Jeopardy! Season 40’s 44th game, aired on November 9, 2023, featured contestants Jen Jazwinski, Charlie Fonville, and Matt Takimoto competing in a riveting showdown. In a departure from the norm, Jeopardy invited previous contestants due to changes related to the WGA strike.
Jen Jazwinski emerged victorious on November 9, 2023, outshining Charlie and Matt. The first round’s categories included Classical Music, Famous Former Teachers, A Little Legalese, Potpourri, Operation, and Altered States. Jen answered nine questions correctly with one incorrect response, Matt also provided nine correct answers but had one incorrect response, while Charlie secured eight correct answers with zero mistakes.
After the first round, the scores were Jen at $7,000, Matt at $4,600, and Charlie at $3,800. The Double Jeopardy! round included categories like Math Symbols, Oscar-Winning Screenplays, Changing White House Towel Monograms, Eat, Pray, and Love. Jen’s score soared to $15,400, matching Matt’s total, while Charlie accumulated $8,100. Jen gave 18 correct answers and two wrong responses, Matt provided 20 correct answers with three incorrect responses, and Charlie secured 14 correct answers with one wrong response.
The final question on November 9, 2023, belonged to the category American Authors, with the clue focusing on a Nobel Prize winner from 1950. The correct response was “Who is William Faulkner?” Both Charlie and Jen answered correctly, earning $8,100 and $15,400, respectively. Unfortunately, Matt responded with Sinclair Lewis, losing his $15,400.
The final results showed Jen Jazwinski with $30,800, Charlie Fonville with $16,200, and Matt Takimoto with $0. This episode marked the 44th game of Jeopardy! Season 40, featuring recycled clues from previous seasons and hosted by Ken Jennings, continuing its legacy as one of the longest-running and award-winning game shows with over 8,000 episodes aired.