Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 19, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Countries of the World) for Tuesday, March 19, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 137):

Because its overseas empire was dwindling, Spain declared war on this much closer country across the water on October 22, 1859

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Megan McAllen, an attorney from Washington, D.C.
Megan McAllen on Jeopardy!
Bren Inman, a store manager from Puyallup, Washington
Bren Inman on Jeopardy!
Lindsey Shultz, a physician and health care analyst from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (3-day total: $79,602)
Lindsey Shultz on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Morocco?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

A conflict that began over the borders of the African Spanish city of Ceuta, Spain and Morocco were at war for a few months in 1859 and 1860. A treaty was quickly signed at the urging of the British following an early Spanish victory at Tetuán, with Morocco having to pay the equivalent of $4 million in 1861 US dollars (Britain aided in the repayment). The cities of Ceuta and Melilla on the north African coast still belong to Spain today.


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

Scores going into Final:
Lindsey $26,400
Megan $5,200
Bren $3,200


Tonight’s results:
Bren $3,200 + $3,100 = $6,300
Megan $5,200 + $1,500 = $6,700
Lindsey $26,400 – $5,000 = $21,400 (4-day total: $101,002) (What is the UK? Thanks Indrani)


Lindsey Shultz, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 19, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Lindsey $7,600
Megan $3,600
Bren $600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) THEY NAMED THE COLLEGE FOR ME! $600 (20th pick)
Bren 1000 -800 (Lindsey 3600 Megan 1000)
2) VOCABULARY $1200 (6th pick)
Bren 2200 -1400 (Lindsey 9200 Megan 3600)
3) PARK-ITECTURE $1600 (8th pick)
Lindsey 10800 +2000 (Megan 3600 Bren 800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -125


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


Game Stats:
Lindsey $26,000 Coryat, 27 correct, 0 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer
Megan $5,200 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer
Bren $5,400 Coryat, 11 correct, 3 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $35,000
Lach Trash: $12,400 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,000


Lindsey Shultz, stats to date:
104 correct, 6 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
44.39% in first on buzzer (99/223)
6/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $17,600)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $22,300


Lindsey Shultz, to win:
5 games: 82.12%
6: 67.43%
7: 55.38%
8: 45.47%
9: 37.34%
Avg. streak: 8.592 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 113 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.921 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.5011).
An average of 6.5302 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.828).

An early cutoff took place 4.782% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Lindsey Shultz qualified 94.141% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 83.192% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 63.115% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 33.229% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 11.285% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 1.554% of the time.
John Presloid qualified 0.000% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • It’s not often that I comment on an interview, but John Philip Sousa is my favourite composer, and I’m a little bit perturbed that Megan gave him as an example of a person that her dog might “pay his respects” to to.
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Lindsey 53.06% (26/49), Megan 24.49% (12/49), Bren 22.45% (11/49)

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

  1. The U.K. did not come into existence until 01/01/1801…..Our champ is 2/3 ib FJ. Fortunately for her she had a runaway both times she was wrong. Lindsey’s challengers today were not exactly the strongest players (just like yesterday).

  2. Sorry, 2/4, not 2/3 in FJ…

  3. Karen Butler | March 19, 2019 at 7:41 pm |

    I saw the answer the princess bride. But wasn’t that written by William Goldman?

    • The subtitle of that book is “S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure”.

    • Vader47000 | March 20, 2019 at 6:53 am |

      It was written by Goldman, but the central conceit of the novel is that he’s retelling a story by the fictional Morgenstern, but in an abridged form, which allows him to gloss over the parts of the plot he didn’t want to develop since they would just be filler connecting the sequences that were more interesting to him.

  4. I would think Megan was probably refering to Hoover, not Sousa.

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