Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 14, 2019

Happy Pi Day! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category State Capitals East of the Mississippi) for Thursday, March 14, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 134):

The last 2 letters of this city’s name are the U.S. postal abbreviation for the state that it’s the capital of

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Kevin Salat, a product marketing manager from Seattle, Washington
Kevin Salat on Jeopardy!
Lindsey Shultz, a physician and health care analyst from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Lindsey Shultz on Jeopardy!
Barton Wong, a senior trading associate from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2-day total: $56,000)
Barton Wong on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Albany (NY)?

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Over on The Final Wager, Keith Williams put together a Fact Primer on State Capitals, because to him, there’s no scarier Final Jeopardy. He’s not wrong. (That being said, I personally got this Final Jeopardy! instantly and spent the remainder of the 30 seconds trying to figure out where I’d heard the question semi-recently.)

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

Scores going into Final:
Lindsey $28,100
Bartin $17,600
Kevin $7,600

Tonight’s results:
Kevin $7,600 + $7,600 = $15,200
Barton $17,600 + $17,600 = $35,200
Lindsey $28,100 + $7,101 = $35,201 (1-day total: $35,201)

Lindsey Shultz, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 14, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Lindsey $7,000
Barton $5,000
Kevin $3,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) RIVER, RUN $400 (5th pick)
Kevin 200 +1000 (Lindsey 1200 Barton 0)
2) THE PLAY’S LAST LINES $1200 (6th pick)
Barton 7000 +5000 (Lindsey 7800 Kevin 3200)
3) THAT’S MY MATH OR SCIENCE THING! $1200 (16th pick)
Lindsay 11400 +5500 (Barton 16800 Kevin 3600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 220

Unplayed clues:
J! round: WINTER FELL $600 & HIGH GARDEN $600
DJ! Round: ON THE MOVE $2000 & ALL BETS ARE OFF $1200
Total $ Left On Board: $4,400

Game Stats:
Lindsey $23,800 Coryat, 26 correct, 1 incorrect, 49.06% in first on buzzer
Barton $13,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 0 incorrect, 24.53% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Kevin $7,000 Coryat, 10 correct, 1 incorrect, 18.87% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $44,600
Lach Trash: $3,600 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $1,400

Barton Wong, final stats:
51 correct, 5 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts
28.13% in first on buzzer (45/160)
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $14,200)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,467

Lindsey Shultz, stats to date:
27 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts
49.06% in first on buzzer (26/53)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,500)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $23,800

Lindsey Shultz, to win:
2 games: 79.55%
3: 63.28%
4: 50.34%
5: 40.04%
6: 31.85%
Avg. streak: 4.890 games.


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 116 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.5844 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.5329).
An average of 6.2211 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.8725).

An early cutoff took place 3.319% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Lindsey Shultz qualified 45.606% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 87.315% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 70.105% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 44.882% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 18.779% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 4.258% of the time.
John Presloid qualified 0.518% of the time.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Before opening the episode, the show inserted a brief message from Alex: “Just before I go out to start the show, I wanted to say a quick thank you to the hundreds of thousands of people who have sent in tweets, texts, emails, cards, and letters, wishing me well regarding my health. I even heard from Watson, the IBM computer. There are so many. I can’t respond individually, but I wanted you to know that I read them all and I thank you for your good wishes, your advice, and your prayers, and I was really touched by the warmth of your words. I’m a lucky guy. Now let’s do the show.”
  • This was a very exciting and enjoyable game to watch.
  • It was nice to see Barton bet everything in the situation where it was most advisable as well.
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Lindsey 53.06% (26/49), Barton 26.53% (13/49), Kevin 20.41% (10/49).

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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 14, 2019"

  1. If given a couple of minutes, everybody would get it, but you don’t get a couple of minutes. It will probably come down to how quickly you can run the eastern state capitals through your head, and maybe just some luck. It seems like Lindsey would have a little bit of an advantage since her state borders NY. That might also be one of the first states Burton thinks about, since he’s from Toronto.

