Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 7, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century Notables) for Monday, January 7, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 86):

When he died in Samoa in 1894 his obituary said, “He loved Samoa better than any other place, except Scotland”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Zorn Pink, a policy analyst from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Zorn Pink on Jeopardy!
Meredith MacVittie, a marketing strategist from Ambler, Pennsylvania
Meredith MacVittie on Jeopardy!
Jonathan Dinerstein, a composer from Los Angeles, California (4-day total: $93,301)
Jonathan Dinerstein on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Robert Louis Stevenson?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Robert Louis Stevenson died very young, at the age of 44 in 1894; his health had been failing him for some time before that, and in search of a place that would help him recuperate, the famed author of works like Treasure Island settled in Samoa in 1890. The Samoans revered him and Stevenson took the name “Tusitala” (Teller of Tales”.)

His home in Samoa is now a museum dedicated to the later years of his life.

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

Scores going into Final:
Jonathan $16,400
Zorn $13,400
Meredith $8,200

Tonight’s results:
Meredith $8,200 – $2,198 = $6,002 (Who is Gaugin?)
Zorn $13,400 – $6,000 = $7,400 (Who is Gaugain) (1-day total: $7,400)
Jonathan $16,400 – $10,401 = $5,999 (Who is Cook?)

Zorn Pink, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 7, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Meredith $4,200
Jonathan $4,200
Zorn $4,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) 2 CAN PLAY THAT GAME $800 (26th pick)
Meredith 6200 -2000 (Zorn 4200 Jonathan 3200)
2) WORDS FROM THE MALAY $1600 (15th pick)
Jonathan 9800 +3000 (Meredith 9800 Zorn 4800)
3) A BIRD $2000 (22nd pick)
Zorn 9600 +3000 (Jonathan 12800 Meredith 7800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 30

Unplayed clues:
J! round: 2 CAN PLAY THAT GAME $200
DJ! Round: IN THE HAND $800, $1200
Total $ Left On Board: $2,200

Game Stats:
Zorn $11,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.19% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Meredith $10,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 4 incorrect, 24.07% in first on buzzer, 4/5 on rebound attempts
Jonathan $15,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $36,400
Lach Trash: $6,400 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,000

Jonathan Dinerstein, final stats:
109 correct, 14 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts
40.22% in first on buzzer (109/271)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $12,500)
3/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,440

Zorn Pink, stats to date:
18 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
35.19% in first on buzzer (19/54)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200

Zorn Pink, to win:
2 games: 44.54%
3: 19.84%
4: 8.84%
5: 3.94%
6: 1.75%
Avg. streak: 1.803 games.


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 154 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.2801 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.7339).
An average of 7.7568 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.1479).

An early cutoff took place 23.334% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Zorn Pink qualified 4.320% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 49.396% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 23.102% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 8.873% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 1.473% of the time.
Mary Ann Borer qualified 0.157% of the time.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Today’s betting situation (namely, where first’s score is exactly double third) is an interesting one. J! Archive’s wagering calculator specifically says “Don’t fall into the trap of making the Four-fifths Rule wager”, which Zorn did (He should have bet $3,000 or $3,001). Good thing it worked out for him. Meanwhile, Meredith underwagered slightly, which would have made for a painful loss had Zorn wagered properly and Final worked out differently.
  • Let’s hope the couple of seconds that Alex took to explain both pronunciations of “Malay” helps save significant online commentary from the peanut gallery. (Not anyone who comments here, but the people who like to take to Facebook and Twitter to complain about such matters.)
  • ToC chances if the cutoff happens to be the end of the season instead of eight weeks into the fall of 2019: Dave 77.825%, Jonathan 50.094%, Alex 25.310%, Jackie 6.339%, Mary Ann 0.938%.

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7 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 7, 2019"

  1. Well, now I don’t feel so bad about not knowing the correct response when I saw the NYT Clue of the Day this morning. 🙂

    The only Scotsman that came to my mind was Alexander Graham Bell, and I knew it wasn’t him because he lived for many years in Nova Scotia before dying at his estate there.

  2. BassPlayingSugarplum | January 7, 2019 at 2:38 pm |

    When is the end of the season, anyway? Asking for a friend. 😉

  3. Are contestants encouraged by their handlers to make gestures, facial expressions, etc. at the beginning of the show when being introduced? This, of course, is common on the Teen Tournament, but I am seeing more and more of it with adult contestants.


  4. We start the week with a triple stumper in Final Jeopardy.

  5. Re: Musical Collaborations $1,000 clue about Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. In 1989 I was on Jeopardy! There was a clue about, you guessed it, Islands in the Stream. During the break they were playing the song and Alex sang along. He got the Southern, almost Ozark, accent perfectly. It was funny.

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