Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, March 27, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Presidential History) for Friday, March 27, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 145):

He was the first President to deliver the State of the Union Address on television

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Khalilah Walters, an attorney from Danville, Virginia
Khalilah Walters on Jeopardy!
Matt Steen, an account coordinator from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Matt Steen on Jeopardy!
Susan Alden, a fundraising researcher from San Francisco, California (1-day total: $7,999)
Susan Alden on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Harry Truman?

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Harry Truman’s 1947 State of the Union address was the first to be televised; it wasn’t until Lyndon Johnson’s 1965 address where the tradition of the State of the Union being delivered during prime time began. (For completeness’ sake, the 1923 State of the Union, delivered by Calvin Coolidge, was the first broadcast on radio.)

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

Scores going into Final:
Khalilah $6,800
Matt $5,600
Susan $1,200

Tonight’s results:
Susan $1,200 – $1,200 = $0 (Who was Eisenhower)
Matt $5,600 – $5,600 = $0 (Who is Eisenhower)
Khalilah $6,800 – $4,401 = $2,399 (Who is Truman FDR) (1-day total: $2,399)

Khalilah Walters, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 27, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Susan $4,800
Khalilah $400
Matt $0


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) DEMOGRAPHY $600 (clue #21)
Matt 1600 -1600 (Susan 3400 Khalilah 1200)
2) STATE CAPITALS $800 (clue #4)
Khalilah 2000 -2000 (Susan 1200 Matt -2400)
3) LATIN PHRASES $2000 (clue #5)
Khalilah 0 +2000 (Susan 1200 Matt -2400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -100

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: 150 YEARS OF NATURE $800 DEMOGRAPHY $400 HERE’S THE WINDUP $400 $800
DJ! Round: STARRING THE SAN DIEGO ZOO $400 $800 $2000
Total Left On Board: $5,600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 318 (2.19 per episode average), 3 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Khalilah $8,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 5 incorrect, 28.00% in first on buzzer (14/50), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Matt $7,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 5 incorrect, 26.00% in first on buzzer (13/50), 4/6 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
Susan $1,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 6 incorrect, 36.00% in first on buzzer (18/50), 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $17,200
Lach Trash: $12,400 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $18,800

Susan Alden, career statistics:
30 correct, 9 incorrect
0/2 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
34.31% in first on buzzer (35/102)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,100

Matt Steen, career statistics:
15 correct, 6 incorrect
4/6 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
26.00% in first on buzzer (13/50)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,200

Khalilah Walters, career statistics:
13 correct, 6 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
28.00% in first on buzzer (14/50)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,800

Khalilah Walters, to win:
2 games: 26.195%
3: 6.862%
4: 1.797%
5: 0.471%
6: 0.123%
Avg. streak: 1.355 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Please remember to be kind to the contestants. Sometimes the game material just doesn’t hit their strong points; additionally, it is very easy to be thrown for a loop by the pressure of Studio 10. You could definitely tell that Khalilah was thrown off at times by some of the incorrect responses.

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20 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, March 27, 2020"

  1. This brings back memories. My parent’s first TV had a nine inch screen.

  2. Being from San Diego, would have welcomed the three unplayed clues from the “Starring the San Diego Zoo” category!

  3. Chris Stratton | March 27, 2020 at 12:18 pm |

    Hi Andy. Hope you are feeling better. Does this rank among the all-time lowest combined contestant Coryats?

  4. Congrats to Khalilah who succeeded another one day champ. Seems we can’t string much together right now. Another TS in FJ, again 2 DDs missed…
    5 champions in 5 days, 5 correct FJ answers out of 15 potential ones (2 came from “Land-Lease Act)….the week ends yet again on a weak note.
    Well, regardless: have a nice weekend everybody and STAY SAFE!!

  5. Maurine Gutowski | March 27, 2020 at 1:23 pm |

    I guessed correctly because I remembered our first TV, black and white, most of the day just a visual signal, no programming. Our TV, in the middle of the living room, was bigger than Kathy’s. I didn’t actually see the broadcast. I was born early in 1939.

  6. We end this week with another triple stumper.

  7. Chris Smith | March 27, 2020 at 6:53 pm |

    I actually like seeing a lot of 1- or 2-day winners. Once they start winning 5 games or more (with the exception of Jason and Ken), I lose interest.

    And heaven forbid that I would ever criticize a low-scoring winner. If I were on “Jeopardy”, I would a) freeze up in the studio and/or b) have the bad luck to get categories in Music and Pop Culture where I would know nothing!

  8. It’s easy to overthink this one as I did. (My wife got it right away). I thought of Truman but since less than 1% of homes in 1947 had TV sets, I leaned more toward Ike or even JFK.

  9. Andy,

    I believe you have said there are no instances of a game with a 300 DD efficiency, but I was wondering if you knew how often the maximum has been wagered on all 3?

  10. Think positive – it can ONLY get better from here.

  11. Wow! This the third time in recent memory I’ve “skunked” Final Jeopardy! on two consecutive broadcasts. It’s my fourth “skunk” for the year 2020 as well. Television didn’t really catch on until after the end of World War II, so answering this correctly was just a matter of reasoning out how fast the new technology caught on after the war. I figured that, for current events such as a sitting President’s address, it would have been highly likely that TV caught on quickly for those types of purposes. Franklin Roosevelt’s last State of the Union address was 1945, since he died in April of that year. I knew that because the first Roosevelt dimes were minted for the year 1946 following his death. So that led pretty directly to Truman.

  12. eisenhower was the obvious guess. and of course, most of us were wrong on that.

    thought FJ judges were overly tough on the “nutrition” answer. to me, “general” was assumed in her answer as it’s the name of the category

    • The rules of the show are such that if something in the category title is in quotation marks, the contestant is required to say that in their response.

  13. Low scoring games like this produce their own style of interest and weird possibilities, such as Susan needing the last revealed clue to be eligible for FJ and then she would’ve won with a correct response.

    • Indeed. Another interesting point is that this was a rare case where Khalilah could have well justified playing for a tie (betting only 4400) since this would have prevented a loss with a double-up by Susan. Andy is the wagering expert around here, but I’m sure there is a mathematical axiom for this situation – where the difference between first and second is exactly equal to the third place person’s total pre-FJ.

      • I agree too. Just getting around to watching last week’s games, other things obviously on my mind. This game was strangely entertaining, lots of stuff going on!

  14. John McCleary | April 7, 2020 at 9:02 am |

    Wow! Lowest scoring game of the season so far!

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