Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, January 14, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Children’s Books) for Thursday, January 14, 2021 (Season 37, Game 79):

This 1969 book was first printed in Japan because no U.S. company would then make a book with so many holes in the pages

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Liz Fitting, a teacher originally from New York, New York
Liz Fitting on Jeopardy!
Brett Moore, a freelance sportswriter from Hollywood, California
Brett Moore on Jeopardy!
Lucy Ricketts, an illustrator originally from Atlanta, Georgia (2-day total: $64,499)
Lucy Ricketts on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Lucy’s follow-up performance was arguably stronger than her first! It seems clear to me that she has used the most of her preparation time—in fact, as Claire McNear put it on Twitter, yesterday’s game had definite “Just Wager $4000” energy. Will she be able to make it three? As an illustrator, I can definitely see this Final working in her favor. However, she might have “the curse of too much knowledge” which has bitten many contestants in the past; she might fail to consider the correct response by virtue of having more subject-area knowledge than the other players.


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Correct response: What is The Very Hungry Caterpillar?


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Eric Carle’s famous children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar began life as “A Week With Willi Worm”, inspired by Carle punching holes in paper and realizing that it looked like a worm eating through the paper. According to a BBC story, when it came time to publish the book in 1969, no US printer would print it due to the differently-shaped pages and the holes. Eventually, a Japanese printer was found. According to Penguin, more than 50 million copies of the book have been sold worldwide.


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

Scores going into Final:
Lucy $17,600
Liz $6,600
Brett $6,000


Tonight’s results:
Brett $6,000 + $6,000 = $12,000 (What is The Very Hungry Caterpillar?)
Liz $6,600 + $6,000 = $12,600 (What is The Very Hungry Caterpillar)
Lucy $17,600 – $2,600 = $15,000 (What Press The Button?) (3-day total: $79,499)


Lucy Ricketts, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 14, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Brett $4,800
Lucy $2,400
Liz $1,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) HISTORICALLY BAD $600 (clue #6)
Brett 1400 +1000 (Lucy 200 Liz 400)
2) BODIES OF WATER $1200 (clue #4)
Brett 5600 +2000 (Lucy 3200 Liz 1800)
3) LET’S GO TO THE ARCHIVES $1200 (clue #7, $30800 left on board)
Lucy 3600 +2000 (Brett 8000 Liz 1800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 163


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: AUTOMOBILES $200 $400
DJ! Round: RICK’S ROLE $400 $2000
Total Left On Board: $3,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 146 (1.85 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Lucy $16,800 Coryat, 21 correct, 5 incorrect, 41.51% in first on buzzer (22/53), 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Liz $6,600 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 20.75% in first on buzzer (11/53), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Brett $4,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 5 incorrect, 28.30% in first on buzzer (15/53), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $28,200
Lach Trash: $12,600 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,200

Lucy Ricketts, career statistics:
72 correct, 10 incorrect
5/7 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
40.12% in first on buzzer (67/167)
5/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $21,000)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,133

Brett Moore, career statistics:
16 correct, 5 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
28.30% in first on buzzer (15/53)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,800

Liz Fitting, career statistics:
11 correct, 2 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
20.75% in first on buzzer (11/53)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,600

Lucy Ricketts, to win:
4 games: 75.197%
5: 56.547%
6: 42.522%
7: 31.975%
8: 24.044%
Avg. streak: 6.032 games.

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27 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, January 14, 2021"

  1. Holy hell. A FJ that I finally knew. I usually can get one out of every 30-35 or so.

  2. @Andy
    Unless she makes it another runaway…..she might just have the power.

  3. Chris Stratton | January 14, 2021 at 11:36 am | Reply

    I’m so happy! I did not know the answer but guessed correctly. Wooo hooo!

  4. Donna Kirchmeier | January 14, 2021 at 12:10 pm | Reply

    I first thought it was “Who Moved The Cheese?’ LOL. Then it came to me, Children’s book.

  5. $20,501 short of $100K.
    Hope she makes it tomorrow!

  6. Go Lucy!

  7. I thought as Andy did, Lucy should know this but who knows what she illustrates! 🤷‍♀️

  8. This keeps up, we’ll have to call her runaway Lucy.

  9. Brad (not Rutter) | January 14, 2021 at 5:30 pm | Reply

    Worried that Lucy’s struggles in FJ will be her undoing.

  10. Biden is on here in Cleveland area…

  11. Wasn’t the Kentucky Derby question wrong? I believe that Sham that finished second behind Secretariat was also under 2 minutes.

  12. Brad (not Rutter) | January 14, 2021 at 10:04 pm | Reply

    Off topic, but did anyone see The Chase? James tried a little too hard to be clever and funny throughout the show, but he was awesome at the end.

  13. When the January 14 ,2021 show ended , Lucy tickets was not the winner. Brett Moore won as far as I can recall.
    What happened?

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