Today's Final Jeopardy - Friday, February 17, 2023 – The Jeopardy! Fan (2023)

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category National Parks) for Friday, February 17, 2023 (Season 39, Game 115):

It’s named for a river indigenous people called Mi tse a-da-zi, translated by French-speaking trappers as “Pierre Jaune”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Will Travis, an accountant from Irving, Texas
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Laura Donegan, a physician from Towson, Maryland
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Stephen Webb, a data scientist from Longmont, Colorado (2-day total: $60,701)
Today's Final Jeopardy - Friday, February 17, 2023 – The Jeopardy! Fan (3)

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Colorado data scientist Stephen Webb has played very well over his first two days, winning over $60,000! Will he win his third game? Will Travis and Laura Donegan are your challengers today; Laura is the third member of the Donegan clan in a little over 12 months to be on the show; her twin daughters were on the show in 2022; Kristin as part of the Jeopardy! National College Championship last February, and Ciara in regular play last March. Both daughters won once.

This is also the last episode until March hosted by Ken Jennings; following today, the next 14 episodes (all part of the upcoming High School Reunion Tournament) will be hosted by Mayim Bialik. Now’s a good time to remind everyone: regardless of your feelings about whoever is hosting, the constant and incessant whining by a loud but vocal minority of Jeopardy! fans every time Mayim is mentioned makes the entire fanbase look terrible. A good number of you need to stop.

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Correct response: What is Yellowstone?

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Yellowstone National Park was the U.S.’s first National Park, created in 1872 by President Ulysses. S. Grant. Known for its geothermal features, including the Old Faithful geyser, it was named after the Yellowstone River in the area; the Minnetaree natives of the area called the river “Mi tse a-da-zi”; literally translated to “Rock Yellow River” English. Canadian explorer David Thompson translated the French “Pierre Jaune” to “Yellow Stone”, which was the term that entered into the most common use.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: In The Nation’s Constitution; Around America; Cook, The Books; Stay Cool; The Champion’s League; Word & Wordplus)

Though a few incorrect responses all around kept the scores down, Stephen had the best time of it, getting 11 correct and holding the lead after 30 clues!

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Stephen 5 correct 1 incorrect
Will 4 correct 2 incorrect
Laura 3 correct 2 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Stephen 11 correct 3 incorrect
Will 8 correct 2 incorrect
Laura 6 correct 2 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Memoirs Of Government & Politics; Myth Congeniality; Science; Actors Playing Playwrights; Time To Go Big; Sometimes A “Little” Is Enough)

The Daily Doubles were the story of this round; Stephen doubled up with a bet of $6,400 on his, whereas Will lost $6,000 on his. This meant that despite Will getting more correct responses in the round than Stephen, Stephen had a commanding runaway going into Final! Scores going into the 61st clue were Stephen at $23,200, Will at $7,400, and Laura at $4,800.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Stephen 21 correct 3 incorrect
Will 20 correct 5 incorrect
Laura 11 correct 4 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 16 (0 today).

It was crucial that Stephen had a runaway—Will was the only player correct in Final. Stephen’s runaway makes him a 3-day champion; he’ll be back to defend on March 10!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, February 17, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Stephen $23,200
Will $7,400
Laura $4,800

Tonight’s results:

Laura $4,800 – $4,799 = $1 (What is ?)
Will $7,400 + $2,201 = $9,601 (What is Yellowstone)
Stephen $23,200 – $3,270 = $19,930 (What is ???) (3-day total: $80,631)

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Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Stephen $4,000
Will $3,000
Laura $2,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) AROUND AMERICA $1000 (clue #15)
Will 0 +1000 (Stephen 1400 Laura 600)
2) SCIENCE $1200 (clue #4)
Stephen 6400 +6400 (Laura 400 Will 4600)
3) MYTH CONGENIALITY $1200 (clue #12, $20400 left on board)
Will 10200 -6000 (Stephen 12800 Laura 1600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 141

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Stephen 1 3 5 4 2 4 3 4
Laura 1 3 5 2
Will 3 1 5*

DJ! Round:
Stephen 5 3* 2†
Laura 4 3
Will 1 1† 4 5 4 4 3*

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Stephen 3.27
Will 3.10
Laura 3.00

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 16 (0.14 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Stephen $18,000 Coryat, 21 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Will $13,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 5 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Laura $4,800 Coryat, 11 correct, 4 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,200
Lach Trash: $7,000 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,800

Stephen Webb, career statistics:

67 correct, 7 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 16 rebound opportunities)
36.84% in first on buzzer (63/171)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $17,200)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,067

Laura Donegan, career statistics:

11 correct, 5 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,800

Will Travis, career statistics:

21 correct, 5 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$5,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,400

Stephen Webb, to win:

4 games: 75.772%
5: 57.414%
6: 43.504%
7: 32.964%
8: 24.977%
Avg. streak: 6.127 games.

Today’s interviews:

Will is not Texas’ most famous Will Travis.
Laura met her husband while bungee jumping.
Stephen stumbled upon a school dance party in the middle of Nicaragua.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • You can’t really blame Will’s bet sizing on DD3 for his loss today; even missing with a bet of $2,000 would have left Steven in a runaway position.
  • Today’s box score will be linked to when posted by the show.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Stephen $23,200 Will $7,400 Laura $4,800)

Stephen: Limit your bet to $8,399. (Actual bet: $3,270)

Laura: Bet at least $401 and get second place if you get Final and Will doesn’t. (Actual bet: $4,799)

Will: Standard cover bet over Laura is $2,201. (Actual bet: $2,201)

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