Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 22, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Statues) for Friday, January 22, 2021 (Season 37, Game 85):

Statues honoring this man who was killed in 1779 can be found in Waimea, Kauai & in Whitby, England

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Jack Weller, a law student from Stanford, California
Jack Weller on Jeopardy!
Maggie Houska, a prospect researcher from Chanhassen, Minnesota
Maggie Houska on Jeopardy!
Brian Chang, an attorney from Chicago, Illinois (3-day total: $50,502)
Brian Chang on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Brian had had three very similar scores in his first three games — the standard deviation in the prediction model is surprisingly low. Two of his games have been runaways. With his scores so far, the chances are that Brian would need two more wins for Tournament of Champions qualification. Will Maggie and Jack be able to dethrone him?


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Correct response: Who is Captain James Cook?


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English explorer Captain James Cook was killed in Hawaii in 1779 while attempting to kidnap Hawaiian monarch Kalaniʻōpuʻu; previously, he had gained acclaim in England for his mapping of many islands in the Pacific. Cook had served an apprenticeship in the Whitby area in the 1740s.


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

Scores going into Final:
Brian $18,800
Jack $18,800
Maggie $10,000


Tonight’s results:
Maggie $10,000 – $10,000 = $0 (Who is Crispus Attucks?)
Jack $18,800 + $18,800 = $37,600 (Who is Captain Cook?)
Brian $18,800 + $18,800 = $37,600 (Who is Cook?) (4-day total: $88,102)


Tiebreaker category: HISTORY

Tiebreaker clue: In October 1961 Stalin’s body was removed from display in this other man’s tomb

Tiebreaker correct response: Who is (Vladimir) Lenin?


Brian Chang, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 22, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Brian $6,000
Jack $4,800
Maggie $2,800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) DISASTROUS TEAMS? $1000 (clue #27)
Brian 4800 +1000 (Maggie 2400 Jack 4800)
2) LIT-POURRI $1200 (clue #18)
Jack 7600 +4000 (Brian 13600 Maggie 8000)
3) DUNGEONS & DRAGONS $1200 (clue #21, $12800 left on board)
Jack 13200 +4000 (Brian 13600 Maggie 8000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 104


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 150 (1.76 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Jack $13,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Brian $18,800 Coryat, 25 correct, 3 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Maggie $10,000 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,000
Lach Trash: $7,000 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,000

Brian Chang, career statistics:
97 correct, 11 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 15 rebound opportunities)
41.96% in first on buzzer (94/224)
6/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,700)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,850

Maggie Houska, career statistics:
13 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,000

Jack Weller, career statistics:
16 correct, 1 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,200

Brian Chang, to win:
5 games: 52.262%
6: 27.314%
7: 14.275%
8: 7.460%
9: 3.899%
Avg. streak: 5.095 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • This is the third regular-play tiebreaker since the rules were changed in regular play providing for a tiebreaker after a tied Final Jeopardy! in November 2014.
  • If you are in third place and the top two players are tied, the absolute worst thing to do is wager everything in Final Jeopardy!; at best, you’re reducing your chances of victory; at worst, you’re going viral.

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27 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 22, 2021"

  1. The fact that there is a statue of this person in England makes for a pretty easy solution. I think all three contestants will get it correct.
    Ken looks good and continues to improve but it will be interesting to see how other guest hosts perform. Watched ‘The Chase’ last night, pretty so so. Watched ‘The Hustler’ and found it dreadful. Jeopardy with any host, you have nothing to fear.

  2. Living on Maui for 36 years now this was the third easy FJ! clue in a row for me….I disagree a little that all 3 players will get it. Cook was killed on the island of Hawai’i (the big island). Waimea and Kaua’i are names not everybody might be familiar with. Hawai’i would have been too easy, so I would say 2 correct max.

  3. I thoroughly agree with Robert when he says that Ken has vastly improved over the last few weeks. The individual conversations that he has with each of the contestants started out very wooden, inane, and he continues to need to improve these ~~ but he is in fact doing much better,

    Where I disagree with Robert is in his description of The Chase as “pretty so so.” I have always thoroughly enjoyed that program, and pray for more original contests.

    • I thought James Holzhauer’s final chase last week was spectacular as he answered every question correctly and with 40 seconds to spare.

