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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Landmarks) for Monday, December 5, 2022 (Season 39, Game 61):
In 2009, during a 20th anniversary celebration, it was called “an edifice of fear. On Nov. 9, it became a place of joy”
(correct response beneath the contestants)
Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:
|Ben Hebert, a shipping manager from Chicago, Illinois
|Steph Martin, an editor, writer, and proofreader from Lakewood, Colorado
|Cris Pannullo, a customer success operations manager from Ocean City, New Jersey (20-day total: $710,865)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:
Last week, Cris Pannullo won $184,321 on the show. He definitely had to work for it, though—he survived a couple of scares. Right now, he’s sitting at 20 victories and is going for win #21 today, against Steph Martin and Ben Hebert.
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Correct response: What is the Berlin Wall?
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The quotation comes from former German president Horst Köhler, at the 20th anniversary celebration of the tearing down of the Berlin Wall—a literal barrier between East Germany and West Germany.
This should be a fairly straightforward Final Jeopardy! today, as long as players can do the requisite math, remembering what happened on November 9, 1989. It’s clear to me that the writers put November 9 into the clue in order to steer players away from June 4 of the same year—namely, Tiananmen Square.
Also, a clue about a historical event such as this one has got me thinking: Jeopardy!—even just the current syndicated version—began airing before a number of massively significant news events—now historical events—took place. The show faced widespread pre-emptions in the wake of the Challenger disaster in January 1986, September 11, 2001, the Nixon funeral in 1994, even the entry of the United States into the Iraq War in 2003. In a Jeopardy! context, though: the Berlin Wall was still up as Season 6 of the show was beginning in the fall of 1989.
(Categories: State Capital Nicknames; Animals In Books; Pointing Out Decimals; “Oo”, Booze!; Entertainment Awards; A Pack Of Lies)
Cris dominated the proceedings early on and doubled up to $9,600 on the Daily Double on clue #12. After that, though, Ben and Steph got the hang of the signaling device, with Ben picking up a number of low-valued clues to sit second after 30, and maybe give him some confidence for Double Jeopardy.
Statistics at the first break (15 clues):
Cris 8 correct 1 incorrect
Steph 2 correct 0 incorrect
Ben 1 correct 1 incorrect
Statistics after the Jeopardy round:
Cris 12 correct 1 incorrect
Ben 10 correct 1 incorrect
Steph 3 correct 1 incorrect
Double Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: History On The Double; Myth; Tree Time; Let’s Play Quarters; Musicals By Female Roles; Starts Or Ends With X)
The Daily Doubles stayed hidden for a while, but Cris then found them on successive clues! He got them both correct and cemented a runaway! Scores going into the Final were Cris at $33,200, Ben at $12,400, and Steph at $600.
Statistics after Double Jeopardy:
Cris 26 correct 1 incorrect
Ben 21 correct 3 incorrect
Steph 4 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 12 (0 today).
Cris and Steph got the Final correct; Cris is now a 21-day champion!
Tonight’s Game Stats:
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Scores going into Final:
Steph $600 + $100 = $700 (What is the Berlin Wall?)
Ben $12,400 – $11,750 = $650 (What is the Bastille?)
Cris $33,200 + $4,221 = $37,421 (What is Berlin Wall) (21-day total: $748,286)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) A PACK OF LIES $800 (clue #12)
Cris 4800 +4800 (Steph 1600 Ben 0)
2) MYTH $800 (clue #18)
Cris 20600 +7000 (Steph 200 Ben 8800)
3) HISTORY ON THE DOUBLE $2000 (clue #19, $7600 left on board)
Cris 27600 +2000 (Steph 200 Ben 8800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 141
Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:
Cris 5 4 5 4 4 4 4 4*
Steph 3 2 3 5
Cris 4 3 4 4 3 2 2* 5*
Steph 4 3
Ben 5 4 3 4 3 5 5 3 5
Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:
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
Cris $23,000 Coryat, 26 correct, 1 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Steph $600 Coryat, 4 correct, 2 incorrect, 10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Ben $12,400 Coryat, 21 correct, 3 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,000
Lach Trash: $11,000 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,000
Cris Pannullo, career statistics:
637 correct, 47 incorrect
32/34 on rebound attempts (on 82 rebound opportunities)
48.70% in first on buzzer (581/1193)
44/48 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $174,200)
14/21 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,324
Steph Martin, career statistics:
5 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $600
Ben Hebert, career statistics:
21 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,400
Cris Pannullo, to win:
22 games: 93.355%
Avg. streak: 35.048 games.
Ben got half a million likes on Twitter for a Twilight sign at the Chicago marathon.
Steph was a spelling bee competitor.
Cris owned an oversized pair of pants and would play basketball in them.
- With 637, Cris moves into 7th overall in terms of number of correct responses on the show. Mattea Roach is 6th withg 695.
- Today’s box score: December 5, 2022 Box Score.
Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: Cris $33,200 Ben $12,400 Steph $600)
Cris: Bet between $0 and $8,399 and enjoy win #21. (Actual bet: $4,221)
Steph: Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $100)
Ben: Bet between $0 and $11,199 and guarantee second place. (Actual bet: $11,750)
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