Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 28, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century Literature) for Monday, January 28, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 101):

Ambrose Bierce, a Civil War veteran, said of this 1895 book, the author “knows nothing of war, yet he is drenched in blood”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Saurabh Kapadia, a finance analyst from New York, New York
Saurabh Kapadia on Jeopardy!
Jill Regan, an auditor from Dedham, Massachusetts
Jill Regan on Jeopardy!
Steven “Steve-O” Oppenheim, a supply chain analyst from Shaker Heights, Ohio (1-day total: $33,201)
Steven Oppenheim on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is The Red Badge of Courage?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Author Stephen Crane was born in November 1871, more than six years after the conclusion of the U.S. Civil War, but still wrote the 1895 book The Red Badge of Courage, about a young private (Henry Fleming) who fled from a battle and was so ashamed that he felt the need to seek out a “red badge of courage”, that being a war wound. The work received high praise from Civil War writer Bierce, who also said “Most beginners who deal with this subject spatter themselves merely with ink”.


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

Scores going into Final:
Jill $18,000
Steve-O $15,800
Saurabh $4,000


Tonight’s results:
Saurabh $4,000 + $1,000 = $5,000
Steve-O $15,800 + $15,700 = $31,500
Jill $18,000 + $13,601 = $31,601 (1-day total: $31,601)


Jill Regan, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 28, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jill $4,400
Steve-O $4,000
Saurabh $2,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) INSURANCE $400 (18th pick)
Jill 1200 -1200 (Saurabh 3000 Steve-O 2600)
2) GODS & GODDESSES $1600 (4th pick)
Steve-O 5600 +3000 (Jill 5200 Saurabh 2400)
3) GEOGRAPH”E” $800 (6th pick)
Steve-O 10600 +4000 (Jill 5200 Saurabh 2400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -9


Unplayed clues:
J! round: CELEBRITIES: THEY’RE JUST LIKE US! $1000
DJ! Round: WORLD LEADERS OF 2018 $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $3,000


Game Stats:
Jill $19,200 Coryat, 21 correct, 1 incorrect, 36.36% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Steve-O $11,200 Coryat, 21 correct, 4 incorrect, 41.82% in first on buzzer
Saurabh $4,000 Coryat, 6 correct, 2 incorrect, 10.91% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $34,400
Lach Trash: $9,200 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,400


Steven Oppenheim, final stats:
44 correct, 5 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts
37.84% in first on buzzer (42/111)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,100


Jill Regan, stats to date:
22 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
36.36% in first on buzzer (20/55)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,200)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,200


Jill Regan, to win:
2 games: 58.09%
3: 33.74%
4: 19.60%
5: 11.39%
6: 6.61%
Avg. streak: 2.386 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 139 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.9988 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.6708).
An average of 7.2065 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.0557).

An early cutoff took place 7.174% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Jill Regan qualified 13.339% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 78.525% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 58.768% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 32.909% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 11.479% of the time.
John Presloid qualified 2.947% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 0.353% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Another champion has done really well on Day 1 and had a drop-off on Day 2. It’s clear that my prediction model needs adjusting.
  • If it’s possible to look on the bright side of this: at least I’m not going to have conflicted loyalties when it comes to Wednesday’s episode!
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Jill 40.82% (20/49), Steve-O 46.94% (23/49), Saurabh 12.24% (6/49).
  • The “Portions of the program not affecting the outcome of the competition have been edited” disclaimer was shown during the credits. Does this mean CELEBRITIES $1000 was played in-studio, was a stand-and-stare, and cut out? It sounded like an edit to me. That disclaimer doesn’t usually play.

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 28, 2019"

  1. STUART L RUBIN | January 28, 2019 at 10:24 am |

    I am a loyal watcher, but I find that the subject matter is overly weighted to literature. I would like to see it a little more pop culture oriented. Sports material is also too limited. But if the ratings are good I guess the producers don’t want to tamper with the current formula.

    • An interesting thought, Stuart.

      There are some that would say that many in today’s world do not read enough, and that lack of literacy is what is causing a great deal of the issues of today’s world.

      Personally, I think that the show strikes a good balance between academic and non-academic subject matter.

    • Pizza Face Fred | January 28, 2019 at 11:02 pm |

      As a from-the-beginning watcher of the “new” Jeopardy! and an old guy, I’m kind of disappointed where the show seems to be going. I’d like to think I’m as good as the best contestants, and I regularly get a high percentage of the questions right, but lately I get stumped by the categories focused on modern movies and music and the associated actors and artists. Not my cup of tea, I suppose…

    • Jennifer Lynch | January 28, 2019 at 11:03 pm |

      Funny Stuart, I think there is too much pop culture. Too much contemporary music, TV, movies, etc… So maybe it just goes to show you see what you see. Ditto on sports, there’s a lot of sports. I do agree there’s a lot of literature but I think that’s more in keeping with Jeopardy’s theme of general (timeless) and academic and historical knowledge. As Andy said, I think Jeopardy strikes a good balance.

  2. Andy, I always appreciate your “More information about Final Jeopardy” paragraph, but especially so today. I usually do the clue on the Jeopardy website, then come here to find out whether or not I was correct. I came up with the correct answer today, but I couldn’t decide whether or not Bierce’s comment was positive or negative.

    By itself, the comment almost comes across as sarcastic, and could be seen as critical of the work. Coupling it with the accompanying quote you provided puts it much more in context.

  3. @Andy
    $1.000 and $2,000 left are $ 3.000, not 3.800??

  4. BassPlayingSugarplum | January 28, 2019 at 7:08 pm |

    Ugh, this is not how I wanted to end up back on the TOC tracker. RIP Larry Martin, one of my favorite contestants of the last year. Wish he’d fallen off by, say, becoming the new Mr. Rogers. Not by passing away. I will miss him in the TOC but I know his friends, family and former students will miss him more.

  5. Lisa Brasch | January 28, 2019 at 7:20 pm |

    Andy, hate to nitpick but I think your final stats on Steve-O need adjusting. 2/2 on FJ?

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