Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 11, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Playwrights) for Monday, March 11, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 130):

Before his death in 2018 at age 91, he received 4 Tony awards, a Pulitzer prize & was nominated for 4 Oscars

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Scott Semproni, an engineer from Portland, Oregon
Scott Semproni on Jeopardy!
Elaine Wilson, a layout artist from Manassas, Virginia
Elaine Wilson on Jeopardy!
Conor Murphy, a graduate student from Thorofare, New Jersey (1-day total: $9,600)
Conor Murphy on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Neil Simon?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

American playwright Neil Simon, who had a Broadway theatre named after him in 1983, received his Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay (The Odd Couple, The Sunshine Boys, and California Suite), and for Best Original Screenplay (The Goodbye Girl). His four Tony Awards were for The Odd Couple, a special award in 1975, Biloxi Blues, and Lost In Yonkers (the latter also won him the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama).


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

Scores going into Final:
Scott $11,400
Elaine $10,200
Conor $8,600


Tonight’s results:
Conor $8,600 – $5,400 = $3,200 (Who is Eugene O’Neill?)
Elaine $10,200 + $4,900 = $15,100 (1-day total: $15,100)
Scott $11,400 – $10,000 = $1,400 (Who is Arthur Miller)


Elaine Wilson, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 11, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Elaine $5,400
Scott $5,400
Conor $1,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) NONFICTION $800 (23rd pick)
Conor 1800 -1200 (Scott 5000 Elaine 3400)
2) CHANNEL SURFING $1200 (18th pick)
Conor 4400 +3000 (Elaine 10200 Scott 7400)
3) ART & ARTISTS $1600 (22nd pick)
Scott 10200 -2000 (Elaine 10200 Conor 8200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -18


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0


Game Stats:
Elaine $10,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Conor $8,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 5 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Scott $13,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $31,600
Lach Trash: $10,200 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,200


Conor Murphy, final stats:
32 correct, 7 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts
29.82% in first on buzzer (34/114)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,800)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,600


Elaine Wilson, stats to date:
16 correct, 1 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,200


Elaine Wilson, to win:
2 games: 35.33%
3: 12.48%
4: 4.41%
5: 1.56%
6: 0.55%
Avg. streak: 1.546 games.

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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 119 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.3391 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.5289).
An average of 6.0515 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.8901).

An early cutoff took place 2.448% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Elaine Wilson qualified 1.938% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 90.093% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 75.400% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 52.046% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 25.213% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 6.609% of the time.
John Presloid qualified 0.975% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • With Sean Thompson beating Scott by just under six weeks, Scott is believed to be the second alumnus of CBC’s SmartAsk! to appear on Jeopardy!.
  • If a player fails to phrase in the form of a question, Alex and the judges will tell us. Alex literally has a direct link to the contestant audio. As do the judges. We at home have TV speakers. It is inappropriate to expect satisfaction based on low-quality audio.
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Elaine 26.92% (14/52), Conor 36.54% (19/52), Scott 36.54% (19/52).

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