Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Welcome to March! It’s come in like a bit of a lamb here in Ontario today—I’m sure that someone will remind me of this on March 31st when I comment on “out like a lion” or the like. Without any further ado, though: here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Silver Screen) for Tuesday, March 1, 2022 (Season 38, Game 122):

He was the first actor to star in 3 films that won the Oscar for Best Picture: those of 1934, 1935 & 1939

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Stefan Stenroos, a technical trainer from Aliso Viejo, California
Stefan Stenroos on Jeopardy!
Margaret Shelton, a homemaker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Margaret Shelton on Jeopardy!
Christine Whelchel, a piano teacher & church organist from Spring Hill, Tennessee (4-day total: $73,602)
Christine Whelchel on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Christine Whelchel became a 4-day champion yesterday. Her run is starting to make small waves in the clickbait space, especially after her interview yesterday. Between Friday’s and Monday’s game, she decided to ditch her wig, in an attempt to normalize cancer recovery, and I think that’s great! Today, she hopes to win her all-important fifth game against Margaret Shelton and Stefan Stenroos. By my records, a win today would make Christine the 260th five-time champion in the syndicated show’s history.

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Correct response: Who is Clark Gable?

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Clark Gable starred in It Happened One Night (Peter Warne), Mutiny on the Bounty (Fletcher Christian), and Gone with the Wind (Rhett Butler). One further thing that I would be remiss not to point out: Thank you to the writers for getting the years correct. Oftentimes, there’s confusion in Oscar years because the year of award presentation differs from the year of a film’s release. To give an example: Oscars presented in 2022 are for films of 2021. Thus, It Happened One Night would be the Best Picture of 1934, even though the award was presented February 27, 1935. (And so on and so forth with Mutiny on the Bounty and Gone with the Wind.)

One further note: Many character actors have appeared in more than three Best Picture winners—but often these actors were uncredited, and they certainly didn’t have starring roles, which this clue today clearly specified. (Can you tell that this website often gets know-it-alls trying to put one over on the show?)

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: Educators, Military Memoirs, Past Your Prime, Remembering Stephen Sondheim, Sunday in the Park, With Gorge

Christine struggled a bit out of the gate, picking a pair of early incorrect responses, which may have hurt her confidence a little bit. Stefan, meanwhile, picked up an early Daily Double, though he chose not to take table maximum just for the sake of uttering a catchphrase. I guess some people have different priorities? Christine did rebound well in the second half of the round, buoyed by 3/5 in SUNDAY IN THE PARK, but Margaret held the lead after the opening 30 clues.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Cause of Death, Blissful Stanzas, Antonyms, Feeling Sheepish, Esteemed Men of Italy, TV Shows by Final Episode

Double Jeopardy! was a back-and-forth battle between Christine and Margaret. Christine’s more methodical play, and a combined 12 incorrect responses among our three players today, led to 3 unplayed clues—a rare occurence in the post-Trebek era. Christine also split the Daily Doubles, gaining and losing $2,000 each time. Unfortunately for Christine, though, Margaret held the lead going into Final after picking up BLISSFUL STANZAS for $2000 just before the end of round beeps.

Moving onto Final, it was a triple-get today! That being said: Margaret made the curious decision to go conservative, thinking Christine will also go small. It worked out today!

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, March 1, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Margaret $13,600
Christine $10,600
Stefan $1,800

Tonight’s results:
Stefan $1,800 + $1,799 = $3,599 (Who is Clark Gable?)
Christine $10,600 + $4,000 = $14,600 (Who is Clark Gable?)
Margaret $13,600 + $3,000 = $16,600 (Who is Clark Gable?) (1-day total: $16,600)

Margaret Shelton, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 1, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Margaret $4,800
Christine $3,400
Stefan $3,000

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) EDUCATORS $1000 (clue #5)
Stefan 800 +800 (Christine 0 Margaret -800)
2) BLISSFUL STANZAS $800 (clue #12)
Christine 6600 +2000 (Margaret 7200 Stefan 4200)
3) ESTEEMED MEN OF ITALY $1200 (clue #15, $19200 left on board)
Christine 8600 -2000 (Margaret 7200 Stefan 5400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 87

