Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, September 1, 2023

Note: This page contains spoilers for the September 1, 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 18, 2022.

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category English Cities) for Friday, September 1, 2023 (Season 39, Game 50):

William the Conqueror’s son built a fortress on a key Northern river in 1080, giving this city its name

(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
Sam Buttrey on Jeopardy!
Andrew He, a software developer from San Francisco, California
Andrew He on Jeopardy!
Amy Schneider, a writer from Oakland, California
Amy Schneider on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Today is the day for Game 5 of the final of the 30th Tournament of Champions. For the second game in a row, the tournament could end today. However, there are now two players on the cusp of victory: Amy Schneider and Andrew He both have two wins apiece. Today is now a must-win game for Sam Buttrey; the tournament ends today if Sam is not the victor. (If Sam is the victor today, the tournament extends to Monday.)

One thing that has happened over the past couple of games is that Sam and Amy have done a much better job of keeping the Daily Doubles away from Andrew, and that has certainly increased their chances of winning individual games.

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Correct response: What is Newcastle? (Newcastle upon Tyne)

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In 1080, William the Conqueror sent Robert Curthose, his eldest son, to the area near the Tyne River to build fortifications against the Scots. A “new castle” was built, leading to the town being named Newcastle. For centuries, it served as the northern fortification of England. The British offshoot of Jersey Shore, Geordie Shore, has been set in the Newcastle area for its entire run.

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, September 1, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: U.S. Cities; Furniture; 5-Syllable Words; TV Dramas By Episode Titles; The “Anti” Category; The Neanderthals)

It was a slow start for all three of our players; Sam gave 3 incorrect responses in the first six clues and Amy missed the Daily Double. Things turned around, though, by the end of 30, with Amy holding a lead of triple Andrew’s score!

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Amy 4 correct 1 incorrect
Andrew 3 correct 0 incorrect
Sam 3 correct 3 incorrect

Today’s interviews:

Sam was visiting Venice in the middle of the big 2019 flood.
Andrew is looking forward to hitting up Koreatown with Margaret Shelton.
Amy is getting to show off her Ozma tattoo.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Amy 11 correct 1 incorrect
Andrew 7 correct 0 incorrect
Sam 7 correct 3 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Amy $6,600
Andrew $2,200
Sam $1,600

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Historic Castles; Band Ad; Paint Samples; American Women; 20th Century Fiction; Before, During & After)

Andrew got to both Daily Doubles on successive clues! Unfortunately, he went all-in on both of them, and missed the second, falling back down to $0. Meanwhile, Amy played well enough to hold a lead going into Final!

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Amy 22 correct 1 incorrect
Sam 14 correct 3 incorrect
Andrew 15 correct 2 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 12 (0 today).

Scores going into Final:

Amy $15,800
Sam $11,200
Andrew $6,800

Amy and Sam got this Final correct—but for the second day in a row, Amy didn’t make a cover bet. This one came back to bite her, as Sam doubled up, and this means Sam now has a win, and the tournament continues until Monday!

Tonight’s results:

Andrew $6,800 – $6,700 = $100 (What is Avon?)
Sam $11,200 + $11,200 = $22,400 (What is Newcastle Upon Tyne?) (1 win)
Amy $15,800 + $1,800 = $17,600 (What is Newcastle?)

Sam Buttrey, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 1, 2023 game.)

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

1) FURNITURE $600 (clue #4)
Amy 1000 -1000 (Andrew 200 Sam -1000)
2) 20th CENTURY FICTION $1600 (clue #9)
Andrew 5000 +5000 (Amy 8600 Sam 6000)
3) PAINT SAMPLES $1200 (clue #10, $22400 left on board)
Andrew 10000 -10000 (Amy 8600 Sam 6000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -100

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Amy 1 2 3*
Andrew 5

DJ! Round:
Amy 2 2 2
Andrew 5 4* 3*
Sam 3 4 5 4

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Sam 4.00
Amy 2.00
Andrew 4.25

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 12 (0.24 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Sam $11,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Amy $16,800 Coryat, 22 correct, 1 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Andrew $13,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $41,400
Lach Trash: $7,200 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,400

Player Statistics:

Amy Schneider, career statistics:

