Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 27, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category World War II) for Wednesday, March 27, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 143):

In 1943 millions of matchbooks were distributed in the Philippines with this 3-word quote to boost morale

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Steven Grade, a sports industry consultant from Atlanta, Georgia
Steven Grade on Jeopardy!
Amy Kroll, a quality control specialist form Rockville, Maryland
Amy Kroll on Jeopardy!
Emma Badame, a digital marketing manager from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1-day total: $12,600)
Emma Badame on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is “I shall return”?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Douglas MacArthur was asked to leave the Philippines in March 1942 by President Roosevelt. Very disappointed by the move, he promised that he would return to liberate the islands, a promise that MacArthur made good on, liberating them in October 1944.

The matchbooks were surreptitiously distributed by guerilla forces to increase morale amongst the population hoping to be liberated. According to a 1995 Washington Post article, the matchbooks were worth $160 in 1995; they are definitely a prized collectible in 2019.


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

Scores going into Final:
Steven $21,600
Emma $10,600
Amy $5,200


Tonight’s results:
Amy $5,200 + $0 = $5,200 (What is I shall retun return?)
Emma $10,600 – $5,200 = $5,400 (What is we are winning)
Steven $21,600 + $0 = $21,600 (1-day total: $21,600)


Steven Grade, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 27, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Steven $10,800
Emma $4,200
Amy $400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) HE WAS SENATOR & PRESIDENT $800 (12th pick)
Steven 3400 +2400 (Amy 800 Emma 600)
2) TENTH $1200 (9th pick)
Steven 15600 -3000 (Emma 4200 Amy 1600)
3) DOCTOR $800 (20th pick)
Steven 15400 +2600 (Emma 9000 Amy 4000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 68


Unplayed clues:
J! round: THE ELEMENTS $1000
DJ! Round: TENTH $2000
Total $ Left On Board: $3,000


Game Stats:
Steven $21,200 Coryat, 32 correct, 1 incorrect, 52.73% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Emma $10,600 Coryat, 10 correct, 1 incorrect, 20.00% in first on buzzer
Amy $5,200 Coryat, 7 correct, 1 incorrect, 12.73% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $37,000
Lach Trash: $10,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,200


Emma Badame, final stats:
27 correct, 6 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts
26.36% in first on buzzer (29/110)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,600)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,300


Steven Grade, stats to date:
33 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
52.73% in first on buzzer (29/55)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,200


Steven Grade, to win:
2 games: 67.41%
3: 45.44%
4: 30.63%
5: 20.65%
6: 13.92%
Avg. streak: 3.068 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 107 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.1363 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.4725).
An average of 5.6021 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.8099).

An early cutoff took place 1.525% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Steven Grade qualified 22.488% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 92.807% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 80.124% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 57.742% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 30.016% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 10.116% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 1.647% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I’m still waiting to see that elusive game where all 3 players bet $0 in Final Jeopardy.
  • I feel as though Alex & the judges are relaxing their rules a bit when it comes to when to ask a contestant to be more specific. This is the first time I can remember that they let Andrew Johnson go as just “Johnson”. Their game, their rules, their choice. C’est la vie.
  • Steven was 12-for-12 along the top row of the board. Now that’s buzzer dominance.
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Steven 61.70% (29/47), Emma 23.40% (11/47), Amy 14.89% (7/47).

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7 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 27, 2019"

  1. Good question with the anniversary of the Bataan Death March less than two weeks away. I heard one of the survivors speak when I did the Bataan Memorial Death March which they do every March on the White Sands Missile Base. This frail man in his 90’s said in a strong voice, ‘If General MacArthur were to walk into this room right now, I would kick his butt’. All these years later, there are still hard feelings.

  2. I was looking at the TOC tracker, and notice that Kyle Jones is listed with $145,503. But I looked through the recaps and saw his total was $145,403.

  3. Nathan Poling | March 27, 2019 at 4:45 pm | Reply

    They had three Doctor Who themed castegories!!!! Representing the 10th Doctor David Tennant of course.

  4. Thomas McNamara | March 27, 2019 at 7:54 pm | Reply

    I LOVE the tee shirt with…”Don’t call me at 7” (time Jeopardy airs in NYC). Thats been my mantra for 35 years
    now. I am an obsessive Jeopardy fan and everyone who knows me would never call or ring my doorbell at 7 because they know i would not answer either one! I LOVE that show and never miss it….even on vacation i set my VCR (yes, old fashioned VCRs) to tape shows while i’m away.
    I want to tell Alex Trebeck that i’m praying for him and hope he keeps his word and wins his battle with PC! GOD Bless him!

  5. Man…Steven missed a doozy in the Tenth category using Metric for Decimal and Emma’s $1,600 flub proved to be the big difference in not making the game a runaway. Even that last $2,000 clue could have been the big equalizer and allowed a chance for Emma to repeat as champion and not make it a runaway. But given Steven’s performance, he did okay, minus one rough incorrect DD answer. Everybody had one wrong answer, but Emma’s proved costly, thinking Jaundice is a color. Patrick Star thinking mayonnaise as an instrument everyone? XP

  6. Yeah, Emma should have bet $0 in Final. She can’t win and has a lock on 2nd with no bet, so why risk that extra $1,000 for no reason? Amy prob bet zip thinking she had no shot at 2nd, when it turns out a $201 bet would have grabbed it. Oh well, hindsight is 20/20 I guess.

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