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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Early American History) for Wednesday, January 18, 2023 (Season 39, Game 93):
In 1692 Increase Mather wrote, “It were better that ten suspected” these “escape, than that one innocent person … be condemned”
(correct response beneath the contestants)
Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:
|Alec Wang, a real estate analyst from Avon, Connecticut
|Erin Portman, a high school English teacher from Naperville, Illinois
|Vince Bacani, a risk manager from Montreal, Quebec, Canada (1-day total: $13,000)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:
It’s always nice when I get to write this: A Canadian is the defending champion on Jeopardy! Last night, Vince Bacani picked up $13,000 with his victory in last night’s game! Today’s challengers are Naperville, Illinois teacher Erin Portman and Avon, Connecticut real estate analyst Alec Wang.
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Correct response: What are witches?
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Increase Mather’s words regarding the Salem Witch Trials, in Cases of Conscience Concerning Witchcrafts, were a rebuke of the fact that the special Court of Oyer and Terminer, created specifically to hear these cases, was relying heavily on spectral evidence as proof of witchcraft. Mather’s words were finally strong enough for the colony’s Governor, Sir William Phips, to end the trials. (Though it must be said, it was pretty much entirely due to Mather’s lobbying of the Crown that Phips was named Governor of the Massachusetts colony in the first place.)
(Categories: The 1890s; Women Of Science; A College / Town; Songs Of The 2010S; Same First & Last Letter; Six Pack)
Erin definitely had the best Jeopardy! round, punctuated by a true Daily Double, in amongst 9 correct after the break! She was nearly in five figures, with Vince and Alec far behind.
Statistics at the first break (15 clues):
Vince 7 correct 1 incorrect
Erin 5 correct 1 incorrect
Alec 1 correct 3 incorrect
Statistics after the Jeopardy round:
Erin 14 correct 2 incorrect
Vince 10 correct 1 incorrect
Alec 3 correct 3 incorrect
Double Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: Know Your Boundaries; Blank Verse; Long-Serving Politicians; Newspaper Names; Elemental Responses; Movies That Matter)
Vince got to both Daily Doubles—his first one saw him fall back to $0, but he got the second one, and clawed back Erin’s runaway by going for an almost True Daily Double! Scores going into Final were Erin at $21,000, Vince at $15,599, and Alec out of play at minus $2,000.
Statistics after Double Jeopardy:
Erin 23 correct 3 incorrect
Vince 22 correct 3 incorrect
Alec 6 correct 5 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 14 (0 today).
Both Erin and Vince got Final today; Erin is your new champion! She’ll attempt to get win #2 tomorrow!
Tonight’s Game Stats:
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, January 18, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers:
Scores going into Final:
Alec -$2,000 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Vince $15,599 + $5,402 = $21,001 (What are witches?)
Erin $21,000 + $10,201 = $31,201 (What are witches?) (1-day total: $31,201)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) THE 1890s $1000 (clue #18)
Erin 3600 +3600 (Vince 3000 Alec -800)
2) ELEMENTAL RESPONSES $2000 (clue #6)
Vince 4600 -4600 (Erin 11400 Alec 1200)
3) NEWSPAPER NAMES $1600 (clue #26, $4800 left on board)
Vince 6400 +6399 (Erin 21000 Alec -2800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 100
Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:
Vince 3 4 3 4 5 3 2 1 3
Erin 4 5 5 2 2 1 4 5*
Vince 5* 5 5 4 5 4† 3† 5 2 4 5 4*
Erin 1 2 4 3 3 2 1 1 1 1 2
Alec 1 2 3
† – 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: 14 (0.15 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Erin $18,400 Coryat, 23 correct, 3 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Vince $15,400 Coryat, 22 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Alec -$2,000 Coryat, 6 correct, 5 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $31,800
Lach Trash: $8,400 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,800
Vince Bacani, career statistics:
49 correct, 10 incorrect
3/6 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
42.86% in first on buzzer (48/112)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,201)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,200
Erin Portman, career statistics:
24 correct, 3 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,600)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,400
Alec Wang, career statistics:
6 correct, 5 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: -$2,000
Erin Portman, to win:
2 games: 66.587%
Avg. streak: 2.993 games.
Alec graduated at Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden.
Erin got to meet Jane Goodall.
Vince has held many different jobs.
- I often get asked why I say “By rule,” a player “did not participate in Final Jeopardy!”; it’s because the rule is literally that one may not play Final if their score is $0 or below.
- Today’s box score: January 18, 2023 Box Score.
Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: Erin $21,000 Vince $15,599 Alec -$2,000)
Vince: If Erin covers you and is incorrect, she falls to $10,801. Limit your bet to $4,797. (Actual bet: $5,402)
Erin: Standard cover bet over Vince is $10,199. (Actual bet: $10,201)
Alec: (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy!)
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