Note: This page contains spoilers for the August 18, 2023, game of Jeopardy! — please do not scroll down if you wish to avoid being spoiled. Please also note that today’s game is an encore presentation of the game that originally aired on November 4, 2022.
Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Cities) for Friday, August 18, 2023 (Season 39, Game 40):
The name of this city may come from “dur”, meaning water, a reference to the Helvetian people’s settlement on a lake
(correct response beneath the contestants)
Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:
|Jackie Kelly, a pension calculation developer from Cary, North Carolina
|Jaskaran Singh, a consultant from Plano, Texas
|Eric Ahasic, a meteorologist from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:
Eric, Jaskaran, and Jackie are all incredibly strong players—my prediction model believes they’re all in the top four players who are playing in the quarterfinal rounds. My prediction is that Eric is slightly favored to win today, but all three players are strong and whoever wins today has a very strong chance of taking down any member of the Big Three in the semifinals.
(Content continues below)
Are you going on the show and looking for information about how to bet in Final Jeopardy? Check out my Betting Strategy 101 page!
Do you appreciate the work I do here on The Jeopardy! Fan? Would you like to make a one-time contribution to the site? You may do so here!
You can find game-by-game stats here at The Jeopardy! Fan of all 16 players, now including Cris Pannullo and Ray Lalonde, that have won 10 or more games on Jeopardy!
You can now listen to Alex Trebek-hosted Jeopardy! episodes from TuneIn Radio without leaving The Jeopardy! Fan — listen now!
Correct response: What is Zurich, Switzerland?
More information about Final Jeopardy:
(The following write-up is original content and is copyright 2023 The Jeopardy! Fan. It may not be copied without linked attribution back to this page.)
For those readers who are unfamiliar: I want the show to be as good as it can be, and if this means that I need to criticize the show, I do so from an objective position of wanting the show to be as good as it can be.
Zurich, located in northern Switzerland on the lake of the same name, is one of Switzerland’s major commercial centers. Of course, Switzerland is also known by its Latin name—”Confoederatio Helvetica”.
However, the word “may” is doing a significant amount of work in this clue, way too much for my liking. The most authoritative source that I can find that says that Zurich’s etymology fits this clue is this page, the “Online Etymology Dictionary”, as compiled by a man named Douglas Harper. For what it’s worth, Harper specifically says: “This is the creation of an amateur. Great care has been taken and it’s as accurate as I can make it. But if you’re a professional linguist or a serious student of linguistics, you shouldn’t be doing your homework here. This is for the rest of us.” If there’s a more authoritative source, I’d certainly like to see it. Is the clue technically correct as written? Yes. But as of the time I’m writing this, I think I ultimately disagree with the Jeopardy! writer’s room in this case as to “what constitutes an authoritative enough source”, especially for clues being used in the Tournament of Champions.
We have many new offerings at The Jeopardy! Fan Online Store! Here are our current featured items:
Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, August 18, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:
(Categories: Champions Of Tournaments; South America; A Fashionable Category; Give Us Some Direction; Dinosaur Names; Homophones)
Jaskaran and Jackie had the best time of things in the opening round, with Jackie also doubling through the game’s first Daily Double.
Statistics at the first break (15 clues):
Jackie 5 correct 0 incorrect
Jaskaran 5 correct 0 incorrect
Eric 4 correct 0 incorrect
Jackie had family tell her that her run was more exciting than Philly sports titles.
Jaskaran was invited to a University of Texas basketball game after his college win.
Eric got to do a morning radio show at the State Fair.
Statistics after the Jeopardy round:
Jackie 8 correct 2 incorrect
Jaskaran 10 correct 2 incorrect
Eric 8 correct 3 incorrect
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Double Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: History; Triple Rhyme Time; Musical Instruments; The Tangled Web; On Broadway; The OED Quotes)
This game can basically be summed up in two clues: Clues 7 and 8 were the Daily Doubles in the round. Eric pulled his best Roger Craig impersonation over those two clues, dramatically increasing his score from $5,800 to $23,200. Jackie and Jaskaran fought bravely, though, and this game was not a runaway going into the Final!
Statistics after Double Jeopardy:
Eric 15 correct 4 incorrect
Jackie 19 correct 2 incorrect
Jaskaran 17 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 8 (0 today).
Scores going into Final:
Eric and Jaskaran were correct today; Eric is a semi-finalist after his daring move early in Double Jeopardy! Congratulations!
Jaskaran $11,000 + $2,201 = $13,201 (What is Zurich?)
Jackie $19,600 – $6,401 = $13,199 (What is Geneva?)
Eric $26,000 + $13,201 = $39,201 (What is Zurich?) (Semi-Finalist)
Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:
Daily Double locations:
1) DINOSAUR NAMES $800 (clue #11)
Jackie 3000 +3000 (Eric 1200 Jaskaran 3000)
2) THE OED QUOTES $1200 (clue #7)
Eric 5800 +5800 (Jaskaran 5400 Jackie 8000)
3) HISTORY $800 (clue #8, $24400 left on board)
Eric 11600 +11600 (Jaskaran 5400 Jackie 8000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 300
Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:
Eric 3 4 5
Jaskaran 2 1 3 5
Jackie 4 5 4 4*
Eric 3 5 3* 2*
Jackie 4 4 4
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: 8 (0.20 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Eric $10,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 4 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Jaskaran $11,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Jackie $17,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,000
Lach Trash: $9,000 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,000
Eric Ahasic, career statistics:
192 correct, 23 incorrect
14/17 on rebound attempts (on 38 rebound opportunities)
37.94% in first on buzzer (173/456)
15/17 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $65,000)
3/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,275
Jaskaran Singh, career statistics:
115 correct, 19 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 17 rebound opportunities)
40.35% in first on buzzer (115/285)
7/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $21,400)
5/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,320
Jackie Kelly, career statistics:
121 correct, 11 incorrect
13/13 on rebound attempts (on 38 rebound opportunities)
31.34% in first on buzzer (105/335)
6/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $20,200)
3/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,967
Remaining Players’ Tournament of Champions Chances (after 100,000 Simulations)
Amy Schneider: 17.178%
Matt Amodio: 26.586%
Mattea Roach: 9.930%
Maureen O’Neil: 0.658%
Andrew He: 13.914%
Tyler Rhode: 3.631%
John Focht: 9.672%
Eric Ahasic: 14.932%
Zach Newkirk: 0.970%
Jessica Stephens: 0.395%
Sam Buttrey: 2.134%
- A reminder: while Jaskaran is very much a strong quiz bowl player, quiz bowl is not Jeopardy—the show’s history is littered with those who were expected to win more than they did but did not do so.
- I’d like to think that the prediction model got today’s game more or less correct: fireworks, Eric’s victory, and Jackie being in second going into Final.
- Today’s box score: August 18, 2023 Box Score.
Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: Eric $26,000 Jackie $19,600 Jaskaran $11,000)
Eric: Standard cover bet over Jackie is $13,201. (Actual bet: $13,201)
Jaskaran: You need to bet at least $6,201 to surpass Jackie’s low cover bet over you. However, being that you need to be correct to pass Eric, you should go all in. (Actual bet: $2,201)
Jackie: Standard cover bet over Jaskaran is $2,401. (Actual bet: $6,401)
Become a Supporter now! Make a monthly contribution to the site on Patreon!
Contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com
When commenting, please note that all comments on The Jeopardy! Fan must be in compliance with the Site Comment Policy.
If you are going to quote any information from this page or this website, attribution is required.
Have you had a chance to listen to our podcast game show, Complete The List, yet? Check it out! It's also available on Apple Podcasts.