Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 12, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century History) for Tuesday, March 12, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 132):

Constructed in the 1930s, it extended from La Ferte to the Rhine River, though it also had sections along the Italian frontier

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Barton Wong, a senior trading associate from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Barton Wong on Jeopardy!
Evan Sroka, a strategy business development executive from Santa Monica, California
Evan Sroka on Jeopardy!
Elaine Wilson, a layout artist from Manassas, Virginia (1-day total: $15,100)
Elaine Wilson on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the Maginot Line?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The Maginot Line was built by the French in the 1930s as a way of deterring an invasion by Germany, by way of hoping to slow an invasion enough to allow a counter-attack. Named after the French Minister of War at the time, it turned out to offer the French a false sense of security, as the Germans first bypassed it via the Low Countries in May 1940, and then found the line’s weakness in the Ardennes Forest. A rapid attack via the Ardennes ended up encircling Allied forces, requiring the Dunkirk evacuation and significantly weakened French defenses. The Nazis took Paris by mid-June 1940.


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

Scores going into Final:
Elaine $13,800
Evan $12,400
Barton $11,600


Tonight’s results:
Barton $11,600 + $11,600 = $23,200 (1-day total: $23,200)
Evan $12,400 – $11,000 = $1,400 (What is Deutschbahn)
Elaine $13,800 – $1,000 = $12,800 (What is the Autobahn)


Barton Wong, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 12, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Elaine $4,600
Evan $4,200
Barton $3,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS $600 (11th pick)
Barton 200 -1000 (Evan 1400 Elaine 1200)
2) FRIEND OF THE COURT $1200 (14th pick)
Evan 5000 +3000 (Elaine 8600 Barton 4000)
3) WOMEN AUTHORS $2000 (19th pick)
Barton 6400 +4000 (Elaine 8600 Evan 8400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 23


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: FROM THE MERMAID’S LOCKER $1600
Total $ Left On Board: $1600

Game Stats:
Barton $10,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 3 incorrect, 30.36% in first on buzzer
Elaine $13,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 3 incorrect, 32.14% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Evan $10,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 18.57% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $35,000
Lach Trash: $11,000 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,400


Elaine Wilson, final stats:
32 correct, 5 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts
28.32% in first on buzzer (32/113)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,000


Barton Wong, stats to date:
17 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts
30.36% in first on buzzer (17/56)
1/2 on Daily Double (Net Earned: $3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,600


Barton Wong, to win:
2 games: 39.31%
3: 15.45%
4: 6.07%
5: 2.39%
6: 0.94%
Avg. streak: 1.648 games.

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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 118 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.3163 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.5264).
An average of 6.0117 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.8868).

An early cutoff took place 2.356% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Barton Wong qualified 2.859% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 90.372% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 75.870% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 52.707% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 25.760% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 6.805% of the time.
John Presloid qualified 1.022% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Glad to see that Barton was the only one to get Final Jeopardy; the Maginot Line is covered in Canadian history classes when World War II is covered.
  • Often, “normal” wagering strategy for trailing players can be thrown out the window when a player doesn’t cover like Elaine did yesterday; this game was an excellent example of that. It almost worked out for Elaine today.
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Barton 33.33% (17/51), Elaine 35.29% (18/51), Evan 31.37% (16/51)

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