Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 13, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Novel Quotes) for Wednesday, March 13, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 133):

A boy at the end of this 1952 novel says to the main character, “Say it ain’t true, Roy”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Sam Corbett, an assistant office manager from New York, New York
Sam Corbett on Jeopardy!
Adrian Goldstein, a technical writer from Oakland, California
Adrian Goldstein on Jeopardy!
Barton Wong, a senior trading associate from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1-day total: $23,200)
Barton Wong on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is The Natural?

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Later made into a 1984 film, The Natural was a 1952 novel by Bernard Malamud. Roy Hobbs, the main character, is a baseball prodigy whose career is derailed when he is shot. The book mainly details Hobbs’ attempts to return to baseball.

Near the end of the novel, Hobbs is bribed to throw a game; the “Say it ain’t so, Roy” echoes what was said to Shoeless Joe Jackson after the 1919 Black Sox scandal.

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

Scores going into Final:
Sam $17,400
Barton $16,400
Adrian $6,000

Tonight’s results:
Adrian $6,000 + $4,000 = $10,000
Barton $16,400 + $16,400 = $32,800 (2-day total: $56,000)
Sam $17,400 – $15,401 = $1,999 (What is The Gunslinger)

Barton Wong, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 13, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Sam $5,000
Adrian $4,400
Barton $1,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) NOTABLE WOMEN $800 (13th pick)
Sam 2200 +1200 (Adrian 2800 Barton -600)
2) WORLD LEADERS 1919 $1200 (3rd pick)
Barton 2200 +2200 (Sam 5000 Adrian 4400)
3) THE PULITZER PRIZE $1600 (11th pick)
Barton 10000 +4000 (Sam 6600 Adrian 4000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 195

Unplayed clues:
J! round: THE DRY TORTUGAS $1000 & “PH” ≠ F $1000
DJ! Round: THE WET TORTUGAS $800, $1200, $1600 & $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $7,600

Game Stats:
Barton $13,000 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 29.41% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Adrian $6,000 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 25.49% in first on buzzer
Sam $17,000 Coryat, 22 correct, 1 incorrect, 39.22% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $36,000
Lach Trash: $5,400 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,000

Barton Wong, stats to date:
34 correct, 5 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
29.91% in first on buzzer (32/107)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $9,200)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,800

Barton Wong, to win:
3 games: 45.98%
4: 21.14%
5: 9.72%
6: 4.47%
7: 2.06%
Avg. streak: 2.851 games


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 117 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.3468 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.5318).
An average of 6.0793 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.8959).

An early cutoff took place 2.479% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Barton Wong qualified 12.479% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 89.741% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 74.775% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 50.929% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 24.073% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 6.278% of the time.
John Presloid qualified 0.900% of the time.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Barton 31.25% (15/48), Adrian 27.08% (13/48), Sam 41.67% (20/48).

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10 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 13, 2019"

  1. If you only saw the movie and didn’t read the book, this would totally throw you. I remember seeing the movie the first time after having read the book expecting (spoiler alert) Roy to strike out. And he goes and hits a home run. Kind of reminds me of the first time I saw Jaws and (spoiler alert), I kept waiting for Richard Dreyfus to get eaten by the shark. And don’t get me started on Scatman Crothers in (spoiler alert) Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” thinking he’ll be okay…and then he gets an ax in his back.

  2. Really interesting comments, MarkO. I didn’t get it at all (Roger just brought Roy Rogers to mind), but my older husband when I told him the answer knew it was about an injured baseball player. I was a big Brooklyn Dodger fan then — actually got to see a game at Ebbetts Field before they moved to LA.

  3. Based on Sam’s knowledge of movies, I thought for sure he would win when he got the lead. Maybe if the quote had actually been in the movie, he would have. For me, the quote seemed very similar to the “Say it ain’t so, Joe” quote from Eight Men Out. That helped with the connection to Roy Hobbs in The Natural, another baseball movie. I haven’t read either book, but have seen both movies.

    • Vader47000 | March 14, 2019 at 1:17 am |

      I’m not so sure Sam would have been familiar with the movie. Based on his interview at the break he didn’t seem like much of a sports guy (even talking about not liking football), and with the book (and movie) having a sports setting I figured (correctly) that he would have trouble with the final, and that Barton would end up winning. And you could see with his gunslinger answer that he was thinking Westerns, so the “Eight Men Out” connection likely never occurred to him.

      The answer jumped out to me right away, much for the same reasons you laid out. I’ve seen the movie enough times but haven’t read the book, though I’m familiar enough with the book (through the history of the development of the film) to know how the film deviated from it.

      • The fact that Sam got Raging Bull made me think he might know about sports in movies, even if he’s not a sports fan. It could be that he was more familiar with that movie since it got the Best Actor award.

  4. I went “Say it ain’t so” = Joe Jackson = “Shoeless Joe” (the basis for ‘Field of Dreams’), then saw Roy at the end and quickly pivoted back to the correct response.

    Also, did anyone else hear Sam say “Stradivarius” (or at least add an “S”) when the clue was looking for “Stradivari” (violins made by him)? Didn’t change the winner of the game since he missed FJ, but still interesting. Or maybe my ears were looking to pick it up.

  5. Why was Barton ruled incorrect when he answered December 7, 1941? FDR said “Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy”.

    • The clue read: Every year on this date, the phrase “a date which will live in infamy.” December 7th occurs every year, December 7th, 1941 does not.

      • Thanks. Still think they should have given it to him.

        • Rick, December 7, 1941 does not occur every year. He added extra information which made the response incorrect. He did the same on “eaves” vs “eavestrough” (the Canadian term for “gutter”.)

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