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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Writers & The South) for Monday, February 20, 2023 (Season 39, Game 116):
In 1939 he lived on Toulouse Street in the French Quarter & chose the professional name that bonded him to the South
(correct response beneath the contestants)
Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:
|Rohit Kataria, a junior at Vanderbilt University from Wheelersburg, Ohio
|Maya Wright, a senior at Emory University from Peachtree City, Georgia
|Audrey Sarin, a senior at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo from Seattle, Washington
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:
Today is quarterfinal #1 of the 2023 High School Reunion Tournament; over the next 14 episodes, 27 of the 30 players from the two Season 35 Teen Tournaments have returned to the Alex Trebek Stage to compete again. One change from the last time these players were here: only the winners advance, and there are no wild cards. Today’s opening quarterfinal features one of the finalists from the 2018 event in Maya Wright, now a senior at Emory, facing off with Audrey Sarin and Rohit Kataria, two quarterfinalists from 2019.
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Correct response: Who is Tennessee Williams?
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Tennessee Williams’ professional name evolved from a nickname he had been given by a college roommate due to his father originally being a Tennessee pioneer. His most famous works came in 1944 with The Glass Menagerie, in 1947 with A Streetcar Named Desire, and in 1955 with Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
One of Williams’ later plays, Vieux Carré, was actually set on Toulouse Street.
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(Categories: Tech Talk; Reunion Shows; Let’s Take A Spring Break; Bodies Of Water; Crossword Clues “T”; A Crash Course In John Green)
Rohit led at the first break, but Maya picked up 9 correct after the interviews to jump into a big lead!
Statistics at the first break (15 clues):
Rohit 3 correct 0 incorrect
Maya 5 correct 1 incorrect
Audrey 2 correct 0 incorrect
Statistics after the Jeopardy round:
Maya 14 correct 2 incorrect
Rohit 6 correct 1 incorrect
Audrey 4 correct 0 incorrect
Double Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: National Anthems; Palindromes In Pop Culture; Pardon My French; Religion Has Its Place; Time To Hit The Library; An “F” In History)
Maya and Rohit got to play Daily Doubles; Maya got hers, while Rohit missed his. This means that Quarterfinal #1 was a runaway in Maya’s favor! Scores going into Final were Maya at $19,600, Rohit at $7,600, and Audrey at $3,400.
Statistics after Double Jeopardy:
Maya 24 correct 3 incorrect
Rohit 12 correct 2 incorrect
Audrey 11 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 16 (0 today).
Maya was the only player correct in Final today; she is a semi-finalist!
Tonight’s Game Stats:
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, February 20, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers:
Scores going into Final:
Audrey $3,400 – $3,400 = $0 ($5,000) (What is ? ❤️ my family)
Rohit $7,600 – $425 = $7,175 ($5,000) (Who is Mark Twain?)
Maya $19,600 + $1,200 = $20,800 (Who Tennessee Williams) (Semi-Finalist)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: clues
Daily Double locations:
1) BODIES OF WATER $400 (clue #26)
Maya 5000 +1800 (Audrey 3000 Rohit 2800)
2) PARDON MY FRENCH $1600 (clue #7)
Maya 8400 +2400 (Audrey 600 Rohit 6200)
3) RELIGION HAS ITS PLACE $1200 (clue #15, $13200 left on board)
Rohit 7000 -3000 (Audrey 1400 Maya 14800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 22
Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:
Audrey 4 5 1 3 4 2
Maya 3 4 2 3 4 5 4 5 3 3 5 5 2 2 2*
Rohit 3 2 5 1 4
Audrey 4 5 4 5 5 5
Maya 4 4* 5† 2† 2
Rohit 3 3 3 3*
† – selection in same category as Daily Double
Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 16 (0.14 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Maya $17,400 Coryat, 24 correct, 3 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Rohit $10,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Audrey $3,400 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $31,400
Lach Trash: $14,600 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,000
Audrey Sarin, career statistics:
23 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
21.93% in first on buzzer (25/114)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,900
Maya Wright, career statistics:
110 correct, 10 incorrect
7/8 on rebound attempts (on 16 rebound opportunities)
36.65% in first on buzzer (103/281)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,800)
3/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,240
Rohit Kataria, career statistics:
28 correct, 6 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
25.44% in first on buzzer (29/114)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,000
Rohit used his winnings four years ago to help start a scholarship fund.
Maya got to study abroad in Spain.
Audrey is a professionally certified diver.
