Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, March 3, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American Literature) for Friday, March 3, 2023 (Season 39, Game 125):

Letters, pocket knives, C rations & steel helmets are among the tangible items referred to in the title of this modern war classic

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Avi Gupta, a senior at Stanford University from Portland, Oregon
Avi Gupta on Jeopardy!
Jackson Jones, a junior at Vanderbilt University from Louisville, Kentucky
Jackson Jones on Jeopardy!
Lucas Miner, a junior at Yale University from Miami, Florida
Lucas Miner on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

The semifinals of the High School Reunion Tournament begin today with a very intriguing match-up, a double rematch for Avi Gupta: Avi defeated Lucas Miner in the finals of the 2019 tournament. However, the more interesting rematch is the rematch of his semifinal with Jackson Jones: that one was settled by a tiebreaker! Will either Lucas or Jackson get revenge on the player who defeated them in 2019? Or will Avi find his way into the final again?

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Correct response: What is The Things They Carried?

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The Things They Carried was Tim O’Brien’s 1990 short story collection about a platoon (Alpha Platoon) of soldiers fighting in Vietnam. It was a finalist for the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, losing to John Updike’s Rabbit at Rest.

What makes this an interesting Final Jeopardy! clue is that this is a Final Jeopardy! clue that might play easier for the players compared to the home audience—the book is often taught in schools, a fact which surprises O’Brien. In a 2010 NPR interview, he said, “I had imagined an audience of literate people on subways and going to work and in their homes reading the book. But I certainly hadn’t imagined 14-year-old kids and 18-year-olds and those even in their early-20s reading the book and bringing such fervor to it, which comes from their own lives, really.”

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Historic Names; Colors Of The Rainbow; U.S. Sights; Disney Menagerie; Novel Keywords; Complete The Pangram)

Avi got off to a terrible start, picking up 3 $1000 incorrect responses and barely getting out of the red by the end of the round. Meanwhile, Jackson picked up 15 correct over the entire round and had a commanding lead after 30 clues.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Jackson 8 correct 2 incorrect
Lucas 2 correct 2 incorrect
Avi 2 correct 3 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Jackson 15 correct 2 incorrect
Lucas 3 correct 2 incorrect
Avi 7 correct 3 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Art Movements; You’re Such An Idiom!; Around The World; Quotations; A Lovely Accent; The Lanthanides Of March)

Lucas tried to pull himself back into the game with a true Daily Double but his incorrect response essentially ended his chances. Meanwhile, Jackson found the last one, said “I’ve always wanted to say this…”, and bet $200—which sent both Mayim and the audience into laughter. By the end of the round, Jackson had a runaway at $21,000, Avi had $8,600, and Lucas $3,600.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Jackson 29 correct 4 incorrect
Avi 16 correct 3 incorrect
Lucas 9 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 16 (0 today).

Lucas was the only player correct in Final, but Jackson is your first finalist today!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, March 3, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Jackson $21,000
Avi $8,600
Lucas $3,600

Tonight’s results:

Lucas $3,600 + $1,202 = $4,802 ($10,000) (What are the things they carried ❤️ to my fam + friends)
Avi $8,600 – $1,948 = $6,652 ($10,000) (What is thank you! I love you all ❤️ (Go Card!))
Jackson $21,000 – $1,220 = $19,780 (What is A Farewell to Arms? Love you Mom! ❤️) (Finalist)

Jackson Jones, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 3, 2023 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Jackson $6,800
Lucas $800
Avi $200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) U.S. SIGHTS $800 (clue #7)
Jackson 800 +1000 (Lucas 800 Avi -2000)
2) AROUND THE WORLD $1200 (clue #7)
Lucas 4000 -4000 (Jackson 10400 Avi 1800)
3) YOU’RE SUCH AN IDIOM! $2000 (clue #18, $8000 left on board)
Jackson 19200 +200 (Lucas 2800 Avi 4600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 1

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Lucas 4 5
Jackson 4 5 4 4*
Avi 5

DJ! Round:
Lucas 4 3* 4 2† 3
Jackson 4 5 3 3 3 3 5 4 5*
Avi 5 5 4 5

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Jackson 4.00
Avi 4.80
Lucas 3.57

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 16 (0.13 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Jackson $22,600 Coryat, 29 correct, 4 incorrect, 50.88% in first on buzzer (29/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Avi $8,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Lucas $7,600 Coryat, 9 correct, 3 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,800
Lach Trash: $4,400 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,800

