Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 20, 2023


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Here’s today’s The New York Times Clue of the Day (in the category Television) for Friday, January 20, 2023 (Season 39, Game 95):

Mike Post combined the sound of a slamming jail door, an anvil & 100 men stomping on a floor for this series that debuted in 1990

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Mark Fabros, a strategy consultant from New York, New York
Mark Fabros on Jeopardy!
Eric Kerr-Heraly, a teacher & school administrator from Houston, Texas
Eric Kerr-Heraly on Jeopardy!
Troy Meyer, a music executive from Tampa, Florida (1-day total: $27,600)
Troy Meyer on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Yesterday, Troy Meyer became the fourth Jeopardy! champion in four episodes after barely eking out a runaway over Erin Portman and Hillary Kotler. Today, he faces Eric Kerr-Heraly of Houston and Mark Fabros of New York.

You may have wondered why I will initially publish this article with “The New York Times Clue of the Day” instead of “Today’s Final Jeopardy”. It’s because the show has seen fit to make edits to Final Jeopardy on two separate occasions this week; what was taped and aired did not match what appeared in the Times. To me, this is emblematic of a greater problem; it seems as though the show’s writers are somehow getting careless; mistakes that would have been caught in the Harry Friedman–Alex Trebek era are not being caught today. These are mistakes that likely result in contestants being returned to the show in the past; the show definitely needs to improve on this front.


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Mike Post created both the famous theme song from Law & Order—which was actually used on a celebrity version of Jeopardy! on May 1, 1997, when Sam Waterston, Carey Lowell, and Benjamin Bratt all competed against each other—as well as the famous sound effect that played between scenes on the show. It was that famous sound effect that contained the slamming jail door, the anvil, and 100 men stomping on a wood floor.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Moonstruck; Whirled Events; Repetitive Music; “D” Adjectives; Safe; Sound)

Things were pretty close between Troy and Mark—and then Mark went all-in on the Daily Double on clue 19 to jump out to a lead! Troy clawed some of that back, but Mark led after 30 clues.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Troy 5 correct 0 incorrect
Mark 6 correct 1 incorrect
Eric 2 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Mark 11 correct 1 incorrect
Troy 12 correct 0 incorrect
Eric 5 correct 1 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: American Lit; This Piece Of Paper Will Tell You What To Do; 2-Word Science Terms; Street Smarts; Jason; As The French Say)

This round belonged to Troy. Troy picked up 19 correct in Double Jeopardy, both Daily Doubles, and had a commanding lead at the round’s conclusion. Scores going into Final were Troy at $33,400, Mark at $10,400, and Eric at $7,600.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Troy 31 correct 1 incorrect
Mark 14 correct 3 incorrect
Eric 12 correct 1 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 14 (0 today).

Troy and Mark got Final today; Troy goes into the weekend as a 2-day champion! He’ll go for win #3 on Monday!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, January 20, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Troy $33,400
Mark $10,400
Eric $7,600

Tonight’s results:

Eric $7,600 – $2,000 = $5,600 (What is Home Improvement?)
Mark $10,400 + $4,801 = $15,201 (What is Law and Order?)
Troy $33,400 + $1,600 = $35,000 (What is Law and Order?) (2-day total: $62,600)


Troy Meyer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 20, 2023 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Mark $10,000
Troy $7,400
Eric $2,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) SAFE $600 (clue #19)
Mark 4600 +4600 (Troy 5400 Eric 2000)
2) AMERICAN LIT $2000 (clue #3)
Troy 10200 +5000 (Eric 2000 Mark 10000)
3) AS THE FRENCH SAY $2000 (clue #19, $6800 left on board)
Troy 29600 +1000 (Eric 4800 Mark 9600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 152

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Troy 4 5 4 5 4 3 2 3 3
Eric 5 2 3
Mark 4 4 4 5 5 5 3*

DJ! Round:
Troy 4 5* 4 5 3 3 4 5 5 2 5 3 5*
Eric 3 2† 3
Mark 4 4 4

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Troy 3.91
Mark 4.20
Eric 3.00

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 $31,400 Coryat, 31 correct, 1 incorrect, 49.12% in first on buzzer (28/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Mark $6,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Eric $7,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $45,400
Lach Trash: $2,800 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800

Troy Meyer, career statistics:

58 correct, 4 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
46.49% in first on buzzer (53/114)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $13,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $27,000

Eric Kerr-Heraly, career statistics:

12 correct, 2 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,600

Mark Fabros, career statistics:

15 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,600)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,400

Troy Meyer, to win:

3 games: 88.936%
4: 79.096%
5: 70.344%
6: 62.561%
7: 55.640%
Avg. streak: 10.038 games.

