Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, March 4, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century Artists) for Wednesday, March 4, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 128):

This artist who lived from 1904 to 1989 had a first name that means “savior” in Spanish

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Margaret Beaton, a health policy analyst from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
Margaret Beaton on Jeopardy!
Paul Trifiletti, an attorney from Athens, Georgia
Paul Trifiletti on Jeopardy!
Mike Upchurch, a writer from Chicago, Illinois (1-day total: $26,600)
Mike Upchurch on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Salvador Dalí?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Well-known Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí is best known for 1931’s The Persistence of Memory (with a number of melting clocks in the foreground). Of course, his first name, “Salvador”, comes from the Spanish for “Savior”.

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

Scores going into Final:
Margaret $12,400
Paul $11,000
Mike $7,200


Tonight’s results:
Mike $7,200 + $6,300 = $13,500 (Who is Dali?)
Paul $11,000 + $10,000 = $21,000 (Who is S. Dali?) (1-day total: $21,000)
Margaret $12,400 – $9,601 = $2,799 (Who is Diego Rivera?)


Paul Trifiletti, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 4, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Mike $6,000
Paul $3,600
Margaret $2,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) AMERICA’S RICHEST SELF-MADE WOMEN $600 (clue #30)
Mike 5000 +1000 (Paul 3600 Margaret 2400)
2) SCIENCE $1200 (clue #11)
Margaret 3600 +2400 (Mike 6000 Paul 8400)
3) ANCIENT GREEK & ROMAN ARCHITECTURE $2000 (clue #25)
Paul 8000 +3000 (Mike 7600 Margaret 12000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 124


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: FILL IN THE TONY-WINNING PLAY TITLE $800 $1200 $1600 $2000
Total Left On Board: $5,600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 263 (2.05 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Paul $10,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.30% in first on buzzer (15/53), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Mike $6,800 Coryat, 17 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.85% in first on buzzer (19/53), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Margaret $11,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.42% in first on buzzer (14/53), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $28,000
Lach Trash: $13,600 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,800

Mike Upchurch, career statistics:
42 correct, 7 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
40.91% in first on buzzer (45/110)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,800)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200

Paul Trifiletti, career statistics:
16 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
28.30% in first on buzzer (15/53)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,000

Margaret Beaton, career statistics:
14 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
26.42% in first on buzzer (14/53)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,400)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200

Paul Trifiletti, to win:
2 games: 37.984%
3: 14.428%
4: 5.480%
5: 2.082%
6: 0.791%
Avg. streak: 1.612 games.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Paul seemed to want no part of the lead going into Final Jeopardy!, between his only betting $3,000 on the Daily Double and then selecting the $400 Tonys clue; did he miss Alex saying “less than a minute”?
  • In “close” games (where second place is within 75% of the leader) since dollar values doubled in 2001, the leader going into Final wins 55% of the time, second place wins 33% of the time, and third place wins 12% of the time.
  • Remember, when it comes to reversals from the judges, to go from incorrect to correct, the value of the clue or wager is doubled (going from -2400 to +2400 is a difference of 4800).

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, March 4, 2020"

  1. Andy, along with your observations about Paul, plus his 37.98% chance to win a 2nd game, it seems he may be next going thru this week’s revolving door.

  2. Can FJ get any easier than today? What does it take to get a clean sweep?

  3. Worked out for Paul, but seems a savvier wager would’ve been enough to cover Mike but not so much that he’d lose to Margaret if they both got it wrong and she bet enough to cover Paul.

  4. Paul Teshima | March 4, 2020 at 7:38 pm |

    Was Paul a contestant recently? He seemed familiar.

  5. 3/9 in FJ! for the week. 33 1/3 % or 1 correct on average per FJ. I hope we will have 3 right tomorrow, the tendency is going up: Mon: O, Tue: 1, Wed: 2
    Thu:??

  6. Regarding the Andy’s Thoughts comment on the clues selected with time running out. I was also surprised that in the Jeopardy round, with 4 clues left, and a DD still out there, Margaret went to a $200 clue. I have no idea how aware candidates are that DD’s haven’t been found yet, but the fact that many go looking for them makes me think at least some of them are. It just seems curious that with 4 clues left someone would go to the one clue where the DD won’t be. This is certainly not the first time that’s happened either.

  7. Why are some people never satisfied with their own wonderfulness and always feel the need to point it out to others? When you’re so wonderful and smart, that should be its own reward, and everyone will notice anyway and rejoice…there really is no upside to reminding everyone all the time.

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