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $3,200
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 28 (0.23 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Margaret $13,600 Coryat, 21 correct, 4 incorrect, 40.74% in first on buzzer (22/54), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Christine $11,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 35.19% in first on buzzer (19/54), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Stefan $2,000 Coryat, 9 correct, 4 incorrect, 18.52% in first on buzzer (10/54), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $27,000
Lach Trash: $9,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $14,000

Christine Whelchel, career statistics:
114 correct, 15 incorrect
8/9 on rebound attempts (on 29 rebound opportunities)
37.46% in first on buzzer (106/283)
3/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$8,500)
4/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,280

Margaret Shelton, career statistics:
22 correct, 4 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
40.74% in first on buzzer (22/54)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,600

Stefan Stenroos, career statistics:
10 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
18.52% in first on buzzer (10/54)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $800)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $2,000

Margaret Shelton, to win:
2 games: 43.961%
3: 19.325%
4: 8.496%
5: 3.735%
6: 1.642%
Avg. streak: 1.784 games.

Today’s interviews:
Stefan had a grandmother who went to high school with Merv Griffin.
Margaret wanted to be on Jeopardy from the first time she got a clue that her dad did not.
Christine lives in a town with a silo memorial.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I don’t think it’s worth leaving $200 on the table just to say “make it a True Daily Double”.
  • Christine and Stefan made perfectly acceptable bets. Margaret made a strategic decision that I wouldn’t have made and it happened to work out for her.

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
Christine: You shouldn’t fall below $6,001—so anywhere between $3,001 and $4,599 is the way to go here.

Margaret: Bet $7,601 — that’s the standard cover bet in this situation.

Stefan: You’re not going to win unless someone overbets. I recommend $1,798.

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24 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, March 1, 2022"

  1. 1939 rang a bell to me as there were two popular movies: The Wizard of Oz and Gone With The Wind.

    • And knowing that Gone with the Wind won makes this what I’m guessing will be a triple solve.

    • Yep, 1939 is the key. If the clue was just about the actor who starred in films that won Best Picture in 1934 and 1935, it would be much tougher.

      • Michael Johnston | March 2, 2022 at 6:19 am |

        That was what I keyed on. I didn’t remember Gable as Christian until afterward, and I’ve never seen It Happened One Night, but I knew GWtW was the Best Picture in 1939.
        I can’t figure Margaret’s FJ wager… I would have just gone ahead and made the $7601 bet to cover Christine. Christine is not in a bad place as far as the ToC goes. The chance of being passed by 4 other players before the Tournament seems like it should be small.

  2. Louis Jin | March 1, 2022 at 2:25 pm |

    1939 was the key hint here which lead me to Clark Gable. Movies trivia is my forte here as this question was also found in the software creations movie trivia. Glad this triple solve helped. And i am happy seeing christine in the tournament of Champions.

  3. Humphrey Bogart or Clark Gable? Hmmmm. I went with the guy with big ears due to “It Happened One Night” and “Gone with the Wind.” I didn’t remember “Mutiny on the Bounty.” But frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

  4. aaronthecrystalclod | March 1, 2022 at 2:32 pm |

    We got two spots left to fill in the Tournament of Champions. Second Chance Tournament winner, I believe, would also go on to the ToC as well.

    • Christopher Denault | March 1, 2022 at 3:26 pm |

      You’re mostly correct – two spots left to fill for eligibility, but for our two 4-game winners, they’d get bumped should we see more 5-game winners this season.

      I’m fairly sure that should that happen, once we’re at 15 players (the two tourney champs, the presumed winner of the second-chance tourney, and than 12 people who have won five or more games), the J! folks lock them in place, and anyone who wins 5+ games afterwards would then qualify for the TOC that’ll likely take place in November of 2023.

