Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, May 26, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Groups In History) for Friday, May 26, 2023 (Season 39, Game 185):

The third-most famous group that invaded Britain in the 5th century, they gave their name to the continental part of Denmark

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Alice Ciciora, a political scientist & researcher originally from Palatine, Illinois
Alice Ciciora on Jeopardy!
Diandra D’Alessio, a technical writer from Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Diandra D'Alessio on Jeopardy!
Jesse Chin, an accounting director from Bayside, New York (1-day total: $24,801)
Jesse Chin on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Before we get going today, I would like to officially raise my objection to the sixth category in today’s Double Jeopardy! round: “REE” SEARCH. That letter combination is generally used in an ableist meme that mocks the reactions of many autistic people, and it is completely inappropriate in a Jeopardy! setting, as it will very likely be triggering for many viewers. This is definitely a case where fact-checkers need to be more aware of potentially sensitive subjects, and this category name should never have been approved.

Onto happier matters: yesterday’s Jeopardy! saw Jesse Chin take victory, mostly thanks to a late Daily Double, despite being out-buzzed 31–10 by Ed Petersen. Today, he defends his Jeopardy! crown against Alice Ciciora and Diandra D’Alessio.

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Correct response: Who are the Jutes?

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According to the historical writings of the venerable Bede in the early 8th century (chiefly Ecclesiastical History of the English People), the Jutes were one of the Germanic tribes that migrated to England in the 5th Century, following the Roman withdrawal in about 410 (the more famous tribes that migrated to England were the Angles and the Saxons). The Jutes ended up chiefly settling in Kent in the Southeast, the Isle of Wight, and parts of Hampshire. Today, the tribe gives its name to the Jutland Peninsula, the continental part of Denmark.

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, May 26, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: That’s Adorable; Spanish Professions; Food Stuff; America In The 1700s; Curses! Baseball!; Research)

The opening 15 clues saw everyone pickup a good number of correct responses; the Daily Double didn’t come out until after the interviews. Unfortunately, Alice got the Daily Double incorrect and found herself in the red at the second commercial break. Jesse led by $800 over Diandra after 30 clues.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Jesse 5 correct 2 incorrect
Diandra 5 correct 1 incorrect
Alice 4 correct 1 incorrect

Today’s interviews:

Alice wanted to become a horse when she grew up.
Diandra thought she was a fraternal twin, but instead was an identical twin.
Jesse is the owner of two rescue dogs.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Jesse 9 correct 2 incorrect
Diandra 10 correct 1 incorrect
Alice 6 correct 3 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Jesse $5,400
Diandra $4,600
Alice -$300

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: World Cities; You Just Made That Stuff Up; Quotes; That Book Character Does Things; Technology; “Ree” Search)

Diandra jumped out to an early lead in Double Jeopardy!, but the Daily Doubles stayed out until very late. It was Jesse who found them in a 3-clue span; unfortunately he split them for a net-$0. Alice then got a $2,000 clue to hold a slim lead going into Final!

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Alice 16 correct 5 incorrect
Jesse 14 correct 3 incorrect
Diandra 16 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 30 (0 today).

Scores going into Final:

Alice $8,900
Jesse $8,600
Diandra $7,800

Final Jeopardy! was a Triple Stumper; Diandra held enough back to become the new Jeopardy! champion! She’ll return on Monday to defend!

Tonight’s results:

Diandra $7,800 – $4,501 = $3,299 (Who are the Visigoths) (1-day total: $3,299)
Jesse $8,600 – $8,600 = $0 (Who are the Normans)
Alice $8,900 – $8,301 = $599 (Who are the Danes?)

Diandra D'Alessio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 26, 2023 game.)

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

1) THAT’S ADORABLE $800 (clue #21)
Alice 1800 -1500 (Jesse 3800 Diandra 3200)
2) YOU JUST MADE THAT STUFF UP $1600 (clue #24)
Jesse 7400 +4000 (Diandra 9400 Alice 6900)
3) TECHNOLOGY $1600 (clue #26, $6400 left on board)
Jesse 12600 -4000 (Diandra 9400 Alice 6900)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -61

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Jesse 4 5 3 2 5 3 1 5
Diandra 1 2 3 4 5 1 2
Alice 4 2 3 4 3 4*

DJ! Round:
Jesse 4 5 3 4* 3 4*
Diandra 4 1 1 5 1 1 2 1
Alice 2 3 5 2 3 4 2 3 4 2 2 3

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Diandra 2.27
Alice 3.06
Jesse 3.64

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 30 (0.16 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Diandra $7,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Alice $10,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 5 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Jesse $10,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $28,400
Lach Trash: $16,000 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,600

Player Statistics:

Jesse Chin, career statistics:

28 correct, 6 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (24/114)
2/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,000

Diandra D’Alessio, career statistics:

16 correct, 3 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,800

Alice Ciciora, career statistics:

16 correct, 6 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,400

Diandra D’Alessio, to win:

2 games: 29.549%
3: 8.731%
4: 2.580%
5: 0.762%
6: 0.225%
Avg. streak: 1.419 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Hearing Mayim Bialik’s introduction of the rightmost category of Double Jeopardy! did not do her or the show any favors; in my opinion, it furthered the mocking I referred to in my Pregame Thoughts and was completely inappropriate.
  • I’m also reasonably certain that Jeopardy! didn’t mean to offend, and probably didn’t realize that this letter combination was an issue. That doesn’t make it any less hurtful for myself and others to see. It is certainly my hope that the show, and even the community at large, can learn something from this experience, and maybe even look at adding someone to the staff who might be more attuned to these sorts of issues.
  • Today’s box score will be linked to when posted by the show.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Alice $8,900 Jesse $8,600 Diandra $7,800)

Jesse: Standard cover bet over Diandra is $7,001. (Actual bet: $8,600)

Diandra: I would bet between $2,201 (thereby defending against any of Alice’s low range) and $6,199 (thereby still winning a Triple Stumper if both Jesse and Alice make cover bets.) (Actual bet: $4,501)

Alice: Standard cover bet over Jesse is $8,301. (Actual bet: $8,301)

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23 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, May 26, 2023"

  1. Michael Johnston | May 26, 2023 at 9:19 am | Reply

    Instant get for me! I learned about the Jutes while researching The Battle of Jutland😁

    • For me it was the geography of Denmark – after eliminating Schleswig-Holstein (and then being distracted by the thought of those lovely, placid cattle chewing their cuds while exploring the Humber), I quickly got the Jutes, as in Jutland.

