Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, March 29, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American Authors) for Wednesday, March 29, 2023 (Season 39, Game 143):

In a periodical in 1807, he called New York City “Gotham, Gotham! Most enlightened of cities”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Iris Masucci, a pharmacist from Rockville, Maryland
Iris Masucci on Jeopardy!
Jordan Davis, a private music teacher & choir director from Draper, Utah
Jordan Davis on Jeopardy!
Lisa Sriken, a lawyer from New York, New York (1-day total: $9,601)
Lisa Sriken on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Lisa Sriken—whose mannerisms during yesterday’s game proved to be very popular with fans—is your defending champion. Today, she faces off against Utah’s Jordan Davis and Maryland’s Iris Masucci.

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Correct response: Who is Washington Irving?

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Washington Irving, best known as the author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, wrote those words in his satirical publication Salmagundi. It’s also the reason why New York City is called Gotham; it was the first use of the term in print. The word “Gotham” derives from the Anglo-Saxon for “goat town”; he was essentially mocking his hometown, referring to it as a town of fools.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: European National Nicknames; Writers & Poets; Common Bonds; A Real Long Shot; A Disaster Aria; Ps Out!)

Lisa found the Daily Double very early and used to to hold a lead after 15 clues; Iris, however, capitalized on incorrect responses from Lisa in order to hold the lead after the opening round of the game!

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Lisa 7 correct 1 incorrect
Iris 4 correct 0 incorrect
Jordan 4 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Iris 8 correct 0 incorrect
Lisa 13 correct 3 incorrect
Jordan 8 correct 0 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Science Initials & Acronyms; Dalí Goes Hollywood; Tree-Named Places; Synonyms; Planes, Trains; Autocrats)

Both women found Daily Doubles in Double Jeopardy; Iris picked up $3,000 on hers, while Lisa picked up $6,000 on hers! Jordan struggled in Double Jeopardy!; scores going into Final were Lisa at $21,400, Iris at $17,200, and Jordan at $5,200.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Lisa 26 correct 6 incorrect
Iris 17 correct 1 incorrect
Jordan 11 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 20 (0 today).

Final Jeopardy! was a Triple Stumper today, which normally would benefit Iris; however, Lisa made a small wager and remains champion! She’ll go for win #3 tomorrow!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, March 29, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Lisa $21,400
Iris $17,200
Jordan $5,200

Tonight’s results:

Jordan $5,200 – $5,000 = $200 (Who is Thomas Paine?)
Iris $17,200 – $8,200 = $9,000 (Who is Harper?)
Lisa $21,400 – $4,201 = $17,199 (Who is goodbye cruel world) (2-day total: $26,800)

Lisa Sriken, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 29, 2023 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Iris $6,200
Lisa $5,400
Jordan $4,000

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

Lisa 1000 +1000 (Jordan 0 Iris 0)
2) SYNONYMS $1600 (clue #9)
Iris 9000 +3000 (Lisa 7400 Jordan 6000)
3) TREE-NAMED PLACES $800 (clue #27, $4800 left on board)
Lisa 17400 +6000 (Jordan 4000 Iris 15600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 168

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Lisa 5 4*

DJ! Round:
Lisa 4 1 2 4 1 2 1 4 5 2 2 1 1 2*
Jordan 1 2 5
Iris 3 3 4* 5† 3 5 3 4 5 3

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Lisa 2.56
Iris 3.80
Jordan 2.67

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 20 (0.14 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Lisa $16,000 Coryat, 26 correct, 6 incorrect, 50.88% in first on buzzer (29/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Iris $15,800 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Jordan $5,200 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,000
Lach Trash: $7,600 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,400

Lisa Sriken, career statistics:

43 correct, 14 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
42.48% in first on buzzer (48/113)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,800)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,100

Jordan Davis, career statistics:

11 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,200

Iris Masucci, career statistics:

17 correct, 2 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,800

Lisa Sriken, to win:

3 games: 44.004%
4: 19.363%
5: 8.521%
6: 3.749%
7: 1.650%
Avg. streak: 2.786 games.

