Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, March 9, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Religion) for Monday, March 9, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 131):

These 2 countries that border each other are second & third in worldwide population of Muslims

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Chloe Arnett, a preschool teacher from Lake View, Alabama
Chloe Arnett on Jeopardy!
Michael Campanelli, an attorney from Greenlawn, New York
Michael Campanelli on Jeopardy!
Paul Trifiletti, an attorney from Athens, Georgia (3-day total: $61,400)
Paul Trifiletti on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What are Pakistan and India?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Indonesia has the largest Muslim population of any country in the world, with Pakistan second. Interestingly, India is third even though its Muslim population is only about 14% of its total of 1.37 billion (Bangladesh is fourth). Many Muslims can be found in the states of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Bihar.

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Scores going into Final:
Paul $21,000
Chloe $11,200
Michael $10,800

Tonight’s results:
Michael $10,800 + $10,795 = $21,595 (What are Pakistan & India?)
Chloe $11,200 – $11,000 = $200 (What are Egypt & Libya?)
Paul $21,000 + $1,401 = $22,401 (What are India + Pakistan?) (4-day total: $83,801)

Paul Trifiletti, today's Jeopardy! winner (from the March 9, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Paul $8,600
Chloe $3,200
Michael $800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) HI, WELCOME TO 5 AUTHORS! $800 (clue #16)
Chloe 2200 -2200 (Paul 4400 Michael -600)
2) CUBA BEFORE FIDEL $800 (clue #2)
Paul 9000 +2500 (Michael 800 Chloe 3200)
3) YOU’RE SHOWING YOUR AGE $1600 (clue #22)
Paul 17100 +1500 (Michael 7600 Chloe 9600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -63

Unplayed clues:
DJ! Round: COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS $1600 $2000
Total Left On Board: $4,200
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 271 (2.07 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Paul $19,400 Coryat, 26 correct, 2 incorrect, 46.30% in first on buzzer (25/54), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Michael $10,800 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 24.07% in first on buzzer (13/54), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Chloe $13,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 25.93% in first on buzzer (14/54), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,600
Lach Trash: $2,200 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,000

Paul Trifiletti, career statistics:
79 correct, 7 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (72/216)
6/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $12,200)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,100

Michael Campanelli, career statistics:
12 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
24.07% in first on buzzer (13/54)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,800

Chloe Arnett, career statistics:
16 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
25.93% in first on buzzer (14/54)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,200)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,400

Paul Trifiletti, to win:
5 games: 54.590%
6: 29.801%
7: 16.268%
8: 8.881%
9: 4.848%
Avg. streak: 5.202 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I am mildly surprised that the judges elected to accept Jerry Lewis instead of Jerry Lee Lewis in PLAYING THE SINGER ON FILM $1200, considering that they are two distinctly different people in the same field (in fact, I would consider it akin to accepting John Adams for a clue about John Quincy Adams. Thankfully, this did not affect the outcome of the game itself. I think I’m going to consider this a rare misstep from the judging panel here. Please also note that this is a fan site with no ties to the show; I did not personally make this call and am generally not a fan of comments here that fail to make this distinction. Meanwhile: good luck to the show’s publicity team over the next few days as they’re probably going to be inundated over this one.
  • I was a big fan of Chloe’s handwriting on her contestant podium; I’ve put up a picture of it below.
    Chloe Arnett's handwriting from the March 9, 2020 episode.
  • As a viewer who is a fan of excitement, I was found wanting in terms of Paul’s betting style on Daily Doubles in this game. The first one ($800 box, very early in Double Jeopardy with a big lead) was ripe for a bold and aggressive wager which did not happen.

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20 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, March 9, 2020"

  1. I chose India right away, and out of the countries that border it, Pakistan made the most sense so I got this one right!

  2. Francine Pilon | March 9, 2020 at 11:49 am |

    Paul is certainly no James Holzhauer when it comes to wagering in daily doubles.

    • He still won 4 games and almost 84K. Different strokes for different folks, I guess?

    • Brian Green | March 9, 2020 at 3:28 pm |

      Who cares about James Holzhauer? He’s ancient history. Paul’s the new sheriff in town.

      • Not the sheriff as much as the King of Boredom.

        • He probably couldn’t care less. HE is there for him to make money and win games, not to play gladiator at the

    • Anything you could have added after “he is certainly no James Holzhauer” I would take as a compliment if I were Paul, and I’m sure that’s how you meant it.😏

  3. David Mathews | March 9, 2020 at 12:34 pm |

    It’s important to remember that a contestant’s betting strategy could be based, at least in part, on that person’s financial situation in general.

    • It’s not money until you win. (From that perspective, I will never criticize what a contestant does with a runaway, as long as they don’t Clavin.)

  4. Brad (not Rutter) | March 9, 2020 at 3:06 pm |

    If I played, I would bet like Paul.

  5. pretty easy…….. i thought of bangladesh and pakistan but of course the whole reason that bangladesh exists as a separate entity is that it doesn’t border pakistan. it was east pakistan.

  6. Teri Spates | March 9, 2020 at 8:13 pm |

    I believe you got one clue wrong. The painter of The Kiss was Klimt. Munch painted The Scream. Alex said Munch painted them both.
    I cant be the only one that caught this can I?

  7. Once again, there are comments about Paul’s personality. If someone wants to comment on a player’s wagers or knowledge, that’s fair game. But to disparage someone’s personality? It makes the poster sound like a petty 15 year old writing in a slam book in junior high school, and I wish people would stop it. I thought this was at least one site where people were above such nastiness.

    • Steven:

      I think we disagree as to the degree someone is being disparaged in this thread. I read the comment that I think you’re referring to one of disappointment that the wagers being made aren’t making the game more exciting, not one that is making a personal attack of the contestant. To others who might read this: am I wrong in my assessment here?

  8. Hi Andy-

    Thanks for the reply.

    I was referring to George’s comment about Paul being the “King of Boredom”

    • Andy-

      I see what you’re saying now. I read it as a comment on his personality, but even if it was about his wagering, I think there are other, more articulate and mature ways of expressing that fact.

  9. Andy,
    I don’t think you’re wrong in your assessment, none of the comments here tonight are what I would call particularly disparaging (although the boredom one is borderline I think). My lighthearted response to Francine Pilon’s comment negatively comparing Paul’s wagering with you know who’s was more out of frustration with yet another contestant being held to the “you know who” standard. I don’t think I’m alone on this. He, you know who, was great, but Paul and lots of others are forging their own paths on my favorite show, and they’re all unique, and that’s great in my book.

  10. center ice | March 10, 2020 at 3:18 am |

    Hope to see Paul join the ranks of the five-time winners in his next game — it should be fun to watch!

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