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)
|Stefan Stenroos, a technical trainer from Aliso Viejo, California
|Margaret Shelton, a homemaker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
|Christine Whelchel, a piano teacher & church organist from Spring Hill, Tennessee (4-day total: $73,602)
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.
Also, I hope that you like the more expansive game recaps that I started with yesterday’s recap—I see them continuing.
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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?)
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:
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)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
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
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: BLISSFUL STANZAS $1200 $1600 ESTEEMED MEN OF ITALY $400
Total Left On Board: $3,200
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 28 (0.23 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
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%
Avg. streak: 1.784 games.
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.
- 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.
Link to the box score: March 1, 2022 Box Score
Contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com
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