Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, July 6, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century Lit) for Thursday, July 6, 2023 (Season 39, Game 214):

Squashing the allegory theory, the daughters of the author of this novel say it’s “just a story about rabbits”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Carol Oppenheim, a retired computer programmer from Owings Mills, Maryland
Carol Oppenheim on Jeopardy!
Alex Gordon, a medical student from Somers, New York
Alex Gordon on Jeopardy!
Anji Nyquist, a social media coordinator from Minneapolis, Minnesota (1-day total: $8,800)
Anji Nyquist on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Anji Nyquist is your defending champion today after she picked up $8,800 in a come-from-behind victory after being the only player to get the game’s final clue correct. Today, your challengers are retired computer programmer Carol Oppenheim and medical student Alex Gordon.

I’ve noticed this week that most articles about the recent hosting change on Jeopardy! have been published by news outlets whose editorial leanings would be described as “anti-union.” It would do readers well to remember that Mayim Bialik is not hosting these games this month in an act of union solidarity, and the “celebrations” of fans are certainly being noticed by those of us with pro-union sensibilities.

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Correct response: What is Watership Down?

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Richard Adams’s 1972 work Watership Down was originally a story told to his two daughters, then six and eight years old in the mid-’60s; the family was on a car trip from London to Stratford-upon-Avon, and the daughters were begging for a story, according to a 2018 article from The Guardian released to coincide with the 2018 Netflix series. Relenting, Adams started, “Once upon a time there were two rabbits called Hazel and Fiver…” and the famous work was born. Many readers, though, felt for certain that the work was an allegory of communism and/or Christianity; however, Adams’ daughters have always insisted that Watership Down is “just a story about rabbits.”

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Thursday, July 6, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Myth Misery; A Tv Series; So I’M Reading This Book; Antiques; Road; “Show”)

Alex had the best time on the signaling device in the opening round, picking up 12 correct. Just before the end of the round, Carol had the best chance to tie the game, but nearly fell back to $0 after a missed Daily Double.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Alex 5 correct 1 incorrect
Anji 3 correct 0 incorrect
Carol 3 correct 1 incorrect

Today’s interviews:

Carol has been married for almost 50 years.
Alex skipped med school graduation to be a contestant.
Anji is a Timberwolves season ticket holder.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Alex 12 correct 3 incorrect
Anji 4 correct 0 incorrect
Carol 6 correct 2 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Alex $5,400
Anji $2,600
Carol $200

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Geographic Anagrams; The Main Ingredient; Science; 10-Letter Adjectives; Names In History; Some “Hard” Songs)

While Carol did well to recover from the first miss, Alex found both Daily Doubles in Double Jeopardy today, picking up a combined $7,500! That ensured Alex had a runaway going into Final.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Alex 25 correct 5 incorrect
Carol 15 correct 6 incorrect
Anji 8 correct 0 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 36 (0 today).

Scores going into Final:

Alex $22,900
Carol $7,800
Anji $7,000

Both Carol and Alex got Final today; Alex is your new champion! He’ll return tomorrow to defend.

Tonight’s results:

Anji $7,000 – $7,000 = $0 (What is ?)
Carol $7,800 + $6,201 = $14,001 (What is Watership Down?)
Alex $22,900 + $2,100 = $25,000 (What is Watership Down?) (1-day total: $25,000)

Alex Gordon, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 6, 2023 game.)

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

1) ROAD $800 (clue #29)
Carol 2800 -2600 (Anji 2600 Alex 5400)
2) 10-LETTER ADJECTIVES $1200 (clue #15)
Alex 10200 +2500 (Anji 4200 Carol 5800)
3) NAMES IN HISTORY $1600 (clue #23, $9600 left on board)
Alex 15100 +5000 (Anji 7000 Carol 8600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -35

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Anji 1 4 1 1 1 2
Alex 3 2 3 4 5 3 4 3 4 5 1 5 2 5
Carol 2 2 2 5 1 3 4 3 4*

