Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Welcome to Wednesday, March 24, 2021. The petition that was sent to Jeopardy! signed by over 500 former contestants regarding Dr. Oz received a lot of media attention yesterday. I was very glad to see that! Without further ado, here is today’s Final Jeopardy:

International Business: The “effect” named for this company founded in 1943 refers to increased value of a product to a consumer whose own labor is needed

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Jon Marshall, an attorney originally from Hot Springs, Arkansas
Jon Marshall on Jeopardy!
Bonnie Hagan, a product support representative from Colorado Springs, Colorado
Bonnie Hagan on Jeopardy!
Amal Dorai, a product manager originally from Lexington, Massachusetts (1-day total: $14,600)
Amal Dorai on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Amal’s very methodical gameplay worked very well for him yesterday, especially in Double Jeopardy, as he had a runaway game. More and more contestants are saying on Reddit, though, how much longer it is taking to tape these episodes, which makes it that much harder to defend a title. One thing’s for certain, though: After today’s game, we’ll have reached a point that you’ve seen Jon, and you’ve seen Amal.

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Correct response: What is IKEA?

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The IKEA Effect, named after famous Swedish manufacturer and furniture retailer IKEA, dates from a 2011 study that reported that people were willing to pay over 60% more for items that they had made themselves, due to the fact that people intrinsically place more value into an item that they have assembled themselves. This obviously can have advantage for manufacturers as well, as then they only need to provide the raw materials to the consumer, who can them assemble things into the finished product.

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

Scores going into Final:
Jon $21,000
Amal $14,300
Bonnie $9,800

Tonight’s results:
Bonnie $9,800 + $9,795 = $19,595 (What is the IKEA Effect?)
Amal $14,300 + $14,300 = $28,600 (What is the IKEA effect?) (2-day total: $43,200)
Jon $21,000 – $7,777 = $13,223 (What is the Chia Pet Effect)

Amal Dorai, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 24, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Bonnie $4,600
Jon $4,400
Amal $3,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE PLANT WORLD $400 (clue #2)
Amal 200 +1000 (Bonnie 0 Jon 0)
2) OTHER WALKS OF FAME $1200 (clue #10)
Jon 9600 +2600 (Amal 3000 Bonnie 7400)
3) ESSAYS $1600 (clue #19, $11600 left on board)
Amal 5400 +5300 (Bonnie 8600 Jon 17400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 225

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 167 (1.30 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Amal $10,000 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Bonnie $9,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Jon $19,600 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,400
Lach Trash: $7,600 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,000

Amal Dorai, career statistics:
39 correct, 8 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
35.71% in first on buzzer (40/112)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $12,100)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,500

Bonnie Hagan, career statistics:
15 correct, 2 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,800

Jon Marshall, career statistics:
22 correct, 3 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,600

Amal Dorai, to win:
3 games: 49.746%
4: 24.747%
5: 12.310%
6: 6.124%
7: 3.046%
Avg. streak: 2.990 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Amal’s methodical play continued; I thought for sure that we were going to have unplayed clues, especially after Dr. Oz gave the minute to go warning in Double Jeopardy.
  • Thus far, $72,201 has been donated to Healthcorps, Inc.

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, March 24, 2021"

  1. I thought the answer was going to be some ‘airplane model’ company or something like that.

  2. I never realized that IKEA was around that long ago.

    I watched the show Monday – and caught myself turning away whenever Oz was on camera. Not a fun way to enjoy the show.

    Yesterday, after learning the FJ clue by 9 a.m. and the winner by shortly after 11 a.m., I decided to skip viewing the show. I was just fine.
    As long as we have this blog, the next show I watch will be April 5th.
    Thank you Andy and God bless you!

  3. Coming up with the correct response wasn’t as hard as figuring out the clue. I had to read it three times. An English teacher would tell you to make that into two sentences.

  4. I openly laughed at the last line of your pregame thoughts. Hilarious.

    • Agreed. It was “bonnie” fide hilarious. I only wish Jon had chosen to go by “Juan” on the show… 🙂

  5. To Michelle…..I didn’t get the attachment line funny…..can you share. Thank you

  6. Love the little joke!

  7. Never heard of the IKEA effect and had no idea the company was that old. For some reason my brain was stuck on cake mix. Having people add fresh eggs to the mix gave them a greater sense of participation in the baking process and led to an increase in sales. Not even close.

  8. Andy,

    Agreed that Amal is a slow player, but more specifically, I’ve never seen a contestant take so long to come up with a correct response. Many times players take extra time on Daily Double clues, but Amal seems to stay silent before giving his response on just about EVERY clue.

    It seems as if he knows the response, but still stands silently for a few seconds before supplying it. It’s disconcerting to the point that during tonight’s game, I asked aloud, “When is he going to say something?” so often that my viewing partner started keeping count!

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