Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 8, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category U.S. Presidents) for Monday, January 8, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 86):

He became an ex-president while flying over a point 13 miles southwest of Jefferson City, Missouri

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Dave Daniel, a retired security manager from Shelley, Idaho
Dave Daniel on Jeopardy!
Jamie Rosler, an event host from Brooklyn, New York
Jamie Rosler on Jeopardy!
Brandon Brooks, an HR manager from Chicago, Illinois (1-day total: $10,801)
Brandon Brooks on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Richard Nixon?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

This fact featured prominently not as much in biographies of Nixon, but in obituaries of Nixon’s Air Force One pilot, Ralph Albertazzie.

In “The Flying White House,” writing in the third person, Colonel Albertazzie recounted a dramatic moment on Aug. 9, 1974, the day Nixon resigned. After Mr. Ford was sworn in as president, the plane had to be redesignated as SAM 27000, indicating no president was on board.

“Air Force One was 39,000 feet over a point 13 miles southwest of Jefferson City, Missouri,” he wrote. “The time was 3 minutes and 25 seconds past noon. Albertazzie picked up his microphone and spoke to ground control: ‘Kansas City, this was Air Force One. Will you change our call sign to SAM 27000?’

Back came the reply: ‘Roger, SAM 27000. Good luck to the President.’

“ ‘Roger, 27000.’ ”


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

Scores going into Final:
Dave $9,800
Brandon $8,600
Jamie $6,000


Tonight’s results:
Jamie $6,000 + $4,001 = $10,001
Brandon $8,600 + $8,000 = $16,600 (2-day total: $27,401)
Dave $9,800 – $7,799 = $2,001 (Who was Truman?)


Brandon Brooks, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 8, 2018 episode.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Dave $5,800
Brandon $1,800
Jamie $600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) THE SPANISH INQUISITION $600 (28th pick)
Jamie 1200 -600 (Dave 5800 Brandon 1800)
2) BRITISH AUTHORS $800 (20th pick)
Jamie 2600 +1000 (Dave 9800 Brandon 6200)
3) NATIONAL COATS OF ARMS $1200 (29th pick)
Jamie 8000 -2000 (Dave 9800 Brandon 7800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -37


Unplayed clues:
J! round: THE SPANISH INQUISITION $800 & $1000
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $1,800


Game Stats:
Brandon $8,600 Coryat, 13 correct, 4 incorrect, 30.91% in first on buzzer
Jamie $8,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 5 incorrect, 27.27% in first on buzzer
Dave $9,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 25.45% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $26,800
Lach Trash: $15,400 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,000


Brandon Brooks, stats to date:
34 correct, 9 incorrect
37.74% in first on buzzer (40/106)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,500)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,800


Brandon Brooks, to win:
3 games: 27.99%
4: 7.83%
5: 2.19%
6: 0.61%
7: 0.17%
Avg. streak: 2.389 games.
(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)


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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 8, 2018"

  1. I would have thought this is a triple solve. I am US citizen by passport, when this happened, I still lived in Europe, but I LIVED IT.Dave is retired, so I think he was around as well when Tricky Dick resigned. This was all over the world. The word “Watergate” became a “-gate” for everything else and the phrase “I am not a crook” will be with me for as long as I live….Heck, we did not have 24 hours news (neither had the US, CNN was founded 1980 or so?) then (at least not in Austria) but it was on the news EVERY DAY, again and again and again…Newspapers
    Well, at least we now have a 2 day champ, congratulations !

    And ONLY 2 clues left on the board..but at least only 1800 and not 7400 like last week (twice I believe)

    • To be honest, the clue didn’t say it was by resignation, and Missouri is often Pavlovian for Truman, so maybe it might have been thought that Truman didn’t feel like sticking around DC for Ike’s inauguration?

      • Truman was my first thought, exactly for that reason. Missouri…Truman.

      • Given that 1953 was in the height of the Cold War, it would have been unlikely that a sitting President would vacate the White House while he was still officially in charge. What better time for the Commies to attack. I wonder if Dave just misread the clue and thought it meant Truman TOOK office just after takeoff from his home upon learning of FDR’s death.

