Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, March 23, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Movie Theme Songs) for Thursday, March 23, 2023 (Season 39, Game 139):

Monty Norman, the composer of this character’s theme, said the staccato riff conveyed sexiness, mystery & ruthlessness

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Daisy Donohue, an actor & artist originally from St. Paul, Minnesota
Daisy Donohue on Jeopardy!
Alec Chao, a management & program analyst from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Alec Chao on Jeopardy!
Melissa Klapper, a professor from Merion Station, Pennsylvania (3-day total: $59,100)
Melissa Klapper on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Melissa Klapper is 3-day champion; she’s the 14th person to either win a tournament or win at least 3 games thus far in Season 39. Will she become the 10th to either win a tournament of win at least 4 games in today’s episode? I’m sure that Alec Chao and Daisy Donohue would like to become champion themselves!

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Correct response: Who is James Bond?

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Monty Norman was a British composer of the mid-20th century; he is best known today for being credited with composing the “James Bond Theme”, as well as the score of the 1962 film Dr. No, the first film in the famed series. Norman passed away at the age of 94 in 2022.

Interestingly, controversy has surrounded the role in which John Barry has played in the theme’s re-arrangement; British papers who have attempted to discount Norman’s role in the past have been successfully sued for libel.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: That’s Cold!; On The “J.V.” Squad; With A Sculpture On Top; 5-Letter Literary Characters; Post; Apoca-Lipstick)

Alec easily had the best opening round, picking up 14 correct and over $7,000. Even Melissa getting the Daily Double couldn’t pull her out of third place, and she selected first in Double Jeopardy!

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Alec 9 correct 1 incorrect
Daisy 4 correct 0 incorrect
Melissa 1 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Alec 14 correct 2 incorrect
Daisy 6 correct 1 incorrect
Melissa 7 correct 2 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Historic Names; Science; Pulitzer Prizes; Tv Show Lingo; Foreign Words & Phrases; The Lincoln Highway)

Melissa certainly had her chances at win #4 in this round—Alec’s four incorrect responses left him vulnerable. However, Melissa did miss both Daily Doubles in the round for $4,000 apiece, leaving Alec with a runaway game going into Final! Scores going into Final were Alec at $15,200, Melissa at $6,800, and Daisy at $4,600.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Alec 26 correct 6 incorrect
Melissa 17 correct 5 incorrect
Daisy 7 correct 1 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 16 (0 today).

Alec was the only player correct in Final—he’s your new champion! He’ll come back tomorrow to defend.

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Thursday, March 23, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Alec $15,200
Melissa $6,800
Daisy $4,600

Tonight’s results:

Daisy $4,600 – $2,500 = $2,100 (Who is Dar The)
Melissa $6,800 – $5,000 = $1,800 (Who is Lara?)
Alec $15,200 + $305 = $15,505 (Who is Bond?) (1-day total: $15,505)

Alec Chao, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 23, 2023 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Alec $7,200
Daisy $3,400
Melissa $3,200

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) WITH A SCULPTURE ON TOP $800 (clue #23)
Melissa 1400 +1000 (Alec 4800 Daisy 3600)
2) FOREIGN WORDS & PHRASES $1600 (clue #19)
Melissa 9600 -4000 (Alec 12800 Daisy 4600)
3) SCIENCE $2000 (clue #22, $8400 left on board)
Melissa 6400 -4000 (Alec 14000 Daisy 4600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -33

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Melissa 3 4 4 5 4*
Alec 4 1 3 2 3 5 3 5 1 4
Daisy 2 1 5 1 2 5 2 2

DJ! Round:
Melissa 3 4 5 2 1 3 4 5 5 4* 5† 5*
Alec 2 3 2 1 3 1 3 2
Daisy 4 2

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Alec 2.67
Daisy 2.60
Melissa 3.88

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 16 (0.12 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Alec $15,200 Coryat, 26 correct, 6 incorrect, 54.39% in first on buzzer (31/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Daisy $4,600 Coryat, 7 correct, 1 incorrect, 10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Melissa $14,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 5 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,400
Lach Trash: $9,000 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,600

