Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, January 19, 2023


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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category British Landmarks) for Thursday, January 19, 2023 (Season 39, Game 94):

Like Sir Thomas More, 3 16th century English queens are buried at this location

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Hillary Kotler, a childcare professional from Columbia, Maryland
Hillary Kotler on Jeopardy!
Troy Meyer, a music executive from Tampa, Florida
Troy Meyer on Jeopardy!
Erin Portman, a high school English teacher from Naperville, Illinois (1-day total: $31,201)
Erin Portman on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Erin Portman picked up over $30,000 as last night’s champion; today, her challengers are Hillary Kotler and Troy Meyer. Troy is a 4-time LearnedLeague champion, and a number of people within the trivia community, and many longtime diehard fans of the show, are extremely excited tonight to see how well Troy can do. (I should also count myself among the incredibly excited; Troy is one of the nicest people in the general quizzing community and I can’t wait to see how well he does.) However, as I said last week when it came to Yogesh Raut, “the history of the show is littered with quizzers with incredible pedigrees falling victim to the variance that is Jeopardy!—certainly being a strong quizzer helps, but it is absolutely no guarantee of embarking on a long run of victories, or even one victory on the program.”

I should also point out: Troy already features slightly in the show’s lore and “J! Effect”: Troy’s wedding with 2009 contestant Genevieve Sheehan was featured in the New York Times, due to the two of them having met on the show’s official message boards, and then recruited to “an ‘even more dorky’ site for ‘Jeopardy!’ fans”.

One further scheduling note for this evening: The ninth and final Celebrity Jeopardy! quarter-final, between Cari Champion (Sportscenter anchor), Brendan Hunt (Ted Lasso), and B.J. Novak (The Office) will take place tonight at 8:00pm (7:00 Central) on ABC. (As always, a separate post will be created for that).


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Correct response: What is the Tower of London? (specifically, the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula)


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Following their respective executions at the Tower of London, Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard (the two “beheaded”s in the famed Henry VIII mnemonic regarding the fates of his respective wives) as well as disputed queen Lady Jane Grey, were all buried, without memorial, at the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula, within the grounds of the famed Tower of London. Thomas More was also beheaded at the Tower of London and buried in an unmarked grave.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: When In Ancient Rome; It’s About Time; The Actor’s Middle Initial; Ends In “ION”; Learning; The Ropes)

Erin got off to the best start, buoyed by an early True Daily Double, but Troy went on a run just before the interviews. However, Erin clawed back and took the lead on the 30th clue of the round!

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Troy 8 correct 1 incorrect
Erin 4 correct 0 incorrect
Hillary 2 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Erin 12 correct 0 incorrect
Troy 13 correct 2 incorrect
Hillary 3 correct 2 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: The Series’ Author; State Capitals; Eat Your Veggies; All In The Family; Self-Referential Beatles; Acronyms)

The Daily Doubles proved crucial here; Troy doubled up his $7,000 on his, and Hillary added 80% of her score to hers. The main question would be “Would Troy have a runaway?” and it was answered with a “Yes” when Troy got clue #29 and Hillary got clue #30 in front of Erin. Scores going into Final were Troy at $27,600, Erin at $13,600, and Hillary at $11,200.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Troy 26 correct 2 incorrect
Erin 19 correct 1 incorrect
Hillary 11 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 14 (0 today).

Troy’s narrow runaway was crucial, as Erin was the only correct player in Final! Troy’s the champ, though, and he goes on to play tomorrow!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Thursday, January 19, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Troy $27,600
Erin $13,600
Hillary $11,200

Tonight’s results:

Hillary $11,200 – $10,000 = $1,200 (What is Tower Bridge?)
Erin $13,600 + $13,599 = $27,199 (What is Westminster A the Tower of London?)
Troy $27,600 – $0 = $27,600 (What is Westminster Abbey?) (1-day total: $27,600)


Troy Meyer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 19, 2023 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Erin $6,800
Troy $6,600
Hillary -$800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) ENDS IN “ION” $1000 (clue #3)
Erin 1400 +1400 (Troy -800 Hillary 0)
2) STATE CAPITALS $2000 (clue #5)
Troy 7000 +7000 (Erin 8400 Hillary 1200)
3) ALL IN THE FAMILY $800 (clue #20, $8400 left on board)
Hillary 6000 +4800 (Erin 10400 Troy 22800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 280

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Erin 3 4 5*
Troy
Hillary

DJ! Round:
Erin 1 5 3
Troy 5* 4 5 4 5 3 3 4 5 4
Hillary 2 3 4 1 5 1 2*

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Troy 4.20
Erin 3.50
Hillary 2.57

Unplayed clues:

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

Game Stats:

Troy $22,600 Coryat, 26 correct, 2 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Erin $13,200 Coryat, 19 correct, 1 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Hillary $7,200 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,000
Lach Trash: $5,600 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,400

Erin Portman, career statistics:

44 correct, 4 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (40/114)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,800

Troy Meyer, career statistics:

26 correct, 3 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $22,600

Hillary Kotler, career statistics:

11 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,800)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,200

Troy Meyer, to win:

2 games: 79.881%
3: 63.810%
4: 50.972%
5: 40.717%
6: 32.526%
Avg. streak: 4.970 games.

