was this entire schedule a good idea? I’m sure those in Culver City will ask the same question afterward. On the one hand, I think that it was important to expand the field this time; there were certainly a number of deserving 4-time champions who otherwise would have been on the outside looking in. On the other, there’s certainly been a lot of confusion at times—when I get asked in radio interviews, “what’s going on?” regarding the format, that’s probably a sign that viewers—even hardcore viewers—are confused. And even with regard to today: I strongly suspect that Michael Davies was expecting to be able to post today’s game on social media and is now running into contractual difficulties. I’m sure that program directors at the local affiliates that aren’t airing the game aren’t going to be thrilled by the onslaught of negative viewer feedback they’re likely to receive.
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Correct response: What are Einsteinium & Europium?
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Europium is the natural element, albeit found very rarely (about 2ppm in the earth’s crust); it is found in trace amounts in many minerals, but its phosphorescence makes it valuable for some specialized applications—especially as one of the elements that help produce red color in cathode ray tube monitors. Einsteinium is the synthetic, generally produced by heavy neutron irradiation of plutonium, but can also be present in nuclear explosion debris.
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In an opening segment that saw lots of guessing—after all, no prize money is at stake—it was Mattea who got off to the best start. The guessing definitely kept the scores down, though, as both Triple Stumpers in the round were negged by all three players. Amy led after the Jeopardy! round.
Statistics at the first break (15 clues):
Mattea 6 correct 1 incorrect
Amy 5 correct 2 incorrect
Matt 3 correct 2 incorrect
Statistics after the Jeopardy round:
Amy 10 correct 3 incorrect
Matt 11 correct 4 incorrect
Mattea 7 correct 2 incorrect
Double Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: Hope You Read Middlemarch; We’Ll Always Have The Treaty Of Paris; Movie Quotes; Potpourri; Rhymes With A Snow White Dwarf; Wrong But Excellent)
I’m actually a little bit worried about this performance on Matt’s confidence going into the semifinals; he was definitely guessing a bunch, with six incorrect in the round! Meanwhile, Mattea rolled along, running Potpourri en route to a runaway going into Final! Going into Final, Mattea had $17,600, Amy had $7,400 and Matt $3,600.
Statistics after Double Jeopardy:
Mattea 18 correct 3 incorrect
Amy 15 correct 5 incorrect
Matt 18 correct 10 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 12 (4 today).
Both Matt and Amy got half, but Mattea got both halves to take victory in this exhibition match!
Tonight’s Game Stats:
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, November 8, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:
Scores going into Final:
Matt $3,600 – $0 = $3,600 (What einsteinium, eulerium?)
Amy $7,400 – $6,496 = $904 (What are Europium and)
Mattea $17,600 + $0 = $17,600 (What are Europium + Einsteinium)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) ELECTION DAY $400 (clue #23)
Matt 1200 +1200 (Amy 3000 Mattea 2800)
2) MOVIE QUOTES $1600 (clue #2)
Mattea 2800 +2800 (Amy 1800 Matt 1400)
3) WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE THE TREATY OF PARIS $2000 (clue #5, $27600 left on board)
Matt 2600 +2600 (Amy 1800 Mattea 7200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 300
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE THE TREATY OF PARIS $400 MOVIE QUOTES $400 RHYMES WITH A SNOW WHITE DWARF $400 WRONG BUT EXCELLENT $400
Total Left On Board: $1,600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 12 (0.29 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Mattea $16,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 30.19% in first on buzzer (16/53), 2/4 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
Matt $2,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 10 incorrect, 47.17% in first on buzzer (25/53), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Amy $7,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 5 incorrect, 22.64% in first on buzzer (12/53), 3/8 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $26,000
Lach Trash: $6,600 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $19,800
Amy Schneider, career statistics:
1352 correct, 83 incorrect
63/75 on rebound attempts (on 163 rebound opportunities)
52.10% in first on buzzer (1242/2384)
66/76 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $210,200)
28/42 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,481
Matt Amodio, career statistics:
1323 correct, 133 incorrect
56/65 on rebound attempts (on 126 rebound opportunities)
55.79% in first on buzzer (1262/2262)
78/88 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $308,000)
29/40 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $27,270
Mattea Roach, career statistics:
680 correct, 66 incorrect
35/43 on rebound attempts (on 103 rebound opportunities)
45.43% in first on buzzer (641/1411)
30/37 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $60,000)
18/25 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,120
Remaining Players’ Tournament of Champions Chances (after 100,000 Simulations)
Amy Schneider: 19.211%
Maureen O’Neil: 0.743%
Tyler Rhode: 4.117%
Matt Amodio: 23.091%
John Focht: 9.172%
Sam Buttrey: 7.479%
Mattea Roach: 9.136%
Eric Ahasic: 13.992%
Andrew He: 13.059%
Mattea was seated with Margaret Atwood at a magazine gala dinner.
