Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 30, 2017

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Monday, January 30, 2017:

Final Jeopardy! category: NAMES IN AMERICAN HISTORY

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: He headed a British committee on prison reform, which gave him the idea for founding a colony in America in 1732

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Valerie Connors, a relationship marketing specialist & stay-at home mom from Owings Mills, Maryland
Joe Di Dio, a daylight engineer & stay-at-home dad from Queens, New York
Lisa Schlitt, a microbiologist from Berwyn, Pennsylvania (1-day total: $27,600)


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Who is James Oglethorpe?


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After chairing the aforementioned committee in Britain, which documented abuses in debtor’s prisons. Oglethorpe got the idea to start the colony of Georgia. He felt that many people who had been released from these prisons, but no means of support afterwards, had either become impoverished or resorted to criminality.

While I personally have a friend or two from a state bordering Georgia who likes to jokingly claim that Georgia was a penal colony, it was certainly not such in the same vein that Australia was. Oglethorpe only wanted the “worthy poor” (the idea of an otherwise productive person forced by circumstances into a bad spot was important to him) in his colony. Land ownership was restricted to 50 acres per person, and all religions except for Roman Catholics were accepted (the ban on Catholicism was due to neighboring Spanish Florida.)

The ship Anne arrived in the Savannah area after they had been granted the royal charter in 1732. Interestingly, that ship also contained the cotton seeds that proved to be so important for the Deep South.

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5 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 30, 2017"

  1. Andy Saunders | January 30, 2017 at 1:49 pm |

    Scores going into Final:
    Lisa $14,400
    Valerie $5,800
    Joe $3,400

    Final results:
    Joe $3,400 – $3,400 = $0 (Who is William Penn?)
    Valerie $5,800 – $1,000 = $4,800 (Who is Raleigh?)
    Lisa $14,400 + $1,000 = $15,400 (2-day total: $43,000)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Lisa $5,200
    Valerie $1,800
    Joe $1,200

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) ROUTE ’60-SOMETHING $400 (24th pick)
    Valerie 2400 -2000 (Lisa 5200 Joe 1200)

    2) CHEMISTRY $800 (13th pick)
    Joe 400 +2000 (Lisa 7600 Valerie 5800)
    3) SLIDESHOW BOB $800 (22nd pick)
    Joe 7200 -5000 (Lisa 11200 Valerie 5800)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: 7 LETTERS, ONLY ONE VOWEL $600, $800, & $1000
    DJ! round: ECONOMICS $1600 & $2000
    $ Left on Board: $6,000

    Game Stats:
    Lisa $14,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 1 incorrect, 36.54% in first on buzzer
    Valerie $7,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 1 incorrect, 17.31% in first on buzzer
    Joe $7,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 5 incorrect, 30.77% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $11,400

    Lisa Schlitt, stats to date:
    38 correct
    4 incorrect
    1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,000)
    2/2 in Final Jeopardy
    33.94% in first on buzzer (37/109)
    Average Coryat: $11,700

    Lisa Schlitt, to win:
    3 games: 36.90%
    4: 13.62%
    5: 5.03%
    6: 1.85%
    7: 0.68%
    Avg. streak: 2.585 games.
    Avg. Total Winnings (including possible ToC): $57,965


    • This is the first game since December 22 where the leader going into Final Jeopardy! was the only player to get Final correct.
    • Thanks to Jay Johnson for providing me with a full chart of this game.
  2. John Nickler | January 30, 2017 at 8:18 pm |

    Just finished watching tonight’s episode, 1/30/2017. Did the Judges take too much money away from Joe when he had an incorrect answer in the New Brunswick category? The question was worth $1200. The judges took $2400 away a few questions later before he answered the Double Jeopardy Daily Double question.

    • Andy Saunders | January 30, 2017 at 11:43 pm |

      The judges did not take too much money away.

      In order to change a correct response to an incorrect response, they have to take double the value of the clue away, as they need to go from +1200 to -1200, not +1200 to 0.

  3. Why don’t the judges tell Lisa Schlitt to repeat ome of her answers? She garbles some of her answers so quickly that the viewer can’t really tell what she said. The other day apparently the answer was Catherine the great, but it sounded like “Cat,n Gray” or “Catherine Graham”, I thought Alex may have asked her to repeat her answer? . Maybe she just talks too fast for the viewers at home to catch what she says.

    • Andy Saunders | February 4, 2017 at 11:50 am |

      To specifically answer the “Why don’t the judges…”? Because the judges, with the ability to listen to what the contestant said, are satisfied that she has provided a correct response. There is no need to repeat if the judges have heard and are satisfied.

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