Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 8, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 1950s Travel) for Tuesday, January 8, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 87):

In March 1958 Hilton opened a hotel in this Western Hemisphere capital but 2 1/2 years later was out of business there

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Jeff Spiess, a hospice physician from Bay Village, Ohio
Jeff Spiess on Jeopardy!
Jessica Holloway, an art education student from The Woodlands, Texas
Jessica Holloway on Jeopardy!
Zorn Pink, a policy analyst from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (1-day total: $7,400)
Zorn Pink on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Havana?

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In the 1950s, Cuba was a huge spot for American tourism and the hotel industry was booming there. The 30-story hotel, called the Habana Hilton, opened in March 1958 and had the slogan “Latin America’s tallest, largest hotel”. Eight months after its opening, Castro’s rebel forces took the city in the Cuban revolution. Castro turned the hotel into his headquarters at the time, as it was seen to be the most prominent symbol of American influence in the country. In 1960 the state took over operation of the hotel, referring to it as the Habana Libre.

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

Scores going into Final:
Jessica $13,200
Jeff $13,000
Zorn $4,800

Tonight’s results:
Zorn $4,800 + $4,000 = $8,800
Jeff $13,000 + $12,950 = $25,950
Jessica $13,200 + $12,801 = $26,001 (1-day total: $26,001)

Jessica Holloway, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 8, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jeff $8,600
Jessica $6,400
Zorn $3,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) WORLD OF WATER $600 (17th pick)
Jeff 2600 +2000 (Zorn 3600 Jessica 1400)
2) THE VERY OLD EAST $1200 (11th pick)
Zorn 1200 +2000 (Jessica 12000 Jeff 9000)
3) CHAPTERS OF THE NOVEL $1600 (16th pick)
Zorn 800 -2000 (Jessica 12000 Jeff 10200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 77

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: TIME TO GO GREEN $1600 & $2000, ADD A LETTER $1200
Total $ Left On Board: $4,800

Game Stats:
Jessica $13,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 0 incorrect, 25.92% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts
Jeff $11,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 25.92% in first on buzzer, 2/3 on rebound attempts
Zorn $6,000 Coryat, 16 correct, 8 incorrect, 40.74% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $30,800
Lach Trash: $7,600 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,800

Zorn Pink, final stats:
35 correct, 12 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
37.96% in first on buzzer (41/108)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,600

Jessica Holloway, stats to date:
18 correct, 0 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts
25.92% in first on buzzer (14/54)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat $13,200

Jessica Holloway, to win:
2 games: 43.95%
3: 19.31%
4: 8.49%
5: 3.73%
6: 1.64%
Avg. streak: 1.784 games.


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 153 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.2496 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.7265).
An average of 7.7054 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.1385).

An early cutoff took place 22.805% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Jessica Holloway qualified 4.243% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 50.174% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 23.552% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 9.052% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 1.517% of the time.
Mary Ann Borer qualified 0.166% of the time.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Zorn seemed to have a lot of “foul tip” misses over his run. “Close enough” often doesn’t work on Jeopardy!
  • $7,400 USD = about 9,824.46 CAD.
  • This isn’t the first time Alex has had to remind a contestant to give two responses in a category like ADD A LETTER. On that front, I’d say that he’s fair in the respect that he does it for everybody.

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6 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – January 8, 2019"

  1. Finally we got a female champ again and a sweep to boot. So I am really upset when clues are left on the board, especially in such a close game and when all get FJ right. It’s unfair to the players. One more clue and Jeff could have won. Rephrase video clues so they are shorter, have Alex- as much as I like him – not look into the camera during the interview session when he gets an “unusual” answer, cut one commercial. It won’t bankrupt Sony.

  2. They took away “dime store novel” as a correct answer for Zorn. But there was no clarification as to what the correct answer was. “Dime novel” is my assumption, but it would have been nice to state it for those of us who are not too bright.

  3. Steve Probst | January 9, 2019 at 12:28 am |

    Doris, I too am frustrated when clues are left on the board – it’s often a category that interests me. How about cutting the interviews a little shorter? The contestants need to be aware that rambling on in the interview negatively affects the game.

    • Steve:

      Your theory is incorrect. The game itself is timed separately from the rest of the episode; if interviews are longer and shorter, that time comes out of Alex’s introduction and/or the amount of time used for Final Jeopardy! or the credits, not gameplay.

  4. Andy:

    Regarding your clue length supposition from Friday, another possible explanation is that Alex is speaking slower as he ages.

  5. dimestore novels named jeopardy | January 19, 2019 at 12:16 pm |

    i agree, probably the correct answer was “dime novels”

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