Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, January 25, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World Geography) for Monday, January 25, 2021 (Season 37, Game 86):

Of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, these 2 on opposite sides of it are the smallest & largest in area

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Elliott Kalan, a writer originally from Millburn, New Jersey
Elliott Kalan on Jeopardy!
Madeline Johnson, a digital marketing manager from Portland, Oregon
Madeline Johnson on Jeopardy!
Brian Chang, an attorney from Chicago, Illinois (4-day total: $88,102)
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Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Brian survived the third regular-play tiebreaker in Jeopardy! history on Friday for his fourth win. Whoever makes it to Thursday gets to deal with the returning Zach Newkirk that day. Will Brian get the 5th win that he needs to get into the next Tournament of Champions?


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Correct response: What are Algeria and Monaco?


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This, in my opinion, is a tough one. Once you realize what the correct responses are, it’s more obvious—Monaco is one of the world’s smallest countries, and Algeria is 10th-largest—but getting to that point is the difficult part. If you get lost at any point along the way, the chances of you being able to write down the correct response in 30 seconds go down significantly.


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

Scores going into Final:
Brian $20,200
Elliott $14,200
Madeline $9,400


Tonight’s results:
Madeline $9,400 – $2,801 = $6,599 (What are Libya + Monacp?)
Elliott $14,200 – $4,601 = $9,599 (What are France and Gre)
Brian $20,200 + $8,201 = $28,401 (What are Algeria + Monaco?) (5-day total: $116,503)


Brian Chang, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 25, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Brian $9,400
Madeline $2,800
Elliott $2,600


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Opening break taken after: 17 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) NAME THAT MALE AUTHOR $600 (clue #15)
Brian 3600 +3600 (Madeline -200 Elliott 1000)
2) MUSICAL THEATER $1600 (clue #2)
Madeline 4800 +3000 (Brian 7400 Elliott 2600)
3) PHILOSOPHY $1200 (clue #11, $22800 left on board)
Elliott 5800 +4000 (Brian 11400 Madeline 9000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 231


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 150 (1.74 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Brian $17,200 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Elliott $11,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Madeline $8,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,600
Lach Trash: $10,400 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,000

Brian Chang, career statistics:
120 correct, 13 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 21 rebound opportunities)
40.57% in first on buzzer (114/281)
7/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,300)
3/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,720

Madeline Johnson, career statistics:
14 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,000

Elliott Kalan, career statistics:
14 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,400

Brian Chang, to win:
6 games: 55.215%
7: 30.487%
8: 16.833%
9: 9.294%
10: 5.132%
Avg. streak: 6.233 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • This is the first game with a first break taking place on Clue 17 or later since May 12, 2010.
  • Brian had the advantage in Final Jeopardy, because the scores had Elliott in “Stratton’s Dilemma”—he could not both bet to win a Double Stumper with Brian and bet to cover Madeline.

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27 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, January 25, 2021"

  1. A real tough one to think and write down in 30 seconds.

  2. That FJ! clue sounds just vague enough to bring about a triple miss. I fear for Brian. His best hope may be to enter FJ! untouchable. Go Brian!

    It will be great to see Zach Newkirk again on Thursday.

  3. I didn’t even think about Monaco (the obvious one) and guessed Israel. I wonder if they are the second smallest on the Mediterranean.

  4. I find it relatively easy. After all, Algeria is the biggest country on the African continent. You just have to think N/S instead of W/E.

    • …and I am originally from Europe, so that also made it easier for me.

    • I thought the same. It was as obvious as tiny, little Monaco.

    • I too found it relatively easy, and I am glad that someone came up with the correct response. I always find it sad when all three contestants miss those basic geography questions.

  5. Monaco is only 0.81 sqare Miles in area. That’s LESS than one square mile! Slovenia is 7,827;sqare miles in area. Vatican City (0.19 sq.mi) is the only country smaller in area than Monaco.

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  7. Zoe Wimberly | January 25, 2021 at 1:14 pm |

    Wow I’m actually really impressed that Brian got that right, that was a hard clue. He is killing it, I wonder if him and Zach will face off.

    • Brian Chang | January 25, 2021 at 1:18 pm |

      Thanks! I was stuck on Algeria and Malta for a while, but Malta is not on a “side” of the Mediterranean. Very lucky to get Monaco right before time ran out.

      • Congrats on making TOC!

      • Very nicely done, and congrats on the TOC. There were a couple of ways to be misled with this one and you avoided them.

        Unfortunately, I fixated on “ends” instead of “sides” and neglected that Monaco is a country as well as a principality. Went went France and Lebanon. Darn.

        Looking forward to seeing your run continue!

  8. I STAND CORRECTED! WENT BY COASTLINE INSTEAD OF AREA.SORRY!!!!

  9. Jeme Brelin | January 25, 2021 at 2:02 pm |

    Haven’t seen the episode, but Elliott and Ken surely must know each other. Elliott’s podcast and Ken’s have pretty close connections through John Hodgman and Ben Harrison. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see other professional connections as well.

  10. There’s an old saying about Monaco…”It’s the sunny place for shady people.”
    A little factoid…Aristotle Onassis was the key figure and advisor to the Grimaldis to revitalize Monaco’s economy with gambling revenue. At the peak, about 90% of the nation’s revenue came from gambling proceeds. And BTW, Monegasques are not aloud to gamble in the casino.
    But back to Onassis, he may be known as a shipping tycoon, but he made his first fortune selling cheap cigarettes in South America, re-packaged in brand name cartons (Marlboro, Camels, etc.) Was sued many times for pulling these sorts of schemes, but despite making millions, he always either settled out of court or paid a fine, which was just pennies on what he earned.

    • Sorry…spellcheck went with “aloud” instead of “allowed”…technology…gotta love it!

  11. Brad (not Rutter) | January 25, 2021 at 5:42 pm |

    Enjoying being on the Brian bandwagon, but will be conflicted if he faces off against Zach the Legend.

  12. Enos Williams | January 25, 2021 at 7:56 pm |

    Writers: “How can we make Before & After worse? Got it!”

  13. I was thinking Monaco and Turkey, I didn’t even give African countries a chance. I also didn’t know Algeria is so big, it’s almost double the size of Turkey.

  14. If Brian were to make it to Thursday, he would be a 7-day champ. Would that be the first regular play game with multiple 4+ game winners?

  15. I hope they do the four letter before and after again, I liked it.

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