Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, June 29, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Movies) for Thursday, June 29, 2023 (Season 39, Game 209):

Centenarian ceramic artist Beatrice Wood helped inspire one of the main characters & the narrator of this film from the 1990s

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Tenysa Santiago, an American Sign Language & English interpreter from Berkeley, California
Tenysa Santiago on Jeopardy!
Alicia Korenman, an assistant director from Durham, North Carolina
Alicia Korenman on Jeopardy!
Bryan White, a senior regulatory compliance analyst originally from Santa Maria, California (1-day total: $20,130)
Bryan White on Jeopardy!

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After a very strong performance yesterday, Bryan White is your new Jeopardy! champion. Today’s challengers are Durham’s Alicia Korenman and Berkeley’s Tenysa Santiago.

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Correct response: What is Titanic?

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Beatrice Wood was never on the Titanic. She was born in San Francisco in 1893 and was involved with Marcel Duchamp both artistically and romantically. Her autobiography, I Shock Myself, ended up in the hands of James Cameron, via Bill Paxton’s wife, and Cameron realized the similarities between the character of Rose DeWitt Bukater in Titanic, which Cameron was writing at that point. Cameron went as far as to obtain permission to interview Wood and use her as the model for Rose, despite Wood’s lack of connection to the ship.

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

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

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: At The Farmers Market; Fun With Airport Codes; Lit-Pourri; Pride Of The Museum; 21st Century Television; “I” Before “EE”)

Tenysa and Bryan got off to the best start, but Tenysa’s score was deflated slightly by a missed Daily Double. After the break, Alicia found some buzzer mojo and nearly caught the other two players.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Bryan 6 correct 1 incorrect
Tenysa 6 correct 1 incorrect
Alicia 0 correct 0 incorrect

Today’s interviews:

Tenysa is wearing a “stuffed animal” pin named Bob.
Alicia has a tattoo of Maggie from “Love and Rockets”.
Bryan does a turkey impression.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Bryan 9 correct 1 incorrect
Tenysa 9 correct 2 incorrect
Alicia 6 correct 0 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Bryan $4,600
Tenysa $4,000
Alicia $3,000

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Historic Shorts; World “L”; The Hypocritic Oaf; The Law; Writing: Music; Before & After People)

Double Jeopardy! saw the Daily Doubles stay out very late; unfortunately, Alicia and Tenysa both got their respective wagering clues incorrect. This led to Bryan having a second consecutive runaway!

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Bryan 20 correct 3 incorrect
Alicia 8 correct 1 incorrect
Tenysa 13 correct 6 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 35 (0 today).

Scores going into Final:

Bryan $14,200
Alicia $5,200
Tenysa $1,600

Final Jeopardy! today was a Triple Stumper; Bryan is a 2-day champion! He’ll go for win #3 tomorrow!

Tonight’s results:

Tenysa $1,600 – $400 = $1,200 (What is Ed Wood?)
Alicia $5,200 – $1,500 = $3,700 (What is Toy Story?)
Bryan $14,200 – $2,323 = $11,877 (What is Ghost?) (2-day total: $32,007)

Bryan White, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 29, 2023 game.)

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

1) LIT-POURRI $600 (clue #13)
Tenysa 3000 -1000 (Bryan 2600 Alicia 0)
2) THE HYPOCRITIC OAF $1200 (clue #21)
Alicia 6200 -1000 (Bryan 12600 Tenysa 4000)
3) THE LAW $1600 (clue #26, $4400 left on board)
Tenysa 3600 -2000 (Bryan 13000 Alicia 5200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -105

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Bryan 5 4 3 2 1 5 1 5
Tenysa 3 4 2 4 3*

DJ! Round:
Bryan 5 1 1 2 4 3 5 2 1 1 3 5 1†
Alicia 3 2 4 3* 2†
Tenysa 4 3 4 5 2 4† 5† 4*

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Bryan 2.86
Alicia 2.80
Tenysa 3.62

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 35 (0.17 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Bryan $14,200 Coryat, 20 correct, 3 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Alicia $6,200 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Tenysa $4,600 Coryat, 13 correct, 6 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $25,000
Lach Trash: $18,000 (on 16 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,000

Player Statistics:

Bryan White, career statistics:

