Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 21, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Films of the 1960s) for Wednesday, March 21, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 138):

Bernard Herrmann scored this 1960 black & white thriller using only the string section of an orchestra

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Chris Frantz, an on-call office administrator from Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania
Chris Frantz on Jeopardy!
Rebecca Zoshak, a language specialist from State College, Pennsylvania
Rebecca Zoshak on Jeopardy!
Lisa Mueller, a technical services librarian from Naperville, Illinois (2-day total: $33,200)
Lisa Mueller on Jeopardy!

In Rebecca Zoshak’s previous appearance on the show, the judges ruled that she was disadvantaged by a faulty Final Jeopardy! clue on January 11. Thus, she’s back today!

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Correct response: What is Psycho?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Bernard Herrmann scored a number of Alfred Hitchcock films, including The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, and The Birds, but his score for Psycho is particularly well known. Hitchcock even said that “33% of the effect of Psycho was due to the music”.

Because the film had a lower budget, Herrmann wrote the score for a string orchestra only, instead of a full symphony. For most of the film, the strings play muted, with the exception of the famous shower scene of the film. Originally, Hitchcock wanted no score for the shower scene, but when he heard the cue Herrmann had provided, he recanted on his earlier suggestion.

Since the release of Psycho, there have been symphonies that have taken a print of the film with the soundtrack removed and performed the soundtrack live.


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

Scores going into Final:
Rebecca $7,400
Lisa $7,200
Chris $6,600


Tonight’s results:
Chris $6,600 + $6,000 = $12,600
Lisa $7,200 + $6,001 = $13,201
Rebecca $7,400 + $7,007 = $14,407 (1-day total: $14,407)


Rebecca Zoshak, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 21, 2018 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Lisa $5,800
Rebecca $2,200
Chris $1,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) SENIOR MOMENTS $800 (10th pick)
Lisa 2600 +2600 (Rebecca 0 Chris 0)
2) ETHNI-CITIES $2000 (12th pick)
Chris 4400 -3000 (Rebecca 5400 Lisa 4600)
3) DEUS EX MACHINA $2000 (23rd pick)
Lisa 8200 -1000 (Rebecca 5400 Chris 5400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 20


Unplayed clues:
J! round: SENIOR MOMENTS $200, NEWSPAPERS $200, MIX -OLOGY $800 & $1000
DJ! Round: TRIPLE RHYME TIME $1600 & $2000, ETHNI-CITIES $400, DEUS EX MACHINA $400
Total $ Left On Board: $6,600


Game Stats:
Rebecca $7,400 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.45% in first on buzzer
Lisa $6,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 6 incorrect, 40.82% in first on buzzer
Chris $9,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.49% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $23,400
Lach Trash: $12,400 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,600


Lisa Mueller, final stats:
51 correct, 11 incorrect
33.33% in first on buzzer (51/153)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $9,800)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,333


Rebecca Zoshak, stats to date:
23 correct, 5 incorrect
21.57% in first on buzzer (22/102)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,500


Rebecca Zoshak, to win:
2 games: 23.11%
3: 5.34%
4: 1.23%
5: 0.29%
6: 0.07%
Avg. streak: 1.301 games.


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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 21, 2018"

  1. One advantage of making a film in black and white is that you can use chocolate syrup for the blood.

    • Kathy, are you positive? 😉

      • I saw her comment earlier and Googled a bit. Came across this article: http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/191164%7C0/Behind-the-Camera-Psycho.html

        Specifically (a little over half-way down the article): “Hitchcock has said that one reason he shot Psycho in black-and-white was because he thought the bloody murder might be too much for audiences. He used chocolate syrup as the blood swirling down the drain. Nevertheless, some audience members swore the scene was in color and that they saw red blood.”

        I haven’t seen the episode yet today (hopefully we’ll still have power at our snowed-in location in NJ when it airs at 730 pm this evening in NYC and Philly), but I see from a Jeopardy! posting on Facebook that Rebecca is a returning contestant from the “poorly-worded” FJ clue on Jan 11 (Gilbert Collins’ second game).

      • Yes. Kind of funny to think about it.

        • I guess perhaps you all missed my “Are you positive?” comment as referring to blood type, i.e. O +.

  2. john blahuta | March 21, 2018 at 2:31 pm |

    Again 6.600 left on the board.(21.200 total combined only) Well, they brought Rebecca back and she won, albeit in an easy FJ, all 3 got it right.Congrats nevertheless.
    @Kathy & George
    Ketchup works as well……:):)

  3. john blahuta | March 21, 2018 at 2:39 pm |

    With the 21.200 I meant the total of all 3 players before FJ. I guess the money lost in the DDs and the triple stumpers did not help much either, as well as the clues left on the board. I wonder if there was a video category or such to slow things down again. Gotta wait till 10:30 p.m. EDT.That’s the disadvantage of living in Hawaii. Thu and Fri J will be preempted again, not even aired at a later or earlier time. Thank goodness for youtube.

  4. Lisa’s pronunciation of Ishiguro was not wrong.

  5. How wad rebecca affected on the 1 11 18 final jeopardy but not Gilbert? Rebecca did not have an answer yet was invited back. Gilbert wrote a wrong answer and is not invited back. I don’t understand.

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