Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, January 13, 2022

Happy Thursday! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Words of Victor Hugo) for Thursday, January 13, 2022 (Season 38, Game 89):

This object “is the ultimate expression of law, & its name is vengeance; it is not neutral, nor does it allow us to remain neutral”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Cory Anotado, an interactive designer from Baltimore, Maryland
Cory Anotado on Jeopardy!
Clark Dawson, an attorney from Columbia, South Carolina
Clark Dawson on Jeopardy!
Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California (31-day total: $1,068,800)
Amy Schneider on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: In case you missed the breaking Jeopardy! news last night, Executive Producer Michael Davies published the first-ever official Jeopardy! daily box score, with the show’s take of the statistics from last night’s game. The most important revelation from last night’s box score: The show revealed that Amy attempted to buzz in 46 times, with Ally 29 and Emma 28. This is groundbreaking information that we’re getting; however, there are a couple of caveats that I’d like to point out here. Firstly: while this is already incredible information in a vacuum, none of us have the proper historical context in which to place this data. Until we start to see the historical data, or even the data going forward, we don’t know whether these numbers are above, below, or close to the average. That being said, I expect that I will end up somehow incorporating this data into my prediction models going forward (And, of course, the more granular the data gets, the more useful it becomes for data analysis).

The release of these statistics also, in my opinion, starts a philosophical debate about the very nature of the program. To what degree are prospective contestants going to feel intimidated by this potential extra information? In my brief perusal of social media over the past 10 hours since this information has been publicly released, I have seen a mix of both excitement and nervousness. The gist of one comment from one former contestant was a feeling of excitement behind their own personal curiosity for the statistics, but trepidation over America knowing the same statistics.

And yes, I completely understand that I am very likely more to blame for this situation than any other person in the community, having been at the forefront of the show’s statistical revolution, dating all the way back to 2004. (Blame CBC for cancelling SmartAsk!.) If you’re an upcoming contestant whose stats are about to be shown to the world? I’m sorry. Unfortunately, though, I think that a bell has been rung by the show at this point, and as the saying goes—you can’t unring a bell.

As for me going forward, I am not going to be making any changes at the moment to how I cover the show (at least not in the immediate future). There are still statistics that I provide here that the show does not—the show has officially declared the Coryat score to be an unofficial metric, as one example (which is very fair to me, and analogous to the fact that MLB does not officially track Wins Above Replacement, even though it is very oft-cited among baseball fans.) Much like how Baseball-Reference and Fangraphs complements the official MLB analytics, I feel as though The Jeopardy! Fan can complement the show’s official analytics as well. Additionally, there are a significant number of Jeopardy! fans that get significant outcome anxiety while watching events, and knowing what is going to happen (as the show airs earlier in a number of Central Time markets, results do get posted in the early afternoon here and elsewhere) allows these fans to best enjoy Jeopardy! without significant damage to their own mental health.

Meanwhile, about today’s game: Amy is 1 win away from tying James Holzhauer at 32 consecutive victories. I’m sure that Clark and Cory would personally prefer that she not get there. Cory is very well-known in game show circles, being a founder of the game show news website BuzzerBlog, as well as winning more money than James Holzhauer did on the GSN version of The Chase. I’m certainly expecting a barn-burner of a match today.

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Correct response: What is the guillotine?

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The guillotine is a very famous device, invented by the French in the late 18th century as a device to inflict capital punishment. While the guillotine was seen as a symbol of equality in France in that it was used regardless of class status, it was most famously used during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror to inflict capital punishment on many who disagreed with Robespierre. (Robespierre himself was ultimately guillotined as well.) With regards to Victor Hugo, the guillotine was described as in the clue in Chapter IV of Les Miserables. As a further note: While the Gutenberg Project’s copy of the quotation differs from most other sources, viewers are reminded that Les Miserables was originally written in French; thus, no English translation could be seen as ultimately definitive, at least in this case.

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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!

