Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, December 8, 2022


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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Name’s The Same) for Thursday, December 8, 2022 (Season 39, Game 64):

A cocktail, an island & a WWII venture originally called “Development of Substitute Materials” all bear this name

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

A.Z. Madonna, a music journalist from Malden, Massachusetts
A.Z. Madonna on Jeopardy!
Sriram Krishnan, a consultant from Falls Church, Virginia
Sriram Krishnan on Jeopardy!
Ron Cheung, an economics professor from Lakewood, Ohio (1-day total: $19,599)
Ron Cheung on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Yesterday, the post-Cris Pannullo era began with a barnstormer of a game; two players were both over $20,000 going into Final! Unfortunately, a Triple Stumper meant that Ron Cheung only finished with $19,599, but victory is just as important, as it means being able to come back the next day! Today, he faces A.Z. Madonna and Sriram Krishnan.


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Correct response: What is Manhattan?


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“Manhattan is an island” is a fact that the Jeopardy! writers like to throw out from time to time; today is no exception. The three parts of the clue refer to the cocktail (which, according to legend, was created for Winston Churchill’s mother at the Manhattan Club), the island itself in New York, and the World War II Manhattan Project (named as such because there were concerns that “Development of Substitute Materials” would attract too much attention; thus, the project was named after Col. James C. Marshall’s offices in Manhattan in New York.)

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: The World Of Patent Models; Rhyme Time; “U” In History; A Night At The Opera; Monkey Business; Mark’s Brothers & Sisters)

A.Z. got off to a slow start, but found the Daily Double and pulled herself out of the hole by the opening break. Ron held the lead after 30 clues, buoyed by doing better on the signaling device.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Sriram 5 correct 0 incorrect
A.Z. 4 correct 2 incorrect
Ron 3 correct 3 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Ron 9 correct 3 incorrect
Sriram 8 correct 0 incorrect
A.Z. 8 correct 3 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Let’s Get Down To Cases; What A Novel Character!; In The Room; Countries From Wordplay Categories; Preparing For The Role; 1990s Vocab Test)

Ron and Sriram found the Daily Doubles in this round—Ron lost $3,000, and Sriram only bet a very conservative $2,000 on a second-row clue. This made the endgame much more stressful for Sriram, as he only barely clinched a runaway on the final clue of the round (Plus, he needed 5 correct at the bottom of the board). Scores going into clue #61 were Sriram at $21,800, Ron at $10,800, and A.Z. at $8,000.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Sriram 21 correct 0 incorrect
Ron 16 correct 4 incorrect
A.Z. 15 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 12 (0 today).

Final Jeopardy! today was a triple stumper—for the third day running, we have a new champion! Sriram returns tomorrow to defend.

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Thursday, December 8, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Sriram $21,800
Ron $10,800
A.Z. $8,000

Tonight’s results:

A.Z. $8,000 – $6,270 = $1,730 (What is a mai tai?)
Ron $10,800 – $5,201 = $5,599 (What is a martini?)
Sriram $21,800 – $0 = $21,800 (What is mai tai?) (1-day total: $21,800)


Sriram Krishnan, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 8, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Ron $4,200
Sriram $3,800
A.Z. $2,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) A NIGHT AT THE OPERA $1000 (clue #14)
A.Z. -200 +1000 (Ron 600 Sriram 1800)
2) COUNTRIES FROM WORDPLAY CATEGORIES $1600 (clue #9)
Ron 7400 -3000 (Sriram 6600 A.Z. 4800)
3) 1990s VOCAB TEST $800 (clue #20, $13200 left on board)
Sriram 11000 +2000 (Ron 7200 A.Z. 7200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 78

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Ron 1 1 2 5 1
Sriram 2 3 4 2 3 4 5
A.Z. 4 5*

DJ! Round:
Ron 1 2 3 4* 1 2 1
Sriram 2 3 4 1 2*
A.Z. 3 4 5 4 3 3 4 5

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Sriram 2.92
Ron 2.00
A.Z. 4.00

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:

Sriram $20,600 Coryat, 21 correct, 0 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Ron $13,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
A.Z. $8,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,400
Lach Trash: $6,600 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,000

Ron Cheung, career statistics:

30 correct, 8 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
28.95% in first on buzzer (33/114)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,000)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,600

Sriram Krishnan, career statistics:

21 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,600

A.Z. Madonna, career statistics:

15 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,000

Sriram Krishnan, to win:

2 games: 68.501%
3: 46.924%
4: 32.143%
5: 22.019%
6: 15.083%
Avg. streak: 3.175 games.

Today’s interviews:

A.Z. is a classical music writer, unusually for her age.
Sriram skipped second grade.
Ron lives in a house that came from Sears in 1928.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Sriram $21,800 Ron $10,800 A.Z. $8,000)

Ron: Standard cover bet over A.Z. is $5,201. (Actual bet: $5,201)

Sriram: Bet between $0 and $199 and enjoy victory! (Actual bet: $0)

A.Z.: If Ron covers you and is incorrect, he falls to $5,599. Limit your bet to $2,399. (Actual bet: $6,270)


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24 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, December 8, 2022"

  1. It is an island, though part of Manhattan borough (Marble Head) is on the mainland.

    • I believe there once was a final jeopardy asking which borough was part of the mainland and the answer of course was the Bronx. Many don’t realize that Queens and Brooklyn are physically on Long Island. And there was a triple stumper final jeopardy where you needed to know the most populous island in the US. And it was Long Island of course.

