Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, January 30, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Word Origins) for Monday, January 30, 2023 (Season 39, Game 101):

Originally relating to a story of suffering, this word now more commonly refers to strong emotion of any kind

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Sarah Howard, a Ph.D candidate from Durham, North Carolina
Sarah Howard on Jeopardy!
Sam Meehan, an attorney from Santa Cruz, California
Sam Meehan on Jeopardy!
Jake DeArruda, a delivery dispatcher originally from Ludlow, Vermont (1-day total: $22,797)
Jake DeArruda on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

After taking down Troy Meyer on Friday, Jake DeArruda returns today as a 1-day champion. Today’s challengers are Sam Meehan from California and Sarah Howard from Durham, North Carolina.

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Correct response: What is passion?

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The word “passion”, from the Latin passio, or “suffering”, originally referred to the story of The Passion of the Christ—in other words, the story of the sufferings of Christ between the Last Supper and his death. Over time, the term has become a more generic term to refer to intense feelings of any kind, especially intense feelings of love or devotion.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Worst Case Ontario; Nursery Rhymes; Geology; 4, 4; Channeling The TV Shows; Ends In A Double Vowel Potpourri)

Jake took the lead on the Daily Double, while Sam’s score was held back by incorrect responses, and Sarah’s was held back by immense struggles on the signalling device.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Jake 6 correct 1 incorrect
Sam 5 correct 3 incorrect
Sarah 1 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Jake 13 correct 4 incorrect
Sam 9 correct 4 incorrect
Sarah 2 correct 0 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Exploration; Saints & Their Cities; Words That Should Rhyme; Mushroom Stew; Scary Movies; Out On A Book Tour)

Double Jeopardy! saw Jake pick up $5,000 on the Daily Double, while Sarah finally found enough timing midway through the round to play the third Daily Double (though she overall did very much struggle on the signalling device, getting in as many times on rebounds as she did getting in first). At the end of the round, Sam did just enough to keep Jake from having a runaway; scores going into Final were Jake at $26,400, Sam at $13,400, and Sarah at $2,000.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Jake 28 correct 5 incorrect
Sam 17 correct 6 incorrect
Sarah 5 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 14 (0 today).

Final today was a Triple Stumper (though Sarah would have had it correct had the correct response come to her a couple of seconds sooner, unfortunately.) That said, Jake is now a 2-day champion! He’ll go for win #3 tomorrow!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, January 30, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Jake $26,000
Sam $13,400
Sarah $2,000

Tonight’s results:

Sarah $2,000 – $1,999 = $1 (What is intense? pass)
Sam $13,400 – $13,400 = $0 (What is dram)
Jake $26,000 – $803 = $25,197 (What is mortal) (2-day total: $47,994)

Jake DeArruda, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 30, 2023 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Jake $6,200
Sam $2,200
Sarah $800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) 4, 4 $800 (clue #10)
Jake 1000 +1000 (Sam 1400 Sarah 0)
2) EXPLORATION $1200 (clue #6)
Jake 11800 +5000 (Sam 4200 Sarah 800)
3) SCARY MOVIES $1600 (clue #19, $9600 left on board)
Sarah 3200 -800 (Jake 20400 Sam 11800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 117

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Jake 5 5 5 4 4*
Sam 5 5 5 3 4

DJ! Round:
Jake 4 5 4 3* 3 3 4 5
Sam 5 5 4 5 3
Sarah 1 2 1 2 3 4*

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Jake 4.15
Sarah 2.17
Sam 4.40

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 $22,000 Coryat, 28 correct, 5 incorrect, 50.88% in first on buzzer (29/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Sarah $2,800 Coryat, 5 correct, 2 incorrect, 5.26% in first on buzzer (3/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
Sam $13,400 Coryat, 17 correct, 6 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,200
Lach Trash: $6,400 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,400

Jake DeArruda, career statistics:

50 correct, 9 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
44.74% in first on buzzer (51/114)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $16,000)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,300

Sam Meehan, career statistics:

17 correct, 7 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,400

Sarah Howard, career statistics:

5 correct, 3 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
5.26% in first on buzzer (3/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$800)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $2,800

Jake DeArruda, to win:

3 games: 81.547%
4: 66.500%
5: 54.229%
6: 44.222%
7: 36.062%
Avg. streak: 6.419 games.

Today’s interviews:

Sarah was a Carolina Hurricanes cheerleader.
Sam went mega-viral on TikTok making beef Wellington.
Jake has confetti from the Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup parade.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Today’s box score will be linked to when posted by the show.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Jake $26,000 Sam $13,400 Sarah $2,000)

Jake: Standard cover bet over Sam is $801. (Actual bet: $803)

Sam: You must bet at least $11,801 to have a chance at winning; going all-in is probably okay as well, in order to maximize winnings on a correct response. (Actual bet: $13,400)

Sarah: Being that Sam’s minimum suggested bet is $11,801, he falls to $1,599 if he does that and is incorrect. I’d limit my bet today to $399, just in case. (Actual bet: $1,999)

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6 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, January 30, 2023"

  1. Michael Johnston | January 30, 2023 at 9:26 am |

    Yeah, I remember all those Easter services. When I was a child, that was the only sense of the word that I knew.

  2. Passion, something that is shared by others for kindness. by showing passion it means you truly care for them. I got this one but not surprised the contestants didn’t know it.

  3. Diganta Das | January 30, 2023 at 1:44 pm |

    Mel Gibson made us aware of it.

  4. I was not expecting it to be a word that is really no longer used for its original meaning except in references back to when that WAS the (only) meaning. I thought about it enough (though a bit distracted by some other things going on) that I would not have gotten to finish writing, either. “Anguish” came to me right away, but I could think of nothing better, thus the late start if I was writing that. I think the same situation happened with Sam and I suspect similarly with Sarah, except she’d already written her first thought and that left her with not enough time once she (unlike Sam and I) actually did think of the correct word.

    This does not perhaps bode well for Jake’s chances in the future as his response was further from the possibility of correctly fitting the clue than Sam’s “drama” or Sarah’s original choice “intense”, much less Sarah’s totally correct last THOUGHT (just a bit too late). [And Jake’s response MAY have been late, too, if he was intending (or even just considering) writing “mortality”. Since I can’t view the episode, he may have put down his pen before the music stopped.]

    However, unlike some past FJ “correct responses”, I have NO problem with what the show presented as being correct and strongly doubt anyone else could propose a response that could be judged to be “just as good” in relation to the ENTIRE clue. The FEELING of the current meaning of passion was exactly where my thoughts were trying to go [concerning love or dedication or admiration or fervor or benign addiction (like to a hobby) or devotion to duty] and I just could not get there in time.

  5. Jake reminds me of Mattea in some of his mannerisms. How he selects a category/clue and answers questions. Facial expressions. Will be interesting to see how long his run lasts.

  6. William Vollmer | January 31, 2023 at 4:40 pm |

    The final clue in the Jeopardy should prove to the doubters that the producers DO pay close attention to the players responses. I thought I heard Jake say Miss Muffett, but the produers heard him add a letter to Miss Muffett, making it wrong.
    Hearing the correct response to ths game’s Final Jeopardy, I got it. Though my reference would be “passion play.” Which most likely came from Andy’s reference. Too bad I didn’t get it beforehand.

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