Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 20, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Roman History) for Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 137):

Of this battle in 31 B.C., Virgil wrote, “Neptune’s fields grow red with fresh slaughter”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

John Bizal, a retired high school English teacher from Scottsdale, Arizona
John Bizal on Jeopardy!
AJ Freeman, a customer solutions advisor from Boise, Idaho
AJ Freeman on Jeopardy!
Lisa Mueller, a technical services librarian from Naperville, Illinois (1-day total: $16,800)
Lisa Mueller on Jeopardy!


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Correct response: What is the Battle of Actium?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The writing of Virgil about Actium occurs in Book VIII of The Aeneid.

Actium was key battle of the Final War of the Roman Republic; with the combating sides being Octavian (Augustus Caesar) and Mark Antony (with Cleopatra). Octavian’s victory led to the consolidation of his power in Rome, causing most historians to see the end of the Roman Republic and the beginning of the Roman Empire.

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

Scores going into Final:
John $22,400
Lisa $14,200
AJ $8,000

Tonight’s results:
AJ $8,000 – $7,000 = $1,000 (What is Rome?)
Lisa $14,200 + $2,200 = $16,400 (2-day total: $33,200)
John $22,400 – $6,001 = $16,399 (What is Salerno?)

Lisa Mueller, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 20, 2018 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Lisa $8,200
AJ $4,000
John $3,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) INSIDE THE PARK $600 (11th pick)
Lisa 2800 +2800 (AJ 2600 John 200)
2) BOOKS ABOUT ASIA $800 (2nd pick)
John 3400 +2000 (Lisa 8200 AJ 3600)
John 7000 +3000 (Lisa 10200 AJ 7600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 202

Unplayed clues:
J! round: THE START OF AN “ART” $600, $800 & $1000
DJ! Round: COMPOSERS $400
Total $ Left On Board: $2,800

Game Stats:
Lisa $12,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 2 incorrect, 32.08% in first on buzzer
John $19,800 Coryat, 20 correct, 3 incorrect, 37.74% in first on buzzer
AJ $8,000 Coryat, 13 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.53% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $39,800
Lach Trash: $5,600 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800

Lisa Mueller, stats to date:
34 correct, 5 incorrect
29.81% in first on buzzer (31/104)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,200)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,300

Lisa Mueller, to win:
3 games: 51.38%
4: 26.40%
5: 13.57%
6: 6.97%
7: 3.58%
Avg. streak: 3.057 games.

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8 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 20, 2018"

  1. john blahuta | March 20, 2018 at 5:43 pm |

    Somewhat risky but smart wager by Lisa. Her assumptions worked out who would get FJ right or wrong (Salerno was in WW II, 1943) and about the size of John’s wager.She seems to play kind of cautiously at times and as a result having “only” 33.200 after 2 wins, but that strategy might get here a lot farther, maybe even beyond the 5 win mark. Congratulations either way!!

  2. Please list book category answers. I would love to read those books. Please!

    • The “Books About Asia” category:
      $400: Spending 7 years in the Hermit Kingdom as a business executive helped Felix Abt write “A Capitalist In” this nation (What is North Korea?)
      $800: An Early 2000s bestseller was a memoir about a secret book club in this city that discussed works like “Lolita” (What is Tehran?)
      $1200: “Snow Country” is Yasunari Kawabata’s tale of a doomed love between a rich Japanese man & one of these hostesses (What is a geisha?)
      $1600: Simon Winchester’s study of the 19th century eruption of this volcano is subtitled “The Day The World Exploded” (What is Krakatoa?)
      $2000: “First They Killed My Father” by Loung Ung takes place during the brutal reign of this group in Cambodia (What is the Khmer Rouge?)

  3. Enos Williams | March 20, 2018 at 8:13 pm |

    I wish I wasn’t such a scientist. I was quite confident that the answer was the Battle of Actinium. headdesk

  4. Maurine Gutowski | March 20, 2018 at 8:27 pm |

    Lisa’s reaction when she won by $1 because John bid $1 extra but had the wrong answer is impossible to describe — stunned? She had a distinctive reaction also when she won on last Friday’s program. She was way ahead and had the right answer but had bet $0. Very expressive face. I had to wait until 5 a.m Saturday morning to see the broadcast. I always check this site if I’m not home, but it just goes to show that you can’t beat the real thing.

  5. I don’t understand either of their bets. Can someone pls explain

    • So, John had $22,400, Lisa $14,200.

      Double Lisa’s score, you get $28,400. That’s the maximum she can get to. John bet to beat that possibility by $1 ($28,401 – $22,400 = $6,001). That explains John’s bet.

      Obviously, Lisa can only win if John is wrong. So, Lisa subtracted $6,001 from $22,400, got $16,399, and bet herself up to $16,400. That bet: $2,200.

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