Today’s interviews:

Hillary was proposed to at a restaurant in the Catskills.
Troy had a grandfather who worked as a security guard for Rita Hayworth.
Erin has interrobang earrings.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Troy is out here showing all of us how important the Daily Doubles should be for knowledgeable players. He pretty much needed all of the $7,000 that he bet to earn his runaway, which ended up being crucial for him after a missed Final.
  • For the second time this week, an edit was made to Final Jeopardy! between its airing and its showing up in the New York Times. (The version in the Times said “2” and not “3”.) The writers need to get on the ball and shore up their clues before airing. This sort of carelessness from the writers is completely unacceptable. Both contestants and fans deserve better.
  • Today’s box score: January 19, 2023 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Troy $27,600 Erin $13,600 Hillary $11,200)

Erin: Standard cover bet over Hillary is $8,801. However, it might not be a bad idea to go all in, just in case Troy accidentally overbets. (Actual bet: $13,599)

Troy: Limit your bet to $399 and enjoy your victory! (Actual bet: $0)

Hillary: Limit your bet to $6,399 and stay in front of Erin, in case she bets to cover you and is incorrect. (Actual bet: $10,000)


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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, January 19, 2023"

  1. I thought Tower of London, and then went with Westminster Abbey.

    • I blind guessed Tower of London, and still switched to Westminster Abbey.

      • Well, you two and Troy make me feel better for thinking Westminster Abbey. I thought it likely that I was wrong, but expected it to be some less famous cathedral. I totally forgot about the Tower of London and Henry VIII’s unfortunate wives. (Though having seen some PBS shows about them in the last year, if I had remembered the century of his reign, hopefully they would have occurred to me!) However, as further admonishment to “us”, the clue having specified “queens” should have made us think “queens but not kings?”

    • My gut reaction from the “3 queens” was the Tower, but then I second guessed myself because of Sir Thomas More and went with Canterbury Cathedral, partly because I confused him with Thomas a Beckett.

  2. Michael Johnston | January 19, 2023 at 9:12 am | Reply

    tsk I didn’t know it and could not come up with a guess, and I’m kicking myself for not thinking of ToL. That ends a nice six game win streak. Hopefully I’ll get back in the “W” column tonight 🤞

    Current FJ streak: 1L

  3. The reference to the queens threw me off the scent as it were. Mary I (Bloody Mary to some) and Elizabeth I are famously buried side-by-side in Westminster Abby. I was also thinking of queens regnant rather than queens consort.

    If I had focused on Thomas More instead, then I would have gone straight to the Tower.

    Random fact: the name of the chapel means St Peter in Chains. The similarly named San Pietro in Vincoli church in Rome contains Michelangelo’s statue of Moses. The church is a short walk from the Colosseum and well worth the visit.

  4. I was also thinking of the Tower of London as well since I know the queens are buried there though I know Mary I is already placed at the tower. I would love to see the tower of london if given a chance to do so. Happy to see Troy winning this game. Congrats to erin getting the final right

    • As Tim H already said, Mary I is buried in Westminster Abbey, NOT “placed at the tower”, though Mary I certainly did some “placing” into the tower.

  5. I have to question the choice of running a Double Jeopardy category where three of five clues were essentially just “name the capital of the given state” and a fourth was a hair’s breadth away from the same.

    • Have to agree with you, Eric. I thought they may as well have called the category “State Capitals.” Oh, that’s right, they did. lol

    • Eric, I agree with you. For one thing, I think this category more befits Single Jeopardy! Regardless, I think only the first or second clue should have been used as the first one, the remaining three moved up [up the column, down the “price range”], and a more difficult one used as the 5th clue. [Such as “state capital known in the 1750s as French Lick”, “What is Nashville, Tennessee?”. Harder because very little clue to the state and there is a French Lick, Indiana.]

  6. What a pleasure it was to watch a quizzer like Troy. He not only has a wealth of trivia knowledge but quickly mastered the buzzer with excellent technique. What really made it all the better was that everything about him and his mannerisms speaks to humility and not being arrogant about his trivia game prowess. I really enjoyed watching Troy on Jeopardy! and look forward to what I hope will be an extended run. Great job by Hillary and Erin as well but I think you were up against a tough out and potential super champion. Of course, as Andy pointed out, there are no guarantees on Jeopardy! but I think Troy has a good chance of an extended run. He really seems like such a nice guy without a touch of arrogance about him.

  7. It bugs me when Ken says “not a penny” in response to someone wagering $0, because contestants aren’t allowed to wager “a penny” even if they wanted to, since all wagers must be in whole dollar amounts.

    • Agreed. If he wants to be funny, maybe “not a simoleon” (which is a slang word for a dollar, but maybe sounds like less — like scintilla is very little).

  8. hearing this game’s Final Jeopardy clue, thought Westminster Abbey as well.

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