Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 21, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American Authors) for Thursday, March 21, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 139):

Alfred Hitchcock wrote, “it’s because I liked” his “stories so much that I began to make suspense films”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Stephanie Strong, an audiology student from Chicago, Illinois
Stephanie Strong on Jeopardy!
Kate Becker, a hospital administrator from Albuquerque, New Mexico
Kate Becker on Jeopardy!
Jonathan Lindeen, a senior finance manager from Denver, Colorado (1-day total: $22,001)
Jonathan Lindeen on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Edgar Allan Poe?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The quote from today’s clue comes from The Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe by Scott Peeples. According to Donald Spoto’s The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock, Hitchcock discovered Poe at the age of 16 when Hitchcock read a biography of Poe. Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque was the first Poe collection read by Hitchcock.

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

Scores going into Final:
Jonathan $14,200
Kate $13,400
Stephanie $13,000

Tonight’s results:
Stephanie $13,000 – $2,000 = $11,000 (Who is ?)
Kate $13,400 + $13,000 = $26,400
Jonathan $14,200 + $12,601 = $26,801 (2-day total: $48,802)

Jonathan Lindeen, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 21, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jonathan $8,200
Stephanie $4,600
Kate $2,800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) COIN STAR $800 (15th pick)
Jonathan 2400 +1400 (Stephanie 2400 Kate 0)
2) THE ARTS $1600 (10th pick)
Jonathan 11000 -2000 (Stephanie 6600 Kate 6400)
3) 18th CENTURY NICKNAMES $2000 (20th pick)
Kate 9600 +600 (Jonathan 10200 Stephanie 10200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 46

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

Game Stats:
Jonathan $15,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
Kate $14,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer
Stephanie $13,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 0 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $43,400
Lach Trash: $6,800 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,800

Jonathan Lindeen, stats to date:
39 correct, 5 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts
32.46% in first on buzzer (37/114)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,200

Jonathan Lindeen, to win:
3 games: 44.46%
4: 19.76%
5: 8.79%
6: 3.91%
7: 1.74%
Avg. streak: 2.800 games.


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 111 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.161 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.4924).
An average of 5.7522 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.85).

An early cutoff took place 1.696% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Jonathan Lindeen qualified 9.063% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 92.226% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 79.280% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 56.721% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 29.416% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 9.939% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 1.634% of the time.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • “Contestants underbet Daily Doubles and overbet Final Jeopardy” is still a thing.
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Jonathan 37.25% (19/51), Kate 31.37% (16/51), Stephanie 31.37% (16/51)

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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 21, 2019"

  1. So was rooting for the budding audiologist being one myself! Hope there’s some ear questions for her 🙂

  2. Does anyone else think contestants are jerks when they bet 1 dollar over?

    • You’re definitely in the wrong on this one; it’s generally considered to be good strategy (and certainly has been at least since Andrew Metrick’s landmark 1995 paper on the subject).

      You can find a “betting strategy 101” at

    • It’s called covering. Even if the nearest player bets all, you bet enough to win by a buck. Makes sense?

      • i suppose OP’s point, is if you’re betting to cover you may as well bet bigger instead on the $1 troll. I don’t mind it a bit although i want to strangle those who do it on The Price is Right.

  3. Our CBS station in Kalamazoo was overtaken by March Madness at noon and 7pm, and tomorrow will be, too. However, Saturday 3:07 to 5:07 AM the pre-empted Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy shows will shown in full. (The 2 pre-emptied CBS soaps will just pick up on Monday after their cliffhanger Wednesday shows.)

  4. What company is Jonathan’s jacket from. I am trying to buy myself one of the same.

  5. christopher sloane | March 22, 2019 at 6:31 pm |

    in Boston Wheel of Fortune and jeopardy are pre-emptied till Friday AM, my DVR was set and I watched only to find that played it about 7 minutes late, I had to come to this site to find the final question and winner, Thank You

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