Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, September 18, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Authors) for Monday, September 18, 2023 (Season 40, Game 6):

He dedicated books to each of his 4 wives, including Hadley Richardson & Martha Gellhorn

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Matt Walks, a digital journalist originally from Billings, Montana
Matt Walks on Jeopardy!
Deanna Bolio, a community outreach supervisor from Campbell, California
Deanna Bolio on Jeopardy!
Elliott Goodman, a history & Latin teacher from Culver City, California
Elliott Goodman on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Last week, Hari Parameswaran advanced to the Champions Wildcard competition beginning October 2. This week, nine more contestants return to the Alex Trebek Stage for a second chance to become a Jeopardy! champion. Elliott Goodman, Deanna Bolio, and Matt Walks are your first three.

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Correct response: What is Ernest Hemingway?

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Each of Ernest Hemingway’s four wives received a book dedication: The Sun Also Rises was dedicated to Hadley Richardson, Death in the Afternoon was dedicated to Pauline Pfeiffer, For Whom the Bell Tolls to Martha Gellhorn, and Across the River and Into the Trees to Mary Welsh. There are some reports that Hemingway’s good friend F. Scott Fitzgerald once joked that Hemingway wanted a wife for each book he wrote.

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, September 18, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: American History; Book Titles In Other Words; Restaurant Hijinks; It Belongs In This Museum; Talk Like A Pirate; Enemies–Not A Love Story)

Thanks to the judges overturning a ruling of Ken’s, things went from a close game to a not-so-close game after 15 clues. However, things became close again after 30, thanks to Matt getting the Daily Double incorrect.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Matt 5 correct 1 incorrect
Elliott 5 correct 2 incorrect
Deanna 2 correct 1 incorrect

Today’s interviews:

Matt has started dating someone who watched him on the show.
Deanna was disappointed to lose, but was happy Alex said she’d played “a helluva game”.
Elliott bet $928 for “good luck”.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Elliott 8 correct 3 incorrect
Matt 10 correct 2 incorrect
Deanna 7 correct 1 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Elliott $3,200
Matt $2,400
Deanna $2,400

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Latin America; 21st Century News; Science; Activists; 1990s Hitmakers; Word”le”)

The good news for Matt—he found both Daily Doubles. The bad news for Matt—he was definitely twice bitten, third-time shy. In a situation that probably called for a True Daily Double, Matt did not do so with 8 clues left on the board, and the money left on the table was enough to give Deanna a runaway going into Final!

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Deanna 19 correct 1 incorrect
Elliott 16 correct 4 incorrect
Matt 19 correct 5 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 0 (0 today).

Scores going into Final:

Deanna $19,600
Elliott $8,800
Matt $8,000

Deanna having a runaway was even more crucial, as Matt was the only player correct in Final! However, Deanna’s runaway means that she gets to come back on Thursday and Friday!

Tonight’s results:

Matt $8,000 + $7,999 = $15,999 (Who is Hemingway?)
Elliott $8,800 – $8,800 = $0 (Who C.S. Tolkien)
Deanna $19,600 – $926 = $18,674 (Who is Mark Twain?) (Finalist)

Deanna Bolio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 18, 2023 game.)

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

1) IT BELONGS IN THIS MUSEUM $600 (clue #18)
Matt 4400 -3000 (Elliott 2600 Deanna 400)
2) WORD”LE” $2000 (clue #11)
Matt 7600 -3000 (Elliott 4000 Deanna 8800)
3) ACTIVISTS $1200 (clue #22, $6400 left on board)
Matt 5000 +3000 (Elliott 5200 Deanna 17200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -48

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Elliott 4 4 4 3 5 5
Deanna 2 5 2
Matt 4 4 4 5 5 5 3 3 3*

DJ! Round:
Elliott 3 5 5
Deanna 2 4 2 3 4 2 3† 3 4 1 1
Matt 5 1 5 5* 4 5 4† 3*

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Deanna 2.71
Matt 4.00
Elliott 4.22

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:

Deanna $19,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Matt $12,200 Coryat, 19 correct, 5 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Elliott $8,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,600
Lach Trash: $3,000 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,400

Player Statistics:

Elliott Goodman, career statistics:

38 correct, 5 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (38/114)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,800

Deanna Bolio, career statistics:

44 correct, 5 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 12 rebound opportunities)
35.96% in first on buzzer (41/114)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,700

Matt Walks, career statistics:

38 correct, 9 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
33.93% in first on buzzer (38/112)
2/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,000

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Deanna $19,600 Elliott $8,800 Matt $8,000)

Elliott: Bet $7,201 to cover Matt.(Actual bet: $8,800)

Deanna: Limit your bet to $1,999. (Actual bet: $926)

Matt: Limit your bet to $6,399 in the battle for second.(Actual bet: $7,999)

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, September 18, 2023"

  1. I guessed correctly because he was the first author that came to mind who had been married several times.

  2. Due to Monday Night Football, some episodes may be preempted in some markets.

  3. I guessed Norman Mailer, knowing he married multiple times. But then Wikipedia informed me he had had 6, not 4, wives.

  4. The clue in native American content received a wrong answer chief Joseph was a nesperce not an ogallala sioux

    • Lynn:

      You would probably be best served in the future to wait until the end of a show before jumping onto the Internet to complain—or, at least, never skipping the interviews.

      That specific ruling was reversed by the judges at the start of that contestant’s interview.

      • Since Ken said that he “inadvertedly accepted Cheif Joseph” as being correct I presume that either he jumped the gun, in accepting that, not checking his card, or, that someone at the Judges Table sent a green light to Ken, for some reason. Which was reversed by the time taping resumed, with the Jeopardy round break for contestant interviews.

  5. As someone suggested in the comments last season, let players play FJ regardless of their total. Don’t let there be any incentive not to the make the strategically optimal bet on a late DD.

    I think there were three, rather than four, triple stumpers, as the Crazy Horse clue shouldn’t count. For whatever it’s worth, the box score agrees with that interpretation.

    • This site follows the J! Archive interpretation of the stat, where a clue is recorded as a Triple Stumper if it is not a Daily Double and no player is credited with a correct response. J! Archive’s is for technical reasons with its database. I chose to follow that here, as J! Archive was the only other tracking when I started.

      This isn’t the first time the show has elected to deviate from the fan terminology in a confusing fashion.

      • I have to agree with the show’s decision to go with the plain meaning of the phrase.

        Fantastic game by the contestants whichever way you count it, though.

        • I am not changing my definition on this one, for reasons of consistency of historical comparisons. (Basically, for the first 8,500 or so episodes, J! Archive is the only resource that contains a Triple Stumper count. Therefore, in order to better compare to those first 8,500 games, I’m going to keep using the J! Archive count.)

          With all due respect toward the show, this is not the first time the show has rumbled in and caused confusion amongst the fandom by redefining a longstanding fan definition—and I’m not particularly happy that the show keeps doing this.

  6. I was a little surprised they didn’t ask for clarification on “Smithsonian”, rather than just ruling it incorrect, since the National Gallery of Art is part of the Smithsonian, but c’est la vie.

    • I also was under the impression that the National Gallery of Art is a part of the Smithsonian. But a check on Google showed a quote from an Wikipedia article that said, while the National Gallery of Art does recieve some government support, IT IS NOT a part of the Smithsonian.

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