Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 15, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Queen Elizabeth II) for Friday, January 15, 2021 (Season 37, Game 80):

Of the last 12 sitting U.S. presidents, the only one Elizabeth never met; she had her youngest child 3 months into his presidency

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Gautham Nagesh, a journalist originally from Jackson, Michigan
Gautham Nagesh on Jeopardy!
Jennifer Linde, an associate professor from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jennifer Linde on Jeopardy!
Lucy Ricketts, an illustrator originally from Atlanta, Georgia (3-day total: $79,499)
Lucy Ricketts on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Lucy has made her way onto the ToC Tracker with her 3rd win yesterday; her score wasn’t as high as her first two wins, but she still had a runaway. Being her fourth game of the day, fatigue may be getting to Lucy. How will that affect things?


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Correct response: Who is Lyndon B. Johnson?


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Queen Elizabeth II was unable to attend the funeral of John F. Kennedy in November 1963 due to her being pregnant with Prince Edward; she never did meet Lyndon Johnson. Interestingly, though, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon did meet President Johnson at a state dinner in Washington on one of the tamer parts of their otherwise notorious trip to the United States in 1965 (the 1965 trip put the Royal Family in such a bad light that the Royal Family forbade the couple from returning in 1973.)


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

Scores going into Final:
Lucy $18,200
Jennifer $12,400
Gautham $1,201


Tonight’s results:
Gautham $1,201 – $1,200 = $1 (Who is JFK?)
Jennifer $12,400 + $12,400 = $24,800 (Who is Lyndon Johnson) (1-day total: $24,800)
Lucy $18,200 – $6,602 = $11,598 (Who is John F. KENNEDY)


Jennifer Linde, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 15, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Lucy $6,600
Jennifer $5,200
Gautham $2,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) FORTIFY YOURSELF $600 (clue #23)
Lucy 4400 +2000 (Jennifer 3200 Gautham 2800)
2) ALONG FOR THE RIDE $1600 (clue #14)
Lucy 14600 -4000 (Jennifer 8000 Gautham 0)
3) VOCABULARY $1600 (clue #27, $2400 left on board)
Gautham 3200 -3199 (Lucy 17800 Jennifer 11600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -82


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 146 (1.83 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Jennifer $12,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 0 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Lucy $20,800 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Gautham $4,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 7 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,600
Lach Trash: $6,400 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,000

Lucy Ricketts, career statistics:
73 correct, 7 incorrect
7/7 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
37.43% in first on buzzer (64/171)
5/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $17,000)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,467

Jennifer Linde, career statistics:
17 correct, 0 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,400

Gautham Nagesh, career statistics:
14 correct, 8 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,199)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,400

Jennifer Linde, to win:
2 games: 38.308%
3: 14.675%
4: 5.622%
5: 2.154%
6: 0.825%
Avg. streak: 1.621 games.

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33 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 15, 2021"

  1. I dunno, to me this seemed to require much more detailed knowledge of the royal family than a FJ typically would. Are we really expected to know who visited whom when, or precisely when QE2’s last child was born? Not seeing an obvious way to rule out JFK without knowing some pretty specific stuff.

    • Fahrrad:

      There’s a pretty popular TV series these days, The Crown, that made a pretty big deal of a meeting between JFK and Queen Elizabeth II.

    • Exactly. This seems like a trick clue designed to get you to deduce Kennedy since the time period is right, and he was president less than 3 years. Most people today would not know about Kennedy’s visit to Buckingham Palace, except for fans of the TV show The Crown.

  2. I’d actually like to see James Holzhauer as one of the guest hosts after Jeopardy burns through the five it’s selected

    I know he might be a little awkward at first but I think after a couple dozen shows he’ll get in some sort of groove

    • James had the role of the chaser on The Chase last night. In the final round, he did not miss a single question, and eliminated the contestants with an amazing 40 seconds left of the two minutes he was allotted. What’s interesting is they didn’t mention James had been a contestant on that show and set a record for correct answers in the cash builder round.

