Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, January 24, 2023

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Here’s today’s New York Times Clue of the Day (in the category Foreign-Born Authors) for Tuesday, January 24, 2023 (Season 39, Game 97):

In the 1950s the New York Times said this author “is writing about all lust” & his lecherous narrator “is all of us”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Linda Napikoski, an ESL instructor originally from Phoenix, Arizona
Linda Napikoski on Jeopardy!
Joe Incollingo, a film & TV publicist from Los Angeles, California
Joe Incollingo on Jeopardy!
Troy Meyer, a music executive from Tampa, Florida (3-day total: $97,600)
Troy Meyer on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Today on Jeopardy!, Linda Napikoski and Joe Incollingo do battle against Troy Meyer, who has had three runaways in three wins thus far. That has put Troy at the top of the list of this season’s 3-game winners; today’s game, though, is absolutely crucial for his potential Tournament of Champions chances.

I’m going to use my platform today to talk a little bit about some of the things that Yogesh Raut has been in the news for saying as of late. Yogesh has certainly been the recipient of a much-more-than-normal amount of harassment and negativity over the past two weeks, and a non-zero amount of that has been because of the color of his skin. How many of Yogesh’s statements would be ignored, glossed over, or even defended more vigorously if he was white? And the tabloid media circus that has surrounded the show over the past eighteen months has only served to amplify things, to the point where this certainly would have already died down had this occurred in the past.

However, I also don’t believe that Yogesh is completely blameless in this situation. Stories have come out from a couple of places over the last few days regarding Yogesh’s behavior at pub quizzes; Yogesh himself has referred to having been banned by venues. To this, I would like to say: the largest pre-pandemic pub quiz group in the U.S. is called “Geeks Who Drink”. It is not called “Geeks Who Drink Water And Don’t Tip”. Before building The Jeopardy! Fan from a homespun side project for a couple of fans to a single person running what has essentially turned into a daily show recap and news website, I spent eight years where my chief source of income was as a pub quiz host. I can honestly say that players who showed up, ordered water, and didn’t tip the wait staff are the number one reason why I am no longer a pub quiz host. It causes immense stress on both a venue and a host if you show up to a pub quiz and don’t actually support the venue, and it is behavior that should result in being shunned, regardless of who does it.

Still: if this was a certain “Am I The…” subreddit I would definitely be leaving an “Everybody Sucks Here” comment. A lot of fans (not everybody, but a lot) have acted very poorly, and Yogesh’s past actions leading up to this haven’t exactly been pristine, either. (Unfortunately, I also don’t really see anyone in the situation actually changing much about their actions.)

In any case, onwards and upwards—and it would not surprise me if Jeopardy! set its next Tournament of Champions field in order to portray Yogesh as a heel for most viewers to cheer against.

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Correct response: Who is Vladimir Nabokov?

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The words come from Elizabeth Janeway’s August 17, 1958 review of the Vladimir Nabokov work Lolita.

Regarding cluing: this is the second time this month that Jeopardy! has used the category “Foreign-Born Authors”. In both cases now (Isabel Allende and Vladimir Nabokov), you have an author who was born in another country (thereby inviting a pinning controversy had Jeopardy! used the term “American”) but did a significant amount of writing while in the United States (also inviting a pinning controversy had Jeopardy! used “World Literature”). I don’t know what else Jeopardy! can do here, if they even should do anything. It’s clear, though, that the category title is a massive hint in the direction of “someone who was born outside of the United States, but did a significant amount of their writing in the United States”.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Dante’s Circles Of Hell, Defined; What Season Is It?; Say It With Advertising; They’re Bad In Books; 3.7 Trillion Fish In The Ocean; Finding Nimoy)

Troy’s general dominance continued today, with him picking up 17 correct and the Daily Double; his score was over five figures after 30 clues.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Troy 7 correct 0 incorrect
Joe 5 correct 1 incorrect
Linda 2 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Troy 17 correct 1 incorrect
Joe 7 correct 1 incorrect
Linda 4 correct 0 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: A Look At Symbols; January In Recent History; Europe A-Go-Go; Pop Culture Goes To Mars; Opera; Last But Not Least)

Linda had the best time in Double Jeopardy of the two challengers, as she nearly doubled up on the game’s final Daily Double. Unfortunately for her, Troy picked up another 17 correct in the round, including the game’s middle Daily Double, to have a commanding runaway going into Final. Scores going into Final were Troy at $32,800, Linda at $10,300, and Joe at $7,400.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Troy 34 correct 3 incorrect
Linda 10 correct 0 incorrect
Joe 11 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 14 (0 today).

