Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 1, 2018


Happy New Year! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Places in 1950s News) for Monday, January 1, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 81):

Pravda reported that Khrushchev, on his way to lunch, announced his decision to give this region to Ukraine

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Nick Spicher, a museum educator from Everett, Washington
Nick Spicher on Jeopardy!
Lisa McAndrews, an intellectual property attorney from White Plains, New York
Lisa McAndrews on Jeopardy!
Henry Ayoola, a Ph.D. student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1-day total: $14,800)
Henry Ayoola on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Crimea?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The reasons behind which the USSR transferred Crimea from the Russian SFSR to the Ukranian SSR are still generally only speculative; even the post-Cold War declassified Russian documents don’t give much information as to the rationale. The native population of Crimea, the Tatars, had been deported a few years prior, along with many others who had shown any sort of hint of anti-Russian sentiment during World War II. There were also rumblings of a Ukranian independence movement at the time, and while it was ostensibly an act to commemmorate “the 300th anniversary of the reunion of Ukraine with Russia”, it was also seen as another step in a line of trying to combat Ukranian separatism., to say nothing of the fact that Khrushchev was particularly fond of Ukraine (his wife was Ukranian)

Of course, Russian attempts to annex Crimea in 2014 put the region into the news once again; the United Nations (as per a 2016 resolution) currently considers Crimea to be Russian-occupied Ukranian territory.


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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!

Scores going into Final:
Nick $10,000
Lisa $7,600
Henry $1,100


Tonight’s results:
Henry $1,100 + $0 = $1,100
Lisa $7,600 – $7,599 = $1 (What is Checyna)
Nick $10,000 + $5,201 = $15,201 (1-day total: $15,201)


Nick Spicher, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 1, 2018 episode.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Nick $8,400
Lisa $800
Henry $300


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) BEASTLY RHYME TIME $600 (17th pick)
Henry -200 +500 (Nick 5400 Lisa 400)
2) 3-LETTER RESPONSES $1600 (10th pick)
Henry 5100 -4000 (Nick 9600 Lisa 2400)
3) SIKH $1600 (24th pick)
Lisa 9600 -2000 (Nick 8800 Henry 1100)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -49


Unplayed clues:
J! round: BEASTLY RHYME TIME $800 & $1000
DJ! Round: SAVED BY THE BELA $1200, $1600 & $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $6,600


Game Stats:
Nick $10,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 32.69% in first on buzzer
Henry $5,200 Coryat, 8 correct, 4 incorrect, 17.31% in first on buzzer
Lisa $9,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 36.54% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $24,800
Lach Trash: $11,200 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,400


Henry Ayoola, stats to date:
27 correct, 6 incorrect
25.69% in first on buzzer (28/109)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,500)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,000


Nick Spicher, stats to date:
18 correct, 2 incorrect
32.69% in first on buzzer (17/52)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,000


Nick Spicher, to win:
2 games: 34.14%
3: 11.66%
4: 3.98%
5: 1.36%
6: 0.46%
Avg. streak: 1.518 games.
*(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)


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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 1, 2018"

  1. It’s days like today, filled with football so I still know who wins. Thanks Andy. Plus I’m traveling.

  2. Halina Minadeo | January 1, 2018 at 10:40 pm | Reply

    I deeply resented being called a “creep” in a Jeopardy clue. The reference was to to protesters who asked that Radiohead cancel a tour in Tel Aviv. It was not necessary to insult us. Jeopardy! should not be a political shill for Israel. Jeopardy! should offer an apology.

    • Halina:

      1) This is a fan site with no ties to the show or contact with the show.

      2) You weren’t called a creep.

      Here’s the clue:

      The reference to “creep” clearly refers to the band Radiohead, and not anybody else. So, unless you are now a member of Radiohead, no apology is required, necessary, or forthcoming (to say nothing of the fact that “Creep” is one of the band’s biggest hit songs).

