Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 8, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century Newsmakers) for Friday, March 8, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 130):

In 1982 a probate judge in his home state of Michigan declared him legally dead

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Conor Murphy, a graduate student from Thorofare, New Jersey
Conor Murphy on Jeopardy!
Josh Stephens, a journalist from Los Angeles, California
Josh Stephens on Jeopardy!
Dana Wayne, an educator from North Hollywood, California (3-day total: $64,002)
Dana Wayne on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Jimmy Hoffa?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Former Teamsters union leader Jimmy Hoffa disappeared without a trace on July 30, 1975 in the parking lot of a Detroit suburb.

It was long rumored that Hoffa’s body was buried under Giants Stadium, but that was an urban legend.

His disappearance is referenced by Matt Carberry’s Complete the List archive; he has called categories which have remained unplayed and not returned as “the Hoffa list”.


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

Scores going into Final:
Dana $17,600
Josh $13,200
Conor $9,200


Tonight’s results:
Conor $9,200 + $400 = $9,600 (1-day total: $9,600)
Josh $13,200 – $10,001 = $3,199 (Who is Jack Kevorkian?)
Dana $17,600 – $8,801 = $8,799 (Who is ?)


Conor Murphy, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 8, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Conor $6,000
Josh $4,000
Dana $3,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) ARE YOU SHAKESPEARIENCED? $400 (2nd pick)
Josh 200 -1000 (Dana 0 Conor 0)
2) GEOGRAPH”EE” $800 (7th pick)
Josh 6000 +1600 (Conor 7600 Dana 2200)
3) PLANT-ED EVIDENCE $2000 (16th pick)
Dana 5800 +1800 (Josh 9200 Conor 8400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -42


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


Game Stats:
Conor $9,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer
Dana $17,800 Coryat, 19 correct, 1 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Josh $13,400 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $40,400
Lach Trash: $10,400 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,200


Dana Wayne, final stats:
74 correct, 9 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts
31.39% in first on buzzer (70/223)
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,800)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,600


Conor Murphy, stats to date:
15 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,200


Conor Murphy, to win:
2 games: 32.64%
3: 10.66%
4: 3.48%
5: 1.14%
6: 0.37%
Avg. streak: 1.485 games.

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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 120 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.3709 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.5373).
An average of 6.1044 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.9023).

An early cutoff took place 2.577% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Conor Murphy qualified 1.417% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 89.580% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 74.582% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 51.200% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 24.688% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 6.463% of the time.
John Presloid qualified 0.946% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • In his interview, Conor spoke of his undergraduate thesis, researched at Cooperstown. It was about the Federal League, which ran from 1914 to 1915, and can be found at University of Notre Dame Journal of Undergraduate Research (it begins on page 187, in the “Online Edition”.)
  • I feel as though this is a Final Jeopardy that will play easier for many of the audience at home, especially the older viewers who would have lived during the time of Hoffa’s disappearance.
  • Kudos to Conor for knowing that the situation dictated the small wager.
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Conor 30.61% (15/49), Dana 36.73% (18/49), Josh 32.65% (16/49).

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10 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 8, 2019"

  1. I’m a transplanted Michigander but old enough to come up with the right answer!

  2. I couldn’t get D.B. Cooper out of the way in my head.

  3. Never mind that he was declared dead. They still have “reports” several times a year of sightings (he would be 106 now….) etc, “investigative specials” etc….
    And with all due respect: BRUTUS???

    • Alex was apparently with you on the “Brutus” response, as it elicited one of his patented “oh no!” reactions. Gotta love him!

  4. Robert Williams | March 8, 2019 at 10:40 pm | Reply

    Wait a second can I get some clarification on something why did Dana risk 8801 on final jeopardy when she had no idea why the answer was I don’t get it.

  5. Joseph michalak | March 11, 2019 at 7:18 pm | Reply

    What was the question answer to pietruska

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