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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World War II) for Friday, February 3, 2023 (Season 39, Game 105):
Mimi Reinhard, who never learned to type using more than 2 fingers, produced this with 1,100 names, including hers
(correct response beneath the contestants)
Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:
|Ricky A. Rivera II, an employee stock ownership plans analyst from Chicago, Illinois
|Andrew Bembenek, a construction project manager from Los Angeles, California
|Matthew Marcus, a software developer from Portland, Oregon (1-day total: $42,200)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:
Yesterday on Jeopardy!, Matthew Marcus played a very strong game, winning over $40,000 in his debut. Andrew Bambenek and Ricky A. Rivera II are your challengers today.
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Correct response: What is Schindler’s list?
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During World War II, Oskar Schindler, a Nazi intelligence officer and factory executive appalled by the Nazi treatment of Jewish people during the war, came up with a plan to save as many Jewish people as he could: hire them to work in his factories, deeming them “essential” to the war effort. Mimi Reinhard produced the 1,100-name manifest that was presented to officials; these 1,100 people were sent to Czechoslovakia to work in a munitions factory, where their lives were spared. The story was told in Thomas Keneally’s 1982 work “Schindler’s Ark”, which turned into the famous Steven Spielberg film, “Schindler’s List”. Reinhard died in 2022 at the age of 107.
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(Categories: 19th Century Names; Second Cities; Juice Bar; That’s A Crime!; Roman Numeral Spelling; Michael, Boltin’)
Matthew had the best opening round, getting 12 correct and $2,000 on a Daily Double early. Ricky struggled with the signaling device early, but the advice he would have been given at the first break seemed to work, as he was strong in the second half of the round.
Statistics at the first break (15 clues):
Matthew 7 correct 0 incorrect
Andrew 7 correct 0 incorrect
Ricky 1 correct 2 incorrect
Statistics after the Jeopardy round:
Matthew 12 correct 0 incorrect
Andrew 8 correct 2 incorrect
Ricky 8 correct 3 incorrect
Double Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: The Plays & Playwrights Are The Thing; A Little Astronomy; The National Park System; Water Music; First Off, How Dare You; Now, We Duel)
Ricky found the Daily Double immediately and doubled up; unfortunately for him, he went to the same category—and Matthew proceeded to find the Daily Double immediately after gaining control. While Matthew’s bet was conservative, he played well enough by the end of the round in order to hold a runaway going into Final! Scores going into Final were Matthew at $28,800, Andrew at $11,800, and Ricky at $11,200.
Statistics after Double Jeopardy:
Matthew 26 correct 0 incorrect
Andrew 15 correct 3 incorrect
Ricky 16 correct 5 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 14 (0 today).
Andrew and Ricky got Final correct, but Matt’s runaway means he’s a 2-game champion!
Tonight’s Game Stats:
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Scores going into Final:
Ricky $11,200 + $11,200 = $22,400 (What is Schindler’s List?)
Andrew $11,800 + $11,798 = $23,598 (What is Schindler’s List?)
Matthew $28,800 – $5,000 = $23,800 (What is the Holocaust Memorial) (2-day total: $66,000)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) SECOND CITIES $1000 (clue #7)
Matthew 2600 +2000 (Andrew 1000 Ricky -400)
2) THE PLAYS & PLAYWRIGHTS ARE THE THING $2000 (clue #1)
Ricky 3400 +3400 (Matthew 8600 Andrew 4600)
3) A LITTLE ASTRONOMY $1200 (clue #3, $31200 left on board)
Matthew 10200 +3000 (Andrew 4600 Ricky 6800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 206
Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:
Matthew 1 3 5 2 5*
Andrew 4 3
Ricky 5* 4†
† – 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: 14 (0.13 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Matthew $26,000 Coryat, 26 correct, 0 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Andrew $11,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Ricky $9,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 5 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $47,600
Lach Trash: $1,400 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,000
Matthew Marcus, career statistics:
58 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
48.25% in first on buzzer (55/114)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $13,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,500
Andrew Bembenek, career statistics:
16 correct, 3 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,800
Ricky A. Rivera II, career statistics:
17 correct, 5 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,400)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,800
Matthew Marcus, to win:
3 games: 86.713%
Avg. streak: 8.526 games.
Ricky has had the same pet tortoise since third grade.
Andrew is a 10-year veteran of bar trivia.
Matthew went to Magdalen College in Oxford because of Oscar Wilde.
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Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: Matthew $28,800 Andrew $11,800 Ricky $11,200)
Matthew: Limit your bet to $5,199. (Actual bet: $5,000)
Andrew: Standard cover bet over Ricky is $10,601. (Actual bet: $11,798)
Ricky: If Andrew bets to cover you and is incorrect, he falls to $1,201. Limit your bet to $9,999. (Actual bet: $11,200)
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My habit of always going to the Obituary page of my copies of the Economist newspaper paid off.
Odd… I recognized Reinhard’s name and quickly associated it w Schindler, but I can’t recall where I know it from :/ I never read the book nor saw the movie (and it seems that she is not mentioned in them at any rate). All I can guess is that I read a story about her when she passed away last year🤷
I am certain that I heard her death (and backstory) announced on “real” network news AND on PBS Newshour (and likely at least some of the news shows that PBS stations air in English from France, Germany, Japan, and the BBC), so I bet that is where you knew it from.
Two things: Firstly, this was a quick get for me, instantly coming to mind. It’s always great to end the week with a correct answer. Secondly, being a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I have always found your comments regarding said community very affirming and supportive. So happy that Jeopardy! has relaxed its rules. I have to believe that the popularity of Amy Schneider has had a very positive effect on the program.
