Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, July 5, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category African Countries) for Wednesday, July 5, 2023 (Season 39, Game 213):

Nicknamed “the kingdom in the sky”, this landlocked nation is the only country in the world to lie entirely above 4,000 feet

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Anji Nyquist, a social media coordinator from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Anji Nyquist on Jeopardy!
Aubrey Gilleran, a high school English teacher from Charlotte, North Carolina
Aubrey Gilleran on Jeopardy!
Kate Campolieta, a corporate communications specialist from Simsbury, Connecticut (1-day total: $11,513)
Kate Campolieta on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

It certainly doesn’t feel like it, but it’s Wednesday! Kate Campolieta won yesterday’s game after her competitors ended up on the wrong end of some close, but absolutely correct, judges’ decisions (I do have some things to say about that, which I’ll go into more detail this weekend in my Weekly Thoughts column). Today, she goes for win #2 against Aubrey Gillian and Anji Nyquist.

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Correct response: What is Lesotho?

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Lesotho, completely surrounded by South Africa, is situated in the Maloti Mountains in Southern Africa; its lowest points are situated in the country’s west; King Moshoeshoe I had allied with the British in the 19th century against the Boers. Under the British, the area became known as Basutoland, which gained its independence from the United Kingdom on October 4, 1966.

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, July 5, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Born On The 5th Of July; All Shapes & Sizes; U.S. City Of The Book; Opposites; Art & Artists; World Of Food)

All three players had difficulty pulling out a lead in the Jeopardy! round, as high-valued incorrect responses kept the score down. Anji led at both commercial breaks, as Kate’s Daily Double bet of $201 made for some amusing jokes out of Ken.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Anji 3 correct 0 incorrect
Aubrey 2 correct 0 incorrect
Kate 4 correct 2 incorrect

Today’s interviews:

Anji is short; her family tends to pass her height at the age of 11.
Aubrey is the 4th teacher in his family.
Kate is part of a very musical family.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Anji 6 correct 1 incorrect
Kate 9 correct 4 incorrect
Aubrey 5 correct 3 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Anji $2,000
Kate $1,799
Aubrey $200

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Nations’ Last Monarchs; Rhyming Phrases; Memoirs; Religion; Math Abbreviations & Symbols; Who Are “U”?)

Double Jeopardy! saw Aubrey have an excellent round, picking up three $2,000 responses to lead going into Final. Unfortunately, an incorrect response on his Daily Double meant, crucially, that he did not have a runaway going into Final.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Aubrey 13 correct 4 incorrect
Kate 16 correct 4 incorrect
Anji 11 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 36 (1 today).

Scores going into Final:

Aubrey $11,200
Kate $6,900
Anji $4,800

Anji was the only player to get Final Jeopardy! today; she is your new champion, winning from third! She’ll be back tomorrow to defend.

Tonight’s results:

Anji $4,800 + $4,000 = $8,800 (What is Lesotho) (1-day total: $8,800)
Kate $6,900 – $6,900 = $0 (What is Burundi? 🙂 ❤️)
Aubrey $11,200 – $2,601 = $8,599 (What is Ethiopia?)

Anji Nyquist, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 5, 2023 game.)

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

1) U.S. CITY OF THE BOOK $1000 (clue #12)
Kate 800 -201 (Aubrey 1000 Anji 800)
2) RHYMING PHRASES $1600 (clue #16)
Aubrey 8200 -1400 (Kate 4999 Anji 3600)
3) RELIGION $1600 (clue #18, $15200 left on board)
Kate 5799 +1101 (Aubrey 6800 Anji 3600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -18

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Kate 5 4 1 1 3 2 3 5*
Aubrey 3 2
Anji 2 1

DJ! Round:
Kate 4 2 1 5 3 5 4*
Aubrey 4 3 2 5 1 3 1 4* 2
Anji 1 2

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Anji 1.50
Aubrey 2.73
Kate 3.20

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $2,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 36 (0.17 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Anji $4,800 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 23.21% in first on buzzer (13/56), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Aubrey $12,600 Coryat, 13 correct, 4 incorrect, 26.79% in first on buzzer (15/56), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Kate $7,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer (16/56), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $25,000
Lach Trash: $18,000 (on 17 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,000

Player Statistics:

Kate Campolieta, career statistics:

33 correct, 10 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
31.86% in first on buzzer (36/113)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $900)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,600

Aubrey Gilleran, career statistics:

13 correct, 5 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
26.79% in first on buzzer (15/56)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,400)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,600

Anji Nyquist, career statistics:

12 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
23.21% in first on buzzer (13/56)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,800

Anji Nyquist, to win:

2 games: 23.310%
3: 5.434%
4: 1.267%
5: 0.295%
6: 0.069%
Avg. streak: 1.304 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I am very glad not to see the † in today’s “Clue Selection By Row” stats.
  • Today’s box score: July 5, 2023 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Aubrey $11,200 Kate $6,900 Anji $4,800)

Kate: If you want to try to maneuvre for second place, a bet of $2,701 does cover Anji and would pass Aubrey’s cover bet range. However, going all-in is never a bad idea from your position, as it maximizes winnings if you’re correct and Aubrey is not. (Actual bet: $6,900)

Aubrey: Standard cover bet over Kate is $2,601. (Actual bet: $2,601)

Anji: Being that you can only win if you’re the only player correct, you have to bet at least $3,800. However, going all in does maximize winnings on a correct response. (Actual bet: $4,000)

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22 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, July 5, 2023"

  1. I always pronounce Losotho incorrectly. And my African geography not being up to par, I guessed Tanzania only because I know Kilimanjaro is there.

