Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 16, 2018


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Mythological Beasts) for Friday, March 16, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 135):

Hesiod said it fawns on all who enter “with actions of…tail & both ears”, but when people try to exit it “eats them up”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Rahul Gupta, a data engineer from Midlothian, Virginia
Rahul Gupta on Jeopardy!
Dan Lee, a math professor from New York, New York
Dan Lee on Jeopardy!
Peter Karamitsos, a software salesman from Elmhurst, Illinois (2-day total: $51,000)
Peter Karamitsos on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Cerberus?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Cerberus, in Greek mythology, is the famous three-headed hound of Hades who guarded the gates of the Underworld and prevented the escape from the Underworld.

Hesiods said this in his Theogeny:

“And before them [the halls of Haides and Persephone] a dreaded hound (deinos kunos) [Kerberos (Cerberus)], on watch, who has no pity, but a vile stratagem : as people go in he fawns on all, with actions of his tail and both ears, but he will not let them go back out, but lies in wait for them and eats them up, when he catches any going back through the gates.”

You can find more information about Cerberus at the Theoi Project.


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

Scores going into Final:
Rahul $12,400
Dan $6,200
Peter $4,000


Tonight’s results:
Peter $4,000 – $3,999 = $1 (Who is the Minotaur?)
Dan $6,200 – $6,200 = $0 (Who is the Minotaur?)
Rahul $12,400 – $1 = $12,399 (Who is the Sphinx?) (1-day total: $12,399)


Rahul Gupta, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 16, 2018 episode.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Rahul $6,000
Dan $600
Peter $0


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) BOOK TALK $800 (20th pick)
Dan 2400 -2000 (Rahul 6400 Peter -200)
2) IN A STORM $1600 (7th pick)
Rahul 8800 -4800 (Dan 2600 Peter 0)
3) MOUNTAINS $1200 (12th pick)
Peter 800 +2000 (Dan 4600 Rahul 4400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -38


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: AFTER THE VICE PRESIDENCY $2000 & AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE $800
Total $ Left On Board: $2,800


Game Stats:
Rahul $17,200 Coryat, 23 correct, 3 incorrect, 41.82% in first on buzzer
Peter $3,200 Coryat, 7 correct, 3 incorrect, 16.36% in first on buzzer
Dan $8,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 27.27% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $28,600
Lach Trash: $13,600 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,000


Peter Karamitsos, final stats:
42 correct, 7 incorrect
24.85% in first on buzzer (41/165)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,200)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,400


Rahul Gupta, stats to date:
23 correct, 4 incorrect
41.82% in first on buzzer (23/55)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,800)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,200


Rahul Gupta, to win:
2 games: 41.32%
3: 17.07%
4: 7.05%
5: 2.91%
6: 1.20%
Avg. streak: 1.704 games.


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6 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 16, 2018"

  1. john blahuta | March 16, 2018 at 2:07 pm |

    lucky for Rahul that the other 2 got it wrong too. I am wondering if he considered to wager 0 and let it maybe come to a tie breaker??

    • It’s a great position to be in, but I guess it would depend on how comfortable you are with a category. If it’s something you know is very weak for you, waiting for a potential tiebreaker may be the way to go.

  2. Maurine Gutowski | March 16, 2018 at 9:08 pm |

    This will be broadcast at 5:35 Saturday morning on CBS Kalamazoo MI. Right now at 8:30pm Michigan State is leading Bucknell. I would not have gotten the right answer. I not like evil beasts, in mythology or reality. Yesterday’s loser’s answer was an excellent choice if only the Danube was further west; a tributary of the Danube is in Switzerland.

  3. stacy halper | March 17, 2018 at 7:08 pm |

    Rahul did not answer in the form of a question on one answer in Double Jeopardy and the judges did not catch it. It wouldn’t have cost him the game but it compromises the integrity of the game. Also his answer on the Heath lLedger question should have been the Dark Knight Rises. Very disappointed.

    • You’re incorrect on both counts.

      1) There were audience members at this taping who have reported that a tape stoppage took place, where the judges listened and confirmed that Rahul did in fact respond to this clue in the form of a question.

      2) The Dark Knight was the correct response. It was the second film in the trilogy. (Batman Begins was the first).

  4. Murphy's Law | March 19, 2018 at 5:18 pm |

    The NCAA tournament pushed this showing from 7:30 PM to 3:07 AM and then it started late! I set my DVR and only got the first round! GRRRR!

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