Today’s interviews:

Mark filmed himself playing Jeopardy! against himself as part of a grad school application.
Eric has a daughter who was born in England.
Troy was told by Lady Gaga that he had great style.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Troy $33,400 Mark $10,400 Eric $7,600)

Troy: Bet between $0 and $12,599 and enjoy win #2! (Actual bet: $1,600)

Eric: If Mark makes the cover bet and is incorrect, he falls to $5,599. Limit your bet to $1,999, just in case. (Actual bet: $2,000)

Mark: Standard cover bet over Eric is $4,801. (Actual bet: $4,801)


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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 20, 2023"

  1. Michael Johnston | January 20, 2023 at 9:12 am | Reply

    I’m sure I watched at least part of an episode before, but I wouldn’t expect to be able to answer any questions about L&O based on that :/

    Current FJ streak: 3L

  2. I went with the Sopranos… not my smartest moment. That show started in 1999. I wasn’t alive in 1990 nor 1999, so I’m going to blame my age on this one.

  3. After a long, dry spell, it was nice to finally get one correct, ending the week on a good note.

    • I got this immediately – I used to watch all of Law and Order every time it was on – I am old enough to remember them – Glad I finally got one without even thinking.

  4. Being unfamiliar with Mike Post, I went with “Oz,” the HBO series set in a prison.

    • I, too, used to watch all of ‘Law and Order’ every time it was on (and I watch the new ones on Peacock) but those sounds never “broke through” to me as anything like described. Even now, I just re-ran that part on Peacock twice and could only barely identify the second time that there was the sound of feet stomping. Not that it actually says that, but I think the clue seems to imply that all the feet stomp at once to make a lot of noise, but it sounds to me like the feet were stomping to multiple rhythms or cadences.

      I have never seen ‘Oz’ and it had seemed to me to be an older show than ‘Law & Order’ [but it is not] so I’d said ‘Oz’, too.

  5. 100 men stomping on a floor. That’s funny. The show probably wouldn’t have been nearly as successful if they had only used 99.

    • You did make me smile, but in specifically listening to it, it seemed to me that they were not all stomping at the same time. So to produce a musical(?) sound, it may have been easier to divide up the stompers into even groups when dividing up 100 men than dividing 99. (80 may have divided well, but not been loud enough.)

  6. aaronthecrystalclod | January 20, 2023 at 1:19 pm | Reply

    I really hope this guy goes on a big streak. I’m mainly rooting for this guy for the same reason that I was rooting for Sam Buttrey in the ToC – because he looks like a celebrity (in this case, Troy kind of looks like Christopher Reeve).

    • Michael Johnston | January 20, 2023 at 1:28 pm | Reply

      Hah! I said the same thing to my spouse while we were watching last night😂

    • I don’t see it from this one still picture. It seems Troy’s nose is not thin enough, his teeth are not arranged(?) the same way, his jaw/chin is not the same [though closer than a lot of men], and I think maybe his ears are a tad bigger. However, admittedly, seeing someone recorded rather than in a snapshot gives more nuance to perception and all I have to go by is the photo.

  7. I’m a big fan of the Law & Order franchise, so yes I got this one right away.

  8. As a big law and order fan I got this one because I watched the reruns of this show back on TNT and since NBC decided to air season 22 I guess it is worth seeing it again. Happy to see mark and Troy getting final right

  9. Impressive game by Troy, especially in DJ. He could be around for a while.

  10. I’ve only watched a few clips of L&O on YouTube so I never knew about that sound effect. TV is admittedly a weak spot of mine. I finish the week 4-2.

    Troy will likely be around a while. He has shown to have good buzzer dexterity, and that often makes all the difference.

  11. Mike Post-1990. Easy peasy. The info of the sound effects were new to me.

  12. I think it would be fun to have a series of Celeb J! games having trios of actors/actresses from the same show facing off against each other, similar to the Waterston/Lowell/Bratt game.
    Wouldn’t even have to be part of a tournament. Just have a series of games with different trios from different shows.

  13. When I read/heard this game’s Final Jeopardy clue, I thought of Law & Order. But rejected it, because the description of the componets of the sound didn’t fit the “dun dun” scene opener as I hear it. (yes, I’m a L & O fan, especially with the late Jerry Orbach as Lennie Briscoe.)

  14. Huge Dave Matthews Band fan here… the clue with them in it, would have been shamed not to know, but not really!

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