Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, September 11, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category British Monarchs) for Monday, September 11, 2023 (Season 40, Game 1):

The most recent British monarch not to succeed a parent or a sibling was this ruler who succeeded an uncle

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Derek Allen, accountant originally from Cassopolis, Michigan
Derek's past appearance: June 7, 2021
Derek Allen on Jeopardy!
Gabriel Ostler, script writer from Orinda, California
Gabriel's past appearance: November 27, 2020
Gabriel Ostler on Jeopardy!
Jill Tucker, operations manager from Mulino, Oregon
Jill's past appearance: January 28, 2021
Jill Tucker on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

The good news is that first-run episodes of Jeopardy! resume today after six weeks of encore presentations. The bad news—though this is only bad news if you watch Jeopardy! on an ABC station that normally airs the show at 7:30 or later—is that you’re going to need to check your local listings to find out when the show is airing, due to the NFL (as always) moving onto network television for the Monday of Week 1. I’d be more upset about this, but the National Football League behemoth is pretty much why the vast majority of local television stations giving us linear television can still exist at this point, giving us mostly undisturbed Jeopardy! throughout the year.

Matt Carberry over on Twitter/X has a thread detailing where things are moving: preempted entirely in Miami, Chattanooga, Bangor, and Binghamton, moving to 7:00 in Columbia (SC) and to the FOX affiliate in Albany, to late night in most other ET spots (including Washington), and to mid-evening in most of the West Coast.

If you’ve not been paying attention to show news over the last six weeks, my weekly column for Geeks Who Drink’s Questionist was published yesterday; it details what has happened in Jeopardy! since Lucas Partridge won his third game on July 28.

And if you’re wondering where Lucas is—chances are you won’t see him for a while. Due to the WGA strike, regular play and the originally scheduled postseason play have been postponed until the strike’s resolution. In its stead, and in order to keep production running, the show elected to play a Second Chance competition, followed by a new “Champions Wildcard” competition. These shows will feature Season 37 players for Second Chance and Season 37 & 38 champions for Champions Wildcard.

Editorially, I believed these contestants were “Called” unexpectedly to make it less likely that these players would stumble upon potentially reused clues that the show said would be used during the WGA strike. Interestingly, when it comes to today’s game, I have seen category titles that were used in the mid-2010s, but we have to wait until the episode airs to see what material has been seen on the show before.

Moving on to today’s actual game, our returning contestants are Jill Tucker, Gabriel Ostler, and Derek Allen. (You can click through to their original games above.) One interesting point was already brought up on Reddit when the mini-site was unveiled on the official Jeopardy! website: Gabriel was introduced as a script writer—which will undoubtedly see comments tonight on the Internet, considering the WGA is still on strike. For what it’s worth, I believe that Gabriel writes news scripts for an NBC affiliate in his area and does not write screenplays/television episodes.

One more change is to the consolation prizes: they have been increased to $3,000 for second and $2,000 for third (from the previous $2,000 and $1,000).

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Correct response: Who was Queen Victoria?

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Due to William IV not having any surviving legitimate children at the time of his 1837 death, his niece, Victoria, ascended to the throne of the United Kingdom.

Interestingly, a similar Final Jeopardy! aired during the semifinals of the 2006 Tournament of Champions: “The last British monarch who was not the child of a monarch”.

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, September 11, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Science Class; Welcome To Miami; A Latin Bestiary; Sounds Like Food; World Of Barbie; Kin)

Jill’s getting a True Daily Double incorrect meant that Derek held a big lead after 15 clues. While both Jill and Gabriel clawed back a bit, Derek still led after 30.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Derek 6 correct 0 incorrect
Gabriel 3 correct 1 incorrect
Jill 3 correct 1 incorrect

Today’s interviews:

Derek is still haunted by his first Final Jeopardy.
Gabriel took a year away from the show after being on.
Jill dismissed her Call because she thought it was a robocall.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Derek 10 correct 0 incorrect
Jill 8 correct 3 incorrect
Gabriel 5 correct 1 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Derek $6,200
Jill $3,400
Gabriel $2,200

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Honorary Harlem Globetrotters; Historical Films; Greek Geography; Renaissance Literature; Mississippi Learning; Starts With “G”)

Gabriel got to the first Daily Double in the round, but got it incorrect. It was Jill who got to play DD3, and her $4,000 put her close to a runaway, but not quite there. Derek played well enough over the final 10 clues to make sure Final Jeopardy meant something.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Jill 16 correct 3 incorrect
Derek 16 correct 2 incorrect
Gabriel 13 correct 4 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 0 (0 today).

Scores going into Final:

Jill $16,200
Derek $8,600
Gabriel $4,800

Derek and Jill got Final; Jill returns as one of this week’s finalists on Thursday and Friday, her strategically horrible and overly aggressive Final Jeopardy bet notwithstanding!