Matt got to throw out first pitches at minor league and major league baseball games.
Amy got to visit the White House.
- I thought today’s game—especially the REMEMBERING ALEX TREBEK category, was a fitting tribute towards Alex on the second anniversary of his passing.
- I’m interested in seeing what this match does for Matt’s, Amy’s, and Mattea’s respective confidence in the semifinals.
- Due to the exhibition nature of this match, no box score was posted by the show.
Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: Mattea $17,600 Amy $7,400 Matt $3,600)
Amy: Bet between $0 and $199 and enjoy second place. (Actual bet: $6,496)
Matt: Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $0)
Mattea: Bet between $0 and $1,799 and enjoy victory! (Actual bet: $0)
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tch I got Einsteinium right away, but I could not remember Europium ;p
Current FJ streak: 1L
I went the other way. I got Europium immediately, but don’t think I would have been able to write Einsteinium down by the time I got it.
I had the same brain fart as you, Michael.
wow, ok. I was going au(rum).
Me, too. I was completely lost. In fact, I still don’t understand the “question”. lol
Went ahead and gave this one a shot early, since I have no idea if I’ll be able to watch today’s episode. Happily I broke my FJ losing streak — although Europium was dicy as I was expecting a more common naturally occurring element.
I’m not a fan of these needle-in-a-haystack clues and I’m glad they didn’t use this one in the actual tournament.
as needle in a haystack clues go, I don’t think it was as bad as the one where the last two letters of this state capital’s name is the two letter postal code of it’s state.
This was eating at me, MarkO, since you didn’t include the correct response…so, I just had to Google “State Capitals” and run down the list…I came up with Tope(KA) and Alba(NY) as being correct. Was J! looking for only one of the two? Thanks in advance for refreshing my memory.
Sorry Michael but there is only one correct answer. The two-letter postal code for Kansas is not “KA” as you conjectured. The two-letter postal code for Kansas is KS. Albany, New York is the only response that fits the clue.
If you alphabetize the capital names it’s a no-brainer.
but someone with “no brain” could not alphabetize the list of state capitals in their head, let alone think of their final 2 letters and the postal abbrev. of the state they are in
My thoughts on the tournament are it’s been going on way too long. We are 3 and a half weeks in and the semi finals haven’t even started,(they should have done the second chance tournament earlier in the year) and if they want people to be on an even playing field with the signaling devices then the 4 who played against second chancers should have had that same opportunity. I still feel this Wednesday exhibition only exists so we can start the finals on a Monday. To end on a more positive note we’ve had some fun competitive matches and I’ve loved seeing that.
