Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, January 23, 2023


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Here’s today’s New York Times Clue of the Day (in the category Astronomy & Geography) for Monday, January 23, 2023 (Season 39, Game 96):

At the winter solstice, the sun is in Sagittarius; it once appeared in this constellation, giving a geographic feature its name

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Anne Faircloth, a farmer from Clinton, North Carolina
Anne Faircloth on Jeopardy!
Duncan Bowling, an ICU nurse manager from Washington, DC
Duncan Bowling on Jeopardy!
Troy Meyer, a music executive from Tampa, Florida (2-day total: $62,600)
Troy Meyer on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Welcome back to a new week of Jeopardy! episodes; our returning champion is a very strong player in Troy Meyer, who became only the 50th human in Jeopardy! history to have a single-game Coryat score of $30,000 or more in a single game. (Watson is also on the list, but Watson is clearly not a human.) Today’s challengers include Duncan Bowling and Anne Faircloth.


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Correct response: What is Capricorn?


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At the time when the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn were named, the Sun was in the Cancer constellation at the summer solstice, and in the Capricorn constellation at the winter solstice. However, due to the gradual change in the earth’s rotation, it is now in the constellation Gemini at the summer solstice and Sagittarius at the winter solstice. It will take 24,000 years at this point for the Sun to reappear in Cancer and Capricorn at the solstices.

One thing that is also important to state, in order to hopefully preemptively shut down the cadre of know-it-alls: Britannica titles the article about the constellation “Capricornus” as “Capricorn”.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: City Name Changes; The Oscar-Winning Formula; Medications; “Side” Effects; Chess Pains; Boating After Meals)

Troy doubled up early through the Daily Double in this round and had 17 correct over the opening round of the game! Duncan played well, but Anne struggled with the signalling device and was in third.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Troy 8 correct 0 incorrect
Duncan 4 correct 0 incorrect
Anne 3 correct 2 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Troy 17 correct 0 incorrect
Duncan 8 correct 1 incorrect
Anne 5 correct 3 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Afghanistan & Pakistan; Now That’s Novel; Potent “P”otables; TV Connectors; Words Of Peace; Hey…Where’d Ya Go?)

The good news for Duncan: He found both Daily Doubles on back-to-back clues. The bad news for Duncan: He only got one of them correct. Anne’s struggled continued further on the signalling device; she was only able to get in twice in the entire round, as Troy cemented a runaway over the final clues of the game. The scores going into Final were Troy at $32,000, Duncan at $13,600, and Anne at $0.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Troy 34 correct 1 incorrect
Duncan 16 correct 2 incorrect
Anne 6 correct 4 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 14 (0 today).

Both Troy and Duncan were correct in Final; Troy is now a 3-day champion, winnings at $97,600!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, January 23, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Troy $32,000
Duncan $13,600
Anne $0

Tonight’s results:

Anne $0 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Duncan $13,600 + $2,500 = $16,100 (What is Capricorn?)
Troy $32,000 + $3,000 = $35,000 (What is Capricorn) (3-day total: $97,600)


Troy Meyer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 23, 2023 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Troy $13,600
Duncan $5,200
Anne -$400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) CITY NAME CHANGES $600 (clue #8)
Troy 3200 +3200 (Duncan 800 Anne -200)
2) WORDS OF PEACE $1200 (clue #18)
Duncan 13200 +5000 (Troy 22400 Anne 0)
3) HEY…WHERE’D YA GO? $1200 (clue #19, $10000 left on board)
Duncan 18200 -5000 (Troy 22400 Anne 0)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 110

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Troy 4 5 4 4 3*
Duncan 1
Anne 2 3

DJ! Round:
Troy 5 4 3 5 4 3 5
Duncan 1 2 3 4 5 4 5 3 3* 3*
Anne 1 2

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Troy 4.08
Duncan 3.09
Anne 2.00

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 $29,400 Coryat, 34 correct, 1 incorrect, 54.39% in first on buzzer (31/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Duncan $14,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Anne $0 Coryat, 6 correct, 4 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $44,200
Lach Trash: $4,000 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800

Troy Meyer, career statistics:

93 correct, 5 incorrect
6/7 on rebound attempts (on 12 rebound opportunities)
49.12% in first on buzzer (84/171)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $16,200)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $27,800

Duncan Bowling, career statistics:

17 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,800

Anne Faircloth, career statistics:

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

Troy Meyer, to win:

4 games: 92.030%
5: 84.695%
6: 77.945%
7: 71.732%
8: 66.015%
Avg. streak: 14.547 games.

