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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Books & Authors) for Friday, July 14, 2023 (Season 39, Game 220):
In 1930 this author wrote “Murder at Full Moon”, a horror-mystery novel set in a fictional town in central California
(correct response beneath the contestants)
Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:
|Allison Madson, a health policy professional from Reston, Virginia
|Daniel Moore, a contract compliance analyst from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
|Ittai Sopher, a digital journalist & news producer from New Orleans, Louisiana (2-day total: $26,202)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:
After his second victory in last night’s game, New Orleans’ Ittai Sopher has just over $25,000 in winnings. Today, he faces off against Pittsburgh’s Daniel Moore and Reston, Virginia’s Allison Manson.
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Correct response: Who is John Steinbeck?
More information about Final Jeopardy:
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Murder at Full Moon is a werewolf murder mystery written in 1930 by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck, a year after his first novel, Cup of Gold, was published; however, it was never published, as Steinbeck didn’t consider the work fit for publication.
I think the best way of coming up with the correct response to this Final clue would be to think of the author of that era most likely to have set works in central California; Steinbeck himself was born in Salinas, in central California’s Monterey County.
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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, July 14, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:
(Categories: Families In U.S. History; Modern Fantasy Lit; 3, 3; Good Afternoon!; Bands Across The Decades; A Touch Of Grey)
Though he missed the first clue, Daniel got 9 after that before the opening break to have a big lead after 15 clues! Another 8 correct after the break for Daniel extended his lead.
Statistics at the first break (15 clues):
Daniel 9 correct 1 incorrect
Allison 2 correct 1 incorrect
Ittai 2 correct 0 incorrect
Allison has a friend (in the audience) who gets weird things stuck in her foot.
Daniel has never ridden a horse, but rode an elephant in Canada.
Ittai has a wallet on the verge of exploding because he’s held onto lots of currency from other countries.
Statistics after the Jeopardy round:
Daniel 17 correct 1 incorrect
Allison 5 correct 1 incorrect
Ittai 5 correct 1 incorrect
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Double Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: Dying In The Capital City; Who’s Who In The Old Testament; Science; Around The House; TV Shows; In Syndication)
Daniel’s strong play continued, with him picking up $11,000 combined on the two Daily Doubles. He was nearly at $30,000 going into Final!
Statistics after Double Jeopardy:
Daniel 30 correct 2 incorrect
Allison 13 correct 2 incorrect
Ittai 10 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 41 (0 today).
Scores going into Final:
Ittai and Allison got Final correct, but Daniel’s runaway (obviously) meant that he finished with the most money, and on Jeopardy!, that makes you the champ! He’ll return Monday to defend.
Ittai $6,000 + $5,000 = $11,000 (Who is Steinbeck?)
Allison $12,200 + $183 = $12,383 (Who is Steinbeck?)
Daniel $29,000 – $4,000 = $25,000 (Who is London?) (1-day total: $25,000)
Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:
Daily Double locations:
1) FAMILIES IN U.S. HISTORY $800 (clue #4)
Daniel -200 +1000 (Ittai 0 Allison -1000)
2) WHO’S WHO IN THE OLD TESTAMENT $1600 (clue #5)
Daniel 12800 +5000 (Ittai 3200 Allison 5000)
3) DYING IN THE CAPITAL CITY $1600 (clue #10, $21600 left on board)
Daniel 20200 +6000 (Ittai 4400 Allison 5000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 169
Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:
Ittai 4 3
Daniel 5 4*
Ittai 5 5 3
Daniel 5 4* 3† 2† 1† 4*
† – selection in same category as Daily Double
Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 41 (0.19 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Daniel $21,000 Coryat, 30 correct, 2 incorrect, 50.88% in first on buzzer (29/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Allison $12,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Ittai $6,000 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,200
Lach Trash: $9,200 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,600
Ittai Sopher, career statistics:
43 correct, 10 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
27.27% in first on buzzer (45/165)
2/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $100)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,200
Daniel Moore, career statistics:
30 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
50.88% in first on buzzer (29/57)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $12,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,000
Allison Madson, career statistics:
14 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,200
Daniel Moore, to win:
2 games: 81.806%
Avg. streak: 5.496 games.
- Today’s box score: July 14, 2023 Box Score.
Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: Daniel $29,000 Allison $12,200 Ittai $6,000)
Ittai: Bet whaterver you would like. (Actual bet: $5,000)
Daniel: Limit your bet to $4,599. (Actual bet: $4,000)
Allison: Limit your bet to $199 to guarantee second place. (Actual bet: $183)
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