Celebrity Jeopardy! Game Recap – Thursday, January 19, 2023


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Today’s Celebrity Jeopardy! contestants:

Cari Champion, a lead anchor of “SportsCenter” and host of “The Cari Champion Show”, playing for NAACP Empowerment Programs
Cari Champion on Jeopardy!
Brendan Hunt, an actor from “Ted Lasso” and a comedian, playing for Soccer Without Borders
Brendan Hunt on Jeopardy!
B.J. Novak, an actor from “The Office” and the director of “Vengeance”, playing for Stand Up 2 Cancer
B.J. Novak on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

This final quarterfinal sees Cari Champion, Brendan Hunt, and B.J. Novak do battle for the last spot in the semifinals. Today’s winner plays against Michael Cera and Patton Oswalt next Thursday evening! None of today’s players have any prior Jeopardy! experience, though comedians have been performing very well thus far in the event.

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Final Jeopardy category: Notorious Places

Final Jeopardy! clue: Al Capone played banjo in a band called The Rock Islanders at this notorious spot


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Correct response: What is Alcatraz?


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Coach: Beard; A Trashy Category; Landmarks; I Am A Champion!; “Nn”ytime; The Book With No Pictures)

Coach Beard—Brendan—definitely had the run of play early on, picking up 10 correct responses and jumping out to an early lead! Things continued after the break, with Brendan picking up 10 more, 20 in total, having a score of $6,700 after the first round!

Statistics after 15 clues:

Brendan 10 correct 0 incorrect
B.J. 2 correct 0 incorrect
Cari 2 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Brendan 20 correct 0 incorrect
B.J. 6 correct 0 incorrect
Cari 2 correct 1 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: What’s New In History; Pop Culture; U.S. Stamps; Shoe Biz; Starts With A Silent Letter; Thomas Edison)

Brendan’s strong play continued, with him picking up more than half of the correct responses in the third segment of the game. Additionally, an extra $2,500 came his way courtesy of a Daily Double. After the break, Brendan lost $3,000 on the third Daily Double, but it didn’t really affect his momentum.

Statistics after 45 clues:

Brendan 28 correct 0 incorrect
B.J. 11 correct 0 incorrect
Cari 3 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Brendan 35 correct 1 incorrect
B.J. 16 correct 1 incorrect
Cari 4 correct 1 incorrect

Triple Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Some Serious Science; Vacation Spots; 2 Words, 3 Letters Each; That Book Title Is Misleading; Brit Bits; Johnny Gilbert Is The TV Character)

Incredible. Brendan found all three Daily Doubles, got 23 correct in the round, and completely dominated. Scores going into Final were Brendan at $38,000, B.J. at $8,400, and Cari at $1,100.

Statistics after Triple Jeopardy:

Brendan 58 correct 2 incorrect
B.J. 20 correct 1 incorrect
Cari 4 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 0 (0 today).

Final Jeopardy! today was a Triple Stumper, but Brendan is still a semifinalist!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

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Scores going into Final:

Brendan $38,000
B.J. $8,400
Cari $1,100

Tonight’s results:

Cari $1,100 – $1,000 = $100 (What is Brendan’s mind!!!)
B.J. $8,400 – $1,600 = $6,800 (What is going on here)
Brendan $38,000 – $10,000 = $28,000 (What is the Green Mill?) (1-day total: $28,000)


Brendan Hunt, today's Celebrity Jeopardy! winner (for the January 19, 2023 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Brendan $6,700
B.J. $2,100
Cari $0


Scores after the Double Jeopardy! Round:

Brendan $16,600
B.J. $5,700
Cari $1,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) LANDMARKS $200 (clue #19)
Brendan 4400 +1000 (B.J. 700 Cari 0)
2) WHAT’S NEW IN HISTORY $400 (clue #9)
Brendan 9900 +2500 (B.J. 3700 Cari 0)
3) STARTS WITH A SILENT LETTER $800 (clue #22)
Brendan 18000 -3000 (B.J. 4500 Cari 800)
4) BRIT BITS $900 (clue #5)
Brendan 17800 +2200 (B.J. 6000 Cari 1400)
5) 2 WORDS, 3 LETTERS EACH $1200 (clue #24)
Brendan 32900 +3000 (B.J. 8100 Cari 1100)
6) SOME SERIOUS SCIENCE $1500 (clue #30, $0 left on board)
Brendan 37100 +900 (B.J. 8400 Cari 1100)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 55

