Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, May 31, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Sports & The Movies) for Wednesday, May 31, 2023 (Season 39, Game 188):

A Geena Davis Institute study found shortly after a 2012 franchise film’s release, women’s participation in this sport rose 105%

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Lisa Gargiulo, a middle school English teacher from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Lisa Gargiulo on Jeopardy!
Kyle Marshall, a library branch manager from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Kyle Marshall on Jeopardy!
Ilhana Redzovic, an investment associate from Chicago, Illinois (1-day total: $20,400)
Ilhana Redzovic on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Yesterday’s game saw a new champion, as Chicago’s Ilhana Redzovic won over $20,000. Today, Ilhana faces off against Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania’s Lisa Gargiulo and Edmonton, Alberta’s Kyle Marshall. I’ve mentioned this recently, but I’ll definitely mention it again: I am very happy to see more Canadians on Jeopardy! (as a preview for Friday, Toronto’s Sylvia Izzo Hunter is a challenger) and I definitely believe this increased geographical diversity amongst contestants is a direct result of the significantly reduced barrier to entry that the Jeopardy! Anytime Test has provided.

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Correct response: What is archery?

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As a result of a pair of 2012 films, The Hunger Games and Brave (though the clue today in Final Jeopardy only mentioned the former), the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media found that women’s participation in archery increased 105% between 2012 and 2014. The Hunger Games franchise features Katniss Everdeen as a strong archer, while Pixar’s Brave also features archery prominently, with Princess Merida being very strong with a bow and arrow.

Media outlets covering the 2012 Olympics also noted that The Hunger Games had a massive effect on TV ratings, with The Hollywood Reporter even referring to archery as “the new curling”.

An interesting aside to this is that even the fact that the Geena Davis Institute itself published this study could be construed as a clue to someone who knows enough about Geena Davis; she nearly qualified for the 2000 U.S. Olympic team in archery.

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, May 31, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Countries In Short; 8-Letter Words; The Natural Order; Around The USA; Dude, Here’s Your Car; Andrew Lloyd Webber)

Six incorrect responses, one on a True Daily Double just before the break, meant all player were at $0 or below through 15 clues. I felt like I was watching a game from 1985! Things righted themselves well in the second half of the round.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Ilhana 4 correct 2 incorrect
Lisa 4 correct 2 incorrect
Kyle 3 correct 2 incorrect

Today’s interviews:

Lisa has been working at a camp volunteer in the summer for 22 years.
Kyle got approval to adopt a child on his first day at work.
Ilhana was on the Model UN team at the University of Michigan.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Kyle 7 correct 3 incorrect
Ilhana 7 correct 2 incorrect
Lisa 7 correct 4 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Kyle $2,200
Ilhana $1,800
Lisa -$600

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Presidential Doin’s; Numerical Literature; Landmarks Of Great Britain; Famous Siblings; Barriers & Dividers; “V”erbs)

Double Jeopardy! Saw both Kyle and Ilhana pick up correct Daily Doubles, but the game turned on the 28th clue of Double Jeopardy!, where a mixup between John Adams and John Quincy Adams led to Ilhana having just a $200 lead going into Final!

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Ilhana 14 correct 3 incorrect
Kyle 16 correct 6 incorrect
Lisa 12 correct 4 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 30 (0 today).

Scores going into Final:

Ilhana $10,400
Kyle $10,200
Lisa $4,600

Final Jeopardy was a Triple Stumper; however, Ilhana bet $0 and ended up as champion for the second straight day! She’ll go for win #3 tomorrow!

Tonight’s results:

Lisa $4,600 – $4,599 = $1 (What is softball?)
Kyle $10,200 – $9,800 = $400 (What is baseball?)
Ilhana $10,400 – $0 = $10,400 (What is tennis?) (2-day total: $30,800)

Ilhana Redzovic, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 31, 2023 game.)

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

1) DUDE, HERE’S YOUR CAR $1000 (clue #15)
Ilhana 2200 -2200 (Kyle -200 Lisa -200)
Kyle 3800 +2000 (Ilhana 2600 Lisa 600)
3) “V”ERBS $2000 (clue #24, $6400 left on board)
Ilhana 7000 +3000 (Kyle 10200 Lisa 2600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -5

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Ilhana 2 3 2 2 4 5*
Kyle 1 3 4 5 3
Lisa 1 2 1 3

DJ! Round:
Ilhana 3 2 3 4 5 5*
Kyle 3 2 4* 5† 1† 2 4 1 3 4 2
Lisa 2 3 5 1 1 4 5

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Ilhana 3.33
Kyle 2.94
Lisa 2.55

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:

Ilhana $11,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Kyle $9,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 6 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Lisa $4,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 4 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $26,000
Lach Trash: $17,800 (on 17 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,200

Player Statistics:

Ilhana Redzovic, career statistics:

37 correct, 7 incorrect
3/5 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (34/114)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,800)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,600

Kyle Marshall, career statistics:

16 correct, 7 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,800

Lisa Gargiulo, career statistics:

12 correct, 5 incorrect
0/1 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: $4,600

Ilhana Redzovic, to win:

3 games: 51.734%
4: 26.764%
5: 13.846%
6: 7.163%
7: 3.706%
Avg. streak: 3.072 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • The show has reiterated this numerous times: when there is any question as to what a contestant said, they will go to the tape to confirm. It’s clear that the show’s judges believed that Kyle did in fact say “Intranet” on 8-LETTER WORDS $1000.
  • Today’s box score: May 31, 2023 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Ilhana $10,400 Kyle $10,200 Lisa $4,600)

