Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 26, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century Americans) for Tuesday, March 26, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 142):

Though he became a Cabinet secretary & Chief Justice, once he wanted to change his name because of its “awkward, fishy” sound

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Emma Badame, a digital marketing manager from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Emma Badame on Jeopardy!
John Shortino, a software developer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
John Shortino on Jeopardy!
Dave Scatena, a chemical engineer from San Francisco, California (2-day total: $23,200)
Dave Scatena on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Salmon P. Chase?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Salmon P. Chase served as Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of the Treasury from 1861 to 1864, and, on the death of Roger Taney, because the 6th Chief Justice of the United States.

According to Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Chase once confided in a friend that he “was tormented by his own name. He fervently wished to change its ‘awkward, fishy’ sound to something more elegant. ‘How wd. this name do (Spencer de Cheyce or Spencer Payne Cheyce,)’ he inquired.”


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

Scores going into Final:
Emma $14,400
John $10,200
Dave $7,600


Tonight’s results:
Dave $7,600 – $7,600 = $0 (Who is Mackerel?)
John $10,200 – $5,100 = $5,100 (Who is Warren?)
Emma $14,400 – $1,800 = $12,600 (1-day total: $12,600) (Who is Seward?)


Emma Badame, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 26, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
John $3,800
Emma $3,200
Dave $2,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) BIRTHPLACE OF A BRAND $800 (22nd pick)
Dave 4200 -2000 (Emma 3400 John 2000)
2) TALK NERDY $800 (2nd pick)
Dave 3000 -1000 (John 3800 Emma 3200)
3) LITERARY ANTAGONISTS $1200 (11th pick)
Emma 5600 +1600 (John 5400 Dave 2800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -52


Unplayed clues:
J! round: BABY’S FIRST INSTAGRAM $1000
DJ! Round: BLUE MAN GROUP $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $3,000


Game Stats:
Emma $14,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 32.73% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
John $10,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 23.64% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Dave $10,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 34.55% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $34,800
Lach Trash: $8,000 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,200


Dave Scatena, final stats:
52 correct, 9 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts
32.32% in first on buzzer (53/164)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,267


Emma Badame, stats to date:
17 correct, 4 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts
32.73% in first on buzzer (18/55)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,000


Emma Badame, to win:
2 games: 47.56%
3: 22.62%
4: 10.76%
5: 5.11%
6: 2.43%
Avg. streak: 1.907 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 108 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.0386 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.4603).
An average of 5.5094 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.8094).

An early cutoff took place 1.282% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Emma Badame qualified 5.542% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 93.736% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 82.005% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 60.325% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 32.364% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 11.419% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 1.956% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Because John was in Stratton’s Dilemma, he certainly had occasion to go all-in. Thus, it was probably less advised than normal for Emma to not make a covering bet, even if she completely hated the category, as she likely still wins on a Triple Stumper and also protects against the possiblity of John going all-in. But the betting is secondary and the results paid out for her anyway.
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Emma 36.00% (18/50), John 26.00% (13/50), Dave 38.00% (19/50).

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6 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 26, 2019"

  1. Emma would have won anyway, even with a conventional 6.001 bet. But the games lately are not exactly high quality. Missed DDs, a lot of TSs etc….and the totals before FJ! are not exactly mind boggling either.Missed DDs of course don’t help, since with missed 3K you have a swing of 6K. Yesterday 7.600 missed, a swing of 15.200…Maybe they pick “weaker” players since everybody is watching that NCAA tournament? 2 players got Mecca yesterday, American history… a TS. Go figure.

  2. Another rough show as we end the episode with a triple stumper.

  3. My husband, a retired high school history teacher, knew the answer, but I’m not surprised that no one else did.

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