Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 20, 2017

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Monday, March 20, 2017:

Final Jeopardy! category: PAPAL NAMES

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: from the mid-20th century, it’s the most recent papal name that’s the same in Latin & in English

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Christiane Evaskis-Garrett, a content developer from Jackson, Michigan

Eli Rosenberger, a naval flight officer from Oak Harbor, Washington
Rebecca Wald, a psychologist from Baltimore, Maryland (1-day total: $31,200)


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What is Pius?


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I think I’d like to give a shoutout at this point over to Keith Williams over on The Final Wager, whose Papal Pandemonium series began, interestingly enough, two years ago to the day (Without it, this may have been a much more difficult Final for me.)

Twelve different Popes have used the name Pius, the 11th and 12th coming between 1922 and 1958 (Pius XI died in 1939.)

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15 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 20, 2017"

  1. Andy Saunders | March 20, 2017 at 4:03 pm |

    Scores going into Final:
    Rebecca $15,800
    Christiane $6,000
    Eli $4,800

    Final results:
    Eli $4,800 – $4,700 = $100 (What is Paul?)
    Christiane $6,000 – $5,998 = $2 (What is John?)
    Rebecca $15,800 – $3,700 = $12,100 (What is Leo?) (2-day total: $43,200)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Rebecca $3,000
    Christiane $2,800
    Eli $-400

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) FESTIVALS $600 (18th pick)
    Eli 200 -600 (Rebecca 2000 Christiane 1200)

    2) NFL EN ESPAÑOL $800 (18th pick)
    Christiane 5600 +2000 (Rebecca 11400 Eli 2400)
    3) CURRENT BIOGRAPHIES $800 (27th pick, $4800 left on board)
    Rebecca 11800 +2000 (Christiane 4400 Eli 3600)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: GEOGRAPHY “B” $400, $600, & $800
    DJ! round: None!
    $ Left on Board: $1,800

    Game Stats:
    Rebecca $14,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.63% in first on buzzer
    Eli $5,400 Coryat, 11 correct, 5 incorrect, 25.93% in first on buzzer
    Christiane $4,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 5 incorrect, 27.78% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $16,200
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses: $11,200

    Rebecca Wald, stats to date:
    40 correct
    5 incorrect
    1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
    1/2 in Final Jeopardy
    33.33% in first on buzzer (36/108)
    Average Coryat: $17,400

    Rebecca Wald, to win:
    3 games: 60.76%
    4: 36.92%
    5: 22.44%
    6: 13.63%
    7: 8.28%
    Avg. streak: 3.549 games.
    Avg. Total Winnings (including possible ToC berth): $83,124

    With a projected 84 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 3.2026 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.3867).
    An average of 4.947 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.6964).
    An early cutoff took place 17.035% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).
    Rebecca Wald qualified 24.432% of the time.
    Tim Kutz qualified 57.297% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 17.624% of the time.
    Rob Liguori qualified 3.671% of the time.
    Fred Vaughn qualified 0.756% of the time.


    • Since October 4, 2004, the Daily Doubles have been split amongst all 3 players 18.28% of the time (in regular play).
    • This is the 16th consecutive game in which we did not see all 61 clues. The modern record is 19 consecutive.
  2. “Pius” is Latin for “Pious” in English! So the final Jeop answer is wrong.

  3. Paul Janssen | March 20, 2017 at 7:34 pm |

    I don’t understand tonight’s final jeopardy question. Pius is a name in English? Or is it supposed to “sound” like pious? Or . . . well, what’s the deal?

  4. We already put in scores going into final, and scores after the Jeopardy! round

  5. Patty Stover | March 20, 2017 at 9:48 pm |

    Johnny Appleseed Festival is in Fort Wayne IN …NOT !!!! Huntertown

  6. shelley neidich | March 21, 2017 at 8:17 am |

    Must be age related but I thought of Pius right away. Yes I am a senior but I still think the really great champs would have no problem with that question.

  7. Eli deserves any flak he may be taking from his shipmates today, and I maintain that he certainly should not have missed the clue referencing the Navy’s birthday. But upon some further reflection, I can present a plausible mechanism for how he got there, particularly given there was over a second between the clue being fully read and Eli ringing in.

    The U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps were all founded in 1775; while a separate service, the Marine Corps falls under the Department of the Navy, reporting to the Secretary of the Navy; the Marine Corps has a very recognizable blue dress uniform. Knowing all this, but not knowing the particular significance of October 13, plus consideration of the fact that the clue sat in the fourth row (i.e. not “Kanye West”), it’s entirely possible to see how one can get crossed up.

    I started down that train of thought by recalling late last night an instance that reminds us that even the very best players in Jeopardy! history are susceptible to discounting possibilities because they are somehow connected to the competitors: Battle of the Decades, semifinal #2. Brad Rutter missed the last Daily Double because he ruled out the correct response due its connection to Tom Cubbage, standing immediately to his left.

    By the way, did you know that MARINE is actually an acronym? It stands for: Marines Always Ride In Navy Equipment. (There’s a second formulation that’s far less charitable.)

  8. Russell Naylor | March 26, 2017 at 12:22 am |

    Yea , we have long recognized the Navy as our Taxi Cab service..Navy chow is always the best.

  9. Russell Naylor | March 26, 2017 at 12:32 am |

    The United States Marine Corps Birthday is celebrated every year on 10 November with a traditional ball and cake-cutting ceremony. On that day in 1775, the Continental Marines were established.
    In Tuns Tavern 🙂 Fitting.

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