Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, December 2, 2022


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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Capitals) for Friday, December 2, 2022 (Season 39, Game 60):

Among its nicknames are the “City of Classical Music” &, possibly in honor of a famous resident from 1860 to 1938, the “City of Dreams”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Ilana Freedman, an occupational therapy assistant from New Orleans, Louisiana
Ilana Freedman on Jeopardy!
Josh Gregor, a teacher from Grand Rapids, Michigan
Josh Gregor on Jeopardy!
Cris Pannullo, a customer success operations manager from Ocean City, New Jersey (19-day total: $666,744)
Cris Pannullo on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

With his win yesterday, Cris Pannullo tied Jason Zuffranieri and David Madden with his 19th victory. Today, he goes for win #20—winning that 20th game will tie Julia Collins. Today, Josh Gregor and Ilana Freedman enter the Jeopardy! stage in the hopes of becoming Jeopardy! champion.

One thing’s for sure: The longer streaks that we’ve seen since James Holzhauer are actually what I thought we would have seen 17-18 years ago in the aftermath of Ken Jennings’s and David Madden’s streaks. However, all of these super-champions have won with their own unique play style, and I don’t think I can uniquely blame “the analytics revolution” as a cause for all of these great players. The only real commonality, I would say, would be the breadth of the show’s casting that Jeopardy! has been able to do since COVID. Moving the auditions online has reduced a significant barrier to entry for numerous prospective contestants, many of whom are immensely capable of going on a lengthy win streak but otherwise would have been unable to access the show’s tryouts.

The way to defeat Cris is definitely through the Daily Doubles. He needs to be starved of them, and the challengers need to make the most of their opportunities with them—even making bets that contestants might otherwise not be comfortable with.


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Correct response: What is Vienna, Austria?


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Composers such as Schubert, Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven spent significant time in Vienna, leading to its being well-known as the City of Classical Music. One of the academics who ties Freud into Vienna and the nickname “City of Dreams” is Harvard professor Joseph Koerner, doing so in his documentary “City of Dreams”. Per the film’s description, “Using one of Vienna’s most famous sons, Sigmund Freud, as a key, Koerner attempts to unlock Vienna’s psyche for clues as to why this unlikely city gave birth to modernism”.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Historic Quotations; Body Language; Fizz-ics; African Lakes & Rivers; Hit The Spot; NFL Teams By Home Stadium)

Today looked like it was going to be Cris’s day from the get-go, he got the Daily Double early and was over $10,000 at the interviews. By the end of the Jeopardy! round, he’d picked up 17 correct!

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Cris 9 correct 0 incorrect
Josh 4 correct 0 incorrect
Ilana 2 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Cris 17 correct 2 incorrect
Ilana 6 correct 0 incorrect
Josh 7 correct 3 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: It’s Epic; Their ’80s No. 1 Album; Word History; Honorary U.S. Citizens; Old Technology; Micro Fish)

There really was no stopping Cris today, as much as Ilana and Josh tried. Cris found the Daily Double on consecutive clues, punting the second one for just $100. (He did get the clue correct, though.) Going into Final, the scores were Cris at $35,900, Ilana at $11,000, and Josh at $1,200.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Cris 34 correct 2 incorrect
Ilana 11 correct 1 incorrect
Josh 10 correct 5 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 12 (0 today).

Final Jeopardy! today was a triple get—Cris has cleared the $700,000 mark and returns on Monday as a 20-day champion!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, December 2, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Cris $35,900
Ilana $11,000
Josh $1,200

Tonight’s results:

Josh $1,200 + $128 = $1,328 (What is Vienna?)
Ilana $11,000 + $0 = $11,000 (What is Vienna?)
Cris $35,900 + $8,221 = $44,121 (What is Vienna) (20-day total: $710,865)


Cris Pannullo, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 2, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Cris $12,400
Ilana $3,800
Josh $2,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) AFRICAN LAKES & RIVERS $600 (clue #7)
Cris 3600 +3600 (Josh 1600 Ilana 0)
2) OLD TECHNOLOGY $1200 (clue #11)
Cris 19200 +7000 (Josh 4000 Ilana 8200)
3) HONORARY U.S. CITIZENS $800 (clue #12, $18000 left on board)
Cris 26200 +100 (Josh 4000 Ilana 8200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 137

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Cris 5 4 5 5 3*
Josh 3 4
Ilana

DJ! Round:
Cris 4 5 4 3* 2*
Josh 3 4
Ilana 4 5 3 5 3

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Cris 4.00
Ilana 4.00
Josh 3.50

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 $27,800 Coryat, 34 correct, 2 incorrect, 54.39% in first on buzzer (31/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Ilana $11,000 Coryat, 11 correct, 1 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Josh $1,200 Coryat, 10 correct, 5 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,000
Lach Trash: $6,000 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,000

Cris Pannullo, career statistics:

610 correct, 46 incorrect
32/33 on rebound attempts (on 77 rebound opportunities)
49.12% in first on buzzer (558/1136)
41/45 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $160,400)
13/20 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,440

Josh Gregor, career statistics:

11 correct, 5 incorrect
0/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $1,200

Ilana Freedman, career statistics:

12 correct, 1 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,000

Cris Pannullo, to win:

21 games: 92.983%
22: 86.459%
23: 80.392%
24: 74.751%
25: 69.506%
Avg. streak: 33.252 games.

