Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Happy Tuesday! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Broadway Musicals) for Tuesday, March 8, 2022 (Season 38, Game 127):

Characters Mark, Roger & Maureen in this musical were inspired by Marcello, Rodolfo & Musetta in another work

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Gundeep Singh, an analyst from Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
Gundeep Singh on Jeopardy!
Miranda Wilson, an occupational therapist from Fayetteville, West Virginia
Miranda Wilson on Jeopardy!
Maureen O’Neil, an executive assistant from Rye Beach, New Hampshire (1-day total: $2,200)
Maureen O'Neil on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: In one of the more shocking Jeopardy! results in recent memory, Margaret Shelton went home yesterday after four wins, following a Final Jeopardy! round where she bet and lost everything. Maureen O’Neil ended up the champion with $2,200 and faces Miranda Wilson and Gundeep Singh today in her first title defense.

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Correct response: What is Rent?

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Jonathan Larson’s famous 1996 musical Rent was based on Puccini’s opera La Bohème of a century earlier, moving the opera from Paris to Lower Manhattan in New York City; tuberculosis in La Bohème became HIV & AIDS in Rent.

Sadly, Larson never saw his famed musical become the smash hit it became; he died suddenly of an aortic dissection in the early morning of the day Rent premiered off-Broadway in January 1996.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: Anthropologist’s Dictionary, The At Least 5 Labors of Hercules, Reality Show Spin-Offs, More Than One Meaning, Oceans, 11

There were some “early jitters” (Ken’s words) in the opening segment, including a three incorrect response Triple Stumper that saw Ken say “No harm, no foul”—even though incorrect responses do have differing harm to the three players (as it affects the proportion of the scores). Gurdeep also found the first Daily Double and went True Daily Double instead of the maximum $1,000 (which worked out for him, as he was unable to come up with a correct response).

Our three players seemed much more settled after the break. I also found the juxtaposition between Maureen’s more methodical play and the more hurried play from Miranda and Gundeep interesting.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Ancient Warfare, Poetry Fill in the Blank, 14-Letter Words, First & Last Alphabetically, People in Science, The Osca”R”s

Double Jeopardy! today saw a lot of high-valued incorrect responses (and a pair of missed Daily Doubles) keeping the scores down. Maureen’s more methodical play led to another two unplayed clues today as well, but she did hold a slim lead going into Final. Mauren had $9,400; Gundeep had $8,600; Miranda had $6,200.

In Final today, both Maureen and Miranda got the correct response; Maureen doubled up in Final and becomes a 2-day champion!

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, March 8, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Maureen $9,400
Gundeep $8,600
Miranda $6,200

Tonight’s results:
Miranda $6,200 + $6,000 = $12,200 (What is Rent?)
Gundeep $8,600 – $8,599 = $1 (What is Bye Bye Birdie?)
Maureen $9,400 + $9,400 = $18,800 (What is Rent?) (2-day total: $21,000)

Maureen O'Neil, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 8, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Maureen $4,200
Miranda $3,800
Gundeep $2,600

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) OCEANS $800 (clue #10)
Gundeep 600 -600 (Maureen 1000 Miranda -400)
2) FIRST & LAST ALPHABETICALLY $1200 (clue #14)
Gundeep 6200 -2000 (Maureen 8200 Miranda 7800)
3) POETRY FILL IN THE BLANK $1600 (clue #25, $6800 left on board)
Miranda 6600 -2400 (Maureen 9400 Gundeep 8600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -129

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: PEOPLE IN SCIENCE $400 $800
Total Left On Board: $1,200
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 38 (0.30 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Maureen $9,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 27.27% in first on buzzer (15/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Miranda $8,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 6 incorrect, 34.55% in first on buzzer (19/55), 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Gundeep $11,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 23.64% in first on buzzer (13/55), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $29,200
Lach Trash: $12,000 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,600

Maureen O’Neil, career statistics:
33 correct, 5 incorrect
3/5 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
28.97% in first on buzzer (31/107)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,800

Miranda Wilson, career statistics:
17 correct, 6 incorrect
0/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
34.55% in first on buzzer (19/55)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,400)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,600

Gundeep Singh, career statistics:
15 correct, 4 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
23.64% in first on buzzer (13/55)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200

Maureen O’Neil, to win:
3 games: 29.985%
4: 8.991%
5: 2.696%
6: 0.808%
7: 0.242%
Avg. streak: 2.428 games.

Today’s interviews:
Gundeep is an amateur filmmaker.
Miranda is a championship-level innertube water polo player.
Maureen used to be a hotel concierge and used her trivia knowledge to help.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • After what happened to Margaret yesterday, I was surprised to see Maureen make the same choice.
  • I never thought that Ken would be the one to re-introduce “No Harm, No Foul” improperly—but he did.

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:

Maureen: Standard cover bet today is $7,801.

Gundeep: Your standard cover bet over Miranda is $3,801. I recommend betting that.

Miranda: You should bet no more than $1,399 in order to make sure you stay above Maureen and Gundeep in case of a Triple Stumper.

Link to the box score: March 8, 2022 Box Score

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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, March 8, 2022"

  1. I didn’t think yesterday’s result was particularly shocking. It seemed to me that Margaret Shelton didn’t have a good handle on betting strategies right from the beginning, so I think luck played a big part in her short success streak.

  2. I saw Rent on Broadway 3 times – my son was a “Rent-head” – so this was an easy one for me

  3. Michael Johnston | March 8, 2022 at 3:44 pm |

    tsk All I know about Rent is that it was a play :/

    • Well, though I have only seen it as a movie (over 15 years ago) I knew several things about the musical Rent, particularly Larson’s tragic death timing, but I know next to nothing about opera and I am not good at remembering names that I do not have repeated interaction with (like in a TV series), I had no idea what FJ! was.

    • a few months after buying a used car, I finally got around to trying to play a CD (had just been listening to MP3s and the radio), only to discover that there was already a CD in the player: the RENT soundtrack left by the previous owner.
      I think I listened to “Seasons of Love” (the only song I know off it) once, then ejected the CD in order to play my own CDs

  4. Robert Fawkes | March 8, 2022 at 6:40 pm |

    My Theater major son was in “Rent” in community college so this was a gimme for me. Since, I also knew that it was based on “La Bohème,” you might say a double gimme. I agree with DoctorB that considering the way Margaret wagered in her previous games, the result wasn’t as shocking as one might think. Luck played a bigger part in her short streak than the norm (in my opinion). I’d rather see Christine in the ToC than Margaret because she played better overall (again, in my opinion).

    • And yet Margaret had the higher cumulative winnings total, which is what is used if a tiebreak is needed for 4-game winners getting spots in the ToC (unless the producers decide to go off-script like they did with Emma B).

      • Yakov Baylis | March 8, 2022 at 11:16 pm |

        Josh Saak should be considered. 3 time winner over 65k. Lost to Matt Amodio in a very close game. (They were tied with a couple clues left in the game. Josh missed a $400 clue Matt did not try it and then time ran out.) This would be a great potential rematch in the TOC

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