Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 25, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Foreign Transportation) for Monday, March 25, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 141):

Operating for only one week a year, a train line to this city moves over half a million people a day

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Mara Taylor, a retired attorney from The Bronx, New York
Mara Taylor on Jeopardy!
Ryan Ermey, a journalist from Washington, D.C.
Ryan Ermey on Jeopardy!
Dave Scatena, a chemical engineer from San Francisco, California (1-day total: $4,600)
Dave Scatena on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Mecca?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

A line that opened in 2010, the Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro line replaced about 53,000 buses, but only runs the week of the Hajj. Each 12-car train on the line can carry up to 3,000 people at one time between various holy sites in the Mecca, Mount Arafar, Muzdalifah, and Mina regions.

The Haramain high-speed railway, connecting Mecca with Medina, opened in September 2018.


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

Scores going into Final:
Dave $14,000
Mara $4,300
Ryan $400


Tonight’s results:
Ryan $400 – $0 = $400 (What is Peggy Sue & LBJ?)
Mara $4,300 + $3,499 = $7,799
Dave $14,000 + $4,600 = $18,600 (2-day total: $23,200)


Dave Scatena, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 25, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Dave $4,800
Ryan $2,000
Mara -$600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) WOMEN IN SONG $1000 (30th pick)
Ryan 5200 -3200 (Dave 4800 Mara -600)
2) 1960s AMERICA $800 (19th pick)
Ryan 4400 -4400 (Dave 14400 Mara 3400)
3) -“GRAM”s $1200 (25th pick)
Mara 2200 +2100 (Dave 14000 Ryan 400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -62


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: NONFICTION $1200, $1600 & $2000; -“GRAM”s $400 & $800
Total $ Left On Board: $6,000


Game Stats:
Dave $14,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 34.62% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Mara $3,400 Coryat, 12 correct, 7 incorrect, 28.85% in first on buzzer, 0/3 on rebound attempts
Ryan $8,000 Coryat, 12 correct, 5 incorrect, 23.08% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $25,400
Lach Trash: $9,400 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,200


Dave Scatena, stats to date:
34 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts
31.19% in first on buzzer (34/109)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,600


Dave Scatena, to win:
3 games: 37.47%
4: 14.04%
5: 5.26%
6: 1.97%
7: 0.74%
Avg. streak: 2.599 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 109 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.0798 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.4697).
An average of 5.6073 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.8248).

An early cutoff took place 1.410% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Dave Scatena qualified 5.462% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 93.241% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 81.122% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 59.181% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 31.373% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 10.907% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 1.799% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Yes, Ryan’s response to Final Jeopardy! was the two correct responses to the two Daily Doubles that he missed.
  • Effective in first on buzzer: Dave 40.00% (18/45), Mara 33.33% (15/45), Ryan 26.67% (12/45)

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5 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 25, 2019"

  1. Lisa Brasch | March 25, 2019 at 5:08 pm |

    I gotta say, today’s game did seem to make Alex’s mantra of “You’re too young to remember that” relevant.

  2. Pretty brutal when a journalist goes into a zone and forgets the date of JFK’s assassination!

  3. There was an obvious edit after the last answer and Alex’s setting the contestants up for Final Jeopardy.
    Any explanation for that deep camera cut?

    • It seemed as though the show was trying very hard to make sure all Daily Doubles got played. My guess is that Alex originally said some words that were not deemed necessary to the show, so they were excised in order to ensure that the episode fit into time.

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