Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 9, 2017

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Thursday, March 9, 2017:

Final Jeopardy! category: NATIONS OF THE WORLD

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: A 2011 report said the citizenry of this country included a total of 32 women

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Serena Kay Tibbitt, an attorney from Miami, Florida
Rachel Moyer, an operations support specialist from Charlotte, North Carolina
Annie Marggraf, an umemployed bartender from Vancouver, Washington (1-day total: $20,000)


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What is Vatican City?


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The Australian news report said that in March 2011, there were 572 citizens with Vatican passports, 540 men and 32 women. Of that, there were 306 diplomats, 86 Swiss guards, 73 cardinals, 31 lay people, and 1 nun. Only 223 of those citizens live in the Vatican.

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8 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 9, 2017"

  1. Andy Saunders | March 9, 2017 at 2:01 pm |

    Scores going into Final:
    Rachel $16,200
    Annie $15,600
    Serena $8,600

    Final results:
    Serena $8,600 – $8,599 = $1 (What is Tuvalu?)
    Annie $15,600 + $15,600 = $31,200 (2-day total: $51,200)
    Rachel $16,200 – $15,001 = $1,199 (What is Saudi Arabia?)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Rachel $8,600
    Annie $2,000
    Serena $1,800

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) SCIEN-“T”IFIC $800 (12th pick)
    Rachel 2200 +2200 (Serena 1800 Annie 800)

    2) NIXON’S ENEMIES LIST $800 (2nd pick)
    Annie 2400 -2400 (Rachel 8600 Serena 1400)
    3) LITERARY AWARDS $2000 (16th pick)
    Annie 5600 +5600 (Rachel 13400 Serena 6200)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: BRAND NAMES — FIRST & LAST $200, STRAIGHT $200
    DJ! round: None!
    $ Left on Board: $400

    Game Stats:
    Annie $14,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 32.73% in first on buzzer
    Rachel $14,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 30.91% in first on buzzer
    Serena $8,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 25.45% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $10,600
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses: $5,200

    Annie Marggraf, stats to date:
    45 correct
    8 incorrect
    2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,600)
    2/2 in Final Jeopardy
    40.19% in first on buzzer (43/107)
    Average Coryat: $14,300

    Annie Marggraf, to win:
    3 games: 47.44%
    4: 22.50%
    5: 10.68%
    6: 5.06%
    7: 2.40%
    Avg. streak: 2.903 games.
    Avg. Total Winnings (including possible ToC berth): $74,328


    • Thanks to Jay Johnson for providing me with a full chart of this game.

    Tournament of Champions model update:
    With a projected 91 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 250,000 simulations, our model shows:
    An average of 3.4256 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.4363).
    An average of 5.3042 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.7568).
    An early cutoff took place 22.162% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).
    Annie Marggraf qualified 15.303% of the time.
    Tim Kutz qualified 50.740% of the time.
    Todd Giese qualified 13.961% of the time.
    Rob Liguori qualified 2.765% of the time.
    Fred Vaughn qualified 0.590% of the time.

  2. Dal Higbee | March 9, 2017 at 10:10 pm |

    What a great comeback from Annie.

  3. Love Annie’s enthusiasm, big smile,happy lady. Best to you Annie

  4. If the correct response is “Vatican City” why did the judges accept “The Vatican”? They are not the same thing. The Vatican is in Vatican City. Vatican City is the country.

    • Andy Saunders | March 10, 2017 at 11:40 am |

      The show has been using “The Vatican”, and “Vatican City” interchangeably for years in their clues and categories. For them to suddenly not accept it now when given as a response would be grossly unfair.

    • I wondered the same thing. I wouldn’t’ve (legitimate, Jeopardy!-approved contraction) given it to her. Bogus, Dude…

      • Andy Saunders | March 13, 2017 at 3:49 pm |

        I think that you are incorrect in criticizing the judges here. Again, not giving her “The Vatican” would have flown completely in the face of the fact that the show uses the term “The Vatican” to refer to Vatican City in its own clue writing and its own category names from time to time. A cursory search of “Vatican” in J! Archive would tell you that.

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