Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 4, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Cars) for Thursday, January 4, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 84):

When it was introduced in 1953, this car model’s emblem had a checkered flag & a red flag with a fleur-de-lis

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Meghan Whalen, a marketing specialist from Chicago, Illinois
Meghan Whalen on Jeopardy!
Sean Sullivan, a financial advisor from Verona, New Jersey
Sean Sullivan on Jeopardy!
Steph Bundy, a summer camp director from Oak Park, California (1-day total: $18,801)
Steph Bundy on Jeopardy!


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Correct response: What is the Corvette?

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The Chevrolet Corvette, for its initial release in 1953, was originally going to have an emblem containing a checkered flag and the American flag. Chevrolet then decided that it might not be the best idea to put the American flag on the product (some sources claim that it was in violation of U.S. law to do so) just four days before the unveiling, so the redesign contained a red flag with the Chevrolet logo and a fleur-de-lis, which was said to have appeared on Louis Chevrolet’s family crest.

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

Scores going into Final:
Sean $18,800
Steph $7,000
Meghan $3,000

Tonight’s results:
Meghan $3,000 + $3,000 = $6,000
Steph $7,000 – $3,000 = $4,000 (What is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?)
Sean $18,800 – $3,800 = $15,000 (1-day total: $15,000) (What is a GTO? LeSabre)

Sean Sullivan, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 4, 2018 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Sean $5,000
Steph $1,100
Meghan $600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) PAINT MISS, BEHAVING $800 (24th pick)
Steph 3000 -1500 (Sean 4600 Meghan 600)
2) FOE PA $1600 (10th pick)
Steph 2300 +2300 (Sean 9000 Meghan 3000)
3) THE MEH DECADE $1600 (25th pick)
Sean 13000 +3000 (Steph 6200 Meghan 3000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 73

Unplayed clues:
J! round: AROUND THE SOUTH $600, $800 & $1000, HELP! TV POLICE! $1000
Total $ Left On Board: $7,400

Game Stats:
Sean $17,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 29.41% in first on buzzer
Meghan $3,000 Coryat, 8 correct, 4 incorrect, 19.61% in first on buzzer
Steph $7,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 5 incorrect, 35.29% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $28,200
Lach Trash: $10,000 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,400

Steph Bundy, final stats:
42 correct, 9 incorrect
39.81% in first on buzzer (41/103)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,200

Sean Sullivan, stats to date:
20 correct, 2 incorrect
29.41% in first on buzzer (15/51)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,400

Sean Sullivan, to win:
2 games: 60.77%
3: 36.93%
4: 22.45%
5: 13.64%
6: 8.29%
Avg. streak: 2.549 games.
*(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)

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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 4, 2018"

  1. john blahuta | January 4, 2018 at 2:22 pm |

    Since it was a runaway, Steph (c)should have stayed put. That would have guaranteed her second place and 2K instead of 1K ?!

  2. john blahuta | January 4, 2018 at 3:53 pm |

    Again, 2 strings continue. Clues for 7.400 left on the board and a one day champ.

  3. Are we approaching the record for consecutive one and done champions?I was rooting for Steph to break the streak.

  4. I think they got the wrong decade for the start of the Great Awakening. In the US, it occurred in the 1740’s, not the 1720’s.
    (In Great Britain, it began in the 1730’s).

  5. Any idea what Sean said to Steph after his answer in final Jeopardy? We were trying to guess by lip reading but couldn’t make it out.

  6. Was very disappointed today when Steph gave the answer Graceland Mansion and was not given credit. Credit the clue had Tennessee in the question and anything you look up on the internet refers to Graceland mansion

    • Steph did not say “Graceland Mansion”, she said “Gracie Mansion” (which is the New York City Mayor’s residence).

      Alex even said this himself immediately afterwards.

      • Hey Andy what’s the ruling on those two instances tonight where Sean would say the answer and then say something else similar to the answer?
        The judges are very strict on titles, as you’ve said in the past, and I understand. But why is a title wrong but the answer of “massage, back massage, shoulder massage, neck massage” okay and allowable?
        I knew Sean had the general idea the whole time. But “Stars and Stripes” as a title is general enough to mean, “Stars and Stripes Forever”.

        • A title is a very specific thing–immutable, as it were. Concepts (like a massage) are often more general. There’s your difference.

          What Sean did was absolutely fine.

  7. The numbers seem to like Sean’s chances tomorrow. We’ll see!

    • Considering he had a commanding lead after the Jeopardy! round with pretty terrible buzzer stats, he could be a force if he figures out that signalling device.

    • Definitely hoping Sean can get 2 tomorrow night. He is a quick guy and seems to be good in a few different areas.

      Steph was good too and I was really thinking she’d pull it off tonight. Well at least she left with a funny answer 🙂

  8. Richard Rolwing | January 7, 2018 at 12:37 am |

    Surprised to see no mention here of the question from THE MEH DECADE regarding what years comprised the Edwardian Era in England. One of the contestants knew (I’m pretty sure) it was 1900-1910 but said “Nineteen-ten’s,” which is incorrect (I was surprised since I think I would have given this response–it actually means 1910-1919)–The CORRECT response was “Nineteen-hundreds,” which I am pretty sure most people would assume at first guess means only 1900-1999…but it does indeed mean, and according to some sources, exclusively, 1900-1910(!)–One source attributed this error to mainly North Americans, which makes me wonder if there is a representative of the UK among Jeopardy’s clue-writers. I kept saying to myself they are asking for “this DECADE” (as the clue clearly stated), aren’t they–why then did Alex give as the answer a whole century(!)? In any case, I thought there was going to be some kind of explanation/clarification the next day…

    • When referring to decades (as the category clearly said DECADE), “1900s” means “the 10-year period that includes 1901 to 1909” (whether the 10th year is 1900 or 1910 is not pertinent to the debate). I don’t see any need for explanation or clarification at all?

      • Richard Rolwing | January 8, 2018 at 11:32 pm |

        Well, I was afraid that I wasn’t making myself clear (this is my first comment no this site–I am still lamenting the late great IMDB Jeopardy forum–and I can see I better bring my “A,” or, “J”-game)…Your “clarification” was exactly along the lines of what I thought Alex might give regarding the use of the term “the Nineteen-hundreds” to describe the first DECADE of the 20th century, as opposed to it (only?) referring to the ENTIRE century (IMO the latter would be how the vast majority of people would interpret the term–I still assert that the player that answered with “1910’s” thought he was indeed referring to the first 10 years of the decade, thus exhibiting at least in his case an unfamiliarity with that meaning of “Nineteen-hundreds”)–Most importantly, I guess, I was NOT disputing the validity of the clue and the correct response–I’m just saying this was a situation where Alex could have clarified further something just for general knowledge’s sake, which he has done in the past if I am not mistaken…Just curious, would you have come up with “Nineteen-hundreds” as the correct response? (I think I would have said “1910’s”, thinking, of course, I was saying, 1901-1909)…

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