Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, July 3, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Fashion) for Monday, July 3, 2023 (Season 39, Game 211):

The name of these items that became a 1940s fad derives in part from a word meaning “to cut short”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Sarah Daily, an artist manager from New York, New York
Sarah Daily on Jeopardy!
Elliott Kim, a television editor from Los Angeles, California
Elliott Kim on Jeopardy!
Ilena Di Toro, a public relations specialist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1-day total: $9,500)
Ilena Di Toro on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

We have now entered the final 20 episodes of Season 39; Ken Jennings will be hosting all twenty of these episodes. We are now entering episodes taped after the WGA’s strike began on May 2; this game material would have been finalized before the writers went on strike; I should also note that the WGA has not called for a boycott of any properties.

In case you missed it, my Weekly Thoughts from last week were posted yesterday; feel free to check out my thoughts on how the judging has improved significantly since the show’s early days.

There is one other thing that I would like to point out, especially to those who like to point to unplayed clues as a metric to determine hosting quality: we have now completed 210 episodes of Jeopardy! this season. Over those 210 episodes, there have been only 35 clues unseen (an average of less than one clue a week). At the start of Season 36 in 2019—the middle of super champion Jason Zuffranieri’s run—the first 11 episodes saw 37 clues unseen.

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Correct response: What are bobby socks?

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So named because they were “cut-off” from the usual knee-length socks of the time, “bobby socks” were ankle-length socks that began their popularity with teenagers in the 1940s; the name “bobbysoxers” became synonymous with teenage girls of the era. While many believe that World War II’s stocking shortages were the reason for the rise of bobby socks, many current sources note that the fashion predates the 1940s decade, even dating back to controversies at Wimbledon in the late 1920s with women competitors wearing socks and not stockings.

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

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Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Riots In History; A Job In Television; Car Go Fast; “Neg” Bait; Like Aversion; Touched For The Very First Time)

Elliott came out today like gangbusters, picking up 18 correct in the opening round, sealed with $5,000 on a Daily Double near the end of the round!

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Elliott 8 correct 0 incorrect
Ilena 2 correct 0 incorrect
Sarah 4 correct 1 incorrect

Today’s interviews:

Sarah once helped Stephen King with his crossword.
Elliott had a very brief career as a thrash metal roadie.
Ilena had a teacher who was a 2-time champion in the 1990s.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Elliott 18 correct 0 incorrect
Ilena 6 correct 2 incorrect
Sarah 4 correct 2 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Elliott $15,200
Ilena $2,800
Sarah -$400

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Books By Chapters; Words Within Words; Nature; “B” Movie Quotes; Counties Of England; No Cap)

Elliott’s dominance continued In this round, picking up another 10 correct. Missing the last Daily Double didn’t stop him! Sarah sat 2nd going into Final, while Ilena sat third.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Elliott 28 correct 2 incorrect
Sarah 10 correct 4 incorrect
Ilena 9 correct 4 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 35 (0 today).

Scores going into Final:

Elliott $27,200
Sarah $4,000
Ilena $3,200

Despite a potential incorrect response being a response in the Jeopardy! Round (“the Zoot Suit riots”), Final Jeopardy! was a triple stumper today! Elliott is your new champion. He’ll be back tomorrow to defend.

Tonight’s results:

Ilena $3,200 – $1,800 = $1,400 (What is demiskirt?)
Sarah $4,000 – $4,000 = $0 (What are culottes?)
Elliott $27,200 – $2,800 = $24,400 (What is Culotte?) (1-day total: $24,400)

Elliott Kim, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 3, 2023 game.)

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

Elliott 9200 +5000 (Ilena 2800 Sarah -400)
2) “B” MOVIE QUOTES $1600 (clue #5)
Elliott 18000 +5000 (Ilena 2800 Sarah -800)
3) COUNTIES OF ENGLAND $1600 (clue #24, $8000 left on board)
Elliott 28600 -1400 (Ilena 4000 Sarah 2400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 77

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Ilena 1 4 1 4 1 3 2
Elliott 2 3 4 5 3 5 1 3 4 2 3 5 2 4 5 5 3 4*
Sarah 1 2 1 2

DJ! Round:
Ilena 3 4 2 2
Elliott 1 2 3 4* 5† 1 2 1 3 5 1 3 4*
Sarah 1 5 4 5 2 3 4

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Elliott 3.16
Ilena 2.45
Sarah 2.73

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 35 (0.17 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Elliott $21,000 Coryat, 28 correct, 2 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Ilena $3,200 Coryat, 9 correct, 4 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Sarah $4,000 Coryat, 10 correct, 4 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $28,200
Lach Trash: $16,400 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,400

Player Statistics:

Ilena Di Toro, career statistics:

20 correct, 9 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
21.93% in first on buzzer (25/114)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,400

Elliott Kim, career statistics:

28 correct, 3 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,000

Sarah Daily, career statistics:

10 correct, 5 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,000

Elliott Kim, to win:

2 games: 79.225%
3: 62.767%
4: 49.727%
5: 39.396%
6: 31.212%
Avg. streak: 4.814 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • If we take Ilena’s interview statement at face value, we do not know the specific airdates of her teacher, just that it was between December 1992 and June 1995. However, there was a 1-day champion named Mary Campbell (a teacher from Philadelphia), who only won once, on April 25, 1994, on the off chance that we are dealing with an unreliable narrator.
  • Today’s box score: July 3, 2023 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Elliott $27,200 Sarah $4,000 Ilena $3,200)

Ilena: Limit your bet to $1,599. (Actual bet: $1,800)

Elliott: Limit your bet to $19,199. (Actual bet: $2,800)

Sarah: Standard cover bet over Ilena is $2,401. (Actual bet: $4,000)

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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, July 3, 2023"

  1. Only thing I had was knickerbockers which I was pretty sure was earlier than the 40’s.

  2. Ugh, fashion… once again, I wouldn’t have got this one in a million years.

    Thanks for bringing up the detail about unplayed clues. It surprised me to know that, as good as Jason was, there were still more than three unrevealed clues a game on average. (I mean, at least it’s better than Season 1, where double digit unrevealed clues per game wasn’t too rare… right?)

