Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Famous Animals) for Tuesday, January 12, 2021 (Season 37, Game 77):
When she first came to the world’s attention in 1957, she was dubbed “Muttnik” by U.S. journalists
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Today’s episode is guest-hosted by Ken Jennings; it is his second show. As I said in my editorial yesterday, if you’re going to express an opinion about one host or another, I ask that you make thoughtful, reasoned arguments. A lot of your opinions on one host over another are going to be a matter of personal taste. Please also remember that a permanent host will not be named until the start of Season 38.
|Lucy Ricketts, an illustrator originally from Atlanta, Georgia
|Dusty Smith, a former movie executive from Corvallis, Oregon
|Tanay Kothari, a business operations associate from Oakland, California (1-day total: $26,800)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Tanay had a really strong debut yesterday, picking up nearly half of the correct responses on the board. Tanay seems to have picked up Ken’s faster cadence. That being said, he wasn’t perfect on the Daily Doubles, and the prediction model gives him a 74.8% chance of winning today.
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Correct response: Who is Laika?
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Very good doggo Laika, a Moscow stray, was sent into space aboard Sputnik 2 in November 1957, a hastily-planned flight by the Soviet Union to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. Laika (Russian for “barker”) was the first animal sent into space; the terrified Laika—her heartrate was three times normal rate and breath rate four times normal rate during the flight—was believed to have died five to seven hours into the flight, as the thermal control system failed, raising the cabin temperature to 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
Many Westerners vehemently opposed the launch on animal cruelty grounds, as the Soviet Union knew that it lacked the technology to return Laika safely to Earth and deliberately sent her up to die. Even Oleg Gazenko, one of the scientists responsible for the mission, later said, “we did not learn enough from this mission to justify the death” of Laika.
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Scores going into Final:
Dusty $6,400 – $6,398 = $2 (Who is that Russian dog?)
Tanay $16,400 – $3,599 = $12,801 (Who is Checkers?)
Lucy $25,200 + $7,900 = $33,100 (Who is Laika?) (1-day total: $33,100)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) AMERICAN CITIES $800 (clue #8)
Tanay 2000 +2000 (Dusty -200 Lucy 2200)
2) NOTABLE WOMEN $2000 (clue #10)
Lucy 9000 +9000 (Tanay 11200 Dusty 5200)
3) HEAVY MEDALS $1200 (clue #21, $9600 left on board)
Lucy 22000 +2000 (Tanay 12800 Dusty 6000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 209
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 142 (1.84 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles
Lucy $17,400 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Tanay $15,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 2 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Dusty $6,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,000
Lach Trash: $8,000 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,000
Tanay Kothari, career statistics:
46 correct, 5 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
36.84% in first on buzzer (42/114)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,600)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,900
Dusty Smith, career statistics:
14 correct, 4 incorrect
0/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,400
Lucy Ricketts, career statistics:
23 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $11,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,400
Lucy Ricketts, to win:
2 games: 71.672%
Avg. streak: 3.530 games.
- It felt to me that Ken’s delivery seemed more stilted today than he did on yesterday’s episode.
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