Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, December 7, 2022

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category U.S. Presidents) for Wednesday, December 7, 2022 (Season 39, Game 63):

He was sworn in twice as President within 2 years, first by his father & then later by a former U.S. President

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Ron Cheung, an economics professor from Lakewood, Ohio
Ron Cheung on Jeopardy!
Tammy Groner, a legal assistant from Hamilton, New Jersey
Tammy Groner on Jeopardy!
Andy Tirrell, a political science & international relations professor from San Diego, California (1-day total: $15,399)
Andy Tirrell on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

What will Andy Tirrell do for an encore? Yesterday he played giant killer, defeating a 21-day champion in Cris Pannullo. Today, the San Diego professor faces off against Tammy Groner and Ron Cheung.

Going off on a bit of a tangent: I’ve been doing a lot of research as of late into the early history of the Alex Trebek version of the show, and it seems to me as if the San Diego TV market played a positive role in the early history of the show. One of the first contestant searches, in early September 1984, was in San Diego—the Los Angeles Times sent a reporter to cover it. Moreover, during what I’m now calling the “Dark Ages” between when KCBS Los Angeles decided in late October that it would rather play Quincy reruns in the afternoon and when independent station KCOP purchased the rights to air the show in early January 1985, the only way to watch Jeopardy! in Southern California was via KCST (now KNSD)—UHF channel 39. The ramifications of that reverberate to this day, as it’s certainly made J! Archive’s job significantly more difficult in terms of getting Season 1 episodes.

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Correct response: Who is Calvin Coolidge?

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When President Harding died in August 1923, Calvin Coolidge, then Vice President, had been visiting his family in Plymouth Notch, Vermont. When the Coolidge family received word of Harding’s death, it was suggested that Coolidge receive the Oath of Office as soon as possible to preserve presidential continuity. Coolidge’s father, John Calvin Coolidge, Sr., was a Vermont notary public and justice of the peace and administered the Oath of Office. In March 1925, after Coolidge had been re-elected President, Chief Justice William Howard Taft—himself a former President—administered the Oath.

I enjoyed this Final Jeopardy! clue today—it’s a fun story for those who aren’t aware of it, but if you can piece it together in time (i.e. knowing that Taft was Chief Justice following his Presidency), it’s gettable even if you don’t know the first part.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: A Decade To Remember; College Football Bowl Biz; State Stuff; “U” Is The Only Vowel; TV Sidekicks; Ginger Zee Talks Meteorology)

Today’s game started with a great battle between Andy and Tammy; however, Tammy took control of the game after the interviews. She got 10 correct in the second segment, including the Daily Double!

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Andy 6 correct 0 incorrect
Tammy 5 correct 0 incorrect
Ron 3 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Tammy 15 correct 0 incorrect
Andy 10 correct 0 incorrect
Ron 4 correct 2 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Life’s Peaks & Valleys; Sequels; Famous South Americans; Angles Among Us; Classic Movie Characters; I Will Leave)

Tammy kept up her strong play, but was unable to find a Daily Double—Ron found them both! While he was a little bit conservative on the first one, he took a slim lead after betting $9,000 on the second! Unfortunately, he didn’t hold onto that lead—Tammy took it back on the last clue of the round! Scores going into Final were Tammy at $22,200, Ron at $22,000, and Andy at $11,200.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Tammy 24 correct 0 incorrect
Ron 14 correct 2 incorrect
Andy 17 correct 1 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 12 (0 today).

Final Jeopardy! today was a Triple Stumper — Ron bet small and ended up as today’s winner! He’ll return tomorrow.

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, December 7, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Tammy $22,200
Ron $22,000
Andy $11,200

Tonight’s results:

Andy $11,200 – $10,001 = $1,199 (Who is Theodore Roosevelt)
Ron $22,000 – $2,401 = $19,599 (Who is John Quincy Adams?) (1-day total: $19,599)
Tammy $22,200 – $21,801 = $399 (Who is F. Roosevelt)

Ron Cheung, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 7, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Tammy $12,200
Andy $5,600
Ron $1,400

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

Tammy 8400 +3400 (Andy 5000 Ron 1400)
2) ANGLES AMONG US $1600 (clue #6)
Ron 3800 +2000 (Andy 5600 Tammy 14600)
3) SEQUELS $800 (clue #28, $800 left on board)
Ron 13000 +9000 (Andy 10800 Tammy 21800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 162

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Andy 4 3 5 3 3 2 3 2
Tammy 4 5 4 3 4 4 5 5 4 3 2 2 2*
Ron 2 5 5 1

DJ! Round:
Andy 4 3 4 3 3 2
Tammy 4 5 2 4 5 3 5 5 5 2
Ron 1 2 3 4* 5† 1 3 4 1 2 1 2*

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Ron 2.63
Andy 3.14
Tammy 3.78

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 12 (0.19 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Ron $13,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Andy $11,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Tammy $19,200 Coryat, 24 correct, 0 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,800
Lach Trash: $7,400 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $2,800

Andy Tirrell, career statistics:

32 correct, 7 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
30.70% in first on buzzer (35/114)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,700)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,100

Tammy Groner, career statistics:

24 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,400)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,200

Ron Cheung, career statistics:

14 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $11,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,400

Ron Cheung, to win:

2 games: 69.038%
3: 47.663%
4: 32.906%
5: 22.718%
6: 15.684%
Avg. streak: 3.230 games.