Tonight’s results:

Gabriel $4,800 – $4,800 = $0 (Who is Victoria II?)
Derek $8,600 + $7,601 = $16,201 (Who is Queen Victoria?)
Jill $16,200 + $16,200 = $32,400 (Who is Queen Victoria?) (Finalist)

Jill Tucker, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 11, 2023 game.)

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

1) SCIENCE CLASS $600 (clue #9)
Jill 1600 -1600 (Gabriel 0 Derek 1800)
2) GREEK GEOGRAPHY $1600 (clue #16)
Gabriel 4600 -2600 (Jill 10600 Derek 7000)
3) HISTORICAL FILMS $800 (clue #20, $5600 left on board)
Jill 11400 +4000 (Gabriel 3200 Derek 7000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -121

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Jill 2 3 3 3*
Gabriel 4 3
Derek 3 4 5

DJ! Round:
Jill 3 4 5 3 3 2*
Gabriel 5 5 4 3 4 4 5 4* 5† 3 2
Derek 4 3 5

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Jill 3.10
Derek 4.00
Gabriel 3.92

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 0 (0.00 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Jill $14,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Derek $8,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Gabriel $7,400 Coryat, 13 correct, 4 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $30,600
Lach Trash: $12,600 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,800

Player Statistics:

Jill Tucker, career statistics:

31 correct, 5 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
25.44% in first on buzzer (29/114)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,400)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,000

Gabriel Ostler, career statistics:

39 correct, 12 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
39.47% in first on buzzer (45/114)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,100)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,400

Derek Allen, career statistics:

30 correct, 5 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (32/114)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,600)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,400

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Jill doesn’t win that extra money—there was absolutely no upside whatsoever to the bet that she made in Final Jeopardy. If you are a prospective contestant watching this at home, do not do what she did today.
  • I was disappointed not to see any cosmetic changes to the show; I was hoping that we might see something like categories on the clue screen, or a return to seeing clue text with video clues.
  • Today’s box score: September 11, 2023 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Jill $16,200 Derek $8,600 Gabriel $4,800)

Jill: Standard cover bet over Derek is $1,001. (Actual bet: $16,200)

Gabriel: You can’t win unless Jill does something incredibly silly. Limit your bet to $2,799 and hope to take home the extra $1,000. (Actual bet: $4,800)

Derek: You have to bet at least $6,600 to pass Jill’s cover bet. (Actual bet: $7,601)

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14 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, September 11, 2023"

  1. Wondering how many times Victoria has been the answer to Final Jeopardy. Glad to see new episodes. Thanks again, Andy, for this site.

  2. I pulled that one out of my royal behind.

  3. I am happy to see Season 40 starting. Too bad that since I am on the west coast, I will need to stay up late to watch the season premier due to MNF.

  4. I’m 0% on Final Jeopardy clues so far this season, but 100% on predictions… this is looking a lot like the HSRT for me!

  5. Concerning the fact that Jill dismissed her Call because she thought it was a robocall, what does the show do in such cases? I would guess that Jeopardy! just keeps calling back because scammers change their fake phone number from one try to the next (and I’d think people would know that) and obviously they reached her some way. But I suppose (since they reached her at some point) they could even go so far as calling her local affiliate (that airs Jeopardy!) to see if they would like to send a reporter out to surprise her with the invitation.

  6. Michael Johnston | September 11, 2023 at 6:01 pm | Reply

    This was made a bit easier (for me) by the recent replay of the FJ involving Prince Albert.
    Thanks for keeping up Andy! In Miami, the show is preempted for MNF Countdown :p I wouldn’t have been watching anyway, but I feel for the people who will be missing it.

  7. I actually got queen Victoria because i have seen this answer before in past games. This is a great start to season 40 of jeopardy

  8. Lack of clue text on video clues (along with audio clues) are a problem for those of us fans and potential contestants who are hard-of-hearing, as well.

  9. Interestingly, a similar Final Jeopardy! aired during the semifinals of the 2006 Tournament of Champions: “The last British monarch who was not the child of a monarch”.

    I saw this Final and immediately thought, “Wasn’t this in one of Maria Wenglinsky’s games?” That allowed me to get it instantly, as I had no clue in 2006.

    It also gives credence to the conclusions drawn in Monica Thieu’s recent paper.

    • I had actually thought perhaps Jill HAD studied enough past archives [rather than the study apps(?) which omit games with un-played clues] that she was CERTAIN from the category that she would know the “answer” and bet it all in FJ to MAKE SURE she didn’t have a math (or transcription) error and maybe to also not give a sign to other winners of how she would generally wager.

  10. It’s so nice to have a new season of Jeopardy! off and running today, even though it is September 11th. Funny that I don’t remember any of the 3 former contestants today, though. I guess that could be a good thing. I may have missed the episodes when they were on t.v., previously.

  11. A 1-0 start to the season for me. I knew Elizabeth II had succeeded her father, and quite frankly, I couldn’t remember well enough who was between Victoria and Elizabeth II to get the numbers right if I had guessed one of them, so I went with Victoria.

  12. I’m confused by what you saying about Jill and her final wager.

    I wish Ken would have explained to the use of old clues.

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