Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 9, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The First Century A.D.) for Tuesday, January 9, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 87):

Letters written by this Roman recount the events of a natural disaster, like the death of his uncle, a famous scholar

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Matt Brannagan, a high school history teacher from Bowie, Maryland
Matt Brannagan on Jeopardy!
Lindsay Resnick, an archivist from Atlanta, Georgia
Lindsay Resnick on Jeopardy!
Brandon Brooks, an HR manager from Chicago, Illinois (2-day total: $27,401)
Brandon Brooks on Jeopardy!


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Correct response: Who is Pliny (the Younger)?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Pliny the Younger’s letters recount the 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which led to the death of his uncle, Pliny the Elder. His famous letters are known as the Epistulae. The Vesuvian letters recount Pliny the Elder’s scholarly efforts to observe the eruption that caused his death by the eruption.

You can read Pliny the Younger’s letters here. The two dealing with Vesuvius are Book 6, letters 16 and 20.

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

Scores going into Final:
Brandon $9,600
Lindsay $7,000
Matt $2,600

Tonight’s results:
Matt $2,600 + $2,600 = $5,200 (Who is Pliny?)
Lindsay $7,000 + $3,001 = $10,001 (Who was Pliny?) (1-day total: $10,001)
Brandon $9,600 – $4,401 = $5,199 (Who is Socrates?)

Lindsay Resnick, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 9, 2018 episode).

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Brandon $4,000
Lindsay $3,400
Matt $2,200

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) BUGS MEANIE $400 (19th pick)
Brandon 1200 +1200 (Matt 2200 Lindsay 1800)
2) WHAT IN TARNATION? $2000 (20th pick)
Lindsay 9000 -2000 (Brandon 8800 Matt 600)
3) Unplayed
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 78

Unplayed clues:
J! round: LAX LUTHER $200, $400 & $600
DJ! Round: A BIT OF LIT $1200, $1600 & $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $6,000
Game Stats:
Lindsay $9,000 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 15.38% in first on buzzer
Matt $2,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 6 incorrect, 40.38% in first on buzzer
Brandon $8,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 30.77% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $20,400
Lach Trash: $16,800 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,800

Brandon Brooks, final stats:
49 correct, 13 incorrect
35.44% in first on buzzer (58/158)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$300)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,467

Lindsay Resnick, stats to date:
11 correct, 2 incorrect
15.38% in first on buzzer (8/52)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,000

Lindsay Resnick, to win:
2 games: 26.18%
3: 6.85%
4: 1.79%
5: 0.47%
6: 0.12%
Avg. streak: 1.355 games.
(Note: This model has been adjusted to take pre-Final Jeopardy! score into account instead of Coryat Score.)

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25 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 9, 2018"

  1. john blahuta | January 9, 2018 at 10:07 am |

    Afraid we’ll have a triple whiff today. Tacitus, Pliny the Elder possible wrong answers. Even Iulius Caesar, he was a writer too, does not quite fit the century though. You have to think of Vesuvius, when that was, then who was around that time….sorry, got a bad feeling today.

    • Mark Barrett | January 9, 2018 at 11:09 am |

      Fear not. Now guess the one wrong miss. Hint, don’t think Roman.

      • john blahuta | January 9, 2018 at 12:01 pm |

        Haven’t seen the show yet.(Airs at 4:30 pm, it’s only 7:00 am) Did they actually just accept “Pliny”???? Again a bunch of clues left on the board, this time even a DD in DJ, And the jinx of short lived champs continues…Brandon was leading, could have tucked his third away.

        • Maybe they accepted just Pliny because the elder one was already mentioned in the clue, “his uncle”.

          • Don Spencer | January 9, 2018 at 12:37 pm |

            I guess I’m surprised, too. I knew there was an Elder and a Younger, but I didn’t know they were uncle/nephew. They could’ve been father/son, have some other familial relationship, or be completely unrelated Plinys (or is that Plinies?).

          • john blahuta | January 9, 2018 at 1:11 pm |

            Possible. But as Don said, “his uncle” does not exactly say “Pliny the Elder”.A little bit a stretch by the judges when they are sometimes really pedantic. That “Massachusetts” answer for instance awhile ago?

          • It was obviously a judgement call, they decided to go with it. I can’t quite place my finger on the precedent at the moment, but this doesn’t feel unprecedented to me, so I’m generally good with the ruling.

            Massachusetts was clearly an incomplete word, though.

        • The early reports in are that this was an exceptionally tough game. Wouldn’t surprise me if this was a leftover ToC board.

  2. So glad the FJ! category is The First Century A.D., and not the The First Century C.E. Thank you Jeopardy!!

  3. I think this clue was very poorly written. Are they calling the death of Pliny the Elder a natural disaster?

  4. Maurine Gutowski | January 9, 2018 at 7:51 pm |

    My husband, a retired high school history teacher, got it right before I finished reading the the clue on this site.

  5. Shocked and disappointed that none of the contestants were able to come up with Donald Fagen. Then again, I have been a huge Steely Dan fan since the early 70s.

  6. I clearly understood today’s clue as a reference to more than one person. My first thought was Herodotus (fifth century BC).

    Yesterday’s clue, however, yesterday’s clue, on the other hand, with its mention of Missouri in a Presidents category, was a little shady. I’m sure a lot of Jeopardy! types went for Truman, as I did. On to Cash Cab and beyond!

    • The ex pres was a tough question for me. I knew it wasn’t jfk as jfk was legally an ex pres when he was pronounced dead at the Dallas hospital. Also I’ve read a ton about truman so I vaguely remembered truman took a train back to Missouri after the inauguration of Ike. If you saw the movie with Gary sinese you would have seen truman upset that Ile and mamie would not come in for cookies and tea when Ile and mamie came to give the Truman’s the traditional ride to the inauguration.
      After I eliminated jfk and truman I could not think of another choice.

    • I predict that Nostradamus won’t have a correct Final outcome forecast the rest of the month,,,

  7. Could the bible/Ferris bueller question have been answered without seeing the movie?

  8. Would the judges have accepted “Plinius” ?

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