Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, July 26, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Opera Source Material) for Wednesday, July 26, 2023 (Season 39, Game 228):

Henri Murger, who was broke & lived in a freezing attic apartment in Paris, wrote the source material for this 1896 opera

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Alex Muhler, a policy analyst from Oakland, California
Alex Muhler on Jeopardy!
Lucas Partridge, a school counselor from Las Vegas, Nevada
Lucas Partridge on Jeopardy!
Julie Sisson, a library circulation assistant from Everett, Washington (1-day total: $11,210)
Julie Sisson on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is La Bohème?

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Henri Murger’s Scenes of Bohemian Life, published in 1851, was the source material for Giacomo Puccini’s famous 1896 opera La Bohème. Modern musical theatre audiences would be very familiar with the material as well, as in 1996, Jonathan Larson adapted it into the smash hit musical Rent.

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, July 26, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Crooks; Recent Tv Shows By Episode Title; All Kinds Of Literature; World Of Religion; I’M Blue; “Da” Or “Ba” Or “Dee”)

Alex had the best Jeopardy! Round, picking up 12 correct and the Daily Double to hold a $2,600 lead over Lucas after 30 clues.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Alex 6 correct 0 incorrect
Lucas 5 correct 1 incorrect
Julie 2 correct 0 incorrect

Today’s interviews:

Alex got to hunt foxes in Mongolia.
Lucas made 50 cocktails in 50 days for 50 states.
Julie paints rocks with book illustrations.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Alex 12 correct 0 incorrect
Lucas 10 correct 1 incorrect
Julie 5 correct 0 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Alex $7,600
Lucas $5,000
Julie $2,800

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Brace For Landing; Dual Biographies; Physics; Taking Stock; Long Movies; From The French)

Lucas picked up his game in Double Jeopardy, holding a good-sized lead which became a runaway when Alex missed the second Daily Double. A conservative bet on the last Daily Double cemented a runaway for Lucas!

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Lucas 22 correct 2 incorrect
Alex 20 correct 4 incorrect
Julie 8 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 43 (0 today).

Scores going into Final:

Lucas $20,100
Alex $6,000
Julie $3,200

Despite everyone laughing at the category upon its reveal, Final Jeopardy today was a triple get! Lucas with his runaway is your new champion.

Tonight’s results:

Julie $3,200 + $390 = $3,590 (What is La Boheme?)
Alex $6,000 + $100 = $6,100 (What is La Bohème?)
Lucas $20,100 + $0 = $20,100 (What is La Boheme?) (1-day total: $20,100)

Lucas Partridge, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 26, 2023 game.)

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

1) WORLD OF RELIGION $800 (clue #10)
Alex 1000 +1000 (Julie 1200 Lucas 800)
2) DUAL BIOGRAPHIES $1200 (clue #22)
Alex 11200 -4000 (Julie 5200 Lucas 15800)
3) PHYSICS $1600 (clue #29, $2000 left on board)
Lucas 18200 -100 (Julie 3200 Alex 6000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 64

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Julie 2 4 5 1
Lucas 1 1 2
Alex 3 3 4*

DJ! Round:
Julie 1 2 5 4
Lucas 1 1 2 5 1 2 5 1 2 4 5 2 3 4*
Alex 3 4 2 3 3 4 3 3* 4† 5† 1

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Lucas 2.47
Alex 3.21
Julie 3.00

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 43 (0.19 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Lucas $20,200 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Alex $9,800 Coryat, 20 correct, 4 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Julie $3,200 Coryat, 8 correct, 2 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $33,200
Lach Trash: $10,000 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,800

Player Statistics:

Julie Sisson, career statistics:

24 correct, 4 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 12 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (22/114)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,700

Lucas Partridge, career statistics:

23 correct, 2 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$100)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,200

Alex Muhler, career statistics:

21 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,800

Lucas Partridge, to win:

2 games: 64.207%
3: 41.225%
4: 26.469%
5: 16.995%
6: 10.912%
Avg. streak: 2.794 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Lucas $20,100 Alex $6,000 Julie $3,200)

Julie: Bet at least $2,400 to have the best chance at second place. (Actual bet: $390)

Lucas: Limit your bet to $8,099 and take home win #1. (Actual bet: $0)

Alex: Standard cover bet over Julie is $401. (Actual bet: $100)

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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, July 26, 2023"

  1. Attic apartment in Paris, was my clue and I’ve seen it.

  2. This should be an easy FJ, even if you don’t know much about opera. Fun fact: Puccini deleted the middle of the story, in which Mimi leaves Rodolfo for another man prior to returning to him in the end. Good cut!

  3. Opera is not my strong suit, but I guessed their correctly. For operas, I tend to start my guesses with Die Fledermaus, but given Henri is not a German name, I went with La Boheme. Aida is also one of my opera guesses, but this did not seem appropriate. And Carmen, of course.

    • Even though Carmen takes place in Spain it’s sung in French and was written by Jacques Offenbach

      • Katerina E. | July 26, 2023 at 11:46 am |

        Carmen was written by Georges Bizet. It was my mom’s favorite opera, so I’d had that drilled into me from a young age.

        • yes, Bizet’s Carmen. Not familiar with the story, but figure it’d be in Spain because of the toreador song. So, yeah, when opera is the category, I have a few that I know of, and given the clue, I guess one given the little knowledge I know. Knowing the language certainly helps in guessing. As a child, I remember watching Die Fledermaus on PBS with my German father on new year’s eve, but that’s really my only memory of watching an opera. I do love the music of Porgy and Bess.

    • If I’m not mistaken, Die Fledermaus is an operetta rather than an opera (Wikipedia concurs).

  4. I got this instantly—so made up for yesterday’s mistake of “supernova”—yes, I’m one of those who missed the obvious answer. I haven’t actually seen “La Boheme”, but have read about it. I’ve also seen the television production of “Rent”. So even though I’m not an opera-goer, I wasn’t completely out of my wheelhouse on this one!

  5. Michael Johnston | July 26, 2023 at 10:06 am |

    Writer in a freezing Parisian apartment? Has to be La Boheme.

  6. Katerina E. | July 26, 2023 at 11:49 am |

    La Boheme had been my first thought, but seeing the year, I thought it was written earlier, and second-guessed myself. Went with Les Miserables, but if I’d taken another moment to consider it, I would have realized the source for that was Hugo, and has never been an opera. Such is life.

  7. I’m not great on opera. But I have seen La Bohème, and the clue fit perfectly, so I was able to get it.

  8. I love opera especially La Boheme but I also like Aida and Carmen Suites as I have these on my electronic keyboard. Still though I am very happy to see a triple get today. Love to travel to paris hopefully next year and see some operas

  9. Recollection of the 1980s movie comes in handy.

    Two tickets: La Bo-Heem.
    La Boheme. Its an opera.
    Its an opera.

  10. DruidOfTheFang | July 26, 2023 at 4:13 pm |

    One of the two plays with a French title that I’ve actually heard of. It should be pretty obvious what the other one is.

  11. Is it rare for all three contestants to feel sure based on the category that they will not know the correct response, but then all three do?

  12. Robert J. Fawkes | July 26, 2023 at 6:34 pm |

    When my son was a theater major in college, his class put on the musical “Rent.” The clue reminded me of “Rent” which I knew to be based on “La Boheme” because of my son’s involvement in the musical. I’m pretty sure I’d have known it anyway as my sister used to sing opera. Glad to see everyone got it.

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