Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category European Landmarks) for Wednesday, March 3, 2021 (Season 37, Game 113):

Of the principal architects working on it from the mid-1500s to the 1980s, like Pierre Lescot & Hector Lefuel, none were foreigners

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Tim Everhart, an attorney originally from Brockton, Massachusetts
Tim Everhart on Jeopardy!
Melis Sahin-Collins, a data analyst from Redondo Beach, California
Melis Sahin-Collins on Jeopardy!
Jon Spurney, a musician & screenwriter originally from New York, New York (2-day total: $60,002)
Jon Spurney on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: It’s very clear that on this show, the hand that rocks the signalling device is the hand that rules the game of Jeopardy!. Jon managed to rock the signalling device yesterday, getting in first 30 times. Melis and Tim are going to have their work cut out for them if Jon gets anywhere close to that on today’s show. If Jon wins in a runaway, though, then the writers will have dodged a bullet when it comes to today’s Final Jeopardy!; see my “more information” write-up as to why.

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Correct response: What is the Louvre?

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The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and a major Paris landmark.

And now, my very major issue with this clue: I.M. Pei designed the now-famous pyramid in the Louvre’s courtyard in the 1980s; France’s President at the time, François Mitterand, came under massive criticism among the French for hiring Pei unilaterally to design it, as Pei is not French. Obviously, by some readings and interpretations of this clue (including mine), “to the 1980s” includes the 1980s, and thus, the clue is flawed as it currently reads. If the intent of the clue was to exclude I.M. Pei’s pyramid, the clue needed to read “mid-1500s prior to the 1980s”; if the word “prior” does not fit on the Chyron, then other words in the clue need to be abbreviated or the clue needs to be thrown out. It is very clear that Jeopardy!’s clue quality has decreased significantly when the show’s writers are unable to collaborate as well because of COVID guidelines. The excuse is starting to wearing thin, though; the writers have had a year now to figure it out.

Having written this write-up prior to seeing the game, I certainly hope that there was nothing riding on this Final Jeopardy.

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Scores going into Final:
Jon $14,200
Tim $14,200
Melis $2,000

Tonight’s results:
Melis $2,000 – $0 = $2,000 (What is Arc de Triomphe?) (1-day total: $2,000)
Tim $14,200 – $14,200 = $0 (What is the Sacre Couer?)
Jon $14,200 – $14,200 = $0 (What is Notre Dame?)

Melis Sahin-Collins, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 3, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Melis $4,400
Jon $3,800
Tim $2,600

Opening break taken after: 16 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) TITLES & HONORIFICS $600 (clue #4)
Tim 600 -1000 (Jon 600 Melis 0)
2) MEGALITHS $1200 (clue #10)
Tim 10200 +4000 (Jon 3800 Melis 4400)
3) SCIENCE $1600 (clue #21, $6800 left on board)
Melis 5600 -4000 (Jon 9400 Tim 14600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -132

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 154 (1.36 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Melis $6,000 Coryat, 9 correct, 3 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Tim $12,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Jon $14,200 Coryat, 23 correct, 3 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,600
Lach Trash: $13,200 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,200

Jon Spurney, career statistics:
71 correct, 10 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
42.11% in first on buzzer (72/171)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,400)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,667

Melis Sahin-Collins, career statistics:
9 correct, 4 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$4,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,000

Tim Everhart, career statistics:
15 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,400

Melis Sahin-Collins, to win:
2 games: 18.003%
3: 3.241%
4: 0.584%
5: 0.105%
6: 0.019%
Avg. streak: 1.220 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Mike Richards said after this Final that I.M. Pei was the first foreign architect to work on the Louvre; this cements in my eyes that this Final Jeopardy! clue was worded improperly and misleadingly and that both Jon and Tim should be returned to the show. Once again—”to the 1980s” can be read to mean “includes the 1980s”. Note this should not detract from the fact that Melis won this game fairly—sometimes, you catch a fortuitous break.

