Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, January 12, 2023


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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Historic Art) for Thursday, January 12, 2023 (Season 39, Game 89):

The artwork once known in France as “la tapisserie de la Reine Mathilde” is better known as this

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Kristina Mosley, a writer from Conway, Arkansas
Kristina Mosley on Jeopardy!
Kyle Daly, a consultant from Washington, D.C.
Kyle Daly on Jeopardy!
Yogesh Raut, a blogger, podcaster & freelance writer originally from Springfield, Illinois (1-day total: $41,601)
Yogesh Raut on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Yogesh Raut lived up to his reputation as one of the top quizzers in the United States on yesterday’s program, picking up a very strong victory. While the boxscore hasn’t been posted here yet from yesterday, going to the Jeopardy! website will tell you that Yogesh attempted to buzz in 56 times yesterday. That tells us two things: 1) Yogesh is an incredibly strong player; 2) Jeopardy!’s statistics count rebound attempts twice in their boxscores, because Yogesh attempted 29 buzzes in Double Jeopardy! when only 28 clues are possible (two are Daily Doubles). In my opinion, that actually makes the statistic slightly less useful. Also, seeing how strong Yogesh is on the material tells me that he needs to increase his aggression on Daily Doubles—betting only $4,000 is going to open himself up to challengers, who may well be aware of his reputation, being aggressive themselves, feeling they have nothing to lose, and defeating Yogesh much earlier than otherwise might happen.

In other Jeopardy! news, ABC announced that it had greenlit a Jeopardy! Masters series, featuring just six players—James Holzhauer, Matt Amodio, Amy Schneider, Mattea Roach, Andrew He, and Sam Buttrey. Several people wondered why the 2021 Tournament of Champions winner Sam Kavanaugh wasn’t invited. They do have a point—it is rare for a Tournament of Champions winner not to be invited to such an event. However, it is not particularly unprecedented. To give a major example from the 1990s, Jim Scott, Leszek Pawlowicz, Tom Nosek, Ryan Holznagel, Michael Dupée, Dan Melia, and Dave Abbott were all not invited to the Million Dollar Masters, and both Scott and Pawlowicz were also not present at the 10th Anniversary Tournament—all of these players had to wait until the Ultimate Tournament of Champions in 2005 in order to return.

And, finally—on a more personal note: I am contemplating a significantly reduced return to Twitter; I found myself caught off-guard by yesterday’s announcement, at least partially caused by my not being on Twitter. It’s clear that I have to find some way of monitoring the website for breaking show news, even though I vehemently disagree with the direction the current leadership is taking the site.


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Correct response: What is the Bayeux Tapestry?


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Unlike yesterday, I don’t see anything wrong with the wording of today’s Final. The Bayeux Tapestry is a very famous work of embroidered cloth, commissioned shortly after the 1066 Norman conquest of England. Nearly 70 meters tall, the story of its commissioning differs between locations. While it is currently believed that it was commissioned by William the Conqueror’s half-brother Bishop Odo of Bayeux, French legend maintains that it was commissioned by Queen Matilda, William the Conqueror’s wife—hence the “la tapisserie de la Reine Mathilde” name in France.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: There’s An Animal In That Phrase; You’re My Inspiration; Brews N’ Booze; Dictators & Tyrants; Sports Competitions; Where Did I Leave My Keys?)

It was both of our challengers who had the hang of the buzzers early on today, and Kyle had the lead after 15 clues, thanks to picking up $2,600 on the Daily Double! However, Yogesh had 12 correct after the break to jump into the lead!

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Kyle 5 correct 0 incorrect
Yogesh 4 correct 0 incorrect
Kristina 6 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Yogesh 16 correct 0 incorrect
Kyle 8 correct 1 incorrect
Kristina 6 correct 1 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: The Speaker In Shakespeare; Classic Albums; Everyday Latin; Save Room For Desert; Anatomical Etymology; What’s All This, Then?)