Remaining Players’ Chances of Winning Tournament:
Maya Wright: 13.473%
Avi Gupta: 8.511%
Jack Izzo: 2.568%
Alison Purcell: 1.632%
Stephanie Pierson: 1.263%
Autumn Shelton: 4.101%
Sreekar Madabushi: 4.765%
Justin Bolsen: 4.684%
Shriya Yarlagadda: 4.212%
Teagan O’Sullivan: 3.789%
Jackson Jones: 7.611%
Ryan Presler: 3.755%
Isabella Pagano: 1.412%
Rohan Kapileshwari: 3.190%
Claire Sattler: 5.291%
Rhea Sinha: 2.063%
Lucas Miner: 3.659%
Anish Maddipoti: 1.343%
Audrey Satchivi: 3.886%
Tim Cho: 6.093%
Dan Oxman: 0.341%
Eesha Sohail: 3.166%
Hannah Nekritz: 2.953%
Caleb Richmond: 3.218%
Maggie Brown: 3.021%
- Today’s box score will be linked to when posted by the show.
Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: Maya $19,600 Rohit $7,600 Audrey $3,400)
Audrey: Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $3,400)
Maya: There’s no advantage to running up the score here. Bet $0. (Actual bet: $1,200)
Rohit: If second place really matters to you, limit your bet to $799. Otherwise? Maya did Clavin last time she was here; it might be worth an all-in bet, just in case. (Actual bet: $425)
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Ashamed I didn’t get this being he went to my Alma Mater (Washington University of St. Louis) and he lived just a couple blocks from where I do now.
I’m just fine watching Mayim host, fwiw. It’s about the game and the contestants, until a small group decides to make the host(s) their cause celebre. Good luck to the student finalists. It’s always fun.
I got this, but time ran out and it took me about 45 seconds. Dang!
Mayim or Ken. They both bring something different to the party and I enjoy them both.
A Place for his name, the South, time frame – Together they drew me to Williams.
Well, a “name that bonded him to the South” wouldn’t HAVE TO be a place, maybe something like “Cotton”, “Gator” or “Crawdaddy”. Of course in this case it WAS a place, but the possibility of it being a thing could make it take more than 30 seconds to narrow down.
I was thinking ‘Dixie’ as part of the name.
Starting the tournament off with a very strong 0% in Final Jeopardy! Hopefully I can improve on that rate sooner rather than later. I think getting more Final Jeopardies right than wrong at the end of the tournament is a good personal goal for me.
I love seeing tournaments but I wish they would at least do them in a consistent format. This season alone we had a TOC, celebrity, and high school reunion tournament each with varying rules to win.
I’m fine with the variance. Some tournaments have more contestants than others. Some have more episodes ordered; primetime is considerably different than daytime for this reason. And the epic TOC format last fall made it fantastic, while that format might not work as well here.
variety is the spice of life
And a jumbled mess of confusion
not really. They explain the format on the website and the show.
This particular tournament format is quite straight forward, really
I like tournaments but still though happy to see Maya getting the final right. Huge fan of Tennessee Williams and his works. I remember reading about them at my local library once.
Even though he couldn’t have won anyway, I was disappointed in Rohit for not getting it since he has been at Vanderbilt University for over 2 years and that is in Tennessee.
Similar to some others, I like tournaments, too. That said, I like tournaments that aren’t simply a re-do of a past tournament. To me, this tournament is a tired repeat of one that has already taken place, with 27 of 30 of the same participants. This seems to be nothing more than a second chance tournament for a specific group. To me, this tournament is pointless and I could do without it. Better to do a Teen Tournament that gives 27 or 30 new people a chance rather than bring back a whole slew of past participants who already had their chance. I’m probably in the minority here but that’s my opinion. Anyone else feel similarly?
By the way, the final was easy for me because I was in a group that put on “The Glass Menagerie” over 40 years ago. Because of that, Tennessee Williams came to me instantly.
As Andy sort of said, it will be interesting to see how the same SET of people may have more knowledge or better strategy than they did four years ago, though I will be depending on what he reports about it because I don’t really remember the prior one and I am unable to watch currently.
I think a viewership draw for it may be people who think they may be able to do better playing along from home if the clues are at all easier than regular “adult” Jeopardy! [But not as easy as for Celebrity Jeopardy!]
except it isn’t a redo of one tournament.
this is a mix of contestants from two different teen tournaments.
do you hate ToC tournaments too because they are made up of contestants that have already played?
I’m with you. I think I’d be somewhat more interested in a teen reunion tournament that went way back — maybe to the nineties since it seems like they’ve done the eighties before. Ultimately, I’d much rather that 28 new contestants be given their first shot at Jeopardy, though.
I, too, would be much more interested in a reunion tournament from the 90s.
Enjoying seeing people who played as teens come back as adults. Love having Mayim as host as well. Ken is fine. I was hoping to see more of my favorite though.
So is this second chance highschooler tournament replacing the usual college tournament?
I believe Michael Davies has said they’re bringing back the NCC next year.
“There’s no advantage to running up the score here.”
Unless there is a chance that they use some sort of “seeding” for placement in the semifinals
Andy; was “temple” and the other synonym for synagogue not accepted as correct for the clue “As was his custom, Jesus entered the ____ on the Sabbath.” Because it was a direct quote from the KJV?
I don’t know why, but for this games’ Final Jeopardy, I got focused on Faulkner, who fit the category, but not the clue.