Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, May 29, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Memorials) for Monday, May 29, 2023 (Season 39, Game 186):

The Vietnam War crypt at this memorial has been empty since the remains once there were identified & moved to St. Louis

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Niranjan Murali, an education policy professional from Washington, D.C.
Niranjan Murali on Jeopardy!
Travis Lee, a systems engineer from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Travis Lee on Jeopardy!
Diandra D’Alessio, a technical writer from Montreal, Quebec, Canada (1-day total: $3,299)
Diandra D'Alessio on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Interestingly, it always seems to be on holidays when the Jeopardy! website isn’t 100% operational. This morning appears to be another one of those cases—though I am very thankful that Friday’s episode gives us the “On Monday” preview these days. This is an excellent change made to the show’s presentation that also happens to serve as a backup to get information in case the website isn’t 100% operational. Once the episode airs, this website will eventually be updated with Niranjan’s occupation. As it turns out, we got lucky in the respect that one of Wednesday’s challengers, from the same local area as Travis, had an article written about them, that also happened to mention Travis in passing.

An interesting note that I’m sure will be helpful to Mark over at J! Archive when putting in information about today’s players: Travis’s wife is Season 32 contestant Shannon Lee, and Travis’s father is Season 14 contestant Wade Lee. (Unfortunately, neither Shannon nor Wade won their respective games; will Travis become the first?)

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Correct response: What is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?

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Faced with the dilemma of having to potentially repatriate hundreds of thousands of soldiers’s remains after World War I, numerous Allied countries constructed war memorials known as Tombs of the Unknown Soldier, as a stand-in for those country’s service members with unidentifiable remains. The United States Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was constructed at Arlington National Cemetery in 1921. As to why the Vietnam crypt is vacant: every single one of the recovered remains of American soldiers from Vietnam have been identified; in the late 1990s, the remains entombed in the Vietnam crypt were positively identified as Air Force 1st Lt. Michael Joseph Blassie; as per his family’s wishes, Blassie was moved to the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, May 29, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Poetic Subjects; The Rockefellers; Trees Company; Who Was That Masked Man?; Yes, Oui; Cannery)

Diandra got off to a hot start, picking up 3 correct in the “Yes, Oui” category; however, she only got 1 the rest of the round! Travis rebounded well from a Daily Double miss to tie Diandra on the last clue of the round, whild Niranjan led after 30.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Diandra 3 correct 0 incorrect
Niranjan 5 correct 1 incorrect
Travis 4 correct 2 incorrect

Today’s interviews:

Niranjan is a Wizards fan…”unfortunately”.
Travis has a father and a wife who have both been on the show.
Diandra has a dream job of naming lipstick & nail polish.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Niranjan 11 correct 1 incorrect
Travis 11 correct 4 incorrect
Diandra 4 correct 0 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Niranjan $4,200
Travis $2,800
Diandra $2,800

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: History; The Gulf Of Mexico; Chemistry; Pop Instrumentals; Monthly People, Real & Imagined; Play “Free” Words)

Both Niranjan and Travis went aggressive on their Daily Doubles, and they both got them correct! Diandra got the last clue of the round to surge ahead of Niranjan for second, who had one too many incorrect responses coming to the line. Travis had a big lead, but not a runaway, going into Final!

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Travis 19 correct 8 incorrect
Diandra 10 correct 1 incorrect
Niranjan 16 correct 4 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 30 (0 today).

Scores going into Final:

Travis $12,400
Diandra $8,800
Niranjan $8,000

Niranjan and Diandra got Final correct; unfortunately, Travis didn’t start writing in time! This means Diandra repeats as champion! She’ll go for win #3 tomorrow!

Tonight’s results:

Niranjan $8,000 + $800 = $8,800 (What is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington)
Diandra $8,800 + $3,601 = $12,401 (What is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?) (2-day total: $15,700)
Travis $12,400 – $5,201 = $7,199 (What is Tomb of the Un)

Diandra D'Alessio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 29, 2023 game.)

