Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 1, 2019


Happy New Year! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category U.S. Navy Ships) for Tuesday, January 1, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 82):

“Peace Through Strength” is the motto of the U.S. aircraft carrier named for this man who professed the same policy

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Jonathan Dinerstein, a composer from Los Angeles, California
Jonathan Dinerstein on Jeopardy!
Maggie Byrd, a communications professional from Arlington, Virginia
Maggie Byrd on Jeopardy!
Kevin Patterson, a management consultant from Cambridge, Massachusetts (1-day total: $20,001)
Kevin Patterson on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Ronald Reagan?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

While the phrase dates back to the time of Roman Emperor Hadrian, “peace through strength” became associated with Ronald Reagan from the 1980 election campaign onward; he originally used it as an attack on what he felt was weak leadership out of Jimmy Carter. The phrase has been a part of Republican party platforms in most election cycles since.

The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) was christened in 2001; it’s a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier; when it was christened, it was the first ship to be named for a former president who was still living at the time of its christening.


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

Scores going into Final:
Jonathan $16,500
Maggie $7,200
Kevin $5,200


Tonight’s results:
Kevin $5,200 – $1,200 = $4,000 (Who is MLK?)
Maggie $7,200 – $200 = $7,000 (Who is JFK?)
Jonathan $16,500 – $0 = $16,500 (1-day total: $16,500) (Who is Wilson?)


Jonathan Dinerstein, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 1, 2019 episode.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jonathan $6,600
Kevin $2,400
Maggie $1,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) WORLD HISTORY $800 (16th pick)
Maggie 3000 -1000 (Jonathan 2000 Kevin 200)
2) TEXT ALERTS $1600 (7th pick)
Jonathan 11800 +3500 (Kevin 2800 Maggie 2000)
3) MIDDLE “C” $2000 (15th pick)
Maggie 5200 -1200 (Jonathan 16100 Kevin 1600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -27


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: ON THE ROAD $400 & THE GOLDBERGS $400 & $800
Total $ Left On Board: $1,600


Game Stats:
Jonathan $14,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.19% in first on buzzer
Maggie $9,400 Coryat, 13 correct, 4 incorrect, 24.07% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts
Kevin $5,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 2 incorrect, 25.93% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $29,200
Lach Trash: $14,000 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,200


Kevin Patterson, final stats:
31 correct, 5 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts
27.27% in first on buzzer (30/110)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$400)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,000


Jonathan Dinerstein, stats to date:
18 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts
35.19% in first on buzzer (19/54)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,600


Jonathan Dinerstein, to win:
2 games: 54.10%
3: 29.27%
4: 15.83%
5: 8.57%
6: 4.63%
Avg. streak: 2.179 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 158 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.4257 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.7621).
An average of 8.0052 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.1811).

An early cutoff took place 26.201% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 8.679% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 46.036% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 20.368% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 5.531% of the time.
Mary Ann Borer qualified 1.193% of the time.
Kyle Becker qualified 0.115% of the time.


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4 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 1, 2019"

  1. We start the year with a triple stumper.

  2. There were two questions in a category with the answer Greece. Isn’t that unusual?

    • Yes and no.

      It’s unusual in the respect that it doesn’t happen every episode!

      It’s not unusual, though, in the respect that often the show will create a category with that sort of conceit. Note this time it was 7 WONDERS, 4 COUNTRIES; obviously, in 5 clues, you’re going to have duplication.

  3. Ahhh…4 countries. You got me there.

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