Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, December 1, 2022


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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Language & Its Meanings) for Thursday, December 1, 2022 (Season 39, Game 59):

Now meaning someone with nocturnal habits, it catches a sleeping dove in Shakespeare’s “…Lucrece”

Editorial note: The clue above has been redacted from how it has been displayed on the show. The Jeopardy! website contains the full text of the clue.

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Jeri Zulli, an English professor from East Setauket, New York
Jeri Zulli on Jeopardy!
Rob Lamanna, a product manager from Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Rob Lamanna on Jeopardy!
Cris Pannullo, a customer success operations manager from Ocean City, New Jersey (18-day total: $637,923)
Cris Pannullo on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Cris Pannullo picked up victory #18 last night on Jeopardy!—if he wins today, he ties Jason Zuffranieri and David Madden at 19. Jeri Zulli and Rob Lamonna attempt to stop him.


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Correct response: What is a night owl?


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“The dove sleeps fast that this night-owl will catch” That is the requisite line from the Shakespeare poem; the term “night owl” is often used today to refer to a nocturnal person.

Now: I don’t know if Jeopardy! itself is attempting to trap websites by adding language that might get these sites demonetized, but it is my belief that if a publisher can not publish the full text of a clue out of fear of demonetization, that clue is completely inappropriate for use on the program. Be better, Jeopardy. Your writers’ behavior is puerile and sophomoric, and this clue’s wording is extremely inappropriate for 2022. There’s a reason why the Folger Shakespeare Library in D.C. just calls it “Lucrece” now—and you need to follow that lead.

I also understand that other publishers might choose a different editorial policy regarding this clue, and that is their prerogative. I have made my choice based on my own personal risk tolerance; I just don’t like how the show has put myself and others in a position to have to choose between potentially running afoul of its advertisers’ content guidelines and publishing what airs on the show.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Remembering Olivia Newton-John; Nickname’s The Same; Geography; Doctor-Ing Up Literature; 1, 2 & 3; Dollars To Donuts)

Cris had the best opening round, and was aided by Jeri going to the top row—this gave Cris the control he needed to get to the Daily Double. Cris’s score was over five figures after 30 clues today.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Cris 8 correct 0 incorrect
Rob 4 correct 0 incorrect
Jeri 1 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Cris 19 correct 0 incorrect
Rob 6 correct 0 incorrect
Jeri 2 correct 0 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Biblical Demons, Devils & Spirits; Role In Common; World Museums; Hit The Sauce; Every Man A King; Contractions)

Double Jeopardy! started well for Rob, but he only ventured about half his score on the first Daily Double. Both fortunately and unfortunately for Cris, it was Jeri who found the last one when in a very distant third. As it was, Rob did just enough to keep Cris from having a runaway! Scores going into Final were Cris at $27,600, Rob at $14,200, and Jeri at $3,900.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Cris 34 correct 0 incorrect
Rob 12 correct 2 incorrect
Jeri 5 correct 1 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 12 (0 today).

Cris and Rob got Final correct today—Cris is now a 19-day champion; he’ll go for #20 tomorrow!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

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Scores going into Final:

Cris $27,600
Rob $14,200
Jeri $3,900

Tonight’s results:

Jeri $3,900 – $100 = $3,800 (What is sleepwalking?)
Rob $14,200 + $12,600 = $26,800 (What is a night owl?)
Cris $27,600 + $1,221 = $28,821 (What is night owl) (19-day total: $666,744)


Cris Pannullo, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 1, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Cris $11,600
Rob $3,800
Jeri $1,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) DOCTOR-ING UP LITERATURE $800 (clue #6)
Cris 2200 +2200 (Rob 0 Jeri 1000)
2) BIBLICAL DEMONS, DEVILS & SPIRITS $1200 (clue #10)
Rob 8600 +4400 (Cris 16000 Jeri -200)
3) CONTRACTIONS $800 (clue #21, $4800 left on board)
Jeri 1800 +1700 (Cris 23600 Rob 14200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 236

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Cris 5 5 5 5 4*
Rob
Jeri 1

DJ! Round:
Cris 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 5 4 2 5
Rob 4 5 3 3 3* 5† 3 5
Jeri 2 2*

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Cris 4.19
Rob 3.88
Jeri 1.67

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 12 (0.20 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Cris $26,200 Coryat, 34 correct, 0 incorrect, 56.14% in first on buzzer (32/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Rob $11,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Jeri $3,000 Coryat, 5 correct, 1 incorrect, 8.77% in first on buzzer (5/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,200
Lach Trash: $9,800 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,000

Cris Pannullo, career statistics:

575 correct, 44 incorrect
30/31 on rebound attempts (on 73 rebound opportunities)
48.84% in first on buzzer (527/1079)
38/42 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $149,700)
12/19 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,316

Rob Lamanna, career statistics:

13 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,400)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,000

Jeri Zulli, career statistics:

5 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
8.77% in first on buzzer (5/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,700)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,000

Cris Pannullo, to win:

20 games: 92.470%
21: 85.506%
22: 79.068%
23: 73.114%
24: 67.608%
Avg. streak: 31.280 games.

