Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 13, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category In The Bookstore) for Friday, January 13, 2023 (Season 39, Game 90):

The name of this author dead since 2013 now appears on books written by a former U.S. marshal & a former Apache helicopter pilot

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Michael Cavaliere, a consultant from New York, New York
Michael Cavaliere on Jeopardy!
Brenda Crowell, a freelance writer & crisis worker trainee from Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Brenda Crowell on Jeopardy!
Yogesh Raut, a blogger, podcaster & freelance writer originally from Springfield, Illinois (2-day total: $75,202)
Yogesh Raut on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Yogesh Raut, averaging 55.5 buzzer attempts per game, has two victories and over $75,000 in winnings—but zero runaways. Will Yogesh pick up his first runaway today against Brenda Crowell or Michael Cavaliere? The fact that the contestants combined to get all 61 clues correct in a regular play game yesterday for the first time since February 1998 shows just how impressive Yogesh is in general.

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Correct response: Who is Tom Clancy?

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Tom Clancy was the famous author who came to prominence in the 1980s with The Hunt for Red October featuring protagonist Jack Ryan. Later works included Patriot Games, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears. After Clancy’s 2013 death, Tom Clancy books have been written by five authors: Mark Greaney, Mike Maden, Grant Blackwood, Marc Cameron (the former U.S. Marshal), and Don Bentley (the former Apache helicopter pilot).

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Let’s Talk Galaxies; A Side Of Faberge Eggs; Literary Overlaps; You Brought Me Fame & Fortune; & Everything That Goes With It; I Thank You All)

Michael came out like gangbusters today, doubling up on the first Daily Double, getting 9 correct before the first break, and over $10,000 after the first round! Brenda struggled as things quickly turned into a two-horse race.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Michael 9 correct 0 incorrect
Yogesh 5 correct 2 incorrect
Brenda 0 correct 2 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Michael 14 correct 1 incorrect
Yogesh 11 correct 3 incorrect
Brenda 3 correct 2 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Born Or Died In 1923; 8-Letter Words; A Linear Category; Historical Movements; The City Square; I Said Dance!)

The good news for Michael: he saw both Daily Doubles. The bad news for Michael: he missed one of them. He did get the second one and had a $5,000 lead with $8,400 left on the board—enough to fend off a hard-charging Yogesh at the end. Michael led going into Final with $21,200, Yogesh had $19,000, and Brenda -$600.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Michael 25 correct 3 incorrect
Yogesh 25 correct 4 incorrect
Brenda 4 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 12 (0 today).

Yogesh got Final correct, which meant the game came down to Michael. Unfortunately, Michael did not, which means that Yogesh is now a 3-day champion, returning on Monday after an exciting victory today!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, January 13, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Michael $21,200
Yogesh $19,000
Brenda -$600

Tonight’s results:

Brenda -$600 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Yogesh $19,000 + $2,201 = $21,201 (Who is Tom Clancy) (3-day total: $96,403)
Michael $21,200 – $16,801 = $4,399 (Who is Heller?)

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

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Michael $10,800
Yogesh $4,200
Brenda -$600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) YOU BROUGHT ME FAME & FORTUNE $1000 (clue #10)
Michael 3200 +3200 (Yogesh 2000 Brenda -1800)
2) HISTORICAL MOVEMENTS $1200 (clue #15)
Michael 16800 -5000 (Yogesh 13800 Brenda -600)
3) THE CITY SQUARE $1200 (clue #17, $8400 left on board)
Michael 13800 +5000 (Yogesh 13800 Brenda -600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 106

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Yogesh 4 4 3 5 4
Michael 5 4 5 4 5*

DJ! Round:
Yogesh 5 4 4 5 5 4 5 5 4
Brenda 3
Michael 4 3 4 3 3* 5 3*

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Yogesh 4.36
Michael 4.00
Brenda 3.00

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 $19,000 Coryat, 25 correct, 4 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer (26/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Michael $20,200 Coryat, 25 correct, 3 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Brenda -$600 Coryat, 4 correct, 3 incorrect, 8.77% in first on buzzer (5/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,600
Lach Trash: $5,600 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,800

Yogesh Raut, career statistics:

88 correct, 7 incorrect
5/6 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
48.54% in first on buzzer (83/171)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $12,000)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $22,800

Brenda Crowell, career statistics:

4 correct, 3 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
8.77% in first on buzzer (5/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: -$600

Michael Cavaliere, career statistics:

25 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,200)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,200

Yogesh Raut, to win:

4 games: 82.141%
5: 67.472%
6: 55.423%
7: 45.525%
8: 37.395%
Avg. streak: 7.600 games.