      Wishing all the Americans who visit here, a pleasant and meaningful Memorial Day long weekend.

  2. Yesterday’s clue about the flag with its swallowtail is still bothering me.
    There was a time when the response of “tail” when have been followed up by the host asking “could you be more specific?”

    That’s not a leading question in any way since the contestant will either know it’s a swallowtail or not.

    PS for ANDY: Thanks for the info about “REE”; I had no idea.

    • I think the ruling was correct. “Tail” alone doesn’t actually fit the clue, and the pennants are not called “tail pennants”.

  3. I wonder if “Who are the Juts?” would be acceptable, since I knew Jutland but not how to spell Jutes.

    • Michael Johnston | May 27, 2023 at 10:53 am | Reply

      I can’t say about the judges. Andy might have more insight there. If I were ruling, I would accept it because if you had heard of the tribe but never encountered the written word, it would be natural to derive that from the geographical place name – “Who comes from Jutland? The Juts, of course!”

  4. Marvin G Fuller | May 26, 2023 at 12:11 pm | Reply

    Yesterday was the feast day commemorating the venerable Bede in the Catholic Church. Thanks Andy on the info about REE. My grandson is autistic.

  5. See Ben’s comment above for what I came up with. I got to Jutland but didn’t realize there was an “E” in time.

    I’m no longer watching this show, though, because they’re encouraging ableist language and, as someone on the spectrum, I’ve chosen to support people like me who might be triggered by that word. I’m doing so by voting with my remote. Thanks for taking our side, and I hope there is enough negative press covfefe to get Michael Davies to make a formal apology. I will return to Jeopardy in a few months only if he does so.

    • I never heard of this “ree” insult until today, and still have no idea what it means.

      • It’s onomatopoeic, meant to evoke the sound of an autistic person who is overstimulated.

        • OK. Is it possible the show’s writers never heard of it either?

          • If that’s the case, then they need to have someone on staff who’s more “up” on these things before their writers do something worse in the future.

          • I finally watched today’s episode. There was a “RESEARCH” category in the first round, with “REE” SEARCH in the second round. A typical Jeopardy trick of having similar named but unrelated clues between the two rounds. Nothing to do with autism, but still not very well thought out, it seems.

          • Michael Johnston | May 27, 2023 at 10:45 am |

            Possible, sure. Yesterday was the first time I’d heard of the slur, although a bit of digging shows it is at least several years old. Given the age, how triggering it is, and the odd specificity makes you wonder about its use as a category.

          • Is there any way to contact the writers? Also, I Googled the subject of Jeopardy and “ree” and didn’t find any complaints other than here. Maybe it’s relatively obscure.

      • Michael Johnston | May 27, 2023 at 2:01 pm | Reply

        Well, the writers are on strike right now so that might be a roadblock. You could try using the contact form on the official website:

      • I guess I learned something today as well, never heard of this term before.

  6. Lynn Di Vito | May 26, 2023 at 1:28 pm | Reply

    Thanks, Andy, for the shout-out about the camaraderie of this week’s group. We do get along great across all demographics, from the young to the slow and cumbersome.

  7. A partial win for me today in Final J! I immediately knew of the Jutland Peninsula being Denmark. However, I didn’t study about the Jutes ending up in England. So I just guessed and said, “Who are the Juts?” Close, but no cigar.

  8. Bill Vollmer | May 27, 2023 at 5:34 pm | Reply

    I think I knew of Jutland from somewhere, but wherever I learned of it, I’m 100% sure it wasn’t in reference to a part Denmark.
    I’m also 100% sure that I never heard of the French and Indian war being refered to as “Queen Anne’s War” Is it a term that is used in British history? If American historians use that term than my elementary, and, HS, history classes were lacking there.

    • There was a long series of ‘French and Indian Wars’ with different names by different counties involved at various times (including the Spanish). What the U.S.A. has been calling the French and Indian War was the portion of that that occurred in 1754–63. Queen Anne’s War was 1702–1713 and mostly took place in Canada, but some in Florida, Carolina (now SC), and near Mobile, AL. Here we also called it Queen Anne’s War, but I suspect it was considered too scattered and inconsequential to include in Elementary or High School history classes.

  9. Ed Petersen | May 30, 2023 at 2:14 pm | Reply

    Informing us about the ableist language in one of the categories is good. However, you would do well to better police some of the ageist comments appearing on this site. Several of the comments this week referred to slow or substandard play, primarily involving the game where there were two retired people playing the game. You know, not everyone is going to be lightning quick on the draw, and somehow I think the world will continue spinning if not all the clues get revealed from the board. Some of the offerings from that game were particularly head-spinning, such as trying to work out the wordplay clues. So if we are supposed to be more sensitive for those fans who are disabled in a certain way, then I would strongly advise being more sensitive for those who are a little more advanced in age but still elite enough to compete on Jeopardy.

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