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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Word Origins) for Friday, July 28, 2023 (Season 39, Game 230):
Theories on the origin of this, a style of journalism, include Cajun slang for unhinged jazz & Boston slang for a person on a bender
(correct response beneath the contestants)
Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:
|Monika Chavez, a career education librarian from Alhambra, California
|Sharon Bishop, a high school Spanish teacher from Pawtucket, Rhode Island
|Lucas Partridge, a school counselor from Las Vegas, Nevada (2-day total: $42,200)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:
Lucas Partridge, after another strong win on yesterday’s episode, comes into this game as a 2-day champion, as he faces off today against Sharon Bishop and Monika Chavez.
Today is the final original game of Season 39. Over the next six weeks, Jeopardy! will be airing encore presentations of some of its best moments from the past season, starting off with the Second Chance Competition and the Tournament of Champions. I will continue to cover these encore presentations, as not every Jeopardy! fan realizes that these episodes are not the first airing of these games. I would encourage my regular readers to stop by over the summer as well, as I may be looking for input as to how I make additions to my coverage in Season 40.
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Correct response: What is gonzo?
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The etymology of the term “gonzo”, especially as it pertains to Hunter S. Thompson’s famous style of journalism, has been discussed in a few works, including William Stephenson’s Gonzo Republic: Hunter S. Thompson’s America. The term was first used to describe Thompson’s journalism by Boston Globe magazine editor Bill Cardoso; in Boston, it was South Boston slang for “the last man standing after an all-night drinking marathon”. Stephenson cites Doug Brinkley from the Hunter S. Thompson estate as the source for the Cajun etymology; the term meaning “to play unhinged” gave its name to a James Booker jazz instrumental that Thompson loved to play.
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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, July 28, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:
(Categories: Talking About Women; Working Words; Breeds Of Sheep; Messin’ With Texas; It Gets Old; Real Fast)
Lucas got off to a hot start, but dropped $2,400 on a Daily Double to sit second at the break. No worries, though, he clawed his score back over $5,000 after the Jeopardy! round!
Statistics at the first break (15 clues):
Monika 3 correct 0 incorrect
Lucas 6 correct 1 incorrect
Sharon 3 correct 2 incorrect
Monika was on TV seeing Santa Claus at the mall…30 years ago.
Sharon once sang backup for Barry Manilow.
Lucas also enjoys cooking.
Statistics after the Jeopardy round:
Lucas 13 correct 1 incorrect
Sharon 8 correct 2 incorrect
Monika 4 correct 1 incorrect
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Double Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: On The Money; British Literature; National Anthems; If You Know What’s Good For You; Actors; “CC” Me)
Sharon had an excellent Double Jeopardy! round, picking up 11 correct, but the Daily Doubles coming out late made things very interesting! Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to put the game away with a correct response on a 29th-clue last Daily Double, and Lucas picked up the $2,000 to improve his position going into Final (pulling to within two-thirds of Sharon’s score).
Statistics after Double Jeopardy:
Sharon 19 correct 3 incorrect
Lucas 22 correct 3 incorrect
Monika 5 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 43 (0 today).
Scores going into Final:
Lucas was the only player correct in Final; he’s now the first 3-day champion since June! He’ll return to start Season 40 as champion and go for win #4!
Monika $1,200 – $1,200 = $0 (What is gotcha?)
Lucas $12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000 (What is Gonzo?) (3-day total: $66,200)
Sharon $17,000 – $7,001 = $9,999 (What is mudslinging?)
Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:
Daily Double locations:
1) WORKING WORDS $600 (clue #11)
Lucas 2400 -2400 (Sharon 400 Monika 1400)
2) NATIONAL ANTHEMS $1600 (clue #22)
Sharon 13400 +2000 (Lucas 9600 Monika 1200)
3) BRITISH LITERATURE $1600 (clue #29, $2000 left on board)
Sharon 19000 -2000 (Lucas 10000 Monika 1200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -96
Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:
Lucas 1 2 3 3 4 3*
Sharon 2 3
Monika 1 1 2
Lucas 4 5 1 4 5 1 2 3 2 3 5
Sharon 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4* 1 4 5† 4*
Monika 2 3
† – 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: 43 (0.19 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Lucas $14,400 Coryat, 22 correct, 3 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Sharon $18,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Monika $1,200 Coryat, 5 correct, 3 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,200
Lach Trash: $12,400 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,400
Lucas Partridge, career statistics:
68 correct, 8 incorrect
5/6 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
37.43% in first on buzzer (64/171)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$500)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,667
Sharon Bishop, career statistics:
19 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,600
Monika Chavez, career statistics:
5 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $1,200
Lucas Partridge, to win:
4 games: 50.103%
Avg. streak: 4.004 games.
- Regarding the 15th clue of the Jeopardy! Round, the women’s mile world record was broken between taping and airing (in fact, the record was broken earlier this week).
- Regarding Sharon going to $400 in BRITISH LITERATURE: From a strategic point of view, I don’t mind it as much as I might otherwise. Oftentimes the last week of the season will see a Daily Double in the $400 box in Double Jeopardy, and BRITISH LITERATURE is a “you know what you’re going to see here without looking at the $400 box” category.
- I also don’t have any major objections to Lucas going all-in in Final Jeopardy; Sharon was clearly incredibly nervous throughout the game, and that’s certainly a prime situation where a leader might get “cold feet” and choose a more conservative wager.
- Today’s box score: July 28, 2023 Box Score.
Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: Sharon $17,000 Lucas $12,000 Monika $1,200)
Lucas: You have two choices here: you could limit your bet to $1,999 or less in case Sharon covers, or if you really don’t think she will, you could go all in. (Actual bet: $12,000)
Sharon: Standard cover bet over Lucas is $7,001. If you think Lucas will bet small, you can keep your own bet to $2,998 or less and stay ahead of Lucas’s small range. (Actual bet: $7,001)
Monika: Honestly, bet whatever you like, but I’d leave myself something just in case Lucas goes all in. (Actual bet: $1,200)
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