Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, March 5, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category BRITISH NOVELS) for Thursday, March 5, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 129):

A laboratory known as the House of Pain is on Noble’s Isle, the title setting of this novel

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Zahkia Mendoza, a marketing analyst from Canton, Michigan
Zahkia Mendoza on Jeopardy!
Wes Hom, a stay-at-home dad from San Francisco, California
Wes Hom on Jeopardy!
Paul Trifiletti, an attorney from Athens, Georgia (1-day total: $21,000)
Paul Trifiletti on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is The Island of Doctor Moreau?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The Island of Doctor Moreau is a science fiction novel by H. G. Wells and is written as an account of English scientist Edward Prendick. Prendick survives a shipwreck in the southern Pacific and is taken to the title doctor’s compound, where Prendick realizes that Moreau is attempting to transform animals into humans. It has been adapted into a film on many occasions.


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

Scores going into Final:
Paul $20,200
Wes $11,600
Zahkia $10,600


Tonight’s results:
Zahkia $10,600 – $0 = $10,600 (What is Frankenstein?)
Wes $11,600 – $8,601 = $2,999 (What is ?)
Paul $20,200 – $3,001 = $17,199 (What is Shutter Island?) (2-day total: $38,199)


Paul Trifiletti, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 5, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Paul $7,800
Zahkia $4,200
Wes $2,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) CONGRESS $800 (clue #15)
Paul 1600 +1200 (Wes 3200 Zahkia 400)
2) GET SCHOOLED $1200 (clue #3)
Zahkia 5400 -1200 (Paul 7800 Wes 2400)
3) MONUMENTS & MEMORIALS $1600 (clue #19)
Paul 15400 +2000 (Wes 5600 Zahkia 7400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 66


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: RETRO PHRASES $400
Total Left On Board: $400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 264 (2.05 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Paul $19,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 0 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer (16/56), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Zahkia $11,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 37.50% in first on buzzer (21/56), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Wes $11,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer (16/56), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,800
Lach Trash: $3,600 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,200

Paul Trifiletti, career statistics:
35 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
28.44% in first on buzzer (31/109)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,200)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,700

Wes Hom, career statistics:
17 correct, 3 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
28.57% in first on buzzer (16/56)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,600

Zahkia Mendoza, career statistics:
18 correct, 5 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
37.50% in first on buzzer (21/56)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,200)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,800

Paul Trifiletti, to win:
3 games: 52.522%
4: 27.586%
5: 14.489%
6: 7.610%
7: 3.997%
Avg. streak: 3.106 games.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • For the second time in a very short period, a trailing contestant elected to make a Final Jeopardy! bet that essentially played for second instead of a slim chance of winning. I definitely need to analyse this situation from a “Is the game broken?” sense.
  • I agree with the judges’ decision to not accept the Czech Republic over Czechoslovakia in this specific case, as the category was THE COLD WAR and the clue dealt specifically with the Prague Spring.

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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, March 5, 2020"

  1. Wow! I’m now 3/4 in final this week! And in categories I didn’t expect to even get close (like Artists yesterday).

  2. Fortunately, this is a short clue. Somebody might need to read it a couple of times to pick up on the fact they’re telling you the word “isle” or “island” is in the title of the book. That’s a huge help if the other parts of the clue don’t give it to you immediately.

    • Along those lines, Shutter Island was a reasonable guess in my eyes.

      • Yes, a very good guess. It’s good to be old sometimes. I’ve never read the book, but I saw the first Island of Doctor Moreau movie with Burt Lancaster. There was a remake in the 90’s, which I thought might help some of these contestants. Anyhow, good game tonight up until the Final.

      • well, “isle” was already in the clue! “The Count of Monte Cristo” could have been a guess as well….

        • The category was BRITISH NOVELS, that’s French. There we go again, showing our weakness in all things European! 😉

  3. If Zahkia wagered $6,600 in FJ she would have won and even missing as she did, would still have gotten second.

    • That is, if correct, would have won. Playing for second potentially cost her $17,200 plus future earnings. Not an easy category for me!

  4. Maurine Gutowski | March 5, 2020 at 1:14 pm |

    Didn’t have a clue.

  5. Well, my expectations of a triple solve did not come true. Now we are 3/12 in FJ! for the week. Second triple stumper. 25% overall.

  6. To be fair, how many times have contestants mistook Czech Republic and Czechoslovakia in a clue and missed?

    The only time I could remember was on Terry Linwood’s 3rd game in which Jeff Kirby missed on the $400 clue in National Enquirer. Clue was: “Playwright Vaclav Havel became president of this nation in 1993”. Always a common Geographical mistake, in a way that there’s also French Guiana and Guiana in South America. Sometimes, getting confused with two countries bearing a similar name can be challenging for the most part.

    Czechoslovakia is a name that actually was involved near the end of the Cold War. It was one year after the war would the country’s independence would separate into two. It’s a good thing Jeopardy! has researchers that can deem whether or not they should allow the answer the contestant says unless if there’s a specific meaning behind it.

  7. RE “Andy’s thoughts”: You are absolutely right. There was no Czech Republic in 1968. It came into existence when Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia 1/1/1993.

  8. i definitely saw that “island” was probably part of the answer. but i had nothing so i went with frankenstein over dr jeckyl…….

  9. Bob Chang | March 5, 2020 at 7:17 pm |

    Good news for Alex, surpassing 1 year since his stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis and its 18% first year survival rate, though very challenging. Continuing to believe the best for him that he keeps beating the odds!

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