Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, March 2, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category From The Desk Of The Pope) for Monday, March 2, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 126):

A 1919 letter quotes Jesus, “Go into the whole world and preach the gospel” & notes the vigilance, energy & hardships of these workers

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Mandy DeLucia, a restaurant consultant from Newport Beach, California
Mandy DeLucia on Jeopardy!
Bruce Lou, a software engineer from San Francisco, California
Bruce Lou on Jeopardy!
Aaron Goetsch, a law student from Macomb, Michigan (2-day total: $41,801)
Aaron Goetsch on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What are missionaries?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

This comes from the Maximum Illud issued by Pope Benedict XV on November 30, 1919, and speaks of the work that missionaries (“emissaries of the Church”) did with spreading the Christian faith to places such as Australia, the interior of Africa, and the Pacific islands.

You can find the full text of the letter at the Vatican’s website.


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

Scores going into Final:
Bruce $18,800
Aaron $6,200
Mandy $6,200


Tonight’s results:
Mandy $6,200 – $0 = $6,200 (What is thank you?)
Aaron $6,200 – $6,200 = $0 (What are disciples?)
Bruce $18,800 – $5,555 = $13,245 (What are soldiers??) (1-day total: $13,245)


Bruce Lou, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 2, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Aaron $4,200
Mandy $2,600
Bruce $2,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) WORDS FROM THE MAP $400 (clue #7)
Bruce 2400 -2400 (Aaron 600 Mandy 200)
2) MUSIC $2000 (clue #10)
Bruce 9600 -3000 (Aaron 3400 Mandy 2600)
3) MOON ME $1200 (clue #13)
Bruce 7800 +5000 (Aaron 3400 Mandy 2600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -67


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: CRANKY TV CHARACTERS $2000
Total Left On Board: $2,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 259 (2.06 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Bruce $20,400 Coryat, 25 correct, 5 incorrect, 46.43% in first on buzzer (26/56), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Mandy $6,200 Coryat, 9 correct, 3 incorrect, 19.64% in first on buzzer (11/56), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Aaron $6,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer (14/56), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,800
Lach Trash: $9,000 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,200

Aaron Goetsch, career statistics:
55 correct, 6 incorrect
3/5 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
30.30% in first on buzzer (50/165)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,200)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,133

Bruce Lou, career statistics:
25 correct, 6 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
46.43% in first on buzzer (26/56)
1/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$400)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,400

Mandy DeLucia, career statistics:
9 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
19.64% in first on buzzer (11/56)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,200

Bruce Lou, to win:
2 games: 62.976%
3: 39.660%
4: 24.976%
5: 15.729%
6: 9.906%
Avg. streak: 2.701 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Props to Bruce for having the guts to stick with his strategy and bet $5,000 on the last Daily Double, even though he got burned a bit on the first two.

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30 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, March 2, 2020"

  1. I wonder if anyone will answer peacemakers. Or cheese makers.

  2. I thought this was the easiest final jeopardy question I’ve ever seen. What other job is to travel the world and preach the gospel? I mean… even atheists watch Martin Scorcese (e.g. Silence). Shocked at the triple stumper.

    • I agree, PMD. Easy one.

    • “What other job is to travel the world and preach the gospel?“

      Cardinals, bishops, priests, nuns, all believers, and the military (at certain times in history), just to name a few.

      Clearly the “1919”, and the fact that it coincided with WWI, threw Bruce down the wrong path with his “soldiers” guess.

  3. And we start the week with 0/3 in FJ!, Bruce started his runaway with he last DD, the one he got.

  4. Maurine Gutowski | March 2, 2020 at 6:11 pm |

    I don’t think disciples was a bad answer. Was missionaries the exact word? Your explanation uses “emissaries.” What language was used? If Latin…? It wasn’t until Vatican II and John XXIII that rules loosened up. That was an extremely important time for me religiously. Benedict XV was Pope in 1919.

    • I agree. I thought the clue was ambiguous, and borderline unfair. The biblical quote from Jesus is clearly addressed to his disciples. Unless you happen to know what is in that Papal letter, the Pope’s comments after the quote could easily be taken for him expounding on the work of those same disciples.

  5. Ron Gambardella | March 2, 2020 at 7:28 pm |

    I thought sure it was union workers

  6. I wish somebody had said “adjustable wrench” for the clue that asked what the Brits call an adjustable spanner. I’ve got to believe that would have been accepted. I’m pretty sure what the Americans call an adjustable wrench is what the Brits call an adjustable spanner. The Brits may also use that term for a monkey wrench, but that’s not all they would use it for.

  7. I can’t believe mr. lou’s answer was not accepted because of a missed letter, r in his reply. his answer was correct with the correct name. and he should have been credit

    • “Tristam” is not “Tristram”; the judges were absolutely correct in their ruling.

      (Had they chosen to accept it, there would be significantly more angry fans).

      • I honestly wasn’t sure if he had pronounced the “r” or not, even on the repeat. Although that’s likely more related to my hearing starting to go. Between my hearing and Bruce’s accent (or is it a speech impediment? Not sure), I found today’s episode very hard to follow audibly. Thank goodness for closed captioning.

    • Agree on that, but I’m amazed they didn’t accept “no contest” because it is an exact translation and still fits the category. She should have protested that.

  8. I’ve seen the name “Tristram” in reference to the novel many times, and I would have bet money there was no second ‘r’. At least I’m not alone.

  9. Brad (not Rutter) | March 2, 2020 at 9:15 pm |

    Bruce is money! Looking forward to tomorrow.

  10. Pizza Face Fred | March 2, 2020 at 11:51 pm |

    That Final stunk. Here’s a definition from Merriam-Webster’s dictionary:

    someone who accepts and helps to spread the teachings of a famous person

    one of a group of 12 men who were sent out to spread the teachings of Jesus Christ

  11. Marilyn M. | March 3, 2020 at 6:43 am |

    Matthew 28:16 calls them “disciples.” Aaron was correct.

  12. Leona Schell | March 3, 2020 at 7:37 am |

    I believe disciples should have been accepted – after all that is what is used in the Bible – not missionaries – Worst clue ever.

    • From the letter itself:

      Anyone who studies the facts of this great saga cannot help being profoundly impressed by them: by all the stupendous hardships our missionaries have undergone in extending the Faith, the magnificent devotion they have shown, and the overwhelming examples of intrepid endurance they have afforded us.

      This Final Jeopardy! clue, as evidenced by the category “From The Desk Of The Pope”, has to do with something written by the Pope. Thus, “disciples” does not fit the clue — only “missionaries” do.

  13. It wasn’t surprising that the $400 clue in micronesia ended up being a triple stumper as the writers incorrectly referred to oceania as being a south pacific region when in fact many islands of oceania lie in the north pacific.

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