Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 2, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Novelists) for Tuesday, January 2, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 82):

A 2015 BBC list of the 25 greatest British novels included 12 by women, 3 of them by this woman who died in 1941

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Olev Jaakson, a research analyst from New York, New York
Olev Jaakson on Jeopardy!
Saralee Etter, a writer from Pataskala, Ohio
Saralee Etter on Jeopardy!
Nick Spicher, a museum educator from Everett, Washington (1-day total: $15,201)
Nick Spicher on Jeopardy!

Saralee Etter is currently the writer of three romance novels: Lydia’s Christmas Charade, Her Very Major Christmas, and A Limited Engagement.


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Correct response: Who is Virginia Woolf?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The 2015 list was compiled by Jane Ciabattari. Virginia Woolf’s three that made the list: #16 The Waves, #3 Mrs. Dalloway, and #2 To The Lighthouse. In fact, 6 of the top 10 are by female authors: #1 was George Eliot’s Middlemarch, #5 was Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, #7 was Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, and #9 was Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Jane Austen also had three on the list: #11 Pride and Prejudice, #19 Emma, and #20 Persuasion. Of course, Austen died in 1817, not 1941.


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

Scores going into Final:
Nick $14,600
Saralee $11,600
Olev $4,000


Tonight’s results:
Olev $4,000 – $2,000 = $2,000 (Who is Doris Lessing)
Saralee $11,600 – $3,600 = $8,000 (What is ) (1-day total: $8,000)
Nick $14,600 – $8,601 = $5,999 (Who was Wharton?)


Saralee Etter, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 2, 2018 episode.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Nick $6,400
Saralee $1,600
Olev $400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) SYMPTOMS $800 (9th pick)
Saralee 1400 -1000 (Nick 2800 Olev 0)
2) IT’S HISTORICAL ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT $1600 (10th pick)
Nick 10000 -3000 (Saralee 5200 Olev 400)
3) OLD TESTAMENT TRANSPORTATION $1600 (24th pick)
Saralee 13600 -2000 (Nick 10600 Olev 2000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -116


Unplayed clues:
J! round: THE ’80s: WHO SAID IT? $1000 & SHORT STORIES $800 & $1000
DJ! Round: A BARREL FULL OF COOPERS $1600 & $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $6,400


Game Stats:
Saralee $14,600 Coryat, 21 correct, 5 incorrect, 44.23% in first on buzzer
Nick $17,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 30.77% in first on buzzer
Olev $4,000 Coryat, 7 correct, 1 incorrect, 15.38% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $36,200
Lach Trash: $5,000 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,400


Nick Spicher, final stats:
36 correct, 4 incorrect
31.73% in first on buzzer (33/104)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,800


Saralee Etter, stats to date:
21 correct, 6 incorrect
44.23% in first on buzzer (23/52)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,600


Saralee Etter, to win:
2 games: 38.86%
3: 15.10%
4: 5.87%
5: 2.28%
6: 0.89%
Avg. streak: 1.635 games.
*(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)


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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 2, 2018"

  1. john blahuta | January 2, 2018 at 11:04 am |

    1941 leaves out all the “Schmaltz” authors as I call them (Austen, the Bronte sisters). This clue referring to British, female (w/o being chauvinistic) AND literature I would be very surprised if more than 1 gets it, if that. Maybe the first complete strike out of the year.

  2. john blahuta | January 2, 2018 at 4:55 pm |

    The string of one day champs continues. What do your stats say Andy, when the next five day champ is due?

  3. I love that you have the answer in red! Makes it easy to find when you’re looking fast!

  4. Andy:

    A handful of clues (perhaps five from each) of the last two shows have gone uncovered. Some matches sail by with each clue being played, others might have one or two, but five or more is frustrating (for a home viewer, at least). Any theories as to why some matches include more uncovered clues than others?

    • There are so many reasons as to why; contestants who don’t keep the game moving, lots of negs, scoring corrections. Overall though, they’ve been better at finishing the boards this season than the past five.

  5. Looks like my guess of Agatha Christie (d. 1976) was too lowbrow.

    I Wikied it to see if I was in the ballpark and came up with what I thought were some interesting facts:

    Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world’s most-widely published books,[5] behind only Shakespeare’s works and the Bible.

    • I guessed agatha also because I thought virginia was an American. I really need to study lit much more.

  6. Don’t like that a very difficult Final Jeopardy question will pretty much assure a win to the person that’s in second place prior to Final Jeopardy (if it’s not a runaway and everyone wagers correctly).

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