Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 22, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Comic Strip Title Characters) for Tuesday, January 22, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 97):

These 2 were named for a European “theologian who believed in predestination” & a “philosopher with a dim view of human nature”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Julie Bender, a public transportation consultant from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Julie Bender on Jeopardy!
Haley Zapal, a copywriter from Atlanta, Georgia
Haley Zapal on Jeopardy!
John Presloid, a microbiologist from Perrysburg, Ohio (4-day total: $92,200)
John Presloid on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who are Calvin and Hobbes?

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The European theologian who believed in predestination: John Calvin; Calvin’s church in Geneva was the subject of Final Jeopardy! back in early October. Calvin had been driven from France into Switzerland due to religious tensions.

The philosopher was Thomas Hobbes, who famously described life in the state of nature as “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short”.

Putting them together as a little boy (Calvin) and his pet tiger (Hobbes) was cartoonist Bill Watterson who drew the strip between 1985 and 1995.

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

Scores going into Final:
Haley $14,400
John $13,800
Julie $7,200

Tonight’s results:
Julie $7,200 + $0 = $7,200
John $13,800 + $1,000 = $14,800
Haley $14,400 + $13,000 = $27,400 (1-day total: $27,400)

Haley Zapal, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 22, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Haley $6,900
John $600
Julie $0


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) LIT-POURRI $800 (6th pick)
Haley 2400 -1500 (Julie -400 John -600)
2) LANGUAGE FAMILIES $1600 (4th pick)
Haley 8500 +1500 (John 1400 Julie 0)
3) MUSICAL & PLAY SETTINGS $1200 (15th pick)
Julie 3600 +2000 (Haley 9600 John 7800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 11

Unplayed clues:
J! round: NEVER GONNA GIVE U UP $600
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $600

Game Stats:
Haley $16,000 Coryat, 22 correct, 4 incorrect, 37.50% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts
John $13,800 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.93% in first on buzzer
Julie $6,400 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.64% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $36,200
Lach Trash: $10,400 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,800

John Presloid, final stats:
114 correct, 13 incorrect
7/8 on rebound attempts
37.81% in first on buzzer (107/283)
7/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $33,600)
3/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,400

Haley Zapal, stats to date:
23 correct, 4 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts
37.50% in first on buzzer (21/56)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,000

Haley Zapal, to win:
2 games: 47.59%
3: 22.64%
4: 10.77%
5: 5.13%
6: 2.44%
Avg. streak: 1.908 games.


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 143 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.0685 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.6867).
An average of 7.3574 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.083).

An early cutoff took place 19.329% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Haley Zapal qualified 5.727% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 57.204% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 31.938% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 10.922% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 2.764% of the time.
John Presloid qualified 0.341% of the time.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • The J! round categories saw NEVER GONNA GIVE U UP and RICK ROLES in the far right. Took the writers long enough to make that joke!
  • Someone put a curse on the set back in August. That would be one explanation for why we’re seeing all of these four-time champs not make it to five.
  • I don’t get why a player would bet almost all the way up to a full cover but not actually go through with the full cover. But I’m not the one on the stage, either. If I get there, I can play the game the way I want to, and until that point, the players on stage can play the game the way they want to.
  • John was a popular champion and I think that there are going to be a lot of people disappointed that he didn’t get to five victories.
  • To compare with the in first on buzzer statistics above, the “effective in first on buzzer” statistics (by the way, that name for the stat isn’t set in stone, so please feel free to make a suggestion if you have something better): Haley 41.18% (21/51), John 37.25% (19/51), Julie 21.57% (11/51)

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14 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 22, 2019"

  1. I’m 1 of those disappointed people, Andy. Whoever put that curse on the set in August is going to pay for the ultimate price.

  2. You’re totally right. I think Haley’s math was off. If John had wagered everything, he would’ve won.

  3. Maybe Haley just messed up on her math on the FJ, she’s lucky John didn’t bet it all.

  4. I didn’t realize it until I got off stage, but I cried a little when I realized the scores. I still feel like I made the “correct” bet, but to say it was heartbreaking is an understatement.

    • I think you did make the correct wager. I haven’t been watching Jeopardy for very long, but that kind of miscalculation is probably extremely rare.

    • You did awesome! I mean I had to rewind to see how different bets would change the results so it has got to be so stressing on the actual show. Great job again

  5. Last 5 time champ was Alan Dunn in October 2018.

  6. John Andere | January 22, 2019 at 6:06 pm |

    Yes, Haley definitely screwed up the Final bet, but I’m glad she won.

  7. I was hoping John would win again so he could break the curse of the 4-day winning streak for Jeopardy champions after Alan Dunn this season. Someone surely is gonna break this curse sooner or later…anyhoo I’m disappointed that John’s reign ended 🙁

  8. Tonight, we once again see the kind of drama that makes this show so much fun to watch. John defeated a 4-day and $100,000+ champion, and followed it up with three locks – but even with all that, all it takes is one more five-plus game winner between now and November to knock him out of the Tournament of Champions.

    The closeness of the game leads me to want to note the accuracy of both Alex and the judges – I’m referring here to TAKING STOCK, 1000 – the “S&P” clue. If John’s response had been credited, then the denial of a rebound opportunity to Haley would have dropped her behind John going into Final, even had such a ruling been reversed on review. Kudos to the whole production team for getting that one right as it happened.

    • That’s probably one of those questions I’m sure they were specifically listening for leaaving off or adding a letter, in this case the s at the end

  9. Bridget Schoff | January 23, 2019 at 7:10 pm |

    What was the answer to – Andrew Lincoln Played Rick Grimes, Formerly in Law Enforcement, On This Cable Series

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