Lucas Miner, career statistics:

105 correct, 19 incorrect
10/10 on rebound attempts (on 22 rebound opportunities)
28.65% in first on buzzer (98/342)
5/10 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
6/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,067

Jackson Jones, career statistics:

100 correct, 16 incorrect
5/6 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
42.79% in first on buzzer (98/229)
7/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $11,000)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,050

Avi Gupta, career statistics:

130 correct, 14 incorrect
8/8 on rebound attempts (on 17 rebound opportunities)
36.73% in first on buzzer (126/343)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $16,400)
5/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,900

Remaining Players’ Chances of Winning Tournament:

Maya Wright: 8.541%
Stephanie Pierson: 6.292%
Justin Bolsen: 13.525%
Jackson Jones: 38.506%
Claire Sattler: 9.169%
Tim Cho: 12.232%
Caleb Richmond: 11.735%

Today’s interviews:

Avi helped to create a low-cost open-source ventilator during the pandemic.
Jackson thinks the rematch with Avi is an interesting dynamic.
Lucas was infamous for a bad dab in 2019.

Andy’s Thoughts:

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

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Jackson $21,000 Avi $8,600 Lucas $3,600)

Lucas: Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $1,202)

Jackson: Just bet $0. (Actual bet: $1,220)

Avi: Limit your bet to $1,399. (Actual bet: $1,948)

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, March 3, 2023"

  1. Michael Johnston | March 3, 2023 at 9:57 am | Reply

    I’ve never heard of the book, so I had no clue. The Wiki article makes it sound like something I’d like to read though.

    Current FJ streak: 2L

  2. I love this story!! I had read it in my creative writing class in high school and got to write my own piece inspired by it. Easy get!

  3. I’m wondering if this is one that would be easier for the younger. They may read it in school now, but I’d already graduated college by the time it was written (and I’d never heard of it).

  4. I don’t think anyone has brought this up outside of Twitter, so I will – happy birthday, Michael Davies!

  5. aaronthecrystalclod | March 3, 2023 at 1:22 pm | Reply

    Well, there goes my chances of seeing an Avi Gupta/Claire Sattler showdown.

  6. Happy birthday to Michael Davies! Although i would love to read this book again since this was an easy get for me

  7. Andy’s comment about playing easier for players than the home audience certainly was true for my wife and me. Not familiar with the work at all and we don’t remember any of our kids reading it by the time they finished high school in the late 90s and early aughts.

  8. I went to school in the early 00s and was never taught this one. I had no idea and though I remember hearing the name, I couldn’t tell you what it was about. Didn’t even muster up a guess!

    I do have to say that Jackson’s fake-out was legendary. I was like “He’s not gonna… is he?” He didn’t, and it was hilarious. Great TV moment that’s sure to go viral. I’m happy to see a character like him in the final.

  9. Robert Fawkes | March 3, 2023 at 7:01 pm | Reply

    Having lived through the Vietnam Era, I was familiar with the book and it came to me instantly.

    That said, since the game was already a runaway, I was hoping someone would respond with “What is ‘A Million Little Things’?” just for the pure humor of it.

  10. The pangram category seemed rather poorly pinned. On the one that said

    “We promptly judged” this old word “ivory buckles for the next prize”

    my thought was “quaint”. Any reason that wouldn’t have been accepted? Fortunately the only answer ruled against was “duvet”, which was clearly wrong as it had no “q”.

    • I agree with you. The clues were weird because it is not easy to make a sentence with every letter in it. However, that should make them even more flexible in the responses they accept — I think “quaint” is AT LEAST as good as “antique”.

      “Quilt” came easy to me so age may have been a major factor, but also having “expensive” in the clue [just for its ‘x’ and ‘v’, no doubt] may have drawn them to try to think of something expensive, which quilts are not generally considered to be (though really good hand-pieced hand-quilted ones are).

  11. Bill Vollmer | March 5, 2023 at 11:01 am | Reply

    When I seen this Final Jeopardy category come up, I knew that it was an area where I’m very weak. Thought maybe when the correct reponse as revealed I’d know the book, since the clue did nothing for me. It didn’t. I was in school DURING the Viet Nam era, and, while I love to read fiction, this genre is one I usualy skip.

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