Today’s interviews:

Iris was a ballet dancer before being a pharmacist.
Jordan is a huge Disneyland fan.
Lisa left her firm and is looking for her next career—as an NFL quarterback.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Any challengers having seen this game being taped would certainly be advised to go all-in from behind Lisa going forward.
  • For anyone wondering what Lisa was thinking with her bet tonight: it appears as if she was intending to bet $4,199 from a strategic perspective but added an extra dollar as opposed to subtracting an extra dollar from the $4,200 difference in scores.
  • Today’s box score will be linked to when posted by the show.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Lisa $21,400 Iris $17,200 Jordan $5,200)

Lisa: Standard cover bet over Iris is $13,001. (Actual bet: $4,201)

Jordan: Bet at least $3,401; this will mean you pass Lisa if she bets to cover Iris and is incorrect. (Actual bet: $5,000)

Iris: Limit your bet to $6,799, therefore staying ahead of Jordan’s double. (Actual bet: $8,200)

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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, March 29, 2023"

  1. Michael Johnston | March 29, 2023 at 9:12 am |

    Can’t recall from where, but I remember hearing that quote from Irving before… maybe high school American Lit?

  2. Okay … not many famous American Authors at this time … didn’t know anything about the quote but from early 1800’s, American Author and NY I had to guess Washington Irving. And what’s with the “goodbye cruel world” … interesting, hopefully she’s okay mentally.

    • I think she was expecting, having not known the answer, that she was about to lose.

      • Possibly, though that would have been quick, she might also have realized that she did her “one dollar math” wrong and thus somewhat increased her chances of losing. (But I also imagine it was just from not knowing the correct response.)

        Thanks, Andy, for giving your thinking on Lisa’s bet. That had seemed to me what had likely happened, but I am not usually right about such things (to the degree that I usually don’t even try).

        • I just realized that my first sentence could be misunderstood. I was applying the “possibly” to my reference to her maybe realizing her “one dollar math” had been wrong, not to Andy’s reference to her just thinking she was apt to lose because of not being able to give a correct response.

    • Robert Fawkes | March 29, 2023 at 5:58 pm |

      Kudos to Lisa for her great sense of humor. She obviously didn’t know the correct response so she was fully expecting to lose in any normal betting scenario. Her humorous response was her way of saying goodbye to the show and the viewers. I, for one, got a great chuckle out of it. Some folks take things way too seriously.

      • Robert:

        Seth does have a point — there may be viewers affected by things differently from you, and dismissing their concerns as “taking things too seriously” is inappropriate.

        • Robert Fawkes | March 29, 2023 at 8:58 pm |

          Andy, Point taken. Yes, I see there are other perspectives. For example, my uncle took his own life when there was really no need for that had he sought help when needed. I can see that some people might be triggered by a statement such as what Lisa wrote. Clearly, though, that was not foremost in her mind.

    • Her mannerisms and final Jeopardy answer both display anxiety over being on the show and a desire to minimize expectations. However, to go on the show requires a fair amount of self-confidence. A lot of adolescents who work hard, pre-emptively dismiss their own efforts to avoid taking a hit to their self-esteem if their efforts are not enough. She seems to be doing this.

  3. …Yes that is what I am wondering as well; what is with Lisa and her response “goodbye cruel world””? If she keeps responding that way, she may not last too much longer. I’ll watch the game and hear Ken’s response.

  4. I remember reading about the legend of sleepy hollow in middle school years ago. This wasn’t that difficult even though the book title is also a town in new York State. Interesting response from Lisa though.

  5. Not too long ago there was a Final Jeopardy that had to do with Broadway running from Manhattan to Sleepy Hollow. It was
    Originally a Native American trail, the Dutch made it a main road & today it runs 33 miles from State Street to Sleepy Hollow

  6. It could just be a me thing, but the design of the site feels a lot more compact and squished together today. I’m not sure how I feel about that.

  7. It seems to me that the point of a high-volume guessing strategy is to prioritize board control over protecting your money, with the goal of finding DDs. I hope Lisa starts hunting for them next game.

    Anyone else think that they’ve really ramped up the wordplay over the last few weeks? Four or five categories in just today’s game, depending on what you count.

  8. It does seem different. The type in the comments box is tiny. I missed the last 2 shows but I definitely will tune in. It sounds like Lisa has a personality which I’ve been missing on Jeopardy lately. It sounds like she has a healthy sense of humor and humbleness.

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