    • 👍 While I give the nod to Ken as “the most likely to succeed” and having a broader appeal, I personally like James a lot, and I think if people see him more they will like what they see even more. I’d like it if the producers gave him the opportunity.

      • I agree! I think some people (especially family members of contestants or the contestants themself who lost to James) still see him as an emotionless, socially awkward buzzsaw, and that’s all they see. That’s why I like the Chase so much, since it gives the GOATS (James, Ken, Brad Rutter) a chance to display their actual personality. I think people should give James a chance if he was to be a guest host. Same with Brad.

  3. LBJ only served about 5 years, he refused to run for re-election. A combo FJ!, Presidents and British Royalty. Since LBJ served the shortest during her pregnancies (except JFK who she met he would be the logical choice. When Ford became president she was already 48, so he and Carter are out.)
    Have a save weekend everybody!

  4. I didn’t realize Charles was that much older than Edward. So I guessed JFK figuring in 8 years, she would’ve had to have met Ike.

  5. Shirlee Ann Miller | January 15, 2021 at 12:39 pm |

    I have really enjoyed The Chase in re-runs with Brooke Burns (and of course The Beast). I am not particularly impressed with all of the guest hosts on the roster. I am wondering why Brooke Burns is not on the list for future guest hosts. She did a wonderful.job on The Chase and Masterminds.

  6. Jesse Coffey | January 15, 2021 at 2:32 pm |

    Did Zach Newkirk put a jinx on the game so no one wins 6 or more games until he returns?

  7. FJ! was not Lucy’s forte.
    Plus, fatigue may have been setting in. HOW many games do they tape each day?

  8. OK, so this has nothing to do with today’s game, but it an interesting Jeopardy stats tidbit. Over my winter break, I assembled a Excel database of every champion since season 34 started. Wagering even X00 amounts & X01 amounts is so common in Jeopardy, that almost every score has the digit 0, 1, or 9 in it. It turns out that since Season 34 began until today, only 2 champs ended their reign without a 0, 1, or 9 in their total (Osman Syed with $33,333 & Sid Katz with $25,874)!

  9. Brad (not Rutter) | January 15, 2021 at 5:07 pm |

    The problem with jeopardy- as long as second place is within half of first, it all comes down to one question.

    • Many would say that’s one of the beauties of it.

    • How is that a problem? I’d say it’s a design of the game the show and many people like. Also, the game never comes down to one question since that end depends on how the players played the other 2 rounds.

  10. Tubey-J Inc. | January 15, 2021 at 5:23 pm |

    How do you get all of this information about the episode before the show even starts

  11. Hello!
    Does anyone recall the ‘french term for someone who floats among multiple interests’ in tonight’s game?

    • Although used in French and given a French pronunciation by Gautham, the word “dilettante” is actually Italian. It is the present participle of the verb “dilettare” which means ” to delight”.

      • Tim is right. There’s actually nothing French about it. Also, I think that the double T spelling should have signaled that a French etymology was unlikely even if you didn’t know the Italian origin.

  12. So, who can even remember Prince Edward. I had to look him up (I’m sure the Queen appreciates his low profile).

    That said, I’ll miss Lucy — I think that true double jeopardy on her first day won me over — but Jennifer rembered Edward and made the properly aggressive bet. More power to her.

  13. The use of the phrase “last 12” in
    the clue indicates that Queen Elizabeth II never met President
    Harry S Truman–his tenure in office
    was 13 presidencies ago (as of Jan.
    20, 2021, Truman will be 14 Presidents ago). There was a short
    overlap in their tenures–Elizabeth
    ascended to the throne in February
    1952, and Truman left the presidency
    in January 1953.

  14. There’s a change.org petition to have Stage 10 named in Alex’s honor. Seems like it would be a fitting and deserving tribute…

    https://amp.cinemablend.com/television/2561559/jeopardy-fans-are-campaigning-for-alex-trebek-to-receive-a-major-posthumous-honor

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