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)
|Cory Anotado, an interactive designer from Baltimore, Maryland
|Clark Dawson, an attorney from Columbia, South Carolina
|Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California (31-day total: $1,068,800)
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.
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
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)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
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
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
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%
Avg. streak: 40.530 games.
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.
- 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
Contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com
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