Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, March 26, 2021

Good morning! It’s Friday, March 26, 2021. Through four days, Dr. Oz’s charity (Healthcorps, Inc.) will be receiving $91,301. After today, we’ll be half done his hosting stint; Aaron Rodgers hosts April 5-16, Anderson Cooper April 19-30, and Bill Whitaker May 3-14. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy:

19th Century Americans: In 1869 he moved to Yosemite Valley & was the first to say the area was formed by glacial erosion, a theory generally accepted today

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Paul Pompetti, a system administrator from Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Paul Pompetti on Jeopardy!
Susan McMillan, an Arabic translator from Portland, Maine
Susan McMillan on Jeopardy!
Lisa O’Brien, a stay-at-home mom & community volunteer from Edina, Minnesota (1-day total: $16,100)
Lisa O'Brien on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is John Muir?

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Another Final Jeopardy! where you can get further reading from the Smithsonian Magazine. (I get the sense that one of the writers went down a rabbit hole on that site.) After being so moved by the beauty of the Yosemite area in California, John Muir moved to Yosemite in the late 1860s, lived there full time for a few years, and began dedicating his life to protecting the area’s beauty. Yosemite National Park was created in 1890 (Muir helped to demarcate the area bounded by the Park), and the Sierra Club was founded in 1892, in part to protect the area.

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

Scores going into Final:
Susan $25,600
Paul $7,200
Lisa $100

Tonight’s results:
Lisa $100 – $100 = $0 (Who is Ansel Adams?)
Paul $7,200 – $6,999 = $201 (Who is Pike?)
Susan $25,600 + $10,000 = $35,600 (Who is Muir?) (1-day total: $35,600)

Susan McMillan, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 26, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Susan $7,600
Paul $4,800
Lisa $400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) GIMME THE NUMBERS! $800 (clue #19)
Susan 3600 +3600 (Lisa 200 Paul 1400)
2) FAREWELL TO THE AUTHOR $800 (clue #25)
Susan 17600 +4000 (Lisa -400 Paul 6800)
3) ENTERTAINMENT ADD A LETTER $1600 (clue #27, $4400 left on board)
Lisa 800 -700 (Susan 21600 Paul 6800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 88

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 167 (1.28 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Susan $19,600 Coryat, 24 correct, 4 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Paul $7,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Lisa $800 Coryat, 8 correct, 4 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $27,600
Lach Trash: $10,600 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $15,800

Lisa O’Brien, career statistics:
29 correct, 8 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (30/114)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $300)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,500

Susan McMillan, career statistics:
25 correct, 4 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,600)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,600

Paul Pompetti, career statistics:
18 correct, 5 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,200

Susan McMillan, to win:
2 games: 71.522%
3: 51.154%
4: 36.587%
5: 26.167%
6: 18.716%
Avg. streak: 3.512 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Thus far, $129,901 has been donated to Healthcorps, Inc.

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, March 26, 2021"

  1. Knew this one! Had an awesome backpacking trip at Yosemite waterfalls with REI. Also Eagle-Eye has a breathtaking view of El Capitan and Half Dome

  2. This was an easy one. Everybody will know it! (just kidding) 🙂

  3. WOW – Big congratulations to Susan! She just ran away with this game – including the DDs!

  4. I just discovered this site when I searched the History of a family member’s computer in an attempt to determine how this person has been, what I thought was intuitively and, albeit, impressively, getting all the Final Jeopardy answer correct while I’ve been averaging my usual 50/50 success rate.
    I am quite disheartened that this person has been cheating as I’ve been bragging about him to extended family and friends.
    I would like to know the earliest time that the daily Final Jeopardy answer is posted on this site so that I can ensure my family member’s online devices are within my view to prevent him from further cheating. I assume it’s as early as 4:30 PM PST since that’s when Jeopardy ends on the east coast, but I’d like to make sure since we are in the Pacific time zone.
    Every response would be appreciated.

    • Leslie, Final Jeopardy is available daily at a few minutes past 9 a.m. Eastern time.

    • Shenanigans! Start pausing the TV and make them answer the Daily Doubles, which are not available here.

    • Some people end their marriage when their spouse cheats on them. Other (more petty) people end their marriage when their spouse cheats and looks up the Final Jeopardy answers before the show airs. If you know he’s looking at this site, don’t you think he’ll see your comment that you betrayed him and searched his history?

  5. I knew this one but was thrown off since Muir was born in Scotland and lived there for the first 11 years of his life, the even celebrate John Muir day there
    Couldn’t they just have said 19th century naturalists instead of Americans, seems more appropriate

  6. It wouldnt have made a difference in the end result but why did the judges screw over Lisa on the mispronunciation? That seemed kind of petty?

    • I agree completely. She clearly meant Dostoevsky and nobody else. How could they penalize her so late in the game just because her Russian pronunciation was less than perfect?

      • Regardless of what you mean: You still have to be able to pronounce it somewhat close to properly, and “Doystoyevsky” has never been acceptable in Jeopardy!’s eyes.

  7. Susan soared! If not mistaken, most money won by a first time champ in 2021. Seems like it’s been a long time since > $35k in first win!

  8. Why is bamboo considered a noble grass, and what are the other four?

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