Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, March 7, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Names in the Bookstore) for Tuesday, March 7, 2023 (Season 39, Game 127):

This man made lists, perhaps to cope with depression; a set of lists he published in 1852 made his name synonymous with a type of book

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Tim Cho, a senior at Columbia University from Champaign, Illinois
Tim Cho on Jeopardy!
Maya Wright, a senior at Emory University from Peachtree City, Georgia
Maya Wright on Jeopardy!
Caleb Richmond, a sophomore at Georgetown University from Bedford, New Hampshire
Caleb Richmond on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Today is semifinal #3 of the High School Reunion Tournament. This semifinal sees Caleb Richmond, Maya Wright, and Tim Cho do battle. All three of these players had runaways in the quarterfinal; Caleb absolutely dominated quarterfinal #9 last Thursday, while both Tim and Maya had very strong performances in their own right. Interestingly, Caleb also dominated his quarterfinal during his first tournament and had a relatively poor performance in the semifinal. If that happens again, things could get very interesting.

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Correct response: Who is Peter Mark Roget?

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Peter Mark Roget finished the first draft of his now-famous Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases Classified and Arranged so to Assist in Literary Composition in 1805; however, it was not published until 1852, following his retirement from science. The work classified knowledge—not just words—into six classes: abstract relations, space, matter, intellect, volition, and affections; the idea being that one would have an idea and would search through the book to find the perfect word to express that idea. Just before the first publication, though, an alphabetical index was added as an appendix, so that readers could use the book as a conventional book of synonyms—Roget’s best-known use today.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: March Madness; American Composers; “Y” On The Map; This Is How I Win; Mermaids; Anagrams Of Each Other)

Caleb, buoyed by betting “the maximum amount permitted by law” on a Daily Double, took the lead, but Tim stormed back, holding a commanding lead at both breaks.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Tim 8 correct 0 incorrect
Caleb 5 correct 0 incorrect
Maya 1 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Tim 14 correct 0 incorrect
Maya 7 correct 0 incorrect
Caleb 7 correct 2 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: The Royal Past; College Talk; Science; Alliterative Authors; Official State Stuff; Recent Commercials)

The Daily Doubles fought back in this round, with Caleb dropping $4,018 on his and Tim $3,000 on his. Then, a $2,000 incorrect response by both Tim and Caleb on the same $2,000 science clue kept the scores down further. It was a very close game going into Final; Caleb led at $9,582, Tim was in second at $8,800, and Maya was third at $7,800.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Caleb 18 correct 4 incorrect
Tim 22 correct 4 incorrect
Maya 13 correct 1 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 16 (0 today).

Maya was the only player correct in Final! Coming back from third place, she is our third finalist!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Tuesday, March 7, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Caleb $9,582
Tim $8,800
Maya $7,800

Tonight’s results:

Maya $7,800 + $7,800 = $15,600 (Who is Rogett?) (Finalist)
Tim $8,800 – $6,801 = $1,999 ($10,000) (Who is Webster?)
Caleb $9,582 – $8,019 = $1,563 ($10,000) (Who is Smith :()

Maya Wright, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 7, 2023 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Tim $8,200
Maya $3,400
Caleb $3,200

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) “Y” ON THE MAP $1000 (clue #6)
Caleb 1600 +1600 (Maya 0 Tim 2800)
2) OFFICIAL STATE STUFF $1600 (clue #3)
Caleb 5200 -4018 (Maya 5000 Tim 8200)
3) THE ROYAL PAST $1600 (clue #11, $18400 left on board)
Tim 9000 -3000 (Caleb 5982 Maya 4600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -11

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Caleb 4 5*
Tim 5 5 4 4

DJ! Round:
Caleb 4 4* 4 5 3 3 4
Maya 5 5†
Tim 3 4*

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Maya 5.00
Tim 4.17
Caleb 4.00

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:

Maya $7,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Tim $11,800 Coryat, 22 correct, 4 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Caleb $13,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,600
Lach Trash: $8,400 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,000

Caleb Richmond, career statistics:

85 correct, 14 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
35.96% in first on buzzer (82/228)
4/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,400)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,850

Maya Wright, career statistics:

124 correct, 11 incorrect
8/9 on rebound attempts (on 22 rebound opportunities)
34.32% in first on buzzer (116/338)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,800)
4/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,000

