Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, March 11, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Book Words) for Wednesday, March 11, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 133):

A 1964 essay coined this 2-word term for “artistically serious” comic books & endorsed it over “illustories” & “picto-fiction”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Laurie Amster-Burton, a help desk specialist from Seattle, Washington
Laurie Amster-Burton on Jeopardy!
Jessica Babbitt, a personal stylist from Austin, Texas
Jessica Babbitt on Jeopardy!
Paul Trifiletti, an attorney from Athens, Georgia (5-day total: $106,801)
Paul Trifiletti on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is a graphic novel?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

In his 1964 essay “The Future of Comics”, originally published in the Capa-Alpha comics zine, Richard Kyle found the terms “comic book” and “comic book strip” to be inadequate to describe the burgeoning medium that became the graphic novel, illustrated stories aimed at an adult audience, and he didn’t like Charles Biro’s “illustories” or EC Comics’ “picto-fiction”. So, he went to his dictionary and settled on “graphic novel” instead. Will Eisner’s 1978 graphic novel A Contract with God popularized the term, and Marvel Comics began using the term in the 1980s.


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

Scores going into Final:
Jessica $11,700
Paul $11,200
Laurie $7,000


Tonight’s results:
Laurie $7,000 + $200 = $7,200 (What is graphic novels?)
Paul $11,200 – $11,100 = $100 (What is pop art?)
Jessica $11,700 + $11,698 = $23,398 (What are graphic novels) (1-day total: $23,398)


Jessica Babbitt, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 11, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Paul $5,600
Laurie $4,000
Jessica $600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) REQUIEM FOR A SKYLINE $800 (clue #4)
Paul 600 +600 (Jessica 0 Laurie 0)
2) A YEAR ENDING IN 0 $1200 (clue #14)
Laurie 3600 +3000 (Paul 6400 Jessica 8600)
3) ISLAND NATIONS $1600 (clue #20)
Jessica 13400 -2500 (Paul 6400 Laurie 7000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 125


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: PUT THAT SINGER’S NAME ON A POST OFFICE! $800 $1000 PUNNY JOB LOSS REASONS $1000
DJ! Round: NAME THAT INSECT $1600 $2000
Total Left On Board: $6,400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 278 (2.09 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Jessica $14,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 32.69% in first on buzzer (17/52), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Laurie $5,200 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 23.08% in first on buzzer (12/52), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Paul $11,400 Coryat, 17 correct, 0 incorrect, 30.77% in first on buzzer (16/52), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $30,800
Lach Trash: $11,000 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800

Paul Trifiletti, career statistics:
113 correct, 10 incorrect
6/7 on rebound attempts (on 23 rebound opportunities)
31.89% in first on buzzer (103/323)
7/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $12,800)
4/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,133

Jessica Babbitt, career statistics:
18 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
32.69% in first on buzzer (17/52)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,500)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,200

Laurie Amster-Burton, career statistics:
12 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
23.08% in first on buzzer (12/52)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,200

Jessica Babbitt, to win:
2 games: 39.290%
3: 15.437%
4: 6.065%
5: 2.383%
6: 0.936%
Avg. streak: 1.647 games.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • For the second game in a row, Paul came alive in the last stages of Double Jeopardy!; it just goes to show that players can’t coast to the finish line.

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6 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, March 11, 2020"

  1. Interesting final. I wouldn’t have thought that term was used since 1964!? But I’m not a huge fan except the Diary of a Wimpy Kid 😄

  2. I wonder if “Poseidon” would have been accepted as well as “Neptune” was? The clue did not ask specifically for the Roman name of the god.

  3. Maurine Gutowski | March 11, 2020 at 4:08 pm | Reply

    Never heard of the term “graphic novel.” Jessica sure came back in DJ. In 1964 I was much too busy to be reading comic books, though I did like Superman and Dick Tracy and various comic strips in the Sunday paper when very young.

  4. big_red01027 | March 11, 2020 at 9:11 pm | Reply

    I think it’s fair to say that while “graphic novel” was coined in 1964, it wasn’t popularized until a couple decades later, with “Watchmen” and the like.

  5. Farewell to Paul Trip-ster. I enjoyed my week of being his fan boy. He was very strong in any kind of academic history.

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