Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 22, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Holidays & Observances) for Friday, March 22, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 140):

This day created in the U.S. in 1872 is observed in Florida & Louisiana in January, but Maine & Alaska hold it in May

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Dave Scatena, a chemical engineer from San Francisco, California
Dave Scatena on Jeopardy!
Jeff Trojan, a marketing executive from Marina Del Rey, California
Jeff Trojan on Jeopardy!
Jonathan Lindeen, a senior finance manager from Denver, Colorado (2-day total: $48,802)
Jonathan Lindeen on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Arbor Day?


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Fun fact: Arbor Day is not celebrated on the same day in every state in the United States, corresponding to when it’s best to plant trees in each respective state. Florida’s and Louisiana’s is the third Friday in January. Alaska is the third Monday in May, and Maine picks the third full week in May. California’s is in March, and in the state where Arbor Day was created, Nebraska, it’s the last Friday in April. Texas even waits until November.

You can find state-by-state information at Arbor Day Foundation website.


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

Scores going into Final:
Jonathan $9,800
Jeff $9,800
Dave $9,200


Tonight’s results:
Dave $9,200 – $4,600 = $4,600 (What is Statehood day?) (1-day total: $4,600)
Jeff $9,800 – $9,800 = $0 (What is Earth day)
Jonathan $9,800 – $9,800 = $0 (What is ?)


Dave Scatena, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 22, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Dave $4,800
Jonathan $4,200
Jeff $4,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) THE BELLS ARE RINGING $800 (29th pick)
Jonathan 4200 -1000 (Dave 4800 Jeff 4000)
2) HISTORICAL FICTION $1600 (20th pick)
Jeff 12400 -4000 (Dave 8000 Jonathan 6600)
3) STUFF ON STAMPS $1600 (29th pick) ($2000 remaining on the board)
Jeff 12800 -3000 (Dave 9200 Jonathan 7800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -80


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


Game Stats:
Dave $9,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Jonathan $10,800 Coryat, 19 correct, 4 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer
Jeff $16,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer, 1/3 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $36,800
Lach Trash: $5,200 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,000


Jonathan Lindeen, final stats:
58 correct, 10 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts
34.50% in first on buzzer (59/171)
3/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,067


Dave Scatena, stats to date:
15 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,200


Dave Scatena, to win:
2 games: 32.60%
3: 10.62%
4: 3.46%
5: 1.13%
6: 0.37%
Avg. streak: 1.484 games.


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With a projected 110 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.0734 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.4702).
An average of 5.5764 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.82).

An early cutoff took place 1.377% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Dave Scatena qualified 1.426% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 93.354% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 81.240% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 59.402% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 31.536% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 11.040% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 1.860% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Jonathan gets the $2,000 for second place by virtue of having $4,200 to Jeff’s $4,000 after the Jeopardy! round.
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Dave 29.09% (16/55), Jonathan 40.00% (22/55), Jeff 29.82% (17/55).

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 22, 2019"

  1. Dave is a chemican engineer? Love the funny little mistakes.

  2. It was fortunate for Dave he didn’t have $600 more…we might have had no one returning Monday. Not bragging btw, but I got Arbor Day. (Well, I guess I am bragging.) 🤓

    • Lisa Brasch | March 22, 2019 at 8:50 pm |

      Feel free to brag. I came here to ask if anyone got this. Been a while since I couldn’t even hazard a guess.

  3. Wow, it looks like bad day for the contestants overall, with no daily doubles won and nobody getting the Final Jeopardy answer. I’ll have to stay up until 5:07 Saturday morning when the makeup broadcast finishes on my CBS station. Or set my alarm for 3:07 am to watch the two days of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy pre-empted by basketball games. (I’m rooting for my father’s Alma mater, the Iowa Hawkeyes.)

  4. Although I didn’t get to see it, this episode looks awful. Three wrong answers on the daily double resulted a shutout and a triple stumper in Final Jeopardy to end the week. Let’s hope Monday’s episode will be much better.

    • Mark Barrett | March 22, 2019 at 6:23 pm |

      Yes, the players did not do well on DDs and the FJ! clue, yet 52 correct and only 5 TS clues is better than many games. It was not an awful game at all. Dave becoming champ with only $4,600 does not negate all of the good in the game.

  5. I didn’t record the game and so can’t check, but I could have sworn I didn’t hear the answer in the form of a question for “Mackinac” in the question about the grand hotel on that Michigan island.

    Can anyone verify?

    • Both Alex and the judges have a direct link to contestant audio; if a contestant fails to phrase, someone would have told us on the broadcast.

    • Alex said “Jonathan again” when calling on him, but he started answering as soon as he heard his name. His phrasing was obscured on the broadcast by Alex saying “again.” I don’t think there would have been any question about his phrasing in the studio, but the broadcast probably emphasizes Alex’s microphone when he’s speaking for the benefit of the viewer.

  6. Ian Rattray | March 22, 2019 at 8:17 pm |

    Have never been a fan of Final being a lot of times an all or nothing, no matter how well you did. Like in elementary school when you won every round in a game getting 9 points then the teacher says, “ok the next round is worth 5 million points.”. Johnathan got 58 correct vs Dave’s 15 but let’s forget all those questions and this final question will determine the winner! Yay!

    • Ian Rattray | March 22, 2019 at 8:19 pm |

      Whoops, didn’t see stats to date. Nevertheless, it happens a lot the person who dominates the other round loses to the other to the sheer nature of having to risk it all a lot of times.

      • In the eyes of the show, that’s a feature, not a bug. Jeopardy! is as much entertainment as it is trivia, and a game that is a horse race until the very end is important to the entertainment end of things.

  7. I agree about the entertainment aspect, as I often know nothing about a whole category. I did stay up to 5 a.m. catching up on paperwork but able then to sleep late.

  8. I agree about the entertainment aspect, as I often know nothing about a whole category. I did stay up to 5 a.m. catching up on paperwork but able then to sleep late. This is not a duplicate comment.

  9. Well, I guess it WAS a duplicate; I couldn’t find it and couldn’t exit, so added a sentence. I did sleep until 1:30 pm — see how much I like the show?

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