Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 25, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Law Enforcement History) for Friday, January 25, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 100):

This U.S. group was formed to protect settlers in an area that had recently gained independence from Spain

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Steven Oppenheim, a supply chain analyst from Shaker Heights, Ohio
Steven Oppenheim on Jeopardy!
Christopher Records, a nonprofit consultant from Los Angeles, Califonia
Christopher Records on Jeopardy!
Aaron Lichtig, a growth marketer from Silver Spring, Maryland (1-day total: $14,401)
Aaron Lichtig on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who are the Texas Rangers?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The famed Texas Ranger Division (commonly called the Texas Rangers) dates back to 1823 when Stephen F. Austin employed 10 men as “rangers” to protect newly settled families who had arrived in Texas following the Mexican War of Independence. The group was formally constituted in 1835 and has served in the State of Texas ever since.

Of course, the Major League Baseball team located in the Dallas metro area named themselves the Texas Rangers after the law enforcement squad.


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

Scores going into Final:
Steve-O $22,800
Aaron $16,600
Christopher $6,600


Tonight’s results:
Christopher $6,600 – $6,600 = $0 (What are the U.S. Marshalls)
Aaron $16,600 – $3,300 = $13,300 (What is Buffalo Sod)
Steve-O $22,800 + $10,401 = $33,201 (1-day total: $33,201)


Steven Oppenheim, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 25, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Aaron $6,400
Steve-O $5,000
Christopher $3,800


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Opening break taken after: 16 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) LYING IN STATES $600 (10th pick)
Aaron 1800 +1000 (Steve-O 2400 Christopher 1800)
2) POP CULTURE PORTMANTEAUS $1200 (10th pick)
Steve-O 10200 +3000 (Christopher 8200 Aaron 7200)
3) EYE EXAM $800 (16th pick)
Aaron 7600 +5000 (Steve-O 17200 Christopher 7400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 151


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: REFERENCES GOES DIGITAL $400
Total $ Left On Board: $400


Game Stats:
Steve-O $21,000 Coryat, 21 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.93% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Aaron $12,000 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 30.36% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Christopher $6,600 Coryat, 11 correct, 5 incorrect, 26.79% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $39,600
Lach Trash: $8,200 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800


Aaron Lichtig, final stats:
39 correct, 7 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts
34.23% in first on buzzer (38/111)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,800)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,800


Steven Oppenheim, stats to date:
22 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts
33.93% in first on buzzer (19/56)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,000


Steven Oppenheim, to win:
2 games: 70.15%
3: 49.21%
4: 34.52%
5: 24.22%
6: 16.99%
Avg. streak: 3.350 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 140 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.1345 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.6842).
An average of 7.37 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.0671).

An early cutoff took place 8.387% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Steven Oppenheim qualified 29.087% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 76.020% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 55.325% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 29.481% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 9.715% of the time.
John Presloid qualified 2.342% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 0.265% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Steven wrote his name and had Alex call on him as Steve-O the entire game.
  • Has it ever been a bad week for the closed captioners. On REFERENCE GOES DIGITAL $1200, they had Steve-O saying “position” instead of the “physician” which he clearly said.
  • Christopher had a very deliberate style of play. It was obviously the way he wanted to play the game, but I fear that the viewing audience isn’t going to be as receptive towards it.
  • Effective in first on buzzer percentages: Steve-O 37.25% (19/51), Aaron 33.33% (17/51), Christopher 29.41% (15/51)

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24 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 25, 2019"

  1. This one is easy and tricky at the same time. Americans know Texas gained its independence from Mexico. When the clue says “independence from Spain,” it makes you pause and wonder if the answer is maybe more complicated than the first thing that popped into your head.

  2. Edward Butler | January 25, 2019 at 7:32 pm |

    Did Steve O answer ALL questions as a question?

    • Yes, absolutely, I don’t see why there’s discussion about this. I heard phrasing on every single clue.

      (P.S.: All comments complaining about phrasing are against the Site Comment Policy.)

      • A friendly recommendation: that an explicit statement of this interpretation of Clause 1 of the SCP be added to the body of that clause; perhaps along with characterization of perceived simple Final Jeopardy! clues as “Teen Tournament” or “Kids Week” level, as specific examples of remarks that are considered by the site to be prima facie “personally negative towards a contestant”.

  3. How did the closed-captioner do with Steve-O’s response to the Pokemon clue?

  4. I think this question was poorly worded. At the time the Rangers were formed Texas was not part of the United States. So the phrase “this U.S. group” is misleading.

  5. As a person who usually doesn’t do very well in literature and geography categories, I’m just glad they went after the Sports category early on in the Jeopardy round.

  6. Frank Dudley | January 25, 2019 at 8:03 pm |

    Very poorly-worded question.

  7. What was the answer to the Pokemon question? I couldn’t understand it.

  8. Jack Crawford | January 25, 2019 at 8:41 pm |

    Should have use Mexico instead of Spain. Final jeopardy was an epic fail today. Texas Rangers were established well after Mexico’s independence from Spain.

  9. Andy:

    Does Jeopardy! ever re-record Alex’ introduction to the show if something is amiss? On Thursday’s show, Alex introduced Rachel Paterno-Mahler as having defeated a microbiologist (John Presloid) in the prior show. But Rachel didn’t defeat John, she defeated Haley Zapal. Seems that this intro would require a “do-over.”

    • During the last Tournament of Champions, Alex said Alan Lin won a College tournament. That was retaped. But I think the show keeps it few and far between.

    • On Monday they had both a microbiologist and a “biomedical scientist,” a couple of days before they had the astrophysicist. So Alex’s joke was well intentioned even if it misplaced a couple of contestants

  10. This isn’t related to this episode specifically. I’ve felt crestfallen numerous times in the past few months about players who showed a lot of potential only for them to lose after four wins. This group of players are so good that I think you could make a very enjoyable, competitive mini-Tournament of Champions featuring only the four-game winners that are currently on this website’s TOC Tracker.

    I’d love it if Jeopardy would organize a week-long tournament this way: five games, nine players, the first three games follow the semi-finals elimination policy, the final two episodes follow the finals model with the highest scoring player graduating as a wild card into the true Tournament of Champions. I wish they would do this.

    • I forgot to factor in that one or two or more four-game winners could qualify for the real TOC anyway. But because it seems to be such a long way off, I’m not sure if any of the four-game winners will qualify.

  11. Fellow Ohioan here. Was proud of John Presloid and now Steve-O. I love when the contestants are so excited to win 🙂

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