Today’s interviews:

Anne has a Masters in English and creative writing.
Duncan has Ken Jennings as a nemesis thanks to high school quiz bowl.
Troy met his wife because of Jeopardy.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Troy $32,000 Duncan $13,600 Anne $0)

Troy: Limit your bet to $4,799. (Actual bet: $3,000)

Duncan: Bet whatever you like. I might go all in—just in case Troy accidentally overbets. (Actual bet: $2,500)

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


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14 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, January 23, 2023"

  1. My vague knowledge of star signs was the reason I got this… I know Capricorn season starts right at the Winter Solstice, so shout out to December 22nd!

    • Michael Johnston | January 23, 2023 at 9:32 am | Reply

      Yeah, make it sound easy 😝😅
      I wish I had made that connection, but instead…I got as far as thinking of the Southern hemisphere, and no further.

      Current FJ streak: 4L

  2. Oh, wow! Lucky guess based on the fact that I’m a Capricorn and the first day of winter was around the time of my December birthday. But, hey, a lucky guess is still a correct answer and a good way to start the Jeopardy! week!

  3. Knew it had to be Cancer or Capricorn and vaguely remembering that Cancer falls between Gemini and Leo (I’m a Leo and have close friends who are Cancer and Gemini who are into astrology stuff), I figured it couldn’t be Cancer, so went with Capricorn.

  4. In a high school quiz competition I was marked incorrect for saying Scorpio instead of Scorpius, so I’m glad that they are able to give credit to the alternative version of the word. (And I must say, perhaps the best way to ensure you never forget something is to get it wrong at an important point of a quizzing competition!)

  5. When’s the last time a contestant has had the same winning score two days in a row?

  6. Wow. Troy is turning out to be a machine. Good work.

    I am horrible at the signs of the zodiac but I immediately thought of Capricorn because, as Kris Kristofferson once sang, Jesus Was a Capricorn. (It was 1972. I am quite elderly.) After that I second-guessed myself since the solution couldn’t be that easy. Or could it? And then the music stopped. Time was up and I hadn’t written anything down.

    Fortunately, I didn’t bet anything since I know astronomy is not my strength.
    But I still kicked myself.
    THE END

  7. This was pretty easy I immediately thought of capricorn since well I am a gemini. So the signs of the zodiac shouldn’t be that hard to remember. A good clue and I am happy to see the guys getting this final.

    • It would have been a good clue had I not misunderstood the meaning of “geographic feature”, which I took to be an actual THING, like the Matterhorn, not an imaginary line like the Tropic of Capricorn. But the real problem was my thinking so hard about that I forgot where the “this” had been placed in the clue. And I guess imaginary lines can be geographic features — for example state lines and boundaries of countries.

      • I had the exact same issue. I like to think I might’ve gotten it if they had used “cartographic feature” instead of “geographic feature”.

  8. Three games is admittedly a small sample size. But Troy has been formidable. 94.90% correct responses and 49.12% first on buzzer are first-rate. Plus three runaways.

    By comparison: Ray Lalonde had 89.17% correct responses and 41.98% first on buzzer in his 14 appearances, and Chris Pannullo had 92.30% correct responses and 48.32% first on buzzer in his 22 appearances.

  9. I was thinking that Duncan should have bet 10,000+ when he got the first daily double. There was a good chance Troy was going to get the other one at the time. It probably didn’t matter, but you have to be aggressive to knock off someone like Troy.

    Of course the opposite view is that he knocks himself out of the game, but he kind of does that missing a 5k dd as well.

    I think Troy still wins regardless.

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