Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy! – January 10, 2017

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Tuesday, January 10, 2017:

Final Jeopardy! category: BEATLES SONGS

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: Of the Beatles songs on which Ringo Starr sang lead, this one charted the highest, reaching No. 2

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Libby Hunt, a retired consultant from Dallas, Texas
Colby Taylor, an assistant professor of psychology from Olive Branch, Mississippi
Blair Moorhead, a social worker from Arlington, Virginia (1-day total: $17,402)


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What is “Yellow Submarine”?


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While Ringo sang lead on 11 different Beatles songs, the three which are most famous (in my opinion, at least) are “Yellow Submarine”, “Octopus’ Garden”, and “With A Little Help From My Friends”. Of those, “Yellow Submarine” was certainly the most successful on the charts for the Beatles on both sides of the Atlantic, with Yellow Submarine reaching #1 in the UK and #2 in the United States (on the Billboard Hot 100.). Up here in Canada, the song did reach #1 for one week on Canada’s RPM charts in September 1966.

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11 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy! – January 10, 2017"

  1. Laurie MacDougall | January 10, 2017 at 12:24 pm |

    And ironically I didn’t get this one – I thought “With a Little Help from My Friends.” Going to message Sally and Ben about today’s FJ!!

    • Andy Saunders | January 10, 2017 at 12:30 pm |

      I said “Octopus’ Garden”. Whoops.

      • Enos Williams | January 11, 2017 at 12:34 am |

        I misread the clue as “the two Beatles songs on which…” and figured it was either “Yellow Submarine” or “Octopus’s Garden.” Went with the more well-known one of those two and got it right. Totally forgot about “With a Little Help…”

  2. Andy Saunders | January 10, 2017 at 12:35 pm |

    Scores going into Final:
    Colby $19,800
    Blair $10,600
    Libby $7,400

    Final results:
    Libby $7,400 – $7,398 = $2 (What is Get Back?)
    Blair $10,600 + $4,201 = $14,801
    Colby $19,800 – $1,401 = $18,399 (What is Hey Jude?) (1-day total: $18,399)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Colby $11,600
    Libby $3,600
    Blair $2,600

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) THE CIVIL WAR $1000 (16th pick)
    Colby 5200 +3000 (Blair 1200 Libby 800)

    2) 11-LETTER WORDS $1600 (21st pick)
    Colby 20000 -3000 (Blair 8600 Libby 4000)
    3) WOMEN POETS $1600 (23rd pick)
    Libby 6000 -3000 (Colby 17000 Blair 8600)

    Unplayed clues:
    $ Left On Board: $0

    Game Stats:
    Colby $20,800 Coryat, 25 correct, 2 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer
    Blair $10,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer
    Libby $10,400 Coryat, 13 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $5,600

    Blair Moorhead, final stats:
    31 correct
    2 incorrect
    0/0 on Daily Doubles
    2/2 in Final Jeopardy
    25.00% in first on buzzer (28/112)
    Average Coryat: $10,600

    Colby Taylor, stats to date:
    25 correct
    3 incorrect
    1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
    0/1 in Final Jeopardy
    42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57)
    Average Coryat: $20,800

    Colby Taylor, to win:
    2 games: 70.54%
    3: 49.76%
    4: 35.11%
    5: 24.77%
    6: 17.47%
    Avg. streak: 3.395 games.
    Avg. total winnings (including possible ToC): $76,272.


    • The last time a leader got Final Jeopardy! correct was December 26. Today’s miss from Colby puts the streak at 11 straight games. This is the longest streak in my data set dating back to October 2004. The previous long was 8 straight games from September 22-October 3, 2005.
    • Given Blair’s average Coryat score of $10,600 through 2 games, she would have been 31.92% to win Game #3 per our prediction model. The future winnings of a contestant from that point (including ToC possibilities) are an average of $12,075.
    • The most recent game with less Lach Trash than today’s ($5,600, equal with 7/22/16, 11/1/16,and 1/5/17) was July 1, 2016 ($5,200).
    • At $20,800, Colby has the highest winning Coryat score for a challenger since Margaret Miles, 4/14/16 ($27,200).
    • Thanks to Jay Johnson for providing me with a full chart of this game.
  3. Frank Smith | January 10, 2017 at 5:55 pm |

    Hey Jude was #1 here in the US for 9 weeks. Yellow Submarine I’m surprised didn’t get to number 1, because of the movie. Get Back was also #1, but Ringo didn’t sing lead.

    • Andy Saunders | January 10, 2017 at 5:59 pm |

      I’m not sure either why it failed to top the American chart. I guess the Americans just liked Donovan, the Lovin’ Spoonful, and the Supremes better? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  4. Lorenzo O'Neil | January 10, 2017 at 8:05 pm |

    I’m confused by Blair’s wager on Final Jeopardy. Was she playing for second place?! Doesn’t the 2nd place winner only get $2,000?

    • Andy Saunders | January 10, 2017 at 8:09 pm |

      Best I can tell is that she failed to take all three players into account.

      I have not spoken with Blair, though.

      I should also say: this is not the first time this has happened (a trailing player in this situation underbets 7.5% of the time) and it likely won’t be the last.

      • Laurie MacDougall | January 11, 2017 at 10:25 am |

        Yes, I accidentally underbet on my first game (the one with the Beatles Songs FJ 🙂 by a couple of hundred dollars. Fortunately I was the only one to know the FJ. Sometimes it’s just a stupid math error. (The funny thing was that I didn’t even realize what I did until Andy asked me about it on my JeopardyLivePanel episode!)

  5. Lorenzo O'Neil | January 11, 2017 at 12:08 am |

    Hey Andy, thanks for the response. I’ve been thinking about the wagering on final jeopardy and I think I have some advice for players. If the player in first place has over 50% more money than the person in second place, then I think the player in second place should always bet everything. Here’s my logic:
    1. The player in first place will not bet more than they need to win.
    2. The player in second should always bet everything, because their only chance of winning is if they get the clue correct. If they get the clue wrong, they have no chance of winning unless the player in first makes an unnecessarily large wager.
    Player 1: $15,001
    Player 2: $10,000
    Player 3: $7,000
    Player 1 won’t bet more than $5,000 in this case, so player 2’s only chance of winning is if they get the clue correct. If they get it correct, they might as well win as much money as possible, so why not wager everything!?!

    • Andy Saunders | January 11, 2017 at 10:00 am |

      That is correct. In the community, we’ve called this situation a “crush” game, historically. Not quite a lock/runaway, but the leader is in a dominating position.

      Second should go all in here to maximize winnings.

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