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19 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, March 3, 2021"

  1. What if you interpret “to” as “until”? Unusual use of “to” but plausible? Having said that, I don’t disagree with Andy that the clue could/should have been worded better. Avoiding ambiguity should be a high priority.

    • Yes, there have been some clumsily written Final clues recently – and I would include yesterday’s in there as well.

      I wonder if the COVID restrictions are behind it. I’m guessing in the before times the writers would get together in the same room to hash out wording issues.

      Another separate issue is that it seems that Mike Richards hasn’t been emphasizing the this in FJ clues (or the word it in today’s clue) like Alex usually did. Maybe it doesn’t impact the contestants, but it helped me understand the clue better while watching at home.

  2. JD SWANSON | March 3, 2021 at 1:17 pm |

    Andy, your comment is exactly why I discounted the Louve as the answer as I knew Pei created the pyramid in the ’80s. Very irritating. I would not be happy if I were a contestant today.

  3. I agree – The FJ! was poorly worded, but I doubt they’ll do anything about it.
    In my humble opinion, with the scores as they were for FJ!, Jon, preferably, but even Tim, should have gone for broke and bet $0.

    • In my humble opinion :-), when you’ve been playing well, never leave your opportunity to win up to your opponent getting final jeopardy wrong when you still control your destiny.

  4. James Breed | March 3, 2021 at 3:34 pm |

    How much will Jon and Tim get? $1,500 each? Their podiums said Jon would hart $2,000 and Tim $1,000, but that doesn’t make sense to me.

  5. Questioned the clue wording and whether it meant to include the 1980s
    The Louvre was the only thing I could come up with that made sense. Better working would have been until 1980 to do give a definite break for when Pei was hired.
    If you think about time of construction none of the players guesses made any sense
    Notre Dame constructed much earlier Arch de Triumph during Napoleon
    and Sacre Coeur last half of 19th century. Thought about all of those but decided the clue must be poorly worded.

  6. Denise B. | March 3, 2021 at 5:39 pm |

    Agree. I discounted the Louvre because of Pei! So I guessed Notre Dame.

    Also, architect Visconti, who worked with Lefuel, was, according to Wikipedia,”an Italian-born French architect” (parent obtained French citizenship).

    There is NO clue “ambiguity.” The wording absolutely INCLUDES The decade of the 1980s.

    UNambiguous would be “1500”s to the 1970s.”

  7. Trevor807 | March 3, 2021 at 6:03 pm |

    I always interpreted “to” as “including”. Maybe if they used “prior to” in a pre-COVID world, things would be different.

    On another note, I would’ve bet $0 to secure the lead.

  8. Melis got lucky. It is difficult to win from 3rd place. She made the right bet. She had to hope that both her opponents would miss (and they did).

    I think Jeopardy! should pay the winner a minimum of $3000 to assure the winner gets more than the second place finisher.

    It wouldve been interesting to see a tiebreaker. The contestants tend to think they will get the FJ clue right.

    I’m glad Mekis didn’t bet it all. It wouldve been a 0-0-0 tie with three new contestants tomorrow.

  9. I love that Melis was rewarded for a strategic bet in FJ. Too often really bright people just bet it all when a more strategic bet would give them the best chance of winning.

  10. Priscilla Walkee | March 3, 2021 at 7:45 pm |

    Please remind me the name of the award winning movie that was mentioned in tonight’s Jeopardy

  11. I was happy for Melis but pretty sad for Jon and Tim given how much was at stake on this incorrectly written clue. (Especially Jon, I’ve really enjoyed watching him the last three days!) Is there a precedent for contestants being returned to the show for errors like this?

  12. I can’t fault Jon’s all-in wager at all. From one of his earlier games, he said he’d traveled to about 45 different countries, so I would think European Landmarks would be a strength for him. He also was the only contestant to get FJ right in his two prior games. In the Jeopardy! Reddit thread, someone posted that 41 of the 62 contestants in a tie for the lead going into FJ since November 2001 have gone all-in with their FJ wager…he had to have suspected that was Tim’s likely bet. Rotten way to lose…I was pulling for Jon, but as someone else pointed out, good strategy by Melis.

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