Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 17, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Contemporary Art) for Thursday, January 17, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 94):

After it was auctioned in 2018, a work by this artist was renamed “Love Is In The Bin”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Caroline Cawley, a research associate from San Mateo, California
Caroline Cawley on Jeopardy!
Frank Orlando, a professor from Wesley Chapel, Florida
Frank Orlando on Jeopardy!
John Presloid, a microbiologist from Perrysburg, Ohio (1-day total: $12,000)
John Presloid on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Banksy?

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Originally titled “Girl with Balloon” as a 2006 adaptation of his 2002 mural series, it was created with a self-destruct mechanism in case the work was ever put up for auction (namely, a shredder). It sold at Sotheby’s for £1,042,000, a record for a Banksy work, on October 5, 2018 (about seven and a half weeks before this episode taped.)

The buyer, as it turned into a piece of art history, elected to keep the piece. (Banksy, in turn, re-authenticated it with the new title, “Love Is in the Bin”.)

Here’s a video with Sotheby’s talking about the significance of what Banksy did, along with footage of the actual shredding as it happened (the shredding begins at 0:46):

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

Scores going into Final:
John $25,200
Frank $11,800
Caroline $7,400

Tonight’s results:
Caroline $7,400 + $4,401 = $11,801 (Who is Banksy? 🙂 )
Frank $11,800 – $3,001 = $8,799 (Who is Pollock?)
John $25,200 + $0 = $25,200 (2-day total: $37,200)

John Presloid, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 17, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
John $11,600
Frank $4,200
Caroline $3,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) FER SURE, IT WAS THE ’80s $800 (20th pick)
John 4000 +4000 (Caroline 3200 Frank 2600)
2) CHEMISTRY $1600 (5th pick)
John 16000 +6000 (Frank 4200 Caroline 3400)
3) BEARD MAN $2000 (22nd pick)
Frank 6200 +4000 (John 24000 Caroline 4200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 202

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

Game Stats:
John $17,600 Coryat, 24 correct, 1 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Caroline $7,400 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer
Frank $9,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $34,800
Lach Trash: $10,600 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,600

John Presloid, stats to date:
41 correct, 2 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts
30.97% in first on buzzer (35/113)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,500

John Presloid, to win:
3 games: 53.90%
4: 29.05%
5: 15.66%
6: 8.44%
7: 4.55%
Avg. streak: 3.169 games.


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 146 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.1369 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.7051).
An average of 7.5093 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.1101).

An early cutoff took place 20.725% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

John Presloid qualified 16.225% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 55.588% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 30.521% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 10.276% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 2.604% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 0.298% of the time.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Well, that was a much better game out of John!
  • Although this was rendered moot by Final Jeopardy, Frank’s bet of $4,000 on the final Daily Double was not enough. Of course, he ended up $800 short of half of John’s total.
  • After Caroline gave no answer to CHEMISTRY $2000, I thought there would be a rebound. Of course, as I’m sure Kevin Shrum will comment on at some point, sometimes a player forgets that rebounds are on the table!
  • For what it’s worth, Fritz Haber is near-Pavlovian for ammonia. Except for the time he apparently tried to finance Germany’s World War I reparations by trying to extract gold from seawater, which somehow made it into a 1997 clue.
  • Frank had a better time in his Sports Jeopardy! appearance on the buzzer than he did in this game!
  • Considering Marianopolis College in Montréal was tweeting about Caroline being an alumna, I’m not surprised that Caroline picked up the $600 and $1000 clues in STATES & PROVINCES, the Stanley Cup clue in A TROPHY CATEGORY, and mildly amused that Frank beat Caroline in on the buzzer on the clue about Quebec!

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 17, 2019"

  1. sherri thetford | January 17, 2019 at 7:04 pm |

    I have a comment about tonight’s show – John, Frank and Caroline 1-17-19 please contact me I will not post it here and can’t find an email address to send it to

  2. Glad the Perrysburg, Ohio boy got the Toledo question right! 🙂

  3. Enos Williams | January 17, 2019 at 11:42 pm |

    I don’t normally second-guess contestants, but I would expect a microbiologist to know ammonia. For what it’s worth.

  4. Missed the shoutout until now, but I can confirm Andy’s comment about standing patiently wondering why the next clue hasn’t yet been called instead of picking up a rebound

    Good thing we know Andy is a terrifically nice person. Someone who doesn’t know that might suspect he was still rubbing it in … after two years. 🙂

  5. Pizza Face Fred | January 18, 2019 at 5:35 pm |

    What are “rebounds” and, under stats, “rebound attempts?”

    • A “rebound” happens when one player responds incorrectly and another responds to the same clue correctly (the correct player gets credit for a rebound)

      A “rebound attempt” happens when another player signals after a player responds incorrectly, whether the player is correct or incorrect.

    • Pizza Face Fred | January 18, 2019 at 10:38 pm |

      Thanks, Andy…

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