Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 27, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Cinema) for Friday, January 27, 2023 (Season 39, Game 100):

The 2007 biopic called “La Môme” in France, meaning “The Kid”, was released in the U.S. under this other French title

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Dee Williams, a research associate from Boston, Massachusetts
Dee Williams on Jeopardy!
Jake DeArruda, a delivery dispatcher originally from Ludlow, Vermont
Jake DeArruda on Jeopardy!
Troy Meyer, a music executive from Tampa, Florida (6-day total: $214,802)
Troy Meyer on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Troy Meyer is entering into territory previously occupied by greats such as Larissa Kelly, Roger Craig, and Austin Rogers, having broken the $200,000 mark in just six victories! Will his run continue into Austin Rogers territory? Or will it—like Larissa’s or Roger’s streaks—end today? Troy has been given a couple of incredibly close battles over the last two days—and depending on where you are in the quizzing community, you may be familiar with one or both of today’s challengers, both of whom are also very capable of giving Troy a very strong battle. Dee Williams is a strong player in the lower divisions of the Online Quiz League (including a pair of very strong games against yours truly’s team over the past three months), and Jake DeArruda has been active in JBoard’s “Think Different” games for years. I’m expecting to see an incredibly tight game today where any of the three players are more than capable of pulling out a victory.

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Correct response: What is La Vie en Rose?

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This film, released as La Môme in France and La Vie en Rose in the United States, is the famed 2007 biopic of French Singer Édith Piaf (“La Vie en Rose” was one of her signature songs). Marion Cotillard won the Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of Piaf at the 80th Academy Awards.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: The State’S Other Senator; A Dash Of Fashion; Soil; Tv Time; Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales; Differs By A Vowel)

An incorrect response on clue #1 aside for our challenger at the middle lectern, both Troy and Jake got off to a very strong start; the game was tied after 15 clues! The second half of the round saw Jake take the lead, after Troy struggled a bit on the signalling device!

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Jake 6 correct 1 incorrect
Troy 5 correct 0 incorrect
Dee 3 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Jake 10 correct 1 incorrect
Troy 8 correct 1 incorrect
Dee 7 correct 2 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Historic Nicknames; Country Songs; 19Th Century Science; Geography; Place Your Bets; I “Ou”)

Jake’s strong play on the signalling device continued, and he ran COUNTRY SONGS! Dee got to the first Daily Double and picked up $2,000. Jake then found the third, and bet $10,000 to jump into a massive lead! It wasn’t quite a runaway, though, and Troy at least made sure today’s Final meant something! Scores going into Final were Jake at $27,800, Troy at $15,600, and Dee at $6,600.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Jake 22 correct 2 incorrect
Troy 19 correct 2 incorrect
Dee 13 correct 4 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 14 (0 today).

Final Jeopardy! was a Triple Stumper—which means Jake is your new champion! He’ll be back on Monday.

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, January 27, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Jake $27,800
Troy $15,600
Dee $6,600

Tonight’s results:

Dee $6,600 – $0 = $6,600 (What is La Fille)
Troy $15,600 – $15,600 = $0 (What is Hugo?)
Jake $27,800 – $5,003 = $22,797 (What is ) (1-day total: $22,797)

Jake DeArruda, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 27, 2023 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Jake $5,800
Troy $4,800
Dee $1,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) DIFFERS BY A VOWEL $1000 (clue #16)
Dee 200 -1000 (Troy 3800 Jake 3800)
2) 19th CENTURY SCIENCE $2000 (clue #11)
Dee 600 +2000 (Troy 10000 Jake 11800)
3) HISTORIC NICKNAMES $800 (clue #21, $6400 left on board)
Jake 16600 +10000 (Troy 13200 Dee 6200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 60

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Troy 4 4 5 4 3 1
Jake 5 3 2 1 5 4 2
Dee 5 5 5*

DJ! Round:
Troy 4 5 4 3 4 3
Jake 4 5 3 2 1 3 5 2 2*
Dee 4 5* 3 3 4 5

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Jake 3.06
Dee 4.33
Troy 3.67

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:

Jake $18,600 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Dee $7,600 Coryat, 13 correct, 4 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Troy $15,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $41,800
Lach Trash: $4,400 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,800

Troy Meyer, career statistics:

199 correct, 15 incorrect
13/15 on rebound attempts (on 26 rebound opportunities)
46.12% in first on buzzer (184/399)
8/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $29,000)
5/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $23,629

Jake DeArruda, career statistics:

22 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,600

Dee Williams, career statistics:

13 correct, 5 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,600

Jake DeArruda, to win:

2 games: 80.101%
3: 64.161%
4: 51.393%
5: 41.166%
6: 32.974%
Avg. streak: 5.025 games.

