Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 2, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category British Memoirs) for Wednesday, January 2, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 83):

Before his death in 1996, this famous son wrote the memoirs “The Enchanted Places” & “The Hollow on the Hill”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Jordan Skidmore, a chef from Dublin, California
Jordan Skidmore on Jeopardy!
Danielle Phillip, an attorney from Ann Arbor, Michigan
Danielle Phillip on Jeopardy!
Jonathan Dinerstein, a composer from Los Angeles, California (1-day total: $16,500)
Jonathan Dinerstein on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Christopher Robin Milne?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Christopher Robin Milne is the son of A. A. Milne, famous for having written the Winnie-the-Pooh series of books. “The Enchanted Places” and “The Hollow on the Hill” are the first and third parts of his autobiography. At times, Christopher Robin loathed his father for making him famous (through the Christopher Robin character in the books), but writing the autobiography enabled Christopher Robin “to come to terms with what his father had done to him”, according to a 1996 obituary in The Independent.

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

Scores going into Final:
Jonathan $19,400
Danielle $12,000
Jordan $400

Tonight’s results:
Jordan $400 – $0 = $400 (Who is Churchill?)
Danielle $12,000 – $11,000 = $1,000 (Who is Christopher Tolkien?)
Jonathan $19,400 + $4,601 = $24,001 (Who is Milne?)

Jonathan Dinerstein, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 2, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jonathan $7,400
Danielle $6,600
Jordan $2,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) COUNT $1000 (21st pick)
Danielle 3200 +1000 (Jonathan 6000 Jordan 2000)
2) USA $1200 (5th pick)
Danielle 7400 +1400 (Jonathan 8600 Jordan 2800)
3) THE PLANTAGENETS $1600 (29th pick, $2,000 left on board, minute-to-go signal given)
Jordan 2400 -2000 (Jonathan 19400 Danielle 12000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -33

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $2,000

Game Stats:
Jonathan $19,400 Coryat, 30 correct, 4 incorrect, 58.93% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Danielle $11,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 23.21% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts
Jordan $2,400 Coryat, 6 correct, 2 incorrect, 10.71% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $33,600
Lach Trash: $9,000 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,400

Jonathan Dinerstein, stats to date:
49 correct, 7 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
47.27% in first on buzzer (52/110)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,500)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,000

Jonathan Dinerstein, to win:
3 games: 60.23%
4: 36.28%
5: 21.85%
6: 13.16%
7: 7.93%
Avg. streak: 3.514 games.


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 157 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.4878 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.7737).
An average of 8.1232 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.1893).

An early cutoff took place 27.387% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 22.455% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 44.552% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 19.093% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 4.956% of the time.
Mary Ann Borer qualified 1.028% of the time.
Kyle Becker qualified 0.103% of the time.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I’m not sure if I 100% agree with the call of the judges on this Final Jeopardy. It’s certainly possible that they chose to accept Jonathan’s answer for the two reasons of: a) him being the only person to answer Milne; and b) the outcome of the game not resting on the call, only money won.
  • I was disappointed that Danielle didn’t choose to bet more on her Daily Doubles. While it ended up being a moot point for the overall outcome, it seemed as though she was losing the buzzer battle early on, and doing better with the Daily Doubles may have been able to shift momentum more in her favor.
  • Jonathan’s podcast is titled Settling the Score.

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10 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 2, 2019"

  1. I agree with your thoughts on the “Milne” answer – had this happened during the game I’m guessing there would have been a request for additional info; i.e., first name.

    I’m wondering what would have happened had someone responded with “Christopher Robin” without the “Milne”.

  2. I don’t know that I agree Andy. Normally in the game whenever name answers are required the last name is always acceptable, why should Final Jeopardy be any different?

    • When there are multiple people with the same last name that fit the category (i.e. Presidents Adams, Johnson, Roosevelt, and Bush), the show generally needs you to be specific.

      I would argue that this is one of those cases.

      The show’s judges clearly disagreed. 🙂

      • It’s a close call for sure, but using the criteria you cite here (“multiple people with the same last name that fit the category”), Milne should probably be sufficient. The clue called for “this famous son”…only one Milne fits that. A.A. would not be considered a famous son.

  3. Accepting just the last name was a belated Christmas gift imo. But Jonathan would have won anyway, just with 8.002 less.

  4. What was the question about Bill Murray being inspired not to commit suicide by a painting at Chicago art museum. I want to know what the painting was. Thanks

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