Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 6, 2019


We’re back to regular Jeopardy! games today; here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Word Origins) for Wednesday, March 6, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 128):

This 8-letter word for a reaction against a trend comes from an engineering term for a jolt caused by a gap in machine parts

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Tim Varecka, an engineer from Tucson, Arizona
Tim Varecka on the March 6, 2019 episode of Jeopardy!
Eric Eifrig, a lawyer from Cincinnati, Ohio
Eric Eifrig on the March 6, 2019 episode of Jeopardy!
Dana Wayne, an educator from North Hollywood, California (1-day total: $26,401)
Dana Wayne on the March 6, 2019 episode of Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is backlash?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The term “backlash” dates back to the early 19th century, referring to the meaning in the clue. Today, it is used more to refer to “a strong adverse reaction”, much like the vocal minority of people complaining about the All-Star Games.


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

Scores going into Final:
Tim $14,400
Eric $11,400
Dana $10,600


Tonight’s results:
Dana $10,600 – $4,600 = $6,000 (What is a pullback?) (2-day total: $32,401)
Eric $11,400 – $9,801 = $1,599 (What is kneejerk)
Tim $14,400 – $8,401 = $5,999 (What sparkgap?)


Dana Wayne, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 6, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Tim $4,000
Eric $3,200
Dana $2,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) SPEED OF SOUND $800 (19th pick)
Dana 1800 -400 (Tim 5000 Eric 800)
2) EX-CREATURES $1200 (3rd pick)
Tim 5200 +2000 (Eric 3200 Dana 2200)
3) 19th CENTURY PEOPLE $1600 (23rd pick)
Eric 7200 +3000 (Tim 10800 Dana 8200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 58


Unplayed clues:
J! round: YOLO $800 & $1000
DJ! Round: THIS IS “MY” SONG $2,000
Total $ Left On Board: $3,800


Game Stats:
Dana $11,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.07% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts
Tim $13,600 Coryat, 21 correct, 3 incorect, 40.74% in first on buzzer, 0/1 on rebound attempts
Eric $10,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 4 incorrect, 27.78% in first on buzzer, 0/2 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $34,600
Lach Trash: $8,600 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,000


Dana Wayne, stats to date:
35 correct, 6 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts
30.91% in first on buzzer (34/110)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,400)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,200


Dana Wayne, to win:
3 games: 40.54%
4: 16.44%
5: 6.66%
6: 2.70%
7: 1.10%
Avg. streak: 2.682 games.

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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 122 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.4706 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.561).
An average of 6.3071 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.9316).

An early cutoff took place 3.146% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Dana Wayne qualified 6.720% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 88.119% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 72.243% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 48.563% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 22.788% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 5.670% of the time.
John Presloid qualified 0.799% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I have no issues with any of the three bets in tonight’s game in Final Jeopardy. Eric was stuck in Stratton’s Dilemma, and he made a rational bet for the position. Kudos to Dana for betting just enough to win by $1.

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

  1. Patrick Mallon | March 6, 2019 at 12:04 pm | Reply

    This week’s Jeopardy contestants for March 6, 7, and 8 are missing.

  2. This was one of those situations where I knew exactly the word they were going for, but couldn’t think of it for the life of me. I knew it had “back” in it somewhere, and actually considered “pullback” like Dana, knowing it was wrong (as I’ll bet she did.) Frustrating.

  3. Amazing that Tim as an engineer did not get it.

  4. Don’t know if you all saw the horrible news. Alex has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. I’m speechless.

  5. Another difficult final jeopardy category as we end the day with a triple stumper.

  6. Tim over-bet by $400! He needed to bet $8,001 to clear Eric’s possible score, and he accidentally bet $8,401, which was totally unnecessary, and is why he ended up losing. Am I missing something? Thanks!

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