Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 18, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Best Picture Oscar Winners) for Monday, March 18, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 136):

These 2 films, recent back-to-back winners, both have 9 letter titles that end with the same 5 letters

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Brian Heavey, an assistant I.T. manager from Middleborough, Massachusetts
Brian Heavey on Jeopardy!
Lauren Owen, a director of analytics from Littleton, Colorado
Lauren Owen on Jeopardy!
Lindsey Shultz, a physician and health care analyst from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2-day total: $55,201)
Lindsey Shultz on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What are Spotlight and Moonlight?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The 2015 film Spotlight won Best Picture, followed by the 2016 film Moonlight; of course, Moonlight was the film embroiled in the mistaken-announcemnt controversy which took place at the 89th Academy Awards, after Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong envelope by PricewaterhouseCoopers accountant Brian Cullinan.


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

Scores going into Final:
Lindsey $21,000
Brian $12,200
Lauren -$200


Tonight’s results:
Lauren -$200
Brian $12,200 – $12,139 = $61 (What is water?)
Lindsey $21,000 + $3,401 = $24,401 (3-day total: $79,602) (What are moonlight + spotlight? Hi Mom!)


Lindsey Shultz, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 18, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Brian $7,800
Lindsey $6,000
Lauren $2,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) FIVE GUYS $800 (11th pick)
Brian 1400 +1400 (Lindsey 3000 Lauren 400)
2) COUNTRY SHORTCUTS $800 (3rd pick)
Lindsey 6800 +3000 (Brian 7800 Lauren 2200)
3) CLASSICAL MUSIC PRODIGIES $1200 (26th pick, $6,800 left on board)
Lindsey 16600 +2000 (Brian 11000 Lauren -200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 156


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


Game Stats:
Lindsey $18,000 Coryat, 25 correct, 2 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Brian $11,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer, 3/4 on rebound attempts
Lauren -$200 Coryat, 8 correct, 5 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $29,400
Lach Trash: $12,400 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,200


Lindsey Shultz, stats to date:
77 correct, 5 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
43.98% in first on buzzer (73/166)
5/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $15,600)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,067


Lindsey Shultz, to win:
4 games: 79.31%
5: 62.90%
6: 49.88%
7: 39.56%
8: 31.38%
Avg. streak: 6.833 games.

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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 114 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.707 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.5364).
An average of 6.4535 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.855).

An early cutoff took place 3.934% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Lindsey Shultz qualified 72.651% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 84.664% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 65.379% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 39.272% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 15.012% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 2.875% of the time.
John Presloid qualified 0.271% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Sometimes contestants just have a bad day. It doesn’t help when Lindsey seems to be able to ring in at will on the signalling device. Contestants often find themselves having to take more chances when faced with a big deficit.
  • Even though it was clue 26, that last Daily Double wager from Lindsey wasn’t that easy to come up with. A lot can happen in $6,800 worth of clues.
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Lindsey 45.28 (24/53), Brian 32.08% (17/53), Lauren 22.64% (12/53).

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3 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 18, 2019"

  1. The clues were mean to Lauren.

  2. Lisa Brasch | March 18, 2019 at 11:08 pm |

    This FJ really messed me up.

    I’m not a big movie person but I’ve actually seen both of these. I thought of Moonlight right away but didn’t come up with Spotlight, and even when the answer was revealed I couldn’t place it, even though I just saw it about two months ago. Horrible name for the movie, since it doesn’t give the slightest inkling of what it’s about. (For those who haven’t seen it, it’s the story of The Boston Globe breaking the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. “Spotlight” is the name of the investigative unit at the Globe that wrote the story.)

    Rant over.

  3. Steve Probst | March 20, 2019 at 12:04 am |

    OK Lisa. What would you have named it? I thought Spotlight was a pretty clever title.

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