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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Geogra-Flee) for Monday, August 28, 2023 (Season 39, Game 46):
In July 2022 the ousted President of this country fled west across the Indian Ocean to the Maldives
(correct response beneath the contestants)
Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:
|Sam Buttrey, an associate professor of operations research at the Naval Postgraduate School from Pacific Grove, California
|Andrew He, a software developer from San Francisco, California
|Amy Schneider, a writer from Oakland, California
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:
It is time for the series of games everybody has been waiting for: the Tournament of Champions finals. This year’s finals are a “first to three games won” competition, different from the “two-game total point affair” of the first 29 tournaments. All three of our finalists have had to make it through a gauntlet of very worthy competition to make it this far; whoever wins will be a very worthy champion!
A few of you may be wondering why there were no Weekly Thoughts posted yesterday, and the answer to that is simple: I didn’t think that I had anything to talk about! Next week will be different, though, as I do have some statistical analysis almost ready for publication, Plus, I’ll have some exciting professional news that I’ll be ready to share over the next week, before the start of Season 40 as well!
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Correct response: What is Sri Lanka?
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Amid mass protests over an economic crisis and inflation of over 50% in Sri Lanka, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigned and fled the country, entering a self-imposed exile. His first stop was the Maldives, whose capital, Male, is just under 500 miles from Sri Lanka. From Male, Rajapaksa went to Singapore; he returned to Sri Lanka in September, ending his exile.
This is a good Tournament of Champions-level current events clue; I am curious to see if our players have been paying attention to world news.
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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, August 28, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:
(Categories: At The Mall Of America; The Southern Hemisphere; Top Of The Morning!; Shark Tank; Streakers; From “D” To “O”)
All three players got off to a good start, picking up 5 correct responses apiece; however, it was Andrew who had the lead after 15, courtesy of (surprise, surprise) a True Daily Double. After the break, Amy had the best time of things, rebounding from a Sam mistake and picking up that rebound (and six other correct responses) to take a slim lead into Double Jeopardy!
Statistics at the first break (15 clues):
Andrew 5 correct 0 incorrect
Sam 5 correct 1 incorrect
Amy 5 correct 1 incorrect
Sam has been a fan of Jeopardy! since the Art Fleming days.
Andrew rented a cabin in the woods with some of his winnings.
Amy got to meet Billie Jean King at the US Open.
Statistics after the Jeopardy round:
Amy 12 correct 1 incorrect
Sam 9 correct 2 incorrect
Andrew 7 correct 1 incorrect
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Double Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: Your U.S. History Test; Primed For Prime Numbers; Poetry; Foreign Words & Phrases; We’re In It; The Long Hall)
The Daily Doubles got found midway through the round—Andrew jumped into the lead by doubling up on the second one, but Sam missed his for $6,000 to fall back down. Meanwhile, Amy went on a charge (and Sam a minor one) to make sure that Game #1 wasn’t a runaway!
Statistics after Double Jeopardy:
Andrew 15 correct 1 incorrect
Amy 19 correct 1 incorrect
Sam 20 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 12 (0 today).
Scores going into Final:
Andrew and Sam were correct in Final—Andrew takes Game 1, but he needs two more wins. Game 2 is tomorrow!
Sam $12,000 + $0 = $12,000 (What is Sri Lanka?)
Amy $14,600 – $10,000 = $4,600 (What is Indonesia?)
Andrew $18,800 + $10,401 = $29,201 (What is Sri Lanka?) (1 win)
Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:
Daily Double locations:
1) THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE $800 (clue #13)
Andrew 1800 +1800 (Amy 400 Sam 3000)
2) POETRY $800 (clue #13)
Andrew 7800 +7800 (Amy 6600 Sam 12000)
3) FOREIGN WORDS & PHRASES $1600 (clue #16, $17200 left on board)
Sam 13200 -6000 (Amy 6600 Andrew 16800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 155
Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:
Amy 1 2 4 2 3
Andrew 5 5 4*
Sam 3 4 3 1 2
Amy 1 2
Andrew 3 4 3 4 2* 3 3
Sam 4 3 5 2 1 3 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: 12 (0.26 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Andrew $10,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Sam $18,000 Coryat, 20 correct, 3 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Amy $14,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,400
Lach Trash: $5,800 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,800
Amy Schneider, career statistics:
1398 correct, 89 incorrect
65/79 on rebound attempts (on 170 rebound opportunities)
51.48% in first on buzzer (1286/2498)
68/78 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $215,200)
29/44 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,968
Andrew He, career statistics:
222 correct, 27 incorrect
15/17 on rebound attempts (on 33 rebound opportunities)
39.96% in first on buzzer (205/513)
13/18 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $67,200)
4/9 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,844
Sam Buttrey, career statistics:
178 correct, 15 incorrect
11/12 on rebound attempts (on 27 rebound opportunities)
41.85% in first on buzzer (167/399)
5/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,600)
5/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,257
Remaining Players’ Tournament of Champions Chances (after 100,000 Simulations)
Andrew He: 60.561%
Amy Schneider: 27.948%
Sam Buttrey: 11.491%
Chances of 3 games: 13.657%
Chances of 4 games: 24.419%
Chances of 5 games: 29.929%
Chances of 6 games: 21.866%
Chances of 7 games: 10.129%
- The Daily Doubles remained king today—Andrew won because of those in spite of being third-best on the signaling device.
- Today’s box score: August 28, 2023 Box Score.
Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: Andrew $18,800 Amy $14,600 Sam $12,000)
Amy: Because of the difference in scores, you’re in Stratton’s Dilemma. If you cover Sam, you won’t stay ahead of Andrew if you’re both incorrect. Either go all-in to force Andrew to cover or bet between $1,001 and $2,599 (thereby staying ahead of Sam’s current total, while covering some of his low range.) (Actual bet: $10,000)
Andrew: Standard cover bet over Amy is $10,401.(Actual bet: $10,401)
Sam: Bet between $2,600 (so as to force Amy to make a bet) and $3,599 (so as to keep ahead of Andrew’s score if he covers Amy and is incorrect. (Actual bet: $0)
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