Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Art Museums) for Wednesday, March 2, 2022 (Season 38, Game 123):

Before its 1959 opening, 21 artists protested its design, saying it would make paintings look tilted & askew

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Ujal Thakor, a director of strategy from Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Ujal Thakor on Jeopardy!
Christie Baugher, a writer & legal assistant originally from Louisville, Kentucky
Christie Baugher on Jeopardy!
Margaret Shelton, a homemaker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1-day total: $16,600)
Margaret Shelton on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Margaret Shelton ended the 4-day run of Christine Whelchel yesterday after a very conservative Final Jeopardy! wager. It might make things difficult on her to defend her title, especially if she decides not to make the standard cover bet again. I know that if I were playing Margaret at this point, I would bet everything if I was in a similar position to yesterday. Christie Baugher and Ujal Thakor are your challengers; Ujal is the first contestant since Lethbridge, Alberta’s Sharon Lawson, who won 1 game in April 2020, to be living in Canada for their appearance. (every Canadian since was introduced as “originally from” due to the increase in Californians due to COVID).

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Correct response: What is the Guggenheim Museum?

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s design of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, located on 5th Avenue in New York City, was controversial in the art world upon its 1959 opening, as its centerpiece was a multifloor ramp gallery. The artists were upset at the fact that there was going to be no reference line along the 3% grade ramp; thus, they felt their paintings would be hung askew.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: One-Syllable Cities, Fits & Starts, You Can Set Your Calendar By It, The Man in the Director’s Chair, Complete the Opera Title, “Wise” Words

Ujal got off to a quick start, including picking up $1000 on the Daily Double on Clue 3; meanwhile, Christie struggled in the opening 15 clues, picking up 3 incorrect responses (including responding “Kentucky Derby” to a clue about the Indianapolis 500—a Triple Stumper that hurt my motorsport-loving heart.)

Coming out of the break, Christie rebounded well, buoyed by going 4/5 in COMPLETE THE OPERA TITLE; Margaret and Ujal also had strong second half of the rounds, but Margaret held the lead after Single Jeopardy.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Famous Peres, Road Trip, Her Emmy-Winning Role, Acronyms, Books Within Books, “M”edicine

The Daily Doubles came out late, with Margaret splitting them both for a net $0. Margaret was in a position to bet for a runaway on the final Daily Double with 3 clues left, but went more conservative. (Which, as it turns out, was a good thing as she didn’t get the clue correct). There were only 4 incorrect responses and 3 Triple Stumpers in Double Jeopardy!, which led to strong scores today, going into Final.

In Final Jeopardy!, we had a triple-get Final for the second consecutive day. For the second consecutive day, Margaret didn’t bet to cover, and is now a two-day champion, as Ujal didn’t best take advantage of the situation.

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, March 2, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Margaret $19,400
Ujal $14,400
Christie $7,600

Tonight’s results:
Christie $7,600 + $7,600 = $15,200 (What is the Guggenheim?)
Ujal $14,400 + $6,800 = $21,200 (What is the Guggenheim?)
Margaret $19,400 + $5,000 = $24,400 (What is the Guggenheim?) (2-day total: $41,000)

Margaret Shelton, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 2, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Margaret $6,600
Ujal $5,200
Christie $1,600

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
Ujal 400 +1000 (Margaret 0 Christie 0)
2) “M”EDICINE $1200 (clue #21)
Margaret 15800 +3000 (Christie 8000 Ujal 10800)
3) ROAD TRIP $1200 (clue #27, $1600 left on board)
Margaret 20800 -3000 (Christie 8000 Ujal 14800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 105

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

Game Stats:
Margaret $20,600 Coryat, 26 correct, 2 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Ujal $13,800 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Christie $7,600 Coryat, 12 correct, 5 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,000
Lach Trash: $7,800 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,200

Margaret Shelton, career statistics:
49 correct, 6 incorrect
6/6 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
40.54% in first on buzzer (45/111)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,100

Christie Baugher, career statistics:
13 correct, 5 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,600

Ujal Thakor, career statistics:
18 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,800

Margaret Shelton, to win:
3 games: 53.244%
4: 28.349%
5: 15.094%
6: 8.037%
7: 4.279%
Avg. streak: 3.139 games.

Today’s interviews:
Ujal rode in a helicopter in Hawaii with no doors.
Christie worked in Times Square for a large international law firm.
Margaret has a lifelong fan of necklaces and jewelry.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I’d like to see r/Jeopardy defend today’s Final Jeopardy bet out of Margaret.
  • It’s really important to pay attention to what the leader’s betting propensity is if you know it.
  • Unlike some readers in OQL UK, Ken was very much correct not to prompt for more information on Law and Order when the correct response was Law and Order: SVU.