Ilhana: Standard cover bet over Kyle is $10,001. (Actual bet: $0)

Kyle: I’d bet between $401 (thereby defending against Ilhana’s low range) and $999 (keeping Lisa locked out). (Actual bet: $9,800)

Lisa: Limit your bet to $4,199; this stays ahead of Ilhana’s cover bet. (Actual bet: $4,599)

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20 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, May 31, 2023"

  1. Franchise film should have helped lead me to Hunger Games, but it did not. And thinking Geena Davis and sports made me think of League of their Own which of course was released way before. So, clueless, I still decided to go with baseball. You could have given me five guesses, and I don’t think I would have lucked into archery.

    • Agree, never would have thought archery. Never read the books or watched movies.

    • Same here – The Geena Davis part of the clue led me down the same wrong path though I knew LOTO was much older than 2012.
      I noted the “franchise film” part of the clue, but have never watched Hunger Games or any sequels.
      So I struck out or missed the target…. 🙁

  2. Michael Johnston | May 31, 2023 at 11:00 am |

    I got it the side way that Andy mentioned, by remembering that Geena Davis was an avid archer. I didn’t remember the year The Hunger Games came out, but I immediately assumed that it was the film franchise mentioned because of all the promos with JLaw using a bow. I did remember Brave coming out around the same time.

  3. Instant get for me because I knew Geena Davis was good at archery. From that I assumed they were talking about The Hunger Games.

  4. Thomas+G. | May 31, 2023 at 1:50 pm |

    I knew that the correct response was not baseball. But I never did see “The Hunger Games” and would not know this one.

  5. Michael Johnston | May 31, 2023 at 5:10 pm |

    I recall thinking (when the schedule for Masters was announced) that May was going to be tough for me. It turned out to be so, my record for the month was 25-18, a .581 average, almost 60 points below my season average! And that was only buoyed up by the 6-game win streak I am currently on, which started with the last game of Masters. So, here’s hoping this current win streak lasts for a while😂

  6. This was a very clever FJ question as I’m sure the writers knew that the inclusion of Geena Davis would instinctively (mis)lead people to “A League of Their Own”. But then you have to remember that “League” came out in the 1990’s.

    I’ve never seen any Hunger Game movies but I remembered two key facts: the commercials showed a girl shooting an arrow and Geena Davis is a competitive archer.

    • I have not read Hunger Games but saw all the movies (plus the advertising even more) and immediately thought of that, but because I couldn’t remember the name of it, I NEARLY tripped over it requiring ‘archery’ for the response, not the franchise name. [Catching Fire was all I remembered.]

      I was very familiar with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (which does WAY MORE than keeping up with archery stats) and about Ms. Davis’ archery accomplishment, but instead of that helping, I had to pause for a couple of seconds to assure myself that was not a red herring.

      Actually, I was at first surprised that the counts for girls in archery had not gone up more than that, but then realized that a lot who would be interested probably had parents who would not allow it (or pay for it) and also many would not have a way to try to get into that sport.

      [I have no memory of WHEN League of Their Own came out, but all I had to do was imagine Rosie O’Donnell playing baseball only 12 years ago to know it HAD to be much longer ago than that.]

  7. Is there a controversy? I heard Intranet as clear as day.

  8. My bigger issue was that Kyle seemed to only say “Harrison” when they should have needed clarification, but dinged him for Adams.

    • I wish this would be addressed on the podcast. The show has also been inconsistent on whether to BMS for the Manning football brothers. It makes for a confusing viewing experience.

    • Agreed. They should have asked for clarification on both clues – as they usually do with presidents. He started to say “Henry” but then changed it to just “Harrison”. Of course it was William Henry Harrison

    • and of course once someone is asked for more information after saying Adams, the person who rings in on the rebound knows it’s “Adams” – and just has to guess the other one..

  9. I did get Final, knowing that Geena is an archer, and backing into the timing of the movie. I had to talk myself around making sure there weren’t baseball or softball movies that could have tied to it, but navigated it safely.

  10. By the end of this week, the count of Canadians appearing will be up to 16, out of 300 regular play contestants.

    Similar counts from previous yearsL
    Season 38: 10/440
    Season 36: 12/320
    Season 35: 15/379
    Season 34: 10/398
    Season 33: 8/400

    (FWIW, S37 was 4/440, all “originally from” introductions; left it out above due to travel restrictions in place then)

  11. This is a very clever final as I also know geena was an Archer as I remember Robin hood in the cartoon mischief in Sherwood also used the bow and arrow in archery . Happy to see ilihana winning

  12. Bill Vollmer | June 1, 2023 at 11:33 am |

    I originally missed the part of this answer where it said 2012, and, think it was asking for the title of the film said “What is ‘A League of Their Own.” Then saw the 2012 part of the answer, knew my first thought was wrong. Still not realizing that the “answer” asking for a sport, not a movie title. But even after seeing the players get it wrong, Mayim reading the correct response, seeing Andy’s “More Information,” I realized that I would never had gotten this FJ right. I saw “Brave,” never watched ANY of the “Hunger Games” series. But putting women being expert archers in the movies, and, an interest from women in the sport just wouldn’t have come to my brain.

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