DJ! Round:
Anji 2 1 2 3 5
Alex 4 4 3 5 3* 4† 3 4*
Carol 1 3 1 2 3 5 1 2 1† 4

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Alex 3.59
Carol 2.58
Anji 2.09

Unplayed clues:

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

Game Stats:

Alex $18,200 Coryat, 25 correct, 5 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Carol $10,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 6 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Anji $7,000 Coryat, 8 correct, 0 incorrect, 10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,600
Lach Trash: $8,200 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,200

Player Statistics:

Anji Nyquist, career statistics:

20 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
16.81% in first on buzzer (19/113)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,900

Alex Gordon, career statistics:

26 correct, 5 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,500)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,200

Carol Oppenheim, career statistics:

16 correct, 6 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,600)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,400

Alex Gordon, to win:

2 games: 71.088%
3: 50.535%
4: 35.925%
5: 25.538%
6: 18.155%
Avg. streak: 3.459 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Alex $22,900 Carol $7,800 Anji $7,000)

Anji: Limit your bet to $5,399 to have the best chance of finishing second. (Actual bet: $7,000)

Alex: Limit your bet to $7,299. (Actual bet: $2,100)

Carol: Standard cover bet over Anji is $6,201. (Actual bet: $6,201)

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23 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, July 6, 2023"

  1. Seems almost too obvious. Going for the triple get.

    • Michael Johnston | July 6, 2023 at 9:52 am |

      Hmm… I hope you’re right. I sure had trouble convincing my friends to read that back when I discovered it (40+ years ago😅).

      • I never read it. I guess I should. Never seen an adaptation, either. But yeah, getting it right without knowing the story other than rabbits on water, I figured it must be obvious.

  2. Rabbits = Watership Down

  3. I was only able to think of two books from the 20th century about rabbits – Peter Rabbit and Watership Down. And as far as I remember, Beatrix Potter never had any children, so that left me with only Watership Down. I’m glad to see my thought process proved correct 🙂

    • I thought the same way as MasterDoge. Did read the book—long, long ago—didn’t like or understand it. So I’m glad to know “it’s just a story about rabbits”. I can now put it in my forgettery.

  4. Marvin Fuller | July 6, 2023 at 12:11 pm |

    Never read it. My initial guess was Of Mice and Men.

  5. The rabbits pointed me to this book. Its a pretty good one I guess. It seems too obvious for me.

  6. Poor Carol, she is one smart cookie but her nerves were obviously getting the better of her. Good game. Didn’t get Final.

  7. As a Royals fan, the name Alex Gordon certainly caught my eye.

  8. As someone whose age is much closer to Carol’s than the other two contestants, I would love to see her get an invite to the Second Chance tournament.

  9. I’m going against most of the fans. I love Mayim Bialik as a co-host of Jeopardy. She brings a nice change. And I do like Ken Jennings also. Together, though separate, it’s nice to watch the different personalities.

  10. Today marks the second time in a couple years that Watership Down appeared on Jeopardy. I’m a child of the late 1970s-early 1980s yet never even heard of this book until Jeopardy. Am I missing something?

    • Now that I think.more about it, another commenter mentioned the book never being adapted to television/film. That could be a major reason I’m clueless about it. I was never much of a fiction reader.

      • Oh, it definitely was. The late-‘70s version, to put it kindly, scarred a number of children.

        • I believe you. Still drawing a blank. As I dont even recall my peers talking about it.

          • Michael Johnston | July 6, 2023 at 9:23 pm |

            An animated film, a couple of animated made for TV versions, a theatrical release, a derivative RPG by FantasyGamesUnlimited and a GURPS version of that. I’d recommend (FWTW) it if you generally like YA low fantasy.

  11. As a baby boomer, l read Watership Down when l was in college. I seem to recall quite a few friends reading it then too. It wasn’t a big craze like Harry Potter or LOTR. As for the Jennings/Byalik thing, l feel they are both fine All the nit picking over the latter is a waste of time, in my view.

  12. I read it when I was in the Army. Great read. I just want to say that I think that Mayim Bialik was a great host for Jeopardy. I love her style.

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