Today’s interviews:

Ilana started reading the encyclopedia at the age of 7 or 8.
Josh would move around in the womb when his mom watched Jeopardy!
Cris has siblings sending him photos of him giving thumbs-up on the show.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • At 610, Cris passes Julia Collins for 8th all-time in terms of number of correct responses on the show; barring a historically low performance, Cris will pass Jason Zuffranieri (617) for 7th on Monday.
  • $44,121 is the 132nd-best regular-play one-day total of all time on the show.
  • As you can see, the clue selection chart doesn’t show any mistakes—Cris was just dominant when he needed to be in order to find and convert the Daily Doubles.
  • Today’s box score: December 2, 2022 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Cris $35,900 Ilana $11,000 Josh $1,200)

Cris: Bet between $0 and $13,899 and enjoy win #20! (Actual bet: $8,221)

Josh: Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $128)

Ilana: Bet between $0 and $8,599 and enjoy second place. (Actual bet: $0)


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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, December 2, 2022"

  1. Got this correct solely because of The Sound Of Music.

  2. Michael Johnston | December 2, 2022 at 9:43 am |

    The “City of Classical Music” was all I needed, although I’m a bit miffed that I did not connect the dates to Freud :/ The “City of Dreams” ref was new to me.

  3. Figured they were talking about Freud, but didn’t know he lived in Vienna. I did get it correct, though, from the first half of the clue.

    • If someone had just asked me “out of the blue” where Freud lived, I am not sure that I would have remembered it was Vienna [at least not quickly], but after the first part made me think maybe Vienna would be ‘City of Classical Music’, then the resident/dreams part made me think maybe Freud, then I remembered “oh, yeah, Vienna was where he was”. The dates were no help to me.

  4. I knew about Freud’s residency there due to watching the excellent 2019 PBS drama “Vienna Blood.”

  5. I thought the question gave lots of strong hints.
    I certainly think of Vienna when I think of classical music, and 1938 being the year of the Anschluss with Nazi Germany, I knew that many prominent Jewish citizens would have left in its wake – and the dreams/Freud connection seemed clear.
    A very modest 2 FJ win streak to end the week.
    🙂

    • Interesting – I didn’t even connect it to the Anschluss – very intuitive of you. And that being much of my family left soon after Kristallnacht (which was end of 1938).

      • Thanks – I am glad that much of your family was able to escape – the overwhelming majority of my family still in Europe after 1938 lived in the Baltic States and they never had a chance.

    • Picking up on the true reason for Freud not being in Vienna past 1938 was particularly commendable considering he died in 1939, so anyone knowing approximately when his lifespan was [I had no idea] would have probably thought 1938 was when he died.

  6. When I saw the classical greats like Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart, I immediately went for Vienna because it was known as the city of classical music. As a huge fan of Beethoven and Mozart I still think back to their performances in Vienna. Happy to see a triple get today

    • Of the first Viennese crew (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert), Schubert was the only native son.

    • Robert Fawkes | December 2, 2022 at 6:14 pm |

      Odd that you “immediately went for Vienna” when you “saw the classical greats like Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart,” since that wasn’t even part of the clue. I think you are mixing up Andy’s information with the clue. That’s easy to do since Andy so deftly provides further information that really elucidates the correct response. This isn’t meant to be harsh or critical, just kidding you a bit. I’ve done that myself sometimes. 🙂

  7. Robert Fawkes | December 2, 2022 at 6:05 pm |

    Even though I knew that Vienna was one of several cities nicknamed the “City of Dreams,” I never connected that to Freud. I thought it was just because it is a nice place to live. Good to learn something new today thanks to Jeopardy!.

    Another “City of Dreams” is Mumbai, India, for other reasons. In the U.S., the city of Austin, Texas, among others, is another example called the “City of Dreams” and is also known for its live music. Of course, none of the other cities with that nickname fit the other parts of the clue.

  8. Just curious: WHY would Austin be called “City of Dreams”? I found only one very small reference to it (in a list of city nicknames with absolutely no explanations). It seems odd for a city with the motto “Keep Austin Weird”. But Google thinks THE city in the USA considered “City of Dreams” is NYC which seems weird for “the city that never sleeps”! [Just kidding, I know dreams in NYC means hope, ambition, goals, etc., not figments of REM sleep.]

    • Robert Fawkes | December 2, 2022 at 8:49 pm |

      I think the answer to your question of why Austin is called the “City of Dreams” is right there in your comment. The dreams part refers to hopes, ambitions, goals, etc. It is a city where all dreams are possible. To quote Lonely Planet, “Austin is a vibrant city unlike any other in Texas, or even the world. Well-known as a cultural hub for the quirky and offbeat, there is always something unique going on for visitors and residents alike.”

  9. On a side note, I love the way Ken has become so well integrated with the show. He has managed to make it his own already with the way his sense of humor keeps coming through, and creates more brightness in the show than I recall ever seeing.

  10. Bill Vollmer | December 5, 2022 at 10:57 am |

    Andy, in the “honorary US citizens” category, with the clue referring to WInston CHurchill becoming the first “honorary US Citizen,” Cris gave the response “Who is Kennedy?” Though I’m sure only a President, through an act of Congress, can bestow that honor, shouldn’t have Cris been asked “which Kennedy?”
    As for this games’ FInal Jeopardy, the second part of the clue, “City of Dreams,” gave it to me. The only world capital I could think of that could fit that nickname was Vienna, since I presumed that it refered to Freud’s work. And, of course I was right.

  11. I am bad at predicting the rate of success in final Jeopardy. I really thought this was not as obvious as many of the above and thought it would be a 1/3 or 2/3 at best. Three people is such a small sample that predicting an individual game is foolish, I guess, but it doesn’t stop me from trying.

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