Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Business of Travel) for Tuesday, January 19, 2021 (Season 37, Game 82):

Adjusted for inflation, the nightly rate this company put in its name in 1962 is now $51

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Lisa Garner, a safety engineer from Carmichael, California
Lisa Garner on Jeopardy!
Brian Chang, an attorney from Chicago, Illinois
Brian Chang on Jeopardy!
Donesh Olyaie, a strategist from Corona, California (1-day total: $28,400)
Donesh Olyaie on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Donesh had a generally strong game yesterday. However, his Achilles heel may end up being Final Jeopardy!; if his opponents realize that he may not bet to cover (Donesh seemed to bet a random number yesterday instead of making a cover bet) they may be able to position themselves to take full advantage.

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Correct response: What is Motel 6?


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Founded in Santa Barbara in 1962, Motel 6 was named due to its price: $6 a night. Its founders, building contractors William Becker and Paul Greene, found that budget chains such as Holiday Inn were becoming increasingly upscale and set out to provide a “no-frills” lodging approach.

The chain has come under fire in recent years for providing guest lists to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on multiple different occasions.

I’m also not a particularly big fan of this clue because unless you know the specific founding dates of chains like Motel 6 and Super 8, there’s really no other way to differentiate between the two chains in this clue.


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

Scores going into Final:
Brian $17,000
Lisa $6,600
Donesh $6,000


Tonight’s results:
Donesh $6,000 + $6,000 = $12,000 (What is Motel 6?)
Lisa $6,600 + $5,500 = $12,100 (What is Motel 6?)
Brian $17,000 – $3,799 = $13,201 (What is H&R Block? =)) (1-day total: $13,201)


Brian Chang, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 19, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Donesh $5,200
Lisa $2,200
Brian $1,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) PUT SOMETHING ON! $800 (clue #20)
Brian 4400 -4400 (Donesh 3600 Lisa 800)
2) LIBROS EN ESPAÑOL $2000 (clue #2)
Brian 1800 +2000 (Donesh 5200 Lisa 2200)
3) ANCIENT MONUMENTS & RUINS $800 (clue #25, $2800 left on board)
Donesh 15200 -10000 (Brian 15800 Lisa 5800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -66


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 146 (1.78 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Brian $21,400 Coryat, 26 correct, 1 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Lisa $6,600 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Donesh $16,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $44,000
Lach Trash: $5,200 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,800

Donesh Olyaie, career statistics:
37 correct, 4 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (32/114)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$6,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,000

Brian Chang, career statistics:
26 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
43.86% in first on buzzer (25/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,400)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,400

Lisa Garner, career statistics:
12 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,600

Brian Chang, to win:
2 games: 51.096%
3: 26.108%
4: 13.340%
5: 6.816%
6: 3.483%
Avg. streak: 2.045 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • During the administration of the 45th president, Jeopardy! winners in regular play won a total of $17,526,319.

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30 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, January 19, 2021"

  1. We’ll leave the light on for you.

  2. Who do you guys think was the most memorable contestant from the Trebek era?

    I vote Austin Rogers

    • Certainly Austin is memorable and I’d nominate for Best Facial Hair, but I’d give a 3 way tie to the 3 GOAT contestants, but if just one then Ken.

    • Brian Green | January 19, 2021 at 3:23 pm |

      I’d say the most memorable contestant ever was James Holzhauer. Essentially from the time he stepped on the scene until the time he left it was blowout city. He could just dominate like nobody has ever seen. And I personally believe Ken’s 74-game winning streak will fall before James’ 16 one-day records will. He may very well be the best to ever do it.

      • Donna Kirchmeier | January 19, 2021 at 3:26 pm |

        I definitely agree.

      • I agree with Jeopardy James…Alex referred to him a lot and I never tired of that.

        • James changed the way the game was played with his strategy, especially DD wagering, and on that basis I might agree he’s the best candidate for most memorable. (I’d say most flashy actually.) But, when pitted against him, Ken was forced to play his (James’s) game, and beat him at it. Coupled with his streak, which James never even met halfway, makes Ken the best to ever do it in my opinion.

    • Frank Spangenberg would be my nominee. He first appeared on the show 31 years ago and a lot of viewers still remember him from his original appearance. It’s hard to evaluate memorability for contestants who’ve been on so recently.

  3. Zach N (from the sidebar) | January 19, 2021 at 1:12 pm |

    Definitely LOL’d at Brian’s FJ

    • Ditto that! Nice elbow to the ribs. And now he will be spending another entire show across the stage from KJ……….

  4. Kind of ironic: H&R Block was what ended KJ’s winning streak…I wonder what Ken thought when he saw that answer?

    • Brian had the lock, so we can be 99.9% sure that he was deliberately teasing Ken. I’m sure Ken will still be chuckling at it throughout Brian’s run, however long that may turn out to be.

      • Brian Chang | January 19, 2021 at 1:39 pm |

        Definitely deliberate, although with a ~$7600 swing on the line, I tried (unsuccessfully) to come up with the correct answer first. Ken = great sport.

        • @Brian, did Ken (or anyone else working with the show) say anything to you afterwards about your FJ response?

      • Kind of an expensive tease, almost 8 K swing…

    • He probably thought that this guy who has a runaway has a good sense of humor.

    • I would have loved to see Ken’s face when he first saw H + R Block but of course the camera is focused on the written answer not the host. Verbally Ken handled it quite well.

  5. My namesake may have had a mental “block” on FJ, but otherwise did excellent and wishing him more success!

  6. Donesh’ DD wager of 10000 with 2800 left on the board had a huge chance at negative downside with little positive upside since there was no way he could get a runaway unless he had positive responses combined with negative responses from Brian – but if he missed the question, it gave Brian the runaway.

  7. Brian, at least you can say that you did win, while the other Brian Chang from Illinois didn’t.

  8. Brad (not Rutter) | January 19, 2021 at 5:08 pm |

    Interesting game. First, good humor from Brian. Second, Ken’s response to Brian’s missed daily double was hilarious-was Brian’s FJ a way to poke back? Third, Donesh’s big mistake was fatal today. Got away with it yesterday.

  9. No contestant on Jeopardy! should ever miss a question on the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (After all, there were only seven of them) especially when all you have to do is fill in the blanks. Example: The___ at Halicarnassus, The Hanging ___ of Babylon, The ___of Rhodes, etc.

  10. I feel like the following question could cover an entire thread unto itself—but what are some of your most memorable humorous incorrect responses? Brian’s FJ response today definitely ranks right up there.

    You could probably even separate this into two categories—responses which were intentionally wrong for the sake of the humor (like Brian’s FJ today), and those which were unintentional.

    My favorite intentional one (besides Brian today)—in 2015, the clue was, “A Christian hymn and a Jewish holiday hymn are both titled this; also the name of a 2009 Tony-nominated musical”. Correct response—“What is ‘Rock of Ages’?” Choyon Manjrekars’ response—“What is ‘Kinky Boots’?”

    For unintentional humor, it’s hard to top Mike Hatch in 2012, in the category “Punch”. The clue—“A blow to the back of the neck is the punch named for this animal”. The desired response—“What is rabbit?” The hilarious (and technically correct, regardless of the judges’ ruling!) response given by Mike—“What is donkey?”

  11. Prithvi Sudhakar | January 20, 2021 at 10:59 am |

    Oh, how the times have changed…

    Ken: “When I read that clue and I saw “seasonal employees”, tax season never even entered my head. I was so sure it was going to be holiday season-related. I could have thought about that one all day and not come up with the right response. Still, it all worked out OK for me in the end.”

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