Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 15, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category European Rivers) for Thursday, March 15, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 134):

Of the 10 countries the Danube touches, this one is alphabetically last & is the only one that doesn’t end in “Y” or “A”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Amy Yacorzynski, an attorney from New Orleans, Louisiana
Amy Yacorzynski on Jeopardy!
Tracey Hollabaugh, a teacher from Cumming, Georgia
Tracey Hollabaugh on Jeopardy!
Peter Karamitsos, a software salesman from Elmhurst, Illinois (1-day total: $27,400)
Peter Karamitsos on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Ukraine?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The 10 countries that the Danube touches: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine (the river marks the Romania-Ukraine border near its outflow at the Black Sea.) It’s Europe’s second-longest river, and the 10 countries it flows through is more than any other river in the world.

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

Scores going into Final:
Amy $17,000
Peter $12,600
Tracey $11,400

Tonight’s results:
Tracey $11,400 – $11,399 = $1 (What Czech R)
Peter $12,600 + $11,000 = $23,600 (What Ukraine) (2-day total: $51,000)
Amy $17,000 – $8,201 = $8,799 (What is Switzerland?)

Peter Karamitsos, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 15, 2018 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Peter $3,800
Tracey $3,800
Amy $2,800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) WEBSITES $1000 (21st pick)
Tracey 4600 -2000 (Peter 2800 Amy 2600)
2) ’80s MUSIC $800 (1st pick)
Amy 2800 +2800 (Peter 3800 Tracey 3800)
3) I AM HUSSEIN $1600 (29th pick) ($2000 remaining on the board)
Amy 17200 -200 (Peter 12600 Tracey 11400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 55

Unplayed clues:
J! round: STATE HOLIDAYS $800 & $1000
DJ! Round: I AM HUSSEIN $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $3,800

Game Stats:
Peter $12,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 0 incorrect, 27.78% in first on buzzer
Amy $15,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 22.22% in first on buzzer
Tracey $13,400 Coryat, 21 correct, 4 incorrect, 44.44% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $41,200
Lach Trash: $4,200 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,800

Peter Karamitsos, stats to date:
35 correct, 3 incorrect
29.09% in first on buzzer (32/110)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,200)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,000

Peter Karamitsos, to win:
3 games: 49.08%
4: 24.09%
5: 11.83%
6: 5.80%
7: 2.85%
Avg. streak: 2.964 games.

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

  1. Why was “What Ukraine” accepted?
    Alex looked over and it was.

  2. The rules specifically state: As long as you phrase your response in the form of a question, it need not matter whether or not you use the proper question.

    Well, first of all, a question ALWAYS ends with a question mark so I never understood why one that doesn’t have one is accepted. And two, “What Ukraine?” isn’t even correct English, let alone in the form of a question. Considering how nitpicky Jeopardy can be on so many other meaningless errors, makes no sense why answers that are not even written as proper questions by supposedly high IQ contestants is acceptable.

    • The show has set a minimum standard for “form of a question”. That standard is “A questioning word must precede the correct response”. That proper questioning word is even given to the contestants in the commercial break prior to Final Jeopardy starting, because it never again wants to have to deal with this situation:

      Otherwise, it becomes a judgement call of “where do you draw the line?” and the show does not wish to make that sort of a judgement call. Do you want to start discounting an otherwise perfectly acceptable question simply because it lacks a question mark? Give me a break.

      Don’t like it? Lump it. That’s the standard the show has set, because the alternative is less fair overall to everyone involved.

  3. What about rhetorical questions? They can be terminated with either a question mark, an exclamation mark, or a period. How do you discern a writer’s intention? The show should be suspended until a serious debate (Facebook forum, Twitter?) establishing definitive, unambiguous rules can be negotiated.

  4. A question mark after a guess (Ukraine?) implies that it’s a question in much the same way the subject “you” would be inferred in the imperative “Get out!” (you get out)…

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