Yogesh again started the round slowly, but Kyle went much too conservative on the Daily Double, only gaining $2,000. This gave Yogesh an opening, and he got another 16 correct in Double Jeopardy, plus a conservative $4,000 on the Daily Double, to hold a lead (but not a runaway) going into Final. Scores going into Final were Yogesh at $26,600, Kyle at $16,800, and Kristina at $9,600.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Yogesh 32 correct 2 incorrect
Kyle 17 correct 1 incorrect
Kristina 11 correct 1 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 12 (0 today).

Yogesh was the sole player correct in Final; he’s now as 2-day champion! He goes for win #3 tomorrow!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Thursday, January 12, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Yogesh $26,600
Kyle $16,800
Kristina $9,600

Tonight’s results:

Kristina $9,600 – $5,000 = $4,600 (What is the Mona Lisa?)
Kyle $16,800 – $16,800 = $0 (What is Les Desmoiselles d’Avignon)
Yogesh $26,600 + $7,001 = $33,601 (What is the Bayeux Tapestry) (2-day total: $75,202)


Yogesh Raut, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 12, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Yogesh $8,600
Kyle $6,400
Kristina $3,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) BREWS N’ BOOZE $800 (clue #4)
Kyle 2600 +2600 (Yogesh 0 Kristina -1000)
2) EVERYDAY LATIN $1600 (clue #3)
Kyle 8000 +2000 (Yogesh 6600 Kristina 5200)
3) SAVE ROOM FOR DESERT $2000 (clue #18, $7600 left on board)
Yogesh 17400 +4000 (Kyle 14800 Kristina 9200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 148

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Yogesh 3
Kyle 5 5 4*
Kristina

DJ! Round:
Yogesh 5 3† 4 4 3 4 5 5*
Kyle 4* 4 3 3 5†
Kristina 5 4 3 5 2

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Yogesh 4.00
Kristina 3.80
Kyle 4.13

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 12 (0.13 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Yogesh $24,600 Coryat, 32 correct, 2 incorrect, 56.14% in first on buzzer (32/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Kristina $9,600 Coryat, 11 correct, 1 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Kyle $14,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $48,800
Lach Trash: $0 (on 0 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,200

Yogesh Raut, career statistics:

62 correct, 3 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
50.00% in first on buzzer (57/114)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $12,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,700

Kyle Daly, career statistics:

17 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,600

Kristina Mosley, career statistics:

11 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,600

Yogesh Raut, to win:

3 games: 86.657%
4: 75.094%
5: 65.074%
6: 56.391%
7: 48.866%
Avg. streak: 8.494 games.

Today’s interviews:

Kristina wants to user her winnings to get her cats DNA tested.
Kyle has rabbits that were in National Geographic.
Yogesh beat Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter at TCONA.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • This was the first regular-play game since February 25, 1998 where all 61 clues were both played and responded to correctly.
  • Today’s box score: January 12, 2023 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Yogesh $26,600 Kyle $16,800 Kristina $9,600)

Yogesh: $7,001 is the standard cover bet over Kyle. I’d caution against betting any more than that, because it otherwise risks letting Kristina back into the game. (Actual bet: $7,001)

Kyle: You need to bet at least $2,801 to have any hope at victory. Limiting your bet to $7,199 gves you the best chance of second place. (Actual bet: $16,800)

Kristina: Bet at least $4,401, just in case Kyle makes the minimum bet in his range. (Actual bet: $5,000)


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31 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, January 12, 2023"

  1. Michael Johnston | January 12, 2023 at 9:25 am | Reply

    This one is more up my alley, with the Norman Conquest being a particular interest of mine. “la tapisserie” should point towards a well-known tapestry, even if you don’t know Queen Mathilde was the wife of William.

    • yeah, I thought of tapestry, but unfortunately, not familiar with Bayeux Tapestry. I even thought, hey, I’ll google it and once I see it I’ll be like, “oh, that tapestry”, but ummmm…..nope.

    • Yeah, the “tapestry” part is obvious. Getting the “Bayeux” part in 30 seconds is what proved challenging. I was like “tapestry… tapestry… what was it called?” and didn’t come up with it in time. I only came up with the Norman part as time expired.