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
TJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 0 (0.00 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Brendan $35,600 Coryat, 58 correct, 2 incorrect, 61.90% in first on buzzer (52/84), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
B.J. $8,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer (21/84), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Cari $1,100 Coryat, 4 correct, 2 incorrect, 7.14% in first on buzzer (6/84), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $45,100
Lach Trash: $5,700 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,200

B.J. Novak, career statistics:

20 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
25.00% in first on buzzer (21/84)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,400

Brendan Hunt, career statistics:

58 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
61.90% in first on buzzer (52/84)
5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $35,600

Cari Champion, career statistics:

4 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
7.14% in first on buzzer (6/84)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $1,100

Today’s interviews:

Cari would watch Jeopardy! with her grandmother and would yell answers at the TV.
Brendan has a late uncle, Damien Hunt, who won 1 game and $300 on the show.
B.J. was a Triple Stumper the first time he was a clue on the show.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Brendan $38,000 B.J. $8,400 Cari $1,100)

B.J.: Limit your bet to $6,199. (Actual bet: $1,600)

Brendan: Limit your bet to $21,199. (Actual bet: $10,000)

Cari: Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $1,000)


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10 Comments on "Celebrity Jeopardy! Game Recap – Thursday, January 19, 2023"

  1. The innocent and witty repartee among the contestants regarding their socks made me laugh out loud,…and I really needed that today!

  2. Those FJ responses are the stuff of legends. Absolutely hilarious. Too bad the game was uninteresting, but the trivia is not why this is a thing, is it?

    I got the Final easily (fell for the trap in the regular Jeopardy episode, though, which ruined my perfect week).

    • Actually, I think Brendan’s “the Green Mill” was a GREAT response if you fell for thinking it had to be some kind of club. It was a very popular speakeasy in Chicago during Prohibition and Al Capone was a regular there and had a dedicated booth where he could see both the front and back doors. Given that the clue has to be true and thus Al Capone DID play the banjo, it is not inconceivable that he could have played there in off-hours or private occasions. [I don’t mean that I think “the Green Mill” should have been judged a correct alternate response, just kudos to Brendan for coming up with it!]

  3. Michael Johnston | January 19, 2023 at 9:18 pm | Reply

    Ohhhh… “Rock” Islanders… NOW I get it 🤦
    When I heard the clue, I was wondering if I was in Bizarro world, or The Upside Down or something. Al Capone played banjo? In a band?? What th…???
    Needless to say, I didn’t get that “W” I was hoping for😕😅

    Current FJ streak: 2L

  4. I had actually correctly Blind Guessed “Alcatraz” when the category was presented, since it was the first “Notorious Place” that came to my mind.

    My mother (with whom I was watching the show tonight) thought it had something to do with Rock Island, Illinois. Rock Island is one of the “Quad Cities” straddling the Mississippi River with a pair of cities on the Iowa side and a pair on the Illinois side; a few hours away from Capone’s Chicago. But I can’t really think of any “notorious places” in Rock Island

  5. I recall BJ mentioning Stand Up 2 Cancer, but I can’t for the life of me remember either of the other 2 talking about the charities that they were playing for. Maybe I just wasn’t playing close enough attention.

    • You weren’t paying enough attention 😆. However, I thought none of the three of them gave all that descriptive of an explanation. Cari said that she actually works with a sister organization and I don’t think Brendan was successful in making Soccer Without Borders sound that useful. But Stand Up 2 Cancer has had fund-raising TV specials for several years, so maybe you were more clued-in to notice what BJ was saying about it.

  6. I was surpised that no one tried to make a joke about the “Big Bang” and Mayim. Was alos suprised that no one got the Dr.McCoy clue in the Johnny Gilbert categoy. I thought “Bone’s” protestations were (in) famous.
    As for this game’s Final Jeopady, heaing/reading Capone and a band called the “Rock Islanders,” immediately thought Alcatraz.

    • I am with you about Dr. McCoy. The contestants might just not be the right demographic, but I thought this had become a long-standing joke [a meme?] that some younger and/or non-Trekkie people would recognize. However, they may have been thrown by his other quotes being a single solid statement instead of a medley(?). [I would double-check my memory on the other clues, but the archive of this game is not posted yet.]

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