Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, March 15, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Fictional Places) for Monday, March 15, 2021 (Season 37, Game 121):

Introduced to readers in 2008, its name comes from a Latin phrase for “Bread and Circuses”, offerings used to appease the masses

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Tom Duffey, an engineering manager originally from Chicago, Illinois
Tom Duffey on Jeopardy!
Kathleen McNutt, a graduate student from Skokie, Illinois
Kathleen McNutt on Jeopardy!
Dave Pai, a field application scientist originally from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (2-day total: $32,700)
Dave Pai on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Dave’s savvy wagering in Final Jeopardy! earned him a second victory on Friday. Which Dave will show up today, though? The Dave that had buzzer mojo on Thursday and dominated proceedings? Or the Dave that struggled mightily on the signalling device on Friday? He’ll need more of Thursday Dave to pick up a win today.

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Correct response: What is Panem?

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Panem is the setting for Suzanne Collins’ hugely popular dystopian book and film series The Hunger Games. Panem’s geography is generally contiguous with that of a United States that has seen sea levels risen, with its Capitol district mostly in present-day Wyoming, surrounded by 13 outlying districts (after a Civil War, information “District 13” is generally suppressed by the dictatorial Capitol). “Bread and Circuses” translates into “Panem et circenses” in Latin, a term for a political strategy to keep people satisfied with political leaders (feeding them cheaply—bread—and keeping them entertained—circuses).

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Scores going into Final:
Tom $21,400
Dave $15,600
Kathleen $9,400

Tonight’s results:
Kathleen $9,400 + $6,201 = $15,601 (What is Panem?)
Dave $15,600 + $5,801 = $21,401 (What is Panem)
Tom $21,400 + $10,000 = $31,400 (What is Panem?) (1-day total: $31,400)

Tom Duffey, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 15, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Tom $13,000
Dave $6,400
Kathleen $1,000

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
Tom 8200 +4000 (Dave 3400 Kathleen 0)
2) A COLLEGE CONFERENCE CALL $1200 (clue #11)
Kathleen 4200 +3000 (Dave 9200 Tom 15800)
3) SPACED OUT $800 (clue #27, $4400 left on board)
Kathleen 12400 -3000 (Dave 13600 Tom 19000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 96

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 160 (1.32 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Tom $18,400 Coryat, 24 correct, 1 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Dave $15,600 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Kathleen $10,600 Coryat, 10 correct, 1 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $44,600
Lach Trash: $5,600 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,800

Dave Pai, career statistics:
60 correct, 7 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
34.71% in first on buzzer (59/170)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,200)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,867

Kathleen McNutt, career statistics:
11 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,600

Tom Duffey, career statistics:
25 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,400

Tom Duffey, to win:
2 games: 62.139%
3: 38.613%
4: 23.994%
5: 14.910%
6: 9.265%
Avg. streak: 2.641 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, March 15, 2021"

  1. Knew it was Hunger Games but couldn’t remember the name of the place.

  2. I hope “Thursday Dave” shows up today ☺ – and I hope he’s familiar with Hunger Games.
    I’ve never heard that term applied any place else.

  3. Does anyone else remember the original Jeopardy! in which this category was called Unreal Estate? I miss some of the old categories, like Potent Potables.

    • Speaking of category names, I had a moment of deja vu during Mike Richard’s time as host. I had only seen him before as the host of GSN’s early 2010s version of Pyramid. Hearing him read the category names at the start of each Jeopardy round reminded me of the way he would read the category names on Pyramid – and also how many of the Jeopardy category names now sound like the ones they would have on Pyramid.

      I’m not sure if it’s just coincidence or a planned recent change.

  4. The FJ wagers were interesting. Kathleen bet to beat Dave and Dave bet to beat Tom.

    • I see it differently than you. Kathleen bet to beat both players – enough to beat Dave if Dave bet zero or got it wrong, and enough to beat Tom if he bet to cover Dave. And Dave bet enough to beat Tom if Tom bet zero or got it wrong and more than enough to cover Kathleen.

  5. Brad (not Rutter) | March 15, 2021 at 5:02 pm |

    Kathleen’s dd wager near the end was too conservative for my taste.

  6. I got to Panem in an interesting way. I speak French and know many French words mirror Latin. Bread in French is pain, hence my brain came right to Panem.

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