Today’s interviews:

Ron took advantage of a sabbatical and went on a 21-state, 2-province road trip.
Tammy studied criminology because she was an X-Files fan.
Andy raised caterpillars during the pandemic and will now get into beekeeping.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Tammy is the first player since Annie Marggraf on March 10, 2017 to have at least $12,200 after the Jeopardy! round and not win.
  • I feel as though Tammy has a reasonable chance of being invited back for Second Chance, after her play through two rounds.
  • Today’s box score: December 7, 2022 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Tammy $22,200 Ron $22,000 Andy $11,200)

Andy: You need to bet at least $10,401 (in case Ron bets just to cover you), but no more than $10,799 (thereby staying ahead of Tammy on a Triple Stumper). (Actual bet: $10,001)

Tammy: Standard cover bet is $21,801 over Ron. (Actual bet: $21,801)

Ron: Standard cover bet over Andy is $401. (Actual bet: $2,401)

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23 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, December 7, 2022"

  1. I guessed the Taft part. And, I figured the part that the person would have been a vice president when the president had passed away. But unfortunately, within the 30 second time period, I couldn’t place Calvin Coolidge.

  2. Michael Johnston | December 7, 2022 at 9:30 am |

    Dang 🙁 There goes a nice little seven game win streak. I always forget about Coolidge… probably because he was so quiet.

    Current FJ streak: 1L

  3. Being sworn in twice in a 2-year span points to a VP taking over. Of the 9 VPs that have taken over a vacated Presidency, 5 never got re-elected. The other 4 are evenly split on taking over in the early part of the Presidency and the latter half. Since I forgot that the Chief Justice swears in the President after an election (and that could have only been Taft for Coolidge), I went with the other option (LBJ).

  4. Andy, any idea why the show is relying on 3 straight taping days this season? It seems grueling for a super champion like Cris, and he did lose on day 3 of his 2nd back to back to back. Might’ve be more convenient for him to miss work and fly, but the taping itself seems worse. 🤔

  5. No shock on the outcome here but man what a close game that could have went either way.

  6. Tammy has my enthusiastic vote for the second chance tournament, leading virtually the entire game, with the most correct answers and zero incorrect prior to a FJ triple stumper!

  7. This was a close game that could have gone Tammy’s way but still though congrats to ron winning today. I am sure Tammy will be back in the second chance tourney. I was going to say taft but I choose coolidge instead since he was always so reserved and quiet.

  8. Cris would have had his work cut out for him if he had survived yesterday. Good players today.

  9. Bill Vollmer | December 7, 2022 at 5:12 pm |

    My response to this game’s Final Jeopardy was Lyndon Johnson, though I was sure it was wrong. When Ken read the facts behind the clue, I remembered Coolidge being sworn in by his father. I didn’t know that Taft had sworn him in for his full term, though I think I knew that after his time as President, he became a Supereme Court Justice.
    Andy; how many times has a “giant killer” lost their next game? It SEEMS like it happens often.

  10. An exciting battle, with lots of twists and turns and all 3 players having winning chances entering FJ. Another example of how having a slight lead going into FJ is not necessarily a great thing. You feel obligated to make a big wager to cover, but if you respond incorrectly, you lose almost all your money and likely will lose the game.

    • I think you take the topic into consideration, but sometimes that isn’t clear how difficult the question will be.

    • nonsense. you aren’t any more obligated to bet big when in the lead than 2nd place is. And you have the added luxury of being able to bet 0 and win if it is a triple stumper

  11. I took a wild guess of Coolidge, but I had no idea. I figured it probably wasn’t Adams or Bush so I just guessed.

  12. Got stuck on LBJ today, and couldn’t shift back 40 years.

    Andy, I’ve been digging into the stats on some of the super champs. What does the “dominance” statistic represent?

  13. Great FJ clue today.

    Two DDs on row 2 and one in a video category today. Coincidence, or is the show trying to rein in the efficacy of the DD-hunting strategy a bit?

    It obviously worked out for him, but I’m not too sure about Ron’s bet on the last DD. He’s toast if he misses anyway, so why not go big enough to guarantee a lead going into final if he hits? A bet of $9601 would’ve done it, barring a Ron miss on a $400 clue.

    • I agree about the DD in the video category. I’m sure it’s not as unusual as I think, but having a DD in a category with a video presenter seems about as rare as having a DD on the top row.

      • I hope they do add more variety to DD placement. There is no reason to avoid having them in any particular category (other than an Opera category, which shouldn’t be on the show to begin with)

        • I realize that Opera is not extremely popular [I can’t stand it], but I don’t see why it shouldn’t ever be on the show. I don’t think it should be on as much as current events, history, literature, sciences, and more universal “arts”, but it doesn’t seem to be on much.

  14. Judy Lichtman | December 7, 2022 at 11:35 pm |

    I knew it was Coolidge. I remember reading about him in a book about presidents when I was growing up. I believe LBJ was sworn in by a judge on an airplane before they left Dallas. There’s a photo of it. Mrs. Kennedy is also in the photo.

    • Right, but since LGJ was from Texas and likely the judge was from Texas (with this taking place in Dallas), there was a possibility that the judge was his father. [I don’t mean it remains a possibility, just that in the 30 seconds of trying to pick a response, that would not be unreasonable thinking if you don’t already know the correct facts.]

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