      • Yeah, but the outgoing President is always at the inauguration of his successor as a courtesy (unless he died in office-JFK). So NOT being at the inauguration when the outgoing becomes the ex- or former Prez either means he is too sick or something else is going on, where as a result he would not be welcome….which was the case here.
        The Missouri part of the clue was an attempt for answering “Truman” and Dave fell for it. But then again, 30 seconds are awfully short. I am almost sure that when “Nixon” was revealed, Dave had one of those “Duh” moments. But not only was Nixon a tricky one, they like to play some tricks at FJ too, sometimes subtle, sometimes REALLY trying to mislead the finalists……Well, it’s their money, so what can you say? I guess it depends what mood the clue writer(s) is/are whether you get a straight fastball or a real evil knuckle ball?
        Maybe the short time champ-jinx ix broken now, we shall see tomorrow if Brandon can string together a few more.

    • Four presidents skipped their successor’s inauguration:

      John Adams skipped Thomas Jefferson’s
      John Quincy Adams skipped Andrew Jackson’s
      Martin Van Buren did not attend William Henry Harrison’s
      Andrew Johnson did not attend Ulysses S. Grant’s

      All these were before airplanes existed. And while they might have been in a hot air balloon, those wouldn’t have been common in the early to middle 19th century. Nor would they have likely to been in one in the sparse territories of Missouri, given how far in advance of the end of their term they would have to have abandoned Washington to get there.

      So, the only way someone would be out of Washington D.C. when their term ended would be through death or resignation. That’s nine presidents — four assassinations, four just died, one resignation.

      Of the deaths, only three occurred after airplanes were invented, and anyone on Jeopardy would know JFK wasn’t on a plane when he was shot. Harding and FDR died away from Washington DC, but not in the air. Harding was in San Francisco during a train tour of the West Coast (as it was the 1920s), and FDR at a retreat in Georgia. But if all you knew is they died in office and didn’t know where, Harding and FDR might be a reasonable guess.

      Otherwise, though, the clue is basically asking for a president who left office without dying, and there’s only two ways to do that: Impeachment removal and resignation. Since no one has ever been removed, that leaves only resignation, and the only possible answer — Richard Nixon.

  2. Lyndon Johnson was sworn in on Air Force One and might have been over Missouri at that moment.

    • Technically jfk became an ex president when jfk was pronounced dead. The swearing in is just a formality because technically and legally lbj was already president before he boarded the plane back to dc.

    • The clue is asking about someone whose term ended on a plane, not began.

      Also, LBJ was sworn in while the plane was still on the tarmac at Love Field in Dallas.

  3. I don’t know how this could of been missed.

    Most presidents don’t leave Washington D.C. during the inauguration of a new President. They usually attend the inauguration. Nixon was the only president to leave early and on something that could of gotten them a great distance away from D.C.

    • Well, Philip, there are at least two commenters who have at least provided a compelling non-Nixonian thought process (however incorrect that thought process might have been), so I don’t think “I don’t know how this could have been missed” is a particularly fair assessment of the situation.

  4. Quite an interesting final jeopardy. Dave was ripped off!

    I will never be on Jeopardy. If I were, I would be ticked off if all the categories were not exhausted. But if I am watching, I don’t mind as long as a contestant has a good story…

  5. Did anyone else notice that Brandon did not phrase one of his answers in the first round as a questions.

    • Brandon has been rushing his phrasing a lot, and that’s fine by the rules. That’s definitely what happened here.

      Even if so, though, in the first half of the game, it’s a warning offense, not a penalty.

      • If anything, given how many clues we’ve seen go uncovered in the last week, we should welcome contestants who are rushing their phrasing.

    • I notice several he didn’t form as questions. Unless he was really rushing it, I replayed it and didn’t hear it.

      • That’s funny; I heard it every single time. Moreover, two of Brandon’s opponents have also come out and said that they have heard proper phrasing every single time as well.

  6. I believe that truman took the train back to Missouri not a plane. Can anyone confirm or deny?

  7. Interesting anaysis, all. So ya know – I’m the guy who stood up there with Jaime and Brandon in position number three and answered “Truman”. Some of you are correct – I locked onto “Missouri” and couldn’t get off that answer. I looked at the clue for 29 seconds and knew I was missing SOMETHING, but couldn’t analyze the Nixon angle. Given another 15 or 20 minutes, I might have gotten it right. Interesting aside: Richard Nixon gave the graduation speech and presented me, and 600+ others, with our diplomas in 1969. Too bad he couldn’t have been in Culver City on Jan 8th to shout out, “me, you idiot”. Two significant impacts on my life. You decide “good or bad”.

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