Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, January 18, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Movie Settings) for Monday, January 18, 2021 (Season 37, Game 81):

In 2017 this New York City luxury store opened its first café, with truffle eggs, waffles & croissants on the menu

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Helen Belcastro, a medical device program manager originally from West Lafayette, Indiana
Helen Belcastro on Jeopardy!
Donesh Olyaie, a strategist from Corona, California
Donesh Olyaie on Jeopardy!
Jennifer Linde, an associate professor from Minneapolis, Minnesota (1-day total: $24,800)
Jennifer Linde on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Jennifer took down three-day champion Lucy Ricketts on Friday, buoyed by 17 correct responses and 0 incorrect. Avoiding incorrect responses are a very underrated skill; if she can “stay clam” and avoid being incorrect, Jennifer has a good chance of defending her title.

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Correct response: What is Tiffany (& Co.)?

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Currently closed, the Blue Box Cafe opened at high-end New York City jeweler Tiffany & Co. in 2017, in an attempt to draw potential shoppers into the store. When it opened in 2017, it had set breakfast, lunch, and tea service for between $29 and $49. Its opening made for very easy references to the 1961 Audrey Hepburn film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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Scores going into Final:
Donesh $18,400
Jennifer $15,200
Helen $8,400

Tonight’s results:
Helen $8,400 + $8,400 = $16,800 (What is Tiffany’s)
Jennifer $15,200 + $3,500 = $18,700 (What is Tiffany’s?)
Donesh $18,400 + $10,000 = $28,400 (What is Tiffany & Co.) (1-day total: $28,400)

Donesh Olyaie, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 18, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jennifer $6,000
Donesh $3,400
Helen $400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) HISTORICAL MARKERS $1000 (clue #26)
Donesh 4400 -1000 (Jennifer 4800 Helen -200)
2) HISTORIC TV $800 (clue #2)
Helen 400 +2000 (Jennifer 6000 Donesh 3400)
3) BUSINESS PAIRS $1600 (clue #20, $13600 left on board)
Donesh 9400 +5000 (Jennifer 10400 Helen 7200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 130

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 146 (1.80 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Donesh $16,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Jennifer $15,200 Coryat, 23 correct, 4 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Helen $7,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,400
Lach Trash: $6,800 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,800

Jennifer Linde, career statistics:
41 correct, 4 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
35.96% in first on buzzer (41/114)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,800

Donesh Olyaie, career statistics:
19 correct, 2 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,000

Helen Belcastro, career statistics:
13 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,200

Donesh Olyaie, to win:
2 games: 55.141%
3: 30.406%
4: 16.766%
5: 9.245%
6: 5.098%
Avg. streak: 2.229 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • While I don’t think he would have seen the bets from Friday, Donesh’s choice not to make a covering bet (instead betting a random number) was especially risky considering that Jennifer went all-in on Friday. Donesh’s bet today is one thing that players in the audience should absolutely pay attention to and adjust their own strategies accordingly — if I were coming on to play him, any situation where I am trailing him going into Final Jeopardy would now very likely become “bet it all”.

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30 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, January 18, 2021"

  1. I assume “Tiffany’s” would be excepted. I remember that making national news that you could now have breakfast at Tiffany’s.

    Mom never did like that movie, how she deserted her family, deserted her cat in the rain, and Mickey Rooney played a caricature of an East Asian man.

  2. I am really enjoying the addition of your pre-game thoughts.

  3. Interesting how sometimes FJ! clues are extremely difficult and at other times easy as pie…

  4. I agree it is an easy final jeopardy but if I were on and saw movie settings, would not bet a lot. But if shopping was the category, all in!! 😄😆

  5. I got it right. Well, that’s one thing we’ve got.

    (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

  6. Absolutely confused – currently, PST is 1:25pm, nowhere close to the 7pm start time of Jeopardy. Today’s game has not yet been televised! How could these posted replies happen? Why spoil the outcome for us and post your recap??!

    • Being syndicated television, Jeopardy airs as early as 11 AM Central / noon Eastern in some markets. It airs at 11:30 AM Central in the rather large TV market of Houston.

      If you wish to avoid spoilers, I would recommend not clicking on a post that, by the date mentioned in the post, would clearly contain spoilers.

      • Andy,

        Along these lines, I wanted to mention that I greatly appreciated it when you started including the day of the week as part of the episode title on the homepage a few months back. It’s particularly helpful when I don’t watch until the next day for some reason, but want to avoid seeing spoilers for the next episode.