Scores going into Final:
Amy $28,800
Cory $11,200
Clark $4,000

Tonight’s results:
Clark $4,000 – $5 = $3,995 (What is liberty?)
Cory $11,200 – $0 = $11,200 (What is DEATH?)
Amy $28,800 + $4,000 = $32,800 (What is the guillotine?) (32-day total: $1,101,600)

Amy Schneider, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 13, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Amy $10,400
Clark $2,800
Cory $1,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) MIDDLE X $800 (clue #24)
Amy 6400 +2000 (Clark 1800 Cory 1800)
2) MOUNTAINS OF THE WORLD $1600 (clue #15)
Amy 12800 +4000 (Clark 4000 Cory 6000)
3) ANCIENT FAITH $2000 (clue #21, $10800 left on board)
Amy 21200 +2000 (Clark 4000 Cory 6000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 72

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 13 (0.15 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Amy $25,200 Coryat, 29 correct, 2 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Cory $11,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 4 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Clark $4,000 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,400
Lach Trash: $8,200 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,400

Amy Schneider, career statistics:
1024 correct, 60 incorrect
49/55 on rebound attempts (on 112 rebound opportunities)
51.76% in first on buzzer (941/1818)
48/56 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $148,600)
24/32 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,094

Clark Dawson, career statistics:
8 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
12.28% in first on buzzer (7/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,000

Cory Anotado, career statistics:
15 correct, 5 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200

Amy Schneider, to win:
33 games: 91.038%
34: 84.265%
35: 74.309%
36: 64.851%
37: 58.652%
Avg. streak: 40.530 games.

Today’s interviews:
Cory has published three board games.
Clark had a baby around finals her second year of law school.
Amy hopes to travel to Ireland with her winnings.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Assuming that Final Jeopardy! responses are counted—and I believe they should be—PEOPLE IN HISTORY $400 was Amy’s 1000th correct response on the show.
  • Jeopardy! is very much a game of confidence and momentum, and I would expect that a lot of players have lost confidence early while playing Amy, leading to lower buzzer attempt numbers than they otherwise would have.

Link to the box score: January 13, 2022 Box Score

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, January 13, 2022"

  1. Debbie Stover | January 13, 2022 at 9:50 am |

    I will be very interested to watch the buzz-in stats moving forward. I’ve read many times over the years that the average player who makes it onto the show knows the answer to almost all the clues on the board. This first day’s stats paint a very different picture — Emma tried to buzz in on 28 out of 57 clues, while Ally tried to buzz in on 29 out of 57. Even Amy, whose knowledge base seems other worldly, tried to buzz in on “only” 46 out of 57.

    Of course, you could know the answer to a clue but not be able to call it to mind quickly enough to ring in before time runs out. Still, I can see why contestants wouldn’t want this information made public. You can’t be a slouch and make it onto Jeopardy. But if you’re very unlucky and draw a set of categories that’s a horrible mismatch with your knowledge base, you could come out looking pretty bad.

  2. Looking forward to seeing how people spell guillotine today. That’s a tough one.

    • Actually quite phonetic, for people who pronounce it correctly and are familiar with French pronunciation.

  3. Mind blown! Eras of my life converging–you were the SmartAsk superfan!

    I was a Reach for the Top ringer back then and watched that show religiously. I’ve read your J! recaps daily for some time now, but never made the connection.

    Question I’ve always wondered that you might be uniquely suited to answer: have any prominent Canadian high school quizzers from that era–Reach or SmartAsk–have made it on Jeopardy?

    • Scott Semproni (Templeton Secondary, BC), Sean Thompson (Kennebecasis Valley) are both SmartAsk! alumni who have made it onto Jeopardy.

      In terms of Reach players from the same era? Andrew Segal (his CHAT team made 2002 Reach Nationals) made it on while he was still a student at McGill in 2005, and I’m sure that there have been a few others. I know that Markus Kolic (December 2015) and Victor Ferreira (March 2016) were both alumni of the Guelph-Cambridge regional Reach league, but neither qualified for Provincials.

      • Remarkable that you can fire off those names like that, but I guess that’s why you are “The Jeopardy Fan”!

        Looking at their results in the J!Archive, it seems like they largely did quite well in their games, but were all eventually foiled by FJs on American authors and American history. Guess I know what subjects to double down on if I should ever get the elusive call!

        I had only one year of Reach myself–Grade 12 when I dropped a few other clubs so I could play. It was like something out of a sports movie. Our school team had been a local punchline that hadn’t won a competitive game in 10 years and was on life support until a new teacher showed up in town. She had been an assistant at one of the successful schools in Ontario (Merivale, I think). She went on a recruiting drive to pry the hardcore trivia nerds away from the other clubs that we hoped would look good on our university applications, and really helped transform the culture. We swept the various local invitationals and had perennial provincial champs Cobequid Educational Centre in our sights. Unfortunately, some backroom shenanigans from the local SchoolReach organizer, who happened to be the coach of a rival team, let to us losing our anticipated spot in the provincials. (Replaced by her team, no less. If I recall correctly, they did trounce CEC in the round robin, but ended up choking in the semis, so karma balanced things out in the end.)

