Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 29, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Children’s Books) for Friday, March 29, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 145):

This 1883 classic ends with the words “A well-behaved little boy!”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Andrew Simmons, a grants contracts reviewer from Lilburn, Georgia
Andrew Simmons on Jeopardy!
Natasha Leyk, a budget manager from Chicago, Illinois
Natasha Leyk on Jeopardy!
Steven Grade, a sports industry consultant from Atlanta, Georgia (2-day total: $57,201)
Steven Grade on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is The Adventures of Pinocchio?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Before Pinocchio was a famous 1940 Disney animated film, it was an 1883 children’s novel by Carlo Collodi. The work was originally serialized as La storia di un burattino in the magazine Giornale per i bambini. (If you’re reading this anywhere other than thejeopardyfan.com, know that the website operator has copied this description wholesale from that site.) Once the serialization was finished, it was published as a book. In the original serialization, Pinocchio actually was hanged for his faults, but Collodi’s editor requested that The Fairy with the Turquoise Hair rescue Pinocchio and turn him into a real boy.


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

Scores going into Final:
Steven $17,800
Andrew $14,300
Natasha $12,400


Tonight’s results:
Natasha $12,400 – $7,400 = $5,000 (What is Peter Pan?)
Andrew $14,300 – $12,000 = $2,300 (What is Little Lord Fauntleroy?)
Steven $17,800 – $10,801 = $6,999 (What is The Velveteen Rabbit?) (3-day total: $64,200)


Steven Grade, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 29, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Natasha $8,200
Steven $7,400
Andrew $1,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) LITERARY GENRES $800 (29th pick)
Natasha 5600 +1600 (Steven 8400 Andrew 1400)
2) CASTLE ARCHITECTURE $2000 (5th pick)
Natasha 11400 -3000 (Steven 7400 Andrew 2200)
3) QUARTZ & ALL $2000 (27th pick) ($4800 remaining on the board)
Andrew 11800 +2500 (Steven 15800 Natasha 9600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 23


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


Game Stats:
Steven $17,800 Coryat, 21 correct, 1 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer
Natasha $14,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Andrew $13,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $46,200
Lach Trash: $2,000 (on 2 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800


Steven Grade, stats to date:
85 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts
47.62% in first on buzzer (80/168)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,000)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $21,067


Steven Grade, to win:
4 games: 73.39%
5: 53.87%
6: 39.53%
7: 29.02%
8: 21.30%
Avg. streak: 5.758 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 105 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.3692 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.4862).
An average of 5.9561 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.79).

An early cutoff took place 2.159% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Steven Grade qualified 57.460% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 90.156% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 74.593% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 49.782% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 23.175% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 6.502% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 0.853% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Wagering advice: If you’re not going to make sure your score stays above the leader’s if you both miss Final Jeopardy!, it’s probably a better idea to go all-in. That way, you win more money on the occasions where you win the game.
  • I know I’ve gone on record as saying that the show would be boring if everyone wagered perfectly, but it still feels frustrating in the moment.
  • I can imagine those on the ToC bubble at the moment looking back on this game six to nine months from now in some sort of wistful “what might have been”.
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Steven 40.00% (22/55), Natasha 30.91% (17/55), Andrew 29.09% (16/55).

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5 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 29, 2019"

  1. Jane Kovacs | March 29, 2019 at 11:36 am |

    Surprised none got this right. I guessed Pinocchio but doubt I’d have put “The Adventures of Pinocchio.”

  2. Had Natasha gotten her DD right, Steve would be out. Steve aklso lucked out that Natasha and Andrew wagered not all, but too much and he was the only one picking not a boy but an animal. But what counts is the win, he might well break the 4 day curse. If Steve wins on Monday my money is on him winning #5 as well, being the first one since October 18.
    Have a nice weekend everybody!

  3. I’m surprised this was a triple stumper. I got it in a few seconds, so I guess this was a case of the contestants over thinking it.

  4. We end the week with a triple stumper for the second week in a row.

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