Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, March 26, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Western Hemisphere Geography) for Thursday, March 26, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 144):

The Yucatan Peninsula is shared by these 3 countries

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Evan Singer, a beverage packaging specialist from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Evan Singer on Jeopardy!
Susan Alden, a fundraising researcher from San Francisco, California
Susan Alden on Jeopardy!
Adam Smith, a law student from Somerville, Massachusetts (1-day total: $21,200)
Adam Smith on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What are Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala?

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The Yucatán Peninsula occupies the eastern section of Mexico extending southward into Guatemala and Belize; historically, the Yucatán served as the center of the Mayan civilization. Many archaeological sites can be found on the Yucatán today, including Chichen Itza.

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Scores going into Final:
Susan $13,000
Adam $10,400
Evan $5,800

Tonight’s results:
Evan $5,800 – $599 = $5,201 (What are Mexico, Guatemala & Ecuador)
Adam $10,400 – $10,400 = $0 (What are Mexico, El Savador + Panama)
Susan $13,000 – $5,001 = $7,999 (What are Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras) (1-day total: $7,999)

Susan Alden, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 26, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Susan $3,800
Evan $3,600
Adam $2,800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE PRESIDENTIAL SWEET $600 (clue #23)
Adam 3600 -2000 (Susan 2000 Evan 3600)
2) ANGELS $1200 (clue #14)
Adam 6400 +4000 (Susan 9800 Evan 5200)
3) 1815 $2000 (clue #26)
Evan 8800 -3000 (Adam 10400 Susan 13000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -27

Unplayed clues:
DJ! Round: 1815 $800 $1200 $1600
Total Left On Board: $5,400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 311 (2.16 per episode average), 3 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Susan $13,000 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 32.69% in first on buzzer (17/52), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Evan $8,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 23.08% in first on buzzer (12/52), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Adam $9,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 36.54% in first on buzzer (19/52), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $31,400
Lach Trash: $9,200 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,000

Adam Smith, career statistics:
38 correct, 9 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
37.74% in first on buzzer (40/106)
2/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,800)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,500

Susan Alden, career statistics:
16 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
32.69% in first on buzzer (17/52)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,000

Evan Singer, career statistics:
12 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
23.08% in first on buzzer (12/52)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,800

Susan Alden, to win:
2 games: 41.933%
3: 17.584%
4: 7.373%
5: 3.092%
6: 1.297%
Avg. streak: 1.722 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • It seems really clear to me that Adam had a very strong read on the fact that Susan wasn’t going to make the standard cover bet in this instance (and thus made the move of going all-in from second place—an intelligent move if you don’t think the leader will cover). Much like last Friday and Michonne, though, the move worked out in Susan’s favor.

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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, March 26, 2020"

  1. Unless somebody is really good with geography, Belize would seem to be the tough one here.

    • I agree – who ever thinks of Belize.
      I’m sorry to see Adam gone so soon.

    • Though it has the distinction of the only C.A. country with English as official language. Since B. is attached to the Mainland it is considered part of C.A., though many think of it as part of the Caribbean, something that can be argued for. I guess you could say 50/50, but it IS on the Yucatan.

  2. I wonder if she would have gotten credit for ‘British Honduras’ – the former name of Belize.

    • Another new champ yet again, so congrats to Susan! And the so often seen scenario: outside the U.S. : triple stumper in FJ!
      I don’t think British Honduras would have been accepted. They probably – most likely- would want the current name. But who knows, stranger things have happened.

  3. PS
    Saved by the TS again, as a few times this season already. BUT: a win is a win!

  4. Brad (not Rutter) | March 26, 2020 at 5:04 pm |

    Miffed by Evan’s dauly double wager near the end of double jeopardy.

  5. Tough Final Jeopardy as we got a triple stumper.

  6. Final question was a faulty question. The Yucatán Peninsula IS IN MEXICO. How can a part of Mexico be bordered by Mexico. I lived in Yucatán state for 2 yrs. so I knew it was Belize and Guatemala. But was stumped by the 3rd country.

    • Pat:

      The clue read: The Yucatán Peninsula is shared by these 3 countries.

      Nowhere does it say “bordered”. It says “shared” — which it is.

      I think we had an RTQ error on your part here.

  7. Tim Pierre | March 26, 2020 at 9:05 pm |

    Yet another super-easy final, botched by all three contestants! That happens every time the contestants are asked to name countries outside the United States. I don’t even see how anyone can think that Ecuador or even Panama is anywhere near the Yucatan.

  8. Pizza Face Fred | March 26, 2020 at 10:47 pm |

    The only thing I was sure of was that someone on this site would say they live–or used to live–in Belize, Guatemala, or Mexico. Saying Americans on Jeopardy! don’t know geography outside of their country sure does get old. Move on. And, as usual, thanks for your Triple Stumper Final observation, Ismael…

  9. Jere Gauss | March 27, 2020 at 1:13 am |

    This is my third “Skunk” of 2020, where I define that as correctly responding at home when none of the contestants on the show did. If you watch Wheel of Fortune on a regular basis, you’d probably remember them giving away Belize vacations. Belize is formerly the British Honduras, and while the “regular” Honduras crossed my mind, I had to figure out whether Guatemala completely blocks off any Honduras border contact with Mexico. There was a possibility in my mind that Honduras cuts off the eastern border of Guatemala west of the Yucatan. Figuring that was unlikely, I went with the correct response, Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, since there were only three countries called for.

  10. center ice | March 27, 2020 at 3:07 am |

    It’s nice to see someone like Susan win — her delightful personality was apparent, though that’s not to take anything away from Evan and Adam. Looking forward to seeing if she can win her next match, or will it be five days/five different champions?

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