        Despite the abrupt, non-storybook end to the season, I’ll always have great memories of that year. The team would get together after school and watch SmartAsk! to gauge ourselves against the regional dynasties like Kennebecasis. Without the bright lights shining on us, we were quite confident in our prospects, haha. Good to know that some of those kids we watched on TV went on to live the ultimate trivia nerd dream!

        Were you involved in Reach yourself?

        • I played at John F. Ross (we made the Ontario finals in 2002 and 2003) and I still am involved with Reach, having been their Tournament Director since 2017 and was Technical Director of last year’s National Finals.

          • Impressive! We must be roughly the same age, as 2002-2003 was my graduation year (though I recall that was the “Double Cohort” year in Ontario so you might be a year older.) I see from an old report on Google that you guys lost to the eventual national champion that year. Not bad!

            Interesting that you are still involved with Reach. Around the start of the pandemic, I sent an email inquiring about the process for setting up a team, but I never heard back–I assume it was probably just due to the chaos of that time period, as I’m sure the lockdowns must have thrown a huge wrench into the championship season.

            Since I have your attention though, are you familiar with the process?

            I moved to a small rural town a few years ago to set up my law practice, and the local school does not have a squad. I’m friends with a few of the teachers, and they seem to think starting a club would be a good outlet for the kids (and selfishly, I would love to have a healthy program established by the time my own daughter is old enough to play, haha.) I used to run youth programs through the YMCA for years before heading to law school, so I’d be happy to act as a coach, but I’m not sure what would be involved with getting the ball rolling. Perhaps you are familiar with the process or know someone I should get in contact with?

            (Pretty sure you can see the email address I’m using to post here, so feel free to send anything helpful there if you don’t want this off-topic conversation cluttering your comments section!)

    • I was on my high school’s Reach for the Top “TV Team” in the late 1970s – lots of fun!

  4. Uh oh… My whole excuse to all my family and friends was (aside from Triple Stumpers) I was beaten on the buzzer! At least they’re not revealing which clues the contestants had a brain fart. I wonder how much longer after the winning buzz the timer cuts off for a buzz-in attempt? I’m guessing Amy’s opponents would’ve known a few more with an extra second or so.

  5. I never knew about SmartAsk at all with Andy nor about this Jeopardy Fan (with Andy) site until last year when I stumbled upon it by accident searching for information on that current days’ Jeopardy winner (if there was such information posted). Lo and behold I stumbled upon this site and was most happy (: (: No other site compares to this one—by far.

    In the meantime, I appreciate the adding on of the daily box score to see in more detail, what the current game is all about. Now I sure do hope that Amy picks up her game from what I hear about her challenger in Cory. But we shall all see the end results soon. Now for the FJ correct response today, I assume someone may spell GUILLOTINE incorrectly…

  6. This is the first time I have heard of the smartask as well but still the clue reminded me of that book A Tale of Two Cities where the guillotine was used. I just hoppe someone may be able to spell this clue correctly. Anyway I am happy amy made a comeback today. Betting zero for clark was a safe bet for her. Patrick Hentry said Give me liberty or give me death but this is the french times.

  7. Marvin Gregory “Greg” Fuller | January 13, 2022 at 6:02 pm |

    Just curious, how many runaways has Amy had?

  8. I was on my high school’s Reach for the Top “TV Team” in 1970 too! What a blast!

  9. For the “attempts to buzz in” stat that’s now being made public, couldn’t a contestant purposely buzz in slow in order to artificially inflate their number?

    For example let’s say there’s a clue that you don’t know. If Amy buzzes in first and Ken calls “Amy!”, couldn’t you then hit the buzzer to make it look like a legitimate buzzer attempt?

    Doing this wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense, but if the contestant was really worried about how their knowledge is perceived, wouldn’t this silly idea increase their “ATT” number?

    Also I love your breakdowns!!

    • There are a number of actions that fans feel should somehow be second nature for a contestant that are, in fact, incredibly difficult to have the presence of mind to pull off in actual gameplay; I feel as though that this would be one of those things.

  10. Michael Johnston | January 14, 2022 at 1:46 pm |

    I just guessed guillotine based on Hugo (France) and “law”. I don’t remember that quote from Les Miserables :/
    Good to see a strong game by Amy despite not having her typical buzzer performance going.

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