Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, March 4, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Literary Characters) for Friday, March 4, 2022 (Season 38, Game 125):

Dostoyevsky wrote that this title man in an earlier European novel is “beautiful only because he is ridiculous”

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Adrian Alcalá, a software developer from Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Adrian Alcalá on Jeopardy!
Caitlin McHale, a university marketing manager from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Caitlin McHale on Jeopardy!
Margaret Shelton, a homemaker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (3-day total: $58,200)
Margaret Shelton on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: 3-day champion Margaret Shelton, after her come-from-behind victory in yesterday’s game, faces off against Caitlin McHale of Philadelphia and Adrian Alcalá of Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

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Correct response: Who is Don Quixote?


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Fyodor Dostoyevsky was deeply inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ earlier character, Don Quixote, when writing The Idiot about Prince Myshkin. In the work, Myshkin’s goodness and simplicity lead him to be branded as an idiot in Russian society.

One thing I’ve found interesting this morning is Jeopardy!‘s choice to transliterate the name as Dostoyevsky (as opposed to Dostoevsky). Looking through J! Archive, it definitely appears as though it started as Dostoevsky (the very early-season references were that way), but it changed at some point and now includes a Y between the O and the E.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: Sams Club, History, Now We Are Six, Transportation, The Elements of Literature, All the Way from D to E

The Daily Double came out early—again—before Margaret could really take advantage to it, but she did pick up $1,000 for it. Meanwhile, Adrian struggled early with incorrect responses, picking up four over the first seven clues, but recovered with a couple of correct responses before the first break. Margaret continued playing well after the break, running up a bit of a lead by the end of the round.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Bordering Russia, Pop Culture Pairs, Genus & Species, Signs & Symbols, Unusual Words, Arthurian Legend & History

The fireworks were flying in this round! Margaret took full advantage of the first Daily Double, surprisingly going all-in at ARTHURIAN LEGEND & HISTORY $800. This forced Adrian to go nearly all-in himself on the final Daily Double, unfortunately dropping $10,000. This led to Margaret having a runaway by the end of Double Jeopardy. The scores going into Final saw Margaret at $24,000, Caitlin $5,600, and Adrian $4,600.

Final today was a Triple Stumper; Margaret sewed up her 4th straight victory! She returns Monday.


Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, March 4, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Margaret $24,000
Caitlin $5,600
Adrian $4,600


Tonight’s results:
Adrian $4,600 – $4,600 = $0 (Who is Prince Mishkin)
Caitlin $5,600 – $3,601 = $1,999 (Who is Dorian Gray?)
Margaret $24,000 – $2,500 = $21,500 (Who is Candide?) (4-day total: $79,700)


Margaret Shelton, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 4, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Margaret $7,200
Caitlin $3,600
Adrian $2,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) HISTORY $600 (clue #3)
Margaret 200 +1000 (Caitlin 0 Adrian -400)
2) ARTHURIAN LEGEND & HISTORY $800 (clue #2)
Margaret 7600 +7600 (Caitlin 3600 Adrian 2200)
3) GENUS & SPECIES $1600 (clue #21, $12800 left on board)
Adrian 11000 -10000 (Margaret 21600 Caitlin 4800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 109


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: BORDERING RUSSIA $1600 $2000
Total Left On Board: $3,600
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 31 (0.25 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Margaret $16,800 Coryat, 22 correct, 2 incorrect, 34.55% in first on buzzer (19/55), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Caitlin $5,600 Coryat, 11 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.82% in first on buzzer (12/55), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Adrian $14,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 5 incorrect, 36.36% in first on buzzer (20/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,000
Lach Trash: $7,000 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,400

Margaret Shelton, career statistics:
87 correct, 11 incorrect
11/11 on rebound attempts (on 24 rebound opportunities)
35.59% in first on buzzer (79/222)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,600)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,900

Caitlin McHale, career statistics:
11 correct, 3 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
21.82% in first on buzzer (12/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,600

Adrian Alcalá, career statistics:
17 correct, 6 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
36.36% in first on buzzer (20/55)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$10,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,600

Margaret Shelton, to win:
5 games: 53.099%
6: 28.195%
7: 14.971%
8: 7.949%
9: 4.221%
Avg. streak: 5.132 games.

