Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, March 11, 2022

Happy Friday! By the time many of you read this, it will be the weekend. Have a great one! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Symbols) for Friday, March 11, 2022 (Season 38, Game 130):

This U.S. politician asked for a multicolored pennant for a parade; demand increased after his death in 1978

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Matt Glassman, a bar owner from Los Angeles, California
Matt Glassman on Jeopardy!
Laura Dera, a hotel assistant manager from Studio City, California
Laura Dera on Jeopardy!
Maureen O’Neil, an executive assistant from Rye Beach, New Hampshire (4-day total: $58,200)
Maureen O'Neil on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Harvey Milk?

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San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, elected to the city’s Board of Supervisors in the late 1970s as one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States, urged artist Gilbert Baker to create a symbol of pride for the LGBT community in San Francisco in time for the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day parade on June 25, 1978. Baker designed the first rainbow pride flag. The best-known versions of the rainbow pride flag today had its colors chosen for ease of mass production, leading toward the six-striped flag (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet). Unfortunately, Milk was assassinated by a former Supervisor in November of that year, along with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone. Sean Penn won an Oscar for his portrayal of Milk in the 2008 biopic Milk.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: Artists, Bank “C”, Munch, Bosh, Hopper, Says Ann(e)

Laura had an up-and-down first 15 clues, picking up four incorrect responses. However, she did find the Daily Double shortly after the break, doubling her score (yet leaving $400 on the table.) Her good guess seemed to buoy her confidence as well, leading to a very close game after Single Jeopardy!, with only $400 separating Matt in the lead from Maureen in third.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: 17th Century Happenings, Ab-work, Brit Lit, Music of the 2000s, Here Be Lions, 6-Letter World Capitals

Laura found the first Daily Double early in this round, but wasn’t as successful, dropping $1,000. Meanwhile, Maureen began to struggle with incorrect responses, falling into the red early in the round; she was unable to recover and finished in the red. About the same time, Matt started a run of his own. All in all, though, all three players struggled with the material today, with 19 Triple Stumpers and 17 incorrect responses over both rounds. (Think you can do better? Online testing is available 24-7.) During this, Matt dropped $2,500 on the last Daily Double. Your scores going into Final had Laura at $7,400, Matt at $6,900, and Maureen not seeing Final Jeopardy at -$2,600.

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, March 11, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Laura $7,400
Matt $6,900
Maureen -$2,600

Tonight’s results:
Maureen -$2,600 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Matt $6,900 + $2,000 = $8,900 (Who is Harvey Milk) (1-day total: $8,900)
Laura $7,400 – $7,400 = $0 (Who is Truman?)

Matt Glassman, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 11, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $3,400
Laura $3,200
Maureen $3,000

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) ARTISTS $800 (clue #18)
Laura 600 +600 (Maureen 1800 Matt 1000)
2) BRIT LIT $1200 (clue #3)
Laura 4000 -1000 (Maureen 3400 Matt 3400)
3) 6-LETTER WORLD CAPITALS $1200 (clue #18, $11600 left on board)
Matt 9000 -2500 (Maureen -600 Laura 7400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 7

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: BOSH $200
DJ! Round: HERE BE LIONS $400 $800
Total Left On Board: $1,400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 47 (0.36 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Matt $9,400 Coryat, 13 correct, 5 incorrect, 27.78% in first on buzzer (15/54), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
Laura $8,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 7 incorrect, 29.63% in first on buzzer (16/54), 2/4 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Maureen -$2,600 Coryat, 8 correct, 5 incorrect, 16.67% in first on buzzer (9/54), 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $15,400
Lach Trash: $22,600 (on 19 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $14,600

Maureen O’Neil, career statistics:
73 correct, 15 incorrect
10/13 on rebound attempts (on 25 rebound opportunities)
26.02% in first on buzzer (70/269)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,120

Laura Dera, career statistics:
15 correct, 8 incorrect
2/4 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
29.63% in first on buzzer (16/54)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$400)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,600

Matt Glassman, career statistics:
14 correct, 5 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
27.78% in first on buzzer (15/54)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,500)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,400

Matt Glassman, to win:
2 games: 26.630%
3: 7.092%
4: 1.889%
5: 0.503%
6: 0.134%
Avg. streak: 1.363 games.

Today’s interviews:
Matt started playing poker at the start of the pandemic.
Laura was in Miss Pre-Teen New Jersey 2007 and won Best Thank-You Note.
Maureen wants to travel to Greece with her winnings.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Again, in such a close game, there’s nothing egregiously wrong with going all-in (but, again, it’s probably better to leave some money around, just in case.
  • Today’s boxscore will be linked to once provided by the show.

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:

Laura: Standard cover bet today is $6,401.

