Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 15, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Presidential Quotes) for Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 92):

He said, “Victory over (the) Depression will be…by the resolution of our people to fight their own battles in their own communities”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Evan Beals, a salesman from Grand Rapids, Michigan
Evan Beals on Jeopardy!
Kathleen Guess, a children’s librarian from Marion, Kentucky
Kathleen Guess on Jeopardy!
Anneke Garcia, an instructional design consultant from Salt Lake City, Utah (3-day total: $64,502)
Anneke Garcia on Jeopardy!

Anneke finds herself in spot #21 on the ToC Tracker. A win today puts here anywhere from #10 to #15.

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Correct response: Who is Herbert Hoover?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Herbert Hoover gave the address on February 12, 1931, for Lincoln’s birthday. Hanover College has the text the address.

In it, Hoover said:

Victory over this depression and over our other difficulties will be won by the resolution of our people to fight their own battles in their own communities, by stimulating their ingenuity to solve their own problems, by taking new courage to be masters of their own destiny in the struggle of life. This is not the easy way, but it is the American way. And it was Lincoln’s way.

It did not work, to say the least. The American people did not like Hoover’s way of dealing with the Depression and Franklin D. Roosevelt took the Presidency from Hoover in the election of 1932.


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

Scores going into Final:
Kathleen $21,100
Anneke $20,000
Evan $10,000


Tonight’s results:
Evan $10,000 + $0 = $10,000
Anneke $20,000 + $19,995 = $39,995 (4-day total: $104,497)
Kathleen $21,100 – $20,013 = $1,087 (Who is F.D. Roosevelt?)


Anneke Garcia, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 15, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Evan $8,400
Anneke $5,200
Kathleen $3,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) TREATIES $800 (8th pick)
Evan 1600 +1600 (Anneke 1200 Kathleen 800)
2) WOMEN WRITERS $2000 (5th pick)
Kathleen 6400 +2500 (Evan 6800 Anneke 5200)
3) “WEST” WORLD $1600 (19th pick)
Kathleen 13700 +3000 (Anneke 14000 Evan 7600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 161


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0


Game Stats:
Anneke $20,000 Coryat, 24 correct, 2 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer
Evan $9,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Kathleen $19,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 0 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $48,200
Lach Trash: $1,200(on 1 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,600


Anneke Garcia, stats to date:
92 correct, 8 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts
40.63% in first on buzzer (91/224)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,500


Anneke Garcia, to win:
5 games: 67.28%
6: 45.26%
7: 30.45%
8: 20.49%
9: 13.78%
Avg. streak: 6.056 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 148 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.7218 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.7374).
An average of 8.3084 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.0903).

An early cutoff took place 31.607% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Anneke Garcia qualified 86.165% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 32.273% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 10.985% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 2.831% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 0.248% of the time.
Mary Ann Borer qualified 0.000% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Anneke’s winning score of $39,995 is the highest since Donna Brown won $45,600 on December 22, 2017.
  • The combined Coryat of $48,200 is the highest since April 25, 2016 (Buzzy Cohen’s first game, where he defeated Andrew Pau.)
  • This game had the lowest amount of Lach Trash ($1,200) since Margaret Miles’ first game on April 14, 2016. (There was just $600 in that game.)
  • The Double Jeopardy! round was taken top-to-bottom, left-to-right, in order. This is an incredibly rare occurrence. The last time that happened was December 19, 2016 (Cindy Stowell’s 5th game), in the Jeopardy! round.
  • She seemed hesitant and quasi-guessing, but props to Kathleen for ringing in and coming up with Russ Finegold on the HOME FROM THE HILL $2000 clue to put her back into the lead going into Final. So many players forget the situation there and are afraid to ring in.
  • There was a slightly different musical cue at the point before Johnny read the promotional considerations, as Alex was walking over to the contestant lecterns. I’m not sure what prompted this change (on a Tuesday of all days) and I’m rather confused by it all.