47 correct, 8 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
43.36% in first on buzzer (49/113)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,800

Alicia Korenman, career statistics:

8 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,200

Tenysa Santiago, career statistics:

13 correct, 7 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,600

Bryan White, to win:

3 games: 53.813%
4: 28.958%
5: 15.583%
6: 8.386%
7: 4.513%
Avg. streak: 3.165 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I’m actually a little bit surprised that nobody guessed Beauty and the Beast; that said, it definitely seemed like the players in studio struggled as much on this Final as the comments section below did.
  • Today’s box score: June 29, 2023 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Bryan $14,200 Alicia $5,200 Tenysa $1,600)

Bryan: Limit your bet to $3,799. (Actual bet: $2,323)

Alicia: Limit your bet to $1,999. (Actual bet: $1,500)

Tenysa: Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $400)

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25 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, June 29, 2023"

  1. Michael Johnston | June 29, 2023 at 9:54 am |

    TIL about the inspiration for Winslet’s character. Maybe if I watched the movie from the beginning, I might have made the connection🤷

    Current FJ! streak: 1L

    • I have watched the movie in its entirety, yet am still scratching my head at how I was supposed to figure that out.

      • Basically from late 90s movie with an old lady narrator. But I didn’t get it either. I guessed Ghost, though I didn’t remember any narration, much less being narrated by an old lady.

  2. Geez, I was pretty sure ceramic artist was pointing us to Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast

    • When I saw “ceramic artist” and 1990s, I immediately thought of Demi Moore in Ghost.

      • Me too and I was pretty confident given I knew it was a 1990s movie.

        • I, too, guessed Ghost, but was not that confident. When Titanic was revealed, I thought “Well, duh!”, so hopefully my subconscious had known that was probably what it was.

      • Me too, Michael! I saw “Ghost” when it first came out in theaters in 1990, and again in 1991 at a free showing at a university.

  3. You and me both, Fahrrad!!

  4. Yikes! I thought ‘ceramic artist’ could be a McGuffin, as in the ‘Maltese Falcon’. . . (wrong era) but I would never guess Titanic!

  5. Ceramics/Titanic.. How in God’s world could I miss that obvious connection?

  6. I assume that this will be a triple loss for the contestants.

    By the way, as Bryan White is originally from Santa Maria, CA…so am I. (:

  7. supposed to be haha! Gremlin named Hana at work!

  8. I went with Driving Miss Daisy just because I was thinking about an old woman in a movie in the 90’s. Turns out that was 1989. Saw Titanic twice in the theatres in the first couple weeks with two different women, and didn’t tell the second I had already seen it and had to act surprised when the boat sunk.

    • I actually chortled at this.

    • The only reason didn’t say “Driving Miss Daisy” is that it game up recently on FJ as an 80s Oscar winner. I ended up coming up with absolutely nothing.

    • Ha ha! I love your post today! Hilarious dating story! 😂

    • Bill Vollmer | June 30, 2023 at 11:17 am |

      I said “Driving Miss Daisy” as well. Only movie I could think of thay featured an “centenarian.” No way would I have thought of “Titanic.” And, from Mayim’s reaction as she read the correct response, and, the reasoning behind it, she looked extremly surprised as well, even though I presume she had the card with the correct response/reasoning for a while.

  9. I only guessed correctly as the only movie that came to mind with any narration was Titanic. (Was a total guess though). Also the clue selection by everyone especially the final 2 categories in double jeopardy drove me nuts.

    • Me too. The clue selection today was terrible in Double Jeopardy. The contestants seemed to not care about finding the Daily Doubles. I understand that they are all nervous and under glaring lights, though.

  10. Yeah, absolutely no way I’d have gotten this in a million years. First time in quite a while I couldn’t even muster a wild guess on a Final Jeopardy.

  11. I think “centarian” and “narrator” were the illuminating clues here. I’ve never seen the film, but am quite surprised no one on the show got it! (Going back to Andy’s weekly post, since we can presume these clues were assembled in a rush, it seems likely that (especially) Final J! is going with more obvious answers (see also: Heimlich) and no movies were more overblown, er, “prominent” in the 90s than Titanic!)

  12. Marvin G Fuller | June 29, 2023 at 5:11 pm |

    Guessed Ghost.

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