Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 14, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Familiar Phrases) for Monday, January 14, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 91):

Originally a folk term for a chronic rash, this phrase got a new meaning as a title for a 1952 stage comedy & later a movie

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Suzy Langevin, a social worker from Framingham, Massachusetts
Suzy Langevin on Jeopardy!
Charlie Jensen, a program director from Los Angeles, California
Charlie Jensen on Jeopardy!
Anneke Garcia, an instructional design consultant from Salt Lake City, Utah (2-day total: $37,701)
Anneke Garcia on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the seven-year itch?


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The usage of the term “seven-year itch” changed from its original usage (a term to describe chronic scabies) to its current usage (the psychological term suggesting that marital happiness begins to decline around the seven-year mark, and the inclination to become unfaithful) in the mid-to-late 1950s, thanks to George Axelrod’s 1952 play The Seven Year Itch. It was adapted into the 1955 film which famously stars Marilyn Monroe (credited as The Girl). Filming resulted in one of the century’s (and Monroe’s) most notable photographs, that being Monroe standing on a subway grate while her white dress is being blown upwards by a passing train.


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Scores going into Final:
Anneke $16,800
Suzy $13,400
Charlie $9,000


Tonight’s results:
Charlie $9,000 + $8,900 = $17,900
Suzy $13,400 + $13,000 = $26,400
Anneke $16,800 + $10,001 = $26,801 (3-day total: $64,502)


Anneke Garcia, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 14, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Anneke $5,800
Suzy $5,400
Charlie $4,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) CONNECTIQUETTE $400 (12th pick)
Charlie 1600 +1000 (Suzy 1600 Anneke 1000)
2) TERMS OF ENDUREMENT $800 (7th pick)
Suzy 4600 +2000 (Anneke 8200 Charlie 5400)
3) THE STORY OF MY LIFE $1600 (14th pick)
Anneke 9400 -3000 (Suzy 12200 Charlie 5400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 74


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: IN THE CLOUD $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $2,000


Game Stats:
Anneke $19,800 Coryat
Suzy $12,200 Coryat
Charlie $8,400 Coryat
Combined Coryat Score: $40,400

Game Stats:
Anneke $19,800 Coryat, 24 correct, 4 incorrect, 44.64% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Suzy $12,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Charlie $8,400 Coryat, 12 correct, 0 incorrect, 19.64% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $40,400
Lach Trash: $4,400 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,200


Anneke Garcia, stats to date:
67 correct, 6 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts
38.92% in first on buzzer (65/167)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,333


Anneke Garcia, to win:
4 games: 65.38%
5: 42.74%
6: 27.94%
7: 18.27%
8: 11.94%
Avg. streak: 4.888 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 149 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.4461 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.7457).
An average of 8.0455 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.1374).

An early cutoff took place 26.407% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Anneke Garcia qualified 43.103% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 43.942% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 18.540% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 6.558% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 0.934% of the time.
Mary Ann Borer qualified 0.086% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Glad to see that Anneke isn’t going to need to find a new hobby for at least another day!
  • Did Alex ever butcher the pronunciation of that CONNECTIQUETTE category. Sheesh!
  • Sousa is my favourite composer; unfortunately, I do not possess the ability to telepathically send correct responses back in time to late November.
  • I didn’t think Anneke was going to make the comeback she did, though, and then she got 7 of the final 8 clues correct going into Final Jeopardy.
  • Ever wonder why a contestant’s promotional photograph on the show’s website is different from what they wear on the show? Look closer. Often the player’s got some sort of checked pattern in the promotional picture; the pattern does not do well on television, and they’ve usually been asked to change before the game starts!
  • Alex opened today’s show by wondering how well returning champions adapted to coming back on Monday. He doesn’t have the numbers. I do; I’ll put it on my list of data to crunch.

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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 14, 2019"

  1. I’m impressed by the triple solve, especially since when I read the clue this morning I couldn’t come up with a thing, other than “Dermatitis” or “Eczema”. Maybe if I’d had more sleep last night. 🙂

    Not that it mattered in the end, but had it been another triple stumper, Charlie and Suzy both would have missed a chance to win.

  2. This feels like one where everybody has heard the term, but can they get it from this clue. I don’t think many people associate seven year itch with an actual physical condition.

  3. When I read the clue, I immediately had Marilyn’s poster in my mind’s eye. Generation thing, I guess. Must be one of the most famous pictures, like the one where a sailor kisses a strange woman in Times Square on V-J day….

  4. Jackie Fuchs’ streak started on a Friday.

  5. Dave hershberger | January 14, 2019 at 7:47 pm | Reply

    The judges gave Anneke the Brandenburg gate question. It’s not even an arch! That would have given her $1600 less her final amount, and if Suzy would of answered it correctly, the scores going into final jeopardy would have been a lot closer

    • So? There was a clear acceptance of it by the judges. They have significantly more expertise in these matters than we do.

      Edit: On further research, the Brandenburg Gate was used by the Prussians as a ceremonial arch, thus, the judges are forced to accept “What is the Brandenburg arch?” as correct, as they risk having to entertain a protest hinging on that fact later.

  6. Another conservative wager on a 2nd row DD possibly ended up being costly for a player. Suzy’s pre-FJ deficit was more than could have been overcome even if she had doubled up, but a larger wager probably induces Anneke to bet more on her DD (wagered enough to take a $200 with a correct response) which might have resulted in a pre-FJ lead for Suzy if the rest of the game played out the same.

  7. Question on Komodo Dragon tongue sensors answer was incorrect, it should have been “What is a Jacobson Organ”?

    • Here was the exact clue: Komodo dragons’ tongues touch air, then touch chemoreceptors in the mouth as part of this smelling system

      The contestant responded “What is the olfactory system”?

      I did not realize “Jacobson Organ” was a system.

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