Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 21, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Broadway Musicals) for Monday, January 21, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 96):

Premiering in 2005, its story is divided into spring, summer, fall, & winter, each narrated by one of the 4 male leads

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Humzah Qureshi, an attorney from Washington, D.C.
Humzah Qureshi on Jeopardy!
Kelsey Barcomb, a biomedical scientist from Denver, Colorado
Kelsey Barcomb on Jeopardy!
John Presloid, a microbiologist from Perrysburg, Ohio (3-day total: $67,200)
John Presloid on Jeopardy!

John is currently #20 on our ToC Tracker; with a win today he could find himself anywhere from #10 to #15!

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Correct response: What is Jersey Boys?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Presented as a “documentary”, Jersey Boys is a jukebox musical dealing with The Four Seasons. In its original Broadway run, Frankie Valli was played by John Lloyd Young, Tommy DeVito by Christian Hoff, Bob Gaudio by Daniel Reichard, and Nick Massi by J. Robert Spencer. It won four Tony Awards including Best Musical.

Fun fact: A young Joe Pesci was involved in introducing the group to Gaudio.


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

Scores going into Final:
John $29,600
Kelsey $10,000
Humzah -$2,600


Tonight’s results:
Humzah -$2,600
Kelsey $10,000 – $0 = $10,000 (What is a man for all seasons?)
John $29,600 – $4,600 = $25,000 (4-day total: $92,200) (What is A Man For All Seasons?)


John Presloid, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 21, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
John $9,200
Humzah $3,400
Kelsey $3,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) FILL IN THE FULL PLACE NAME $600 (4th pick)
Humzah 400 +1000 (Kelsey 1000 John 0)
2) STEAMY SCIENCE $1200 (7th pick)
John 10800 +10800 (Kelsey 7200 Humzah 1800)
3) POET IDENTIFICATION, PLEASE $1600 (17th pick)
Joen 27600 +400 (Kelsey 9600 Humzah 1800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 201


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


Game Stats:
John $21,200 Coryat, 25 correct, 3 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer, 4/4 on rebound attempts
Kelsey $10,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer
Humzah -$3,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 7 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $28,200
Lach Trash: $12,200 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,600


John Presloid, stats to date:
96 correct, 11 incorrect
7/8 on rebound attempts
38.77% in first on buzzer (88/227)
7/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $33,600)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,050


John Presloid, to win:
5 games: 74.49%
6: 55.48%
7: 41.33%
8: 30.78%
9: 22.93%
Avg. streak: 6.919 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 144 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.7143 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.6898).
An average of 8.049 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.0582).

An early cutoff took place 30.891% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

John Presloid qualified 74.579% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 42.223% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 19.172% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 4.833% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 0.837% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 0.000% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I’m thinking of changing the “in first on buzzer” stat to a statistic which disregards any stand-and-stare Triple Stumpers in the denominator. Any thoughts?
  • If his tweets and/or Reddit posts are any indication, John may have regretted not going True Daily Double before this game in a science category. He got his chance today and took full advantage!
  • Speaking of tweets, I suspect that a number of people on Twitter are going to be disappointed that John is spoken for!
  • $10,800 is the largest Daily Double bet of the season to date. The previous high was $10,600, by Charbel Barakat on December 24.

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8 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 21, 2019"

  1. If all clues were played, how come the third DD is not mentioned?

  2. Andy-to respond to your thought above, I think changing the “in first on buzzer” stat as you are considering is a great idea. I also simply want to thank you for this site and express how much I enjoy your analyses and your comments.

  3. I’m wondering – had John gotten FJ correct and ended the show with over $100K, would Alex have commented “Oh, What a night…” 🙂

  4. I always wanted to go true daily double haha. Until I found the poetry DD that is; as evidenced by my nothing bet I consider fine arts as my weakest area. So of course it was one I knew!

  5. Third runaway in a row. Will John be the first 5 game winner since October. Quite risky DD bets.

  6. The clue was mean to Humzah and a double stumper to start the week.

  7. We usually watch the show on WABC from NYC, and they seem to always run an ad (or two) for a Broadway show during Jeopardy. I was curious which one would air tonight, since “Jersey Boys” has been in the rotation over the past few weeks. But alas, tonight’s ad was for “Come From Away”, which certainly fit the Newfoundland clue during the game. 🙂

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