Melissa Klapper, career statistics:

75 correct, 12 incorrect
7/7 on rebound attempts (on 19 rebound opportunities)
30.26% in first on buzzer (69/228)
4/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,500)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,400

Alec Chao, career statistics:

27 correct, 6 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
54.39% in first on buzzer (31/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,200

Daisy Donohue, career statistics:

7 correct, 2 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,600

Alec Chao, to win:

2 games: 49.970%
3: 24.970%
4: 12.478%
5: 6.235%
6: 3.116%
Avg. streak: 1.999 games.

Today’s interviews:

Daisy held some odd jobs in college: zookeeper and gentleman’s club bouncer.
Alec was asked to DJ in Miami—in a torrential downpour.
Melissa taught cardio kickboxing as a side hustle.

Andy’s Thoughts:

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

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Alec $15,200 Melissa $6,800 Daisy $4,600)

Melissa: Standard cover bet over Daisy is $2,401. (Actual bet: $5,000)

Alec: Limit your bet to $1,599. (Actual bet: $305)

Daisy: Limit your bet to $199. (Actual bet: $2,500)

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23 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, March 23, 2023"

  1. Michael Johnston | March 23, 2023 at 9:16 am |

    Huh… I lucky guessed Bond from the description. I don’t recall hearing Monty Norman’s name before.

  2. Ugh… went with Austin Powers. Should’ve known it was James Bond. Powers isn’t as mysterious as Bond.

  3. From the category before I read the clue, my mind went to Lara’s Theme (from Dr. Zhivago),and I couldn’t get myself to change my mind after reading the clue since it said “character’s theme”.

  4. Love the James Bond series…favorite film…Goldfinger…
    James, tied down to the table with his family jewels about to get zapped by
    a slowly encroaching laser…
    James – “Do you expect me talk?”
    Goldfinger – “No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.”

  5. Katerina E. | March 23, 2023 at 11:18 am |

    I went with Shaft, even though I was pretty sure that was all Isaac Hayes… facepalm

  6. Got it. Monty Norman doesn’t mean anything to me. But the description fits James Bond to a T.

  7. Scusi rhyming with juicy?!?!?! Scusi has more of a “z” sound at the end instead of a soft “c”

  8. Knew about the John Barry connection to the Bond theme, but unfamiliar with Monty Norman. Had to guess “Shaft”.

  9. One of the few times I knew the correct response before seeing the clue. (Though I figured it would be in regards to a specific bond film)

  10. I have been a huge fan of james bond since Sean Connery, Roger Moore , Timothy Dalton and more. This response will be forever etched in my memories. Favorite film was Goldfinger and Dr No.

  11. If I was a contestant today and had enough time, I would have written “who is Bond, James Bond”

    • Me Too!

    • In chemlab freshman year, I approached a young lady and said ‘Bond, covalent bond’. She turned and walked away. Maybe I should have said ionic.

    • Robert Fawkes | March 23, 2023 at 7:02 pm |

      Same as Kathy S. and, with the confidence of knowing that was the correct response, I would have had enough time. I was confident due to recognizing Norman Monty’s name right away from obituaries just last year on 7/11 day (date he died anyway).

    • Seeing as this was so easy it didn’t even take me half a second to get, I would have done that for you.

      That said, I’ve seen every Bond movie at least three times, some of them as many as a dozen. So… yeah.

  12. I guessed Pink Panther. I guess Bond made more sense.

  13. Grrrrr! Once again Cleveland’s CBS affiliate has chosen March Madness over Jeopardy today and tomorrow 🙁
    An easy guess, Bond! James Bond.

  14. What is it with British newspapers concerning slander and libel? You’d think they would finally learn to operate with integrity.

  15. Bill Vollmer | March 24, 2023 at 12:56 pm |

    Movie themes I either know them, or, I don’t. The description of Norman’s work gave me nothing. Although if I’d HEARD it, instead reading the descrption… But, that would’ve made it too easy.

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