Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 30, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Women Writers) for Wednesday, January 30, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 103):

One of her circle described her as “a lacy sleeve with a bottle of vitriol concealed in its folds”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Joan Dietrich, a Montessori teacher from Sammamish, Washington
Joan Dietrich on Jeopardy!
Sean Thompson, a library assistant from Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Canada
Sean Thompson on Jeopardy!
Jill Regan, an auditor from Dedham, Massachusetts (2-day total: $51,602)
Jill Regan on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Dorothy Parker?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The quote was by Alexander Woolcott, and the full quote: “She is so odd, a bled of Little Nell and Lady Macbeth. It is not so much the familiar phenomenom of a hand of steel in a velvet glove as a lacy sleeve with a bottle of vitriol concealed in its folds”.

Dorothy Parker was well-known both as a writer and as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table, a group of New York City writers who met for lunch at the Algonquin Hotel from 1919 until 1929. Alexander Woolcott was a fellow charter member of the Round Table.

I was recently on a Patreon-only episode of Trivial Warfare where the warm-up question was determining if quotes were Oscar Wile or Dorothy Parker, and it was incredibly amusing.

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

Scores going into Final:
Sean $21,200
Jill $13,600
Joan $11,200

Tonight’s results:
Joan $11,200 + $10,100 = $21,300 (1-day champion: $21,300)
Jill $13,600 – $8,801 = $4,799 (Who is Virginia Woolf)
Sean $21,200 – $6,001 = $15,199 (Who is Jane Austin?)

Joan Dietrich, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 30, 2019 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Sean $11,000
Jill $5,200
Joan $2,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE PRESIDENTS, OF COURSE $800 (22nd pick)
Sean 4400 +3600 (Jill 4000 Joan 2400)
2) VALLEYS $2000 (8th pick)
Sean 13800 +3800 (Jill 5200 Joan 2400)
3) FRENCH MUSIC ABOUT SPAIN $1200 (18th pick)
Jill 6800 +6800 (Sean 20800 Joan 6000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 209

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: SPELLEMENTS $1600 & $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $3,600

Game Stats:
Joan $11,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 25.45% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Sean $16,600 Coryat, 25 correct, 4 incorrect, 47.27% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Jill $8,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 0 incorrect, 20.00% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $35,800
Lach Trash: $9,000 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,600

Jill Regan, final stats:
57 correct, 3 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts
30.72% in first on buzzer (51/166)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,600)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,867

Joan Dietrich, stats to date:
13 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
25.45% in first on buzzer (14/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200

Joan Dietrich, to win:
2 games: 38.28%
3: 14.65%
4: 5.61%
5: 2.15%
6: 0.82%
Avg. streak: 1.620 games.


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 137 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.8638 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.6428).
An average of 6.9958 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.0294).

An early cutoff took place 5.902% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Joan Dietrich qualified 2.316% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 81.126% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 62.233% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 36.440% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 13.256% of the time.
John Presloid qualified 3.523% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 0.468% of the time.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I feel as though “circle” was the clue meant to point our players in the direction of the Algonquin Round Table, and thus, by extension, Dorothy Parker.
  • Jill certainly picked the right time to get her first Daily Double correct!
  • Jill finished her run with 0 unforced errors. Her only three incorrect responses were two Daily Doubles and a Final Jeopardy.
  • Interestingly, if Sean had spelled “cadmium” properly, the scores going into Final Jeopardy! would have been an incredibly interesting 23600-13600-10000. Would Joan have bet everything in that spot? I don’t know…
  • Speaking of which, spelling categories are kinda silly, and they take up more time than you’d expect them to.
  • Sean described recreation curling pretty well: lose about two-thirds of the time and have someone else buy you a beer. Curling etiquette is very clear on this: The winner buys the first round. (The loser buys round two.)
  • So, let’s hope that Joan bought the first round back at the DoubleTree that night.
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Joan 27.45% (14/51), Sean 50.98% (26/51), Jill 21.57% (11/51).

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6 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 30, 2019"

  1. @Andy
    At the 3rd DD pick did Sean really have 20.800?

  2. @Andy
    So I guess the last DD was found kind of late? Doesn’t say, but I would guess so?

  3. It will be fun to watch how all this happens tonight. If the power doesn’t go out. We’re buried in snow, 0° before wind chills.

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