Tim Cho, career statistics:

92 correct, 14 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
39.91% in first on buzzer (91/228)
4/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,400)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,650

Remaining Players’ Chances of Winning Tournament:

Maya Wright: 27.023%
Justin Bolsen: 34.016%
Jackson Jones: 38.961%

Today’s interviews:

Tim got preparation help from his friends.
Maya uses rhymes and songs to help her retain information.
Caleb is a big NPR fan.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Because “Rogett” and “Roget” could be pronounced identically by someone who has only learned by reading a name and not by hearing it, the judges were 100% correct in ruling Maya’s response correct. I reserve the right to remove comments that get out of line on this point in tonight’s comment section.
  • Today’s box score will be linked to when posted by the show.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Caleb $9,582 Tim $8,800 Maya $7,800)

Caleb: Standard cover bet over Tim is $8,019. (Actual bet: $8,019)

Maya: Bet between $2,565 (thereby covering any of Caleb’s low range) and $5,799 (thereby staying ahead to win on a Triple Stumper. (Actual bet: $7,800)

Tim: Standard cover bet over Maya is $6,801. (Actual bet: $6,801)

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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, March 7, 2023"

  1. Michael Johnston | March 7, 2023 at 10:02 am |

    I’m sure they’re not expecting us to know the full name this time!🤨😄

    Pretty sure I recall the original publishing date from the inside cover of my old thesaurus, although the biographical details are new to me. I still have that on my reference shelf, but it just gathers dust now🙁

    • Yeah, this is one like Zamboni where no one knows the first name. (that Final Jeopardy asked who was in the figuring skating AND hockey halls of fame)

  2. I like the way they sneaked the word synonymous into the clue. That’s a big help if the contestants pick up on it.

    • Agreed. Very clever.

    • Michael Johnston | March 7, 2023 at 11:40 am |

      Wow, that’s a good catch! I did not even think about the extra work synonymous was doing there.

      • I didn’t either, especially since I was expecting the type of book to be “self help” based on a less informative portion of the clue, though I was surprised if such books went back to 1852.

  3. I got Roget right off the bat! (Also looking forward to baseball season!)
    The Easter egg “synonymous” sealed it! Kudos to the clever clue writers!

  4. Wow! I can’t wait to watch this matchup tonight at 7:30! I thought it was going to be a 3-man final. Way to go Maya!

    • Michael Johnston | March 7, 2023 at 2:09 pm |

      Yeah, I’m glad to see her make it to the finals. Hoping for a competitive finish to the tournament!

  5. “Synonymous with a type of book” did it for me. “Baedeker” also crossed my mind, and also contains lists of things, and took me to TS Eliot and “Burbank with a Baedeker”, but I went with Roget as much more common.

  6. Two finalists from Georgia and one from Kentucky!

  7. Synonymous helped me to nail down Roget in this clue. Congrats to Maya on making a comeback and winning this game!

  8. Didn’t catch Friday but I thought the last 2 Finals were quite difficult, esp. for a tournament I view as equal to a college tournament. I wonder if that will affect wagering in the 2-day Final.

  9. Bill Vollmer | March 7, 2023 at 5:25 pm |

    Maybe if I understood that Roget’s Thesarus is essentially a list of synonyms, I might have come up saying Roget, but since I didn’t know that, I didn’t.
    I was going to ask why adding a letter to a wriiten response was acceptable, but not to an oral isn’t, but Andy explained the difference.
    As for the variious rants about scheduling, I’m not an either. They should’ve scheduled some sort of “special game” either beteen the semi finals and finals, or, for friday, and, return to “regular” play Monday.

  10. Robert Fawkes | March 7, 2023 at 7:03 pm |

    Based on the first part of the clue, if someone had no other response, I thought it would have been fun to write, “Who is David Letterman?”

    Humor aside, having taught English for Speakers of Other Languages in the International Class at my church, I am very familiar with “Roget’s Thesaurus” and came up with it upon reading the full clue. The book itself is rarely used these days as most people just enter a word in Google with the addition of “synonym” or “thesaurus.”

  11. I’ve ghosted here for almost two years now and have never posted. I love it here. Thank you, Andy, and all the fans who post.

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