Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, July 18, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Man-Made Objects) for Tuesday, July 18, 2023 (Season 39, Game 222):

Around since 1998, it’s now roughly the length of a football field & travels at about 5 miles per second

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Chelsea Watt, a communications manager from New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Chelsea Watt on Jeopardy!
David Bederman, an attorney from Los Angeles, California
David Bederman on Jeopardy!
Daniel Moore, a contract compliance analyst from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2-day total: $39,800)
Daniel Moore on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Happy Tuesday! In yesterday’s game, Daniel won in spite of 8 incorrect responses, the most number of incorrect responses of anyone who’s won a game this season. Today, he faces off against L.A.’s David Bederman and Vancouver-area’s Chelsea Watt! One other thing to note: Daniel only bet to tie in yesterday’s game, not the full cover bet—that certainly changes the strategy from second place; going all in from second is now potentially a viable option.

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Correct response: What is the International Space Station?

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The International Space Station (ISS), a collaboration between NASA, Russia’s Roscosmos, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency, has been in low Earth orbit as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory since 1998. Over 250 people have visited the ISS.

I think that this will be a straightforward Final as long as contestants realize that they can stray from the surface of the Earth. Otherwise, they might have a difficult time.

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, July 18, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: The Songs Of Max Martin; An Abbreviated Category; College Tuition: Then & Now; Prefixes & Suffixes; Stars On The Nation’s Flag; Shark!)

Daniel got off to the best start, but it was David who doubled up through the Daily Double to jump into the lead after 15 clues. He picked up another 7 correct after the break to extend his lead, but everyone was playing well at the midway point.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

David 5 correct 0 incorrect
Daniel 7 correct 0 incorrect
Chelsea 3 correct 0 incorrect

Today’s interviews:

Chelsea is terrified of whales, but is okay with sharks.
David moonlights as a DJ.
Daniel hopes to visit every major suspension bridge in America.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

David 12 correct 0 incorrect
Daniel 9 correct 2 incorrect
Chelsea 8 correct 1 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

David $8,600
Daniel $4,600
Chelsea $3,800

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: American History; Authors’ First Major Works; African Films; 3-Word Responses; World Of First Names; 4 Letters, Ends In “Y”)

The good news for Chelsea: She got to both Daily Doubles. The bad news for Chelsea: She got both Daily Doubles incorrect. As it was, David picked up 9 correct without being incorrect to hold a lead going into Final!

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

David 21 correct 0 incorrect
Daniel 19 correct 3 incorrect
Chelsea 13 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 41 (0 today).

Scores going into Final:

David $17,800
Daniel $14,200
Chelsea $5,800

Everyone today got Final correct, and we have a new champion in David! He’ll be back tomorrow to defend.

Tonight’s results:

Chelsea $5,800 + $5,000 = $10,800 (What is the International Space Station?)
Daniel $14,200 + $14,200 = $28,400 (What is the International Space Station?)
David $17,800 + $10,601 = $28,401 (What is the International Space Station?) (1-day total: $28,401)

David Bederman, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 18, 2023 game.)

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

1) AN ABBREVIATED CATEGORY $800 (clue #13)
David 2000 +2000 (Daniel 4000 Chelsea 2400)
2) WORLD OF FIRST NAMES $1200 (clue #21)
Chelsea 8600 -2000 (Daniel 12200 David 16600)
3) AUTHORS’ FIRST MAJOR WORKS $1600 (clue #23, $3600 left on board)
Chelsea 7400 -2000 (Daniel 12200 David 16600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 50

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Daniel 5 5 5 4 3 1 5
David 4 5 4*
Chelsea 1 2 2

DJ! Round:
Daniel 5 2 5 1 5 5 5 4 5
David 3 4 3 4 3 4 4 3
Chelsea 2 2 3 3* 2† 4*

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

David 3.73
Daniel 4.06
Chelsea 2.33

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 41 (0.18 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

David $16,600 Coryat, 21 correct, 0 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Daniel $14,200 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Chelsea $9,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,600
Lach Trash: $7,600 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800

Player Statistics:

Daniel Moore, career statistics:

72 correct, 14 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
45.03% in first on buzzer (77/171)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,800)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,400

David Bederman, career statistics:

22 correct, 0 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,600

Chelsea Watt, career statistics:

14 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,800

David Bederman, to win:

2 games: 57.889%
3: 33.511%
4: 19.399%
5: 11.230%
6: 6.501%
Avg. streak: 2.375 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • With how slow-paced the opening round was today, I was both surprised and impressed that we saw all 61 clues today.
  • Today’s box score: July 18, 2023 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: David $17,800 Daniel $14,200 Chelsea $5,800)

Daniel: Limit your bet to $2,599 to keep Chelsea locked out. (Actual bet: $14,200)

David: Standard cover bet is $10,601. (Actual bet: $10,601)

Chelsea: Bet at least $1,401 to pass David if he’s incorrect, but being that you need to be correct to win, you might as well go all-in to maximize potential winnings. (Actual bet: $5,000)

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, July 18, 2023"

  1. This was a hard one. I knew from the category and clue that this had something to do with a man-made object in outer space, but what? My first guess was the Hubble Telescope, but on second thought it didn’t seem big enough or old enough. Then I thought what is huge and has been getting bigger? And even though I didn’t realize it had been around since 1998, I figured, with room for astronauts and solar panels, what could it be but the I.S.S.?

    P.S. a note to Judith P. if time allows you to be reading this—at 7:01 am today, I posted a reply to your post of 3:03 am.

    • Same. I knew it had to be something we put in space. I first thought Hubble, but then realized that hasn’t been changing in size and predated 1998, so then went to ISS which we’ve been adding to.

      • Michael Johnston | July 18, 2023 at 10:31 am |

        Yep. 5 mps ~ orbital speed in Low Earth Orbit. The size indicates something other than your typical satellite. ISS was my first guess.

    • I thought it was Hubble myself. I should be ashamed as Edwin Hubble is a distant cousin of mine.

    • Thank you, RedRose. Sorry, I thought that you are in Alaska. Yes, I loved my 4 years of working in Japan, too. I lived in Niigata Prefecture. It’s called “yuki guni.” Snow country. I also visited Osaka & Kyoto. Gorgeous.

  2. Would the Space Station be enough?

  3. Great game by all the players. The ISS was pretty much a dead giveaway for today. Strong contestants so far today with very few triple stumpers which I am pleased to see.

  4. At first I thought the Hubble but decided that 1998 was not old enough and a football field length was too much. Then I thought about the ISS.

  5. The ISS immediately popped into my head when I read the clue; probably would have written it out in full to be on the safe side.

    I think today produced a very worthy champ but I’m also surprised that Daniel – who was so dominant a couple of days ago – lost his groove in today’s game. The game can be very unpredictable and it makes me appreciate the TofC qualifiers and super champs even more.

  6. Bill Vollmer | July 19, 2023 at 11:47 am |

    From the clues in the answer I understood it had to be something placed in space. I thought the Hubble Telescope, not knowing it’s size, or, age (actually thought 25 years would be the right age.) Didn’t even consider the ISS, because I thought it would have to be bigger than a football field to accomdate several people, and, the gear to help them perform thier tasks, live at the station. Just goes what presumptions will bring you.

    • I was the other way around. I immediately thought the ISS [and I am signed up to get an e-mail notification whenever it will be visible passing overhead in my area], but almost thought “it’s not that big”, but then decided they were including the solar panels rather than just the interior.

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