Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 4, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Transportation) for Friday, January 4, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 85):

Carretera Transistmica, aka the Boyd-Roosevelt Highway, runs parallel to this waterway

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Chelsea Hill, an administrative assistant from Brooklyn, New York
Chelsea Hill on Jeopardy!
Robert Perez, a proposal manager from Fairfield, Iowa
Robert Perez on Jeopardy!
Jonathan Dinerstein, a composer from Los Angeles, California (3-day total: $62,902)
Jonathan Dinerstein on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the Panama Canal?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The highway runs between Panama City and Colón, Panama, largely replaced now by the Colón Expressway. “Carretera Transistmica” is Spanish for “Transisthmian Highway”.

According to the State Department website (archived in 2013), night driving on the road is particularly hazardous.

In its name, the Boyd is definitely Augusto Samuel Boyd, who was President of Panama at its opening c. 1940; the Roosevelt could refer to either Teddy (who was instrumental in the construction of the Panama Canal), or Franklin (President of the U.S. at the time of its opening). I have been unable to find a definitive source as to which Roosevelt it is named after. I’m reasonably sure if one exists, though, one of my readers will put it in the comments section prior to the end of the day!


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Scores going into Final:
Jonathan $15,200
Robert $15,100
Chelsea $10,800


Tonight’s results:
Chelsea $10,800 – $0 = $10,800 (What is the Adriatic Sea)
Robert $15,100 – $7,100 = $8,100 (What is the Mystic River)
Jonathan $15,200 + $15,199 = $30,399 (4-day total: $93,301)


Jonathan Dinerstein, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 4, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jonathan $8,800
Robert $4,200
Chelsea $1,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) GEOGRAPHICALLY SPEAKING $800 (26th pick)
Jonathan 5800 +3000 (Robert 4200 Chelsea 1800)
2) CAUTIONARY MALE $2000 (20th pick)
Chelsea 6600 +3000 (Jonathan 12800 Robert 9000)
3) BOOK OF THE YEAR $800 (24th pick, $3,200 left on board)
Robert 12600 +2500 (Jonathan 14000 Chelsea 9600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 103


Unplayed clues:
J! round: 2019 HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES $1000, GEOGRAPHICALLY SPEAKING $600, GOTTA RUN $200
DJ! Round: THE NORMAN INVASION $400, BOOK OF THE YEAR $400
Total $ Left On Board: $2,600

Game Stats:
Jonathan $13,000 Coryat, 20 correct, 3 incorrect, 42.31% in first on buzzer
Chelsea $9,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer
Robert $13,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer, 2/3 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $36,200
Lach Trash: $8,000 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,200


Jonathan Dinerstein, stats to date:
91 correct, 11 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts
41.94% in first on buzzer (91/217)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $9,500)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,800


Jonathan Dinerstein, to win:
5 games: 62.49%
6: 39.05%
7: 24.40%
8: 15.25%
9: 9.53%
Avg. streak: 5.666 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 155 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.887 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.7845).
An average of 8.6912 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.1377).

An early cutoff took place 35.341% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 78.239% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 35.481% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 8.727% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 1.445% of the time.
Mary Ann Borer qualified 0.161% of the time.
Kyle Becker qualified 0.000% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • You’d think Alex would know more about wagering strategy after 35 seasons of hosting. His stating Jonathan’s strategy in the opening of “Bet to beat ’em by a buck if they double” and acting as though it was novel seems silly.
  • Robert needed to bet $5,000 on that last Daily Double. You can’t be afraid to make that bet, especially as players are 22-for-25 this season in the second row in Double Jeopardy! on Daily Doubles. Moreover, it was a category where he’d picked up two harder clues. Obviously, it was a moot point based on how Final turned out, but my point stands.
  • Chelsea’s situation was much more precarious when she found hers. I can hardly fault her for only betting $3,000, especially as it was a $2,000 clue (58% this season), in a category with a cryptic title. She also deserves props for getting that clue correct.
  • I was hoping to see a clue about tinkers in 19th CENTURY OCCUPATIONS and was disappointed!
  • One of these days I’m going to do a character count of clues in J! Archive by season to get to the bottom of why so many boards are being unfinished these days.
  • With a Teachers Tournament on the calendar for May, this win by Jonathan eliminates Kyle Becker from ToC contention.

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 4, 2019"

  1. @Andy
    Kyle is still in, last. Scott is eliminated.

    • Doris:

      “With a Teachers Tournament on the calendar for May” — the winner of that gets a spot as well.

      • Yes, but the tournament has not happened yet. So for the moment Kyle is technically still in, but will be gone after May, Then we will have 2 TT winners:Larry (Martin) the other one, plus the CT winner,Dhruv plus the regular winners. Then
        Mary Ann will become #15 overall, behind Jackie Fuchs.

  2. Jonathan jumped to #11 overall, ahead of Alex but behind Dave. Kyle Becker is #15 and last. With Scott gone, no more 3 game winners on the ToC list.

  3. And the highway was inaugurated while Augusto Samuel Boyd and FDR were Presidents of their respective countries. So it’s named after FDR, not Teddy.

  4. “One of these days I’m going to do a character count of clues in J! Archive by season to get to the bottom of why so many boards are being unfinished these days.”

    I think boards remain unfinished because more players are jumping by amount around rather than going from beginning to end of an individual category.

  5. Take your Child to Work day is the 4th Thursday in April. Not any specific day

  6. I hate it when the “end of round” signal comes in DJ right AFTER a change of lead – when there are clues left on the board.

    I wonder how long the “less than a minute” ended up being before Jonathon regained the lead and the round suddenly ended. I expected it to come earlier than it did.

    I’m not accusing anyone on the show with anything, but I can see how some viewers might think that.

  7. Pizza Face Fred | January 4, 2019 at 10:40 pm | Reply

    I wonder if Alex was surprised that the contestants came up with correct questions in the 19th Century History (or whatever it was) category in the first round since none of them were old enough to remember…

  8. Re: Andy’s Thoughts
    I think you’re a bit off in your critique of Alex’s “bet to beat’em by a buck if they double” remark. I think it was another one of his subtle ways of trying to nudge the contestant’s into making smarter wagers in FJ! I would think of course he knows it’s not a novel betting strategy. At the end of the previous game’s DJ!, he pointed out that the game had just turned into a non-runaway, as he often does. Then Chrissie, as you pointed out in yesterday’s thoughts, proceeded to essentially turn the game into a runaway with her wager. This probably irks Alex, as it does you and I, but I don’t think he’s going to come out and say, “did you see that ridiculous wager yesterday? Get with it people!” I believe his opening remark in today’s show was him being a bit more polite than that.

  9. Andy, I think the increase in video clues and sponsored categories explains why so many games seem to be running out of time these days.

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