Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Jeopardy may have paused production, but there are still unseen games to air! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category U.N. Members) for Tuesday, March 17, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 137):

It incorporated the “one country, two systems” principle in its constitution in 1982 & put it into practice after a 1997 reunification

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Kris Sunderic, an adjunct professor from New York, New York
Kris Sunderic on Jeopardy!
Nicole Economou, an OB-GYN from San Diego, California
Nicole Economou on Jeopardy!
Sid Katz, a retired school psychologist from Cherry Hill, New Jersey (1-day total: $25,874)
Sid Katz on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is (the People’s Republic of) China?

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The “one country, two systems” principle refers to the People’s Republic of China’s governance of Hong Kong and Macau and was formulated by Deng Xiaoping for the country’s 1982 constitution; the idea is to reiterate by the PRC that there be only one China, but still allow Hong Kong and Macau to retain their capitalist economic systems (with the rest of Mainland China using the Marxist-Leninist system adapted to Chinese socio-economic needs). It came to fruition with Hong Kong becoming part of China in 1997 and Macau in 1999.

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

Scores going into Final:
Sid $16,600
Nicole $9,800
Kris $9,600

Tonight’s results:
Kris $9,600 + $7,001 = $16,601 (What is China? (And who is going to hire this PhD?)) (1-day total: $16,601)
Nicole $9,800 – $6,801 = $2,999 (What is the Czech republic)
Sid $16,600 – $3,400 = $13,200 (What is Germany?)

Kris Sunderic, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 17, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Sid $4,600
Nicole $3,000
Kris $2,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) ABBREVIATED ABC $800 (clue #20)
Kris 0 +1000 (Sid 3000 Nicole 3600)
2) MEDICINE MEN $2000 (clue #3)
Kris 4200 -4200 (Sid 4600 Nicole 4200)
3) & THEN WHAT HAPPENED? $1600 (clue #9)
Sid 7000 +2000 (Nicole 5000 Kris 400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 29

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: ON TIME $800 $1000
Total Left On Board: $3,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 290 (2.12 per episode average), 3 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Kris $13,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (18/54), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Sid $16,200 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 38.89% in first on buzzer (21/54), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Nicole $9,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 22.22% in first on buzzer (12/54), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,600
Lach Trash: $4,800 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,600

Sid Katz, career statistics:
43 correct, 6 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
38.53% in first on buzzer (42/109)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,100

Nicole Economou, career statistics:
13 correct, 2 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
22.22% in first on buzzer (12/54)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,800

Kris Sunderic, career statistics:
17 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
33.33% in first on buzzer (18/54)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,200)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,600

Kris Sunderic, to win:
2 games: 33.330%
3: 11.109%
4: 3.703%
5: 1.234%
6: 0.411%
Avg. streak: 1.500 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • The trivia gods smiled upon Kris by the end; Kris was definitely the more aggressive Daily Double player, and it just goes to show that a sufficiently strong player can overcome a True Daily Double working against them—even in Double Jeopardy—and still win the game.
  • To that end, a sufficiently aggressive wager on Daily Double #3 would have ended up giving Sid the runaway that would have been very useful for him today.

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, March 17, 2020"

  1. I visited Hong Kong in 1989 and bought a Hong Hong 1997 tee-shirt.

  2. I am totally amused by Kris’ shameless job hunting in Final but I’m curious what the judges might have to say about it.

  3. Brad (not Rutter) | March 17, 2020 at 5:18 pm |

    Kris’ reaction at the end was hilarious.

  4. Maurine Gutowski | March 17, 2020 at 10:45 pm |

    It seemed to me that several times Sid omitted the “what is.” Nobody called him on it. (I think it’s an unnecessary requirement.)

  5. Isn’t the correct answer also Hong Kong?

  6. WBZ-TV in Boston had to cut into tonight’s episode for Mayor Walsh’s address on the growing concerns of Covid-19 however, it was joined in progress during the Double Jeopardy! round.

  7. I thought this was a tough FJ and was a bit surprised anyone got it right. I was impressed by Sid’s knowledge and demeanor and was disappointed he did not become a multi game winner. Congrats to Kris!

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