Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 29, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century Disasters) for Tuesday, January 29, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 102):

On the radio in 1937 this 3-word exclamation came after “The smoke and the flames now…not quite to the mooring mast”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Niño Yosinao, a development assistant data analyst from San Francisco, California
Niño Yosinao on Jeopardy!
Chris Whalen, an editor from Austin, Texas
Chris Whalen on Jeopardy!
Jill Regan, an auditor from Dedham, Massachusetts (1-day total: $31,601)
Jill Regan on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is “Oh, the humanity!”?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Uttered during Herb Morrison’s radio broadcast on May 6, 1937, reporting on the Hindenburg disaster (he had been assigned to cover the docking by WLS Chicago). It burst into flames when docking in Manchester Township, New Jersey.

There have been many takes on the “Oh, the humanity” phrase in popular culture, including Les Nessman’s “Turkeys Away” episode of WKRP in Cincinnati, and even Scott Rogowsky turning it into the catchphrase “Oh, the HQmanity” during “savage” questions on HQ Trivia.


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

Scores going into Final:
Jill $14,400
Chris $10,000
Niño $5,800


Tonight’s results:
Niño $5,800 – $4,201 = $1,599 (What is Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! Tora! Tora! Tora!)
Chris $10,000 + $4,401 = $14,401
Jill $14,400 + $5,601 = $20,001 (2-day total: $51,602)


Jill Regan, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 29, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Chris $5,200
Jill $3,200
Niño $3,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) HAMBURGERS $1000 (24th pick)
Jill 4400 -3000 (Chris 4400 Niño 1600)
2) ART & ARTISTS $1200 (13th pick)
Chris 8000 -3000 (Jill 9200 Niño 5000)
3) BUILDING BIG $800 (23rd pick)
Chris 11000 -1000 (Jill 11600 Niño 5000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -115


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: RUSSIAN LITERATURE $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $2,000


Game Stats:
Jill $17,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 35.71% in first on buzzer
Chris $14,000 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 32.14% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Niño $5,800 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 16.07% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $37,200
Lach Trash: $11,400 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,400


Jill Regan, stats to date:
43 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
36.04% in first on buzzer (40/111)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,200)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,300


Jill Regan, to win:
3 games: 45.79%
4: 20.97%
5: 9.60%
6: 4.40%
7: 2.01%
Avg. streak: 2.845 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 138 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.9515 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.6662).
An average of 7.1731 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.0614).

An early cutoff took place 6.801% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Jill Regan qualified 10.360% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 79.307% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 59.681% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 33.682% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 11.919% of the time.
John Presloid qualified 3.105% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 0.399% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • For the projections above, I have elected to implement Version 3 of the prediction model, which takes into account historical player performance in the subsequent game given performance in previous games, as Version 1 and Version 2 of that model was overrating players in that respect.
  • With regards to Jill’s performance: The good news? 0 unforced errors. The bad? She’s 0/2 on Daily Doubles.
  • Niño is 3-for-12 in escape rooms? I am 3-for-3 in them.
  • Am I the only one outside of New England to find New England-style hot dog buns weird?
  • I’m sure that there are going to be two camps of people on the Internet tonight: Camp A, consisting of people happy that the show accepted “Sears Tower”; and Camp B, consisting of those upset that the show did not insist upon Willis Tower. (For what it’s worth, the clue made reference to the completion date of 1973, thus, the old name should be and was accepted.)
  • For the second day in a row, we see the “Portions of the program not affecting the outcome of the competition have been edited” disclaimer.
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Jill 42.55% (20/47), Chris 38.30% (18/47), Niño 19.15% (9/47).

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 29, 2019"

  1. Whenever I see 1937, I immediately think of the Hindenburg disaster.

  2. I would have come up with the Hindenburg disaster but not the 3 words. Jill sure came back in the DJ round. I don’t know what NE hot dogs are despite spending summers in Maine years ago. Probably Boston style. Brooklyn, St. Louis, Cincinnati have special styles, I think.

  3. Not that this has anything to do with Jeopardy rules, but I’ve lived in Chicago my entire life and I’m yet to hear anyone refer to it as Willis Tower.

    Now they’re changing the name of The John Hancock building, which was previously the tallest building in the city, so we’re just mightily confused.

    Oh, the humanity!

  4. I think it is a real jerk thing to do to bet one dollar more. Why not bet 2 or 3 dollars over. That is just being a jerk.

    • See, the thing is, because many players are so apt to just bet randomly, it’s been considered best practice to bet as little as you need to, because an extra dollar when you’re wrong may well be that dollar that you need to win.

      So, no, it’s not being a jerk. It’s using proper strategy.

  5. Rough show today. Three wrong answers on the daily double resulted a shutout. Let’s hope tomorrow’s episode will be better.

  6. Pizza Face Fred | January 29, 2019 at 10:36 pm | Reply

    I’ve always thought the disaster site to be Lakehurst, New Jersey…

  7. FWIW some people think the phrase is “Oh, the vanity!” Suffice to say they are unaware of the origins of the phrase.

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