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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Contemporary Authors) for Wednesday, November 9, 2022 (Season 39, Game 43):
A trip to El Paso with his young son & wondering what the city might look like years into the future inspired a novel by this author
(correct response beneath the contestants)
Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:
|Tyler Rhode, a director at a start-up from New York, New York
|Maureen O’Neil, an executive assistant from Cambridge, Massachusetts
|Amy Schneider, a writer from Oakland, California
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:
There are now 9 contestants in the running to win the 30th Tournament of Champions. By the end of today, we will be down to 7. The first semifinal is between Amy Schneider, Maureen O’Neil, and Tyler Rhode. The matchup definitely worked in Amy’s favor—but I must reiterate, these matchups do appear to have been done by seeding; today’s match was 1–6–9, Thursday’s was 2–7–8, and Friday’s was 3–4–5. It’s also a matchup algorithm I personally agree with. This is also the tournament’s first match where the prediction model has given a player more than a 50% chance of winning. I think that in spite of Amy’s having mentioned that she hasn’t prepared for the tournament as much as she would like, she will pull through and pick a victory today.
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Correct response: Who is Cormac McCarthy?
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Cormac McCarthy was inspired to write his post-apocalyptic novel The Road after a 2003 visit to El Paso, Texas, with his young son, picturing “fires on the hill” after a mass extinction event. The book won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; the El Paso visit inspiration story came from McCarthy’s 2007 interview with Oprah Winfrey after the book was selected for Oprah’s Book Club.
(Categories: Supreme Court Cases; Shakespeare Just Kills Me; Chess For Champs; Travel; I’m “En” It!; Stanford Athletics)
The first 15 clues belonged to Amy and Tyler; Tyler jumped out to a lead, but Amy bounced back to take a lead after 15 clues—which wasn’t helped by Tyler having a response overruled by the judges. Coming out of the break. Amy picked up 9 correct, including the Daily Double, to have three times Tyler’s score. Maureen got in on the buzzer once.
Statistics at the first break (15 clues):
Amy 7 correct 1 incorrect
Tyler 6 correct 1 incorrect
Maureen 0 correct 0 incorrect
Statistics after the Jeopardy round:
Amy 16 correct 1 incorrect
Tyler 10 correct 2 incorrect
Maureen 1 correct 0 incorrect
Double Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: River Run; Geology; 3-Named People; International Film Style; Frontier Folk; Onomatopoeia)
Double Jeopardy! saw a lengthy search for the Daily Doubles as Maureen and Amy finally got to them on clues 24 and 27! That was enough to cement Amy’s runaway in this game. Going into Final, the scores were Amy at $19,600, Tyler at $7,000, and Maureen at $600.
Statistics after Double Jeopardy:
Amy 26 correct 4 incorrect
Tyler 17 correct 4 incorrect
Maureen 3 correct 1 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 12 (0 today).
Amy and Tyler got Final correct—Amy’s now a finalist!
Tonight’s Game Stats:
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, November 9, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:
Scores going into Final:
Maureen $600 – $0 = $600 ($10,000) (Who is ?)
Tyler $7,000 + $0 = $7,000 ($10,000) (Who is Cormac McCarthy?)
Amy $19,600 + $64 = $19,664 (Who is Cormac McCarthy?) (Finalist)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) SUPREME COURT CASES $400 (clue #22)
Amy 7200 +4000 (Maureen 0 Tyler 4000)
2) RIVER RUN $800 (clue #24)
Maureen 3600 -3000 (Amy 17400 Tyler 5800)
3) FRONTIER FOLK $800 (clue #27, $1200 left on board)
Amy 18200 +1000 (Maureen 600 Tyler 6200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -22
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 12 (0.28 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Amy $15,800 Coryat, 26 correct, 4 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57), 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Tyler $7,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 4 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Maureen $3,600 Coryat, 3 correct, 1 incorrect, 5.26% in first on buzzer (3/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $26,400
Lach Trash: $16,800 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,800
Amy Schneider, career statistics:
1379 correct, 87 incorrect
64/78 on rebound attempts (on 167 rebound opportunities)
51.90% in first on buzzer (1267/2441)
68/78 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $215,200)
29/43 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,233
Maureen O’Neil, career statistics:
91 correct, 18 incorrect
10/14 on rebound attempts (on 38 rebound opportunities)
22.72% in first on buzzer (87/383)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
4/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,800
Tyler Rhode, career statistics:
168 correct, 20 incorrect
12/13 on rebound attempts (on 28 rebound opportunities)
36.04% in first on buzzer (164/455)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $11,000)
5/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,475
Remaining Players’ Tournament of Champions Chances (after 100,000 Simulations)
Amy Schneider: 34.280%
Matt Amodio: 20.642%
John Focht: 7.648%
Sam Buttrey: 6.067%
Mattea Roach: 7.071%
Eric Ahasic: 12.464%
Andrew He: 11.828%
Tyler was banned from a Sixers podcast for not naming it.
Maureen moved from New Hampshire to Massachusetts.
Amy got her check the day she lost.
- As there’s some confusion (still?) on this point: The final will be between 3 and 7 games; regular play resumes at some point between November 17–23.
- Today’s box score: November 9, 2022 Box Score.
Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: Amy $19,600 Tyler $7,000 Maureen $600)
Amy: Bet no more than $4,599 and enjoy your win! (Actual bet: $64)
Maureen: Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $0)
Tyler: Bet between $0 and $5,799 and enjoy second place. (Actual bet: $0)
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