1485 correct, 98 incorrect
70/86 on rebound attempts (on 186 rebound opportunities)
50.15% in first on buzzer (1367/2726)
70/82 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $217,200)
31/48 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $25,167

Andrew He, career statistics:

280 correct, 40 incorrect
15/17 on rebound attempts (on 44 rebound opportunities)
35.76% in first on buzzer (265/741)
19/25 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $84,400)
4/13 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,754

Sam Buttrey, career statistics:

244 correct, 27 incorrect
12/14 on rebound attempts (on 38 rebound opportunities)
37.96% in first on buzzer (238/627)
6/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,600)
6/11 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,891

Remaining Players’ Tournament of Champions Chances (after 100,000 Simulations)

Amy 47.833%
Andrew 46.068%
Sam 6.099%

Chances of 6 games: 75.006%
Chances of 7 games: 24.994%

Note: The above career statistics are as of the original air date of today’s game, November 18, 2022.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • This format has certainly turned the wagering strategies on their head; Amy keeps betting not to lose to Andrew, and in doing so is losing to Sam.
  • That being said, Amy’s betting to ensure Andrew doesn’t win today basically gave her a chance to end the tournament today, but also gives her another chance to win Monday (or Tuesday) if it doesn’t work.
  • Moreover, this gambit may end up pushing Sam—or even Andrew—into a sub-optimal strategy later that could work against them if either Game 6 or Game 7 has an incredibly difficult Final Jeopardy.
  • Today’s box score: September 1, 2023 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Amy $15,800 Sam $11,200 Andrew $6,800)

Amy: Standard cover bet over Sam is $6,601—I suggest covering because Sam’s in Stratton’s Dilemma and he has occasion to go all in. (Actual bet: $1,800)

Andrew: Go all in, because the only way you can win is if you’re right and Amy isn’t. (Actual bet: $6,700)

Sam: You’re in Stratton’s Dilemma—you can’t both cover Andrew and win a Double Stumper with Amy. Because Andrew needs to go all in, you need to cover. Therefore, you should probably consider going all in yourself, even more so because Amy has shown a propensity not to cover. (Actual bet: $11,200)

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2 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, September 1, 2023"

  1. The penultimate comment about the reruns of the ToC is once again to do with strategy and small bets!

    On paper, Amy’s bet looks like a good idea. It keeps Andrew locked out and forces Sam to be correct, and wager more than just covering Andrew, to win. That being said, though, it’s not the bet I would have made for a few reasons.

    One reason is to do with Sam being caught in Stratton’s Dilemma. As you mentioned, because Sam has to choose whether to go big or small, he might as well just go all-in and hope for the best. And he did that.

    The second is down to more complicated reasoning, so bear with me. This was the sixth meeting between Andrew and Amy. In those six meetings, the Final Jeopardy splits have gone like this:

    Both get it – 0
    Neither get it – 2
    Amy gets it, but Andrew doesn’t – 3 (including this game)
    Andrew gets it, but Amy doesn’t – 1

    This ties into my comment yesterday about “any Final Jeopardy that Amy doesn’t know, the odds of Andrew knowing it are very low”. Knowing what I know about that, and Andrew’s general shoddy record in Final Jeopardy, I’d have chanced it and gone for the $6,601 bet.

    Amy also mentioned on Twitter that she knew there was an outcome where that bet cost her the tournament, and that almost happened. The last game was nearly neck-and-neck and Amy only managed to pull away in the last few clues of Double. What if her buzzer mojo had left her then? There would just be too much risk for me personally to consider the small bet.

    I also think comparisons between this and Andrew’s small bet in game 11 of Masters is unfair. In the Masters situation, Andrew pretty much had a semifinal slot locked up at that point; all he needed to do was get one point and not completely bomb game 14 to get a semifinal slot, and that he did. Here, though, there was a lot more risk involved, as Amy’s bet inadvertently allowed Andrew another backdoor into winning. Of course, this is all moot with how it actually turned out.

    I’m unsure as to what the producer’s picks will be for the last four days; I’m hoping there’s at least one game from Cris and Ray on the schedule!

    • According to the data from TV listings, the remaining four games will be Episodes 1, 2, 8, and 15. Those are Luigi de Guzman’s second and third games, Emmett Stanton’s fourth game (where he lost to Martha Bath), and Cris Pannullo’s debut (where he defeated David Sibley).

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