Today’s interviews:

Jeri has a 46-year tradition of going to Homecoming at William & Mary.
Rob has a Charlie Murphy $5 chip as a treasured possession.
Cris dislikes olives.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • At $666,744, Cris moves to 7th all-time in terms of total winnings on the show (including tournaments).
  • At 575, Cris passes David Madden for 9th all-time in terms of the number of correct responses given on the show. Julia Collins sits 8th at 584.
  • This is not the type of game that a challenger needs to play if they want to defeat a champion like Cris; Cris needs to be starved of the Daily Doubles, and challengers need to take full advantage of them.
  • Today’s box score: December 1, 2022 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Cris $27,600 Rob $14,200 Jeri $3,900)

Cris: Standard cover bet over Rob is $801. (Actual bet: $1,221)

Rob: If Cris makes a cover bet and is incorrect, he falls to $26,799. Bet at least $12,601. (Actual bet: $12,600)

Jeri: Bet between $0 and $2,299 to stay ahead of Rob in case he’s incorrect. (Actual bet: $100)


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35 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, December 1, 2022"

  1. Seemed obvious since I got it right away, but as they say, ‘the easiest ones are the ones you know’

    • Michael Johnston | December 1, 2022 at 10:03 am |

      An instant get for me also, which makes me hope that this might be an example of the infrequent Triple Get🙂🤞

    • Me three

      • Diganta Das | December 1, 2022 at 1:00 pm |

        One does not need the Shakespeare reference to get the answer, and that is the beauty of language evolution.

        • Totally agree, which is why I expected it to be a triple get, but apparently Jeri fixated on “nocturnal habits”, ignoring “meaning someone with” and “it catches a . . . dove” — odd for an English teacher. Perhaps she or a close family member is a sleepwalker and when she saw/heard “nocturnal habits” she thought something like “Oh, oh, I got lucky with this clue” and subconsciously did not really pay attention to the rest of it. I did something like that myself because I AM a night owl and I thought of that immediately upon reading the first part of the clue (BUT I did read the rest, but it just reinforced my first response.)

        • Robert Fawkes | December 1, 2022 at 6:40 pm |

          Agreed. As a night owl myself, the clue came to me immediately upon reading the first part of the clue, the rest merely confirmed it. Weird that the English Professor was the one who missed it.

        • Bill Vollmer | December 2, 2022 at 11:58 am |

          I know little of Shakespeare, but reading the clue as Ken read it, i immediately said “what is a night owl.” Thought it was somewht easy for a Final Jeopardy, but maybe the writers threw in the Shakespeare reference to make at leaat seem harder

  2. What poor judgment by the show. Disappointed.

  3. Seems like a bizarre subject to bring up on a family show.

  4. Andy,

    On the contestant overview, I believe you added an extra 7 to Cris’s totals. He should have about $600k, not $6 million. Keep up the good work!

  5. seemed like a pretty obvious FJ today

  6. On the one hand, it does seem like a questionable word to use in a family show. On the other hand, it should not be a problem to state the name of a Shakespeare poem on a website. This seems like a moderation issue more than a Jeopardy! issue.

    • And yet, the website of the world’s largest Shakespeare collection only uses the last word of the poem’s title to refer to it.

      Jeopardy! could have easily done the same and chose not to, and their not doing so is going to cause angst for those who report on the show day in and day out.

  7. pretty obvious final today, we all have been the night owls like my dad is. But still Rob looks good for a spot in the second chance tournament given his impressive performance against cris. Happy to see him and Rob getting final right. I am not a nigh owl but still though I like this one.

    • In my opinion, I think Rob only has the third-best challenger’s performance of the week—I think he might be a longshot for Second Chance.

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  8. I always wondered how Long Ken would have lasted as champ if players played the way they do now back then. It’s crazy seeing how Jeopardy has evolved with the like of James stirring things up with his aggressive style.

  9. It appears that there was an attempt by the writers to discourage aggressive hunting for DDs.

    Tom, Richard and Harry say: don’t open a high-valued clue before figuring out what the category with a cryptic title is about.

  10. Why is there is so much angst over printing the crime word in the poem’s title, while printing the crime word, “murder,” carries no such uproar? Both are heinous, but one must not be named?

    • Because one is mentioned explicitly as being against an advertising platform’s Terms of Service and one is not.

      • Robert Fawkes | December 1, 2022 at 6:48 pm |

        I applaud your decision, Andy. Why risk violating the Terms of Service over a single word. Better to be cautious than to be de-platformed over someone else’s use of a problematic word. I would hate to lose your website over something so unnecessary. Good on you for catching it.

        • I once tried to put a “wanted” ad/posting on my company’s electronic bulletin board for a paperback of a book both my twins needed for school and it would not let me put that title. Luckily, as of that time, I could just refer to it as “the only book by Harper Lee”. (So you know what word was problematic.)

          • Lone Biker Of The Apacolypse | December 2, 2022 at 12:24 am |

            I guess noone should ever listen to Merry Clayton’s solo verse in “Gimme Shelter” again.

  11. I am, and always have been, an unrepentant night owl! I laughed and shouted my response at the TV!

    • 👍 However, I cannot say “always have been” for myself because there was a period when I was about 9 to 14 when I would go to bed early and wake up every morning before everyone else, read the morning paper, and start coffee for my parents! I have no idea what began or ended that period. I got a baby brother when I was 10, so one would think that might have been more likely to have been the beginning or the end. 🤷

      • What ended it is known to science. See “puberty circadian rhythm”.

        • Maybe, but I was a “late bloomer” and also until about age 32 I never had any problem with “normal bedtime” or getting up “early, I just got up super early during those 9-14 ages. I have been a night owl since about age 32, even though going to an earlier in the day circadian rhythm was supposed to hit me 5 or 10 years ago.

          However, I just remembered that my DNA “traits” profile did say ‘night owl’.

  12. Cris looked a little upset after Jeri found the 2nd DD, especially after Rob thanked her, which was hilarious.

    • Sometimes I wonder if he’s really looking for the DD or giving the other players a chance. One game he was choosing lower amount clues when there were still DD.

  13. In the “Remembering Olive Newton-John” category I was shocked that no-one could identify Gene Kelly. I guess I’m that old.

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