Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 1, 2019 (All-Star Games Day #8)


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Presidential Election Years) for Friday, March 1, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 125):

Prior to 2016 it was the last election year in which the winning candidate had never held public elected office

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Team Austin, consisting of Austin Rogers (C), Roger Craig (L), and Leonard Cooper (R) (Yesterday’s score: $5,200)
Team Austin in the 2019 Jeopardy! All-Star Games
Team Colby, consisting of Colby Burnett (C), Pam Mueller (L), and Alan Lin (R) (Yesterday’s score: $7,600)
Team Colby in the 2019 Jeopardy! All-Star Games
Team Buzzy, consisting of Buzzy Cohen (C), Alex Jacob (L), and Jennifer Giles (R) (Yesterday’s score: $0)
Team Buzzy in the 2019 Jeopardy! All-Star Games

Today’s final score will be added to yesterday’s final score to determine this match’s winner, who will play Team Brad (Rutter) and Team Ken (Jennings) in the final on March 4 & 5.

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Correct response: What is 1952?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

1952 was the first electoral victory for former U.S. Army general Dwight Eisenhower, who had never held public elected office before winning the Presidency. Of course, it’s not his second election, 1956, as he had won the 1952 election by that point.


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Scores going into Final:
Team Austin (Leonard J!, Roger DJ!) $8,900
Team Colby (Alan J!, Pam DJ!) $7,600
Team Buzzy (Jennifer J!, Alex DJ!) $3,600


Tonight’s results:
Team Buzzy (Buzzy) $3,600 – $3,600 = $0 + $0 = $0 (What is 1868? Love U Lucerne)
Team Colby (Colby) $7,600 – $101 = $7,499 + $7,600 = $15,099 (Finalist) (What is 1956?)
Team Austin (Austin) $8,900 – $8,900 = $0 + $5,200 = $5,200 (What is 1836?)


Today's Jeopardy! results (for the March 1, 2019 game.)


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Fantasy point accumulation (Unofficial):
Alex Jacob 49
Ken Jennings 31
Colby Burnett 26
Roger Craig 26
Leonard Cooper 26
Matt Jackson 24
Larissa Kelly 24
Austin Rogers 23
Alan Lin 23
Ben Ingram 21
Buzzy Cohen 19
Monica Thieu 19
David Madden 18
Pam Mueller 17
Brad Rutter 17
Seth Wilson 13
Jennifer Giles 13
Julia Collins 2

(As per the Official Rules of the contest: A correct response in Single or Double Jeopardy is worth 1 entry into the Lindblad sweepstakes. A correct response in Final Jeopardy is worth 10 entries into the Lindblad sweepstakes.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Team Colby (Alan) $5,600†
Team Buzzy (Jennifer) $2,200
Team Austin (Leonard) $2,100

†Alan was originally credited with an incorrect response which was credited to him before the 16th clue of Double Jeopardy.


Daily Double locations:
1) THEIR IVY LEAGUE ALMA MATER $600 (18th pick)
Leonard 5000 -2500 (Alan 4200 Jennifer 1600)
2) “E”PONYMOUS $1600 (7th pick)
Alex 7400 +7400 (Roger 4500 Pam 4000)
3) ON THE SOUNDTRACK $1600 (16th pick)
Alex 15600 -15600 (Roger 4900 Pam 4800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -50


Game Stats:
Alan $6,000 Coryat, 11 correct, 0 incorrect, 31.03% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Jennifer $2,200 Coryat, 5 correct, 0 incorrect, 13.79% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Leonard $4,600 Coryat, 9 correct, 4 incorrect, 41.38% in first on buzzer

Roger $6,800 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 27.59% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Pam $1,600 Coryat, 5 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.14% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Alex $11,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 37.93% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts

Combined Coryat Score: $32,400
Lach Trash: $9,400 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,200


Team Colby stats:

Pam Mueller, stats to date:
273 correct, 42 incorrect
15/22 on rebound attempts
29.71% in first on buzzer (262/882)
10/13 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $22,000)
6/15 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,388

Colby Burnett, stats to date:
237 correct, 24 incorrect
17/17 on rebound attempts
31.56% in first on buzzer (214/678)
11/17 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $9,800)
7/13 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,554

Alan Lin, stats to date:
248 correct, 26 incorrect
12/12 on rebound attempts
33.52% in first on buzzer (235/701)
10/15 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,805)
7/12 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,171


Team Austin stats:

Roger Craig, stats to date:
436 correct, 77 incorrect
18/22 on rebound attempts
46.04% in first on buzzer (447/971)
25/28 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $117,000)
8/16 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,926

Austin Rogers, stats to date:
424 correct, 58 incorrect
29/30 on rebound attempts
38.86% in first on buzzer (403/1037)
24/31 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $105,700)
14/18 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,800

Leonard Cooper, stats to date:
97 correct, 19 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
37.72% in first on buzzer (106/281)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $16,500)
3/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,800


Team Buzzy stats:

Alex Jacob, stats to date:
336 correct, 38 incorrect
16/18 on rebound attempts
44.35% in first on buzzer (322/726)
17/23 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $70,500)
2/11 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,933

Buzzy Cohen, stats to date:
298 correct, 51 incorrect
15/17 on rebound attempts
35.05% in first on buzzer (292/833)
17/23 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $45,400)
8/16 in Final Jeopardy!
Average Coryat: $13,913

Jennifer Giles, stats to date:
109 correct, 18 incorrect
4/6 on rebound attempts
31.78% in first on buzzer (109/343)
3/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,400)
3/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,829


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Everyone who decided that they’d had enough of the tournament and has proceeded to skip this match? You literally just missed one of the most dramatic matches in the 35-year history of the show. If this 30-something guy has the meme down, I believe the phrase is “Congratulations, you played yourself”.
  • I don’t know what else to say. From what I’ve heard since seeing this result, it seemed like everyone knew that this was a surprise result and an upset. But hey, that’s why you play the games!

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30 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 1, 2019 (All-Star Games Day #8)"

  1. Ooh, this should be interesting, as Andy alludes to, if anyone says 1956… that WAS my first response. I went backwards, got to 1956. Eisenhower!…he had never run for office before! Oops. I really hope (and expect) they all get it right…it’d be a shame for the wild card to hinge on a quasi trick question…but certainly fair. My fault for not reading it carefully enough.

  2. Even though a little tricky, I still think this is by far the easiest Final in the All-Star tournament. All the teams should get it, so there won’t be any coming from behind for a team that hasn’t positioned itself well prior to the Final.

    • What do we know?

      • Kudos to Colby for knowing it was Ike…the writers caught one of them in their web though.I’m glad he’s the only one who fell for it.it’s a more satisfying outcome.

  3. Leo Doroschenko | March 1, 2019 at 10:25 am |

    Ironic if you remember the answer which won Leonard Cooper the Teen Tournament, Ike Eisenhower figured in both questions.

  4. During the 2008 election campaign, I came up with the question, “Before this year, when was the last presidential election where neither the president or vice president ran for president?” And that was also 1952.

  5. sorry for being a bit off topic but is the all-star tournament replacing tournament of champions? the last TOC info i can find is for 2017? when is/was the 2018 tourney? thx

  6. When I first saw this clue, I was reminded of a quip from a recent NYT Op-Ed column by Gail Collins (which ran on Feb 1) that would make a great TOC FJ clue, assuming it already hasn’t been used as one.

    She wrote, “Virtually every president has either been a general in the military or served in some previous elective office. The exceptions were Donald Trump and Herbert Hoover. Enough said.”

    Note that Hoover held a few appointed positions before winning the White House in 1928, including a long stint as Commerce Secretary. The Commerce HQ building in DC is named after him (called the HCHB for short).

  7. Finals should be good I think team ken will take it though.

  8. I saw Ike in 1956 when I was a senior at Mineola High School on Long Island NY, and he campaigned there. I was too young to vote, though, still only 17 by election time. Thanks for the heads-up about the excitement of tonight’s show making it worthwhile to watch despite the confusing nature of the current competition with team members bouncing all around.

  9. I just started watching several years ago so I’d never seen Colby play before this tournament. I think I underestimated his strength.

  10. Another tough Final Jeopardy as we end the week with a triple stumper.

  11. Agree Andy, some pretty good drama in this one. Team Buzzy took the risk it had to, but it didn’t work out. Team Colby made a strategic Final bet that did work out. They knew the most they could get to was $22,800, and that Team Austin could max out at $23,000. Looking forward to a wild 2-day finals.

  12. Did each contestant get $75,000.00. Or did they have to split.

  13. Alan Jones | March 1, 2019 at 8:45 pm |

    (First-time commenter.)

    I for one am enjoying the All-Star Tournament as a special event, but I wouldn’t want one every year, I don’t think. The couple of two-day games bugged me a bit. I might have preferred an eight-day run, rather than stretching those early games that way. But that’s a minor nit. Overall, I’ve been delighted. And today’s match was definitely one for the books.

    For the curious-minded (who have probably looked it up by now, so this may be for the semi-curious-minded):

    Re: Austin — In 1836 Martin Van Buren won the presidential election, being at that time the incumbent Vice-President under Andrew Jackson, one of several elective offices that Van Buren had won in his career, including Governor of New York and U.S. Senator from New York. I wonder if Austin was thinking of Zachary Taylor who won in 1848, his first elective win, having become famous as a general in the Mexican War?

    Re: Buzzy — In 1868, Ulysses S. Grant won the presidential election, his first elective win, having become famous as a general in the Civil War.

    Re: Colby — As noted already, Colby got the right President but the wrong year, as Eisenhower was elected in 1952, his first elective win, having become famous as a general in World War II.

