Today's Final Jeopardy - Thursday, March 9, 2023 – The Jeopardy! Fan (2023)

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Landmarks) for Thursday, March 9, 2023 (Season 39, Game 129):

After its completion in the late 19th c., it was called “a truly tragic street lamp” & a “high & skinny pyramid of iron ladders”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Justin Bolsen, a first-year student at Brown University from Canton, Georgia (Yesterday’s total: $13,570)
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Maya Wright, a senior at Emory University from Peachtree City, Georgia (Yesterday’s total: $3,370)
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Jackson Jones, a junior at Vanderbilt University from Louisville, Kentucky (Yesterday’s total: $24,000)
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Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Today is the fourteenth and final day of the High School Reunion Tournament; Jackson Jones jumped into the lead yesterday after he was the only player to get Final Jeopardy! correct. However, both Maya Wright and Justin Bolsen are still within striking distance if they go on a roll today. However, Jackson is still in the driver’s seat at this point. One reminder is that today’s scores get added to yesterday’s to determine the tournament champion.

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Correct response: What is the Eiffel Tower?

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Built as the centerpiece of the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris, the Eiffel Tower is now seen as one of the cultural icons of both Paris and France, it was never universally loved. Even during its construction, French thinkers and writers panned it and heavily protested its construction. Joris-Karl Huysmans referred to it as “a suppository ridden with holes”, Leon Bloy made the “truly tragic street lamp” comment, and Guy de Maupassant saying “this high and skinny pyramid of iron ladders, this giant ungainly skeleton”. Time, however, won against Gustave Eiffel’s marvel of engineering and architecture, and the controversy fizzled due to the tower’s popularity.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: College Sports Stuff; The Long-Ago 20th Century; Can We “Dis”cuss?; A Business, Major; One-Syllable Body Parts; Let’s Get Dirty)

A missed Daily Double by Jackson and seven overall incorrect responses caused the scores to be slightly lower than usual, but it was a very competitive game still very up for grabs with 31 clues to go!

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Jackson 7 correct 1 incorrect
Justin 4 correct 1 incorrect
Maya 2 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Jackson 11 correct 3 incorrect
Justin 10 correct 3 incorrect
Maya 6 correct 1 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: First Words; 4-Letter Geography; There’s A Name In The Title; Inside Ballet & Opera; You, Robot; Take Me To Your Leader)

Maya caught fire in Double Jeopardy, picking up $10,000 in Coryat on just seven correct responses, plus $3,000 on a Daily Double! Meanwhile, Jackson had an opportunity to put the tournament away on the final Daily Double, but was incorrect again! The remaining 12 clues were very exciting, as all three players were very close in overall scores! Scores going into Final were Maya at $14,200 ($3,370 yesterday), Justin at $11,000 ($13,570 yesterday), and Jackson at $5,600 ($24,000 yesterday). Everyone’s maximum possible scores: Maya $31,770; Jackson $35,200; Justin $35,570. (Therefore, Justin is considered to be “leading” right now).

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Maya 13 correct 1 incorrect
Justin 18 correct 3 incorrect
Jackson 20 correct 7 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 16 (0 today).

Final Jeopardy! was a triple get—Justin wagered enough, and he’s your $100,000 champion!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Thursday, March 9, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Maya $14,200
Justin $11,000
Jackson $5,600

Tonight’s results:

Jackson $5,600 + $5,598 = $11,198 + $24,000 = $35,198 ($50,000) (What is the Eiffel Tower? ❤️ you all!)
Justin $11,000 + $10,991 = $21,991 + $13,570 = $35,561 (What is the Eiffel Tower? Hi dad :)) ($100,000)
Maya $14,200 + $7,040 = $21,240 + $3,370 = $24,610 ($25,000) (What is the Eiffel Tower?)

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Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Jackson $3,600
Justin $3,000
Maya $2,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) ONE-SYLLABLE BODY PARTS $1000 (clue #4)
Jackson 1600 -1600 (Maya 0 Justin 1000)
2) TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER $1200 (clue #12)
Maya 4000 +3000 (Jackson 7200 Justin 7000)
3) INSIDE BALLET & OPERA $1600 (clue #18, $8400 left on board)
Jackson 7200 -3200 (Maya 11800 Justin 8200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -69

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

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

DJ! Round:
Jackson 2 3 4 5 4 4*
Maya 5 4 5 3* 5 4 3 3
Justin 5 4 3 3

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Justin 3.80
Maya 4.11
Jackson 3.88

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:

Justin $11,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Maya $12,400 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Jackson $10,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 7 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $33,800
Lach Trash: $9,200 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,000

Jackson Jones, career statistics:

141 correct, 26 incorrect
6/8 on rebound attempts (on 19 rebound opportunities)
41.69% in first on buzzer (143/343)
7/10 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,200)
4/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,767

Maya Wright, career statistics:

150 correct, 16 incorrect
11/13 on rebound attempts (on 32 rebound opportunities)
30.75% in first on buzzer (139/452)
6/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,800)
5/8 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,600

Justin Bolsen, career statistics:

123 correct, 17 incorrect
6/8 on rebound attempts (on 27 rebound opportunities)
34.50% in first on buzzer (118/342)
7/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,701)
3/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,900

Today’s interviews:

Justin wants to give a shoutout to his sister.
Maya wants to give a shoutout to her grandmother.
Jackson wants to thank his family and his mother.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Anyone who claims that Maya lost because of the size of her wager is incorrect and does not understand how Final Jeopardy! wagering works in a two-day tournament. No matter what Maya wagered today, Justin and Jackson’s correct responses and sufficient wagers themselves today guaranteed third place for Maya.
  • Today’s box score will be linked to when posted by the show.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Maya $14,200 ($3,370) Justin $11,000 ($13,570) Jackson $5,600 ($24,000))

Jackson: Bet $2,171 to cover Maya. This might be a situation where you probably shouldn’t wager any more than you have to, just in case Maya underbets. (Actual bet: $5,598)

Maya: Bet at least $9,860 in order to ensure victory if you’re the only player correct in Final. However, because you need to be correct to win — you might as well not worry about the math and go all in. (Actual bet: $7,040)

Justin: Bet at least $10,631 to cover Jackson; however, being that you lose if you’re incorrect, you might as well not worry about the math and go all in. (Actual bet: $10,991)

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