      • there is nothing stopping the producers from closing the ToC qualification window once they got to 15 qualifiers (4+ game winners plus special tournament winners, possibly including the new second-chance tourney). And any 4+ game winners after that would be in the running for the NEXT ToC (in 2023 or later). So if the producers really wanted to include Christine, they could do so regardless of how many more 5+ game winners occurred the rest of this season.

  5. I would make the traditional cover bet, too. I’ve promised myself that if I ever go into final jeopardy with the lead and get the clue correct, I’m not going to lose because I bet on myself getting it wrong.

  6. Ward Bond would have worked as well. To “star in” a movie does not mean “tobe the star of” but can also mean “appear in”. Ward Bond … It Happened One Night (1934), You Can’t Take It with You (1938), Gone with the Wind (1939)

    • No, Keith, you’re wrong today—it’s really hard to make a case that somebody starred in a film where they aren’t even credited. (Which is the case for Ward Bond in You Can’t Take It With You—check IMDb.)

      I even brought this up in the post that you’ve commented on. Please read the post before commenting in the future.

      • I could see the judges conferring and possibly accepting that as an alternate correct response if someone had given it. But there is zero chance that someone would have given that in the actual game since they wouldn’t have access to imdb like I’m sure Keith did to come up with that.
        (but I could also see them NOT accepting it)

        • There’s no way the judges accept it.
          1) An uncredited role is absolutely not a starring one;
          2) It doesn’t fit 1934-1935-1939.

          • yes, the dates would definitely disqualify that as a correct response (I hadn’t caught that), but I’m still not convinced on the strict definition of “starring”. but it is a moot point as no one would ever give that response

    • ScubaSteve | March 2, 2022 at 11:48 am |

      Here is the definition of “starring” per the website
      Starring means being the main character in a movie or play. Starring is an adjective that’s used when someone’s at the center of things, like a concert starring a famous cellist. The Greek word aster became the English word star, which was first used to mean “to be featured in a play” in the 1820s.

  7. Probably convoluted thinking on my part, but when it was announced there would be a second chance tournament, and that at least the winner of that would get in the ToC, I felt the producers knew there wouldn’t be a 5-time champion in the shows that had already been taped. Of course they can make the cutoff any time they want to for the Nov ToC. They could also put a 4-time champ like Christine in the second chance tournament, and possibly have more than one advance from that. I know they said the winner would advance, but I believe they left open the possibility that maybe more than one could.

    • I would be rather disappointed if the second-chance tourney ended up being a bunch of people that had already won regular season games. I thought the main idea was to give people who lost their game a second chance.

      • I would not hazard a guess as to the producers’ intentions other than that they are probably trying to drum up additional interest for viewers and potential viewers. However, I agree with you about preferring the 2nd-chance tourney not include people who had already won a regular season game. In fact, I’d prefer it to just be the best-seeming contestants who had had to make their first/only appearance on Jeopardy! by going up against a super-champion.

        But if they have any desire or even just potential to make 2nd-chance tournaments an annual thing, there is a possibility of having a year that had no super-champ occurrence(s) so it would probably be wise to NOT set a precedence of inviting only super-champ opponents.

        The one thing that I would NOT want (not that I think this is likely) is anyone who had a poor original showing regardless of who they had been up against.

  8. Robert Fawkes | March 1, 2022 at 10:08 pm |

    Hey, Andy, I for one really like the more expansive game recaps that you started this week. I particularly like the listing of the categories as it provides me an opportunity to start thinking about what answers might include in those areas.

    I would have liked to see Christine qualify outright for the ToC with a 5th win. In lieu of that, I hope she is chosen for the Second Chance Tournament if she doesn’t make the ToC.

    Thanks for all of your hard work.

  9. The Spring Hill Silo Facebook page were happy that the silo was mentioned but said that she gave credit to the wrong people. It wasn’t the restaurant that put up the memorial, but a group of dedicated silo enthusiasts. “They did have the support of the owner-operator though and got to present it at the grand opening!”

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