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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Geography Mnemonics) for Tuesday, January 17, 2023 (Season 39, Game 92):
Mimal, sometimes said to be the silhouette of a chef or elf, stands for Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, and these 2 states
(correct response beneath the contestants)
Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:
|Stephanie Pakula, an aerospace engineer from Cambridge, Massachusetts
|Vince Bacani, a risk manager from Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Katie Palumbo, a museum interpreter from Amawalk, New York (1-day total: $23,100)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:
Yesterday, Katie Palumbo became Jeopardy! champion after a conservative wager in Final Jeopardy! worked out for her. Today’s challengers are another Canadian—Montreal’s Vince Bacani—and Stephanie Pakula. One thing to keep an eye out for in terms of today’s strategy: How will Katie play Final Jeopardy! if she’s leading again? A savvy challenger will have noticed Katie’s non-cover bet yesterday and I would suggest that an all-in bet from second place if Katie is leading is probably an excellent idea.
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Correct response: What are Arkansas and Louisiana?
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The U.S. states known as Mimal, north to south, stand for Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Usually, Minnesota is the hat, Iowa the face, Missouri the shirt, Arkansas the pants, and Louisiana the boots. If the reference continues, one can find Kentucky on the map because Tennessee is a pan held by Mimal, and Kentucky is the fried chicken on the pan.
It seems as though the modern noticing of Mimal dates back to early 2015 and a post over at Futility Closet. (There’s also a map picture with everything highlighted out.)
(Categories: The Real Real Housewives Of…; “I” On Art; All About Hair; Summing Up The Spielberg Movie; Double Vowels Next To Double Consonants; During The Liz Truss Weeks)
Vince and Katie definitely had the best Jeopardy! round—Katie got the Daily Double right after the break and doubled up to bring herself back into the game!
Statistics at the first break (15 clues):
Vince 7 correct 2 incorrect
Stephanie 3 correct 0 incorrect
Katie 4 correct 1 incorrect
Statistics after the Jeopardy round:
Vince 13 correct 2 incorrect
Katie 12 correct 1 incorrect
Stephanie 3 correct 0 incorrect
Double Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: A Little World History; 1980s Bestsellers; 3 Letters, 2 Meanings; International Food & Drink; Emmy Winners; Sciencey Stuff)
The Double Jeopardy! round saw the Daily Doubles suppress the scores slightly; Vince lost $5,000 on his, while Katie lost $6,000 on hers. Katie’s miss kept her barely in contention going into Final score—scores going into the final clue were Vince at $14,000, Katie at $7,400, and Stephanie at $1,000.
Statistics after Double Jeopardy:
Vince 26 correct 6 incorrect
Katie 21 correct 4 incorrect
Stephanie 4 correct 1 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 14 (2 today).
Final today was a Triple Stumper, which means that Vince gets the W and gets to return tomorrow!
Tonight’s Game Stats:
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, January 17, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers:
Scores going into Final:
Stephanie $1,000 – $899 = $101 (What are Alabama + Louisiana?)
Katie $7,400 – $5,000 = $2,400 (What are Alabama + Louisiana?)
Vince $14,000 – $1,000 = $13,000 (What are Louisiana and Illinois?) (1-day total: $13,000)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) THE REAL REAL HOUSEWIVES OF… $800 (clue #16)
Katie 1200 +1200 (Vince 3800 Stephanie 1400)
2) 3 LETTERS, 2 MEANINGS $1600 (clue #18)
Vince 15400 -5000 (Katie 10200 Stephanie 1000)
3) A LITTLE WORLD HISTORY $2000 (clue #24, $3200 left on board)
Katie 13000 -6000 (Vince 12400 Stephanie 1000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 21
Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:
Katie 3 4 4 3 4*
Vince 3 4 5 2 1 2 5 3 4
Stephanie 3 1
Katie 3 4 3 5 3 2 3 2 5*
Vince 2 3 4 4 5 1 5 3 4* 5† 2 4
Stephanie 1 4 5
† – selection in same category as Daily Double
Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: A LITTLE WORLD HISTORY $400 3 LETTERS, 2 MEANINGS $800
Total Left On Board: $1,200
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 14 (0.15 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Vince $19,000 Coryat, 26 correct, 6 incorrect, 50.91% in first on buzzer (28/55), 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Katie $13,000 Coryat, 21 correct, 4 incorrect, 40.00% in first on buzzer (22/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Stephanie $1,000 Coryat, 4 correct, 1 incorrect, 3.64% in first on buzzer (2/55), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $33,000
Lach Trash: $6,200 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,600
Katie Palumbo, career statistics:
44 correct, 6 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
39.29% in first on buzzer (44/112)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,200)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,900
Vince Bacani, career statistics:
26 correct, 7 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
50.91% in first on buzzer (28/55)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$5,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,000
Stephanie Pakula, career statistics:
4 correct, 2 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
3.64% in first on buzzer (2/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $1,000
Vince Bacani, to win:
2 games: 46.429%
Avg. streak: 1.867 games.
Stephanie held her wedding in Crete. It was bilingual.
Vince plays the organ as part of a combined Mohawk–Catholic choir.
Katie did a 5k, 10k, and half-marathon on successive days.
- This was the first time in regular play since October 10 that a clue was left unseen. This 44-game streak is the longest known streak, breaking the previous mark of 40 games (May 31–September 6, 2002).
- Today’s box score: January 17, 2023 Box Score.
Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: Vince $14,000 Katie $7,400 Stephanie $1,000)
Katie: If Vince makes the cover bet and is incorrect, he falls to $13,199. To have any chance of winning, you must bet at least $5,800. (Actual bet: $5,000)
Vince: Standard cover bet over Katie is $801. (Actual bet: $1,000)
Stephanie: Bet at least $601, but not everything, to give yourself the best chance at second place, as Katie needs to bet for the lead. (Actual bet: $899)
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