It’s not one tournament, though—and for what it’s worth, Jeopardy! has stacked multiple tournaments/competitions together many times in the past. It even stacked a Teen Tournament in 2005 with the Ultimate Tournament of Champions that ran for 15 weeks (plus a day)
True but those were 2 different tournaments one being very unique in concept. (Never did like Ken was just in the finals of that one)
SCT and ToC are two different tournaments too, with BOTH being unique in format
I would argue that and call it an extension to the tournament of champions.
by that logic, regular season play is an extension of the ToC, as is every other tournament whose winner gets a ToC spot (Prof and College tourneys in this case)
My only counter argument is you can’t have the regular TOC without the 2 second chance winners which makes it an extension of the TOC
again, by that same logic, you can’t have the ToC without the winners of the Prof or college tourneys, nor without the 5+ game winners of the regular season. Thus all of those shows are just as much “extensions of the ToC”
Aaron I respect your opinion but mine is that these Semi-finals should be two game events. This tournament has created tons of interest in Jeopardy! according to the people I have been talking to. With a one game semi final I think it is unlikely that all the super champs win. Matt is facing a very strong pair. It’s funny that the computer model puts Mattea losing, when she basically destroyed them in this fun match. Amy is wrong only 6% of the time, far better than everyone else.
This is why I like the 2 week tournament format. I like having wild cards and such.
Not one or the other but both? Ouch! I was scanning my kids periodic table placemats and I still couldn’t get it in 30 seconds. Maybe they realized it was too difficult and saved this for the 3 favorites when it doesn’t count.
If I had a nickel for every time a Jeopardy contestant became a millionaire and switched professions to writing, I’d have two nickels. Which isn’t a lot, but it’s weird that it happened twice.
Ken became a “writer” too after his Jeopardy run
Ken’s written and published via mainstream publishers five books on different topics and 8 “Junior Genius Guides” for kids. I think you can take the “” off his writer title.
Ok ken saying “oh S_ _ _ after his flub might be my favorite jeopardy moment of all time.
check out Trebek’s outtake reel sometime.
then again, Alex didn’t have quite the same straight-laced LDS vibe that Ken has
Oh yes I’ve seen that I assume you are referring to the jeopardy phone game or whatever it was. He kept on saying dollars with a Canadian accent and then would say a word I’ll not repeat lol.
Absolutely! It’s good to see that the best of them also make mistakes . . .
I agree that no prize money at stake allowed for the lots of guessing, but I feel like the reason for the guessing was that buzzer practice was far more important to them than maintaining their appearance of “knows almost everything”.
Einstenium and Europium were my guesses. But still since this is just a warm up I still think this fj clue was somewhere in the middle to somewhat advanced. I have it a shot as well.
I was bummed with Matt’s performance as he’s my favorite to win the tournament, but like someone said in the comments, the lack of stakes made guesses more common. Hopefully this was a “wake up call” for the big 3, and this practice round was just what they needed to get back in the saddles. I’m excited for the rest of the tournament!
I just rewatched the episode on my DVR, and after reminding myself that this game doesn’t matter, it was so much more enjoyable! I think I was having more fun than the contestants! I loved the banter between all 4 of the superchamps, especially Ken’s bits! Definitely a new favorite Jeopardy episode.
Same here, Riley.
Matt was sandbagging.
Certainly possible. When he first answered, “Hi, Ken,” I thought, what is he doing? But he also seemed genuinely flummoxed a few times.
I got “Einsteinium”, but, like ck, I got sidetracked by the natural element “Au”. I should have read the clue more carefully—it reads “names begin” with two vowels, meaning there is more to each name. Whoops!
Today’s boards didn’t seem to suit Matt, he did seem to be guessing the whole game.
I like that they didn’t edit out Ken’s goof/Matt’s pick up of that goof.
with nothing at stake, except maybe pride, this “exhibition” was almost as relaxed as an Celebrity Jeopardy.
Unfortunity I had absolutely no clue as to the correct response to today’s Final Jeopardy
Well, at least he got these boards in his 40th game instead of his first.
I don’t really think that anyone has to worry about anyone’s confidence in this match. After all, it was just an exhibition, no wagering please. With nothing at stake, guessing was to be expected. Also, we don’t know to what extent one or more of the players may have just been trying to give a false sense of security to the others. The only useful purpose of this was to get folks used to the buzzer again.
On a side note to Andy, I don’t think it makes any sense to count unplayed clues from an exhibition in the seasonal total of unplayed clues. An exhibition is just that and should not count in any of the ongoing statistics as far as I’m concerned. Of course, it’s your site and you can do as you please but in my opinion, exhibitions should not count toward anything as the play is clearly different. As Marvin Gregory pointed out previously, it is possible that one or more players may have been “sandbagging.”
