Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, March 18, 2021

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So, without any further ado, today’s Final Jeopardy for Thursday, March 18, 2021 is:

Broadway Roles: Of the more than 15 actors to play the lead in this musical, Howard McGillin holds the record with over 2,500 performances

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Garron Telep, a stay-at-home dad from San Diego, California
Garron Telep on Jeopardy!
Matt Walks, a digital journalist originally from Billings, Montana
Matt Walks on Jeopardy!
Morgan Briles, a librarian from Nacogdoches, Texas (1-day total: $20,800)
Morgan Briles on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Morgan picked up over $20,000 yesterday in her first win. The lack of long-term champions has turned into a meme over on the Jeopardy! subreddit, where people will jokingly proclaim that every new champion has what it takes to win five games. For Morgan to reach that milestone, she’ll definitely need to find more good luck on the signalling device.

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Correct response: What is The Phantom of the Opera?

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The Phantom of the Opera is an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical which has run for over 13,000 performances since opening 33 years ago on Broadway.

An interesting point that I’d like to bring up here, because I’m sure someone will quote want to quote Wikipedia at me: While Brad Little has had more performances of the lead role of The Phantom worldwide, his performances in the role have been as part of touring shows and not on Broadway. Howard McGillin does hold the Broadway record — do note that the category title does specifically make reference to Broadway roles. Another interesting thing: Wikipedia was edited with this information in the interim between the taping of this episode and its airing — these episodes were taped in January, whereas the Wikipedia articles on Howard McGillin (and correspondingly, Brad Little) were edited on February 23.

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

Scores going into Final:
Matt $16,200
Morgan $15,400
Garron $10,800

Tonight’s results:
Garron $10,800 – $10,750 = $50 (What is Oklahoma)
Morgan $15,400 + $1,000 = $16,400 (What is Phantom of the Opera?) (2-day total: $37,200)
Matt $16,200 – $14,601 = $1,599 (What is the Music Man?)

Morgan Briles, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 18, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Morgan $5,000
Matt $2,600
Garron $1,400

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) PEOPLE IN HISTORY $400 (clue #2)
Morgan 200 +1000 (Matt 0 Garron 0)
2) ACTS OF CONGRESS $1200 (clue #7)
Garron 4200 +2200 (Morgan 8200 Matt 2600)
3) “AD” TO YOUR LATIN $1600 (clue #20, $13600 left on board)
Matt 6600 +4000 (Morgan 13800 Garron 9200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 213

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: UNITS OF MEASURE $800 $1000
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $1,800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 165 (1.33 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Morgan $14,800 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 38.18% in first on buzzer (21/55), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Matt $13,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 32.73% in first on buzzer (18/55), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Garron $9,800 Coryat, 10 correct, 1 incorrect, 16.36% in first on buzzer (9/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,400
Lach Trash: $8,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,000

Morgan Briles, career statistics:
41 correct, 4 incorrect
2/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
32.43% in first on buzzer (36/111)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,700

Matt Walks, career statistics:
18 correct, 4 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
32.73% in first on buzzer (18/55)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,800

Garron Telep, career statistics:
10 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
16.36% in first on buzzer (9/55)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,200)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,800

Morgan Briles, to win:
3 games: 43.493%
4: 18.917%
5: 8.227%
6: 3.578%
7: 1.556%
Avg. streak: 2.770 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • A reminder that the rules of the show explicitly say, “If a contestant gives a response to a non-Daily Double clue in the Jeopardy! round that is not in the form of a question, (Alex) will give them a reminder.” This is why Katie was correct to remind Morgan to “remember her phrasing” on COMPLETE THE AD SLOGAN $200.
  • In Katie Couric’s nine days of hosting, $200,703 has been raised for Stand Up to Cancer.
  • You can find Sting’s recreation of the Jeopardy! think music at

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, March 18, 2021"

  1. This is a pretty guessable FJ, in my opinion. (I got it, and I am by no means a theatre aficionado.) Based on Andy’s comments above, it could be a question that plays up the more you know about the topic.

    Side note: Andy, thanks for moving the FJ category to immediately before the clue, makes it much harder to miss (and so deny oneself a valuable piece of context!).

  2. I was a little surprised to see that FJ! only went 1/3, but then I realized that even though I haven’t been to see a Broadway show in over 20 years, living near NYC (and usually watching WABC between 7 and 8 pm) there would usually be at least one ad for a current musical during the J!-WOF hour every evening in the pre-COVID days. Phantom was a regular in the advertising rotation.

  3. RadioMattM | March 18, 2021 at 1:40 pm |

    I don’t think people would be frustrated with the strings of one-day champions we have been having if the champions did really well the second day but someone happened to do better. It’s when champions barely get pocket change the second day that is frustrating.

  4. Andy, thank you for the YouTube link to Sting and the Jeopardy! think music. I enjoyed it and I am ready for more verses! ☺

    May I also say I am looking forward to your SIM racing videos!

  5. James M. Bailey | March 18, 2021 at 5:16 pm |

    A well-deserved, impressive victory. My strengths are in playwrights/content, was adrift on this one. Category should have been B’way Actors and their Roles.

    • I felt like the category should have been “Broadway Musicals,” “Broadway Plays,” or maybe just “Broadway.” I’m sure it’s just me but I think the category title should be indicative of the correct response. In this case you are asked to name the musical, not the role. I guess the fact that they are the same makes it a little different, but still, whatever comes after “this” in the clue should be what the category title relates to.

  6. This is a variation of a recent question on The Hustler. They wanted to know which Broadway musical holds the record for most consecutive performances. Since the answer there was Phantom of the Opera, it’s likely that the same show holds the record for most performances by a leading actor.

    I found it interesting that one contestant guessed The Music Man. Phantom was being performed at the Majestic Theatre — famous for long-running musicals — and, in the 1960 movie The Apartment, the Jack Lemmon character gets stood up by Shirley MacLaine’s character while standing in front of the Majestic holding two tickets to The Music Man.

  7. Brad (not Rutter) | March 18, 2021 at 5:31 pm |

    Morgan has been money in final. Keep the train rolling!

  8. Sometimes that #2 spot is the advantageous place to be in a game like this. Morgan would’ve won on a triple stumper if she didn’t know it.

  9. Andy, thanks for that Sting link !

  10. Michael Day | March 18, 2021 at 10:39 pm |

    Interesting that Morgan played to win a Triple Stumper rather than to shut out Garren. Maybe she didn’t like the category.

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