Today’s interviews:
Adrian was on a team attempting to build the world’s longest yo-yo string. It didn’t retract.
Caitlin once had a car accident and nobody believed her, because it was April 1.
Margaret is a big fan of dishwasher & refrigerator Tetris.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I’m disappointed that the clue about Sam Smith, at SAMS CLUB $800, used incorrect pronouns.
  • The show also used a very rare disclaimer, “Recorded on January 11, 2022”, on a clue about the Russia-Ukraine border.

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:

Margaret: Your maximum bet here is $12,799. Bet anything up to there and enjoy victory #4!

Caitlin: You should bet $3,601 and hopefully pick up 2nd.

Adrian: Anywhere between $2,001 and $2,599 is in the sweet spot for you today.

Link to the box score: March 4, 2022 Box Score

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18 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, March 4, 2022"

  1. R. B. Smada | March 4, 2022 at 10:48 am |

    I bet all 3 say Dorian Gray

    • I guessed the Idiot – because I am one 🙁 and didn’t read the clue closely

      • Raghuveer | March 4, 2022 at 1:16 pm |

        Dorian Gray is a plausible answer but for the timeline and also “ridiculous” doesn’t quite fit (wicked/evil, yes). I bit on The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

      • Same. I think they were trying for that!

        • I actually did guess “Don Quixote”, but I was far from sure, especially since I thought it was more likely to be “Don Juan” but [lol] could not remember his name (just remembering the story) and also ignorantly did not know that was just a poem instead of a novel. It is unusual when it pays off to be ignorant in Final Jeopardy!

  2. they really just misgendered Sam Smith like that, huh?

    also, the Russia/Ukraine clue was quite awkward.

    glad to have our 13th eligible 2022 TOC player though. congrats Margaret!

    • aaronthecrystalclod | March 4, 2022 at 3:51 pm |

      So now two people left. I doubt the Second Chance Tournament winner would make it to the ToC though because I’m betting that there are going to be more winners that would qualify for the tournament by then.

      • Christopher Denault | March 4, 2022 at 6:30 pm |

        We’re still at just ten automatic qualifiers – remember, the 4-game winners are eligible, but not guaranteed a spot.

        Michael Davies did say post back on February 9: “I am happy to announce that we will invite the fourth place finisher back for our postseason Second Chance Tournament that will precede, and feed, at least one player into the Tournament of Champions.”

        If Davies says we’ll get “at least one player” from the Second Chance tourney into the TOC, it’s gonna happen. So that’ll make 11 confirmed spots for sure, with a good 100+ games left this season for more 5+ game winners to possibly knock those 4-game champs off the list.

        • ToC eligibility isn’t tied to specific seasons. The producers could set the cutoff for the next ToC whenever they liked as soon as they got enough qualifiers (and any 4+/5+ game winners after that point would be eligible/qualified for the FOLLOWING ToC)

  3. Pam Schultz | March 4, 2022 at 1:42 pm |

    So glad Margaret picked up her fourth win. Being scared and or nervous doesn’t seem to hinder her game. Fingers crossed for Monday.

  4. Louis Jin | March 4, 2022 at 2:13 pm |

    Happy to see Margaret picking up her fourth win and getting i to the toc standings. I am surprised the contestants didnt read the part about don Quixote claimimg windmills were giants. One triple stumper didnt hurt marge at all but definitely hoping she will win game 5 on monday

  5. Michael Johnston | March 4, 2022 at 2:20 pm |

    And that’s the end of THAT FJ win streak. I would never have made a connection between Dostoevsky and Cervantes.
    Margaret’s win today does make Christine’s ToC chances less secure with the player that beat her also passing her in the Tracker, leaving a lot of games with only two safety spots left (and one of those to be filled by the winner of the Second-Chance Tournament?).

  6. Cleveland area Jeop channel 19 aired a repeat…

    • No idea why—viewers wondering why will need to contact the station itself.

      • Brett Alan | March 7, 2022 at 11:30 am |

        I have to think it’s because of the Ukraine clue. Seems like an overreaction to me, but it can’t be a coincidence.

        I’m more unhappy about the Sam Smith thing, because I can’t expect the show to know what’s going to happen between taping and airing, but I do expect them to check things which can be easily checked.

        • No, Brett. The mistake in Cleveland was just that—a mistake—and is completely coincidental to the Ukraine clue.

          Further implications otherwise will be seen as Site Comment Policy violations.

  7. Pam Schultz | March 5, 2022 at 2:02 pm |

    Glad there was a disclaimer regarding Russia-Ukrainian border, that topic was such an amazing (not in a good way) coincidence.

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