Final today was a triple get—Troy got a crucial win #4; he goes for win #5 tomorrow!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, January 24, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Troy $32,800
Linda $10,300
Joe $7,400

Tonight’s results:

Joe $7,400 + $5,000 = $12,400 (Who is Nabokov?)
Linda $10,300 + $4,501 = $14,801 (Who is Nabokov?)
Troy $32,800 + $7,200 = $40,000 (Who is Nabokov?) (4-day total: $137,600)

Troy Meyer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 24, 2023 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Troy $10,400
Joe $3,800
Linda $2,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) THEY’RE BAD IN BOOKS $800 (clue #8)
Troy 2400 +2400 (Joe 600 Linda 0)
2) OPERA $1200 (clue #5)
Troy 11200 +6000 (Joe 3400 Linda 2600)
3) JANUARY IN RECENT HISTORY $1200 (clue #11, $18800 left on board)
Linda 4200 +4100 (Troy 22400 Joe 3400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 251

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Troy 4 4 5 3 4 4*
Joe 2 3

DJ! Round:
Troy 5 4 3* 3 4 5 5 4
Joe 3
Linda 4 3*

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Troy 4.07
Linda 3.50
Joe 2.67

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 14 (0.14 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Troy $26,400 Coryat, 34 correct, 3 incorrect, 59.65% in first on buzzer (34/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Linda $7,400 Coryat, 10 correct, 0 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Joe $7,400 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $41,200
Lach Trash: $6,200 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,600

Troy Meyer, career statistics:

128 correct, 8 incorrect
6/8 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
51.75% in first on buzzer (118/228)
6/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $24,600)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $27,450

Joe Incollingo, career statistics:

12 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,400

Linda Napikoski, career statistics:

11 correct, 0 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,100)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,400

Troy Meyer, to win:

5 games: 88.944%
6: 79.110%
7: 70.363%
8: 62.584%
9: 55.664%
Avg. streak: 12.045 games.

Today’s interviews:

Linda wants to visit the best bookstore in all 50 states.
Joe went as a Batman villain for Hallowe’en in college.
Troy was married in the same church in Ireland that his partner’s grandparents were married in.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Troy is the 7th player in the “Sky’s The Limit” era—Anne Boyd, Jason Richards, Steve Unite, Matt Jackson, Kevin Walsh, and Cris Pannullo are the other six—to have runaways in their first four wins. None of them got a runaway in their fifth game.
  • I have made a small change to the prediction model that increases the amount of variance used in the model, explaining the slight drop in Troy’s win percentage.
  • From the Site Comment Policy: “Complaints that the show failed to miss a response not in the form of a question are always improper and will be instantly removed. The judges have the ability to isolate contestant audio and are always willing to stop tape to confirm. If a response is not in the form of a question, the judges will tell us. Moreover, this sort of behavior is akin to those who used to call into the PGA Tour with rules violations. It’s incredibly gauche. Viewers are also reminded that failing to form a response in the form of a question is a warning violation in the game’s opening round, and only a penalty violation in Double Jeopardy!.”
  • Today’s box score: January 24, 2023 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Troy $32,800 Linda $10,300 Joe $7,400)

Troy: Limit your bet to $12,199 and enjoy win #4! (Actual bet: $7,200)

Joe: If Linda bets to cover you and is incorrect, she falls to $5,799. Limit your bet to $1,599. (Actual bet: $5,000)

Linda: Standard cover bet over Joe is $4,501. (Actual bet: $4,501)

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33 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, January 24, 2023"

  1. Should’ve known. Read the book and enjoyed the Kubrick directed movie with Peter Sellers. (and also a fan of The Police who mention Nabokov in ‘Don’t Stand So Close to Me’)

  2. Michael Johnston | January 24, 2023 at 9:32 am | Reply

    … Even if I thought of “Lolita”, I would not have remembered Nabokov fit the category, if I remembered him as the author at all 🙁

    Current FJ streak: 5L

  3. Having grown up in the 50s and 60s, Lolita immediately came to my mind. My mother would never have allowed me to read it and, for some reason, I never picked it up as an adult. I couldn’t have told you the author’s first name, but I did come up with his last.

    • Same here concerning your background, but the only detail I knew then or now was the girl’s age, so would not have guessed it would be described as the lechery of all of us. I guessed what I was sure was a long-shot, Philip Roth (just because actor Tim Roth is from London, so maybe Philip Roth was originally British, too).

  4. Didn’t we have the same (or very similar category) recently with Allende as the correct response?

  5. Missed this one. The only book that came to mind was “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”, and I was pretty sure that was before the 1950s.

  6. Thanks for your cool, calm and even-handed perspective on the Yogesh situation.

    It really bothers me how harsh viewers can be towards contestants on all TV game shows. The contestants don’t have stylists or media training; most have never been in front of a TV camera before. Is it any wonder that some freeze under the lights? Or appear stern and unsmiling? (I even saw someone on Twitter describe Ray Lalonde as “smug”! Huh? Where did that come from?)

    Oh yeah… totally blew it on this Final. Only Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer came to mind but I was pretty sure that was wrong. Thirty seconds goes by awfully quickly…

  7. Lecherous narrator = Lolita = Nabokov. It was the only thing that came to my mind.

  8. I appreciate the “everyone sucks here” assessment. I think many people, unfortunately, are stuck in black-and-white thinking where if a person is somewhat at fault they must be entirely at fault, which leads to more piling on and less reflection. Filter that through the racism and other prejudices that many have and ugh, what a mess.

