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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Transportation USA) for Tuesday, March 28, 2023 (Season 39, Game 142):
This public agency runs the USA’s busiest bus terminal, opened in 1950 for commuters awed by its polished steel & stone
(correct response beneath the contestants)
Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:
|Lisa Sriken, a lawyer from New York, New York
|Mara Lasko, a fundraiser from Washington, D.C.
|Nicole Rudolph, an associate dean from Williston Park, New York (1-day total: $16,800)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:
Last night’s Jeopardy! saw Nicole Rudolph win her first game in runaway fashion! Today, she faces off against Washington, D.C.’s Mara Lasko and New York lawyer Lisa Sriken.
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Correct response: What is the Port Authority (of New York and New Jersey)?
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I don’t normally make predictions about Final Jeopardy!, but just from where our players are located today—Nicole from Long Island and Lisa from New York—I get a sense that at least two players will get today’s Final.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (I’m assuming that just “Port Authority” will be OK here, but I don’t know how much more will be required) operates much of the transportation infrastructure within a 25-mile radius of the Statue of Liberty, including the United States’ busiest bus terminal: the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 8th Avenue, one block east of the Lincoln Tunnel (in fact, there is a direct connection between the tunnel and the terminal, to prevent significant bus traffic on Midtown Manhattan streets.)
Coming back to the first paragraph: I believe that the Port Authority Bus Terminal is well-known enough for anyone around North America to be able to come up with a correct response. I myself—a Canadian—have even traveled via that bus terminal.
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(Categories: Geometrical Geography; Fancified Beastly Idioms; “M”usic Class; ’80s Movie Comedies; 3 Men; A Baby)
A generally evenly-matched opening round saw Lisa recover from an early Daily Double miss to take the lead at the first break, while Nicole played well after the break to lead after 30 clues!
Statistics at the first break (15 clues):
Lisa 6 correct 1 incorrect
Nicole 5 correct 0 incorrect
Mara 3 correct 1 incorrect
Statistics after the Jeopardy round:
Nicole 10 correct 0 incorrect
Mara 8 correct 2 incorrect
Lisa 9 correct 3 incorrect
Double Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: When In Rome; Writers Of The Cloth; Tough Tough-Guy Tv; Words From Greek & Latin; World History; Before & After Female Duos)
In a round where high-valued incorrect responses kept the scores down, Lisa got the final clue played of Double Jeopardy! to both break Nicole’s runaway and bring everyone back into contention going into Final Jeopardy!—the scores going into Final made for a very interesting situation where Nicole’s score equaled Lisa’s plus Mara’s exactly! Scores going into Final were Nicole at $9,600, Lisa at $5,400, and Mara at $4,200.
Statistics after Double Jeopardy:
Nicole 19 correct 2 incorrect
Lisa 16 correct 7 incorrect
Mara 11 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 20 (1 today).
I did predict 2 correct in Final—I just didn’t think that it was going to be Lisa and Mara! As a result, Lisa is your new Jeopardy! champion!
Tonight’s Game Stats:
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, March 28, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers:
Scores going into Final:
Mara $4,200 + $4,000 = $8,200 (What is port authority?)
Lisa $5,400 + $4,201 = $9,601 (What is the Port Authority? Please clap) (1-day total: $9,601)
Nicole $9,600 – $1,201 = $8,399 (What is the MTA?)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) A BABY $800 (clue #4)
Lisa 600 -1000 (Nicole 200 Mara 400)
2) WORDS FROM GREEK & LATIN $1200 (clue #8)
Nicole 8200 -3000 (Mara 3400 Lisa 2800)
3) WHEN IN ROME $1600 (clue #21, $13600 left on board)
Lisa 4400 +1800 (Nicole 9600 Mara 4600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -96
Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:
Nicole 1 2
Nicole 1 2 3 1 1 2 3* 4† 1 4 2 3
Mara 2 3
Lisa 1 3 4 5 5 2 4*
† – selection in same category as Daily Double
Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: TOUGH TOUGH-GUY TV $400
Total Left On Board: $400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 20 (0.14 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Lisa $6,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 7 incorrect, 33.93% in first on buzzer (19/56), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Nicole $12,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 30.36% in first on buzzer (17/56), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
Mara $4,200 Coryat, 11 correct, 3 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer (14/56), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $23,000
Lach Trash: $15,600 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $15,000
Nicole Rudolph, career statistics:
37 correct, 7 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 12 rebound opportunities)
32.74% in first on buzzer (37/113)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,000
Mara Lasko, career statistics:
12 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
25.00% in first on buzzer (14/56)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,200
Lisa Sriken, career statistics:
17 correct, 7 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
33.93% in first on buzzer (19/56)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $800)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,200
Lisa Sriken, to win:
2 games: 24.415%
Avg. streak: 1.323 games.
Lisa finished third in and Hall and Oates impersonation contest.
