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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
|Kyle Daly, a consultant from Washington, D.C.
|Yogesh Raut, a blogger, podcaster & freelance writer originally from Springfield, Illinois (1-day total: $41,601)
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.
(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:
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)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
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:
Kyle 5 5 4*
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:
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
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%
Avg. streak: 8.494 games.
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.
- 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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