  9. aaronthecrystalclod | January 24, 2023 at 1:13 pm | Reply

    I’m noticing that Christopher Reeve – sorry, Troy – has been wagering certain amounts to deliberately give him a nice, round number, similar to Ken’s old style of play.

  10. I’ve guessed Nabokov by category.

  11. Always saddens me when I come here and see the negativity that’s going on I wouldn’t otherwise be aware of. I’m thankful I’m not part of any Reddit or discords or wherever this garbage happens. Sure Yogesh wasn’t all that personable but that shouldn’t matter

  12. I drew a blank on this FJ.

  13. If Yogesh gets a ToC slot, then sure, fine. I’m not gonna be happy, necessarily, but it is what it is. But I don’t know how well his being a heel will work.

    From what I’ve seen over the years, even the worst of heels still have a decently-sized fanbase. To echo something I read on Twitter regarding James – “James Holzhauer is a heel, but he’s the entertaining heel who made that his brand.” James is obviously far from being the most popular contestant ever, but he still has a decently sized fanbase with a mix of fans and former contestants, which I think comes down to the fact that he’s just as willing to poke fun of himself as to poke fun at other people, AND he actually had the skills to back up being a heel.

    But I feel as though there’s a fine line between being a heel and being just a downright nasty person, and Yogesh crosses that line for me. Is all of it his fault? ABSOLUTELY NOT. I do feel bad about him being bullied or seen as lesser because of the color of his skin, and I definitely agree with his statement that racism is still a big problem, not just in quizzing, but in everyday life. But the way he’s responding to critics seems to just negate any affect that his statement has. And for him to go after Lilly, one of the few people in the entire community who has never had a single bad word to say about any contestant (other than quarter-zip jokes), just leaves a further bad taste in my mouth (and probably a lot of people’s mouths as well).

    Those are my thoughts about the whole thing – sorry for once again leaving a novel in your comments section. At the end of the day, I just hope we can move on from this whole debacle sooner rather than later.

    To end on a more positive note, I am incredibly impressed by Troy’s performance so far and I think he has a good chance of being the first person post-Sky’s The Limit to get five runaways in his first five games. I’m glad he’s as nice a person as he appears to be on TV, too. (Also, I think saying “Unfortunately for her [Linda], Troy picked up” instead of “Unfortunately, Troy picked up” would make it appear slightly less biased. But again, your website, do whatever you want with it.)

  14. I have heard about Lolita so nabakov came to me although i do wish i had seen the movie version of this later. Still happy to see a triple solve here.

  15. What’s the procedure for when someone’s games in J! Archive get the “_____ _____ game __” tag?

  16. When I eveb partially get a Final Jeopardy, I’m proud. When I heard/read this game’s Final Jeopady, I responded with “Who was the author of ‘Lolita’?” Sure I’ve would’ve ruled wrong, because they were looking for the actual name (Nabokov,) not a description.
    In regards to a player seeming not answering in the form of a question, it sounded like it MIGHT’VE happened during this game’s Double Jeopardy. BUT since no correction was made when the game returned after the break, OBVIOUSLY what I THOUGHT I didn’t hear was wrong. As Andy has posted, if the producers think that this has happened, and, being human, that they missed it, they will either stop tape, and, review, or, do it during the break. IF a correction is needed, they will have Ken (Mayim) announce it when they return after a break, with an explanation. Very few, (if any,) mistakes aren’t missed.

  17. Bill, I assume you meant to write, “Very few, (if any,) mistakes are missed.”

    Similarly, Andy’s Thoughts refers to a quotation in the Site Comment Policy: “Complaints that the show failed to miss a response not in the form of a question ….” To better capture what I believe to be the intent, the Site Comment Policy should be revised to read “Complaints that the show missed a response not in the form of a question ….” Or “Complaints that the show failed to catch a response not in the form of a question ….”

    Just wanted to clarify. And acknowledging that we all make occasional mistakes, myself certainly included.

    • in rereading my comment after posting, I thought it was at least grammaicly confusing, if not wrong. Your correction IS what I meant. Thanks.

  18. My suggestion would be the category “20th Century Authors”.

  19. Aided by the fact that I was nearly sure the response wouldn’t be “Allende”, I was able to blind-guess final for what I believe is my first time.

    • Precisely! The first time I had no idea, because there are so many foreign-born authors, and, frankly, I have not heard of Allende. But the second time, I thought, it must be Nabokov.

  20. I blanked on this one completely, then saw “Nabokov” and went “DUH!” I had a rough couple days emotionally, can you blame me?

    But as you’re saying, this fandom has become incredibly toxic over the last two years, and the AITA comparison is pretty spot-on. It feels like that’s where the Jeopardy fandom is shifting, with people taking the tiniest shreds of drama and making a grandiose story about it. The press is largely responsible. I kinda regret getting more active instead of being a casual viewer, but I kinda don’t.

  21. Fun fact – the last two answers in today’s double jeopardy; [pop culture goes to mars] “What is Rocketman” and [opera] “What is La bohème”, were also the two pieces of music that Nathan Chen skated to at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, winning a gold medal in men’s figure skating.

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