Today’s interviews:

Michael was once cast in a supernumerary in an opera at Lincoln Center.
Brenda takes part in National Novel Writing Month.
Yogesh is a big fan of comedy roast battles.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Michael $21,200 Yogesh $19,000 Brenda -$600)

Yogesh: Bet between $4,401 (thus defending against Michael’s small range) and $14,599 (to win a Double Stumper, assuming Michael bets to cover.) (Actual bet: $2,201)

Brenda: (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)

Michael: Standard cover bet over Yogesh is $16,801. (Actual bet: $16,801)

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24 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 13, 2023"

  1. Michael Johnston | January 13, 2023 at 9:31 am | Reply

    I did not know the exact year, but I thought I remembered that Clancy had passed away several years ago, and his books seemed like something a former Marshal or former military pilot might stylistically imitate. Call this one an informed guess. It let me finish this week strong, with a 5-1 record.

  2. Since there was a lot of discussion about Yogesh’s buzzer prowess yesterday, I want to point out that he had a 60% success rate yesterday vs. opponents 36% and 30%. Now, you have to account for unopposed attempts when evaluating actual buzzer skill. Kyle had 44 buzzer attempts. Some of those may have been repeat attempts on the same question, but still 57-44=13 seems like a likely upper bound on the number of questions in which Yogesh buzzed in unopposed. That would put Yogesh at 20/42 on contested buzzer attempts, which is ~48%, and still tops for this game. And that’s close to a worst-case estimate.

    The fact that the camera conspicuously showed several of his unsuccessful attempts may be leading people to underestimate his buzzer skill.

    • My issue is his buzz in style. Clearly the games today and yesterday wouldn’t have been as close if his buzzing was more polished… finding daily doubles would have helped with that too but that’s a game of chance

      • Michael Johnston | January 13, 2023 at 2:43 pm | Reply

        The quality of his competition was a big part of the closeness of those games, IMO.

        It seems based on my viewing his first two games that Yogesh keeps adjusting his buzz-in style. What the reason is…🤷

  3. With all the “new” Clancy material on Amazon Prime, it was not hard to guess. People could have gone to Stieg Larsson as another popular author whose characters continue to be “syndicated,” but he died earlier than 2013.

  4. The Hunt for Red October was one of the books that I remember reading after learning about Clancy. But he was most famous for making the Rainbow Six games for the pc. It makes me want to play that game again. Anyone here played Rainbow six series?

  5. Yogesh is getting some tough opponents. Michael should be a strong candidate for Second Chance Tournament.

    • You beat me to it, Dave. I was going to post that Michael’s stat line of “25 correct, 3 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer” with $21,200 going into FJ puts him in good position for a SCT. I think we’ll be seeing him again.

      As for today’s final, Clancy and I were both born in Baltimore and grew up there so I was well aware when he died in 2013, at Johns Hopkins Hospital. That tipped me off to today’s correct response.

      Side note, is Jeopardy! not allowed to use commas in the FJ clue? LOL

      • I gather they spare the commas since space often is tight. But I agree that more commas could clarify the intended meaning.

      • I imagine space is a reason, not just directly when a clue is almost too long, but in general so that those long clues will not seem out of the ordinary for having few commas.

        However, I had been assuming perhaps it also has to do with the rules of grammar over the years seeming to have changed in the direction of discouraging commas. I am pretty sure that, for clarity and emphasis, I use far more commas than current grammar experts would approve of. Also, I am still staunchly in favor of the Oxford comma. I would almost say that my opinion is that if you have more than two items of reference, you should leave off the “and” rather than omitting the last comma before the last item in the series.

  6. We may look back at this game in a few months as the “lucky break” that leads to a long, long run for Yogesh. Those 30-40 games streaks will always require at least a bit of luck, and Michael’s whiff on today’s FJ was a big break.

  7. I think the wording confused me. I was thinking backwards here – that they added the writer’s name after his passing to existing (probably nonfiction) books, and thus I was trying to think of those and authors who died back then who that could apply to. Whoops. That’s why I drew a blank – I should have been thinking ghostwriters! If I had, I’d more likely have gotten it. 30 seconds is not enough time when you make a stupid mistake like I did.

  8. Being a Marylander, I’m upset at myself for missing this one.

    • I was also mad at myself for not getting it. He owned the property that used to be the camp I attended in the 1960s.

  9. This was pretty easy as I’m a Clancy fan. I knew that he died in the early 2010 and that his name is on the books that continue his characters. I knew that more than one author has written under this umbrella. Having Tom Clancys name on the cover helped me guess the correct answer. What the other authors did previously was news to me.

  10. Unless mistaking a Rocky Marciano photo with Sonny Liston is disqualifying in and of itself.

  11. There have been many deserving Second Chance candidates so far, but Michael has to be near the top of the list. Unfortunately, I fear that since Mike Elliott and Michael Vaz have also been mentioned as strong contenders (and deservingly so), the similarity of their first names might be a factor for somebody. All three deserve consideration though.

  12. I wasn’t aware that Clancy had died (not a fan of his books,) or, that like a few others, his characters live on in works by others under his name. So obviously this was another Final Jeopardy I had wrong.
    I noticed as well that Yogesh has altered some his style of using his buzzer. Still holding it like he has to “aim” it at the game board, but now seems to be going with the one hand method. But,as at least one commenter has pointed out, it works for him.

  13. Going to appeal to the commentariat once again. “Colonization movement” acceptable in place of “Back-to-Africa movement”?

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