    • Judith P. | July 7, 2023 at 10:01 pm |

      I got this one correct! I had an opportunity to be offered a job in Lesotho – pronounced “Le-suu-tuu” – with the Peace Corps in 1976, but my career took a different turn.

  2. MichaelSR | July 5, 2023 at 10:18 am |

    It’s pronounced Li-SUE-too

  3. Wow – was I wrong – I was thinking Nepal or Tibet, but on reflection I believe that Tibet is not a nation but a region of China (?).
    Wikipedia provided this information for what it is worth:

    Tibet is the highest region on Earth, with an average elevation of 4,380 m (14,000 ft).[1][2] Located in the Himalayas, the highest elevation in Tibet is Mount Everest, Earth’s highest mountain, rising 8,848.86 m (29,032 ft) above sea level.[3]

    • Plus, those are both in Asia, not Africa.

      There was once a Jeopardy! clue asking something like ‘according to China, their highest point in elevation’. Of course it was Everest.

      • Yikes – I missed that entirely!!! Read the clue but not the category!!! My very bad!!!!

        • I did the same, Mark. I never do that while watching the actual show but often do it when reading these great recaps.

          And I didn’t have clue on this one.

          • I “had a clue” (or rather, two) but neither provided the correct response. Like MarkO I thought about Tanzania because of Mt. Kilimanjaro, but discarded that. Then I thought about the Mountain Gorillas, so said Rwanda (though even that was a guess between Rwanda, Uganda, and Republic of Congo).

            I had always thought Lesotho was a South African CITY, but even if I had realized it was a country embedded in South Africa, I’m certain I would not have known it was kind of high altitude. If I had known “Guinea is called the Switzerland of Africa, with its lofty mountains and high plateaus” I would have guessed it.

        • Bill Vollmer | July 6, 2023 at 11:57 am |

          Don’t feel too bad, I was trying to think of small landlocked countries that might be mountainess, as well as being monarchies. Ended up in Europe (Andora.) But even if I HAD remebered the category, I doubt if I would’ve came up with Lesotho.

  4. To succeed in the New Jeopardy you best brush up on your Africa, Oscar Wilde and Spongebob Squarepants

    • Really? It still seems to have a lot of Confederate war generals and British monarchs. Plus much more about Canada than Mexico which always strikes me as odd.

      Am I missing something?

  5. Another fun and fast-paced show but like yesterday, so many easy (for me) questions unanswered or answered incorrectly. I could have really cleaned up today if I was allowed to participate whilst reclining on my fainting couch and eating bon-bons.

  6. I would have guessed Eswatini, as I knew for sure that it is a monarchy, and not sure about Lesotho.

  7. eSwatini here. So close, so far.

  8. Got Lesotho pretty quick, knew it was landlocked, mountainous and crucially, quite small.

    Second day in a row a champ has been bundled out in game 2 after a very strong win in game 1. What an odd season this is.

  9. Michael Johnston | July 5, 2023 at 6:21 pm |

    Got it. Even my irregular study of the World Almanac yields some benefit.

  10. Studying the world almanac helped me to get this one but still thinking about the racing family reminded me of the computer racing game from 1995 called al unser jr arcade racing

  11. We’ve seen a lot of contestants have exactly $1 at one point… but I can’t say I’ve ever seen a contestant have -$1!

  12. Andy, I don’t know if it is a choice or the only option or you just hadn’t noticed, but since dividing up the comments section into pages, the “comment count” at the beginning of each comment page just shows the number of comments on that specific page, not the total count for that day’s post. It becomes pretty apparent if one’s original intention is to scroll through them all, but when there is just one on that page and the number of comments says there is just one and the end of that comment falls on the page just before the link to the prior page, someone (especially a newcomer) might just think that was the only one. [Especially since this heading currently reads . . . 1 COMMENT ON “TODAY’S FINAL JEOPARDY – WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2023” . . . which to me implies “just one”. (after mine is posted, it will say 2, but that still seems to read as if that is all there were today)]

    So, there are points to be made as to whether it is misleading or how misleading, but if it is possible to have the total number of comments for that day’s post appear at the top of each comment page, I don’t think that could possibly be misinterpreted (or at least if it was, it would lead to fully scrolling to the bottom regardless).

    • OOPS, when I wrote “the end of that comment falls on the page just before the link”, I meant when it happens to fall there on one’s screen, with the link to prior page not yet showing.

    • I am unable to control technical limitations within the WordPress platform, which this appears to be.

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