      I did go “Oh yeah! That rings a bell.” after the answer was revealed.

  2. What I find most incredible is that, while Yogesh’s buzzer performance yesterday was so much better than a lot of contestants, the fact that he attempted to buzz in 56 times means that his “successful buzz” % is just average. Hopefully he can figure out the timing of the buzzer before it becomes a big enough issue that he doesn’t make ToC. It looked like he was switching up his stance throughout the game, which is interesting to me.

  3. I’m still puzzled by the 6 people in the masters tournament. It feels like it’s the 3 people from this years TOC finals and the 2 who jeopardy figured would be in the TOC finals against James. Either make this the best of last season tournament and exclude James or make this a true masters tournament and exclude a few already on this list. I haven’t seen specifics yet but maybe they will run this like the Chase in jeopardy format.

    • It feels like a mix between ABC going, “He who pays the piper calls the tune” and Jeopardy! not knowing enough about combinatorics to realize they could have done a fair schedule with more players than just 6.

      • Yeah, Jeopardy could have done 12 shows with 9 players and had everyone play everyone. It actually would work with n players, where n = 3 mod 6, playing (n^2 – n)/6 games.

      • The contestants chosen for the Masters Tournament looks a lot like recency bias at work. Of course, we don’t know who else may have been invited but unable to participate due to personal circumstances. For example, just because “several people wondered why the 2021 Tournament of Champions winner Sam Kavanaugh wasn’t invited,” doesn’t mean that he really wasn’t invited. He may have been invited but chose not to participate due to unavailability for some reason. Do we really know that Sam K. or anyone else was not invited or just unable to participate due to scheduling conflicts? We may not have all the information that was available to the producers.

  4. This is more of my area of expertise due to my understanding of the Norman Conquest. So pretty much the Bayeux Tapestry was what I had went for. Queen Mathilde and William were a great couple back then. Still I have to commend yogesh on a well played game. At this stage he could reach 100K in his third game

  5. RE The Masters:
    Matt and Mattea are both top-tier players…but they didn’t exactly impress in the recent TofC. Is this supposed to be their shot at redemption? I won’t be expecting much from either of them.

    Sam and Andrew are great players and were two of the most entertaining personalities in the TofC. It’s nice to see them included but I am not sure I would call them “masters” exactly.

    Amy and James: This is the star attraction. I wish J! would just break all the rules and have them go head-to-head in a 2 player game. But at the same time… I am really tired of both of them! James on The Chase is so obnoxious (and unfunny!) that I don’t watch when he is the chaser.

    There is such a deep pool of players that could be considered masters that selecting these six is disappointing to me. Sam Kavanagh should have been included. Also he is easy on the eyes. 🙂

    • James is not obnoxious enough to keep me from watching The Chase, though I like him better in the gallery(?) than chasing. [He does occasionally lose — don’t you like seeing that? 😉] What I particularly notice about all of the chasers as “gallery” (though it may just be editing and I should pick fault with the show) is that although I usually agree with them when they say a contestant should have taken the high offer, when that contestant then barely makes it without being overtaken, they never say “well, we were wrong about them not taking the high offer”. (And they do usually say some version of “told you so” when the contestant gets to the bank with the chaser staying far enough behind that they could have won that high offer.)

      • What I find enormously irritating about the Chase gallery is when an obviously high-caliber player turns down the high offer and the other chasers moan, “What do we have to do to make them take it?”

        They know very well that the answer to that is simple: Let each contestant keep his own portion of the pot, rather than splitting the pot three ways. The way it’s structured, the risk is way out of proportion to the reward, and most of the best players, knowing that, choose the middle figure. The chasers all know this, of course, which is what reveals their behavior as empty posturing. (James Holzhauer, by the way, took the middle offer himself when he was a contestant on the Chase, years ago.)

        • Because he was also the first person to ever get 12 questions correct in the Cash Builder on the GSN, and I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not be known as the guy who put up the best performance in the history of the show in the preliminary round but couldn’t perform well when it actually counts.

