Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, July 14, 2023


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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
Allison Madson on Jeopardy!
Daniel Moore, a contract compliance analyst from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Daniel Moore on Jeopardy!
Ittai Sopher, a digital journalist & news producer from New Orleans, Louisiana (2-day total: $26,202)
Ittai Sopher on Jeopardy!

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?


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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:

Jeopardy! Round:

(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

Today’s interviews:

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:

Daniel $9,200
Allison $3,000
Ittai $1,200

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:

Daniel $29,000
Allison $12,200
Ittai $6,000

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.

Tonight’s results:

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)


Daniel Moore, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 14, 2023 game.)


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:

J! Round:
Ittai 4 3
Daniel 5 4*
Allison

DJ! Round:
Ittai 5 5 3
Daniel 5 4* 3† 2† 1† 4*
Allison 4

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Daniel 3.50
Allison 4.00
Ittai 4.00

Unplayed clues:

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

Game Stats:

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

Player Statistics:

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%
3: 66.922%
4: 54.746%
5: 44.786%
6: 36.637%
Avg. streak: 5.496 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

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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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, July 14, 2023"

  1. Based on California and horror-mystery I guessed Shirley Jackson, realizing that she probably would have been too young in 1930 to have written a novel.

    • Since ‘unpublished’ has proven to qualify, she could have written it as a teen. So GOOD GUESS!

  2. Never heard of it but Novel + California + 1930s = only one decent guess for me which was right

    • Katerina E. | July 14, 2023 at 11:59 am |

      That’s much how I came to the answer quickly on this one. My first Steinbeck exposure was the film adaptation of Cannery Row with Nick Nolte, which just preceded the first time I read The Red Pony in school.

    • same here – I am a big fan of John Steinbeck

    • Same here, just as Andy predicted. (London also occurred to me, but I thought he died too young for that date, so went with Steinbeck.)

  3. Based on the context clues, I found this to be a straightforward clue, but if one didn’t come up with it, Hemingway is always a good bet for that time period on this show.

  4. I missed this one by a wide margin. I guessed 1930, California, mystery—Earl Derr Biggers. I should have known that there was no “Charlie Chan” novel called “Murder At Full Moon”—also, those weren’t “horror” stories. Interesting fact, though not relevant to this clue: “Charlie Chan” was loosely based on a real-life Chinese-American policeman in Hawaii named Chang Apana—who lived to see the “Charlie Chan” movies and was said to have enjoyed them.

  5. Michael Johnston | July 14, 2023 at 12:35 pm |

    I never heard of it (although I see it got some media play a couple of years ago) and know next to nothing about Steinbeck. Certainly not enough to associate him with the given venue nor genre.

    Current FJ! streak: 1L

    • Most people would NOT associate Steinbeck with that genre anyway. [Maybe nobody would.]

  6. Got FJ on an educated guess.

  7. Wow. What a total pleasure to watch this game. Daniel Moore, the new champ is so calm and collected. The James Bond of Jeopardy! contestants in his immaculate suit and tie. Again, WOW.

    Although I have never read any Steinbeck, I did visit Monterey once so I guess I got Final right through some form of osmosis.

    In personal news, I got a great haircut from a new barber this afternoon. He also didn’t talk too much and gave an amazing scalp massage.

  8. Robert J. Fawkes | July 14, 2023 at 6:33 pm |

    I was happy to see Daniel win tonight’s episode and so handily because when I first saw his picture, he reminded me of my best friend growing up in Baltimore. Of course, my friend would now be much older than Daniel, but Daniel does look like the younger version of my best friend back in the day. Not sure if I’m allowed to mention my friend’s name here but his initials are C.C.

    As for final, as Ron wrote above, never heard of this particular book but “Novel + California + 1930s” led me to the correct response.

  9. I can never make up my mind on which I enjoy more: a situation like the last few weeks where hardly anybody wins more than 1-2 games so there’s constant turnover in champs? Or watching greatness dominate like Chris Pannullo/Ray LaLonde?

    I’m going to watch the show either way but the thought has come to mind lately with so much turnover. Since Hannah and Ben, I think there’s only been 1 five-day winner (I could be wrong).

  10. I was way off on this. I focused on the genre of the novel and went with Raymond Chandler, which I thought was a reasonable guess. Also, I happen to have The Big Sleep sitting on my nightstand, so maybe that’s why he was top of mind.

  11. Bill Vollmer | July 15, 2023 at 3:15 pm |

    Maybe if I had Andy’s “further information” along what was given with the “answer” I would have had the correct response. But being only aware of Steinbeck, and, not being familar with his work, I doubt it.
    I presume that, with SAG-AFTRA now following the WGA and going on strike against the AMPTP, the scheduled start to the new Jeopardy season maybe in trouble.

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