Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, July 7, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category History & Nature) for Friday, July 7, 2023 (Season 39, Game 215):

In March 1519, these were again seen in mainland N. America for the first time in 10,000 years with the arrival of 16 of them

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Raquel Stewart, an accountant from Austin, Texas
Raquel Stewart on Jeopardy!
Tom Zulewski, a sports writer & author from Washington, Utah
Tom Zulewski on Jeopardy!
Alex Gordon, a medical student from Somers, New York (1-day total: $25,000)
Alex Gordon on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Yesterday, Alex Gordon became the sixth different person in six episodes to win on Jeopardy!; however, it’s still nowhere near the record. Over the summer of 2002 (the end of season 18 and the beginning of season 19), there was a 15-episode stretch with 15 different winners. Today, Tom Zulewski and Raquel Stewart hope to make it 7 champions in 7 episodes by dethroning Alex. Alex did have a very strong game yesterday, though, so Tom and Raquel have their work cut out for them.

Meanwhile, there’s a small Eagles theme in the Jeopardy! round today; this is another case of prescience from the show’s writers, as the band announced its final tour yesterday.

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Correct response: What are horses?

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According to PBS’ Nature, early species of the genus Equus roamed North America, spreading worldwide. However, most of North America’s large mammals, including horses, went extinct around 10,000 years ago. Horses did not return to the New World until Christopher Columbus brought them on his voyages. Hernán Cortés brought the horse onto the North American mainland in March 1519 during his conquest of Mexico. From there, the horses began to spread throughout North America, becoming an important part of Native American culture.

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, July 7, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: I’ve Got Your Atomic Number; Historical Hodgepodge; Seeing Right Through You; Eagles; Hotel California; Take It “E-Z”)

Alex got off to a great start; Tom missed the Daily Double, but came back to the positive after three correct responses. After the break, Raquel had a strong performance to get close to the lead, but Alex still led after 30 clues.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Alex 7 correct 1 incorrect
Tom 4 correct 3 incorrect
Raquel 2 correct 2 incorrect

Today’s interviews:

Raquel is part of a book club celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Tom has a dog that could learn sign language.
Alex missed The Call because of a residency internship.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Alex 13 correct 2 incorrect
Raquel 8 correct 2 incorrect
Tom 7 correct 3 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Alex $6,600
Raquel $3,800
Tom $800

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: A Bridge Too Far; Country Singers In Country Songs; Ancient Artifacts; We Live In A Society; Behind The Bond; Only One Consonant)

Raquel was playing very well, but then an incorrect Daily Double put her in a precarious position. At the end of the round, Tom getting the last two clues correct cemented the runaway for Alex!

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Alex 25 correct 4 incorrect
Raquel 18 correct 4 incorrect
Tom 9 correct 4 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 36 (0 today).

Scores going into Final:

Alex $16,300
Raquel $7,800
Tom $2,400

Alex and Raquel got Final correct; Alex is now a 2-day champion! He’ll return on Monday.

Tonight’s results:

Tom $2,400 – $2,300 = $100 (What is alligators?)
Raquel $7,800 + $5,000 = $12,800 (What is the horse?)
Alex $16,300 + $200 = $16,500 (What are horses?) (2-day total: $41,500)

Alex Gordon, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 7, 2023 game.)

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

1) SEEING RIGHT THROUGH YOU $600 (clue #10)
Tom -1200 -1000 (Alex 2200 Raquel -400)
2) ANCIENT ARTIFACTS $1600 (clue #7)
Alex 8600 +2500 (Tom -1200 Raquel 7000)
3) BEHIND THE BOND $1600 (clue #17, $14800 left on board)
Raquel 11800 -4000 (Alex 13100 Tom -1200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -105

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Alex 4 3 2 5 1 2 3 1
Tom 3*
Raquel 4

DJ! Round:
Alex 4 4* 2† 5† 2 2
Tom 3
Raquel 1 2 5 3 3 4 5 1 3 4*

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Alex 2.86
Raquel 3.18
Tom 3.00

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 $15,400 Coryat, 25 correct, 4 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer (26/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Raquel $11,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Tom $3,400 Coryat, 9 correct, 4 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $30,600
Lach Trash: $9,800 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,600

Player Statistics:

Alex Gordon, career statistics:

52 correct, 9 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
46.49% in first on buzzer (53/114)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,800