I loved this episode. The Trebek tribute was awesome and I was sad that Amy didn’t open with it. But best of all: It was refreshing to have there be no stakes, which let everybody – including Ken – let loose a little, and seeing Ken’s gaffe left in was amazing. I don’t even care that they had 4 clues left in the board, since they had so much fun guessing and deducing along the way. They should do an episode like this every TOC – more often would ruin its mystique. Also, it helped to not have any political attack ads ruining the mood (which is why I stopped watching for a bit – that got old long before the actual election, and my Jeopardy affiliate was really bad with them, especially when compared to the local CBS station). But yeah, Michael Davies is the best thing to happen to Jeopardy in a long time – I’m thankful he gave us this!
I got Einstein but didn’t think of Europe until seeing Matt’s response. I also think this match will help all three of them because they could readjust their dexterity and get any jitters out.
In the final: what about Erbium?
Erbium doesn’t start with two vowels.
I hope the contestants enjoyed this as much as I did. That was fun. Back to the serious stuff tomorrow.
What fun this exhibition game was to watch! Sort of “The Best of the Best” meets “Celebrity Jeopardy” Also loved the repartee among Amy, Mattea and Matt!
When Ken said oh ! it seemed like it was in response from sound for the audience or the producers? I presume they could have cut that out and have him reset and start again. But they didn’t. It took me a minute to figure out what the issue was, he just gave away the answer to the last unplayed question in that category and of course Matt jumped on it.
I assume it was the producers. They kept it in because they would have been unable to drop it without losing continuity.
They certainly could have edited it out. They edit out stuff all the time, and have the hosts re-read clues or other segments if there were pronunciation errors or other issues.
But since this was an exhibition, they left it in for entertainment value and I’m so glad they did
It was entertaining, and given the hidden theme Ken was referencing in the gaffe, replacing the spoiled clue wouldn’t really have worked
To be fair, the fact that the stakes were zero made the decision very easy.
For “adjective that also means attractively & fashionably dressed” in category “RHYMES WITH A SNOW WHITE DWARF”, I thought ‘snazzy’ (rhyming with ‘Sneezy’). I think ‘tony’ (rhyming with ‘Dopey’ and meaning “stylish and sophisticated”) is just as accurate as ‘snappy’ (rhyming with ‘Happy’) and I think mine is almost as good. According to the Oxford dictionary only the end of two words has to have a correspondence of sound for the words to rhyme. [And I would also claim that “a correspondence of sound” wouldn’t even necessarily have to be “an exact duplicate sound”]
But, of course, this was just an exhibition and they weren’t getting to all of the clues even without having a judges’ interruption like I think they should have had if the contestants were actually winning money.
Sorry. Tony and dopey are not rhyming words.
The Oxford dictionary does not say that the sound of the last SYLLABLE of each word has to correspond, only that the END of two words has to have a correspondence of sound for the words to rhyme. [But I thought my snazzy/Sneezy was better than his tony/Dopey, anyway — it’s just that I wonder if those who created the clue had realized there were so many viable alternatives to their intended(?) snappy/Happy. I even think that snazzy fits the clue better than snappy — or at least is more commonly used for that description.]
As with some others, I was able to get one of the two (Europium) but couldn’t pull the other. Fun match to watch, and I loved the Celebrity feel of the match, with Ken’s gaffe, and Mattea’s and Amy’s commentary on their favorite 2002 songs.
You’re right, the good points keep coming to mind. I think I need to watch it a third time.
This episode was an absolute JOY to watch. Didn’t know how I’d feel about a Jeopardy Exhibition match with nothing at stake, but these three (and Ken as well) were just delightful. The hilarity near the end of the Numbers category is something that just wouldn’t happen and would be edited out some way if it were a regular game. While this of course isn’t what I want to see of regular Jeopardy, I would love a game like this every so often in the future. Very fun time.