Today’s interviews:

Dee was part of a Jewish a capella group at Brown, even though she’s not Jewish.
Jake has a fear of anti-theft detectors at stores.
Troy has a late uncle who was the ambassador to Slovakia.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Challengers have started to realize that they need to play the way that Jake played today—I definitely see the “Era of Superchamps” coming to an end because of this; it will be very difficult to string together a run.
  • Today’s box score: January 27, 2023 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Jake $27,800 Troy $15,600 Dee $6,600)

Troy: Your only chance is if you get Final right. Go all in. (Actual bet: $15,600)

Jake: Standard cover bet over Troy is $3,401. (Actual bet: $5,003)

Dee: You don’t have a chance unless Jake overwagers. I’d bet anything that isn’t “all in”. (Actual bet: $0)

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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 27, 2023"

  1. I went with Amélie fully aware that A. it was made in 2001 and B. it was a French film and doesn’t (to my knowledge) have an American counterpart. I just needed to make some guess.

  2. Michael Johnston | January 27, 2023 at 9:10 am |

    I knew I was in trouble when I saw “World Cinema” 🙁 I had no clue as both titles were unfamiliar. Back in my younger days, I could well have gotten such a puzzle, as I used to be a big foreign film cinephile.

    Current FJ streak: 1L

  3. I love Louis Armstrong’s cover of the song. I didn’t get this FJ, though.

  4. Amazing that I also thought of Amelie. So Riley is not alone.

  5. Not familiar with this play. To speak frankly I have not seen la vie en rose though i am fluent in French. Still happy to see Jake winning this game. Troy had a great run for six games.

  6. I got this immediately because, by chance, I was studying with a French tutor at the time Marion Cotillard won her Oscar. We discussed the movie and the meaning of its French title. If not for this, I probably wouldn’t have known it. One of those “Slumdog Millionaire” gets, which unfortunately don’t happen very often in real life.

  7. Robert Fawkes | January 27, 2023 at 4:31 pm |

    Today’s category should have been “Unknown Movies.” LOL

  8. Great game. I thought Troy would be around longer, as he clearly is a very strong player. Glad he at least has qualified for the TOC. And congrats to Jake on defeating him.

  9. Lone Biker Of The Apacolypse | January 27, 2023 at 7:15 pm |

    What is wrong with answering “who is the Big Bad Wolf” on the $1000 question in Grimm fairy tales? Dee was robbed on this one. IMHO.

    • Namely, “Big Bad Wolf” was a Disney creation in adaptations of other stories. You’ll note that the clue specifically references “The Wolf and the Seven Young Goats”, in which the wolf is not described that way.

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    • Teen Wolf
      Wolf of Wall Street
      Wolf Blitzer

  10. I don’t feel so bad seeing a few other commenters thought of Amelie. I knew to rule it out because I watched it in French class my freshman year of college (2005); but I didn’t know the actual answer either.

  11. This was 100% my kind of category so I definitely got this correct. I am not surprised it was a triple stumper.

  12. In our area Jeopardy was preempted by national news. What do you mean by “the way Jake played”? I feel like there has been more parity in the style of play of late as more people play using the Chu/Holzhauer/Amodio strategy, but I also feel like there has been a run of unusually talented players. I wonder if there is a more robust quizbowl genepool now.

  13. Yeah Amelie is what I put because my brain saw “The Kid” and it felt like the clue was asking for the kid’s French name as the title, and that was the only thing I thought of. Seems like this was normal. I didn’t expect it to be right, and it wasn’t.

    I have heard of “La Vie en Rose” before but until today couldn’t tell you anything about it other than “it’s a movie” and “it exists.” There is thus no association in my head from which to retrieve that data.

    And yeah, the “Era of Superchamps” is definitely coming to an end. I don’t see it reverting back. This an evolution of the game, rooted in the James Holzhauer aggression… and how people realize that to beat a superchamp, you need to play like one. Enough challengers adopting that mindset means that someone like Troy won’t last anywhere near as long as he would’ve four years ago – one’s going to beat him sooner or later. I look forward to seeing how Troy holds his own in the TOC.

  14. I own a copy of “La Vie en Rose” with English subtitles and I still missed it. Great movie with wonderful performances.

  15. I knew I wouldn’t get it because I know little about French cinema and even less of the language, but I wondered if the correct response might wind up referring to Charlie Chaplin or Jerry Lewis. [But even thinking that the French might have made such a movie, I thought it unlikely it would be released in the U.S. with a French title!]

    I did know of Édith Piaf, but not enough to know why they would refer to her as ‘The Kid’.

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