Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, January 25, 2023


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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Landmarks) for Wednesday, January 25, 2023 (Season 39, Game 98):

Pskov & Nizhny Novgorod are 2 of the cities that have a fortress called this

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

David Maes, an attorney from Chicago, Illinois
David Maes on Jeopardy!
Kristina Zimmerman, a youth program coordinator from Seattle, Washington
Kristina Zimmerman on Jeopardy!
Troy Meyer, a music executive from Tampa, Florida (4-day total: $137,600)
Troy Meyer on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Yesterday, Troy Meyer became only the 7th player in the “Sky’s The Limit” era to win their first four games in runaway fashion. None of the previous six picked up a runaway in game number 5. Today, he faces off against Kristina Zimmerman and David Maes.


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Correct response: What is a kremlin?


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While the most famous Kremlin is located in Moscow (and is often referred to in the Western world as “The Kremlin” in reference to the Russian—or in the past, Soviet—government), the general term for a major historic Russian fortified complex is “kremlin”. A number of them—including the Moscow Kremlin and the Novgorod Kremlin—are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Nizhny Novgorod’s kremlin dates to the early 16th century, while Pskov’s was constructed in the late 15th.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Garden Variety Stories; 3-Letter Responses; How Do I Get There?; Pacino Played ‘Em; You Wear Me Out; We Grade That H-Plus)

Troy got off to the best start, picking up 10 correct and $9,000 before the interviews. Coming out of the break, Troy did well, but Kristina and David were picking up on the signalling device.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Troy 10 correct 1 incorrect
Kristina 3 correct 1 incorrect
David 1 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Troy 17 correct 2 incorrect
Kristina 6 correct 1 incorrect
David 4 correct 0 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Book Of The Year; Classical Is In; The SNL Alumnus Who…; How Many Dotted Letters?; Good Luck; We’Re All Counting On You)

Double Jeopardy! saw Troy only get in 8 times on the signalling device! This game David an opening; he doubled through the first Daily Double. Kristina found the last one, but went conservative, and her incorrect response put her into third going into clue #61. Troy had a narrow lead going into Final at $18,400. David had $16,400 and Kristina had $9,200.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Troy 24 correct 3 incorrect
David 15 correct 2 incorrect
Kristina 13 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 14 (0 today).

Final Jeopardy! today was a triple-get; Troy is now a 5-day champion! He goes for win #6 tomorrow.

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, January 25, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Troy $18,400
David $16,400
Kristina $9,200

Tonight’s results:

Kristina $9,200 + $0 = $9,200 (What is kremlin?)
David $16,400 + $2,001 = $18,401 (What is kremlin?)
Troy $18,400 + $14,401 = $32,801 (What is kremlin?) (5-day total: $170,401)


Troy Meyer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 25, 2023 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Troy $11,600
Kristina $3,000
David $2,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) 3-LETTER RESPONSES $800 (clue #11)
Troy 3400 +3400 (Kristina 1200 David 800)
2) BOOK OF THE YEAR $1200 (clue #4)
David 4800 +4800 (Troy 11600 Kristina 3000)
3) THE SNL ALUMNUS WHO… $1600 (clue #23, $4800 left on board)
Kristina 11800 -3000 (Troy 17200 David 16400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 175

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Troy 4 5 3 5 4 5 3 4*
Kristina 3 3
David 4

DJ! Round:
Troy 4 3 3 3 4
Kristina 2 1 4 2† 2 4*
David 4 5 3 3* 3 5 5 4† 5† 2 2 5

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Troy 3.85
David 3.85
Kristina 2.63

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 $15,800 Coryat, 24 correct, 3 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
David $12,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Kristina $12,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,800
Lach Trash: $7,000 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,200

Troy Meyer, career statistics:

153 correct, 11 incorrect
8/10 on rebound attempts (on 17 rebound opportunities)
49.82% in first on buzzer (142/285)
7/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $28,000)
4/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,120

Kristina Zimmerman, career statistics:

14 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,200

David Maes, career statistics:

16 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,800)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,800

Troy Meyer, to win:

6 games: 85.324%
7: 72.802%
8: 62.118%
9: 53.002%
10: 45.223%
Avg. streak: 10.814 games.

Today’s interviews:

David played against Obama’s softball team in Chicago.
Kristina has a Swiss passport.
Troy had a basketball thrown to him by Lebron.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $170,401 is the 9th-best adjusted 5-day total of all time—$1 more than Amy Schneider.
  • Today’s box score: January 25, 2023 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Troy $18,400 David $16,400 Kristina $9,200)

Troy: Standard cover bet over David is $14,401. (Actual bet: $14,401)

Kristina: You have exactly one good bet today: $5,200. This will cover against David’s smallest cover bet, while staying $1 ahead of Troy if he covers David and misses. Anything else significantly reduces your chances of winning. (Actual bet: $0)

David: Standard cover bet over Kristina is $2,001. (Actual bet: $2,001)


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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, January 25, 2023"

  1. Michael Johnston | January 25, 2023 at 9:19 am | Reply

    Whew I finally got off the schneid thanks to recalling the definition of “kremlin” from those Russian language courses!😌

    • I learned a lot of Pushkin and Lermontov in my Russian classes, but never were we talk the meaning of Kremlin 🙁 I guessed Citidel.

  2. I received a copy of Gorky’s “My Childhood” as a prize in elementary school and that had the Kremlin of Nizhny Novgorod – which confused me at that time.

  3. Somewhere, back in the cobwebs of my mind, I dug out Kremlin. Knowing nothing about Russian history, I surprised myself!

  4. Some little gear turned in my brain and spat out Kremlin.

  5. I got the kremlin out of my head despite not having to study about russian history while only learning about the czars and playing Red Alert 2 I surprised my self there.

  6. Congratulations on Troy for becoming the 4th-5 day+ champion this season. Then their is David Sibley at being a 4 day champion. So now we need 10 more 5 day + champions towards the next TOC, plus the contestants that will be given a second chance.

  7. I’m glad that it was a triple get. The idea that kremlin is not a proper noun may not be obvious.

  8. To all who love to comment here on their success (and, failures,) on the Final Jeopardy clues, you will probably love today’s The Family Circus by Bil and Jeff Keane. Youll find it on the comics page of your local newspaper, or, at comicskingdom.com
    The trend Andy mentioned of four day champions who had runnaways, but having at least relatively close games going into Final Jeopardy, in their fifth game, held true again today.
    As for this game’s Final Jeopardy,when I heard/read the clue, I shrugged, and, said ‘What is Kremlin?’ Somewhere I must’ve read/heard that was what Russian for fort. Only explanation I have for getting it right, besides getting lucky with a wild guess.

  9. What an outstanding game!

  10. I’m so stoked for the next ToC

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