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:

Margaret: $9,401. It’s really important to bet to cover today, as you’ve given your opponents occasion to go all-in by not your having done so yesterday. (Had you not failed to cover yesterday, between $0 and $599 would be viable if you thought Ujal was going to bet small, because today’s game is between two-thirds and three-quarters.)

Christie: The only way you can win is if you’re right and Margaret’s wrong. Go with a minimum of $7,598 to maximize your winnings.

Ujal: Normally I’d suggest somewhere between $801 and $4,399; however, because Margaret has shown a propensity to not cover, your play today is to go all-in and force Margaret to cover you today.

Link to the box score: March 2, 2022 Box Score

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24 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, March 2, 2022"

  1. Andy, I didn’t understand your comment above about how “every Canadian since was introduced as “originally from” due to the increase in Californians due to COVID.” What am I missing?

    • During much of the COVID taping, they limited contestant travel and had a period of people from California. During that time, people from California were introduced as “Originally From” wherever instead of where they were currently living. So every person who the show has said is “from Canada” recently has not been, until today.

      • Got it! Thanks for the clarification. I had noticed the “originally from” trend, but hadn’t put it all together because I wasn’t reading this website back then . . . 🙄

  2. Mary A Rose | March 2, 2022 at 1:05 pm |

    A real easy FJ today, especially for us current and former New Yorkers.

  3. Did the protesting artists call it the Crazy Guggenheim Museum?

  4. According to an old Seinfeld episode, the Guggenheim (or at least an addition to it) was designed by none other than George Costanza 🙂

  5. For reference, OQL = Online Quiz League. (The acronym alone may approach the territory of “undefined criteria that might confuse other posters.”)

    Two points on BOOKS WITHIN BOOKS $800 —
    1. The clue text read “A Fault In Our Stars”; the article that leads that title is actually “The.” Applying the same principle that the show does to responses, I don’t think that error is fatal to the clue’s validity.
    2. Should “Green” alone have been given a BMS prompt, being as Hank Green is also an author of novels?

    • Jaskaran Singh was prompted to BMS on a question about Hank Green. The inconsistency isn’t a good look.

  6. Louis Jin | March 2, 2022 at 2:14 pm |

    Lit hurts seeimg Christy missing out on that question about the kentucky Derby and confusing it with the Indy 500. As a sports lover i have seen that question in sports trivia at one point. Good players today getting final right. Marge might have a good shot at winning 3 more games.

  7. Playing with fire on these final wagers. All it’ll take is for someone later this week to be paying attention and wager big.

  8. I’m actually pretty cool with wagering small from the lead. I think the “always bet to cover” maxim that many seem to support conflates winning with not looking bad on television. But it’s very risky to do it twice in a row, as Andy’s pointed out.

    As for r/jeopardy… the less said about that toxic website, the better, in my view.

    • Michael Johnston | March 2, 2022 at 5:23 pm |

      I can’t say about anyone else (natch) but I’m more concerned about maximizing your chance to win, minimizing your chance to lose, and maximizing your winnings. Making “seat of your pants” wagers just tends to increase your chance of losing.

  9. I don’t feel like rewinding but why did they credit Ujal for the Roy G Biv question?

    • Basically, because the clue didn’t explicitly specify that they wanted the colors, Ujal’s response, which was an alternate mnemonic for the colors of the rainbow, was accepted.

      (Jane: Don’t worry, I edited your typo.)

  10. FJ betting is becoming more and more like poker. I can’t tell if Margaret’s bets are genius or foolish. I like the non-FJ part of her game though and hope her FJ bets don’t cost her a win.

  11. “I know that if I were playing Margaret at this point,”
    Do the contestants get to watch the other shows that are taped that day prior to their own games? If so, that gives a bit of advantage to those taping later in the day, as they might have a chance to evaluate the returning champion’s wagering strategies (where as those playing earlier in the day would be at a disadvantage, as they wouldn’t have seen any of the returning champ’s previous games)
    if they wanted fairness, they wouldn’t allow contestants to view games prior to the ones they played in.

  12. Just as it was said I thought Ken might prompt for specificity, but the response is clearly a different (incorrect) answer and prompting in that situation gives the contestant two bites at the apple.

    • pausing a moment before ruling (giving the chance for the contestant to add “SVU” without actually asking for more specificity was exactly the right move.

  13. Debbie Stover | March 2, 2022 at 10:12 pm |

    I think Margaret is a hoot and hope she stays around for a long time. “Regular Virginia” indeed.

    She’s just so different from the anodyne Jeopardy contestant. I love her.

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