Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, March 21, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Medieval Places) for Tuesday, March 21, 2023 (Season 39, Game 137):

One of the participants in an 1170 event at this place said, “Let us away, knights; he will rise no more”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Charlotte Diffendale, a letter carrier from Albany, New York
Charlotte Diffendale on Jeopardy!
Brandon Anderson, a communications director from Columbus, Ohio
Brandon Anderson on Jeopardy!
Melissa Klapper, a professor from Merion Station, Pennsylvania (1-day total: $24,801)
Melissa Klapper on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Welcome to spring! (Where I am there is still a significant amount of snow on the ground that’s yet to melt and there have been high winds for the past 36 hours. Welcome to spring!) Melissa kicked off spring with her strong victory last night; tonight, she defends against Brandon Anderson and Charlotte Diffendale.

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Correct response: What is Canterbury, England? (Canterbury Cathedral)

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On December 29, 1170, Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered by four knights of King Henry II; Henry and Thomas had been at loggerheads over clerical privilege and whether the church should be above the law. After a fiery Christmas 1170 sermon when a number of bishops were excommunicated, Henry allegedly said “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest!”—four knights then took it upon themselves to murder the Archbishop, who was immediately declared a martyr by the Catholic church and canonized. Canterbury Cathedral immediately became the most important religious site in England.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Made In Pennsylvania; To The Mountaintop!; The 1980S; A.K.A.; It’s A Joke; 4-Letter “V”erbs)

In a very closely contested opening round, Charlotte got out to the lead by way of an early Daily Double! All three players were separated by just $1,000 after 30 clues.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Charlotte 7 correct 1 incorrect
Melissa 3 correct 0 incorrect
Brandon 2 correct 3 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Charlotte 10 correct 1 incorrect
Brandon 10 correct 3 incorrect
Melissa 6 correct 0 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Tv & Movie Cities; Books: The Future Is Now; 2-Word Terms; The Life Sciences; Etymology; I Love A Man In Cuneiform)

Melissa had the best time early in Double Jeopardy, but Charlotte doubled up through the second Daily Double to pull herself back into contention. Meanwhile, Melissa got the third one and got into a strong (but again, not a runaway) position. Scores going into Final were Melissa at $22,800, Charlotte at $14,000, and Brandon was just alive at $9,000.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Melissa 20 correct 0 incorrect
Charlotte 16 correct 2 incorrect
Brandon 14 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 16 (0 today).

Final today was a Triple Stumper — Melissa is now a 2-day champion!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, March 21, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Melissa $22,800
Charlotte $14,000
Brandon $9,000

Tonight’s results:

Brandon $9,000 – $9,000 = $0 (What is The Holy Sepulchre)
Charlotte $14,000 – $8,801 = $5,199 (What is Hasting)
Melissa $22,800 – $5,201 = $17,599 (What is Paris?) (2-day total: $42,400)

Melissa Klapper, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 21, 2023 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Charlotte $4,600
Brandon $4,200
Melissa $3,600

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) TO THE MOUNTAINTOP! $800 (clue #13)
Charlotte 600 +1000 (Melissa 2200 Brandon -800)
2) 2-WORD TERMS $800 (clue #14)
Charlotte 5800 +5800 (Melissa 13600 Brandon 6600)
3) ETYMOLOGY $1600 (clue #17, $15200 left on board)
Melissa 14000 +4000 (Brandon 6600 Charlotte 10400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 229

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Melissa 3 4 2 1
Brandon 1 5
Charlotte 2 3 4 5 1 3 4*

DJ! Round:
Melissa 5 4 3 2 1 2 3 4 5 4 3 3 4*
Brandon 1 5
Charlotte 2* 1

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Melissa 3.12
Charlotte 2.78
Brandon 3.00

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 16 (0.12 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Melissa $20,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 0 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Charlotte $8,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Brandon $9,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,200
Lach Trash: $11,800 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,000

Melissa Klapper, career statistics:

43 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
34.21% in first on buzzer (39/114)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $12,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,400

Brandon Anderson, career statistics:

14 correct, 4 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,000

Charlotte Diffendale, career statistics:

16 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,800)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,800

Melissa Klapper, to win:

3 games: 74.958%
4: 56.188%
5: 42.117%
6: 31.570%
7: 23.665%
Avg. streak: 4.993 games.

Today’s interviews:

Charlotte gave birth to her daughter the same night that “What is a unicorn” was Final Jeopardy.
Brandon has been actor for about 20 years.
Melissa read voraciously but often couldn’t pronounce those words.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Today’s box score will be linked to when posted by the show.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Melissa $22,800 Charlotte $14,000 Brandon $9,000)

Melissa: Standard cover bet over Charlotte is $5,201. (Actual bet: $5,201)

Brandon: Bet at least $8,601. (Actual bet: $9,000)

Charlotte: Bet between $4,001 (thereby covering Brandon) and $13,599 (thereby staying ahead if you and Brandon both miss Final.) (Actual bet: $8,801)

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, March 21, 2023"

  1. Michael Johnston | March 21, 2023 at 10:03 am |

    Historical facts obscure to me😅 Yeah, that’s not the sort of thing that would interest me enough to remember… I don’t think I ever learned the details of Becket’s murder at any rate.

    Current FJ Streak: 1L

    • I feel that trivia champs, and really smart people in general, have an innate ability to remember obscure facts, whether they want to remember these things or not, and also regardless of their level of interest in a subject. As long as they exposed to the information, it’s entered into their “database.”

  2. This one I probably did not learn in grade school but it made me think of another book but still happy to see Melissa winning again despite not getting final today

  3. Haha I said Canterbury jokingly because of Canterbury Tales and maybe jousting, maybe the movie a Knights Tale … I really had no idea, a very lucky guess

  4. Bill Vollmer | March 21, 2023 at 5:27 pm |

    I had no clue. Came up with a complete wild guess, “what is the Magna Carta?” that didn’t fit the category.

  5. I appreciate the write up. I’ve heard the name Thomas Becket and this is clearly an important historic event, but this was a missing piece of my knowledge, and this bite sized summary is something I think I can remember.

  6. Someone that went to the taping of Jeopardy! Masters noted that Cris Pannullo was listed as the alternate for the event. If he had played in the Masters tournament, what effect would that have on his Tournament of Champions qualifications?

  7. James Comey used the phrase “meddlesome priest” in a Senate Hearing in 2017 – that is when I read up on the background story of the reference 🙂

  8. I really like the wrinkle in this clue. You almost need to answer “who” before “where”. I wonder how the contestants would’ve done if the clue was phrased to ask for Becket instead.

  9. I got Canterbury Cathedral—I visited there and had a Chaucer class in college. Ken said Thomas à Becket, but I knew him as Thomas Becket. I’ve heard that à Becket might be from Thomas à Kempis.

  10. Identifying Nebraska on a map seems like more of $200 rather than $2000 question.

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