Matt: Anything between $1,001 (Betting double the difference protects against an incredibly small bet from the leader) and $5,899 (to win the Double Stumper if the leader covers) works for you today.

Link to the box score: March 11, 2022 Box Score

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23 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, March 11, 2022"

  1. Anybody old enough to have been following the news in 1978 should get this easily, but I’m guessing that does not apply to today’s contestants. The 2008 movie may help them, or maybe they just know history. Interesting that the two challengers are from California. If they grew up in that state, they probably know something about that part of California’s history.

    • Will miss Maureen with her pleasant personality. Though her chances at TOC might be challenging, winning 4 games, with just 1 DD, $7,120 Coryat and 26% on buzzer over 5 games is a tremendous achievement. Wish her well!

    • RobertS, true, but if old enough to have followed the news in 1978 one can also be old enough for news prior to 1980 to now be somewhat muddled. [I was in the Southeast following that news, though, not in California.]

      My first thought was Jesse Jackson due to the Rainbow Coalition, but of course he is still alive! (And as it turns out, he wasn’t even a Rainbow Coalition founder, much less the one responsible for the creation of their flag.)

  2. Multi color led me to rainbow which led me to gay pride and the first politician that came to mind was Milk.

    • Michael Johnston | March 11, 2022 at 2:24 pm |

      Same line of thinking for me 🙂 I learned about Milk from the documentary “The Times of Harvey Milk”. I don’t remember ever hearing of him before that.

      Current FJ streak – 2W

  3. I was initially thrown by “pennant”, but got there eventually (whether it would have been in time is questionable). “Flag” would have gotten me there sooner.

  4. John McCleary | March 11, 2022 at 1:49 pm |

    The 4-game curse all over again!

  5. I guess the writers thought “flag” would give it away and be too obvious. Nice to see a pride clue in Final! 🏳️‍🌈

  6. I’m old, and I’m Gay … this was an easy Final Jeopardy for me.

  7. The multi rainbow color lead me to Harvey milk but it seems that the four game curse struck again. Maureen might not have made it to final jeopardy but at least she is in the toc but she doesn’t have as much money as Christine and Margaret.

    • none of the 4-game winners are actually guaranteed a spot in the ToC. They’re just “eligible”, and subject to when the producers want to set the cutoff. (5 wins is the minimum to pretty much guarantee a spot)

  8. Lots of scuttlebutt about closing the Tournament of Champions field, particularly with Ken’s comments today. My heart says let’s do it–get some more women into the Tournament (all three these past two weeks were fun). My head says it’s a bit early. The truth is probably that you can’t go wrong either way.

    This was a fun FJ in that I got it right and learned something I didn’t know. (I suppose that makes it “easy”?) Have a good weekend, everyone!

  9. When was the last time the reigning champ finished in the red? That doesn’t happen often.

    Easy final clue, and I say this as a heterosexual Millennial. I too learned something new about that.

  10. We don’t hear a whole lot about two player Final Jeopardy wagering strategy, but after we had two such games this week, it might be worth looking into.

  11. Robert Fawkes | March 11, 2022 at 8:11 pm |

    The reason the writers used the word “pennant” instead of “flag” is because that is what Harvey Milk asked for. The flag came later when Mr. Baker designed it. I’m plenty old enough to remember the events and the people surrounding the assassinations (keep in mind both Mr. Milk and Mr. Moscone were assassinated) so it was an easy FJ for me.

    With 19 Triple Stumpers, I’m thinking that might be getting into record territory or, at least, a tie for the record. Andy, do you know what the record is for Triple Stumpers in a single game?

    • Someone on twitter said that 23 triple stumpers is the record. (not that twitter hearsay is necessarily solid evidence, but I don’t have access to a database of such stats to corroborate)

  12. The assassin’s trial is notorious for the defense’s use of “the Twinkie defense.” The lawyer said the killer had “diminished capacity” because he had eaten a lot of junk food the day before he shot the two men to death. The jury did not convict on first degree murder as a result.

  13. Going to miss Maureen. Certainly not a conventional player – but I swear I’ve never seen someone having at least as much fun losing as she did winning!

    • Frank Borland | March 11, 2022 at 10:35 pm |

      I liked how she jogged on back onto the set when it was time to reappear for the closing of the show. Her attitude is what Jeopardy! needed. Actually, it started with Margaret and then her.

  14. Knew about Mosconi, but had forgotten about Milk. I knew the clue was about San Francisco, but couldn’t get the right name. With current events in Texas and Florida, probably a good time for a history lesson on how the flag came about.

  15. Chuck Staub | March 15, 2022 at 10:11 pm |

    Thanks for posting the triple stumpers statistic. I was going to rewatch it to count them – now I don’t have to. Are the clues/answers tougher, or are the contestants weaker? I think the clues/answers are tougher.

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