Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century Plays) for Tuesday, March 10, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 132):

From the title of a British-set comedy, it completes the final line “I’ve now realized for the first time in my life the vital…”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Lacey Davies, a casting assistant from New York, New York
Lacey Davies on Jeopardy!
Mark Nasielski, an electrical engineering student from Los Angeles, California
Mark Nasielski on Jeopardy!
Paul Trifiletti, an attorney from Athens, Georgia (4-day total: $83,801)
Paul Trifiletti on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is The Importance of Being Earnest?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The Importance of Being Earnest is a famous Oscar Wilde farce and was Wilde’s final play. The play was critically acclaimed for its humor and satire of Victorian life. Unfortunately for Wilde, the Marquess of Queensberry intended to disrupt opening night with a bouquet of rotten vegetables (as Wilde’s lover was the Marquess’ son); the Marquess, however, was refused entry. Their feud escalated until it ended up in a famous libel case which led to the revealing of Wilde’s homosexuality, which then led to Wilde’s jailing and exile to France. Wilde never returned to Britain or Ireland before his 1900 death. Wilde was not officially pardoned by the Crown until 2017.

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

Scores going into Final:
Mark $16,600
Paul $13,000
Lacey $1,000

Tonight’s results:
Lacey $1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000 (What is the importance of being earnest?)
Paul $13,000 + $10,000 = $23,000 (What is the Importance of being earnest?) (5-day total: $106,801)
Mark $16,600 – $9,401 = $7,199 (What is Reason for Being?)

Paul Trifiletti, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 10, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Mark $8,200
Paul $1,800
Lacey -$200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) POET-POURRI $600 (clue #6)
Mark 2400 +2400 (Paul 0 Lacey 600)
2) THE END OF THE EMPEROR $800 (clue #4)
Mark 7800 +3200 (Paul 3000 Lacey -1400)
3) BRR! IT’S COLD OUT THERE $1600 (clue #26)
Mark 17000 -2000 (Paul 9800 Lacey 1000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 129

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: POET-POURRI $1000
DJ! Round: THE COMICS $2000
Total Left On Board: $3,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 273 (2.07 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Paul $13,000 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 27.27% in first on buzzer (15/55), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Mark $14,400 Coryat, 25 correct, 4 incorrect, 45.45% in first on buzzer (25/55), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Lacey $1,000 Coryat, 6 correct, 3 incorrect, 16.36% in first on buzzer (9/55), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $28,400
Lach Trash: $12,200 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,400

Paul Trifiletti, career statistics:
96 correct, 9 incorrect
6/7 on rebound attempts (on 19 rebound opportunities)
32.10% in first on buzzer (87/271)
6/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $12,200)
4/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,680

Mark Nasielski, career statistics:
25 correct, 5 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
45.45% in first on buzzer (25/55)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,400

Lacey Davies, career statistics:
7 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
16.36% in first on buzzer (9/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $1,000

Paul Trifiletti, to win:
6 games: 52.002%
7: 27.042%
8: 14.062%
9: 7.313%
10: 3.803%
Avg. streak: 6.083 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • When it comes to Jeopardy!, what ultimately matters is having the top score at the end of the game. People aren’t going to remember how you get to that point. And Paul is racking up those victories.
  • Incredibly, though, Mark looked like he was in control of this one until about a minute left in Double Jeopardy!; that being said, he gave Paul an opening, and Paul took full advantage.

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, March 10, 2020"

  1. Andy, thanks for the email about the upcoming no-audience episodes.
    When was tonight’s show taped and when will we begin seeing the ones with no audience?
    I hadn’t thought before about the effect all this could have on Alex’s compromised immune system

    • Marty Cunningham | March 10, 2020 at 4:41 pm |

      This week’s shows were probably taped in December, maybe just before the holiday break; possibly in early January. There usually is about a 2 to 3 month lead time between taping and air date.
      If they even started taping shows today with no audience, we probably would not see those until late May or June. It looks they will go about another month with taping for this season, thru mid-April, and those last shows will air in late July, so there will only be about two-months worth of shows at the end of season 36 with no audience. And then Harry Friedman is retiring as producer at the end of this season, and who knows about Alex’s health, so it is hard to say what could change at the start of season 37. And forget about the audience for a moment, I want to see if they do anything different at the end of the show, since Alex always seems to shake the hand of the winner of that day’s show, and I know that is kind of a high point for the winner, too.

    • March 10 episode taped on Jan 14.

  2. Congrats, Paul! You are in!!
    (And exactly a month later we have the Marquess of Queensberry – FJ! Feb. 10 –
    indirectly again).
    It’s Queensberry – not Queensbury- I think?

  3. So now we have Jason, Jennifer, MacKenzie, Karen, Sam, and Paul (& maybe Ryan and Veronica) in the next ToC. The field is filling fast, so maybe we won’t have to wait till 2021.

    • Mark Barrett | March 10, 2020 at 7:13 pm |

      Ryan Bilger is guaranteed a spot as he was the alternate for the Nov. 2019 ToC when he would have been in the field if it was not locked in early ahead of his qualifying with wins/money better than some who did get in. If the upcoming field fills up with 5x champs and above, a late qualifier will be bumped to the next ToC while Ryan will not lose his spot this next time.

  4. I was surprised they didn’t accept “counting” as a valid response in the LET ME “IN” category. It certainly fits as well as “integers”.

  5. Seems like it would have been better had the FJ clue been phrased: “From the title of “THE” (instead of “a”) British-set comedy, it completes the final line…” “A” makes it sound like the two (the comedy title and the concluding line) could be from different works–I don’t think they were going for creating that impression.

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