Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, July 19, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Famous Paintings) for Wednesday, July 19, 2023 (Season 39, Game 223):

A German guidebook to a 1937 World’s Fair dismissed it as a “hodgepodge of body parts that any four-year-old could have painted”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Liz Cotrufello, a 4th grade teacher from Broomall, Pennsylvania
Liz Cotrufello on Jeopardy!
Sean Weatherston, a physical therapist from Nampa, Idaho
Sean Weatherston on Jeopardy!
David Bederman, an attorney from Los Angeles, California (1-day total: $28,401)
David Bederman on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

A number of diehards thought after Friday that Daniel Moore would have a longer run than the two games he did win; on yesterday’s episode, though, David Bederman—who moonlights as a DJ—became Jeopardy! champion. Today, he embarks on his first title defense against Idaho’s Sean Weatherston and Pennsylvania’s Liz Cotrufello.

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Correct response: What is Guernica?

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Pablo Picasso’s famous painting Guernica was painted in response to the April 1937 German bombing of the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. The Spanish Republican government had commissioned Picasso to create a mural for the Spanish pavilion at the 1937 Paris World’s Fair. (That would certainly explain the Germans’ cold reaction towards the painting in Paris.) At Picasso’s request, the painting was not delivered to Spain until 1981, after Spain had instituted a constitutional monarchy.

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, July 19, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Painter Selfies; Same 2 Letters, Different Place; Fashion Old & New; Julie & Julia; 5 About 4; Add An E At The End)

Missing the Daily Double didn’t affect David; he still got 12 correct in the round and held a good-sized lead at both of the first two commercial breaks!

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

David 8 correct 1 incorrect
Sean 5 correct 2 incorrect
Liz 0 correct 1 incorrect

Today’s interviews:

Liz was a tour guide on Goat Island.
Sean is 6’5″ and has a son that is a 6’10” opera singer.
David was in a taiko drumming group in Japan, and it attracted TV attention.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

David 12 correct 1 incorrect
Sean 8 correct 2 incorrect
Liz 4 correct 2 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

David $6,600
Sean $2,200
Liz $200

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Titles With Punctuation; Geology; Musical Menagerie; Get Your Kicks On Route 66; History; The “Ll” You Say)

Liz got on a roll early in Double Jeopardy in a style reminiscent of the mid-’90s, but David had more urgency in trying to find the last Daily Double! David made that pay off for him to the lead going into Final, despite Liz getting 14 correct in the round to David’s 5!

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

David 17 correct 2 incorrect
Liz 18 correct 3 incorrect
Sean 12 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 41 (0 today).

Scores going into Final:

David $15,000
Liz $12,200
Sean $7,000

David and Sean got Final correct; David is now a 2-day champion! He’ll go for win #3 tomorrow.

Tonight’s results:

Sean $7,000 + $3,000 = $10,000 (What is Guernica?)
Liz $12,200 – $2,801 = $9,399 (What is Woman descending)
David $15,000 + $9,401 = $24,401 (What is Guernica?) (2-day total: $52,802)

David Bederman, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 19, 2023 game.)

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

1) PAINTER SELFIES $600 (clue #6)
David 2200 -1000 (Sean 200 Liz 0)
2) GEOLOGY $1600 (clue #14)
Liz 6600 +1600 (David 6600 Sean 4200)
3) GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66 $1200 (clue #21, $10800 left on board)
David 8200 +4000 (Sean 5800 Liz 11000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 28

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
David 4 3 5 4 3*
Sean 2

DJ! Round:
David 4 3*
Sean 1 3 2
Liz 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 2 3 4* 5† 1 5

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

David 3.71
Sean 2.00
Liz 3.13

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 $13,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Sean $7,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Liz $12,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,400
Lach Trash: $15,400 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,200

Player Statistics:

David Bederman, career statistics:

40 correct, 2 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (32/114)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,900

Sean Weatherston, career statistics:

13 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,000

Liz Cotrufello, career statistics:

18 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,200

David Bederman, to win:

3 games: 54.106%
4: 29.275%
5: 15.840%
6: 8.570%
7: 4.637%
Avg. streak: 3.179 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: David $15,000 Liz $12,200 Sean $7,000)

David: Standard cover bet over Liz is $9,401. (Actual bet: $9,401)

Sean: So, you have two choices here. If you think Liz will make a big bet, then defend against the Double Stumper with David, limiting your bet to $1,400 or less. If you think Liz will make a small bet, then you need to bet at least $3,400 (though you might as well go all in if you’re not trying to win a Double Stumper with David. (Actual bet: $3,000)

Liz: Standard cover bet over Sean is $1,801. (Actual bet: $2,801)

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, July 19, 2023"

  1. I thought of Marcel DuChamp’s “Nudes Descending A Staircase”—wrong artist, wrong painting, wrong year. Well, at least I got two right so far this week. About “Guernica”—there is a (possibly legendary) story that when a German officer asked Picasso “Did you paint this?”, Picasso replied “No. YOU did!”

    • The first painting that I thought of (that I knew the title of) was Nude Descending a Staircase. You would not necessarily say “wrong year” as the clue did not have to mean that the painting had been painted FOR the 1937 World’s Fair (though Guernica WAS), but I felt sure the quoted description did not match well enough AND felt certain it would be a Picasso, but couldn’t think of one specifically.

  2. Michael Johnston | July 19, 2023 at 12:23 pm |

    Yeah, it’s always easy to associate the year with the painting because Picasso started it shortly after the bombing took place and completed it in time to display it at the Paris Exposition that July.

  3. Associating this clue with Picasso’s painting and the year he completed it led me to Guernica but I would love to see that in person if I do go to Europe with my family.

  4. What a great game! The momentum moved between all three players and Liz was so dominant in the second half. David’s shrug (?) after responding correctly cracks me up for some reason.

    I immediately thought of Guernica then second-guessed myself and went with Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. Totally wrong, of course. All the body parts are organised into bodies and it was painted in 1907!

    Andy, thanks as always for all your work and insights!

  5. (Scores: David $15,000 Liz $12,200 Sean $7,000)
    Liz: Standard cover bet over Sean is $1,801. (Actual bet: $2,801)

    15,000 – 12,200 = 2,800 ; 1,801 a type-o?

    • No.

      The suggestion is for Liz to bet up to $1,801, leading to a finishing score of $14,001 if correct; the chances of David betting $0 (necessitating the extra $1,000 bet) are so small that it’s better to just bet as little as required; in this specific case, doing so would have guaranteed at least second, because Sean bet small.

  6. Judith P. | July 20, 2023 at 3:48 am |

    Drat! I knew instantly that it was a Picasso. I just didn’t know which one. I guessed “The Old Guitarist,” since his limbs are splayed in weird positions. I’ve seen the actual painting, so it popped quickly into my mind.

  7. Bill Vollmer | July 20, 2023 at 11:35 am |

    When the category for Final Jeopardy was shown, my reaction was “I might know the correct response, but that I’d probably end up saying yeah, should’ve known.” In this case, the answer meant nothing to me, and, neither did the correct reponse. I’ve heard of Piccaso’s Guernica, even know what the subject is. Don’t recall ever seeing an image of it, so there was nothing for me to put “two and two, together” to have the correct response.

  8. Robert J. Fawkes | July 20, 2023 at 6:41 pm |

    Sort of the opposite for me. When I saw the category, my blind guess was “Guernica.” That’s the rare instance when my blind guess was actually right.

    • Maybe the news out of Ukraine over the last year had subconsciously led YOU to think of Guernica first for a single “Famous Painting”. Then the luck/coincidence was that it was what they’d chosen to do a clue about.

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