  7. I would never have guessed Tiffany’s. I might have gone with a big name dept. Store who might have facilities for serving food like a tea room or cafe. Norma Jean Morrissey R.N.

  8. Donesh lucked out with his wager. Had Jennifer wagered all…. well, such is life.

  9. Brad (not Rutter) | January 18, 2021 at 5:06 pm |

    Unbelievably bad wager from Donesh! Also, I echo the comment about enjoying the pregame thoughts.

    • Really! You go through multiple test, finally get the call, lead going into FJ! and then throw it away….even if you don’t feel too confident about the category: how do you know how the others feel? You just have to take the chance, I know that I would.
      Besides, “Movie settings” is not really a weird or outlandish item. Chances are that it’s a movie well know, even if in a somewhat different timeframe. Casablanca e.g. was filmed when today’s contestants PARENTS had not even met yet…..😀

    • Not necessarily a bad wager. He may not have been confident in the category. Betting large has risks. Often a player in second or even third place has won on Final Jeopardy when the player in first place misses it. Often they win when they miss the answer too.

  10. KJ did an “efficient” job as host, his rapid tempo bothered me. Alex never seemed to be rushing the game like KJ does. I do think KJ would be a good permanent host.

  11. I think Ken Jennings is doing an excellent job of hosting the game. He was always my 1st choice to replace Alex.

  12. Donna Kirchmeier | January 18, 2021 at 6:23 pm |

    Ken Jennings appears too anxious while reading the answers and interviewing the guests. He should slow down a bit and relax…..

    • Tam Kingsmill | January 18, 2021 at 7:32 pm |

      KJ is in a new job, following the definitive , goat Jeopardy host. He is a tad bit nervous & anxious & excited. I think we can cut the new guy some slack,imo. You slow down & relax a bit. KJ will be gr8 in time. I think he is pretty, damn fine right now.

  13. Tubey-J Inc. | January 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm |

    Why do the shirts say Don’t call me at 7:30 when Jeopardy ends at 7:30? I thought this was a Jeopardy website, not a Wheel of Fortune website.

    • Depending on your TV market, it airs at different times. It might air at 7:00 in New York and Philly, but it airs at 7:30 in Atlanta, Washington DC, and Boston.

    • Tam Kingsmill | January 18, 2021 at 7:38 pm |

      Jeopardy starts at 6:30pm on one channel and 7:30 on another channel. The show is on at varying times throughout the day depending on your regional local. Jeopardy is in syndication ,which has its own s.o.p.

  14. Eileen Sollenne | January 18, 2021 at 8:44 pm |

    My husband and I both think Ken Jennings is doing a great job as the first host after the incredibly loved Alex Trebek. It is very hard shoes to fill but he will, if given the opportunity, grow into the job.

  15. I was really pleased to see that Ken Jennings is still our guest host for at least one more week. Every day he seems more relaxed than the day before. He’s got what it takes. I hope that when the time comes they will at least consider him as permanent host.

  16. Myron Rushetzky | January 18, 2021 at 9:07 pm |

    Watching Ken Jennings, I get the feeling that he doesn’t need any index cards or prompters or whatever they use. He already knows all the questions to all the clues.

  17. Bill Wallace | January 18, 2021 at 10:43 pm |

    As you alluded Jennifer would’ve remained champion if she went alll in like she did Friday. Unless she thought Dinesh was going to cover. Well tomorrow we’ll know if he learned from that

  18. Robin Moriarty | January 18, 2021 at 11:36 pm |

    KJ is doing a great job! He has class and finesse and learned it from the greatest host of all time, Alex!

  19. Think Ken Jennings is doing a GREAT job!! I remember when Drew Carey took over hosting the Price is Right and it took some time to not notice nerves. Alex Trebek & Bob Barker are without a doubt,big shoes to fill!!

  20. Vasey Cummings | January 19, 2021 at 1:11 pm |

    KJ is doing a great job.As time passes I’m sure the nerves will dissipate.

  21. I agree with those who say that Ken sounds like he’s moving fast, but if you saw the replays of Alex’s first few episodes aired during the pandemic, you would have noticed how fast he was talking at that point. But he eventually grew into the cadence that we knew and loved. It’s important to give Ken time. We are watching what was literally his second day of taping.

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