Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, March 8, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Radio History) for Monday, March 8, 2021 (Season 37, Game 116):

A 1949 broadcast in Spanish of this drama from 11 years before caused mass panic in Ecuador & the destruction of the radio station

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Matt Wierman, an aerospace engineer originally from Lake Mary, Florida
Matt Wierman on Jeopardy!
Justin Yaeger, a high school history teacher from Studio City, California
Justin Yaeger on Jeopardy!
Laura Portwood-Stacer, an author & editor originally from Livonia, Michigan (1-day total: $19,400)
Laura Portwood-Stacer on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is “The War of the Worlds”?

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Orson Welles’ radio play of “The War of the Worlds”, detailing an alien invasion of Earth, has proved to be realistic that it has caused mass panic, with many duped into believing that the events being broadcast were real and not fictional. (Honestly, the theme of “being duped” seems to be fitting overall, considering the cult that many people worldwide have been duped into becoming a part of.) The 1938 broadcast caused panic in the United States, and the 1949 Ecuadorian broadcast was so convincing that it even managed to trick security forces, leading to a massive fire at the radio station where the broadcast originated. The Miami Herald has a good article detailing what happened.

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Scores going into Final:
Laura $15,600
Matt $11,600
Justin $10,200

Tonight’s results:
Justin $10,200 – $5,100 = $5,100 (What is “The War of the World”?)
Matt $11,600 + $10,014 = $21,614 (What is War of the Worlds?)
Laura $15,600 + $7,601 = $23,201 (What is The War of the Worlds?) (2-day total: $42,601)

Laura Portwood-Stacer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 8, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Laura $8,000
Matt $4,600
Justin $3,000

Opening break taken after: 16 clues

Daily Double locations:
Laura 6000 +2000 (Justin 3000 Matt 3800)
2) PORT “L” $1600 (clue #22)
Matt 15400 -4000 (Laura 11600 Justin 9400)
3) COMPOSERS $1600 (clue #24, $8000 left on board)
Matt 13400 -3000 (Laura 11600 Justin 9400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -15

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 157 (1.35 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Laura $14,200 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Matt $18,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Justin $10,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,000
Lach Trash: $6,000 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,000

Laura Portwood-Stacer, career statistics:
41 correct, 2 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
31.25% in first on buzzer (35/112)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,700

Justin Yaeger, career statistics:
13 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,200

Matt Wierman, career statistics:
20 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$7,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,600

Laura Portwood-Stacer, to win:
3 games: 55.784%
4: 31.118%
5: 17.359%
6: 9.683%
7: 5.402%
Avg. streak: 3.262 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I thought that Katie did a really good job of responding to contestants’ responses; she seemed more on-the-ball, and to me, there was less dead air than Ken’s or Mike’s rulings.
  • The show is also donating an amount equivalent to the consolation prizes to Stand Up to Cancer.
  • The total amount donated thus far: $26,201.

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, March 8, 2021"

  1. I follow the champion on Twitter and she was impressed with Katie.

  2. A few years ago, Radiolab, the NPR show put on by one of their affiliates in NY, did an excellent one-hour or so program on how a broadcast of War of the Worlds in (I think) Quito affected the radio station, the broadcasters and their families in a tragic way. It is worth checking it out and listening to it.

  3. I knew about the US broadcast but not the Ecuadorian broadcast. Was able to put two and two together and hazard the right educated guess, though–which suggests to me that this is a pretty good FJ clue after what was a bit of a rough week for the writers.

    One word that tripped me up was “drama”, because I knew The War of the Worlds was originally a novel. I didn’t realize Orson Welles had actually adapted it. So a nice case of learning something new while also getting FJ right. 🙂

    Looking forward to watching tonight’s game as Laura looked great on Friday.

  4. One female I would like to see get a shot as permanent host is Brooke Burns. She does an excellent job hosting trivia shows.

    • I was surprised that she didn’t do The Chase that was recently shown on ABC.

      • Brooke had already been doing Master Minds on GSN for at least a year when ABC revived The Chase as a weekly prime time show. Master Minds is probably a better gig since it airs daily vs just weekly. I wonder how many game show hosts have a clause in their current contract that would give them a release if Jeopardy ever came calling. Some may also have their eye on Wheel after Sajak retires.

  5. KMOX in St. Louis used to replay this on Halloween night when I was a kid. I’ve always wanted to visit Grover’s Mill, NJ.

    • Actually, there isn’t much to see there, other than the old mill building and a large historical marker. It’s about 12 miles northeast of Trenton, between Princeton Junction and Plainsboro. We live not too far away from there and went to see it years ago after we first moved to the area.

  6. It’s pretty cool that Katie Couric makes Jeopardy history on International Women’s Day. I’m guessing that is not a coincidence. Looking forward to today’s show, plus seeing all the guest hosts after her. Meanwhile, as a radio fan, today’s FJ was easy for me … for once!

    • center ice | March 8, 2021 at 10:14 pm |

      Definitely not a coincidence was Laura’s victory, and over two male players, to boot!

  7. If they all got it right, all had the same answer, why did Justin lose money??

    Also, I have absolutely zero idea what you are talking about the “cult” thing, but for goodness sake, what is wrong with people? This site is clearly your opinions and when it comes to opinions, no two are exactly the same and that is totally fine and normal. If I disagree with someone’s opinion, I just shrug and keep scrolling.

  8. I am glad that Katie Couric will be hosting Jeopardy. Looking forward to it!

  9. Kathleen Miller | March 8, 2021 at 3:40 pm |

    I really liked Mike’s turn as host. Looking forward to watching all the rest. LOVE your column!

  10. The Miami Herald article Andy references is a good read.

  11. My husband had a doctor’s appointment in Naperville IL today and we saw a campaign poster for Ian Holzhauer running for the Naperville city council. He’s James’ brother.

  12. Zach Hicks | March 8, 2021 at 6:02 pm |

    I’m surprised at how well Katie Couric did. As far as I know, she doesn’t have any game show experience.

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