          And I think their frustration is extremely deserved sometimes – especially on episodes where the chaser is clearly having an off-day, missing questions left and right, yet not only do none of the contestants take the high offer, but one or two actually take the low offer. If the chaser is having an off-day, it makes no sense to not try and get as much money for yourself as possible.

          • I suspect that the third contestant doesn’t take any wrong answers from the first two chases to be a sign that the chaser is having an off-day, but rather that some of the chaser’s wrong answer average percentage has been used up and thus he is less likely to miss many (if any) more.

        • I get your point, but a third of a very big total is A LOT more than a third of a much smaller total, so I think it is more a FOMO on being in on the cut at all. I do not think it would cause a lack of interest in the show if they made it that each contestant keeps their own earnings. They would still make it a group effort to beat the chaser at the end and no contestant (despite their individual earnings) would have any incentive to not give it their all.

          I also do not like that the chaser generally offers less increase as a high offer for the first two contestants than for the third (especially if the first two didn’t earn much). I would prefer that the offers always be the speed-round result, 50% of that result and double the result. I suspect [and maybe this is a “well, duh”] that the reason why they do not is both to try to add some of the “feel” of Jeopardy’s DDs and FJs and to try to reduce the final number of successful contestants to be chased.

        • Ah yes, The Chase gallery. (Sigh)
          When I was in the UK, at least the daytime version didn’t have it. Maybe that has changed.
          The inclusion of it on ABC’s version is beyond annoying. The chasers have all been coached to be snarky, etc. Their insights are repetitive. And worst of all, it seems fake and unnecessarily adversarial.
          Trivia is, for the most part, collegial. The camaraderie of the Jeopardy! contestants is well-known. Remove the gallery from the evening version of The Chase and nothing would be lost.

          • I don’t know. It has never seemed fake to me and does not seem too heavy on the snarkiness (especially since a little of that is leveled against each other rather than at the contestants). But I agree that I’d like it fine without having them. (I suspect that part of why they have them is because several weeks can go by between each’s appearance as the chaser, so the network wants to give viewers a chance to see their favorite Jeopardy! ultra-champion in some capacity in every show.)

  6. I don’t know why the writers are so obsessed with William the Conqueror. For me, it’s getting to be a bit much!

  7. Am I the only one that thinks Yogesh’s biggest weakness is his buzzing in skills? I swear every time they cut to the contestants he’s trying to buzz in erratically and more than likely locking himself out in buzzing too early?

    • Hi, Aaron,

      No, you are not the only one who thinks “Yogesh’s biggest weakness is his buzzing in skills.” That was what I was trying to imply in a nice way when I wrote yesterday, “I’m expecting a long run by Yogesh as he becomes more comfortable with the buzzer.” Also, see the comment by MasterDoge earlier today. Many of us have noticed, Yogesh’s uneasiness with the buzzer. Whether he is buzzing too early and locking himself out or something else, he was clearly not using proper technique. In his first game yesterday, I even noticed him going to a two-handed technique at times in an awkward body posture. Because he is such a talented player, I am hoping that his buzzer technique improves as time goes on. I’d hate to see him lose early due to poor buzzer timing. Also, as Andy has pointed out, he needs to be more aggressive with his DD wagers.

    • I agree that it appears to be his big weakness. Out of the gate in his first game, he got a bunch of high dollar clues correct and I said, “This guy might win a lot.” (I was unaware of his reputation.) But then he got beat on the buzzer on a lot of the easier clues that are just buzzer races.

  8. The Bayeux Tapestry is actually 70 meters LONG, not high. It’s about half a meter high. Quite an extraordinary work!

  9. Great job by all three players (especially Yogesh), with all 61 clues successfully answered by someone. Despite Yogesh’s apparent awkwardness with the buzzer, he buzzed in first a dominant 56.14% of the time.

  10. We have seen 29 buzzer attempts in Double Jeopardy before: during Luigi’s game on 9/16.

    At the time, Jeopardy had an explainer up on the website that claimed that buzzer attempts did represent the number of distinct questions that a contestant attempts to ring on, but I can’t find that now. I have to assume that was imprecision on their part.

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