Hearing WWII and something with names on it, it’s easy to go straight to Schindler’s List. I also want to echo Kathleen’s point. I’m glad that Jeopardy is affirming and supporting those of the LGBTQ+ community. As a (hopeful) future contestant, it’s very nice to hear!
Yes! It’s been too long since I’ve gotten one. Very happy to end the week on this note. May she rest in peace and her memory be a blessing.
I hate to get political here, but seeing this clue warrants it. Sometimes we need reminders of how fascism and authoritarianism, and leaders with delusions of grandeur are not a good thing. Hard to believe there are certain “news” outlets that are praising the leadership in places like Turkey and Hungary, as if living under a dictator is a wonderful thing, in a feeble attempt to propagandize such a system. The sad thing is, 35% of our population is buying it. Remember, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
This was the easiest Final Jeopardy for me this week.
I have not read the book or seen the movie but this was a classic Jeopardy! clue; the response could be deduced even if you didn’t know who Mimi Reinhard was.
Only got 3 finals out of 5 correct however.
This was a very easy get for me in that I just watched this movie a week ago…”THIS” with 1100 names on it…Shindler’s list.
I noticed that Matt, when saying he chose Magdalen College at Oxford in order to study the same subject as Wilde and noting that they had similar hairstyles, added something like “and I pray that any similarity ends there.” I want to think he was just referring to Wilde being jailed & persecuted and not commenting on his sexuality…?
I would like to think that, too.
Having now watched tonight’s episode, I think you two are worrying unnecessarily. From what I could tell, Matthew was just referring to physical appearance. It was as though, he preferred his own appearance to that of Oscar Wilde. I wouldn’t read too much into this off-the-cuff remark. In the spotlight like that, people tend to try to be funny. What I would call nervous humor (like nervous laughter) due to the pressure of the situation. I don’t think he was making a seriously derogatory remark. I prefer to give Matthew the benefit of the doubt.
When I think back to world war 2 It reminded me of Schindler’s List. But the book I am really hoping to find at the library and soon. Especially that movie. Happy to see the challengers getting this. Keep the wins going matt!
I didn’t recognize her name, but I still got Schindler’s List in about 12 seconds. I was searching my mental files for “lists of names circa WWII” and the “list” got me there.
I did note Matthew’s huge “DUH!” reaction to getting FJ wrong. As further evidenced by a few clues in Double Jeopardy, it seems as if he has a penchant for overthinking. This will likely be his downfall eventually unless he recognizes this weakness and keeps it in check.
I think you are probably right about Matthew’s overthinking, but in this case it could have helped him to think a little bit more “over” — the Holocaust Memorial is of those who were murdered, not just those affected, in peril, or whatever, so she could hardly have typed her own name if she had been murdered in the Holocaust (as well as that being WAY MORE than 1,100).
Why didn’t Matthew get the chance to answer the “Tuskegee Airman” clue after Ricky guessed wrong. It certainly looked like Matthew buzzed in and Andrew’s panel did not light up. The camera went to Matthew as Ken said “sorry no” and then let Andrews answer?
At the end of the show as the credits rolled, Ken was talking to Matthew gesturing a clicking motion.
It didn’t happen as you describe.
The buzzer was reset after Ricky’s response was ultimately ruled incorrect, and after that ultimate reset, Andrew was first in.
Ricky gave his response, then Ken said “No. Oh, yes. er, no we’re not taking that”.
But it clearly shows that after Ken’s first “no”, Matthew buzzed in and his podium lit up (but was not acknowledged by Ken) at the same time that Ken waffled to “yes”, before the judges flipflopped him back to “no”. Then Andrew buzzed in and was acknowledged.
As it turned out, it didn’t change how the game ended (and even if he Matthew had gotten it, he likely just would have bet and lost more on Final, still ending up with roughly the same amount, or perhaps even less since Andrew would have had less).
But if it HAD been a factor in the game result, I’d definitely consider that worthy of a controversy.
I guess the ruling on Ken’s no-yes-no reply on “Tuskegee Redwing” was that Matthew’s buzz-in attempt came during the “yes” and therefore didn’t count, but I’m glad the game didn’t end up hinging on that ruling.
There is no reason why Matthew’s buzz-in shouldn’t have counted. But like you said, thankfully it didn’t ultimately matter.
On the Tuskegee Airmen clue, it was apparent that with Ricky’s attempt to correct his initial response, there was a discussion among the poduction staff working as judges whether Ricky’s final response was accurate enough to be considered correct. Finally it was considered not to be, and, Andrew “rang” in quickly with Tuskegee Airman, the exact response the clue called for. With that confusion, though it might not effected the outcome of this game, Ricky MAY be invited back for a second chance,
For the Final Jeopardy clue, Andrew gave a partial decription of what “Schindler’s List” ultimately became a part of. Which is better than I did, not even having a clue.
Very doubtful, especially considering that nobody has provided evidence that Ricky’s response was correct.
I didn’t say Ricky’s response was “correct.” I said it was eventually ruled not accurate enough to be accepted. Just like Andrew’s answer for Final Jeopardy, wasn’t accurate enough to be accepted.
The reason I feel Ricky MAY be invited back was the no, then yes, then finally no, of his answer being accurate enough. If he had said “red tails” instead of “red wings,” it apparently would have been definitely accepted.
That’s not how Jeopardy works, though.
I was curious about an earlier answer (question?) Matthew gave. He said “Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Shouldn’t it have been “What is Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf”? Ken acknowledged that it was in the form of a question, but I thought it should have been formed as “What is/What are/Who is/Who are/…?”
“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” is in the form of a question, as you said. Ergo, it’s allowed.