Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, July 24, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category African Geography) for Monday, July 24, 2023 (Season 39, Game 226):

The only country in Africa with Spanish as an official language, it lies mostly between 1 & 2 degrees north latitude

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Ian Foutz, a teacher from Camarillo, California Simona Fine, a graduate student from Great Neck, New York Taylor Clagett, a marketing director originally from Chesapeake Beach, Maryland (1-day total: $10,800)

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Being the only player to get Friday’s Final Jeopardy clue correct means that Maryland’s Taylor Clagett enters the last week of Season 39 as the defending champion. Today’s challengers are Simona Fine and Ian Foutz.

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Correct response: What is Equatorial Guinea?

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Equatorial Guinea, which consists of a continental area (Río Muni) as well as the islands of Bioko and Annobón, are the remnants of Spanish equatorial claims in Africa. France was able to take a significant amount of the Spanish claim in 1900’s Treaty of Paris; much of that land became French Equatorial Africa. In any case, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea is a comparatively small (especially compared with many of its neighbors) country and the only country (recognized by the United States) on the continent with an official language of Spanish.

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, July 24, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: States’ Highest Points; Space Men & Women; Welcome To Our Fruit Stand; Alphabetically First; Uniform Numbers; The “End” Zone)

The opening round was very evenly matched over the first 15 clues; however, Taylor found the Daily Double on clue #16 and began to pull away. 9 correct responses after the first break meant Taylor had a good-sized lead after 30 clues.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Taylor 5 correct 2 incorrect Simona 3 correct 0 incorrect Ian 5 correct 2 incorrect

Today’s interviews:

Ian had bowling shoes “explode” on him. Simona studies materials science engineering. Taylor is planning on contributing to a foundation in honor of his niece who died of brain cancer last August.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Taylor 14 correct 2 incorrect Simona 5 correct 0 incorrect Ian 7 correct 3 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Taylor $7,300 Simona $3,200 Ian $2,400

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Musical Works; My Would-Be VP; Starts With 3 Consonants; International Books; Hostel; Makeovers)

Taylor found both Daily Doubles in this round, and, not liking his chances, bet just $100 on them both! This meant that despite those two misses, neither challenger could take advantage of them, and he had a runaway going into Final!

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Taylor 25 correct 6 incorrect Ian 12 correct 4 incorrect Simona 8 correct 2 incorrect Total number of unplayed clues this season: 43 (0 today).

Scores going into Final:

Taylor $17,500 Ian $6,800 Simona $4,000

Taylor was the only player correct in Final; he’s now a 2-day champion!

Tonight’s results:

Simona $4,000 – $2,500 = $1,500 (What is M Senegal?) Ian $6,800 – $1,300 = $5,500 (What is Sierra Leone?) Taylor $17,500 + $3,500 = $21,000 (What is Knubb high Equatorial Guinea) (2-day total: $31,800)

Taylor Clagett, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 25, 2023 game.)

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

1) ALPHABETICALLY FIRST $800 (clue #16) Taylor 2600 +2300 (Simona 2400 Ian 2200) 2) MUSICAL WORKS $1600 (clue #7) Taylor 15700 -100 (Simona 3200 Ian 2400) 3) MY WOULD-BE VP $1600 (clue #18, $8800 left on board) Taylor 16800 -100 (Simona 1200 Ian 6400) Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 87

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round: Taylor 5 5 4 3 5 5 4* Simona 3 4 5 Ian 3 4 5 4 4 3

DJ! Round: Taylor 4 5 5 4 3 4* 3 5 5 5 3 3 5† 4* Simona Ian 3 4 2 1

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Taylor 4.24 Ian 3.30 Simona 4.00

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None! DJ! Round: None! Total Left On Board: $0 Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 43 (0.19 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Taylor $16,200 Coryat, 25 correct, 6 incorrect, 49.12% in first on buzzer (28/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities) Ian $6,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 4 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities) Simona $4,000 Coryat, 8 correct, 2 incorrect, 10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57), 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities) Combined Coryat Score: $27,000 Lach Trash: $14,600 (on 14 Triple Stumpers) Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,400

Player Statistics:

Taylor Clagett, career statistics:

41 correct, 12 incorrect 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities) 40.35% in first on buzzer (46/114) 1/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $900) 2/2 in Final Jeopardy Average Coryat: $11,400

Simona Fine, career statistics:

8 correct, 3 incorrect 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities) 10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57) 0/0 on Daily Doubles 0/1 in Final Jeopardy Average Coryat: $4,000

Ian Foutz, career statistics:

12 correct, 5 incorrect 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities) 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57) 0/0 on Daily Doubles 0/1 in Final Jeopardy Average Coryat: $6,800

Taylor Clagett, to win:

3 games: 37.460% 4: 14.033% 5: 5.257% 6: 1.969% 7: 0.738% Avg. streak: 2.599 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Despite his slight misstep on selection #17, Taylor’s performance in Double Jeopardy! should be emulated by most players. Losing $100 is better than your opponents gaining $4,000 or $6,000.
  • Today’s box score will be linked to when posted by the show.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Taylor $17,500 Ian $6,800 Simona $4,000)

Taylor: Limit your bet to $3,899 to keep Ian locked out. (Actual bet: $3,500)

Simona: Bet at least $1,601 to have the best chance of second place. (Actual bet: $2,500)

Ian: Standard cover bet over Simona is $1,201. (Actual bet: $1,300)

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