Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, December 5, 2022


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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
Ben Hebert on Jeopardy!
Steph Martin, an editor, writer, and proofreader from Lakewood, Colorado
Steph Martin on Jeopardy!
Cris Pannullo, a customer success operations manager from Ocean City, New Jersey (20-day total: $710,865)
Cris Pannullo on Jeopardy!

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.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(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:

Cris $33,200
Ben $12,400
Steph $600

Tonight’s results:

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)


Cris Pannullo, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 5, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Cris $11,000
Ben $3,200
Steph $1,400


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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:

J! Round:
Cris 5 4 5 4 4 4 4 4*
Steph 3 2 3 5
Ben

DJ! Round:
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:

Cris 3.81
Steph 3.33
Ben 4.11

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 $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%
23: 87.151%
24: 81.359%
25: 75.953%
26: 70.905%
Avg. streak: 35.048 games.

Today’s interviews:

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.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • 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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30 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, December 5, 2022"

  1. Remembering the Berlin wall came down 51st anniversary of Kristallnacht made this a gimme for me.

    • Katerina E. | December 5, 2022 at 1:11 pm |

      On November 9, 1989 I was in my first year at University of Cincinnati. Going to classes that morning, a student from the Hillel center at the campus was handing out fliers with information about Kristallnacht. I’m not sure that I had hear of it before that day, but it was the most in-depth education I’d had on the subject.

      That afternoon, after my final class of the day and then dinner, I stopped in the lobby of my dorm to check my mailbox. My 18th birthday had been on the 2nd, and I was still receiving cards that week. After checking for mail, I decided to go to the TV in the lobby to check on the evening nightly news programs, and was shocked to see images of people climbing on the Wall. I was waiting for the East German guards to start firing on them. I was fixed on the TV as I watched what was unfolding. It was a day with such remarkable book ends, and it will stay with me for a long time.

  2. I’ll never forget in the following years after the fall of the wall, a huge piece of it, probably 15 X 10 feet, was on display at the South Coast Plaza Mall in Southern California. I recall someone asking for directions to Saks Fifth Ave., and my reply, “Keep walking in this direction until you run into the Berlin Wall, then make a left, can’t miss it.”

  3. I had a colleague who was visiting Berlin on vacation when the wall came down, and he brought a small piece of it back with him. So that date is easy for me to remember. The rest fell into place.

  4. Michael Johnston | December 5, 2022 at 10:46 am |

    Yeah, the date made it easy to connect to the landmark.

  5. My local library has a memorial wall in the front of the building (near the lawn) that holds a piece of the Berlin Wall…here in Mtn. View, CA.

  6. This is way too easy for a Final Jeopardy, I am stunned

  7. Can’t wait for the high school reunion tournament!!! That sounds super fun

  8. Way too easy, the fall of the berlin wall was all over the news many years ago and now the 51st anniversary of this event just brings back memories for me. Congrats Cris and Steph getting this

  9. People should probably be a little more considerate saying this is too easy for a final jeopardy. It’s only easy if you know the answer.

  10. If the today’s clue was too easy for some, here’s a related fun clue: This milestone related to the Berlin Wall was marked on February 5, 2018.

    I’ve celebrated it.

    • Well, the Berlin Wall was up for a little under 30 years….and that is a little under 30 years after it came down. So, I’m going to guess that is the date that it was down for as long as it was up. Hard to believe it’s been down longer than it was up.

      • That’s exactly right! I wish there was a special word for that kind of milestone.

        • I think there should be such a word. I always note things like that, such as “been alive as long after a parent’s death as before” or “have lived married as long since the wedding as lived before it” (then “twice as long 🥰). I bet Shakespeare could have thought of a good word for it had he needed one.

  11. I found the use of the word “edifice” confusing. An edifice normally refers to a building.

    • Agreed. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a wall described as an “edifice” before. Standard dictionaries seem to agree. May have been what misled Ben.

  12. Not feeling Ben’s wager in FJ.

  13. A chunk of the Berlin Wall is on display in the L train station right down the street from my home; I pass by it every day. I did visit Berlin as a teen while the Wall was still up…an emotional day.

  14. I was born in ’88, so I can’t remember seeing the news because I was still in diapers when it happened. Don’t act like “it’s so obvious, everyone remembers the news” because some of us are younger and have only seen seven minutes of it on YouTube (like me – and, yes, I’ve visited a chunk of the wall too). But even so, I got it in five seconds, because I saw “1989” and “20th anniversary celebration” and knew it could only be the Berlin Wall. There wouldn’t have been a celebration in China. No way. That’s why I knew it couldn’t be Tiananmen. Surprised that Ben was unable to convert. The Bastille? Really? That was two hundred years earlier…

    • The French Revolution was 1789 and the Opéra Bastille was opened on the site in 1989. Only November 9th vs July 13th made Ben’s response not fit. Presumably the quote wasn’t made twice, but it still fit except for the date. I guess the November 9th date was given to differentiate it from the Opéra Bastille rather than Tiananmen Square.

  15. Judy Lichtman | December 5, 2022 at 8:09 pm |

    I got it right. There used to be a place called The Newseum in DC that had a huge exhibit. I was there a few times.

  16. I thought the final was very poorly worded. It was ambiguous what year was being referenced by “November 9th”. Was it the November 9th in 1989, or the November 9th in 2009? To make the question unambiguous they should have written it in a way that made it clear that the November 9th they were talking about was also in 1989.

    • I think this one’s on you. Not sure how else the show could word a direct quotation.

      • Right, but also it said “during a 20th anniversary celebration” which implies it was probably pretty close to the same date as the 20 years prior event (a day of the week problem or a postponement due to weather could possibly make it not exactly the same day, but not likely).

        I also feel that “On Nov. 9, it became a place of joy” implies the speech was referring to the 20-yrs-ago event because of using the date and the past tense. If the 2009 anniversary event was somehow making it a place of joy (such as erecting a playground), the speech would probably have said something like “today (or now) this becomes a place of joy”.

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