Mara named her dog Irving after a dad joke involving a grasshopped named Irving.
Nicole got to spend some time at NATO headquarters in Brussels.
- I found FANCIFIED BEASTLY IDIOMS $400 to be amusing; the writers have been finding interesting ways of writing clues about “(don’t) let the cat out of the bag” for pretty much the entirety of the history of the show.
- Today’s box score will be linked to when posted by the show.
Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: Nicole $9,600 Lisa $5,400 Mara $4,200)
Nicole: Standard cover bet over Lisa is $1,201. Don’t bet any more than this, because this forces Mara to go all-in from third. (Actual bet: $1,201)
Mara: Because Nicole falls to $8,399 if she’s incorrect, you have one good bet—all $4,200—anything else greatly reduces your chances of winning. (Actual bet: $4,000)
Lisa: Bet between $3,001 (covering Mara) and $5,398 (thereby staying ahead of anything that would give Mara an actual chance of winning the game.) (Actual bet: $4,201)
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Picked the correct city, but didn’t know the name of the agency. I went with the more generic NY Department of Tranportation.
Well, I was in the right area. Thought maybe Grand Central Station also had bus service.
All I could think of was Chicago Transit Authority. Yes, I am a music geek.
But CTA was dropped by the group (because of a threat of an lawsuit by that agency [as I recall] after their first album. Afterwards they were just Chicago.
Though I’m a Chicago area resident, even I have heard of the Port Authority. It is one of the models for our Regional Transportation Agency. But I only knew of Grand Central Station, and, Penn Station, primarily rail stations. Didn’t know the PA had stand alone bus station, much less an awe inspiring one.
Yeah, I figured it was in NYC also but I had no idea it was part of the Port Authority. If I had time and multiple guesses, I might have gotten it😅
Current FJ streak: 1L
This should be a real easy Final for the two New York City area contestants.
It wasn’t for the champ. And she lives about 30 miles from there.
An easy one for a frequent visitor to New York. During my first visit, in 1970, I arrived at Newark airport and had to take an interstate bus from there to the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan. I was counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike, as the Simon and Garfunkel lyric goes. Today one can take a train from EWR to Penn Station instead.
We play that Simon and Garfunkel song every time we drive from Maryland to New Jersey or New York. We got to play it about a year ago.
I am a frequent visitor to NYC so this should be easy for me. The port Authority bus terminal takes people to newark and to philly as well. Next time I visit, I might as well buy a bus ticket and see the Independence hall in Philly
I would suggest Mega Bus or similar for such an excursion. The traditional buses still use Port Authority (e.g., Greyhound) but the newer ones like Mega now do pick-ups and drop-offs on the streets near Penn Station. I’ve done a day trip to Baltimore to visit a museum that way.
Lisa’s final daily double wager was a gift to Mara that Mara did not take advantage of. Lisa could have wagered less than she did to break the the runaway which would have allowed Nicole to wager enough to cover Lisa but still cover Mara if she lost – but didn’t.
“I believe that the Port Authority Bus Terminal is well-known enough for anyone around North America to be able to come up with a correct response.” If “around North America” means northeast America and southeast Canada, you might be right. Those who live in the rest of “North America” and haven’t had the pleasure of living or traveling to the region in question might beg to differ.
Then there are the ‘Law & Order’ franchise enthusiasts — we’ve heard of The Port Authority quite a bit over 30 years 😉, so when 9/11 happened and I heard the twin towers belonged to [had been developed by] The Port Authority, I knew what they were talking about.
As a child in the 1950’s, my family took annual trips to New York City. As a result we used the Port Authority bus terminal many times when it was still fairly new. Awesome for a youngster. That contributed to this being an easy one which I thought for sure Lisa and Nicole would get. Felt bad for Nicole.
Nope. I’ve never been to NYC, so I don’t think I’d have ever gotten this. I went through others I knew, like BART and the MTA, but couldn’t come up with what the one in NYC would be called. Should I have known this? Probably, but my mind isn’t spotless.
That was one of the most lighthearted episodes in recent memory. It was great to see the contestants so relaxed and having fun.
Was Final an easy get? Not sure. Many people would have guessed NYC but not known the name of the structure. I wouldn’t have known the exact name if it had been in Chicago or Los Angeles. And for future reference: Penn Station NYC is the busiest transportation hub in the western hemisphere.
I have to admit that they’re both sucky bus terminals, I actually would rate the Albany, NY bus terminal as slightly better than the Port Authority terminal, although Greyhound just recently kicked Trailways out of the Albany terminal as Greyhound owns the Albany terminal. This in turn forced Trailways to operate out of a temporary trailer across from the Albany terminal.
I knew it was Port Authority having taken buses to there many times. But even in the 50’s I never noticed polished steel and stone and awe would not be the first reaction I would think of.