Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 15, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century Names) for Friday, March 15, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 135):

In 1854 he became official musical instrument maker to Emperor Napoleon III; an instrument he invented is named for him

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Bianca Ligon, a history professor from Baltimore, Maryland
Bianca Ligon on Jeopardy!
Brad Stylman, a health & safety professional from Jersey City, New Jersey
Brad Stylman on Jeopardy!
Lindsey Shultz, a physician and health care analyst from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1-day total: $35,201)
Lindsey Shultz on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Adolphe Sax?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Born in what is now Belgium in 1814, Adolphe Sax is best known today for inventing the musical instrument known as the saxophone, patenting the instrument in 1846. They became popular in military bands for their ability to play technical passages easily like woodwinds while also projecting loudly like brass instruments.


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Tonight’s results:
Bianca $8,000 – $7,995 = $5 (Who is Sousa)
Brad $8,800 + $7,201 = $16,001
Lindsey $23,700 – $3,700 = $20,000 (2-day total: $55,201) (Who is Calliope)


Lindsey Shultz, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 15, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Lindsey $7,700
Bianca $5,600
Brad $3,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) 3-LETTER SCIENCE $800 (24th pick)
Lindsey 4400 +1100 (Bianca 5400 Brad 3000)
2) THE NEW YORK TIMES 100 NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2018 $2000 (25th pick)
Lindsey 18900 +4000 (Brad 10000 Bianca 4800)
3) THE IRISH-AMERICAN HALL OF FAME $2000 (28th pick, $1200 left on board)
Bianca 6000 +2000 (Lindsey 22900 Brad 8800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 80


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: THE IRISH-AMERICAN HALL OF FAME $400
Total $ Left On Board: $400


Game Stats:
Lindsey $21,400 Coryat, 24 correct, 1 incorrect, 41.07% in first on buzzer
Brad $8,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer
Bianca $8,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.64% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $38,200
Lach Trash: $11,000 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,400


Lindsey Shultz, stats to date:
51 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts
44.95% in first on buzzer (49/109)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,600)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $22,600


Lindsey Shultz, to win:
3 games: 80.79%
4: 65.28%
5: 52.74%
6: 42.61%
7: 34.43%
Avg. streak: 6.207 games.

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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 115 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.6099 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.5382).
An average of 6.2973 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.8692).

An early cutoff took place 3.453% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Lindsey Shultz qualified 57.029% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 86.593% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 69.005% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 43.450% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 17.874% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 3.937% of the time.
John Presloid qualified 0.449% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Sometimes, the game will hand you a glimmer of hope, a faint opportunity to grasp victory where none existed previous. You need to take that opportunity.
  • Because I kept track of my correct responses playing along to this episode, (43 plus Final Jeopardy), I will personally be donating $44 to Pancreatic Cancer Canada.
  • On that note, it’s nice to see a category titled ON THE PGA TOUR when you’re playing for charity.
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Lindsey 46.00% (23/50), Brad 32.00% (16/50), Bianca 22.00% (11/50).

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5 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 15, 2019"

  1. Re: Andy’s Thoughts
    Totally agree with you about the final DD wager…what are you there for if not to win? To have an opportunity like that, and then just basically wave the white flag, kind of boggles the mind. How FJ! played out doesn’t change that either.

  2. I read today’s FJ and thought it would be a triple stumper. I’m surprised someone got it. Good on ya Brad, even if you didn’t win.

  3. Disappointing that Bianca didn’t even try to get back in the game with the final DD. Even though FJ meant she still wouldn’t have won, if Bianca had 12K going into final, then Lindsey would likely have only bet (and lost) $301.

    • She didn’t even bet to get into second place at that point. Just baffling. With the money left on the board, all she really did was guarantee the runaway.

      Even Alex was surprised by the bet, and you could tell by the tone of his voice.

      I half expected him to call a time out and walk over and say “Let me explain to you what the situation is”

      • He did do all he could though, as he usually does in these situations. Sometimes he’ll say “you can see the scores”. Here, when she hit the DD, he said “a chance to get back in this!”. That’s about all he can do.

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