    • I think the contestant interviews always have the potential to veer into inanity, regardless of the host. Ken is doing fine.

  4. Pretty dramatic win by Brian, tied before and after FJ! and congrats on his biggest payday to date! Hope we learn he made TOC tomorrow, but regardless his first FJ! response will long be remembered.

    • With Zach still pending, he would be # 15 right now already. However, another win would pretty much seal it. He got lucky again, sort of…the jug goes to the well until it breaks (to quote a German proverb). We shall see Monday.

  5. $11,898 to go!
    I SO want to believe that Brian makes it to 100 grand!

    I hope Mr. Richards is noticing how Ken Jennings is improving every day in every way – and feeling quite comfortable filling Alex’s shoes. He is a pleasure to watch.

  6. Wowzers! What a match. It was so fun to watch.

  7. Could not agree more. Ken Jennings is really getting better and more relaxed. No surprise. He’s a true professional. Happy for him.

  8. Brad (not Rutter) | January 22, 2021 at 5:03 pm |

    What a game! Brian deserved it, he got hosed on the daily doubles. As for Ken, you get the sense he would be good at whatever he puts his mind to. He’s great. After watching The Chase last night, I am convinced Brad would be an amazing host too.

  9. Maggie should’ve bet 0 and hoped both Bruan and Jack bet it all and got it wrong. That was her only hope.

    If all three had missed, it wouldve been a game with no winner.

    I think if the game ends in a tie, there should be co-champions but the winners should each get half the money.

    • There used to be co-champions. But now there can only be one winner.

      And yeah, Maggie should have bet anything but all of it – and hoped for a triple stumper.

    • Actually Maggie’s best wager would be at least enough to cover a zero wager from her opponents (since she had >50% of their totals), but do leave at least a dollar behind.

      • I forgot to finish the comment, but since Maggie was in the position where she could cover the (less likely) event of her opponents betting zero without added risk on the downside (besides a lower winning total) IMO that would’ve been better than zero (but nothing is much better than everything in this case).

  10. Michael Schwartz | January 22, 2021 at 8:21 pm |

    Our affiliate was teasing that something big was going to happen tonight. When Maggie wiped out I thought it was going to be a trip-zip FJ. But then Jack doubled up and I realized it would be a tie.

  11. Myron Rushetzky | January 22, 2021 at 8:41 pm |

    I do not like the tiebreaker. There is nothing wrong with having co-champions.

    • I like having a tiebreaker. Having co-champs opens the possibility of two contestants “teaming up” to create an artificial multi day win streak. On day 1, Player 1 has an opportunity to win by $1 with a proper bid, but instead bids for the tie with Player 2. The next day, Player 2 returns the favor. And so on. By teaming up, not only do they both get multi day win streaks, but they also reduce the number of new opponents, thus reducing the chance of drawing an opponent better than either of them.

    • You might not feel that way if you flew across the country to be a contestant, didn’t get on the show because of the tie and then had to take more time off work and pay for another plane ticket to possibly make one appearance on the show.

      • Agree. The fact that tiebreakers are now used has the same underlying rationale as the fact that ‘losers’ get a fixed prize amount and not whatever they’ve ‘won’ in the game. The producers want all contestants to be playing to win the game and not a certain dollar amount.

  12. freddie leonard | January 23, 2021 at 12:07 am |

    I like the idea of having co-champions way better than a tie breaker. I would’ve liked to see Brian and Jack play a second game

  13. Hate the current tiebreaker. Winner determined by speed of buzzer. It was obvious both contestants knew the answer. A harder question here would have been nice too.

    • As they say in computing: this is a feature, not a bug.

    • I think it’s safe to say that over half the questions on this show are known by more than one contestant, and it therefore comes down to “speed of buzzer”. So in that way, the tiebreaker is very consistent with the rest of the show. If you don’t care for “speed of buzzer” impacting the results, this isn’t the right show for you.

  14. I now think J! has a tiebreaker to give more contestants a chance to play. The show makes more than enough money to pay both winners their money

  15. Brad (not Rutter) | January 23, 2021 at 8:58 pm |

    I really enjoy the tiebreaker. The only possible adjustment would to make it 2 out of 3, but that would probably take too much time.

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