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

1) CANNERY $1000 (clue #18)
Travis 1400 -1400 (Diandra 2400 Niranjan 1800)
2) MONTHLY PEOPLE, REAL & IMAGINED $1200 (clue #8)
Niranjan 3800 +3800 (Diandra 5600 Travis 3600)
3) THE GULF OF MEXICO $1200 (clue #26, $4000 left on board)
Travis 6800 +6000 (Diandra 6800 Niranjan 7600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 88

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Diandra 1 4 5 1
Travis 4 4 3 4 4 2 5*
Niranjan 2 3 5 5 1 3 3

DJ! Round:
Diandra 1 1 1 2 5 1
Travis 4 3 3 4 4 5 2 3 1 2† 3*
Niranjan 4 5 3* 5 3 4 2 4 5

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Diandra 2.20
Niranjan 3.56
Travis 3.33

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 $8,800 Coryat, 10 correct, 1 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Niranjan $5,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Travis $9,000 Coryat, 19 correct, 8 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $23,200
Lach Trash: $17,200 (on 14 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,600

Player Statistics:

Diandra D’Alessio, career statistics:

27 correct, 4 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (24/114)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,300

Travis Lee, career statistics:

19 correct, 9 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,000

Niranjan Murali, career statistics:

17 correct, 4 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,800)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,400

Diandra D’Alessio, to win:

3 games: 27.402%
4: 7.509%
5: 2.058%
6: 0.564%
7: 0.155%
Avg. streak: 2.377 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I feel like Travis might have a good chance at being invited back to Second Chance, though I don’t think anyone out there thinks he should be given credit for his response in Final.
  • Today’s box score: May 29, 2023 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Travis $12,400 Diandra $8,800 Niranjan $8,000)

Diandra: This is a really weird spot with where the scores are. I would honestly either bet $0 (in case Niranjan bets just $799 or even $800) or go all-in (maximizing winnings and forcing Travis to cover) because you can’t both cover Niranjan and win a Triple Stumper. (Actual bet: $3,601)

Travis: Standard cover bet over Diandra is $5,201. (Actual bet: $5,201)

Niranjan: If Travis makes the cover bet and is incorrect, he falls to $7,199. I’d bet $800 here, just in case Diandra bets $0 in this situation.(Actual bet: $800)

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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, May 29, 2023"

  1. Michael Johnston | May 29, 2023 at 9:25 am |

    The news story referenced is unfamiliar to me, thanks for that! War memorial with unidentified remains points to the solution.

  2. I got this one instantly—a fitting tribute to the day. I predict both a triple get from the contestants, and also many gets from the Comments section. On a personal note, I had an uncle I never knew. He served in combat in WWII, and came back so mentally damaged from the killing that he killed himself. My parents also both served in WWII, but in non-combatant roles. My father was a U.S. Army weatherman, and my mother was a cook in the W.R.C.N.S. (Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service, or “wrens”). Even so, their work was still essential to the war effort. So on this day of remembrance, I remember all these people as belonging to the military and contributing to the victory.

  3. Marvin G Fuller | May 29, 2023 at 9:38 am |

    A salute to Jeopardy for airing this on Memorial Day.

  4. Memorial Day was created to honor soldiers in the Civil War. Other groups were added in the 1950s.

  5. Michael+R | May 29, 2023 at 10:46 am |

    Thanks go out to all who serve and made the ultimate sacrifice.
    I lost my dad last year…he was drafted in ’68, US Army, 3rd Armored Division.
    A better man you’d never find. I miss him dearly.

  6. Thomas+G. | May 29, 2023 at 11:30 am |

    This was an easy get for me…so obvious to me. I visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier way back in mid Summer of 1972—51 years ago when I was 17. I’m sure that at least two of today’s contestants can figure this clue out in 30 seconds.

  7. Mark+Barrett | May 29, 2023 at 12:59 pm |

    Thanks for tracking down the J! alums. I do appreciate it.

  8. The word “identified” was the key for me.

    It is very important to remember all those who served and died.

    The US Military goes to great lengths to retrieve and identify the remains of deceased service personnel – a very interesting book on the subject is Mitchell Zuckoff’s “Frozen in Time”

  9. Kurt+Scherer | May 29, 2023 at 4:56 pm |

    my answer was functionally correct, but would have included the “s” “soldiers”. I wonder if the judges would have allowed it? There are, after all, multiple souls entombed at the site.

  10. Ironic that Travis Lee did not think of it fast enough (since Arlington was owned by Robert E. Lee at the time they started burying Civil War dead there). It is a long response to write, but Niranjan managed to also get in “at Arlington”. Also, Arlington is only about 150 miles away from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

  11. Judith P. | May 30, 2023 at 3:38 am |

    Yay! I got today’s Final J! answer correct & rather quickly, to boot. Very fitting Final! on this Memorial Day. I think of my darling Dad, who has passed on. He served in World War II, in the U.S. Navy. He fought against the Japanese in the South Pacific for 5 years on a destroyer ship with huge cannon-like guns atop the deck. Thankfully, he made it home in 1 piece, albeit with some significant hearing loss. Ironically, he lived to see me go to live and work in Japan in 1988!

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