Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, December 28, 2022

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category America At War) for Wednesday, December 28, 2022 (Season 39, Game 78):

Until the Civil War, the Jan. 8 date of this battle of dubious military importance but big morale value was a national holiday

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Jamie Fletcher, a retired librarian from Troy, Michigan
Jamie Fletcher on Jeopardy!
Omkar Bhatt, an attorney from Chicago, Illinois
Omkar Bhatt on Jeopardy!
Ray Lalonde, a scenic artist from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (9-day total: $255,100)
Ray Lalonde on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Today is an important day in the Jeopardy! world of Ray Lalonde—a win today means he becomes the 16th player to win at least 10 games on Jeopardy. However, Jamie Fletcher and Omkar Bhatt want to stop him from doing that. Of the previous 18 players to win 9 games, only 3 players have had their streaks stopped at 9: Dan Pawson, Jason Keller, and Buzzy Cohen. Which side will Ray end up on?

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Correct response: What is the Battle of New Orleans?

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The federal holiday known as The Eighth was celebrated from 1828–1861 after the 1815 Battle of New Orleans, at the conclusion of the War of 1812. It was widely celebrated in the South after that war and became a federal holiday during the Andrew Jackson presidency. The battle was notable in American history due to the resounding defeat of British forces in New Orleans. However, the battle also took place two weeks after the Treaty of Ghent was signed, ending the War of 1812. (Hence, the “dubious military importance” part of the clue.)

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Compose Yourself; 6-Letter Verbs; Car Collisions; Oscar Winners On Tv; Here Comes The Bribe; All Dressed In White)

Ray had the best time of things early on today, picking up an incredible 11 correct before the opening break. Omkar and Jamie did battle back slightly afterwards, but Ray was over five figures after 30 clues.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Ray 11 correct 0 incorrect
Jamie 1 correct 0 incorrect
Omkar 1 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Ray 16 correct 0 incorrect
Omkar 7 correct 1 incorrect
Jamie 3 correct 2 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Literary Character Names; A Category Of Chance; The Human Body; World Capitals; Eponyms; It Had To Be Hugh)

Double Jeopardy saw both challengers get a chance to play a Daily Double; unfortunately, they both got it incorrect. Ray cruised to another runaway with $23,400 going into Final; Jamie had $4,400, getting clue #30 correct to edge past Omkar at $4,200.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Ray 27 correct 1 incorrect
Jamie 8 correct 4 incorrect
Omkar 14 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 12 (0 today).

Ray and Jamie got Final correct today—Ray is now the 16th player (and 7th in the last year and a half) to win at least 10 times on Jeopardy!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, December 28, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Ray $23,400
Jamie $4,400
Omkar $4,200

Tonight’s results:

Omkar $4,200 – $4,199 = $1 (What is I had fun?)
Jamie $4,400 + $4,000 = $8,400 (What is the Battle of New Orleans?)
Ray $23,400 + $6,600 = $30,000 (What was the Battle of New Orleans?) (10-day total: $285,100)

Ray Lalonde, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 28, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Ray $10,600
Omkar $2,800
Jamie $400

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) HERE COMES THE BRIBE $1000 (clue #12)
Ray 4400 +2000 (Omkar 600 Jamie 800)
2) WORLD CAPITALS $1200 (clue #2)
Omkar 3200 -3000 (Ray 10600 Jamie 400)
3) LITERARY CHARACTER NAMES $800 (clue #5, $30400 left on board)
Jamie 2000 -2000 (Ray 9000 Omkar 200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -148

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Ray 3 4 5 2 1 3 3 4 2 5*
Omkar 4
Jamie 1

DJ! Round:
Omkar 3* 4†
Jamie 1 4 2*

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Ray 3.20
Jamie 2.00
Omkar 3.67

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 12 (0.15 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Ray $22,400 Coryat, 27 correct, 1 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer (26/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Jamie $6,400 Coryat, 8 correct, 4 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Omkar $7,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,000
Lach Trash: $10,800 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,200

Ray Lalonde, career statistics:

261 correct, 30 incorrect
20/23 on rebound attempts (on 36 rebound opportunities)
42.63% in first on buzzer (243/570)
15/15 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $44,100)
8/10 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,680

Omkar Bhatt, career statistics:

14 correct, 3 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,200

Jamie Fletcher, career statistics:

9 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,400

Ray Lalonde, to win:

11 games: 83.818%
12: 70.255%
13: 58.886%
14: 49.358%
15: 41.371%
Avg. streak: 15.180 games.

Today’s interviews:

Jamie has begun refinishing furniture in her retirement.
Omkar has a son who cried when Omkar got The Call.
Ray prepared by attacking his weaknesses.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Ray $23,400 Jamie $4,400 Omkar $4,200)

Ray: Limit your bet to $14,599 and enjoy win #10! (Actual bet: $6,600)

Omkar: If Jamie makes the cover bet over you and is incorrect, she falls to $399. Limit your bet to $3,799. (Actual bet: $4,199)

Jamie: Standard cover bet over Omkar is $4,001. (Actual bet: $4,000)

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, December 28, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | December 28, 2022 at 9:08 am |

    Finally I get one that’s in my wheelhouse! Thank goodness for the military history category😮‍💨

    • Ditto for getting it right because “in my wheelhouse”, though for me it was not military history, per se, just being Andrew Jackson related, though I didn’t remember the month or day and never knew it was ever a national holiday. [I do not have a personal interest in Andrew Jackson, but have been around a lot of people in the past who did.]

      • I did think January 8th sounded familiar. I now realize it was Elvis Presley’s birthday (120 years later), so I guess in addition to the Civil War lowering the significance of the War of 1812’s Battle of New Orleans, Elvis has commandeered the significance of January 8th. I think that, too, will pass in another generation.

  2. In 1814 we took a little trip….. thank you to Johnny Horton for helping me get this one just like you did with The Bismarck a few months back. Though, the real clue to this was the word ‘dubious’ – it was the only dubious victory I could think of.

    • Great minds think alike. I posted something similar.

      • Indeed….now I await to see what Lou posts. Some times I think he’s a bot that uses previous posts to create his own 🙂

      • Robert Fawkes | December 28, 2022 at 6:57 pm |

        Same here. I could hear the Johnny Horton lyrics and tune in my head as I read the clue. I guess the “little trip” to New Orleans started in 1814 so the battle was actually fought in 1815. That could be a source of confusion for some people since the lyrics use 1814 even though the actual battle took place in 1815.

        • Of course, it was only 8 days into 1815 so the “little trip” presumably began at least a little over a week earlier.

  3. Singer Johnny Horton would have gotten this. “In 1814 we took a little trip….”

  4. Johnny Horton also did a British version of the song with the British winning in changed lyrics. Some of the lyrics reversed the roles of the British and rebels.

  5. Another great final q!

  6. This final is in my wheelhouse as I knew about the new Orleans conflict during the civil war. The is s is s the reason why I studied about it during my grade school years

  7. The tune on which “Battle of New Orleans” is based was called “The 8th of January,”

  8. Marvin Gregory “Greg” Fuller | December 28, 2022 at 3:36 pm |

    My uncle Ben played the fiddle for Johnny Horton, so yep easy for me.

  9. Bill Vollmer | December 28, 2022 at 5:09 pm |

    I knew that the Battle of New Orleans took place AFTER the official end of the War of 1812 (as we Americans call it.) But I didn’t kow it had been a holiday. So obiously I got this Final Jeopardy wrong.

  10. Growing up in New Orleans, I recognized the January 8 date but didn’t know it was a holiday. Here’s a page on the holiday from the Historic New Orleans Collection.

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