Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, February 1, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Literature) for Wednesday, February 1, 2023 (Season 39, Game 103):

Published in 2011, P.D. James’ final novel, “Death Comes to Pemberley”, was a sequel to this novel from 200 years earlier

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Aaron Bola, an emergency medicine doctor from New York, New York
Aaron Bola on Jeopardy!
Patti Palmer, a bookseller & retired teacher from Tulsa, Oklahoma
Patti Palmer on Jeopardy!
Jake DeArruda, a delivery dispatcher originally from Ludlow, Vermont (3-day total: $68,661)
Jake DeArruda on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Jake DeArruda has now won three times (in spite of being 0-for-3 in Final Jeopardy). He enters February as champion, and Patti Palmer and Aaron Bola are your challengers. Today is a crucial match for Jake, as a win today would certainly help any Tournament of Champions aspirations that he may have!

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Correct response: What is Pride and Prejudice?

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Famous mystery writer P.D. James wrote “Death Comes to Pemberley” as a mystery fiction sequel to Jane Austen’s famed early-19th century novel. Pemberley, in this case, was the country estate famously owned by Fitzwilliam Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.

One careless thing, though, about this clue: Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813—198 years before, not 200. Certainly, the show playing with approximations in the past (“six months” comes to mind and Leslie Burns-Dell’Acqua in 2005) has resulted in contestants being returned to the show. I hope that none of the contestants today are caught out by this.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Inventors & Inventions; Hodgepodge; Literary Gems; Iraq; You “Break”; A Friendly Game Of Billiards)

Jake got out to the best start today, doubling up through the Daily Double on clue #12 and having a $4,000 lead against Patti after 30 clues!

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Jake 7 correct 1 incorrect
Patti 5 correct 1 incorrect
Aaron 2 correct 2 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Jake 13 correct 3 incorrect
Patti 7 correct 2 incorrect
Aaron 6 correct 2 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Mountains; Pardon Me; If Ancient Greek Deities Were Around Today; “Z” Category; TV Character First Names; Overlaps)

Jake was seemingly in control after getting the first Daily Double, but Patti knows how to play this game as well! She bet $6,000 of her $6,600 on the last Daily Double, got it correct, and that kept the game from being a runaway for Jake! Scores going into Final were Jake at $24,800, Patti at $16,200, and Aaron at $7,400.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Jake 26 correct 4 incorrect
Patti 14 correct 2 incorrect
Aaron 14 correct 4 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 14 (0 today).

Patti was the only player correct in Final — she is your new champion! Congratulations to her! She’ll be back tomorrow to defend.

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, February 1, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Jake $24,800
Patti $16,200
Aaron $7,400

Tonight’s results:

Aaron $7,400 – $6,400 = $1,000 (What is Odyssey?)
Patti $16,200 + $16,000 = $32,200 (What is “Pride + Prejudice”?) (1-day total: $32,200)
Jake $24,800 – $7,601 = $17,199 (What is Northanger Abbey)

Patti Palmer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 1, 2023 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Jake $7,800
Patti $3,800
Aaron $1,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) IRAQ $800 (clue #12)
Jake 2200 +2200 (Patti 2200 Aaron -200)
2) MOUNTAINS $1200 (clue #3)
Jake 7800 +5000 (Patti 3800 Aaron -600)
3) IF ANCIENT GREEK DEITIES WERE AROUND TODAY $2000 (clue #10, $19600 left on board)
Patti 6600 +6000 (Jake 18000 Aaron -600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 255

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Jake 5 4 3 5 4*
Patti 4 4 3 2 5
Aaron 3 4

DJ! Round:
Jake 4 3* 4 5† 5 3
Patti 5 5*
Aaron 4 3

† – selection in the same category as the Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Patti 4.00
Jake 4.09
Aaron 3.50

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:

Patti $12,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Jake $19,600 Coryat, 26 correct, 4 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57), 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Aaron $7,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 4 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,200
Lach Trash: $5,000 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,800

Jake DeArruda, career statistics:

97 correct, 18 incorrect
3/6 on rebound attempts (on 19 rebound opportunities)
42.98% in first on buzzer (98/228)
7/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $30,800)
0/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,050

Patti Palmer, career statistics:

15 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,200

Aaron Bola, career statistics:

14 correct, 5 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,400

Patti Palmer, to win:

2 games: 53.042%
3: 28.134%
4: 14.923%
5: 7.915%
6: 4.198%
Avg. streak: 2.130 games.

