Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category European Cities) for Thursday, March 3, 2022 (Season 38, Game 124):
Pizzo means protection money; the Addiopizzo movement was founded in this city in 2004
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Louis Dellaperuta, an EMT from Cranston, Rhode Island
|Ryan Pressman, a musician from Canoga Park, California
|Margaret Shelton, a homemaker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2-day total: $41,000)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Margaret Shelton returns as a 2-day champion in today’s game against Ryan Pressman and Louis Dellaperuta. Margaret’s Final Jeopardy! strategy is transparent: Bet the difference in scores between first and second. It’s worked out for her so far, with her surviving a pair of triple-get Finals, but the term “playing with fire” has been seen in many discussion areas recently. Will her risky strategy keep paying off for her?
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Correct response: What is Palermo, Italy?
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Palermo is the major city of the Italian island of Sicily; the Addiopizzo movement was founded there by a group of five graduates who wanted to open a bar, but did not want to pay protection money to the Mafia located in the area. The group’s supporters committed to purchasing only from Palermo businesses who are on the Addiopizzo list, and expanded to a second Sicilian city, Catania, in 2006.
(This was an easier clue for me, as there’s a large Italian diaspora in my hometown here in Canada. We’ll see if the contestants do well with it.)
Jeopardy! Round categories: Detroit: News Clues, 4-Syllable Words, Earth Science, Getting Down to Business, What’s My Name?, Beatles “Love” Songs
Ryan definitely had the best time of the opening of the game, also finding the first Daily Double—but he didn’t get it correct. Probably a good thing that he only wagered clue value, then! Margaret recovered to nearly tie the game by the first commercial break. Coming out of the break, all three players played well, and Ryan held onto a slim lead.
Double Jeopardy! Round categories: 1972: 50 Years Ago, Esperanto Film Festival, Arts News, Fibers & Fabrics, Book Characters, Eponyms & Toponyms
Louis opened Double Jeopardy! strong, but was derailed slightly when he found—and missed the first Daily Double in the round. It remained a very close game until Ryan found the last Daily Double—and he doubled through it in a daring move to break the game open! Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to parlay it into a runaway, and all three players had a chance in Final.
In Final, Margaret and Louis got things correct, and Margaret was able to bet enough this time to make her a 3-day champion!
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Thursday, March 3, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:
Scores going into Final:
Louis $8,200 + $8,000 = $16,200 (What is Palermo?)
Margaret $8,600 + $8,600 = $17,200 (What is Palermo?) (3-day total: $58,200)
Ryan $14,800 – $2,401 = $12,399 (What is MiL)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) EARTH SCIENCE $600 (clue #8)
Ryan 2600 -600 (Margaret 400 Louis -400)
2) 1972: 50 YEARS AGO $2000 (clue #6)
Louis 7800 -2000 (Margaret 4600 Ryan 5600)
3) ARTS NEWS $1200 (clue #23, $9600 left on board)
Ryan 7200 +7200 (Margaret 6200 Louis 8600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 51
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: EPONYMS & TOPONYMS $2000
Total Left On Board: $2,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 29 (0.23 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Margaret $8,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 26.79% in first on buzzer (15/56), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Louis $10,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 5 incorrect, 37.50% in first on buzzer (21/56), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Ryan $9,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer (16/56), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $28,200
Lach Trash: $12,400 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,400
Margaret Shelton, career statistics:
65 correct, 8 incorrect
8/8 on rebound attempts (on 19 rebound opportunities)
35.93% in first on buzzer (60/167)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,267
Ryan Pressman, career statistics:
16 correct, 5 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
28.57% in first on buzzer (16/56)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,400
Louis Dellaperuta, career statistics:
18 correct, 5 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
37.50% in first on buzzer (21/56)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,200
Margaret Shelton, to win:
4 games: 43.550%
Avg. streak: 3.771 games.
Louis got the chance to see the milestones in his daughter’s life because of work-from-home.
Ryan is a multi-instrumentalist.
Margaret grew up in Mississippi and has had a lot of wanderlust.
- There’s certainly been a lot of discussion in the comments about the fairness of today’s Final Jeopardy clue; I’m still OK with how it read and how it’s played.
Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
Margaret: I would recommend going all-in, this is a crush game. You’re welcome to bet just $7,801 if you really want, just in case Louis goes all in.
Ryan: Margaret has been notoriously conservative to the point where I’m not sure she’ll bet enough today. Keep your bet to $2,401 and you’ll be fine.
Louis: At minimum, $4,200. You’re welcome to hold back something if you want to try to out-maneuvre Margaret for second; if you do that, bet no more than $7,399.
Link to the box score: March 3, 2022 Box Score
Contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com
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