    • I appreciate the use of a comparison to the start of Season 36 here, as opposed to the one to the start of Season 37 deployed earlier this season.

      It should also be noted that of the 35 unplayed clues this season, four of them were in the ToC special exhibition.

      Andy and I both noted during last summer’s hiatus that there were 36 games in Season 38 without all clues revealed; 18 hosted by Ken, 18 hosted by Mayim. If viewers do want to use those numbers as a measure of host quality, then they should have taken them further; 48 clues were unseen in Ken-hosted games (0.44 per episode average), vice 35 in Mayim-hosted games (0.32 per episode average; that calculation excludes the first week of the Professors Tournament, where games were required to be played all the way through).

      Mayim’s hosting duties for this season concluded with 9 unplayed clues over her 59 games, an per-episode average of 0.153. Even taking out the ToC exhibition, Ken’s average this season through today is at 0.146 (22/151; it’s 0.171, 26/152, with the November 8 game included).

      I don’t see any significance in the differences in these numbers; on this metric, neither host is slowing the game down any more than the other.

  3. Michael Johnston | July 3, 2023 at 9:56 am |

    Almost right, but doubly wrong😅😝 I fixated on hair-style fashions and was thinking of the shorter hair styles that became more prevalent in the war years, guessing “bob”.

    Current FJ! streak: 3L

  4. I wasn’t around in the forties, but somehow, somewhere, I’d heard of this name for what I grew up calling “ankle socks”. Like Michael Johnston, I first thought of hairstyles: “barrette”? “bob”? but the way the clue was written seemed to me to point to things worn in pairs, which led me to “socks” and, with “1940s”, then to “bobby socks”. A good start to the week!

    • Michael Johnston | July 3, 2023 at 12:14 pm |

      Yeh. In hindsight, “items” should have moved me off of hair styles 😕

  5. What a fast-paced and entertaining game. Ken and Elliott really kept things moving. And Ken was very thoughtful as he gently reminded Sarah about the rules for certain categories.

    I also thought culottes even though my poor French knew that cut is “couper” and short is “court”. Also, culottes have been around for centuries in various forms; i.e., George Washington’s culottes did not look like the ones in “Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar.”

    And I was shocked that no one identified calla lilies from the image shown.

  6. I doubt I remember the bobby socks. I also thought of culottes as well because of general washington wearing them. Buts till Elliot was dominant today. Very thoughtful of Ken today

  7. @Tim H. – There were several Triple Stumpers I found very easy, but I couldn’t have gotten _ALLA LILIES on Wheel of Fortune even with the picture.

    • An oft-parodied Katharine Hepburn line: “The calla lilies are in bloom again.”

    • Judith P. | July 3, 2023 at 10:53 pm |

      Ha-ha. Love your “Wheel of Fortune” quip! Lucky for me, I’m a bit of a flower fanatic. I said, “Calla Lilies” as soon as the photo came up.

  8. Robert J. Fawkes | July 3, 2023 at 6:37 pm |

    My first inclination was “Culottes” but immediately rejected this as not having anything to do with cutting short. Then, I quickly remembered that both of my older sisters were “Bobbysoxers” back in the day. That settled me on Bobby Socks.

  9. I knew about the hairstyles called “bobs”, so MIGHT have thought of bobbie socks had I thought about hairstyles first then turned to clothing upon review of the clue category. I associate “fashion” with clothing even though I know it means a lot more than that, especially hair. I said culottes, but only because I could not think of the generic category for “capri pants”, which is “crop pants”. A fashion designer brought out capri pants in 1948 but they became kind of a fad in the 50s and 60s. However, I see quite a bit of TV shows set in GB in the 1940s (example: All Creatures Great and Small) and I see a lot of girls in them wearing crop pants. Since “crop” also means to cut short, I wonder if that possibly would have been accepted.

  10. Judith P. | July 3, 2023 at 11:13 pm |

    Yay! Today’s Final J! clue came into my brain like a lightning bolt. Strange how that happens. I thought of a bob hairstyle first, since “to bob” would fit the meaning of “to cut.” Then I blurted out “bobby socks.” I actually wore them when I was a kid in the 1950s. With black and white saddle shoes by Buster Brown. They were still en vogue until maybe about 1962. Then we switched to darker knee-high socks and penny loafers in my town. White bobby socks were no longer cool.

  11. Bill Vollmer | July 4, 2023 at 12:37 pm |

    Once I heard the explanation for the correct response for this games Final Jeopardy! “Bobby Sox” made perfect sense. I’d even heard the term “Bobby Soxers” used in relation to early Sinatra fans (though it was before my time.) Too bad the “answer” didn’t lead me to the information in the explanation, so I could’ve gotten this FJ right.

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