Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 16, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Novels of the 1960s) for Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 92):

The line “once when you are born & once when you look death in the face” follows this title of a 1964 novel & an action-packed 1967 film

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

David Rosen, a lawyer from Syosset, New York
David Rosen on Jeopardy!
Olivia Ochoa, an arts administrator from Seattle, Washington
Olivia Ochoa on Jeopardy!
Gilbert Collins, a university administrator from Princeton, New Jersey (4-day total: $51,400)
Gilbert Collins on Jeopardy!

With his fourth win yesterday, Gilbert has made his way onto the ToC Tracker!

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Correct response: What is You Only Live Twice?

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Ian Fleming’s You Only Live Twice, part of the James Bond series, was Fleming’s last novel published in his lifetime. The screenplay for the 1967 film by Roald Dahl pretty much ditched most of the book’s actual plot, leaving only a few characters and locations from the book. Dahl wrote a pretty successful screenplay though — the film was both a critical and commercial success.

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

Scores going into Final:
Gilbert $16,800
David $16,400
Olivia $6,200

Tonight’s results:
Olivia $6,200 – $5,500 = $700 (What is You Only Live Once)
David $16,400 + $3,000 = $19,400
Gilbert $16,800 + $16,001 = $32,801 (5-day total: $84,201)

Gilbert Collins, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 16, 2018 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Gilbert $4,400
David $3,600
Olivia $3,400

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) GETTING POSSESSIVE $800 (26th pick)
Olivia 1400 +1000 (Gilbert 4400 David 2000)
2) ETYMOLOGY $2000 (15th pick)
Gilbert 8800 +2000 (David 8000 Olivia 5400)
3) DOC TALK $2000 (25th pick)
Gilbert 14800 +2000 (David 13200 Olivia 6200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 108

Gilbert’s response of “What is ringworm?” on the final Daily Double, to the clue reading “I’ve got tinea pedis, this condition, so stop calling me a couch potato” was originally ruled incorrect (the show was looking for “What is athlete’s foot?”), but was corrected prior to Final Jeopardy!.

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0

Game Stats:
Gilbert $16,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 0 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer
David $16,400 Coryat, 23 correct, 3 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer
Olivia $6,000 Coryat, 11 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $39,200
Lach Trash: $11,200 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,600

Gilbert Collins, stats to date:
88 correct, 14 incorrect
32.47% in first on buzzer (88/271)
5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,000)
3/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,400

Gilbert Collins, to win:
6 games: 39.54%
7: 15.64%
8: 6.18%
9: 2.44%
10: 0.97%
Avg. streak: 5.654 games.


  • Gilbert Collins is the first African-American 5-time champion since Matt Jackson in September and October of 2015.

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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 16, 2018"

  1. john blahuta | January 16, 2018 at 4:56 pm |

    FINALLY!!! a 5 time winner, all DDs correct and no clues left. Mark that day in the calendar!! won’t happen again soon!! Congratulations to Gilbert!!! Nice payday as well….!!! And correct wager, man, this game was as perfect as can be (have not seen it yet, so I don’t know about triple stumpers but it looks good to me. All stats seem perfect).

    • Frank Smith | January 16, 2018 at 5:00 pm |

      It was the first game in a while I actually got to watch, and I’m glad I didn’t miss it. A perfect game of 61 clues, a big payday, and no incorrect responses from our champion. What a day.

      • But an incorrect response from Olivia. In category Getting Possessive all answers are in Possessive form so Tim Horton she left off the ‘s. Tim Horton’s is correct answer. Judges let it slide.

        • If you want to get technical about it, the name of the chain has not been a possessive for a great many decades.

          It is “Tim Hortons”, because if it were “Tim Horton’s”, Quebec’s language laws would require the chain be known in that province as “Chez Tim Horton”. Thus, it is the generic, un-possessive, “Tim Hortons”.

          For what it’s worth, I heard the hint of an S on the end of Olivia’s response as Alex was ruling her correct.

  2. Did Gilbert reply “Who is Alexandria the great?”

  3. Why is Anand, Manny, and Nan on the TOC tracker? Weren’t they supposed be on the 2017 TOC tracker? Because their runs happened before the TOC. I guess the cutoff was after Austin lost if I’m correct.

  4. The judges ruled that ringworm was the same as athlete’s foot?

  5. Kevin Wilson | January 16, 2018 at 10:55 pm |

    Doesn’t “pedis” mean foot, how can ring worm be right.

    • As you’ll find in this comment section already, there exist reputable sources that say that “tinea pedis” can also be ringworm. Because contestants can later use that as the basis for the own protests afterwards, that is the burden of proof that is used by the show when judging whether responses are acceptable or not. Thus, while “ringworm” was certainly not the intended response, it was an acceptable response to the clue as worded, and thus Gilbert must be given credit.

    • Ringworm, also called Dermatophytosis, is a fungal infection of the skin known as that may be known by different names depending on where it manifests on the body. Tinea corporis, for example, is a fungal infection on the arms, legs or other parts of the body. Tinea cruris is more commonly known as jock itch. And tinea pedis, which does refer to athlete’s foot, is also known as “ringworm of the foot.” I suppose they could have given Alex a note to ask for a more specific answer than just “ringworm,” but it’s a perfectly valid response on its own

  6. I still do not think that Gilbert should be credited with a correct answer for “ringworm” especially because the last part of the clue says “don’t call me a couch potato” implying I’m an athlete and “pedis” from the Latin refers to foot.

    • I still think you’re wrong.

      Regarding the couch potato: Sideways clues such as that, while intended to point the contestant to the correct response, have always been regarded by the show’s judging staff as non-disqualifying of alternate responses which are otherwise acceptable. There is literally nothing prevention a couch potato from contracting ringworm.

      While “pedis” implies foot, it completely sidesteps the fact that major reputable medical sources on the Internet say that “ringworm” is “tinea pedis”.

      Case closed, end of story, “ringworm” is absolutely, 100% an acceptable reversal based upon the judging standards that the show has utilized for the last 34 years.

  7. When they revealed the clue, my first thought was “maybe it will be a Bond book.”

    In the movie’s title song, the two lives are “one for yourself and one for your dreams.”

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