Today’s interviews:

Aaron performs medical-themed comedy.
Patti once organized a 110-mile march in Oklahoma.
Jake was a sports announcer as a high school senior.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I thought today’s game was very enjoyable to watch—I was quite pleased with Patti’s strategy as well; she is a very deserving winner.
  • With where Jake is positioned among all of the 3-day champions right now, I’d be surprised if we saw Jake again in the Tournament of Champions. I also thought that his introduction behavior at the start of today’s game was puerile, sophomoric, and unbecoming of the Alex Trebek Stage. (I will have no further comment.)
  • Today’s box score will be linked to when posted by the show.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Jake $24,800 Patti $16,200 Aaron $7,400)

Jake: Standard cover bet over Patti is $7,601. (Actual bet: $7,601)

Patti: If Jake makes a cover bet against you and is incorrect, he falls to $17,199. Interestingly, a bet between $1,001 and $1,399 here both covers against that and guarantees you at least second place. That being said—you’re a bookseller. This is a literature category. Bet on yourself—and take home a bundle if Final works out for you. (Actual bet: $16,000)

Aaron: Bet whatever you like, but your chances of finishing second are better the more money you have at the end. (Actual bet: $6,400)

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28 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, February 1, 2023"

  1. Michael Johnston | February 1, 2023 at 9:25 am |

    Dang, another hole in my spotty Literature knowledge 🙁 I’m pretty sure I’ve seen Pride and Prejudice in the house somewhere… I should look for it to add to my (already overflowing) To Read pile.

    Current FJ streak: 1L

  2. Any contestant that knows Pride and Prejudice was published 198 rather than 200 years ago will certainly get the Pemberly reference.

  3. The inaccuracy in the clue could have been fixed by saying “about 200 years before”, which would hopefully prevent a contestant from over-fixating on the year. If a contestant knew Austin they might conceivably put down the 1811-published Sense and Sensibility instead, as they might assume that they got their estate names confused instead of their years confused.

    • “almost” or “about” would equally have worked, I think. I think the issue is a minor one in this case, not nearly as bad as some of the others the writers have screwed up this season.

      • Michael Johnston | February 1, 2023 at 4:32 pm |

        I thought so, too. Memorizing the Year Published for an author’s works is alien to me, so I would have just assumed that “about 200” was what was meant.

  4. Went with Sense and Sensibility instead… I was in the play of S&S last spring and so it was the first Austin novel I could think of so I just went with it. Rookie mistake.

  5. I’m so glad when someone who looks my age wins.

  6. Patti seems like someone who’s easy to cheer for. I hope she does well!

  7. I got pride and Prejudice as well with the Pemberly Reference, read and saw the movie starring Kiera Knightly and Judi Dench. Great book too. Hope patti does well in the next game!

  8. Katerina E. | February 1, 2023 at 4:17 pm |

    My wild guess was correct. I’m pleasantly surprised.

    • I have never been “into” novels in that general genre (nor the movies made from them) but over the years I have heard references to them (and probably have seen SNL skits based on them) so Pemberley did “ring a bell” but I thought it was about a third likely to be from Pride and Prejudice, a third likely to be from Jane Eyre and a third likely to be from one such book I could not think of (though confident it wasn’t Wuthering Heights). Unfortunately I went with Jane Eyre. I should have realized that there being a lot more media attention to Pride and Prejudice in the last 20-30 years [including Pride and Prejudice and Zombies] is probably why Pemberley sounded familiar to me. Also, it was my first thought, so I should have gone with it 🙁.

  9. I said to my family last night that this champ is going to get in trouble if he keeps that up in the intro, I hope we don’t have a sequel to the #3 debacle! (posting before viewing today’s) It was new and kind of funny when Austin Rogers started it, but I think it has jumped the shark.

  10. This was an instant get for me—I read it in a book club. Good memories!

  11. Would have been easy to switch “198” for “200” in the FJ clue. Or “about 200” also works. Jake’s mannerisms did not make much difference to me one way or the other. But his inability to get FJ correct ultimately caught up to him.

  12. Based on the timeframe and British sounding name, I figured it had to be Austen. Took a shot in the dark as to which of her books it was but I somehow got it right. I picked the “P” one because of “Pemberley” and astonished myself. Again. Like yesterday, when I got the two states with enough time to write them down, I had 15 seconds today and that was more than enough.

    I missed the intros; sounds like Jake focused too much on trying to be memorable and instead looked like a little kid. However, I expect if they bring Yogesh back as a villain for the TOC, they could extend the same courtesy to Jake. Much depends on how many 4+ game winners are in the pool… and what format they go with. This next TOC likely won’t be as special as the last one.

  13. Happy for Patti. She is a good player and smart too.

  14. I hope they would’ve accepted Helios in place of Apollo for $400 in Greek Deities.

    • Yeah… Helios is the one driving the chariot across the sky, not Apollo. I specifically told my dad that the answer was Helios, but they would have Apollo as the answer instead.

  15. Way to go, Patti! I’m a retired teacher, too.

  16. I was not a fan of the wrong answers in Final Jeopardy. They seemed… unlikely. On the other hand, in the moment, your best association is all that you have, I guess. Nice to see the teacher win. Are there professions that correlate well with Jeopardy winning? Does that data exist?

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