  2. There are a lot of states east of the Mississippi to go through in 30 seconds, so kudos to all the contestants. I’m from NY and my sister lives in Albany but I didn’t start with NY as I’ve never thought of this kind of pairing. Of course I came with the right answer but not until I wasted time jumping around the map mentally and then trying to remember the capital. The funny thing is that when I was kid my oldest sister and I would do quizzes as we washed dishes together for our large family, and state capitals was one topic.

  3. Barton trailed going into Final Jeopardy on all three of the days he played. I guess that you can’t “dodge the bullet” forever….

  4. Kevin Salat | March 14, 2019 at 4:06 pm |

    Kevin from the game here – state capitals is a notably tough FJ category!

    Agree that the clue comes down to how quickly you can run through the states. Sure enough, this clue looked very familiar to me because it’s close to the one that famously lost Austin Rogers the 2017 ToC (see here: Recalling that clue’s correct response of Montpelier meant my brain started out in the Northeast, so it luckily didn’t take me long to get Albany after that.

  5. Like Kevin, I was wondering if you were thinking of the final game of the last ToC.

    I know, I know, don’t judge based on one game… but Lindsay seems like a player to keep an eye on.

  6. Mary A Rose | March 14, 2019 at 9:51 pm |

    Ending a sentence with the preposition “of” in the FJ clue–no-no! It’s almost as bad as the clue sometime back that included “a group of students are.” Doesn’t anyone check grammar on this show?

  7. Mary A Rose | March 14, 2019 at 11:17 pm |

    I AM a fuddy-duddy and proud of it. (You nailed it, according to my 1968 Random House Dictionary.) I also enjoy the English language. I thought Alex did as well, but perhaps he has nothing to do with that part of the show. These grammatical lapses are things up with which I will not put! (Courtesy of a brilliant attorney I once worked for.) There, does that make everyone feel better?

  8. I found the category “All Bets Are Off” very confusing. It was introduced that none of the responses would contain “B, E, T”. I took that to mean that none of the responses would contain ANY of those letters—so I couldn’t understand how “Veronica”, “Breaking Bad”, or “Belle” were acceptable.

    • For each clue, there were two possible responses – one with BET, one without. (Betty, Better Caul Saul, “la bête” were the BET responses in this case.)

      • Yeah, I figured it out, after about the third clue. (The first one, “alpha”, worked regardless of whether you thought the correct response lacked “BET” or “B”, “E”, and “T”.) But if I were a contestant on this episode, I wouldn’t have rang in to say “Veronica” because of my initial misunderstanding of the category, and I likely wouldn’t have rang in on “Breaking Bad” for the same reason. It was only after that response that the intent of the category sank in.

        Perhaps They could have put the “BET” in quotes, to make it clearer that they were looking to exclude that sequence, not those letters? I get that they typically use quotes to indicate “must include” sequences, but I think Alex’s explanation would have made clear that that’s not the case here.

  9. “We made it 50% easier for you…we think.”

    Nitpicking slightly 😁, it was 44% easier—there are 28 capitols east of the Mississippi. (Note is that the capitol buildings in both St. Paul and Baton Rouge are east of the river.)

  10. Just curious—when they do something extra on the show like Alex’s pre-show announcement, do they shorten either the Jeopardy and/or Double Jeopardy round to acquire the time? The Jeopardy round “felt” a little brief to me today, and not just because there were two clues not revealed.

    • The time comes out of things like interviews, Alex talking to open the game, Final Jeopardy, or the closing credits. Gameplay time is unaffected.

  11. Mary A Rose | March 15, 2019 at 12:07 pm |

    Bamboo: The brilliant attorney comment ending in a preposition was intentional. Get it? I was just trying to show that an old person can be “with it” and can adapt to sloppy “English.” I will just have to cut the show’s clue writers some slack. Have a nice day, kids!

  12. Glurn Richardaughter | March 15, 2019 at 8:04 pm |

    Barton Wong said eavestrough, not eaves “drop.” So, when Alex said, “sorry…..not eaves drop,” Barton probably thought Alex said “….not eavestrough.”
    I think he should get a second shot.

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