Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, March 8, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Geographic Name’s the Same) for Wednesday, March 8, 2023 (Season 39, Game 128):

The busiest passenger port in the U.K., it shares its name with a capital of one of the original 13 states

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Justin Bolsen, a first-year student at Brown University from Canton, Georgia
Justin Bolsen on Jeopardy!
Maya Wright, a senior at Emory University from Peachtree City, Georgia
Maya Wright on Jeopardy!
Jackson Jones, a junior at Vanderbilt University from Louisville, Kentucky
Jackson Jones on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

After 9 quarterfinals and 3 semifinals, we are down to 3 finalists: Jackson Jones, Justin Bolsen, and Maya Wright. Jackson does come into this final as the favorite—he’s also averaged over 50 attempts over the first two games—and could run away with the event as a result. However, if the Daily Doubles break the right way for Justin (he bets very aggressively and if he goes 3-for-3 he could find himself leading), or Final Jeopardy! breaks the wrong way in general for the players, we might be in for a surprise result.

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Correct response: What is Dover?

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Sharing its name with the capital of Delaware, Dover in England is the U.K.’s busiest passenger port; its location on the English Channel essentially makes it the country’s gateway to Europe; tens of millions of ferry passengers yearly travel between Dover in England and Calais on France.

(Another interesting wordplay fact about Dover: it has the shortest name of any state capital that shares the first letter of its name with its state.)

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Mountain High, Valley Low; Famous Pairs; Liable In The Bible; TV Reality & Competition Shows; Native Americana; We Are Pro-Antonyms)

Justin, buoyed by a True Daily Double early, jumped out to an advantage at both commercial breaks. Jackson played well to sit second.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Justin 7 correct 0 incorrect
Jackson 5 correct 0 incorrect
Maya 2 correct 1 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Justin 13 correct 0 incorrect
Jackson 9 correct 1 incorrect
Maya 6 correct 1 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: It Happened In Asia; Health & Medicine; Fans Of The Singer; Shake It Off; Auntie Hero; “U” Belong With “Me”)

Maya doubled her score with a True Daily Double of her own, while Justin extended his lead when he got Daily Double #3 correct. Justin had the best game through 60 clues, while a few unfortunate incorrect responses from Jackson left him in second going into Final. Scores going into Final were Justin at $18,401, Jackson at $14,000, and Maya at $4,400.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Justin 20 correct 1 incorrect
Jackson 19 correct 3 incorrect
Maya 12 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 16 (0 today).

Jackson was the only player correct today—he’ll be leading going into Day 2!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, March 8, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Justin $18,401
Jackson $14,000
Maya $4,400

Tonight’s results:

Maya $4,400 – $1,030 = $3,370 (What is York?)
Jackson $14,000 + $10,000 = $24,000 (What is Dover?)
Justin $18,401 – $4,831 = $13,570 (What is Annapolis? mom!)

Today's Jeopardy! results (for the March 8, 2023 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Justin $9,000
Jackson $4,800
Maya $2,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) LIABLE IN THE BIBLE $600 (clue #7)
Justin 1800 +1800 (Jackson 1800 Maya -200)
2) HEALTH & MEDICINE $2000 (clue #3)
Maya 2000 +2000 (Jackson 4800 Justin 9000)
3) IT HAPPENED IN ASIA $1200 (clue #7, $24000 left on board)
Justin 11000 +3001 (Jackson 8000 Maya 4000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 227

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Jackson 5 4 4
Maya 5
Justin 5 4 3*

DJ! Round:
Jackson 4 5
Maya 5 4 5* 4†
Justin 3*

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Jackson 4.40
Justin 3.75
Maya 4.60

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 $14,000 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Justin $15,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Maya $4,400 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $33,800
Lach Trash: $12,800 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,400

Jackson Jones, career statistics:

120 correct, 19 incorrect
6/7 on rebound attempts (on 17 rebound opportunities)
41.61% in first on buzzer (119/286)
7/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $11,000)
3/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,040

Maya Wright, career statistics:

136 correct, 15 incorrect
9/10 on rebound attempts (on 26 rebound opportunities)
32.66% in first on buzzer (129/395)
5/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,800)
4/7 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,629

Justin Bolsen, career statistics:

104 correct, 14 incorrect
6/7 on rebound attempts (on 23 rebound opportunities)
34.39% in first on buzzer (98/285)
7/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,701)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,480

Remaining Players’ Chances of Winning Tournament:

Maya Wright: 23.905%
Justin Bolsen: 25.138%
Jackson Jones: 50.957%

Today’s interviews:

Justin goes to a university with a fake professor.
Maya is studying human health and would love to work in public health for the CDC and WHO.
Jackson overslept for an exam, but still got an 85.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Because today is Day 1 of a two-day final, Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions will not be posted.
  • Because anything earned tomorrow during the game itself can be doubled in Final Jeopardy, Jackson’s “effective lead” is $5,215 over Justin and $10,315 over Maya. He’s definitely the favorite, but anything can happen with three Daily Doubles in play tomorrow!
  • Today’s box score will be linked to when posted by the show.