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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 15, 2019"

  1. This will be an interesting one– I bet several contestants go with FDR.

  2. This is one where the category title helps immensely, and that’s not always the case. It narrows it down to two people. You still have to think a little bit to realize this is exactly the opposite of what FDR believed. If the category title had been something like 20th Century Quotes, this would be much tougher.

  3. First time that Anneke entered FJ not being in the lead. Fortunately for her – and unfortunately for Kathleen the latter fell into the FDR trap. But what a haul! Anneke now leads all 4 game winners, being # 10 overall including the T winners on the ToC list. (Dhruv and Larry).

  4. Kathleen Guess | January 15, 2019 at 10:17 pm |

    Kathleen (the contestant) here! I’m horrible at Presidents and tried to bone up before the day. Of course when I saw THAT was the final category I knew it was over for me. So instead of re-reading the clue, I was caught in a loop of “FDR would be too easy, right? This is Jeopardy!” “But is that because you studied and it’s easy now whereas before it wouldn’t been hard?” “Or maybe it IS that easy. Sometimes they ARE that easy.” etc, etc, all the while realizing you are in first place and could LOSE it all! And how much time do they give you? 30 seconds? The Sigmund Freud from a few days earlier was cake for me (Art History major here), but Presidents? Nope. Oh well. It was great fun!

    • Pizza Face Fred | January 15, 2019 at 10:42 pm |

      I thought FDR sounded like a better choice since many blamed Hoover for the Depression. The quote seems like something his successor would say. You made a respectable showing, so don’t be too down on yourself. You done good 🙂

    • Props to you for posting here and explaining your thought process. I was on the show a long time ago and empathize with all you wrote. The thought process involved in answering the Final Jeopardy question has always been interesting to me, having been there myself. Good for you, for explaining what was going on in your mind in that 30 or so seconds.

    • Thanks for sharing. You were great, and the first contestant to have a lead over Anneke going into FJ. Similar thing happened to me two years ago in my third game — clue had me thinking, “They want us to say XXX, but that’s not the right answer” and I wound up blanking when I couldn’t think of a better one. Then XXX turned out to be correct, and I slunk home.

      It was a fun and exciting match to watch — Anneke is a very good player, and you made her work for it.

  5. Pizza Face Fred | January 15, 2019 at 11:28 pm |

    One Triple Stumper, highly unusual…

  6. Thank you for pointing out the orderly left-to-right, tip-to-bottom play of Double Jeopardy. My mom who was watching with me wasn’t paying attention and she didn’t believe me. You saved us from having to watch the whole round over again!

  7. Roger Shaffer | January 16, 2019 at 1:57 pm |

    I missed hearing the answer-question on the three planes chart. On a vertical mill both x and y are on a horizontal. EP 92 Date January 15th

    • Roger: If you missed hearing the clue, how can you claim it incorrect?

      Here’s the game at J! Archive, can you find the clue that you think was worded incorrectly? http://www.j-archive.com/showgame.php?game_id=6193

    • If you’re referring to the clue “It denotes the horizontal axis in a Cartesian coordinate system” the judges ruled against Y (from Anneke) as a correct answer but accepted X.

      If it had made a difference in the game’s outcome, Anneke might have had a protest possibility, though most sources I looked at define “Cartesian coordinates” as a system primariloy for locating points on a plane, and only secondarily in three-dimensional space. But one could make a case for “Y” being acceptable if Z is the vertical access in three-dimensional coordinates.

      However, it’s probably moot since it didn’t impact the outcome.

      • I mean, I see the point here, but for the sake of argument: it wouldn’t be uniquely identifying, and wouldn’t anyone who knows that the Cartesian plane could be used to describe three dimensions also know which axis is horizontal and which axis is vertical?

        It would probably be another case of Anneke accidentally backing into a correct response had it been granted, and we saw how the viewership reacted to that yesterday in the case of “Brandenburg arch”.

        Though clearly the show should have said “Cartesian plane” and not “Cartesian coordinate system”.

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