    Herbert Hoover won the Presidency in 1928, his first elective win, having been famous as Director the U.S. Food Administration during World War I, and then serving the appointive office of Secretary of Commerce under Harding and Coolidge. These four, Taylor, Grant, Hoover, and Eisenhower, were the only not-previously-elected-to-office winners prior to Trump. Taft had never been elected to an administrative or legislative office, but had been elected to a judgeship and served as Secretary of War prior to his Presidential win.

    • Vader47000 | March 2, 2019 at 12:17 am |

      Right on. Buzzy was on the right track with Grant, in terms of thinking of generals, he just overlooked Eisenhower I guess. Colby probably just misremembered Ike’s first election year.

      I’m not quite sure what Austin was thinking. He was gesticulating wildly as if counting backwards from the present, which made me think he’d get to Ike, but then he settled on Van Buren, whom you noted was the VP prior. The Zack Taylor theory is as good as any, absent the contestants themselves walking us through it.

  14. I thought I had the Eisenhower question nailed and I’m still not sure I’m wrong. The issue is the Election Year. I guessed 1951 when the general election was held and the results were Eisenhower all the way. I presume (but haven’t checked yet) the Electoral College met prior to year’s end and that was another factor in choosing 1951. Do fans believe Election Year is when the President begins his term or when the general election and Electoral College are concluded? I will look forward to seeing others’ take on this. This is my first visit to this site and my first complaint about an answer in decades of being a fan.

  15. Pizza Face Fred | March 1, 2019 at 10:55 pm |

    Austin’s looking like a flash in the pan. No more magic. Former Jeopardy! champions never die, they just fade away…

  16. Nooooo can’t believe Team Buzzy is gone.😫 I may just have to boycott the finals.

    • Vader47000 | March 2, 2019 at 12:19 am |

      Didn’t Alan say his goal was to take out Buzzy and Austin (his opponents in the previous Tournament of Champions)? Mission Accomplished, I guess.

  17. Vader47000 | March 2, 2019 at 12:45 am |

    I admire Alex going for the knockout with that DD bet. With his domination of the board to that point keeping the other teams’ points low, and with the low scores in game 1, a score in the mid 20K looked like it would take the game, and if he were right it would have gotten Team Buzzy to $31,200, pretty much clinching the game right there. (Echoing how Buzzy won the TOC, I believe, earning nothing in game 1 but winning with a runaway in game 2.)

    It was a total OMG moment for me as a viewer, as the answer of “Pulp Fiction” for those songs came pretty easily to me. But then again, soundtracks is typically a strength category for me and I’m not too familiar with Alex. So, bad break there.

    I threw my hands up a few moments earlier with the triple whiff on the “Deadpool 2” songs. The Cher song probably led Alex to guess it was the “Mamma Mia” sequel, which Cher was in. And I can see where the word “mutant” might lead someone to a dystopian movie like “Blade Runner 2049,” but that was from 2017, not 2018 as stated in the clue (though I assume Roger only tried to answer because Pam just said “Blade Runner,” and Roger knew what the actual title was and must have figured she was wrong for that reason. Had Pam answered “Blade Runner 2049” to start and then was ruled wrong, I doubt Roger tries to answer at all).

    • I think Alex Jacob has knowledge in many areas but that just slipped his mind I think. Hate to say this but Buzzy would have known that I’d think being in the music business. Alas Alex still was amazing!!

  18. Considering the category and its open ended nature(films)I think Alex made a foolish bet,trying to lock up the game before the Final.It was the wrong time and the wrong category.

    • Daily Doubles play easier than Final Jeopardy. If you want to lock up the game, a Daily Double is the best time to do it.

    • The funny thing is that if he went conservative on the 2nd DD and wagered $100 like he did on both DDs in the 2nd half of the first round and the rest of the round played out as it did (a dubious assumption), Buzzy would have had 19,100 to wager, Colby 7,600, and Austin 8,900. Team Austin can still max out at 23,000 (and Colby at 22,800), so Buzzy most likely wagers 3,901 to cover Austin, drops to 15,199 and loses by 1 to Colby when he wagers 0.

  19. When Alan’s response of crayon was ruled incorrect he made a hand gesture that seemed to indicate “what the heck?” In light of this, it seems especially odd that they didn’t correct the scoring between rounds or before the first Daily Double of Double Jeopardy. Perhaps they were trying to keep the round breaks to a minimum because of a peculiarity in the taping schedule due to the format of the tournament?

    This also reminded me of my curiosity about whether the contestants have an opportunity to appeal or if the corrections are the result of the judges deciding on their own accord to review a ruling.

  20. Team Buzzy went 0 for 4 in Final Jeopardy in the tournament. In Game One of Match One they punted with a shout out so we don’t know for sure if Jennifer knew the answer. The all in Game One Final Jeopardy of the wildcard game was costly for the team. A modest bet there and they likely would have won as Alex wouldn’t have bet it all on that second Daily Double. Team Colby celebrated less with their semi-final win than with their high-fiving after their third place finish in Match-up One or their dancing when they scraped into the semi-final with a fifth place showing out of the six teams.

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