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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, March 8, 2023"

  1. Before The Chunnel I took a hovercraft from Dover to Calais so an easy one for me. Dover is also the farthest east of the four state capitals whose name starts with the same letter as the state it resides in.

  2. Michael Johnston | March 8, 2023 at 9:52 am | Reply

    whew It was easier than I thought it would be when I saw the category. I know about Dover, Kent so it just took some seconds to recall the capital of Delaware. Reading the Wiki article on Dover, DE I noted that the seat of the local government moved around quite a bit before permanently fixing in Dover in 1781 (a sign of the war times).

  3. Dover was what I got, I would have traveled to the beaches near Dover Delaware with my family previously. This was an easy one of course if any of you have been to Dover vacationing

  4. Andy, I was surprised that your algorithm only gives a slightly better chance for Justin to win over Maya’s chances to win – but not knowing your algorithm, not sure what all gets factored in. But yeah, with three daily doubles, it’s still up in the air. Once again, thank you for doing this website. I look forward to it every day.

    • Basically, it’s suggesting that “Jackson will lose if one of the opponents catches fire tomorrow”—whether that is Maya, Justin, or neither is yet to be seen.

  5. It looked to me like when Mayim was wishing the contestants “good luck” in the beginning of the show, their podiums show the dollar amounts they earned today instead of $0. Weird.

  6. Spoiler alert if you didn’t watch!!——
    Rewind your DVR to the opening sequence. You’ll
    see that today’s final score is shown. No need to wait til the end to see those results. Bad production error.

    • I saw that too! Quite unacceptable by the editors. This mistake has happened before and is caught by fans every time, and I’m sad that they didn’t learn. Thankfully, all I caught was Jackson’s score, but that certainly spoiled part of the result: That he was right in FJ (as was I; didn’t find it particularly hard).

    • I thought I saw totals at the start and had to go back to confirm that did see it and matched, only difference is at the start, had Final Jeopardy and not the answers on the podiums.

  7. I’m not sure if I totally understand how effective leads work. I know it’s half of the difference between scores, but I’m not sure I understand it further.

    From what I can understand: Jackson’s effective lead over Justin is said to be $5,215. Does that mean Justin has to go into tomorrow’s Final Jeopardy with a lead of at least $5,216 to be able to finish with the highest possible score out of each contestant?

    • The best example to explain this is the 2014 Teen Tournament final.

      Scores after the first day: Alan Koolik $25,000; Jeff Xie $15,000; Cooper Lair $200.

      Second-day scores entering Final Jeopardy!: Jeff $19,600; Cooper $15,600; Alan $14,600.

      Thus, the maximum possible scores —
      Cooper: 200 + (2 x 15600) = 31400
      Jeff: 15000 + (2 x 19600) = 54200
      Alan: 25000 + (2 x 14600) = 54200

      So even though Jeff’s lead entering Final on day 2 was half of Alan’s lead on day 1, they were effectively tied, because Jeff could double that $5000 margin to $10000 through his Final wager, exactly enough to cancel out Alan’s advantage from the first game.

      Both Jeff and Alan realized the situation (it so happened that this was the last game of the first season of The Final Wager), both wagered everything, and were correct — sending the match to a tiebreaker clue, where Jeff prevailed.

    • Justin would have to have $5,216 more to assure that he controls his own destiny. Anything less, and if Jackson makes the correct wager, and is correct, he is not catchable. But Justin can still win with a smaller lead going into Final Jeopardy if Jackson gets the Final Jeopardy correct. And now, re-reading your question, I see that you say ‘possible’. So, then yes…you are correct 🙂

  8. I found it interesting, though probably just coincidental, that the only one who got the answer correct was the one who is from the state closest to the northeast where the majority of the 13 are. Also, the other two are both from Georgia, which WAS the 13th state, possibly having grown up with Georgia’s self-satisfaction of being one of the 13 maybe making not much attention paid to the other twelve?

    Due to their young ages I really expected a triple get. I no longer remember the “first 13” that well, usually forgetting Rhode Island and Delaware. Had I remembered Delaware well within the 30 seconds, I would have known Dover was “it” [due to “the white cliffs of” in the U.K.] without having to remember all the other twelve capitals. And fortunately ‘Dover’ is fast to write down.

  9. Melinda Muir | March 8, 2023 at 11:47 pm | Reply

    I’m just really impressed that a college kid recognized John Wayne! Good job, Justin.

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