      • Halina Minadeo | January 2, 2018 at 2:31 am | Reply

        Thank you for the clarification, Andy. I was watching the show unrecorded and did not get the clue. Right now, there is a big stink about Lorde, who is being attacked in the press, that is why I reacted so huffily. No matter what one’s stand is on the matter, name calling is totally unacceptable. I would never insult anyone for standing up to his or her beliefs. What a coincidence that “Creep” is a big hit song of Radiohead. Well, I am feeling creepy myself, wish that I could erase the comment!

  3. Just curious…. why did Nick lose $3200 when saying gangster instead of gangsta…. the clue was only worth $1600 when he answered the question. Thanks!

  4. I’m surprised that they accepted Lisa’s response “What is ‘will.i.am, iambic pentameter’” in the before and after category. She clearly did not mash up the two parts in her response. Is that not required?

    • That’s…not what closed captioning said she said.

      • It is what she said though. I watched the show on DVR and played it over to make sure. She hesitated between the two parts…iambic pentameter came to her at the last second. “What is will.i.am (pause) iambic pentameter” is how it went.

        • It sounded to me like there was a weird blip in the audio.

          Closed captioning said she gave the correct response (and closed-captioning works independently of the production).

          • Regardless, considering that the show’s judges dinged “Gangster’s Paradise” and took the time to neg that, I’m certain that if they felt her response on Will.iambic pentameter was incorrect, that they would have taken money away from Lisa as well.

          • Closed captioning got it wrong, there is no blip on my audio, her response was as I described. What’s the big deal anyway? I was just curious what the rule was. If “will.i.am, iambic pentameter” was an incorrect response, then the show ruled incorrectly. They’re not infallible after all.

          • As evidenced by the fact that they elected to neg Nick on the response to the very next clue, the judges listen (and re-listen) to all responses very closely. It seemed to me that they felt that Lisa’s response was within their bounds of acceptability.

            In terms of the specific rules? They’ve never been published in their entirety. We can only guess at them based on how the judges elect to rule on a day-to-day basis. It feels like random hand-waving at times, but that’s the best we’ve got.

            I guess that the best comparison that could be made here is to compare this with the Catholic church doctrine of “Papal infallibility” (and, even then, they will often listen to subject experts who contact them with corrections.)

          • I can’t say for certain and I can’t find any references in the archive, but I seem to remember another time or two when they’ve accepted two separate responses for a “before and after” type clue. I can’t find it in the archive, but I think I remember from decades ago in a “before and after actors” category something like “Captain of the Nautilus as Lou Grant’s boss”. If memory serves, they accepted “James Mason, Mason Adams” as the answer instead of requiring “James Mason Adams.”

            But that was a LOOONG time ago, so memory may be betraying me.

        • It was even worse than you (Jim) indicate… she clearly said ““will.i.am… biambic pentameter”…

          • Is it possible that they ruled that she had started by saying “will-i-amb” and then “corrected” with “iambic pentameter”? (thus making a proper transcription “What is will.i.amb–iambic pentameter”?)

            I mean, this would completely not have flown on Wheel, but this isn’t Wheel, either.

        • I think there’s probably some leeway when contestants stutter or stumble over part of an answer and have to repeat part of the answer. The key about Before and After or Rhyme Time type categories is not adding extra letters or pluralization, which she didn’t. So they may have just decided she mush-mouthed for a moment and chose not to ding her.

    • I noticed this during the show, too. She clearly said Will.i.am iambic pentameter, which I thought would have been incorrect. The judges must have ruled that it was ok to give the two separate components, rather than mashing them together, which I thought was the requirement. There’s no way they misheard her.

  5. Scott William | January 3, 2018 at 4:25 pm | Reply

    Andy, congratulations on getting mentioned by the New York Times. Hopefully that will increase awareness of your excellent website. Thanks for all you do to help other Jeopardy fans like yourself.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/03/arts/television/gangsta-paradise-jeopardy.html

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