Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 1, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category European Islands) for Thursday, March 1, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 124):

Once known as the Norman Isles, per the British Govt. this group is “not part of the U.K.” & has “never been colonies”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Sarah Norris, a technical writer & manager from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sarah Norris on Jeopardy!
Scott Krzywonos, an editor from Levittown, Pennsylvania
Scott Krzywonos on Jeopardy!
Laura McLean, a data analyst from Nashville, Tennessee (1-day total: $12,799)
Laura McLean on Jeopardy!


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Correct response: What are the Channel Islands?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The Channel Islands (Jersey and Guernsey being the largest two), are a group of islands situated between England and France in the English Channel. They’ve been administered separately since the 13th century. It is believed that the collective name “Channel Islands” dates from the Royal Navy circa 1830.

The Channel Islands (as well as the Isle of Man) are self-coverning Crown Dependencies, not part of the United Kingdom. They have their own legislative assemblies, administrative, fiscal, and legal systems, and are not represented in Parliament.

The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Justice has issued a fact sheet detailing their relationship with the Crown Dependencies of the Channel Islands (Jersey and Guernsey) and the Isle of Man.

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

Scores going into Final:
Laura $15,000
Sarah $11,600
Scott $4,000

Tonight’s results:
Scott $4,000 – $3,995 = $5 (What are the Canary Islands?)
Sarah $11,600 – $4,801 = $6,799 (What are the Faroe Islands)
Laura $15,000 – $8,201 = $6,799 (What are the Shetland Islands) (2-day total: $19,598)

Tiebreaker round category: WAY BACK IN 2017

Tiebreaker round clue: Her April decision to call a snap parliamentary election proved less than brilliant on June 8

Tiebreaker round correct response: Who is (Theresa) May?

This is the first time that a regular play game has required a tiebreaker clue since the rule was changed in November 2014. The news about the rule change was broken on the November 5, 2014 episode of #JeopardyLivePanel.

Laura McLean, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 1, 2018 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Sarah $5,200
Laura $3,000
Scott $1,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) HISTORIC TRIOS $600 (4th pick)
Scott 200 -1000 (Laura 400 Sarah 200)
2) SUCH NOVEL CHARACTERS $2000 (5th pick)
Scott 3200 -3000 (Sarah 6000 Laura 3000)
3) ALIMENTARY SCHOOL $1600 (27th pick, $2,800 left on board, minute-to-go signal given)
Scott 5000 -1000 (Laura 15000 Sarah 13600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -214

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $800

Game Stats:
Laura $15,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 39.29% in first on buzzer
Sarah $11,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.93% in first on buzzer
Scott $9,000 Coryat, 11 correct, 5 incorrect, 21.82% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $35,600
Lach Trash: $7,400 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,200

Laura McLean, stats to date:
38 correct, 7 incorrect
37.96% in first on buzzer (41/108)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,800

Laura McLean, to win:
3 games: 43.14%
4: 18.61%
5: 8.03%
6: 3.46%
7: 1.49%
Avg. streak: 2.759 games.


  • Scott’s individual Daily Double efficiency of -214 is the second-worst since October 4, 2004 (to Peter Guekguezian on June 19, 2017).

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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 1, 2018"

  1. john blahuta | March 1, 2018 at 12:23 pm | Reply

    Another European geography FJ- another triple whiff.

  2. An unfortunate math “error” with Sarah’s FJ wager. It also seems a little odd to me that both the FJ and Tiebreaker clues/responses were related to the British Government.

    I found it interesting that the document you linked above from the UK’s Ministry of Justice mentions that Jersey and Guernsey are each formally called a “Bailiwick.” I’m not sure if I’d ever heard that use of the term before, though since it’s British I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. 🙂

    • john blahuta | March 1, 2018 at 5:39 pm | Reply

      In cricket you have a “wicket”, maybe that did ring a bell? It’s played everywhere the Union Jack ever flew and still flies. From England to India and everywhere in between…..
      It’ THE national sport in the Caribbean, a game can take 3 days…..

        • john blahuta | March 2, 2018 at 12:22 pm | Reply

          I know. When I lived on Barbados the waiters at the hotel restaurant always had their ears on the radio. There was always a game going on. The Caribbean is just crazy about cricket. And mounted TVs were not the norm. Today every restaurant has a TV running (or more), so back then they had ears 10 inches long since the staff could not turn on the radio TOO loud….those guys lived and breathed cricket. Still never got the entire rules myself. Basics, yes, but the more sophisticated plays…hopeless, unless you grew up with it.

  3. julia mallon | March 1, 2018 at 4:42 pm | Reply

    Previously, ties resulted in co-champions.

  4. john blahuta | March 1, 2018 at 5:41 pm | Reply

    If either lady had wagered a buck less…well, there are almost uncountable ways to wager in FJ.

  5. PriceRight89 | March 1, 2018 at 7:32 pm | Reply

    That tie took me completely by surprise. Unfortunately for Sarah, she overwagered on Final and wound up paying the price for that dearly.

  6. Do you think Jersey and Guernsey would have been an accepted response? Referring to the bailiwicks and not just the islands of course…

  7. freddie leonard | March 1, 2018 at 11:32 pm | Reply

    I’m probably in the vast minority on this subject but I prefer having co-champions as opposed to a tie breaking question.

    • PriceRight89 | March 1, 2018 at 11:38 pm | Reply

      Not sure what side the minority is but I liked it better when they had co-champs as well.

      • It’s what people are used to, but the world is also a great deal more connected than it was in 1984, and the game’s rules need to evolve because of that.

        • I don’t get the connection. (I’m with Freddie and PriceRight.)

          • It’s too easy for contestants in the same taping cohort to accidentally find each other on the Internet before taping these days. Thus, the potential for collusion is too high. The rule was outdated and needed to be changed.

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