      • Hicksville Kid | December 8, 2022 at 10:06 am |

        Years ago there was a billboard in San Diego that advertised an airline trip. It said “Visit the islands! Manhattan, Staten and Long.”

        • That illustrates my thinking that when a lot of people think ‘island’ they tend to think “tropical” [I don’t think “mai tai” is an island, but I think it was probably the only tropical-name cocktail they could come up with which was maybe an island that they didn’t know about]. If any of them had realized that the “WWII venture” was developing the atomic bomb, but didn’t remember ‘Manhattan Project’, maybe they would have said “Bikini” (which is not a drink as far as I know, but is islands and is a likely cocktail name).

          Also, besides my thought that many people just associate “island” with tropical, there is the idea that many WWII missions in the Pacific could perhaps be considered “ventures” and involved tropical islands.

          • I think of Bikini as an atoll, but I guess technically, that is a type of island.

          • True about ‘atoll’ but I was thinking that it was clear none of their thinking on this FJ was overly precise 😉.

    • If Andrew He had remembered Manhattan as an island in his 6th FJ , Schneider woold not have made it past the first game.

  2. Dr. Hoylande D. Young was a chemist at U. of Chicago and was involved in the Manhattan project. My mom worked for her when Dr. Young was at Argonne National Laboratories. Because of that, I have studied that project, so substitute materials was meaningful to me.

    • Michael Johnston | December 8, 2022 at 9:57 am |

      I had not heard of the “Development of Substitute Materials”, but the rest of the clue pointed to the island of Manhattan and the DoSM part sounded to me like it might be a codename related to the Manhattan Project. +1

  3. The WWII part should have been a give away (my surname is Oppenheim, not Oppenheimer, but still) – I thought cocktail and island and my mind went to Long Island Tea and wouldn’t go elsewhere.

  4. This one seems like something that either comes to you right away or doesn’t. Manhattan! 🙂

    • Yes, this response came to me IMMEDIATELY, but I think it should have been possible to reason it out in 22 seconds and write it in under 8 seconds. [Think how long 8 seconds riding a bull feels!] I’d guess that would be by thinking of names of cocktails [far fewer possibilities than islands] and seeing if any of them are islands and trigger any connection to WWII. Technically there are hundreds or thousands of island names AND cocktail names, but Jeopardy! is unlikely to refer to obscure ones of either.

      I suspect these 3 contestants hit the “sweet spot” of the age to not be overly aware of the Manhattan Project as relatively recent events, subject of current movies and TV shows (that is, not CURRENT NOW, but not TOO long ago), nor as HISTORY.

      I mean similar to how it seems like people don’t seem to remember about the Korean War [excuse me, “Conflict”] unless they are of the age that they or friends or relatives fought in it OR they were the audience of MASH. [MASH is seen a lot in reruns, but I betcha mostly by people who watched the original run.]

  5. For Ron’s betting suggestion, because Sriram has almost no wiggle room in terms of wagering, I think betting it all and hopping Sriram pulls a Clavin wouldn’t be a terrible idea.

    Also, for some reason, Sriram reminds me an uncanny amount of Tom Philipose. That could just be me, though.

  6. Manhattan was the obvious one that I have chosen because the WWII part gave it away, especially the manhattan project. I’ve been to Manhattan who knows how many times. It’s still a good place to visit during the day when traffic isn’t as bad.

  7. Marvin Gregory “Greg” Fuller | December 8, 2022 at 2:17 pm |

    I thought for sure this would be a triple get.

    • So did I. To me it was like “Duh!” and I swear it was not because I live (and grew up) within a 100 mile radius of Oak Ridge. [I have no idea what a ‘Manhattan’ cocktail actually is (as one piña colada, a couple of whisky sours and a fuzzy navel are the only cocktails I’ve ever had in 50 “of drinking age” years) but I have certainly heard of “a Manhattan” in many movies and TV shows!]

  8. I had no idea about the WWII venture, but seeing “cocktail” and “island” led me straight to Manhattan. It was the first island I thought of! Shocked it wasn’t a triple get, but as they always say “the question’s easy if you know the answer.”

    • Robert Fawkes | December 8, 2022 at 6:44 pm |

      Same here. The cocktail and the island came to me instantly and the WWII venture merely confirmed it. I didn’t necessarily think it would be a triple get but I thought that certainly one or two would get it. Might be an age-related thing.

  9. BrushWithIntellectualism | December 8, 2022 at 8:14 pm |

    Am I wrong to be uncomfortable with (or am I miremembering…) Sriram’s response of “Who is Galt”?
    Wasn’t it asking for the first line, if so shouldn’t that be an exact quotation? Or was it asking for the character?

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