Quick Recap & Final Jeopardy – January 18, 2016


Claudia Corriere’s back today to resume her run. Forget why she had to take a break?

Also, voting is open for the TJ!F Andy Awards, honoring the best of 2015!

Today’s contestants:

Randi Kristensen, a professor from Washington, DC
Claudia Corriere, a church musician and homemaker from Kennesaw, GA (2-day total: $29,000)
Mike Drummond, an applications scientist from Columbus, OH (1-day total: $20,801)

Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Mike $13,800
Claudia $13,800
Randi $6,000

Final Jeopardy! category: STATE CAPITALS

Final Jeopardy! clue: A 1957 event led to the creation of a national historic site in this city, signed into law by a president whose library is now there too

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What is Little Rock, Arkansas?



Randi 6000 – 6000 = 0 (Springf)
Claudia 13800 – 13800 = 0 (Austin)
Mike 13800 – 13800 = 0 (Atlanta)

Not sure why Randi selected the bet that she did. I once said a similar bet a few years ago was “the worst bet in Jeopardy! history” and I think that quote made it into a book. Not my best moment. But this was a similar choice, for sure. No qualms with Mike or Claudia, though. They had to do what they had to do.

This is the sixth time in Jeopardy! history that a game ended without a winner. Here are the previous five.

(The event was school desegregation. The law creating the historic site was signed by Bill Clinton, whose presidential library is located there.)

Well, if you think you can do better, you can register for the online test in a couple of weeks! We’ll have three new challengers tomorrow.

(contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com)

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6 Comments on "Quick Recap & Final Jeopardy – January 18, 2016"

  1. Why did Claudia and Mike get 2000. winning but Randi only got 1000.

    • Andy Saunders | January 18, 2016 at 7:12 pm |

      Randi was behind the other two going into Final Jeopardy. Claudia and Mike were tied.

      • Mark Sankey | January 23, 2016 at 2:05 pm |

        Why should it matter what the scores were going into Final Jeopardy? They should each gave gotten the same dollar amount in payout.

        • Andy Saunders | January 23, 2016 at 2:14 pm |

          Well, I presume it has everything to do with the fact that Aleve gives the show exactly $3,000 an episode to give out as consolation prizes – one $2,000 prize and one $1,000 prize. Having to give out two $2,000 consolation prizes would not work within this sponsorship agreement; thus, the show needs some way of breaking the tie.

          • Mark Sankey | January 25, 2016 at 8:17 pm |

            Yours is the best answer I have heard yet — Thanks Andy. However, following your logic, I still have two questions.

            Why did Jeopardy pay out $5000 in consolation prizes in that game if Aleve gives them only $3000?

            Why did they not pay out $1000 to each contestant?

  2. I thought the clue was very vague and that there was no explanation of what the event was.

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