Tom Zulewski, career statistics:

9 correct, 5 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,400

Raquel Stewart, career statistics:

19 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,800

Alex Gordon, to win:

3 games: 64.287%
4: 41.329%
5: 26.569%
6: 17.081%
7: 10.981%
Avg. streak: 3.800 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Alex $16,300 Raquel $7,800 Tom $2,400)

Alex: Limit your bet to $699. (Actual bet: $200)

Tom: Bet whatever you’d like. (Actual bet: $2,300)

Raquel: You can guarantee second place if you limit your bet to $2,999. However, Alex has a very thin runaway. You could go all in and hope he Clavins. (Actual bet: $5,000)

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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, July 7, 2023"

  1. Brian Henegar mentioned on Twitter that Tom was one of the people who helped him train for the show; knowing this, and how strong of a player Brian was, my biggest inquiry is “will Tom be able to match the achievements of his friend?”

  2. I guessed (quite wildly) kangaroos.

  3. Michael Johnston | July 7, 2023 at 9:29 am |

    Yeah, the 1519 year pointed to Cortes’ conquest of Aztec territory, which (I remembered learning) involved a number of mounted soldiers.

  4. I’m disappointed that Jeopardy! chose this topic as recent research (2019) by Yvette Running Horse Collin provides serious evidence illustrating that horses never went extinct in North America and challenges what she calls a Eurocentric myth at the heart of this final.

    • Yes and no. I have read several papers of hers and other archaeologists, paleontologists, and linguists (some working with her) which indicate that our “indigenous” peoples introduction into North America and the times of the last remaining original North American horses coincided such that their using the horses as prey helped (at least a little) with the horses’ extinction — though they think they have established that as more like 5,000 years ago instead of 10,000. What they have more conclusively established as formerly incorrect was that Native Americans did not get the horses in hardly any quantity until 1680 — it now seems they were in fairly widespread use over a century earlier than that.

      It seems that this clue itself is another clue that the last sets of clues produced before the strike were rushed. However, I kind of think that the name of the category ‘History & Nature’ kind of exonerates them, along the lines of “history is written by the victors”, i.e., “history” still currently says what the clue says, though scientific researchers are working to correct it.

      • I meant to type “did not get SPANISH horses in hardly any quantity until…”

        • Yep. Horrible clue. As a contestant I would have to factor in what I know recent studies are saying versus what outdated “settled science” the clue writers sourced. Shouldn’t have to play extra mind games like that

          • Agreed. However, maybe they intentionally named the category ‘History & Nature’ rather than ‘Natural History’ (which would be more science-oriented, as in “Such & Such Museum of Natural History”).

  5. Got it. I was down to horses and dogs, but horses seemed the better fit.

    • Reminds me that the term for horse in various Native American languages is “new dog”, “great dog”, and “elk dog”. Presumed to be because (for the latter) of what they look like and because they took the place (for carrying and pulling) for which dogs had formerly been used. [This also indicates that horses had not been known to them for thousands of years or they would have had a single specific word for them like dogs did.]

  6. Got it but it might have taken me more than 30 seconds.

  7. Guessing the paragraph, quote below, was to help catch people stealing your work verbatim?

    Rachel was playing very well, but then an incorrect Daily Double put her in a precarious position. Tom getting the last two clues correct cemented a runaway for Alex!d

  8. I got it! A very strong group tonight and very few triple sttumpers. I am very impressed! We should have more games like this with less than 20 triple stumpers in the future.

  9. Anyone else notice that Ken used an alternative wording to the mathematically incorrect “no harm no foul”?

  10. Was surprised that this wasn’t a triple get. Not sure what else it would have been, given the year. Tom had no reason to swing for the fences (word choice 100% intentional) with a wild guess. Raquel should have bet it all, but Alex was smart enough to bet low to ice the win. She had no way of knowing that, of course.

  11. Recent study shows that horses were still being domesticated by humans here in the Americas during that supposed 10,000 year gap.

  12. Bill Vollmer | July 8, 2023 at 4:54 pm |

    I’m not sure why, but when the answer was read, I came up with horses. Never watched Nature. Don’t recall learning this “fact” from history. (And, I’m not a historian, and/or, whatever other profession is challenging this “fact.”) But I’ll take a “win” to start the weekened.

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